How did you meet? Our love story begins with two friends who shared a similar interest- volunteering to save lives. I had been a volunteer EMT on the Wayne Township Memorial First Aid Squad since 2005, and my husband David since 2010. The first time we can recall meeting each other was during a rapid deployment drill at the Willowbrook Mall during the winter of 2011. The day was rather slow, but we filled the time with conversation and laughter with each other and their squad friends. However, the day ended on a busy note when a man had a medical emergency while driving his car through the mall parking lot. We saw the car launch into the air over a curb, crash into multiple vehicles, and finally come to a stop, with smoke pouring out the windows and the horn blaring. We sprung into action together, I crawled into the back seat and provided medical care to the unconscious man, while David and our friends extricated him from his car. We realized after that day that not only could we get along well and have fun together, but we can also work as an effective team when under pressure. Over time, we grew from friends into best friends, and eventually shared our first kiss at a party in the Poconos at David’s lake house. On January 12th, 2013, while at the Lake House for the first time since their first kiss, David asked me to be his girlfriend on the beach of the lake… and I said yes!
How did you get engaged? We got engaged in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on a Caribbean Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas Ship, on June 5th, 2017. The cruise was taken in order to celebrate my grandmother’s 91st birthday and my whole family was on board. Everyone was out to dinner at a steakhouse onboard the ship. After a delicious meal, when the waiters came around with the “dessert tray”, they placed a plate in front of me with “tonight’s dessert”, which was actually a plate with, “Joslyn, Will You Marry Me?” written in chocolate! David got on one knee immediately and I couldn’t hear what he said, but I saw the plate and said “Yes!” in front of a steakhouse full of cheering family and other patrons, too!
Details of the day! Because we grew from friends into the love of each other’s lives, we decided to have a romantic, rustic garden themed Spring wedding to celebrate “Letting Love Grow”. The colors of the wedding combined our favorite colors (blue and purple) with gold. We used twine to accent our paper products, favors, and flowers to tie in the rustic garden concept. For favors, we gave away succulents tied with twine and a tag thanking our guests with “Let Love Grow”, written on the back. For flowers we chose lavender roses with green and white hydrangeas accented with succulents and dusty miller. My bouquet was wrapped with a piece of my mother’s wedding dress and we hung charms off it to remember my two grandfathers and uncle, as well as David’s grandmother and grandfather who have passed away and would be present at our wedding in spirit.
For centerpieces, we chose romantic rustic lanterns on a wooden disc with an off-set bud vase full of hydrangeas, surrounded by landscaped lavender rose petals and gold mercury glass votive candles. To continue the rustic theme, instead of the traditional sign in board or book, we chose a carved log with our name and wedding date on it, homemade by a good friend, which is now hung in our bedroom to remind us of our special day!
Why did you choose your venue? We chose Minerals Resort and Spa because we wanted a “mini destination wedding” which was close to home so all of our family to get married as well as relax for the weekend. We wanted to get married and have our reception in the same location as our guests would be staying so that transport would not be a concern and more time could be spent celebrating! We also had always wanted to get married outdoors and the Minerals Wedding Garden was the perfect location to do that and keep our “Let Love Grow” romantic, rustic garden spring wedding theme! When we weren’t at the wedding, we were working out in the gym, getting a massage at Elements Spa, having a drink at Kites Restaurant, going for a swim in the pool, or taking a dip in the hot tub.
What was on your menu?
Our cocktail hour included two signature drinks themed to how we met, as volunteer EMTs, – a “Blue Light Cadillac Margarita” served with blueberries and a “Code 3 Mojito” which was strawberry flavored with sparkling champagne. For cocktail hour food, we had passed hors d’oeuvres, an international cheese station, vegetable crudite with hummus and dips, and a flatbread pizza station. We also had an American Station with mini Kobe beef and pulled pork sliders, a Chinese Wok station with lo mein, chicken, and beef with broccoli, and a Tex-Mex station with fish tacos, chicken taquitos, and quesadillas and fresh guacamole.
For our first course at dinner, we served fontina cheese and prosciutto pasta bundles in a sage brown butter sauce, followed by a salad course of baby mixed greens with candied walnuts, bosc pears, and gorgonzola cheese. Our guests then had a choice of “The Surf”, “The Turf”, or “The Earth”, which was Herb-Crusted Atlantic Salmon with Saffron Beurre Blanc, Grilled Fillet Mignon with a Zinfandel Reduction, or Vegetarian Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Truffle Cream Sauce, respectively.For dessert we had pastries on each table and wedding cake. Our cake was half-naked buttercream frosted with rustic lines. We had two kinds of cake inside – vanilla cake with cannoli cream on the naked layer and Funfetti cake with chocolate fudge filling on the frosted layer – both flavors were delicious! We bought a cake topper from Etsy painted like a wooden heart with our initials on it and our wedding date – the back of the cake topper had our wedding theme “Let Love Grow” written on it
At the end of the night, we gave our guests David’s Cookies (my husband’s name) chocolate chip cookies and brownies so my guests would be able to have a delicious midnight snack!
