bride's hometown: Lancaster, PA
groom's hometown: New Castle, PA
current place of residence: Mount Joy, PA
bride's occupation: contact center specialist
groom's occupation: yard jockey
how they met: Emily and Chris were first introduced by mutual friends at a Halloween costume party. "We were two of the only attendees not in costume and later found out that we both worked part-time at the same bar," recalls Emily.
proposal story: While sightseeing on a family vacation in Muncy Valley, Sullivan County, Chris professed his love and devotion atop High Knob Overlook in the Endless Mountain Range, knelt down, and popped the question. "Shut up!" was Emily's response. Chris waited a few moments and asked, "Well, will you?" and Emily, of course, finally said, "Yes!"
length of engagement: 13 months
honeymoon destination: Rather than taking a traditional honeymoon, the couple treated Chris' mother, who was visiting from Montana, and Chris' son to a week in Ocean City, MD.
wedding date: July 3, 2016
ceremony location: Breezyview Overlook, Columbia, PA
reception location: Perfect Settings (owned by Daisy Pagan), Columbia, PA
wedding colors: beige and blue
wedding theme: elegant peacock
menu: mini crab cakes, beef bruschetta, cheese and fruit tray, roast beef, vegetable lasagna, broiled lemon pepper haddock, side salad, spiced carrots with apples and raisins, steamed asparagus, wild rice, and roasted Parmesan red potatoes
cake: a four-tiered cake, with two tiers of chocolate with peanut butter filling and two tiers of white cake with strawberry fruit filling
flowers: white roses, white ranunculus, and purple and Malibu blue orchids. "Half of the centerpieces were tall, live curly willows, and the other half were short white hydrangeas," Emily says.
first dance song: "Only You Can Love Me This Way" by Keith Urban
special elements included in the ceremony: a sand ceremony to include Chris' son, Malachi; a special Bible reading by Emily's grandmother, Claire Storm; and a blessing over the meal by Emily's grandfather, Albert Storm
favorite element: "It's impossible to choose favorites!" exclaims Emily.
favor: peacock feather bottle opener and/or wine bottle stopper
one thing worth splurging on: photography
photographer: Emily Grace Photography, Elizabethtown, PA
music (ceremony and reception): DJ Fade (Jere Lefever) of Fade Productions, Lancaster, PA
flowers: Floral Designs of Mount Joy, Mount Joy, PA
officiant: Renee Heller, Celebrant, Lancaster, PA
day-of coordination: Daisy Pagan of Perfect Settings, Columbia, PA
hairstylist for bride and bridesmaids: Ashlie Clapper of Kauffman's Salon, Columbia, PA
bride and bridesmaids' dresses: David's Bridal
groom and groomsmen's attire: Men's Wearhouse
limousine rentals: Premiere #1 Limousine Service, Middletown, PA
catering: Classic Cuisine Catering, Palmyra, PA
outdoor chair rentals: Fricke Hardware & Rental, Columbia, PA
decorations: Edward Bullock Wedding Planning
linens: Special Occasions and Queen Street Linens, Lancaster, PA
cake: Mary Frances Kreiser, a family friend
videography: Mitchell Weaver, a cousin
wedding planning: Joan Barr, the bride's mother
The Wedding Planner: What was the first thing you did when you began to plan your wedding? What inspired you to start there?
Emily: We started by researching venues and catering. These two are the most costly and take the most room in the budget.
TWP: How did you select the bride's dress, the groom's attire and the outfits of the members of the wedding party?
Emily: Chris and I selected our attire based on comfort, and it definitely proved to be worth it when the big day arrived. The bridesmaids chose their own style to reflect their personality with comfort in mind! The groomsmen matched the groom except for the bowtie, so the groom would stand out.
TWP: How did you incorporate the tastes and personalities of both the bride and the groom into the wedding?
Emily: I was most concerned with keeping the ceremony meaningful and the reception fun. The celebrant and the disc jockey played a huge role in helping make that happen. Chris was most interested in the food and beverage choices, so he approved the menu!
TWP: What did you find to be the biggest challenge in planning a wedding?
Emily: Finding enough time outside of work and other obligations to meet with potential vendors. It's more time-consuming than we ever realized!
TWP: What is the most important piece of advice you have for other brides and grooms planning a wedding?
Emily: Enjoy the process, accept help from those who offer, keep an open mind and remember to toast often to your engagement!