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Cod� & Kayla Gordonville, PA

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Meet Kayla and Cody

bride’s hometown: Holtwood, PA groom’s hometown: Lancaster, PA current place of residence: East Earl, PA bride’s occupation: chemistry teacher groom’s occupation: elementary teacher how they met: Kayla and Cody met in high school. They had taken quite a few classes together and even sat at the same lunch table freshman year; however, it was not until senior year that they started talking to each other. “We were both taking AP Statistics together with a mutual friend, Ryan,” recalls Kayla. “I did not have a date to the prom, so it was Ryan's idea to have Cody ask me to go to prom. So Cody drove into school early one morning and in big letters on my parking space wrote, ‘Kayla, will you go to prom with me?’” the proposal: Five years later, Kayla and Cody were enjoying an annual vacation at Bethany Beach with Cody’s family. After a day on the beach, Cody and Kayla prepared to head out for a nice dinner. Cody suggested walking into town along the water. Meanwhile, Cody’s sister was positioned farther down the beach to clandestinely snap photos of the big moment when Cody dropped to one knee. “‘Are you kidding?’ was all I could say,” recalls Kayla. “I had no idea Cody wanted to propose.” As they walked back to the house, an excited Kayla tried to call her dad to report the happy news, but she could not reach him. When they arrived back at the house, she discovered that Cody had planned a surprise engagement party – complete with Kayla’s dad and her best friend, Veronica, in attendance. length of engagement: just under two years honeymoon destination: The Cook Islands

The Wedding

wedding date: June 14, 2019 ceremony and reception location: Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens, Gordonville, PA wedding colors: blue and orange wedding theme: rustic and relaxed special reading: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 unity ceremony: a sand ceremony flowers: Kayla’s bouquet was a natural mix of white and orange flowers that included both peonies and roses with greens. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were similar but smaller. “I wanted the flowers to feel natural for the venue, and Megan did a perfect job with it,” Kayla notes. centerpieces: Some loose greens were used for centerpieces. “It was the perfect complement to the already beautiful farmhouse tables the Stoltzfus Homestead had!” says Kayla. the menu: pork barbecue and bourbon chicken, macaroni and cheese, grilled vegetables, salad, coleslaw, cornbread, and a dessert bar cake: chocolate and vanilla with buttercream icing and buttercream flowers first dance song: “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young favor: lottery tickets something worth splurging on: “A videographer,” says Kayla. “They really can capture the emotion of the day! It is worth every penny to be able to hear and relive those moments.”


photography: Madeline Broderick Photography videography: TG Productions, Newmanstown, PA flowers: Pearls & Petals, Gordonville, PA music: R Lawrence DJ, Littlestown, PA catering: Hess’s Barbecue, Willow Street, PA bride’s dress: In White, Lancaster, PA bridesmaids’ dresses: Azazie (online) suits: Jos. A. Bank, Lancaster, PA hair and makeup: Darla’s Hair Care and Spa, Intercourse, PA rings: Brent L. Miller, Lancaster, PA cake: Achenbach’s Pastries, Leola, PA travel agent for honeymoon: Ellen Blazer with To Travel and Bloom, Lancaster, PA

The Wedding Planner: What was the first thing you did when you began to plan your wedding? Kayla: The first thing we did was choose our venue. We

went on a quite a few venue tours. We knew that most venues are booked pretty far in advance, and we wanted to make sure we could choose the venue that best suited us. We were looking for a venue in which everyone could have an amazing time. We also wanted a wedding that was relaxed and that flowed. We loved Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens and decided to book there immediately after touring it! Dawn and Brian were amazing and helped us bring our vision to life!

