bride's hometown: Hummelstown, PA
groom's hometown: Manchester, PA
current place of residence: Royersford, PA
bride's occupation: worship arts coordinator
groom's occupation: underwriting associate CL
how they met: The couple first met at Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene in York, PA, where Paige was a worship intern and Evan helped lead the church's young adult small group. Both Paige and Evan helped with the middle school/high school youth group, and Paige recalls being impressed by how much the students respected Evan and how invested he was in their lives.
proposal story: On the couple's four-month anniversary, they went to see "Moses" at Sight & Sound Theatres and then stopped at the same Dunkin Donuts where they'd had their first date. Sitting at the same table they sat at on their first date, Evan presented Paige with a box with a light blue stuffed heart in it that said "Be Mine." After Paige picked up the stuffed heart, she saw another, smaller box beneath it that contained a ring. After Evan proposed and Paige accepted, they went to Paige's house, where friends and family members threw them a surprise engagement party.
length of engagement: one year, to the day
honeymoon destination: Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas
wedding date: February 20, 2016
ceremony location: St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Red Lion, PA
reception location: The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA
wedding colors: light pinks, peach, black and white stripes, and gold glitter
wedding theme: romantic and classy
the menu: buffet featuring chicken, cocoa-marinated beef, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, a salad bar, different kinds of cheeses, the groom's mother's famous punch, Hershey's peanut butter chocolate pie, assorted macaroons and petit fours, and a hot chocolate and coffee bar
wedding cake: lemon cake with raspberry filling and buttercream icing. Each tier was a different design and color: The bottom two layers were different shades of pink to match the bridesmaids' dresses, the third layer had a black and white striped design, and the top was a gold dusted layer with a "To the Moon and Back" cake topper. "Evan and I would say that phrase all throughout our relationship and engagement, and we incorporated that design element throughout our wedding," explains Paige.
flowers: pink cabbage roses, baby's breath, lily of the valley, stephanotis, and white orchids
first dance song: "Come What May" from the movie "Moulin Rouge" sung by Mr. Brennan and Mandi Bell, friends of the groom
favorite element of the reception: a tie between the choreographed mashup father/daughter dance featuring "What A Wonderful World," "The Twist," "Stayin' Alive," "Billy Jean," and "Shake It Off" and the beautifully designed sweetheart table
favors: a Hershey's candy bar in honor, as well as a doughnut from Dunkin Donuts in Hershey in honor of where Evan and Paige had their first date and got engaged
one thing worth splurging on: music. "We wanted to make sure we had a live jazz band that could play music that would capture the feel of our wedding as well as express our taste in music," says Paige.
advice for other brides and grooms planning a wedding: Make sure you take time to take a break from all the planning and invest in your significant other.
wedding planner: Susan Moran of That's It! Wedding Concepts LLC, Mechanicsburg, PA
photographer: Tennison Photography, Lancaster, PA (or Tennison Commercial Photography )
videographer: Lavon Films, Lancaster, PA
cake and catering: The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA
bride's dress: POSH Bridal Shop, Lancaster, PA
decorations and lighting: Shumaker PDT, Lancaster, PA
flowers: Blooms By Vickrey, Camp Hill, PA
rings: The Jewelers Bench Inc., Hershey, PA
invitations, place cards, programs, and special signage: Persnickety Invitation Studio, York, PA
reception music: David Leonhardt Jazz Group, Easton, PA
hair and makeup: Shelbi Harmes Expressions, Akron, PA
limousine and bus: Premiere #1 Limousine Service, Middletown, PA
church vocalist: mezzosoprano Gwendolyn Bowers, Palmyra, PA
organist: Shawn Gingrich, Hershey PA
harpist: Louis Lynch, Camp Hill, PA
church reception: Linda Bish, Mount Joy, PA
photobooth: Mixed-Up Productions, Harrisburg, PA
bridesmaids' dresses: David's Bridal
groom and groomsmen's suits: Jos. A. Bank
dance lessons: PA DanceSport Ballroom, Hummelstown, PA
The Wedding Planner: What was the first thing you did when you began to plan your wedding? What inspired you to start there?
Paige: The very first thing that my mom and I did together was to book The Hotel Hershey for my reception venue. Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of having my reception at The Hotel Hershey, where my family would go every year for Christmas brunch. It was a dream come true to be able to have it there!
I have been in several weddings, so I knew that organization is key! That being said, I knew that I could not plan a long-distance wedding on my own, since I was in Philadelphia and the wedding was in Hershey, so my mother and I decided to invest in a top-notch wedding planner, Susan Moran from That's It! Wedding Concepts LLC, who pulled off the wedding of my dreams and kept everything and everyone organized.
TWP: How did you select the bride's dress, the groom's attire and the outfits of the members of the wedding party?
Paige: I found my dream dress at POSH Bridal in Lancaster, PA. I was open to trying a vast variety of dresses, but there were a few elements that I knew the dress must have: a sleeveless design, a sweetheart neckline, chiffon material, and lots of sparkles. When I first tried on my dress, I liked it a lot but decided to keep trying some other dresses. But, when I tried the dress on for a second time, I knew without a doubt that that was my dress. I also liked the back of another dress that had horsehair-like material laced with sparkly gems, and I was able to have that incorporated in my dress as the train/bustle. I also chose a sparkly belt to accent the hourglass shape of the dress. I chose my Betsey Johnson shoes from David's Bridal because I love high heels and they were very sparkly!
For Evan and the groomsmen, we chose Jos. A. Bank because of its wide selection of suits and color choices and because of its many convenient locations. All of the groomsmen wore darker gray suits, while Evan wore a light gray suit that made him stand out. We also wanted the guys to wear plain white dress shirts and brown dress shoes. Evan provided skinny black-and-white checked ties as the groom's gift as well as various crazy socks that described each groomsman.
I gave the bridesmaids the freedom to choose any style dress that would be flattering on them and that would make them feel beautiful and that they could wear again! I chose David's Bridal because of its color choices, wide variety of dress styles, and affordability. I chose four specific colors in the pink and peach spectrum and told the girls that they could choose any dress as long as it was one of the four colors. For the accessories, I gave the girls complete freedom to choose whatever they wanted as long as it was gold and sparkly. My gift to the girls was whatever hairstyles they would like.
TWP: How did you incorporate the tastes and personalities of both the bride and the groom into the wedding?
Paige: To Evan and me, the most important element that we incorporated into every part of our wedding was our relationship with Jesus. From the choice of music for the ceremony to the groomsmen's and bridesmaids' speeches, we wanted everyone to know that we love each other and that we love the Lord.
One special element I wanted in the ceremony was a time of prayer where both families and any pastors who were attending would come up and pray over our marriage. The Rev. Delbert Bieber, who married my parents, led the family and pastoral prayer during the ceremony. Also, Evan's pastor, the Rev. Dr. Bayse Reedy, and my pastor, the Rev. William Russell, both co-officiated the service and married us. These three men have a very special place in my heart, and they were an integral part of making our wedding day so special.