Classical Elegant Summer Wedding

From the beautiful Bride… Family, tradition and love have always been what I hold most dear.

I remember spending Sundays sitting in the pews of our Moravian church, my feet barely touching the floor, daydreaming of my wedding at the church where I was baptized, and my family has worshipped and married for several generations. Many years later, that dream came true. Andrew and I were married on a beautiful summer day on Saturday, August 16th, 2014 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, my childhood home.

It was the beauty and architecture of the Lititz Moravian Church and the Lancaster Country Club that guided the theme for our wedding day; classic, traditional elegance with soft, angelic, and romantic colors and textures. Our ceremony would represent everything that was special to me growing up in this church; the warm congregation, the beautiful music, the timeless elegance of the chandeliers, the stain glass windows that beamed the shining light, and the genuine beauty of the historic sanctuary. Our black tie theme reflected the classic, stately beauty of the church’s architecture and grounds.

After the ceremony our guests would arrive at the historic Lancaster Country Club. The cocktail hour would be where our guests could mingle, enjoy cocktails and appetizers, while embracing the beautiful rolling green hills of Lancaster County, and soft orange evening light on a warm, beautiful summer night. Our reception would be where we all toss off our shoes and party with Don Eaton’s incredible ten-piece band, and enjoy a three course meal and dessert and coffee bar. We envisioned a night full of love and laughter with our closest family and friends.

The moment Andrew proposed I was determined to find my dream wedding gown which would encompass all of the things I wanted to feel on my wedding day; beautiful and elegant. I had my heart set on finding a gown with a long train and delicate, cathedral length veil. The classic beauty of both the church and country club inspired me to find a gown that was truly special. After browsing through countless bridal magazines and Pinterest to find inspiration for my gown, I found “The Dress,” which was called “Coco” and designed by Amsale. The dress was the perfect blend of feminine, sexy, elegant, classic and fun. We added custom lace cap sleeves to the gown, which was the perfect touch. I knew the second I tried the dress on that I loved it and would have the time of my life in this dress – and I surely did! Andrew wore a custom Alton Lane tuxedo and Allen Edmond shoes. My sister and Maid of Honor wore a lace Amsale bridesmaid gown in blush and Badgley Mischka heels.

Our wedding stationery was designed by Renee Connors of Designs by Renee. We were amazed by her incredible work. My love for simple elegance was the theme going into our save the dates, invitations, church programs, and menu cards – tied with an ivory or light pink bow, classic raised letter fonts and beautiful hand written calligraphy for each invitation.

Among the many details of planning a wedding I knew there was another element that was extremely important to us. I’ve loved and appreciated photography for many years, so of course for my wedding day it was a must to have incredible photography and videography. It was important for us to capture every moment; the first look, walking down the aisle, all the small details of the welcome bags, guest book, advice cards, signature cocktails, and the expressions on all of our faces throughout the night. Jeremy Hess from Jeremy Hess Photographers and Derek Lavon from Lavon Films were the teams we hired to work with us on our big day. I immediately fell in love with their creations which had an artistic and editorial approach.From the NYC engagement shoot, planning meetings and wedding week walk through’s at the venues, I was blown away by Jeremy & Derek’s professionalism, exceptional organizational skills, patience and natural ability to make us feel comfortable in front of the camera. They truly made our wedding planning and wedding day experience so memorable.

After ten incredible months of wedding planning our big day was here. We spent the wedding morning with our respective families getting pampered, sharing stories and reminiscing – over mimosas for the girls and Bloody Mary’s for the guys. Andrew and I planned to share our first look in private before the ceremony in the church garden. Every sort of emotion and nerve was felt but the second we locked eyes and held each other in our arms we were immediately calm and subdued and ready for show time! It was such a surreal and touching moment that I’ll never forget. Following my first look with Andrew prior to our ceremony, I had a “first look” with my dad where he saw me in my wedding dress for the first time. He looked so happy and proud. I’ll always remember that moment and how incredibly sweet and special it was.

For the beautiful ceremony Reverend Dean Jurgen officiated. Our mothers lit the Unity Candle to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach, my sister entered to “Air” from Water Music by G.F Handel and my dad and I walked down the aisle to “Trumpet Voluntary” by J. Clarke. During our ceremony the congregation sang “Joyful, Joyful” and our soloist, Richard Jackson and organist, Dr. Jeffrey Gemmel sang, “The Lord’s Prayer” by A.H. Malotte. While Andrew and I lit our unity candle Richard sang, “Oh Perfect Love” by J. Barnby. These were all songs sung at my parents wedding thirty-four years ago, which was very special. Exchanging vows was such a sweet moment as we held hands and looked at each other with love while fighting back tears. Before we knew it we were being pronounced husband and wife with a loud cheering of applause. Following our ceremony our guests lingered on the front lawn as they enjoyed refreshments; homemade lemonade and water with frozen blueberries. Exiting the church we were greeted by our guests who tossed light pink rose petals into the air as Andrew and I were whisked off to the reception in a silver 1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud.