TWP: How did you select the bride’s dress, the groom’s attire, and the outfits of the members of the wedding party? Kayla: When choosing my dress, I knew I wanted some-

thing that would reflect my style and that was comfortable! I knew I was going to want to dance the night away, so I needed a dress that would allow for that movement. As for the suits, we also wanted something practical that we knew the guys could possibly wear again. We went with long, navy gowns for the bridesmaids, but they all could choose whatever style they wanted, so that their personal style could shine as well! We wanted the day to reflect who we are and allow us all to be comfortable. TWP: How did you incorporate the tastes and personalities of both the bride and the groom into the wedding? Kayla: Cody’s favorite color is blue and mine is orange,

so that is why we decided on that color scheme. We both thought a barn wedding would reflect us as a couple, as we both grew up in Lancaster County. We also wanted to make sure that the wedding had a relaxed vibe to it. Both Cody and I wanted a wedding that just flowed and was relaxed, so our guests could have a great night just hanging out and celebrating. I loved the food we had! Hess’s Barbecue did a perfect dinner of some of our favorite foods. Since we wanted the wedding to reflect us and be relaxed, having pork barbecue and macaroni and cheese was perfect! Cody’s favorite aspect of the wedding was the venue and how there was so much space for both dancing inside and relaxing outside. TWP: What did you find to be the biggest challenge of planning a wedding? Kayla: The biggest challenge was deciding on a budget

and sticking to that budget. With a wedding, you can overspend pretty easily on things that you may not even need! Going through and deciding where we wanted to conserve money and where to splurge were discussions we had frequently. The guest list is also a challenge, as you want to share your day with the people you love and care about, but the list can get long (and expensive) pretty quickly as well. TWP: What is the most important piece of advice you have for other couples planning a wedding? Kayla: No one notices the little details most couples

stress over. Focus on the day and relax, because it is YOUR day. As long as the wedding reflects you as a couple, no one can judge it! Make the day YOURS, and take it all in; it goes so fast!


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Meet Ashlee and Caleb

bride’s hometown: Ashville, PA groom’s hometown: Huntingdon, PA current place of residence: Antioch, TN bride’s occupation: catering coordinator groom’s occupation: data analysis how they met: Ashlee and Caleb met at a party during their sophomore year of college at Robert Morris University. The following semester, they had a class together. “We didn’t date then, and we spent six years being friends before I decided it was a good idea to date him,” recalls Ashlee. the proposal: Ashlee knew Caleb was planning to propose, but she did not know when. In the fall, he told her not to look in the desk in his office, because that was where he was keeping the ring. Though tempted, Ashlee managed to refrain from sneaking a peak. A few months later, the couple planned to host a party for the NFL’s championship game. The evening before the big game, they were on their way to meet some friends. “Everyone who knows me knows how much I hate the cold,” explains Ashlee, “so I obviously rushed out the door because it was snowy and cold. I got to the car and heard Caleb calling my name, but all I wanted was for him to open the car door.” When Ashlee finally turned around, she saw Caleb on one knee to pop the question. The party the next day turned out to be an engagement party that Caleb had planned. length of engagement: two years

The Wedding

wedding date: May 13, 2019 ceremony and reception location: Cork Factory Hotel, Lancaster, PA wedding colors: gray, maroon, and rose gold flowers: hydrangeas, roses, anemone, and peonies all in white, ivory, and blush colors the menu: grilled buttermilk herbed chicken, mashed potatoes, assorted vegetables, filet mignon, and roasted potatoes cupcakes: salted caramel, midnight snack, vanilla, and mudslide first dance song: “Speechless” by Dan + Shay favor: an infuser, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and coffee pods something worth splurging on: your photographer


photography: Kimberly Wright Photography, State College, PA cake: Lancaster Cupcake, Lancaster, PA bride’s dress: In White, Lancaster, PA bridesmaids’ dresses: Kennedy Blue (online) groom’s suit: National Tuxedo Rentals (online) disc jockey: Klock Entertainment, Harrisburg, PA florist: Petals With Style, Lancaster, PA catering/bar: Cork Factory Hotel, Lancaster, PA salon: Blades Salon, Lancaster, PA officiants: bride’s and groom’s parents guestbook: You&Icollection, Missouri (Etsy)

The Wedding Planner: What was the first thing you did when you began to plan your wedding? Ashlee: I started with venue. I knew that once we had the venue picked

out, everything else would fall into place.

TWP: How did you select the bride’s dress, the groom’s attire, and the outfits of the members of the wedding party? Ashlee: For my dress, I just knew I wanted strapless, but I only tried on

10 dresses between two different shops before I found my “one.” I wanted all my girls to be comfortable in the dresses they wore, so I picked the color but let the girls pick the dresses they wanted. Caleb wanted to wear a suit instead of a tux, and we both agreed on gray for the color. His groomsmen also all wore gray suits.

