My Dream Wedding

Finally! After weeks and weeks of procrastination, my wedding day blog post is here!

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November 25, 2016. Our wedding date was extra special because it was my grandparents 62nd wedding anniversary. I can’t think of a better way to honor their amazing love for each other than getting married on their anniversary!

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Another extra special touch on our wedding day was having my Uncle Jeff marry us! It was his first time having such an honor and he knocked it out of the park! One of the most memorable moments of the ceremony was when I lost all control and started laughing during my vows. Uncle Jeff warned all of the guests that this would happen at the beginning of the ceremony and it turned out he was correct!

AM-147Don’t worry, Morgan handled it like a champ and I blamed it on my sisters giggling behind me. Uncle Jeff blamed it on my mom. We all know I just have a problem controlling my laughter in serious situations.

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It was definitely one of the most memorable parts of the ceremony which was held at the Connellsville Wesley United Methodist Church. In addition to my uncle marrying us our friends Jake, Jane and Shauna made the ceremony even more special with their musical talents! We added our own style to the ceremony with Jake playing the banjo.

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My three sisters Lindsay, Laura and Shelby were my bridesmaids and Morgan’s best buds Shawn, Johnny and his cousin Andrew were the groomsmen. My cousins, Bekah and Sarah were my honorary bridesmaids.

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My dad walked me down the aisle and my mom was escorted by two of our closest friends Maria and Cameron.  Morgan’s mom was escorted by her adorable neighbor Wyatt.

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After the ceremony, it was back to Mommom and Popsy’s house for more photos before the reception. Their house is very special to us and it’s where I spent countless hours growing up and Morgan spent a lot of time there too visiting Mommom and swimming at her pool. My family worked for months at the house leading up to the wedding to paint, redo the floors and so much more to make it look extra special and I know Mommom and Popsy would have been so happy to see it looking spectacular again!

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After a quick photo session, it was off to the party and we went in style! Thanks, Mom and Dad!

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The reception was at Bell’s Banquets in Mt. Pleasant. The food was great and there was never a dull moment. There was also a pretty big surprise when we arrived. Penguins radio announcer Mike Lange introduced the wedding party! Thanks to my buddies from 93.7 The Fan for the unexpected and awesome surprise! Also, my dad gave the best speech ever. I’m certain it could win an award. He always knows what to say!

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Retrieving the garter came in the form of a police-style pat down.

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The bridal dance was more like a wrestling match.

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Injuries were minimal.

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Did I mention the cookie table? It may have been the most fabulous cookie table of all time. All thanks to my amazing friends and family for making so many delicious cookies and to Nannie Pearl for all of the cupcakes and decorating! Plus my favorite part where the vintage Abramowitz boxes from Popsy’s produce business many years ago.

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In addition to our cookies and cupcakes, we also had a small cake to cut! It was lemon flavored and oh so good!

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Our table numbers had our photos on them at the same age as the table number and we used vintage milk glass to decorate the venue and other antiques. Many of them came from my family members and the rest came from my mom’s endless searching at thrift stores for the perfect pieces!

MA-447.jpgOf course, it’s not a wedding without all of the special details! Getting ready at Mommom and Popsy’s house on the big day was so important to me and I will never forget it! It felt like they were with me every step of the way!

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I went with Victoria’s Secret pajama sets for my sisters and me with UGG slippers. I wanted to be comfy and not too matchy matchy. Plus I loved picking out a color and design for each of our personalities!

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I can’t even begin to explain how much I stressed about makeup in the months leading up to my wedding. Specifically, whether or not I should go with false eyelashes.  Sounds crazy, I know, but it had me seriously stressed out! In the end, I decided I wanted to look like myself so I opted out of falsies because I never wear them and I’m so happy that I made that decision! I felt comfortable and didn’t have to worry about them falling off!

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When it came to hair I wanted a half up half down do and a pretty headband. Nannie Pearl did an amazing job creating my custom jewelry and headband and my go-to girl Jan never disappoints when it comes to completing my hair style for a special occasion so I had no worries there! I loved how it all turned out! We also added in some fresh baby’s breath.

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I also put a lot of thought into what shoes to wear! I ended up going with a fabulous rose gold pair of Keds from the Kate Spade Wedding Collection and I have no regrets! My feet were comfy all day and night and I didn’t have to worry about tripping in heels! Plus it was totally my style!

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The purse belonged to my grandmother, Mommom.

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Getting ready was actually one of the most memorable parts of the day! I was surprised at how calm I was before the ceremony!

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It wasn’t until I was about to walk down the aisle that my heart started beating really fast!

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This was the exact moment when they told me that the music was playing and it was time to go!

It looks like Morgan’s friends kept him calm before the big moment!

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The boys got ready at The Holiday Inn Express in Donegal and that’s also where we took the after party.

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And of course, our wedding wouldn’t have been the same without all of our friends and family who came from near and far!

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Thank you to everyone who made this day so special! Especially my parents who not only gave me the wedding of my dreams but have led by example my entire life and showed me what true love is!

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Photographer: Jeff Swensen

Hair: Jan Maier

Makeup: Kiss and Makeup

Florist: Linda Brown’s Floral

Jewelry and Cupcakes: Nannie Pearl 

Dress: Allure Bridals from Sorelle Bridal Salon

Reception Venue: Bell’s Banquets

Shoes: Ked’s 

My experience with my videographer, Williams Wedding Films was a nightmare. You can read more about it here.

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