Pretty Pennsylvania Wedding by Meaghan Elliott Photography

Lovely, heart-felt and filled with so much sweetness you might just be inspired to drop everything and find a wedding to crash this very weekend. This pretty Pennsylvania wedding captured by Meaghan Elliot Photography is overflowing with darling details, a classic palette of ivory, black and gold and a love story that is as adorable as the couple themselves.

Pretty Pennsylvania Wedding Collage

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Pretty Pennsylvania Wedding Collage

Spiker Hagerich Meaghan Elliott Photography

Pretty Pennsylvania Wedding Collage

Spiker Hagerich Meaghan Elliott Photography

Spiker Hagerich Meaghan Elliott Photography

Pretty Pennsylvania Wedding Collage

Our Dating Story (Her version)

It all began on a snowy evening back in January of 2010. We met through mutual friends at a local ski resort while enjoying a country music band and a few cocktails. What started off as a harmless conversation, talking about “business,” led to 10 months filled with thousands of text messages (technology has really put a damper on the romance of pursuing a significant other), a few late night phone conversations, the occasional happy hour BUT never an actual date. That all changed on Christmas of 2010. We spent the evening together playing cards, exchanging gifts, drinking wine, sharing stories and having what would be one of the best nights of both of our lives and the start of the next chapter in our love story. That “official” first date came three days later.

Long distance was a word that we knew all too well. From the time we met until the time we were engaged, we never lived within 2 hours of one another. Distance never seemed to keep us apart though. Our evenings were filled with Skype sessions and our weekends with trips to Philadelphia and State College…there was also the occasional weekday trip as well. Crazy kids, you just couldn’t keep us apart! That distance that we always seemed to complain of proved to make our relationship even stronger. Fast forward a year and a half later. Ashley had won a trip though work to Las Vegas.

The Proposal (His Version)

Getting ready for dinner that evening, I had the entire proposal planned out. After a great sushi dinner, we were going to walk down the strip to the Bellagio to watch the fountain show. I had the exact time of our show, 7:20 PM. All of the day’s commotion to this point had me worked up: getting a ring from Pennsylvania to Las Vegas through airport security without Ashley knowing was quite the task. Every ten minutes I checked my wallet to make sure the ring was still in place. I was a nervous wreck and Ashley kept asking, “Honey, is something wrong? Are you not having fun?”

We arrived at dinner around 5:30 at Sushi Roku, and I was constantly checking my watch; we couldn’t be late for the 7:20 show. Anyone who has the slightest clue about me knows that I absolutely love to eat. I picked at our meal and barely finished my drink. Ashley asked, “Honey, don’t you feel well? Is your dinner not good?” Again, I told her I was tired from the long day. We paid our bill and started our venture down the strip towards the Bellagio. The timing appeared to be just right; we would arrive a few minutes before the show to get the perfect spot.

As we arrived at the fountains, I looked for the perfect background to have our picture taken as I proposed. We were in place, and I spotted what appeared to be a tech savvy couple I would ask to take our picture. By this time I had the ring in my front pocket, checking every ten seconds to make sure it was in place. The show was set to begin, and I asked the couple to take our picture as the fountains started. After handing them the camera, I removed the ring from my pocket and walked over to Ashley. I went down on one knee and popped the question. Immediately Ashley placed her hands on her face and repeatedly asked, “Are you serious!? You’re kidding me! This can’t be real.” After asking her a second time I said, “Ashley, please don’t make me ask you again!” She finally said YES and I placed the ring on her finger. I came to my feet and we kissed, taking in the moment as the camera snapped away. This was the start to the best vacation and the rest of our lives together!

 

Vendors: Pretty Pennsylvania Wedding

Photographer:  Meaghan Elliott Photography // Event Designer:Amanda J Designs // Reception Venue: Bedford Springs Resort & Spa // DJ: Jeremy Ganss Productions // Floral Designer: Peterman’s Florist // Musicians: The Innocenti Strings // Makeup Artist: Valarie Panei professional makeup artist // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Key West Destination Wedding by Richard Bell Photography

Here at LWB, we’re always on board for a good Florida affair. Think coastal beauty meets modern design, with splashes of lime on white with pops of fuschia thrown in for good measure. Held at the retro cool Casa Marina Resort in Key West and snapped beautifully by Richard Bell Photography, this destination wedding is a waltz of loveliness, from the angelic-faced bride in her Jimmy Choo’s right through to the cute key lime cupcakes and lush outdoor cocktail bar and beyond! 

