Mike and I met our junior year of college after we both transferred to West Chester University. When I first met Mike, he had a mullet and I always joke I wasn’t initially interested because of the hair. A year after we met, Mike’s new college house was behind my house for the year. Somehow my roommate, Sarah, started hanging out with their house and it was history after that. Mike was persistent! My house of girls hung out with their house of guys a lot. We got to know everyone and it became a weekly thing. A few months after hanging all the time we started dating end of our junior year.
When Mike asked me to be his girlfriend he got this ridiculously large bear with a ribbon on its neck that said, “Will you go out with me?” Five years later, he used that same bear, but this time a different ribbon that said, “Will you marry me?” It’s a special memory—the bear was as big as me and we lugged it whenever we moved.
We got married at an alpaca farm! We used a rustic barn theme. We didn’t want a big ballroom wedding and we were inviting a lot of people so the space was great for what we wanted and needed. Our theme was very boho, simple and moody. We used orange, maroon, white and peach color palette with flowers, leaves, bunny tails and pampas grass (my favorite) in those colors. Our favors were honey from the farm we got married at, and a mug with a picture of married alpacas with our names and date on the back! I’m very detailed-oriented so I tried to come up with something for everything. We had Jenga, cornhole and a Volkswagen photo bus for guests to enjoy. Our day-of planner, who were the designers and florists out of wedding day, really made of vision come to life. They did such a great job of incorporating everything we wanted.
We chose those venue because we knew we wanted to get married at a barn and definitely include animals. No specific reason for the animals, but we wanted something different and out-of-the-ordinary. Luckily, Mike liked the idea and went with it. I never thought it would include alpacas but I’m glad it was and they were so incorporated into our day because of that. When we initially booked WoodsEdge Farm, pre-Covid we were inviting 260 people, but since it was during the pandemic, we ended up having 100 people less than originally planned. The space was still filled with lots of love and good memories, and I’m just happy we were still able to have a wedding! I can’t complain since much like many other brides we were in limbo of what to do for months.
Our wedding menu was all over the place. We had all our favorites appetizers from grilled cheese and tomato soup, mini chicken and waffles to a mac and cheese bar at dinner. We also had Thai meatballs, bloody Marys, crostinis with a bruschetta and cheese. We did a buffet for dinner that included: cherry wood chicken, marinated pork lion, penne vodka, balsamic roasted cauliflower, potatoes au gratin and an iceberg wedge.
My gown was a Sarah Seven from The Lovely Bride in Philadelphia. Wedding gown shopping was probably my least favorite part of wedding planning. I knew what I wanted from the very beginning, but couldn’t find it anywhere. I went to 11 places before Lovely Bride. When I went, I knew it was going to be a good day. The Sarah Seven felt like it was made for me—the deep V by the boobs, thin straps, very boho looking for my venue, no beading, pure white which I wanted and a light layer of some fluff. It was perfect!
I loved having my mom walk down the aisle with an alpaca and having my dad walk me down the aisle. One of my favorite parts was our first look when I was walking to Mike waiting for his reaction. Everything leading to that day and moment was just a magical feeling.
The dessert of cookies and milk! Mike and I love chocolate-chip cookies and eat them a lot as a snack, it was something we really wanted incorporated. They were a hit and the cookies were so good.
Only thing that I could say “went wrong” was at one point we were on schedule for pictures and then suddenly fell behind. I was nervous we wouldn’t get all the pictures we needed, but it all worked out.
“Forever To Go” by Chase Rice.
As everyone says, take it all in! Don’t get so hung up on something and let it ruin a part of your day. It all works out just how it should. Especially during a pandemic, don’t let it take away a special part of time in your lives.
We did a trip around the U.S! Maine for Acadia National Park, Portland, ME, Newport, RI, Boston, MA, Las Vegas, NV, Arizona for the Grand Canyon and Utah for Zion National Park, and ended in Siesta Key, FL.