bride's hometown: Manheim, PA -
groom's hometown: Manheim, PA
current place of residence: Manheim, PA
bride's occupation: administrative assistant and student
groom's occupation: landscaper
how they met: Sierra and Shane went to high school together and started dating during their senior year.
proposal story: Each Memorial Day weekend, Shane, Sierra, and Shane's family camp at a place called the Spring House in Juniata County. The highlight of the trip is canoeing down the Juniata River, and as Shane and Sierra were canoeing, Shane asked to pull over so they could stretch their legs. As they walked along the river, Shane stopped, got down on one knee, and proposed. But that wasn't the only surprise for Sierra. "My whole family and his whole family were standing behind trees taking photos of us," Sierra recalls.
length of engagement: 11 months
honeymoon destination: Majestic Elegance in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
wedding date: May 20, 2017
ceremony and reception location: Lakefield Weddings, Manheim, PA
wedding colors: blush pink, gold, and champagne
menu: beef brisket, cheesy potatoes, and fruit salad
cake: chocolate and vanilla cake with buttercream icing
first dance song: "You & I," which was customized by the bride and groom and was sung by a friend
favorite decoration: Sierra bought rustic doors off the Lancaster wedding yard sale Facebook page and painted "Love Never Fails" across the top for guests to see as they walked in.
favor: four kinds of homemade jelly made by the bride's family
something worth splurging on: photographer
photography: Janae Rose Photography LLC, Myerstown, PA
cake: Cake and Cup Bake Shoppe, Lititz, PA
food: SEI Catering, Lititz, PA
bride's dress: Country Threads by Gail, Manheim, PA
decorations: Lancaster wedding yard sale page on Facebook
florist: Elm Family Flowers, Manheim, PA
The Wedding Planner: What was the first thing you did when you began to plan your wedding? What inspired you to start there?
Sierra: The first thing we did was pick the venue, which was probably the most fun part. The venue we had was beautiful, and it was the first one we looked at. I was inspired to do this first because it was our biggest expense and it was getting booked very quickly.
TWP: How did you select the bride's dress, the groom's attire, and the outfits of the members of the wedding party?
Sierra: I really did not have any idea as to what I wanted my dress to look like, but one night while driving home from work, I saw my dress in the window of a local dress shop and knew right away that was the dress for me. I called the next morning and bought it.
Pinterest helped me a lot with picking out the groom's attire, and I pretty much let it up to my husband-to-be to choose. After he chose what he liked, we could decide on the bridal party.
For the bridesmaids' dresses, each girl bought her own dress at the store of her choice.
TWP: What is the most important piece of advice you have for other brides and grooms planning a wedding?
Sierra: Enjoy each moment of the wedding planning process, because it will fly by.
Photos by Janae Rose Photography LLC, http://janaerosephotography.com