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From the bride

When Dan and I were planning, we were going back and forth on where we should go to celebrate our marriage. We surely knew we wanted a destination wedding, as we love how it forces all of your family and friends to enjoy an extended time with one another. When we ultimately decided on Key West, we knew it would be perfect – as we would be able to blend elegance with the laid back style Key West has to offer, which is exactly what the Casa Marina is able to provide. 

The natural beauty of Key West and the resort is what inspired us the most. The resort is exquisitely designed, and the reception room is not your typical ballroom — it has simple candelabra chandeliers, and deep hard wood floors throughout. It does not have any of that “glitz and glam”, which is something we truly appreciated.

It was also extremely important for us to know that our guests felt loved and appreciated — having almost 70 of your nearest and dearest travel from all over to share in this special moment is enough to make your heart burst – and we needed them to know that we felt it! We organized a backyard BBQ bash at the house we were renting, and hosted an open bar welcome party for everyone the night before at one of our favorite local jaunts, Willie T’s.

 

Photographer:  Richard Bell Photography // Reception Venue: Casa Marina Resort // Reception Venue: Casa Marina Resort // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Majestic Renaissance Vinoy Wedding by Gary Kaplan Photography

Time for a dose of luxe and glam with this majestic wedding at the Renaissance Vinoy resort. Boasting not one, but two gorgeous bridal gowns, the stunning bride lights up the lens like a Hollywood star and her gorgeous man comes a close second. With a beautiful outdoor ceremony, lavender bridesmaids and a ballroom reception that is opulent in every sense, this amazing party shot by Gary Kaplan Photography, certainly does impress!

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From the photographer:

You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful couple both inside and out. When we first met with Ergen & Vasiva they told us they had a large family, but once we arrived at the wedding we quickly figured out that that was an underestimate! They have a HUGE family! They were so very fortunate that so many of their friends and family were able to celebrate their marriage with them. Vasiva chose two dresses for her wedding and stayed on point with the latest bridal trends for wedding gowns. Her second dress was a nude ombre tulle ball gown with a pick-up skirt by Vera Wang from David’s Bridal. The money dance was an absolute blast!! What better place to party the night away, but at the fabulous The Vinoy Renaissance!

 

Photographer:  Gary Kaplan Photography//Dress Store: David’s Bridal //Event Planner: Renaissance Vinoy Resort // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Hawks Cay Resort Wedding by Kimberly Photography

Lauren and her family have been visiting the Hawks Cay Resort in Florida every year since Lauren was little. She always said she wanted to be married here… and her dream came true. With close family and friends, Lauren married her sweetheart Peter of 10 years in a beautiful outdoor ceremony and poolside reception. With a stunning lace gown, soft grey shades and your token splash of bling, it’s as lovely as they come. There’s not much more I can say people, these gorgeous images by Kimberly Photography say it all!

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Photography: Kimberly Photography llc / Floral Designer: Marathon Florist / Musicians: RythmTrail Steel Drum Band / Cake Designer: Publix Bakery /Makeup Artist: Calm Waters Spa / Event Venue: Hawks Cay Resort & Marina / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Verandas Manhattan Beach Wedding by Figlewicz Photography

I’m absolutely besotted with this stunning wedding at Verandas in Manhattan Beach California. There are so many gorgeous details to love, I’m not quite sure where to start? But I promise, I’ll do my best. First up, there’s the beautiful bride glowing from tip to toe. Her handsome groom who just happens to be a fireman (who doesn’t love a fireman?). A refreshing color palette of purple, green and yellow tastefully used throughout, and the prettiest floral decorations turning the outdoor ceremony into a blooming paradise. Then, to add just the right amount of whimsy, there’s a fun array of photo props, and a unique ice cream cookie sandwich to replace the traditional wedding cake! Love, love, love! Figlewicz Photography did the perfect job of capturing all the elements of this outdoor beauty and we couldn’t be more thrilled they chose to share it with us. So take 5, settle in, and lap up all the loveliness for as long as you can.