We continued the celebration at the Lancaster Country Club. The cocktail hour was al fresco (which I love). We had an open bar and also offered a champagne cocktail named, “The Kristini” made of champagne, pink lemonade and a lemon garnish. Passed hors d’oeuvres were served, the crowd-pleasers being the asiago stuffed potatoes, prosciutto, cantaloupe and honeydew kabobs, bacon wrapped scallops with sweet basil, and filo shells stuffed with crab. Live music was performed eloquently while the guest mingled while soaking in the warm summer evening breeze during our extended cocktail hour on the patio.

When we walked into our reception space our entire vision was executed flawlessly. Gold chiavari chairs and ivory linens adorned our tables topped with our menu which was tied beautifully with a satin light pink bow. Blush Damask linens draped over the sweetheart and dessert table creating a lovely contrast. Beautiful medium size vases and larger blooming arrangements done in a palette of ivory and blush, all soft, elegant and delicate flowers created a skyline of pale beauty that reflected the warmth of the votive candle light, and hinted at the panorama of the city we know and love. Stacia of Petals with Style incorporated ivory and light blush roses, hydrangea, garden roses and ranunculus. Our “Spread the Love” wedding favors of homemade strawberry jam, made and sold at the famous Lancaster County Farmers Market, accompanied each place setting. Each had a delicate lace placed over top with a satin light pink bow to continue with our theme.

Traditional recipes for pies and cakes are an important part of the German-Dutch culture of Lancaster County, and many recipes are passed down from generation to generation. Following the cake cutting ceremony our dessert bar and coffee station served Lancaster County traditional favorites such as miniature whoopie pies and shoofly pies, chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing, fresh fruit tarts, and key lime bites. Our beautiful wedding cake, by Byers Bakery, was a three tiered cake with white buttercream icing and white with raspberry filling. Touches of ivory and blush roses, ranunculus and porcelina spray roses were accented throughout.

The Don Eaton Band was certainly a highlight of our wedding day, with the dance floor packed until the second encore at the end of the night. The ten-piece band played the latest contemporary hits, my all-time favorite country songs, rock classics, and the hits from the 50’s to the 90’s. Each musician was very talented leaving our guests in awe of their range and level of perfection.

When it was time for the bridal party to be announced, our guests circled the dance floor as our parents and siblings came into the ballroom to the hit song, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. With the crowd cheering, Andrew and I were announced and excitedly came in to “Signed, Sealed Delivered” by Stevie Wonder. It was quite an entrance with everyone on their feet clapping and singing. Immediately following our grand entrance we danced our first dance to Michael Buble’s, “Everything.” Our first dance was choreographed with lifts, dips and twirls which was a lot of fun and left our guests excited to see what fun dance move proceeded. The highlight was when Andrew lifted me in the air and spun me in a circle mid song with a romantic dip and kiss at the end. At this moment I remember feeling sheer happiness and hoping the night would never end.

In between the dancing, the toasts and greeting of our guests we were served several courses prepared by the LCC resident chef, and ate and drank the most delicious food and drinks. We spent time enjoying the company of our dearest family and friends.

The party was truly one to remember and one which could have lasted all night long! We could not have asked for more. All of our vendors did a wonderful job in helping us create the perfect day that reflected our story as a couple. Our wedding was warm, personal, and full of so many tender and loving moments. It was a day full of love, and it was better than we could have ever imagined. Our family and friends helped to make it an unforgettable day, which we’re ever so grateful for. I have no doubt that all of our guests felt the undying love between Andrew and I and how blissful and thankful we were to share this memorable day with them.

Photography: Jeremy Hess Photographers | Cinematography: Lavon Films | Event Planning: Wes Taylor | Floral Design: Petals with Style | Wedding Dress: “Coco” By Amsale | Wedding Cake: Byers Bakery | Invitations: Designs by Renee | Ceremony Venue: Lititz Moravian Church | Reception Venue: Lancaster Country Club | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Wedding Bands: Ream Jewelers | Hair & Makeup: Trim Salon | Band: Don Eaton Band | Groom’s Attire: Alton Lane | Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Bridal Party Robes: Pretty Plum Sugar | Bridal Purse: Kate Spade | Bride & Groom 1963 Rolls Royce: Michael’s Motor Cars | Bride’s Jewelry: Saks Fifth Avenue | Dance Lessons: New York Partner Dance | Guest Transportation: Elite Coach | Linens: Special Occasions | Maid of Honor Dress: Amsale | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Pressroom

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