How did you choose your gown?
It took me a long time to find my gown! I am not one of those girls who grew up imagining her wedding dress, so it took me a while to figure out how to articulate what I was looking for! You know – that classic silhouette, full back, lace sleeves and buttons-down-the-back look (OK, that’s actually pretty specific!). When Sara Shoaf at Lovely Bride heard my vision, she pulled the Lea-Ann Belter lace top for me immediately. The backstory of the craftsmanship – hand woven on old looms, what?? – made me really appreciate the beauty of the top. Seeing how much Alex loved it made the long search completely worth it.
Tell us about your day! Did you have a theme or style in mind?
Ali’s version: Our venue is stunning so we just needed to do enough to complement the Antrim without overwhelming it! To me, that meant keeping the palette neutral: gold, blush pink, white, and green. We wanted to create an atmosphere of warmth, love, and fun for our guests – and just throw a good party! We have big, close families, including ten nieces and nephews ranging in age from one to thirteen. We tried to consider each part of the day from their points of view, throwing in fun details to make the day special for them. Coloring books at the kids’ table? Yep. One Direction’s “Stitches” on the DJ’s “must play” list? Heck yeah. DIY photo booth with superhero props? Most definitely. I am not sure who enjoyed the superhero props more – the kids or the adults. When we heard that one of our young guests said, “This was the best day of my life!” we knew all of our planning and work had been worth it.
Alex’s version: Spring wedding in Maryland brings happiness to Pennsylvania lovers. Hard work pays off. Jumping high five. (All said in a very dramatic voice)
What’s your funniest wedding day memory?
Alex’s sister was his best woman, and her speech had some adorably spot-on zingers for Alex that kept everyone laughing. The moment in my dad’s not-so-short toast when he paused and said, “Page 2” before continuing, was also pretty funny. But our funniest memory happened on the dance floor. I threw the fish hook to Alex, and he paused for a second, gave me this mischievous look, then broke out into a super spot-on, caught-fish shimmy all the way across the dance floor to me. Our friends and family were in a circle around us and they hooted and hollered. The fish hook was the instant we switched gears and let our dorky selves loose. Neither of us will ever be brave of enough to watch the video of our little moment on the dance floor (it exists!) but the memory will make us laugh for years to come.
Describe your wedding day in 5 words or less:
Beautiful wife loves me eternally. (Is it obvious Alex wrote that part?) I would say, “Kids had tons of fun.”
Three words that best describe your sweetie:
Ali – by Alex: She completes me.
Alex – by Ali: Best laugh ever.
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
Elope. (Just kidding!) The best advice we got was from a member of our wedding party, who said, “Take a moment to really step back, take in the whole picture, and absorb that all of this is for you, all of these people are here for you.” We squeezed each other’s hand right before our reception began and said, “OK, this is our chance, let’s take a few deep breaths and take all of this in.” As our parents and wedding party were introduced and people cheered and welcomed them to the reception, Alex and I absorbed the fact that all of these beautiful people love us and were here to help us kick off this new adventure. Holy gratitude, Batman! Best. Advice. Ever.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Augustow, Poland and possibly London – future tense – for our friends’ wedding at the end of May!