All about your gown!
My gown was an Allure Couture C322 fit and flare lace and tulle ivory dress with lace, beading, embroidery, and crystals accents. My favorite part of the gown was the open lace back and V-neck line. I tried on only a few dresses, but I knew I wanted something romantic and flattering which I could easily dance in. The lace satisfied the romantic touch I was looking for in a dress, the fit and flare construction made it easy to move around in, and the beaded crystals gave my dress just enough extra glam to make me feel like a queen! After all, I married a Bishop in my dress! (Bishop is my husband’s last name and one of our hashtags was #bishoptakesthequeen)
What was your favorite moment?
My favorite moment of the wedding was our first look. We chose to do a first look in order so that we and our bridal party could enjoy cocktail hour with the rest of our family, friends, and guests. We had an ambulance and a firetruck from our home town brought up to our wedding venue for our first look and for pictures. We had the firetruck and ambulance arranged back-to-back on a road by a pavilion. I went out first on the far side of the vehicles near where the vehicle bumpers touched, where David couldn’t see me. When it was time, each vehicle lit up with lights and sirens and drove away in opposite directions, revealing me there holding my bouquet and him in his tuxedo! We were all smiles at that moment, so happy to see each other looking our very best. After all of the planning and preparation it was the first time we realized that our wedding day had finally arrived, and we were finally a bride and groom!
One detail you couldn’t live without? One detail which made my wedding complete was signing our Ketubah. The Ketubuah Signing is a Jewish tradition where a set of written vows, beautifully hand written and decorated, is signed by the bride and groom and witnessed by the Best Man, Maid of Honor and the Officiant, in a small, private ceremony either before or after the traditional wedding ceremony. I am Jewish, and David is Irish Catholic, so we chose a Ketubah written in English instead of Hebrew so we could both understand all of the text. It was a peaceful and intimate moment between myself and David, my sister, his best friend Chris, our Officiant, and our parents in an otherwise busy and fast-moving day. Our Ketubah is now framed and hung in the entrance way of our home as a reminder of the vows and promises we made to each other in front of our closest family that day.
Did anything go wrong? I had a beautiful fingertip lace veil with beading that matched my dress to wear on my wedding day. My bridal party, mother-in-law, mother, and I were all so busy having a good time getting ready on the morning of the wedding, that I totally forgot to put on and wear the veil! No one else noticed it or reminded me either! I finally realized that I forgot to wear my veil when the wedding was over and I had no veil to take off at the end of the night. I think this was okay though, as I still felt like a bride and my hair looked great without it!
First dance song? Our first dance song was “You and Me” by The Dave Matthews Band. We took two dancing lessons before our wedding but were having so much fun dancing on the clouds that we forgot all of the moves we learned and just did our own thing!
Any advice for future brides? I have 3 pieces of advice, feel free to use any/all of them.
Find a groom like mine who wants to be involved in the wedding planning process or get your groom involved as much as possible! We had a lot of fun planning our wedding together, going to appointments, making decisions together, and completing DIY projects with our families. I also work 70+ hours a week as an Emergency Resident Physician, so it was nice to have someone else to make phone calls, sign contracts, and meet with vendors.
You should be prepared for the worst that day, but hope for the best! April had A LOT of freezing rain this year and our ceremony and cocktail hour was outside, so I was worried that the weather might not cooperate. I purchased a bunch of cute, clear bubble umbrellas from Amazon.com and brought them to the venue so we were prepared for the rain. In the end, we ended up extremely lucky as our wedding day was the one day in April where it was 78 degrees out and sunny! The umbrellas stayed packed away in their boxes and were returned unopened, but it helped me relax to know they were there in case we needed them.For the day of the wedding, don’t sweat the small stuff and remember to smile! I forgot to wear a veil and we had some microphone problems at the start of our ceremony, but that gave me the opportunity to address our guests and thank them for coming to our ceremony… and I got a round of applause!
Honeymoon Location We went to Costa Rica and stayed at Secrets Resort & Spa – Papagayo in the Guanacaste Beach region for our honeymoon. The food, drinks, and the views were incredible, and the service was excellent. We like to go on adventures, and on our honeymoon we went hiking in the mountains and in the rain forest and went snorkeling, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and even tried beach yoga! We also made a daily tradition of drinking mojitos and playing life-sized Jenga in the beautiful pool!