bride's hometown: Sinking Spring, PA
groom's hometown: Roulette, PA
current place of residence: Conshohocken, PA
bride's occupation: accountant
groom's occupation: social media specialist
proposal story: While visiting his family in picturesque Potter County, PA, Jerry took Nina for a little hike on a hill nearby. "At the top of the hill was a gorgeous view of mountains covered in fall foliage, so we decided to set his camera on the tripod and take a couple self-timer photos," Nina recalls. "After about two photos, I looked over and he was on his knee! I was so caught off guard ... and it was all caught on film."
length of engagement: one and a half years
honeymoon destination: Iceland and the Amalfi Coast of Italy
wedding date: June 3, 2017
ceremony and reception location: Stoltzfus Homestead & Gardens, Gordonville, PA
menu: chicken breast with a tangy bacon marmalade, marsala beef bistro tenders, and whipped sweet potatoes
a special facet of the ceremony: Nina and Jerry's good friend was able to make it home from deployment in Kuwait just in time to be the officiant for their ceremony.
first dance song: "Coming Home" by Leon Bridges
favorite decoration: "I was obsessed with my bouquet," says Nina. "The peonies, the colors, the wild leaves - so beautiful!"
favor: mini bottles of Papa Picarelli's homemade limoncello
something worth splurging on: "A venue you are in love with!" says Nina. "Although Stoltzfus Homestead wasn't that much of a splurge compared to some other places, it was worth every penny because of its fun and relaxed, yet beautiful environment," she explains, adding, "The staff there was phenomenal. We felt so at home, and the venue really made the wedding. Guests are still commenting about how beautiful it was on the Homestead."
photographer: Emily Grace Photography, Elizabethtown, PA
cupcakes: Oregon Dairy, Lititz, PA
hair and makeup: West London Salon, Intercourse, PA
catering: Artistic Foods Catering, York, PA
flowers: Pearls & Petals, Intercourse, PA
The Wedding Planner: What was the first thing you did when you began to plan your wedding? What inspired you to start there?
Nina: Besides estimating the guest count, shopping for venues was first! We felt that everything else - decor, theme, vibe, etc. - would mold around that.
TWP: How did you incorporate the tastes and personalities of both the bride and the groom into the wedding?
Nina: We both just love being outdoors, so we were thrilled to find a venue with a lot of outdoor space and also beautiful indoor space. It allowed us to incorporate a little bit of what we each wanted. For me: elements of nature and home - a mix of bright and pastel flowers, comfort food, and photos of the family. For Jerry: outdoor activities such as cornhole and a fire pit with s'mores.
TWP: What did you find to be the biggest challenge in planning a wedding?
Nina: Working with your budget.
TWP: What is the most important piece of advice you have for other brides and grooms planning a wedding?
Nina: It's probably been said a million times, but just have fun and try not to stress too much! Focus on the few things that are truly important to you and don't sweat the small stuff. I kept on reminding myself that the guests at our wedding are our closest friends and family ... if something didn't go perfectly right or if it didn't look like photos out of a high-end wedding magazine, they would not judge us (if they even noticed). What matters the most to everybody who matters is having fun celebrating love.
Photos by Emily Grace Photography, http://www.emilygracephoto.com