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Smeltz-Ransing March 22, 2019

Bruce and Laura Smeltz of Lancaster have announced the engagement of their daughter, Emily Smeltz of East Petersburg, to Stephen Ransing of East Petersburg.

The bride-elect graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2014. She is employed by Emerald Springs Spa, Lancaster.

Mr. Ransing is the son of Greg and Marcia Leibrand of East Petersburg. He graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2013. He is employed by Zephyr Aluminum, Lancaster.

A June wedding is planned.

Engagement


Lukacs-Smith March 19, 2019

Mackenzie Lukacs of York and Brandon Smith of York have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Karen and Brian Keeney of York. She graduated from Central York High School in 2016 and attends York College of Pennsylvania, with a graduation date set for 2020. She is employed in York.

Mr. Smith is the son of Randy and Terri Smith of Huntingdon. He graduated from Huntingdon Area Senior High School in 2007 and attends York College of Pennsylvania, with a graduation date set for 2020. He is employed in York.

A June wedding is planned.

Sarah & Brenden December 20, 2018

Meet Sarah and Brenden

bride's hometown: Hellam, PA

groom's hometown: Bridgewater, CT

current place of residence: Hellam, PA

bride's occupation: registered nurse

groom's occupation: tree service worker

how they met: In 2010, Sarah was a missionary serving at a clinic in Saint-Marc, Haiti, and Brenden was on an aid trip in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with some military friends. When a cholera outbreak happened in Sarah's town, Brenden's group traveled north to offer their skills, and the two began working together.

the proposal: Sarah and Brenden took a weekend trip to Rhode Island, along with Sarah's parents. After taking the ferry to Block Island, they rode bikes around the island, ending up at a lighthouse. Brenden proposed while they stood together overlooking the bluffs.

length of engagement: 10 months

honeymoon destination: Oahu and Maui, HI

The Wedding

wedding date: April 21, 2018

ceremony location: Stony Brook Mennonite Church, York, PA

reception location: Stone Mill Inn, Hallam, PA

wedding colors: sage and lilac

something that made the ceremony extra special: The bride and groom led worship singing during the wedding ceremony, which also included Communion.

unity ceremony included in the ceremony: the lighting of a unity candle

flowers: All of the flowers for the day - which included purple lilacs, white roses, succulents, and eucalyptus, as well as the roses, berries, and ivy that filled lanterns that were included in the centerpieces - were arranged by the groom's mother.

the menu: beef tenderloin, chicken bianca, and eggplant lasagna

cake: three separate "tiers" of lemon cake with raspberry filling

first dance song: "Oh True Love" by The Everly Brothers

favorite decoration: The bride's father made a wooden arch with a chandelier.

favor: chocolate

something worth splurging on: the videographer

Vendors

photography: Rebecca Shivers Photography, Denver, PA

videography: Invision Video Productions, Leola, PA

disc jockey: DJ Mast Productions, Lancaster, PA

wedding dress: Blush Bridal, Lancaster, PA

attire of groom and groomsmen: Men's Wearhouse

cake: Jennifer Stricker, Akron, PA

catering: GingerBabies Catering, York, PA

hair and makeup: Salon Nouveau, York, PA

The Wedding Planner: What was the first thing you did when you began to plan your wedding? What inspired you to start there?

Sarah: We first booked the venue. We started with this because we were really hoping to have our reception at the Stone Mill Inn and were willing to be flexible with the dates available there. We chose our wedding date based on what they had open.

TWP: How did you select the bride's dress, the groom's attire, and the outfits of the members of the wedding party?

Sarah: Blush Bridal was recommended by a friend, and while we did search other shops for a wedding dress, I kept thinking about a dress I had tried on there. The bridesmaids' dresses were ordered from an online site because it seemed the easiest option with a large wedding party.

We chose Men's Wearhouse for the groom's and groomsmen's attire. The chain store option was appealing because all the groomsmen were located out of state. We were able to choose pieces in York, and groomsmen were fitted in Connecticut.

TWP: How did you incorporate the tastes and personalities of both the bride and the groom into the wedding?

Sarah: The groom was very flexible!

The ceremony was performed by my uncle. Together, Brenden and I planned the ceremony, discussing what was important to each of us to include.

TWP: What did you find to be the biggest challenge in planning a wedding?

Coordinating all the time frames of the day. Most vendors are booked for a certain time frame, and making sure those time frames overlapped and coordinated with other vendor needs was a challenge. Our photographer and videographer were very helpful with this.

TWP: What is the most important piece of advice you have for other brides and grooms planning a wedding?

Sarah: A piece of advice shared with us from a friend: Remember that ultimately you are planning a marriage.

Photos by Rebecca Shivers Photography, rebeccashiversphotography.com

Claire & Dan December 20, 2018

Meet Claire and Dan

bride's hometown: Red Lion, PA

groom's hometown: Fawn Grove, PA

current place of residence: York, PA

bride's occupation: swim lesson instructor

groom's occupation: warehouse worker

how they met: Dan and Claire met at Calvary Bible Church, the same church they were married in. "Many of our friends from the congregation take credit for introducing us," Claire notes.

the proposal: The couple's actual engagement took place in the snow on the bank of Lake Williams and was not a surprise at all for Claire. "We had been dating for a while - and had been friends for much longer before that - and we had known almost from the beginning that we were going to get married," she explains.

