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Kelly & Zach

Meet Kelly and Zach

bride's hometown: Baltimore, MD

groom's hometown: Lancaster, PA

current place of residence: Bel Air, MD

bride's occupation: quality engineer

groom's occupation: procurement representative

how they met: Zach and Kelly met the very first day of freshman orientation at Elizabethtown College. They were assigned to the same peer group and were friends throughout college before starting to date in their senior year.

the proposal: The couple was on the way to Lancaster for Zach's birthday when Zach suggested a surprise stop at Elizabethtown College for lunch. After lunch, Zach said he wanted to take a walk. When they reached the gazebo on campus overlooking the lake, Zach showed Kelly a scrapbook he had made of their entire relationship. The last page said, "Kelly, will you marry me?" After she said yes, they went to a surprise party with their families and friends to celebrate.

length of engagement: a year and a half

honeymoon destination: Jamaica

The Wedding

wedding date: May 19, 2018

ceremony and reception location: Riverdale Manor, Lancaster, PA

wedding colors: purple, gray, and green

wedding theme: natural and romantic

readings during the ceremony: an excerpt from "Les Miserables" (bride's choice) and "Thank You" by Led Zeppelin (groom's choice).

special music: Kelly and Zach each chose the instrumental song that was performed by Cherrywood Ensembles as they walked into the ceremony. Kelly chose "All I Ask of You" from "The Phantom of the Opera," and Zach chose "Thank You" by Led Zeppelin.

something that made the ceremony extra special: The officiant was a longtime family friend.

flowers: wildflowers in bright and happy colors

the menu: tomato soup shooters with mini grilled cheese, Buffalo chicken wonton cups, smoked salmon bites, a grilled pizza station, a kebab station, a carving station, and a late-night popcorn station

cake: carrot cake, plus a dessert bar that included assorted mini bar cookies and whoopie pies, carrot cake, peach pie, and coconut custard tart

first dance song: "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

favorite aspects of the day: All of Riverdale Manor! Flowers! And the grilled pizza!

favor: succulents

Vendors

photography: Emily Grace Photography, Elizabethtown, PA

disc jockey: Occasions Disc Jockeys, Elizabethtown, PA

ceremony musicians: Cherrywood String Ensembles, Lancaster

flowers: Petals with Style, Lancaster, PA

catering: Thyme & Seasons, Lancaster, PA

dresses for the bride and bridesmaids: K&B Bridals, Bel Air, MD

shuttle: Shultz Transportation, Willow Street, PA

rehearsal dinner: The Greenfield Restaurant, Lancaster, PA

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

Kelly and Zach: The first thing we did was find our venue and set our wedding date. By picking the wedding venue first, it helped to define the whole feel of the day, which made everything else easier to plan!

TWP: How did you select the bride's dress and the bridesmaids' dresses?

Kelly: We picked purple for the color for the bridal party because we thought it would pop against the landscape. The bridesmaids picked their own styles within that color. I selected my dress by trying multiple styles until finally feeling like a bride!

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

Kelly and Zach: The ceremony was personalized to be exactly "Zach and Kelly." The ceremony music selections and readings incorporated each of our personalities and favorite music. The ceremony was designed by both of us and our officiant, a longtime family friend.

Additionally, we love food and were really excited for the choices for appetizers, dinner, and desserts (although it is so true that the bride and groom don't have time to eat!).

Riverdale Manor was also a perfect reflection of our personalities. We chose the venue together, and it was love at first sight!

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

Kelly and Zach: The biggest challenge was staying organized. There are a lot of details, and it's a lot to coordinate. But with the support of your partner and other close friends and family, wedding planning can be fun!

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

Kelly and Zach: Plan ahead and do as much as you possibly can ahead of time. Don't procrastinate! That way, the final days leading up to the wedding are fun and relaxing, rather than stressful.

Photos by Emily Grace Photography, emilygracephoto.com

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