We got our professional photos back, so it’s time for a wedding recap!
We seriously felt like we had the best wedding ever. I’m guessing most brides and grooms feel this way, and that’s a good thing! I loved seeing all the details we had lovingly planned all put together, and we just had a blast partying with our friends and family.
Our vendors were amazing, we can’t thank them enough. Most of the pictures below are from Paige Ozaroski Photography (unless otherwise noted) and we just love everything she did. The photos bring back all of our emotions from the day, which is exactly what they are supposed to do! The gorgeous flowers were by Flowers by Mary Elizabeth, and I didn’t think I could love flowers as much as I loved my bouquet and our centerpieces. Our delicious home-style food was from Brother’s Catering, and our DJ, who really did the most amazing job in getting the party going, was DJ Robert Sperring from Simply Elegant Wedding DJ, the dessert bar came from Cannon’s Cakes & Bakery, and last, the most important piece of our wedding puzzle, our beautiful venue was Historic Duportail House in Chesterbrook. The best venue/event manager ever was our contact there, Kate Frey.
We had our rehearsal dinner at our favorite restaurant, Winberie’s, and getting to spend a little extra time with our families and wedding party was great.
The next morning, after very, very little sleep, the bridesmaids and I all got ready in my hotel suite at the Embassy Suites Valley Forge. They were great in booking our room block and we also used their shuttle to get our guests safely to the venue and back again.
Hair was done by Kelly and Kirsten from Eskandalo, and if you are in the Rochester area and need your makeup done for any event, send me an email and I will put you in touch with our awesome makeup artist. She doesn’t have a website…yet!
It was really nice getting to hang out with the girls that morning, sipping mimosas and getting pretty!
Torin and I did something called a “first look” which is pretty popular these days and allowed us to get photos out of the way before the ceremony so we could spend more of the reception with our guests. I highly recommend a first look! It set us both at ease and it was great to feel like we had more time to party.
We did lots of portraits and wedding party photos before the ceremony. We had a blast with our badass bridesmaids and groomsmen!
We had originally wanted to go to Valley Forge National Park, which is right up the road from our venue, for photos, but we realized that we didn’t have to — Duportail had every setting we wanted! Trees, flowers, gorgeous historical home, bridge, gazebo… did I say it was the perfect venue yet?
Torin wrote the majority of our ceremony, and I loved it. It was personal, touching and funny, if I may brag about my husband’s writing skills for just a moment. : )
Then we were married and it was time to eat some food, drink some booze and dance the night away!
I have such a feeling of love and happiness when looking at these photos. I’m so lucky to be married to my best friend and to have so many loved ones in our life together! I couldn’t be happier.