We were married at St. Thomas More Church in Allentown, where I was Baptized and received my First Holy Reconciliation and Confirmation. In fact, the same priest who had performed all those Sacraments also performed our Nuptial Mass which was so special and personal. There weren’t many dry eyes during the homily and vows.
In finding a bridesmaid dress, I wanted something that most brides say they want - a dress the girls can wear again. It was really important to me because all but one of my bridesmaids are either teachers or are continuing their education and I didn’t have it in me to ask them to spend a lot of money for a dress they wouldn’t like and choose to wear themselves. I loved the J. Crew look – but they have all been done before and were too expensive. We looked at department stores and found the girls’ dress at Nordstroms. It is a Suzi Chin dress and the colors were ideal with our black, grey and purple color scheme. I know at least two of the girls have already re-worn their dresses – mission accomplished!
In terms of décor and other things - with the help of my parents we pounded the pavement to find the most affordable up-and-coming local vendors available. My mother and I scoured the internet and bought our own vases so we wouldn’t have to pay rental fees (I later re-sold them online and made up some of our cost!). Michael’s Arts and Crafts was my second home. I was a regular that could be found traipsing around the aisles armed with my weekly coupons to find cute and unique accessories to create ambiance in the room. We bought all of our candles at Ikea instead of purchasing them through the florist and dressed them up with some ribbon.
Wedding Photography – Dustin Weiss Photography / Church – St. Thomas More, Allentown / Reception Venue – Woodstone Country Club / Floral Design – Mycalyn Florals / Wedding Cinamatography – Crystal Creations / Wedding Invitations – The Paper Bag / Wedding Cake – The Flour Shop / Reception Band: The Sound Investment / Wedding Dress and Veil – Stephan Jolie via Bijou Bridal / Bride’s Shoes – Nordstrom / Bridesmaid Dresses – Suzi Chin / Hair and Makeup – Meera Salon/ / Groom and Groomsmen Suits – Mens Wearhouse / Rings – Milanj Diamonds