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Longenecker-Maldonado December 14, 2017

Terry and Jeannette Longenecker of Lancaster have announced the engagement of their daughter, Sara Longenecker of Lancaster, to Jason Maldonado of Lancaster.

The bride-elect graduated from Hempfield High School in 2010 and Kutztown University in 2014. She is enrolled in a master's program at Wilkes University and is employed by Manheim Township School District in Lancaster.

The groom-to-be is the son of Cirilo and Nancy Maldonado of Pottstown. He graduated from Pottstown Senior High School in 2010 and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in 2014. He is employed by PPL Electric Utilities in Harrisburg.

A November 2018 wedding is planned.


Couple Marks 60th Anniversary December 14, 2017

Ken and Verdella Stauffer are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married at Salem Church in Manheim on Dec. 24, 1967.

They have one son, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Wedding Wheels December 13, 2017

Before a couple can tie the knot and cut a rug at their receptions, everyone - the couple and guests included - must arrive at the event location. Though arranging wedding day transportation to the ceremony and reception can be difficult, there are ways to make the process go more smoothly for guests and bridal party members.

Determine your needs. Before a transportation plan can be made, couples must first map out their needs. Everything should be built around the ceremony. Once the ceremony time has been set, the rest of the day can be arranged around that time. Determine how much time is needed to travel from the ceremony to the reception area. Allocate enough time before the cocktail hour to allow for traffic, photos and any other needs that may take up time. Couples do not want anyone, including themselves, to feel rushed. Once the timing has been orchestrated, couples can figure out exactly which types of transportation will be required.

Book personal transportation first. Happy couples must make their own transportation their top priority, making arrangements between five and seven months in advance of the wedding. It may be preferable to book even further in advance if a couple is getting married around a holiday or during prom season when limousines and party buses are in high demand. Remember, unless the bride-to-be plans to be seen by her groom before the ceremony, couples will need separate transportation to the ceremony site. Factor multiple vehicles into the wedding transportation budget.

Explore your personality. Brides and grooms have many transportation options at their disposal. If a limousine doesn't add the spark of creativity they desire, they can opt for a VW bus or a retro roadster. Outdoor enthusiasts might want to ride off on horseback, while easy riders might prefer to rev up the engine on a motorcycle. Couples should not feel obligated to tradition, especially when something else fulfills their wedding dreams - and the budget allows for it.

Have your getaway car ready. Couples generally opt to arrive to the wedding and reception in style but take their own vehicles or cabs home afterward. This requires some advance planning. Enlist the help of friends to park the return-trip car in a convenient location. Couples should check with the catering hall to see if a vehicle can be left in its lot overnight. Otherwise, they may need to arrange to grab a ride home with friends or family.

Consider others' needs. Couples can have the names and phone numbers of taxi or ridesharing services available for those who may not be able to drive after the party. Elderly or disabled guests might appreciate prearranged transportation as well. Although couples can arrange for transportation as a courtesy to others, they don't need to feel obligated to make arrangements for everyone.


Ferrick-Martin December 13, 2017

Dave and Tracy Ferrick of Conestoga have announced the engagement of their daughter, Emily Ferrick of Conestoga, to Cody Martin of Willow Street.

The bride-elect graduated from Penn Manor High School in 2016. She is employed by Willow Valley in Lancaster.

Mr. Martin is the son of Kevin and Chris Martin of Lancaster. He graduated from Penn Manor High School in 2015. He is employed by Star Rock Farms in Conestoga.

An Oct. 20, 2018, wedding is planned.


Sauder-Weiler December 13, 2017

The marriage of Carina Weiler and Gavin Sauder took place on Nov. 21 at Bowmansville Mennonite Church. Ken Reinford officiated at the 2 p.m. ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Dean and Kathy Weiler of Morgantown. She graduated from Conestoga Christian School in 2009 and is employed by the Shady Maple Gift Shop in East Earl.