TWP: How did you incorporate the tastes and personalities of both the bride and the groom into the wedding? Ashlee: We had a lot of personal touches. We selected our favors to repre-

sent that Caleb is a coffee drinker and I am a tea drinker. Both our fathers were officiants, which added a great personal touch to our ceremony. I bake on the side, so our guestbook was a cake plate we had made. Our candy table was a combination of candies that Caleb and I both like. For the decor, my cousin helped me figure out how to best arrange the tables. Some family members and I helped make our arbor for the ceremony.

TWP: What did you find to be the biggest challenge of planning a wedding? Ashlee: The biggest challenge was picking a venue and location. My

dream wedding was a destination wedding, but that ended up not working, so we had to decide where to have the wedding and to find a venue that Caleb and I both agreed on.

TWP: What is the most important piece of advice you have for other couples planning a wedding? Ashlee: Make sure you take time to focus on yourselves!


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Meet Kelsey and Timothy

bride’s hometown: Maytown, PA groom’s hometown: York, PA current place of residence: Marietta, PA bride’s occupation: director of insurance services at PSBA Insurance Trust groom’s occupation: master electronics assembler at Textron Inc. how they met: Kelsey and Tim met through a local social and charity group. the proposal: Kelsey was told by Tim and her best friend that the three of them would be taking a weekend trip to New York City, but Tim surprised her by instead whisking her off on a trip for just the two of them to Massachusetts, with stops in Salem and – Kelsey’s favorite city – Boston. “I love the Boston Red Sox, and he proposed outside Fenway Park, under the Green Monster on Jersey Street,” recalls Kelsey. length of engagement: 11 months honeymoon destination: Costa Rica

The Wedding

wedding date: Oct. 20, 2018 ceremony and reception location: Wyndridge Farms, Dallastown, PA wedding colors: gray, burgundy, and pink wedding theme: rustic special reading during the ceremony: “Marriage Is Like Hockey” by the Rev. Marie April Gismondi the menu: ten-spiced fried chicken, slow-cooked Cajun beef, smashed red potatoes, and shaved Brussels sprouts with bacon and Parmesan, along with Wyndridge’s amazing ciders cake: vanilla with strawberry filling and marshmallow icing flowers: sunflowers, eucalyptus, pink roses, and burgundy scabiosa first dance song: “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman” favor: s’mores kits


photography: Emily Grace Photography, Elizabethtown, PA bride’s dress: David’s Bridal cake: The Flour Child, Columbia, PA flowers: The Flower Shop/Koons Florist, Littlestown, PA disc jockey: Declan Murphy, ProVolve Entertainment, East Petersburg, PA officiant: Kait Verkest, Sealed with a Kiss by Kait hair: Lizz Maldonado, The Unicorn Suite, Lancaster, PA makeup: Yashira Rivera

The Wedding Planner: What was the first thing you did when you began to plan your wedding? Kelsey: A few things … When Tim and I were dating,

we would visit Wyndridge Farms often and would joke about how beautiful a wedding there would be. It was clearly one of the first places we went to check out once we were engaged. I also went with my mom and matron and maid of honor to start looking for dresses about a week after we got engaged. We ended up finding and buying my dress that night! Shortly after getting engaged, Tim and I sat down and discussed what wedding styles we liked and what colors we wanted to use, and luckily we were both very much on the same page.

TWP: How did you select the bride’s dress and the outfits of the members of the wedding party? Kelsey: We looked at a lot of ideas online (yay

Pinterest!) to find styles and colors of outfits that we liked. I can have a hard time making decisions, and luckily my bridesmaids helped me find the dresses that they all liked and felt comfortable in, which made me happy. I wanted them to be comfortable and happy, and not just have to wear something I forced upon them.

