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
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
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, http://www.lovefusionphoto.com