The groom is the son of Roger and Karen Sauder of Denver. He graduated from a homeschooling program in 2011 and Lancaster County Career and Technology Center in 2011. He is employed by Garden Spot Village in New Holland.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. The reception was held at Weaver Banquets in Denver.

After a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple resides in Terre Hill.


Denny-Wagaman December 13, 2017

The marriage of Jacqueline Wagaman and Harmar Denny Denny V took place on Oct. 28 at The Stone Mill in Hallam. The ceremony took place at 5 p.m.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wagaman of York. She graduated from West York Area High School, Dickinson College and Tulane University. She is employed by Erickson Living.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harmar Denny IV of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Shadyside Academy and Dickinson College. He is employed by ABM in Virginia.

The couple now resides in Virginia.


Ort-Miller December 13, 2017

Katelyn Ort of Reading and Grant Miller of Reading have announced their engagement.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Kris and Kevin Ort of York. She graduated from West York High School in 2012 and Millersville University in 2016. She is currently enrolled in a graduate program at Messiah College and is employed by Cornwall Lebanon School District in Lebanon.

The groom-to-be is the son of Todd and Theresa Miller of York. He graduated from Dallastown Area High School in 2010 and Penn State Capital College in 2016. He is employed by Magnetic Analysis Corporation.

A July 2018 wedding is planned.


Caldwell-Evanoff December 11, 2017

Courtney Caldwell of New Providence and Dean Evanoff of Manheim have announced their engagement.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Tammy Wimer of New Providence and Harold Caldwell Jr. of Quarryville. She graduated from Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in 2016.

Mr. Evanoff is the son of Brad Evanoff Sr. of Bainbridge and Vicki Hesser of New Milford. He graduated from Manheim Central High School in 2013. He is employed by Good Transport Services in Columbia.

A September 2018 wedding is planned.


Martin-Nolt December 6, 2017

The wedding of Katelyn Nolt and Isaac Martin took place on Oct. 28 at Christian Fellowship Church in New Holland. Pastor Fred Raupp officiated at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Providing music for the ceremony were Matthew Trego, Evelyn Davis, and Courtney Beiler.

The bride is the daughter of Michael and Vicki Nolt of New Holland. She graduated from Garden Spot High School and is employed by Creative Energy in New Holland.

The groom is the son of Ladd and Sharon Martin of East Earl. He graduated from a home education program and attends Liberty University online. He is employed by Ladd Plastering LLC, East Earl.

The maid of honor was Michelle Nolt of York, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Rachel Weaver of East Earl, Taylor Glessner of New Holland, Lauren Yoder of New Holland, and Elizabeth Nolt of Manheim, sister-in-law of the bride. The flower girls were Natalie Martin of Denver and Olivia Martin of Morgantown, nieces of the groom.

Serving as best man was Jesse Martin of Denver, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Ethan Martin of Morgantown, brother of the groom; Benjamin Swarr of East Earl; Bennett Shupp of Blue Ball; and Douglas Nolt of Manheim, brother of the bride. The ring bearer was Carter Martin of Denver, nephew of the groom.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. The reception was held at Greenview Bible Camp, Fivepointville.

After a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple lives in Goodville.


Fletcher-Myers December 6, 2017

John and Kimberly Fletcher of Wrightsville have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kailee M. Fletcher of Wrightsville, to Jacob D. Myers of York.

The bride-elect graduated from Eastern York High School in 2016. She currently attends Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, where she is scheduled to graduate in 2018. She is employed by York College of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Myers is the son of Robert and Rhonda Myers of York. He graduated from Red Lion Christian School in 2015. He is employed by the U.S. Marine Corps and is currently stationed in Hawaii.

A June 2018 wedding is planned.


Petticoffer-West December 6, 2017

Todd and Melanie Petticoffer of Manheim have announced the engagement of their daughter, Katelyn Nicole Petticoffer of Greenville, S.C., to Nathaniel Reed West of Greenville, S.C.

The bride-elect graduated from a homeschooling program in Manheim Central School District in 2011 and received a Bachelor of Music in voice from Bob Jones University in 2016. She is employed by BJU Press Digital Production in Greenville, S.C.

