18th Dec 2017

Stephanie & Chris


The Big Question

My now Husband took me on a date night one Friday to a private cooking class. I love to cook and we had done one of these cooking classes before so I wasn’t thinking anything out of the ordinary. Being that I was a girl who was ready to be engaged, to my high school sweetheart, I was secretly hoping this would be the night. 

We made it all the way to the main course where Chris surprised me with a sweet letter and a photo album of a recent trip we took to Greece. At this moment he really had me fooled and I thought he was simply taking me on a sweet date night. This was until desert came out.

There were tops on both of our desert dishes and underneath my dish was nothing. Chris lifted the top off of his dish and there sat a little black box. He got on one knee, said a bunch of sweet stuff and I responded to “will you marry me” with “of course”! I was so excited I couldn’t even eat my desert. We then went to a brewery to meet up with some friends and he surprised me yet again with an engagement party of all of our close family and friends ready to celebrate with us!

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Shop 'Til You Drop

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I went dress shopping with my Mom and Sister and we went to three different shops in one day. All day long I kept thinking about two dresses that I had tried on at Elegance by Roya in Alexandria, VA. This was my first stop and I loved the first and third dress I tried on there. They both ended up being Augusta Jones dresses and I went back the following Wednesday with my Mom to try them on again. 

When we went back I realized that I loved the third one but there was something missing. I picked out another dress to try on and by coincidence it ended up being another Augusta Jones dress. Clearly I loved the style and design of Augusta Jones.

I then realized that the new dress was called “Stephanie”, which is also my name, so it seemed too good to be true. I ended up mixing my favorite things about the “Marsha” and “Stephanie” dresses and Augusta Jones helped me create my dream dress!

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The Perfect Day

Our wedding day was everything that we dreamed of and everything that we had planned over 14 months came together wonderfully. We had the best wedding planner ever (shout out to Lora at Laurel & Elm) who brought our vision to life.

Chris and I went to middle school and high school together in Pennsylvania so we decided to get married at a gorgeous barn venue in Lancaster, PA over Labor Day weekend. We had a beautiful weather day with the perfect wedding temperature, not too hot and not too cold.

We all got ready in the farmhouse and then Chris and I got married outside under the trees, in front of the pond. Prior to the ceremony, Chris and I did a first look under the weeping willow trees. At the ceremony, there were a few rain sprinkles and then the sun came beaming through during the vows we wrote to each other. 

The cocktail hour was outside of the barn and the reception was in the barn. Chris and I got to do a reception sneak peak with our wedding planner, which was one of my favorite moments of the day. We soaked up all of the planning we had done over the past year and saw our vision come to life. 

We wanted a modern yet elegant barn wedding with bohemian vibes. We incorporated a lot of little details and have hints of Stephanie and Chris wherever our guests turned.

The only thing we would change about our day is getting to do it again and make the day longer. We felt so loved by all of our family and friends and we were so thankful to have all of our favorite people in one place to help us celebrate the next chapter of our lives.

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Wise Words

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The advice I would give to fellow brides is to soak up as much as you can. Don’t worry about every little thing that is going on, you’ve done the planning and the wedding day is the time to sit back, relax and enjoy what you’ve created. 

The important part of the day is getting to marry your significant other. Take a moment with that person to look around and appreciate all of your hard work leading up to it and all of the loved ones who travelled from near and far to help celebrate your marriage!

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