TWP: How did you incorporate the tastes and personalities of both the bride and the groom into the wedding? Kelsey: Luckily, we’re both pretty similar and balance

each other out. We allowed each other to make independent decisions like what songs we would use for our parents’ dances that matched our personalities and relationships. We’re both big Washington Capitals fans, and they had just won the Stanley Cup a few months before, and our best man and maid of honor wore Caps jerseys for the beginning part of the reception. We are also both big fans of Converse, and having our bridal party happy and comfortable was very important to us, so our entire wedding party wore Converse Chuck Taylor shoes. Tim’s and mine were custom made in our wedding colors with “I Do” stitched on the back tabs.

TWP: What did you find to be the biggest challenge of planning a wedding? Kelsey: Managing everyone’s opinions and expecta-

tions was stressful in the beginning. We had to learn to not get stressed over the small things and focus on our relationship and remember that it was not only our day, but only one day in the beginning of a wonderful marriage. Someone gave us the advice while planning that “your wedding is one day, but your marriage is a lifetime. Invest in what is the most important.” It was such great advice that we tried to keep at the heart of our planning process.

TWP: What is the most important piece of advice you have for other couples planning a wedding? Kelsey: Don’t stress over the small things while plan-

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lease don’t hold your August wedding in a venue that isn’t air-conditioned. Or hold your wedding outside on an evening in November. And, if you do, please warn us in advance so we don’t buy a dress for the occasion that we can’t wear because it’ll be too hot or so we don't end up sitting outdoors on a crisp fall evening without a coat that is warm enough to stand up to the evening chill. (Remember to keep in mind the comfort of you and your bridal party too. Your elegant gowns and three-piece tuxes may look sharp, but you’ll be sweltering in summertime heat.) Even if your wedding is held outdoors during a pleasant time of year, please still give us a heads-up! That way we’ll know not to wear stilettos if we’ll be traipsing across the grass to the site of the ceremony.

y ideal wedding to attend is short and sweet with good food. As guests, all we really need is good food and beverages, and maybe some good music. Don’t sweat the small stuff or spend time stressing over minute details that we might not even notice.”


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f the members of your bridal party have different body types, check with the bridal salon ahead of time to find out the range of sizes available, and check with your wedding party to ensure that will be suitable. Keep in mind that bridal sizes are different than street sizes, so getting bust, waist, and hip measurements from the salon will be most helpful. If the salon’s offerings will not accommodate your entire party, you can choose a different shop. Or pick a specific color palette and allow your attendants to find their own garments. Flexibility in footwear and jewelry is also important. You want your loved ones to remember yourwedding with joy, not the pain of pinched toes or choking necklaces.


f parking will be off-site and a shuttle will be provided, please mention that ahead of time – on the invitation, ideally – and give the parking location’s address. That way we won’t arrive at your ceremony venue only to learn that we have to park elsewhere. Also, this will allow us to ensure that we leave plenty of time to catch the shuttle so that we’ll arrive at the ceremony on time instead of unfashionably late.


e sure to provide directions with your invitations or on your wedding website for those of us who are from out of town. Drive the route to your venue and make sure the GPS directions match. Road closures and detours don’t always show up on online maps. We don’t want to miss anything because we get lost on the way to the venue.


s far as favors go, something edible - like individually wrapped candies - is usually a good bet. Making a donation to a charity in our honor would also be thoughtful.


hose of us who are single are not always thrilled about being singled out during the reception to catch bouquets or garters or dance to ‘Single Ladies.’


ake time to introduce the members of the wedding party and how you know them. That way we’re not wondering who the person escorting us down the aisle is.



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f you ask friends to perform music at your reception, make sure we know that we are guests and will have name tags and seats just like everyone else.”

eep in mind that while scheduling your wedding on a Friday may garner you discounts, it may mean that we need to take time off work to attend, which can be tricky for those of us with limited vacation days.

learly communicate important information to all the members of your wedding party. Make sure your sister knows exactly which salon you are going to to get your hair done so she doesn’t go to another salon where your family has gone regularly to get pedicures. (Especially if she’s the one in charge of bringing your grandmother’s tiara to the salon so the stylist can finish your hair.)

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Create a list of everyone you want in your photos and in what groupings and give copies to your photographer and wedding coordinator. Note if there are people

Assign buddies for potentially problematic guests. If you have a tumultuous relationship with a family member or friend of the family, the buddy can keep them occupied so you can enjoy your special day.