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We asked beautiful bride Bayley to share the details:

Location 

James is a Manhattan Beach fireman and we wanted to keep the wedding location in Manhattan so the guys on duty could still come to the wedding. We looked around online and I saw my first picture of the Verandas, looking down the staircase outside in the courtyard, and I never looked back. 

Color Palette

James and I love to hangout with our friends and family and wanted our wedding to be fun with plenty of dancing. I was not very particular in my planning, I am very easy going and in looking through a few magazines I saw a color palette of purple, green, and pale yellow and I liked it, so we went from there. I was referred to Commerce Flowers and after meeting with them; we had planned out simple but elegant flowers for the wedding.

Wedding Cake

James and I aren’t fans of wedding cake, but we do love the ice cream cookie sandwiches from a local Manhattan Beach creamery. We were able to get them delivered for dessert and they even made us a giant cookie sandwich to cut as our cake!

Wedding Favors

For wedding favors we decided to make a donation to The Widows, Orphans, and Disabled Fireman’s Fund. We had cards made and I attached them all to a tube of bubbles. These, along with the seating chart boards were my two DIY projects.

Decor

One of my favorite details of the wedding was that my cousin and his friend started their own business turning wine bottles into candles (www.glassed-over.com) and he made candles with labels of pictures from our engagement shoot, for the wedding favors.

Biggest Challenge

I didn’t really come across too many challenges in planning the wedding, which was a relief. I planned so much of the wedding in the first two months we were engaged so it was hard to wait until November!

Favorite Moment

I had so many great moments but one of my favorites was my first look with James before the ceremony. I will never forget standing at the top of the stairs with my dad waiting to walk down the aisle. I loved having my whole family together in one place, James’ parents are from Australia and it was such a great time having them here. We still talk with all of our friends about how much fun we had at the reception. Sharing my vows with James was also very special and important to the both of us.

Congratulations Bayley and James! We just love you and your gorgeous wedding day – and and now that we know you have family ties in Australia we have to love you even more! 

♥ ♥ ♥

Photography: Figlewicz Photography / Floral Designer:  LA Flower Mart / Reception Venue:  Verandas Manhattan Beach / Wedding Dress:  David’s Bridal / Bakery:  Manhattan Beach Creamery / Customized Candles:  Glassed Over Candles / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Blue and Yellow Aurora Country Club Wedding

There’s a whole lot of pretty details and gorgeous flowers to admire in this lovely Aurora country club wedding by Katherine Salvatori. From the the gorgeous aqua blue and yellow color scheme to the understated floral arrangements and the gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony setting, each and every aspect is delightful. More so, what I love most about this charming soiree is how it smoothly combines fresh, colourful decor with sweet and short bridesmaid dresses alongside an elegant and traditional style bride. The overall effect is fresh, pretty and timeless!Yellow & White BouquetBlue & Yellow Flower Balls Aisle DecorBlue & Yellow Outdoor WeddingWhite & Blue with Yellow Dots Wedding CakeCountry Club WeddingBlue Country Club Wedding Escort CardsTraditional WeddingCountry Club Traditional BrideBlue & Yellow Outdoor CeremonyBlue Bridesmaids with Yellow BouquetsYellow & Blue Flowergirl BasketBlue & Yellow Wedding SneakersYellow & White Loose BouquetBlue with Yellow Flowers Ring CushionBlue & Yellow Country Club ReceptionTraditional Bride with Diamente JewelleryAurora Illinois Country Club WeddingYellow & Blue Elegant WeddingCute Yellow & Blue Cake TopperAurora Country Club WeddingBlue and Yellow Wedding

From the Photographer: Amanda and Eric are a couple that display a tenderness, care and sweetness that is palpable within 5 minutes of being with them. Their families are loving and vivacious, and everyone pitched in to make this day the biggest elegant party ever. The sheer joy of their wedding day shines through the photos, I hope you enjoy them!

Photographer: Katherine Salvatori / Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Stonebridge Country Club / Dress Store:  David’s Bridal / Submitted via Two Bright Lights