length of engagement: six months

honeymoon destination: Stanardsville, VA

The Wedding

wedding date: June 23, 2018

ceremony and reception location: Calvary Bible Church, Wrightsville, PA

wedding colors: champagne, burgundy, and sage and forest greens

wedding theme: the morning wedding had a very relaxed, picnic sort of feel

something that made the ceremony extra special: Dan and Claire's wedding party included 10 flower girls! Some were children of the couple's friends, some were Claire's students from swimming lessons, and one was a girl that Claire nannies. "We wanted our wedding to be very fun, relaxed, and kid-friendly, as we - obviously - love children," Claire explains.

flowers: roses, eucalyptus, and lots of other greenery

favorite design element: the flowers

the menu: hash browns, sausage, doughnuts, coffee, tea, and other breakfast essentials

dessert: Key lime and pumpkin pies

favor: picnic blankets

something worth splurging on: food

Vendors

photography: Kelsey Kinard of Lovefusion Photography, Littlestown, PA

bounce house rental: Grand Rental Station, Dallastown, PA

bridesmaids' dresses: Amazon.com

groom and groomsmen's attire: Burlington Coat Factory

"The rest of our vendors were all friends and family," Claire explains. "My mother and some of her close friends made all of the food for us, my bridesmaids and I arranged all of the flowers, and Dan's father drew a lot of artwork for our more sentimental decor."

The Wedding Planner: What was the first thing you did when you began to plan your wedding? What inspired you to start there?

Claire: The first thing we did was pick a date. We had lots of family flying in from out of state and needed to get everyone's travel in order.

TWP: How did you select the bride's dress, the groom's attire, and the outfits of the members of the wedding party?

Claire: My dress was given to me by a very sweet friend, and it couldn't have been more perfect. We chose Dan's suit based on what he would be comfortable in, as we had a pretty active wedding day.

We tried to choose pretty affordable options for our groomsmen and bridesmaids so that we wouldn't have to really put a strain on them. We got our bridesmaids' dresses on Amazon.com, and all of the groomsmen wore suits from Burlington Coat Factory.

TWP: How did you incorporate the tastes and personalities of both the bride and the groom into the wedding?

Claire: Our wedding was very relaxed so we didn't struggle to incorporate things for each of us, and we already have very similar tastes, which made it even simpler.

TWP: What did you find to be the biggest challenge in planning a wedding?

Claire: The weather. We had planned up until the morning of our wedding to have the ceremony and reception outside, which caused a lot of stress in the weeks before the wedding day and especially on that morning, when we were forced to move everything inside because of rain.

TWP: What is the most important piece of advice you have for other brides and grooms planning a wedding?

Claire: Make sure you have a foolproof way to remember who was there. Also, relax, and enjoy the day.

Photos by Lovefusion Photography, www.lovefusionphoto.com

Ellie & John December 20, 2018

Meet Ellie and John

bride's hometown: York, PA

groom's hometown: York, PA

current place of residence: York, PA

bride's occupation: registered nurse

groom's occupation: electrical engineer

how they met: John and Ellie grew up together in the same church when they were younger. They were later reunited by John's sister, who is a friend of Ellie's.

the proposal: John proposed one night when he and Ellie were watching TV in the living room of their new house.

length of engagement: seven months

honeymoon destination: Secrets Papagayo, Costa Rica

The Wedding

wedding date: September 2, 2017

ceremony and reception location: Country Club of York, York, PA

wedding colors: navy blue, rose gold, white, and leafy green

wedding theme: boho

something that made the ceremony extra special: Ellie and John wrote their own vows, and a lantern was carried down the aisle by the ring bearer in loving memory of their grandparents who have passed away.

flowers: purple, green, and white flowers and plants, including kale, succulents, eucalyptus, peony, and artichoke

the menu: hors d'oeuvres of bacon-wrapped scallops and crab dip toast, with an entree of chicken amandine with green beans and twice-baked potatoes

cake: lemon cake with raspberry filling and Tahitian vanilla butter cream

first dance song: "Better Today" by Coffey Anderson

favorite decor element: rose gold geometric shapes

favor: bear and owl cookies, in honor of both their last names

something worth splurging on: the honeymoon

Vendors

photography: Lovefusion Photography, Littlestown, PA

catering: Country Club of York, York, PA

cake: Country Club of York, York, PA

flowers: Root to Bloom Florals, York, PA

invitations: Anstadt Communications, York, PA

bride's dress: Lilla's Bridal Boutique, York, PA

bridesmaids' dresses: Lulus

groom's attire: Men's Wearhouse, York, PA

rings: REEDS Jewelers, York, PA

disc jockey: Then We Danced, East Berlin, PA

transportation: CBRD, York, PA

The Wedding Planner: What was the first thing you did when you began to plan your wedding? What inspired you to start there?

Ellie: The first thing we did was pick a venue. I started there so we would be able to know what the date of the wedding would be since it was planned in a short amount of time.

TWP: How did you select the attire of the members of the wedding party?

Ellie: I always knew what colors I wanted to do for the wedding and the type of dresses I wanted, so I tried to find places that had something similar.

TWP: How did you incorporate the tastes and personalities of both the bride and the groom into the wedding?

Ellie: John really did not have much to do with the planning of the wedding, because he did not really care about the details, but rather just wanted it to be what I wanted. The car that we drove off in was the only thing that my husband really planned.

TWP: What did you find to be the biggest challenge in planning a wedding?

Ellie: Staying within budget. You had to learn how to prioritize what is most important to you both to spend money on, since weddings are already expensive to start.

TWP: What is the most important piece of advice you have for other brides and grooms planning a wedding?

Ellie: Take a couple minutes for the two of you to be alone on your wedding day. Make sure to take your time to enjoy the day.

Photos by Lovefusion Photography, www.lovefusionphoto.com

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