bride's hometown: York, PA
groom's hometown: York, PA
current place of residence: Dallastown, PA
bride's occupation: special education teacher at Central York School District
groom's occupation: global learning development associate at McCormick & Co.
how they met: Megan and Austin first met as fifth-graders at North Hills Elementary in Central York School District. They grew up hanging around with the same friends and playing sports. During senior year, Austin asked Megan to go to the prom with him, and the two began dating during the remaining part of the school year and continued their relationship throughout college at Penn State University and Lebanon Valley College.
proposal story: Austin had been intending to propose during two different adventures he planned. Unfortunately, as a teacher, Megan had picked up a bug at school and got very sick, and Austin had to cancel his plans two weekends in a row. Undeterred, he planned a trip to see the lights and flowers at Longwood Gardens when Megan was feeling better, and the two spent the evening walking around Longwood Gardens and enjoying the sights. Right before they were about to leave, Austin asked a woman to take their picture in the conservatory, and as she was taking the photo, he got down on one knee and proposed.
length of engagement: a year and a half
honeymoon destination: Sandals Grande Resort in Antigua
wedding date: June 18, 2016
ceremony and reception location: Wyndridge Farm, Dallastown, PA
wedding colors: coral and gold
wedding theme: rustic chic
the menu: house salad, raspberry sorbet, free-range chicken or flank steak with garlic herb mashed potatoes and grilled lemon butter asparagus
wedding cake: vanilla, plus cupcakes in the flavors of raspberry, chocolate with peanut butter, vanilla, and carrot cake with cream cheese icing
favorite food items: the appetizers during cocktail hour - spring rolls, crab and asparagus mini quiche, rosemary and basil flatbread, and pork sliders
flowers: baby's breath, orange roses, curly willow, gold/orange cockscomb, raspberry pods, green succulents, peach hypericum berry, coral gerbera, and gold crespedia
favorite design element: the historic barn at Wyndridge where the reception took place with the simple decor
first dance song: "Mean to Me" by Brett Eldredge
favor: Since Austin works at McCormick, the couple gave each guest a test tube filled with a unique spice from his company. They attached a sign that read, "Thanks for spicing up our special day."
one thing worth splurging on: venue
photography: Chad Lippiatt Photo, Glen Rock, PA
cake: The Flour Child, Columbia, PA
disc jockey: Ray Thomas, Carlisle, PA
bride's dress: Lilla's Bridal Boutique, York, PA
bridesmaids' dresses: David's Bridal, York, PA
groom/groomsmen's attire: Jos. A. Bank, York, PA
florist: Lincolnway Flower Shop, York, PA
decorations: all do-it-yourself, using supplies from Etsy, Joann Fabric & Craft Stores, wholesale florists, and antique
hair: Salon Nouveau, York, PA
makeup: Brandi Hill Makeup Artist, Emigsville, PA
catering: Wyndridge Farm, Dallastown, PA
The Wedding Planner: What was the first thing you did when you began to plan your wedding? What inspired you to start there?
Megan: The first thing we did was to create a list of how many guests we would be asking to the wedding. This gave us a concrete idea of what venues we could look at and also what questions to ask the venues when we visited based upon the number of guests we would potentially be having. That helped narrow our venue search and provide clarity.
TWP: How did you select the bride's dress, the groom's attire, and the outfits of the members of the wedding party?
Megan: I was very specific that I wanted something unique and different on the bottom of my dress. When we went looking, I asked several consultants to show me dresses that would fit this qualification. I went to two dress shops and ended up at Lilla's. The dress I chose was the very first dress they put me in at Lilla's! I started to cry when I had it on, and my family was teary too!
We wanted something classic and timeless for the boys. We selected Jos. A. Bank because of their quality and also their ability to connect with our groomsmen who lived various places in the United States. We chose black suits with white shirts and black ties, because it complemented the girls' dresses very well.
I wanted unique and different bridesmaids' dresses that you wouldn't traditionally see. We went to two shops in Hershey and Lancaster and ended up back in York at David's Bridal, where we found the gold sequin dress that I was in love with. I saw it online and at other stores and it was too pricey, but David's had the look and price just right!
TWP: How did you incorporate the tastes and personalities of both the bride and the groom into the wedding?
Megan: Austin and I are very simple and hands-on when it comes to making things our own. We did all the decorations on our own, gave favors unique to Austin's line of work, had our pastor incorporate many personal stories and connections into our ceremony, and finally we just let the beauty of Wyndridge speak for itself. We love rustic places, and the restored barn and outdoor wedding venue took your breath away, so simple decor was all we needed!
TWP: What did you find to be the biggest challenge in planning a wedding?
Megan: Communication with the bridal party was a challenge, because of the members living in all different places. We found it helpful to share Google Docs or emails with them to keep them informed and on top of things like getting their outfits altered.
TWP: What is the most important piece of advice you have for other brides and grooms planning a wedding?
Megan: Create a spreadsheet or organizational list with all of your vendors and information on it to provide you with easy access in one place for all parties involved to be able to see. Plan ahead! It's a wonderful thing not feeling stressed two months before your wedding because everything was all taken care of and booked early.