The groom-to-be is the son of David and Gina West of Fairmont, W.Va. He graduated from Calvary Christian School in 2012 and received a Bachelor of Music in piano pedagogy from Bob Jones University in 2016. He is working toward a Master of Music in performance and composition from Bob Jones University, and he is scheduled to receive the degree in 2018. He is employed in Greenville, S.C.

A June 2018 wedding is planned.


Fritz-Yinger December 1, 2017

John and Melinda Fritz of Mount Wolf and Mike and Daniell Yinger of Manchester have announced the engagement of their children, Lexus Fritz of York and Nicholas Yinger of York.

The bride-elect graduated from Northeastern High School in 2013 and from Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in 2015. She is employed by Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster.

Mr. Yinger graduated from Northeastern High School in 2013 and from Baltimore City Police Academy in 2017. He is employed by Baltimore City Police Department.

An April 2018 wedding is planned.


Heine-Brewton December 1, 2017

Carissa Heine of New Holland and Thomas Brewton of Pittsburgh have announced their engagement.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Robert and Jill Heine of New Holland. She graduated from Veritas Academy in 2014 and is scheduled to graduate from Penn State University in 2018. She is pursuing a dietetic internship, with the goal of becoming a registered dietitian.

The groom-to-be is the son of David and Barbara Brewton of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Obama Academy in Pittsburgh Public Schools in 2014 and is scheduled to graduate from Penn State University in 2018.

A July 2018 wedding is planned.


Meet Paige And Evan November 28, 2017

bride's hometown: Hummelstown, PA

groom's hometown: Manchester, PA

current place of residence: Royersford, PA

bride's occupation: worship arts coordinator

groom's occupation: underwriting associate CL

how they met: The couple first met at Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene in York, PA, where Paige was a worship intern and Evan helped lead the church's young adult small group. Both Paige and Evan helped with the middle school/high school youth group, and Paige recalls being impressed by how much the students respected Evan and how invested he was in their lives.

proposal story: On the couple's four-month anniversary, they went to see "Moses" at Sight & Sound Theatres and then stopped at the same Dunkin Donuts where they'd had their first date. Sitting at the same table they sat at on their first date, Evan presented Paige with a box with a light blue stuffed heart in it that said "Be Mine." After Paige picked up the stuffed heart, she saw another, smaller box beneath it that contained a ring. After Evan proposed and Paige accepted, they went to Paige's house, where friends and family members threw them a surprise engagement party.

length of engagement: one year, to the day

honeymoon destination: Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas

The Wedding

wedding date: February 20, 2016

ceremony location: St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Red Lion, PA

reception location: The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA

wedding colors: light pinks, peach, black and white stripes, and gold glitter

wedding theme: romantic and classy

the menu: buffet featuring chicken, cocoa-marinated beef, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, a salad bar, different kinds of cheeses, the groom's mother's famous punch, Hershey's peanut butter chocolate pie, assorted macaroons and petit fours, and a hot chocolate and coffee bar

wedding cake: lemon cake with raspberry filling and buttercream icing. Each tier was a different design and color: The bottom two layers were different shades of pink to match the bridesmaids' dresses, the third layer had a black and white striped design, and the top was a gold dusted layer with a "To the Moon and Back" cake topper. "Evan and I would say that phrase all throughout our relationship and engagement, and we incorporated that design element throughout our wedding," explains Paige.

flowers: pink cabbage roses, baby's breath, lily of the valley, stephanotis, and white orchids

first dance song: "Come What May" from the movie "Moulin Rouge" sung by Mr. Brennan and Mandi Bell, friends of the groom

favorite element of the reception: a tie between the choreographed mashup father/daughter dance featuring "What A Wonderful World," "The Twist," "Stayin' Alive," "Billy Jean," and "Shake It Off" and the beautifully designed sweetheart table

favors: a Hershey's candy bar in honor, as well as a doughnut from Dunkin Donuts in Hershey in honor of where Evan and Paige had their first date and got engaged

one thing worth splurging on: music. "We wanted to make sure we had a live jazz band that could play music that would capture the feel of our wedding as well as express our taste in music," says Paige.

advice for other brides and grooms planning a wedding: Make sure you take time to take a break from all the planning and invest in your significant other.

