Sarah & Brenden

Meet Sarah and Brenden

bride's hometown: Hellam, PA

groom's hometown: Bridgewater, CT

current place of residence: Hellam, PA

bride's occupation: registered nurse

groom's occupation: tree service worker

how they met: In 2010, Sarah was a missionary serving at a clinic in Saint-Marc, Haiti, and Brenden was on an aid trip in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with some military friends. When a cholera outbreak happened in Sarah's town, Brenden's group traveled north to offer their skills, and the two began working together.

the proposal: Sarah and Brenden took a weekend trip to Rhode Island, along with Sarah's parents. After taking the ferry to Block Island, they rode bikes around the island, ending up at a lighthouse. Brenden proposed while they stood together overlooking the bluffs.

length of engagement: 10 months

honeymoon destination: Oahu and Maui, HI

The Wedding

wedding date: April 21, 2018

ceremony location: Stony Brook Mennonite Church, York, PA

reception location: Stone Mill Inn, Hallam, PA

wedding colors: sage and lilac

something that made the ceremony extra special: The bride and groom led worship singing during the wedding ceremony, which also included Communion.

unity ceremony included in the ceremony: the lighting of a unity candle

flowers: All of the flowers for the day - which included purple lilacs, white roses, succulents, and eucalyptus, as well as the roses, berries, and ivy that filled lanterns that were included in the centerpieces - were arranged by the groom's mother.

the menu: beef tenderloin, chicken bianca, and eggplant lasagna

cake: three separate "tiers" of lemon cake with raspberry filling

first dance song: "Oh True Love" by The Everly Brothers

favorite decoration: The bride's father made a wooden arch with a chandelier.

favor: chocolate

something worth splurging on: the videographer


photography: Rebecca Shivers Photography, Denver, PA

videography: Invision Video Productions, Leola, PA

disc jockey: DJ Mast Productions, Lancaster, PA

wedding dress: Blush Bridal, Lancaster, PA

attire of groom and groomsmen: Men's Wearhouse

cake: Jennifer Stricker, Akron, PA

catering: GingerBabies Catering, York, PA

hair and makeup: Salon Nouveau, York, PA

The Wedding Planner: What was the first thing you did when you began to plan your wedding? What inspired you to start there?

Sarah: We first booked the venue. We started with this because we were really hoping to have our reception at the Stone Mill Inn and were willing to be flexible with the dates available there. We chose our wedding date based on what they had open.

TWP: How did you select the bride's dress, the groom's attire, and the outfits of the members of the wedding party?

Sarah: Blush Bridal was recommended by a friend, and while we did search other shops for a wedding dress, I kept thinking about a dress I had tried on there. The bridesmaids' dresses were ordered from an online site because it seemed the easiest option with a large wedding party.

We chose Men's Wearhouse for the groom's and groomsmen's attire. The chain store option was appealing because all the groomsmen were located out of state. We were able to choose pieces in York, and groomsmen were fitted in Connecticut.

TWP: How did you incorporate the tastes and personalities of both the bride and the groom into the wedding?

Sarah: The groom was very flexible!

The ceremony was performed by my uncle. Together, Brenden and I planned the ceremony, discussing what was important to each of us to include.

TWP: What did you find to be the biggest challenge in planning a wedding?

Coordinating all the time frames of the day. Most vendors are booked for a certain time frame, and making sure those time frames overlapped and coordinated with other vendor needs was a challenge. Our photographer and videographer were very helpful with this.

TWP: What is the most important piece of advice you have for other brides and grooms planning a wedding?

Sarah: A piece of advice shared with us from a friend: Remember that ultimately you are planning a marriage.

Photos by Rebecca Shivers Photography, rebeccashiversphotography.com

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