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9-12 Months Before â?? Announce your engagement to your family and friends. â?? Determine the approximate size, style, and formality of your event. â?? Work out a budget. Decide who is paying for what. â?? Start the guest list to know an approximate count for booking venues. â?? Decide on an approximate date for the wedding.

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6-9 Months Before â?? Purchase a wedding dress. â?? Shop for and order bridesmaids’ dresses. â?? Send out save-the-date cards. â?? Book a photographer and/or videographer. Note: If you are getting married during the peak wedding season, you probably want to complete this step sooner, especially if you have a particular photographer in mind. â?? Get engagement photos taken and submit your announcement to your local newspapers. â?? Start finalizing the guest list and collecting addresses. â?? Book a caterer, set up a tasting, and begin choosing your menu. â?? Choose a honeymoon destination and update your passports if necessary. â?? Book a wedding officiant. â?? Choose musicians for your ceremony and book reception entertainment. â?? Meet with a florist and start choosing flowers. â?? Create a wedding registry at several different stores/websites. â?? Block off rooms at a nearby hotel for out-of-town guests.

4-5 Months Before â?? Begin premarital counseling, if you wish. â?? Choose and purchase wedding invitations. â?? Book your honeymoon accommodations and buy plane tickets. â?? Reserve a site for the rehearsal dinner. â?? Buy wedding shoes and try on veils and other accessories with your gown. â?? Book a hair and makeup appointment at your salon. â?? Book limos, carriages, a trolley, town cars, or other modes of transportation for your wedding and reception, if needed. â?? Meet with bakers, have a cake tasting, and decide on your wedding cake design. â?? Meet with the officiant and begin discussing ceremony details. â?? Give your wedding guest list to the host of your bridal shower. â?? â?? â?? â?? â?? â?? â??

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3 Months Before Finalize your menu options. Send out wedding invitations. Choose ceremony music. Finalize flowers. Arrange for rental items for your reception, if necessary. Start looking for wedding favors. Purchase undergarments and other accessories, as well as bridesmaids’ accessories. Purchase wedding rings and send them to be engraved, if you wish. Make an appointment for a dress fitting for alterations.

2 Months Before â?? Practice walking in your wedding shoes if you purchased high heels. â?? Finalize ceremony music and readings. â?? Go for dress fittings. â?? Enjoy your bridal shower. â?? Determine a day-of schedule and send it out to your vendors. â?? Review your reception playlist with your band/disc jockey. â?? Mail rehearsal dinner invitations. â?? Finalize honeymoon details/itinerary. â?? Choose the groom’s and groomsmen’s attire. â?? Begin a beauty regimen (teeth whitening, pedicures, etc.). 1 Month Before â?? Get your marriage license. â?? Purchase gifts for the wedding party and your parents. â?? Have a trial run with your hairdresser for your hair and makeup.

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Week of the Wedding Pack for your honeymoon. Enjoy a bachelor/bachelorette party. Pick up your dress. Pick up tuxes/suits. Gather any items that need to be transported to your venues (guestbook, photos, favors, etc.). Have the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Make any additional payments that haven’t been paid. Confirm, confirm, confirm. Prepare envelopes with tips for vendors. Pack your emergency wedding day kit. Try to get some sleep.

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Send out final payments to vendors. Call any guests who haven’t RSVP’ed. Give final counts to caterers/venues. Determine a seating chart. Get menu cards/programs printed, if you wish. Get place cards/escort cards printed. Look into the business of changing your last name (if you are planning to), as well as some of the other details of your status change. Write vows, if you are going that route. Have a final dress fitting. Prepare a shot list for your photographer.

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Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! • “M “Made Made d from scratch” reci recipes ipes since 1954 • Traditional round, square, hexagon, and heart shaped cakes • Our servings are large (3"x1") with very competitive pricing • 10% off any tier cake order that is paid at least 2 weeks prior to the delivery/pickup date • We offer a full line of other pastries for your party needs • Call us to set up a free consultation with one of our decorators

375 East Main Street, Leola • 717-656-6671


10.00 OFF

(Present this coupon when you order)


Any Tier Cake Delivery