Vendors Used

wedding planner: Susan Moran of That's It! Wedding Concepts LLC, Mechanicsburg, PA

photographer: Tennison Photography, Lancaster, PA (or Tennison Commercial Photography )

videographer: Lavon Films, Lancaster, PA

cake and catering: The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA

bride's dress: POSH Bridal Shop, Lancaster, PA

decorations and lighting: Shumaker PDT, Lancaster, PA

flowers: Blooms By Vickrey, Camp Hill, PA

rings: The Jewelers Bench Inc., Hershey, PA

invitations, place cards, programs, and special signage: Persnickety Invitation Studio, York, PA

reception music: David Leonhardt Jazz Group, Easton, PA

hair and makeup: Shelbi Harmes Expressions, Akron, PA

limousine and bus: Premiere #1 Limousine Service, Middletown, PA

church vocalist: mezzosoprano Gwendolyn Bowers, Palmyra, PA

organist: Shawn Gingrich, Hershey PA

harpist: Louis Lynch, Camp Hill, PA

church reception: Linda Bish, Mount Joy, PA

photobooth: Mixed-Up Productions, Harrisburg, PA

bridesmaids' dresses: David's Bridal

groom and groomsmen's suits: Jos. A. Bank

dance lessons: PA DanceSport Ballroom, Hummelstown, PA

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

Paige: The very first thing that my mom and I did together was to book The Hotel Hershey for my reception venue. Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of having my reception at The Hotel Hershey, where my family would go every year for Christmas brunch. It was a dream come true to be able to have it there!

I have been in several weddings, so I knew that organization is key! That being said, I knew that I could not plan a long-distance wedding on my own, since I was in Philadelphia and the wedding was in Hershey, so my mother and I decided to invest in a top-notch wedding planner, Susan Moran from That's It! Wedding Concepts LLC, who pulled off the wedding of my dreams and kept everything and everyone organized.

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

Paige: I found my dream dress at POSH Bridal in Lancaster, PA. I was open to trying a vast variety of dresses, but there were a few elements that I knew the dress must have: a sleeveless design, a sweetheart neckline, chiffon material, and lots of sparkles. When I first tried on my dress, I liked it a lot but decided to keep trying some other dresses. But, when I tried the dress on for a second time, I knew without a doubt that that was my dress. I also liked the back of another dress that had horsehair-like material laced with sparkly gems, and I was able to have that incorporated in my dress as the train/bustle. I also chose a sparkly belt to accent the hourglass shape of the dress. I chose my Betsey Johnson shoes from David's Bridal because I love high heels and they were very sparkly!

For Evan and the groomsmen, we chose Jos. A. Bank because of its wide selection of suits and color choices and because of its many convenient locations. All of the groomsmen wore darker gray suits, while Evan wore a light gray suit that made him stand out. We also wanted the guys to wear plain white dress shirts and brown dress shoes. Evan provided skinny black-and-white checked ties as the groom's gift as well as various crazy socks that described each groomsman.

I gave the bridesmaids the freedom to choose any style dress that would be flattering on them and that would make them feel beautiful and that they could wear again! I chose David's Bridal because of its color choices, wide variety of dress styles, and affordability. I chose four specific colors in the pink and peach spectrum and told the girls that they could choose any dress as long as it was one of the four colors. For the accessories, I gave the girls complete freedom to choose whatever they wanted as long as it was gold and sparkly. My gift to the girls was whatever hairstyles they would like.

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

Paige: To Evan and me, the most important element that we incorporated into every part of our wedding was our relationship with Jesus. From the choice of music for the ceremony to the groomsmen's and bridesmaids' speeches, we wanted everyone to know that we love each other and that we love the Lord.

