Susan and Fabian reached out during their beginning stages of planning. They had their church, Our Lady of Lourdes, locked down, but they needed to fill in the remaining gaps. After chatting with them about their wedding, I knew we would enjoy collaborating together. It clicked even more that Susan and her sister are fellow Penn State grads AND the couple shares a love for my favorite cider mill, Burnt Mills.
What makes a day special are all of the personal touches. It is what makes a wedding THEIR day, and their day alone. Faith was an important component in their day, as well as honoring both their diverse cultures. They had a Catholic mass, which included a full church choir, musicians, and readings in both English and Spanish. To make sure that the ceremony was properly covered, they hired Chari Films, a videography team that specializes in Catholic weddings. That way, they treated the church with the upmost respect and knew exactly what to do. My favorite personal touches were the choreographed first and father-daughter dances.
Susan and Fabian also enlisted the help of their family for some details. One of Susan's family members took pretzel sticks and dressed them up in chocolate to look like the bride and groom. Fabian's dad used a jigsaw (not a laser cutter for those wood workers out there), to carve out the cake topper! The couple was also looking for a band, which can be a large fraction of a wedding budget. Susan's father had a connection with the Bassboards, and they brought the house down with their sets. Ed, her father, even jumped into the set to perform Paul Simon's "Late in the Evening" for the guests. Those projects, my fellow readers, are a labor of love.
Fall is one of the prime times for weddings, and it can be a task to make the theme and weather accommodate the couple. Susan and Fabian opted for a terra cotta and blue color palette with gold accents. They enlisted my help for the their invitation suite and reception menu. For the drinks, they opted for a cider sangria and margarita. It's a way to mix their love of fall and Fabian's Mexican heritage. As for the weather, it was raining and off throughout the days leading up to the wedding. Luckily, the weather mostly held out. To avoid portraits in muddy terrain, Susan and Fabian opted for the Hionis Greenhouse nearby. This kept the dress in better condition and provided an opportunity for some unique photos.
Cheers and salud to Susan and Fabian! It was a blessing to have worked with a couple as amazing as you two. Wish you the happiest of marriages!
Planning and stationary: Love, Rose
Locations: Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Hionis Greenhouses, and Forest Lodge
Ride: Excalibur at Monroe Limousine; ask for Alex to drive you
Day-of photos: Wild Hearts Photography
Flowers: KLS Florals
Videography: Chari Films
Hair: Peacock Beauty Studio in Asbury
Makeup: Locks and Lashes
Cupcake tower: Sweet Passion Cakery
Coffee: Grounded Coffee and Catering