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Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Gabrielle and her fiance (now husband), Ben. They knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding and they were very good at expressing it (which I love)!

I thought it would be fun to interview Gabrielle about her experience planning her wedding. She answered my questions, like she does everything, deep from the heart and with excitement! Enjoy…

How did you & Ben meet? Ben and I officially met through mutual friends. We knew each other’s names from around town, but never really were in one another’s presence. I sing at the church we got married in and from time to time, Ben would come to church. As he would walk up the aisle to receive holy communion, he would always attempt to make eye contact with me and smile at me. I would smile back, but I was never truly interested in him. I guess he admired me though. Hence why he always had the cheesiest smile on his face! Eventually friends linked us up and we were together ever since!

Tell me a little about the proposal…
I was definitely thrown off-guard! A little history first about the actual “date.” Ben proposed to me on Friday, February 26, 2016. The number “26” has always been a special number to us because we both were born on the 26th. Ben in June and I in May. So our proposal was special right off the bat because it involved “our” number. That day, Ben and I spent the entire day doing activities that we have done throughout the 5 years we had been dating. We went out to breakfast at our favorite breakfast spot, got a couples massage and then went for a walk in Valley Forge Park. This was the very spot that I recalled 5 years ago taking a walk with Ben and realizing I was falling for him. And since that time, we continuously enjoyed our walks there and even began riding bikes there! So it was pretty appropriate that he end up proposing to me in the park. Surprisingly, the weather was gorgeous on February 26th. We began walking and made our way to the chapel that resides in the park. He picked the perfect spot to propose. It happened under the Rivendell Arches of the chapel. It was private, surreal, beautiful and genuine. I could barely raise my voice above a whisper to say, “Yes,” when he popped the infamous question. What a beautiful way to begin the very start of our newest adventure together. It was perfect!

What surprised you most about planning your wedding?
I would say how easy planning was for me. Granted, I am exceptionally organized, but numerous brides kept telling me about the stresses of planning a wedding and I can honestly say, there was not one point that I felt “stressed.” I can only hope other brides encounter a similar experience!

What (or who) did you find was your best resource for planning your wedding?
My best resource was without a doubt, my sister. Christina and her husband, Denny, got married only 4 months prior to Ben and myself. So she was most knowledgeable and helpful when it came to any questions or thoughts I had!

 

What was your inspiration for your wedding day details?
I would have to say, the summer. Ben and I got married on August 26th, so I knew from the very start of planning our wedding, that I wanted it to be light, airy, summery and romantic. I believe all seasons are easy to plan a wedding in, but I had the most fun planning my wedding in the summertime! Everything about it was easy and breezy. A true summer wedding is what we ended up having 🙂

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?                                  It is probably cliché to say, but my favorite memory was walking down my long church aisle to the love of my life. It’s a beautiful moment when you really sit back and think about it. The first love of your life is standing right next to you walking you down to the most recent love of your life only a few steps in front of you. I enjoyed and took in every step that I walked with my Dad. And I did not once take my eyes off of Ben. He was my only focus. It was a special moment when my Dad gave me away. It was in that moment when he handed me over to my soon-to-be husband that he gave Ben a mere look with his eyes. I knew exactly what he was trying to convey to him – to take care of his baby the way he had taken care of her for the past 29 years. So far, Ben is doing an exceptional job at it!

Best part of the wedding planning?
For me, the best part of planning was planning every single detail with both my sister and my Mom. We are extremely close as it is, but if possible, I think the planning of both of our weddings brought us even closer. We enjoyed every minute and talked every day about everything! Of course the groom’s were included at times, but let’s be honest, it’s usually the brides who handle the majority of the planning!!

What advice will you give your friends getting married?
First of all, the best advice I can give is, make sure your wedding speaks of YOU and your FIANCE! If you both are huge Disney fans, let it be known on the biggest day of your life! It is YOUR day – it has to and should be a reflection of the both of you! Also, your wedding does not need to be over-the-top. No need to break the bank. If both the bride and groom are present, what else do you need? It’s the two of you that are most important and key! Finally, truly soak up every single minute. It’s an overwhelming but phenomenal day! Take your time walking down the aisle, breathe and enjoy yourself! It’s one day, but the memories will last you a lifetime!

Please tell me about your vendors…
Ceremony Location: Holy Saviour Church
Reception Location: The Manor House at Commonwealth
Photographer: David Justo
Videographer: EAV Productions (Craig DiMaio)
Florist: Floral Expressions by Jennifer (Jennifer McGlaughlin)
DJ: Craig Haywood
Invitations and programs: STONE HILL PAPERIE!! (Amy Hammond)
Dress: Martina Liana (Van Cleve Wedding Pavilion)
Transportation: Limo Today

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Wedding invitations are a small part of the big day, but they play a major role. Your invitations are the first impression your guests will see of your wedding day. Here are 5 things to think about when choosing and ordering wedding invitations:

  1. How do you picture your wedding?

Tara and TimWill your guests be dressed to the nines,
dancing late into the night in an elegant ballroom with champagne in hand? Or will they be dressed casually, dancing in the grass under twinkly lights with a mason jar in hand? There are so many different wedding styles, themes and colors. They sky is the limit! Think about the type of affair it will be and work with your invitation designer or stationer to choose the invitation that will best convey the style of the event to your guests.

2. What is your invitation budget?

You don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune to get Norabeautiful invitations. If you discuss your budget and the style of wedding you are hosting with your invitation designer or stationer, you will most likely be able to come up with the perfect invitation to meet your needs.

3. Are you communicating everything to your guests that you need to?

Chances are you can picture your wedding in your mind and you  know exactly how you want things to be. The more you can communicate with your guests about the big day, the better. You want things to go smoothly Mollyand you want to have a great time, but you are also hosting A LOT of people on a very important day to you. Part of being a good host or hostess is letting your guests know things that might be important to them to ensure they have a good time and relax too.

Things like… If you are having an outdoor wedding, it’s always good to let people know if you’ll be in the grass – it’s hard to have fun when your heels are sinking into the ground. Or… If there is a shuttle service from the hotel to the venue, that is great information to share.  Depending on your plans, there may be other things you’ll want your guests to know ahead of time.

4. Do you have a wedding website?

Wedding websites can be created for free FullSizeRender 2on weddingwire.com or theknot.com and can save you money too! Many of my clients at Stone Hill Paperie opt to include a website card rather than a directions card and an accommodations card. The website card sends your guests to your wedding website where they can find all of the wedding details. Keep the website name as short and simple as possible like the image to the right – some websites have really long names that just don’t look good in print.

5. How do you plan to address your envelopes?

Would you want a calligrapher to handwrite your guest addresses? Would you want your stationer to print them? Or do you have great handwriting? Those are all good options depending on your budget. Tip – stay away from sticking labels on your invitation envelopes. For something as special as this, that label makes it seem much more ordinary. I would rather see your personal handwriting any day!