One special element I wanted in the ceremony was a time of prayer where both families and any pastors who were attending would come up and pray over our marriage. The Rev. Delbert Bieber, who married my parents, led the family and pastoral prayer during the ceremony. Also, Evan's pastor, the Rev. Dr. Bayse Reedy, and my pastor, the Rev. William Russell, both co-officiated the service and married us. These three men have a very special place in my heart, and they were an integral part of making our wedding day so special.


Snyder-Blue November 23, 2017

Larry and Jill Snyder of Elizabethtown have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kaitlyn Snyder of Elizabethtown, to Brandon Blue of Elizabethtown.

The bride-elect graduated from Mount Calvary Christian School in 2013.

The groom-to-be is the son of Jane Fitzpatrick of Elizabethtown and Harold Blue of Palmyra. He graduated from Elizabethtown Area High School in 2011 and is employed by B.R. Kreider and Sons in Manheim.

A September 2019 wedding is planned.


Chronister-Spoonhour November 22, 2017

The marriage of Jenna Spoonhour and Matthew Chronister took place on Sept. 23 at Calvary Bible Church in Mount Joy. Pastor Jonathan Kauffman officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Alan and Marcia Spoonhour of Mount Joy. She graduated from Donegal High School in 2007 and Penn State Mont Alto in 2009. She is a physical therapy assistant at Drayer Physical Therapy in Rohrerstown.

The groom is the son of Gary and Angie Chronister of West York. He graduated from West York High School in 2010 and York College in 2014. He is a procurement analyst at Clark Associates in Lancaster.

The bride was given in marriage by her father.

The reception took place at the Manheim Farm Show Building in Manheim.

After a wedding trip to the Finger Lakes Region of New York, the couple resides in Hallam.


Swarr-Einsig November 17, 2017

Amber Swarr of York and Karac Einsig of York have announced their engagement.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Deb McDonald of Rising Sun, Md., and the late Amos Swarr III. She graduated from Columbia High School in 2001 and is employed by Sonoco Display and Packaging in Hellam.

Mr. Einsig is the son of Jeff and Cindy Einsig of Wellsville. He graduated from Northern High School in 2001.

A July 2018 wedding is planned.


Sheaffer-Myers November 17, 2017

Terry and Sandra Sheaffer of York have announced the engagement of their daughter, Tessa M. Sheaffer of York Haven, to Steven M. Myers of York Haven.

The bride-elect graduated from West York Area High School and from Dickinson College. She attends Widener University Commonwealth Law School and is employed by The Hamme Law Firm LLC, York.

Mr. Myers is the son of Jay and Roxanne Myers of York. He graduated from Northeastern High School and from ITT Tech. He is employed by GGS Information Services, York.

An August 2018 wedding is planned.


Lefever-Herr November 15, 2017

Craig and Ginger Lefever of Millersville have announced the engagement of their daughter Taylor Lefever of Millersville to Brandon Herr of Drumore.

The bride-elect graduated from Penn Manor High School in 2014. She is employed by Lancaster-Lebanon Intermidiate Unit 13 in Lancaster.

Mr. Herr is the son of Bryan and Kelly Herr of Drumore. He graduated from Solanco High School in 2012. He is employed by Restaurant Mechanical Services in Mountville.

A September 2018 wedding is planned.


Dwyer-Sedlacek November 13, 2017

The wedding of Jan Lynne Sedlacek and Roger Lee Dwyer took place on Oct. 15 at Saint Mary's Chapel in Elverson.

The Rev. Bernard Maguire officiated at the ceremony, which was blessed by R. Alan Lindsay, Saint Mary's pastoral leader. The musician was Katie Rutt, and the soloist was Gayle Lindsay. This was the first wedding at Saint Mary's Chapel since it reopened in September 2013.

Jeannie Potts was the matron of honor, and Roger Lee Dwyer Jr. was best man. The bride was escorted by her children, Joelle Sedlacek and John Matlock.

The couple resides in Newtown Square.

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