How They Met:
“My husband and I both went to the same college, University of Maryland, but never met each other there. We were both in Greek life but being two and a half years older than me, my husband Brian was a senior when I was just starting college as a freshman. We both decided to live just outside of Washington D.C. after college and both majored in accounting. We joined the same accounting firm. He was a senior associate when I started out as an associate at the firm. We began working together and knew we had something special, more than a typical friendship between colleagues.”
“Brian proposed in our home we bought together 3 years ago in Austin Texas with a wonderful bottle of champagne, flowers, and a dinner that he prepared consisting of steak and scallops (knowing they’re my favorite). It was private but romantic, as he always knew I wanted. And we had our dog Leona (our six pound white toy poodle whom we both adore) with us.”
Wedding Planning Experience:
“I tried not to stress over all of the choices. (There are so many choices to make!) Instead, I’d present myself with a few options in each category, do my research, and choose from there. I didn’t feel like I had to evaluate every option in the greater Philadelphia area. Referrals were always my starting point. I highly recommend taking advantage of the experiences your friends have already had to make your life easier. Picking all of my vendors was easy for me. The only time it became stressful was the last few weeks in the midst of finalizing the guest list and making sure all of the vendors were coordinated. I did not hire a wedding coordinator because the country club took care of some of those responsibilities for me. The rest I took on myself.”
“I am originally from Philadelphia (rather Huntingdon Valley, PA) and Brian is originally from New Jersey. He grew up most of his life with his parents in Richmond Virginia. About 3 years into our relationship we decided to pack all of our belongings in one car and move to Austin Texas together. We wanted to try something new and have an adventure together. We still wanted to marry on the east coast so that it would be easier for all of our family to join us, but we wanted to bring some of our lives in Austin to our wedding. The cowboy boots with the wedding dress look wouldn’t have gone over too well at a country club in Philadelphia but we gave out bottle openers shaped as cowboy boots.”
“Besides that, I have always considered myself to be sophisticated and elegant yet simple and I wanted my wedding to reflect that. Brian is the same way in this regard. For this reason I chose solid dark brown bridesmaids dresses and simple calla lilies for the flower arrangements. The view and the country club itself really fit my style, allowing for me to dress up the room with sophisticated, simple décor.”
“My wedding for me was always about bringing together all of our families and friends into one room. The opportunity usually never presents itself again to make this happen. The day and evening truly flew by. But one of my favorite memories was dancing with Brian surrounded in a circle of all of our families and friends. I remember looking out and thinking this is lucky to have experienced this.”
Wedding Planning Advice:
“This may not be everyone’s style but I always wanted a wedding that everyone could look back on as an awesome, fun dance party. I wanted the entire crowd to be dancing with not a dull moment. (I love dancing!) Where I decided I wanted to focus my energy was on the music. If you want an upbeat wedding like I did, take the time to watch performances of different bands before you choose. And when you do pick one, spend time with them to help them understand what type of music you prefer.”
Wedding Vendor Experience:
“I had a great experience with all of my vendors.
First and most importantly, Ashley Gerrity was a dream photographer. She had us complete a survey before the wedding, which helped uncover moments that would be important to us on the big day. I loved how her and her assistants worked with us. They had a way of making you feel comfortable in what could be very anxious moments. I remember them making me laugh throughout the day.
Our band, Barcelona with EBE Entertainment, was wonderful. They also had us do meticulous prep work, which made the music as amazing as it was. I got what I wished for, a big dance party with everyone out on the dance floor until the last note was played.
Leslie Kremp with Kremp’s was also a pleasure to work with. I felt like she understood and was in tune with my style right away. The centerpieces and bouquets turned out to be tasteful and elegant. Without her help, I never would have uncovered what type of flowers I was looking for to fit my style.”
Vendors | Photography: Ashley Gerrity Photography | Venue: Huntingdon Valley Country Club | Wedding Gown Designer: Matthew Christopher | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Groom’s Attire: Gallelli Tux | Hair/MUA: All Dolled Up | Floral Design: Kremp Florist | Entertainment: EBE Entertainment | Cake: What’s For Dessert