Darla & Philip
Q & A with the Bride:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We wanted our wedding to be fun, outdoorsy, and simple. We also did not want to be limited to a specific number of guests. Getting married on my parent’s farm was consistent with the type of wedding we wanted—it was an obvious choice for us!
2. Which three details were your favorites from your wedding?
1. We loved the “Here Comes the Bride” sign that my brother made from a walnut tree for my nephew to carry down the aisle. “Here Come the Zelenaks” was written on the back side of the sign. My nephew carried it up the aisle after the ceremony.
2. We loved the simple table design with the wood slab, antique blue and modern clear jars for the flower arrangements and the vibrantly colored napkins.
3. The ceremony setting with the large tree and beautiful view over the hillside.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Walking down the aisle and seeing the man that I was about to marry!
Sarah & Andrew
From the photographers: “The rustic backdrop of Honsberger Estates in Jordan Station was the stunning location that Sarah and Andrew chose for their wedding day. If love is shown in the details, then Sarah and Andrew out did themselves in showing how special they are to each other. From the burlap aisle runner to “made-with-love” preserves for guest favors to the wood-planked tables adorned with candle light, snapdragons, and rosebuds kept that elegant feel that Sarah and Andrew had hoped to achieve. Every gorgeous detail was so beautifully put into place creating a warm ambiance for their friends and family to enjoy as they became husband and wife.
The morning began with a surprise delivery of flowers to Sarah from Andrew as her aunt was putting the final touches on her classic updo. After hair and makeup was done, Sarah personally handed out the bridesmaids’ bouquets complete with a added, personal touch – a gift of a brooch made unique to each bridesmaid. Meanwhile, Andrew and the groomsmen enjoyed getting ready at a friends house nearby. Once the guys were ready, they had fun taking pictures complete with a vintage VW Beetle.
The old exposed beams and embedded stone made for the perfect setting for their simple ceremony. One of the highlights of the ceremony was when the guest were asked to join as they were led in a few worship songs that were close to the couple’s hearts, certainly a moment that will not be forgotten.
For there formal couple pictures, we scouted out a field and grove of birch trees allowing Sarah and Andrew a moment to step away from the guests and enjoy a moment as husband and wife, capturing those intimate images that they had been dreaming of.
As a special treat for their guests, Sarah and Andrew entertained their friends and family with a live band – The Postmen. From fun dinner music to their first dance and some crazy fun on the dance floor, The Postmen kept the party rocking and did an amazing job. To top of their amazing day, Andrew had a little secret that he had been planning for Sarah. As night fell and the party came to an end, Sarah and Andrew got ready to exit with sparklers and guests waving goodbye. Unbeknownst to Sarah, Andrew had arranged for some of the groomsmen to be hiding out in a local field with fireworks. As they drove away, the sky was lit up.” — Mike and Jenny Vinson of VP Studios Photography
Jessica & Jack
East Fairfield, Vermont
Q & A with the Bride:
1. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
I loved them all! The sailcloth tents, the lighting, the flowers, the stationary, the photobooth Jack made, my dress and shoes, the sky lanterns, the fireworks–everything just came together so perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for more.
2. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
As a floral designer, I always tell brides to pick one theme and stick with it. Once you’ve settled on an idea, you shouldn’t look at or tag anything that doesn’t fit with your vision. Also, offer your guests something to do in addition to dancing, so they don’t leave early. We had tables set up in the lounge tent with a box of board games and cards so that guests, who didn’t want to dance, would have something fun to do instead.
3. Give us one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.
When Jack and I talk about our wedding, two things we always mention are how truly happy and in love we both were that day and still are, and how amazing it was to watch 40 sky lanterns (lit by our guests) float away into a sky of fireworks after the sun had set.
We just celebrated our one year “engage-iversary” — the Fourth of July! How fun, right? We celebrated by going to the Pittsburgh fireworks. They were absolutely incredible, and I got to spend the evening with my family and fiance — the most important people to me in the world. In the 12 month time frame of our engagement so far, there has been both spikes and lulls in our wedding planning. Actually, to analogize, think of your typical fireworks display. It always starts off with a bang! (boom your engaged), and it continues with much ferocity. Then after some time passes, it kind of gets a little less exciting and you start to just anticipate the finale. Then comes the dramatic pause, when all is quite and you know the spectacle is just moments away. Finally, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Its here! And you realize what you’ve been waiting for the whole time – and recognize how much it was worth all the wait! So yeah, I guess its pretty obvious how much I love fireworks, eh? As our engagement is quickly approaching the finale, let me reflect back on the fireworks display that was my wedding planning:
Pittsburgh Fireworks (taken by MoonBud)
The excitement of fireworks for any celebration is sure to get the ‘Oohs and Ahhs’. And for a wedding the display of fireworks is sure to not only thrill your guests but also surprise them. Fireworks for a wedding can take on many different forms such as sparklers when the couple leave the reception, fountain cones to announce an afterglow party outdoors or the large displays we loved as kids and wish would never end.