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CONTENTS WEDDINGS 2017
30 | Ask the Expert Mastering the Art of the First Dance
34 | Cheers! Bubbly Bridal Brunch
42 | Tips, Tricks and Tulle Recent Brides Tell All
53 | Receptions in Style Essential Reception Site Guide 4
Cover photo by Maggie J Photography | Photo by Annandale Photography, CT
10 | Just Married 12 Lehigh Valley Love Stories
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taylor & chris A L I S O N C O N K L I N P H OTO G R A P H Y
J U LY 2 , 2 01 6 Taylor Dias and Chris Foundas started out as sales analysts working at different locations for the same company—Chris in Boston and Taylor in Bethlehem. After two years of friendship, they finally went out for sushi and wine. Almost immediately after finishing their spicy tuna, Taylor moved to Boston and they've been inseparable ever since! After a long winter, Chris planned a trip to Maine, where Chris knew Taylor’s love for the ocean would lead them to the beach. By the first windy day, they were strolling the sand, and Chris dropped down on one knee to ask Taylor to spend forever with him. With the help of a local designer and wedding planner, Taylor and Chris coordinated a “classic summer romance” wedding. Shades of cream and accents of gold and blush were enhanced by the beautiful Bethlehem summer. For Taylor, a Bethlehem native, this was a wedding she’d only dreamed about, holding the reception at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem steps away from where her parents were married over 30 years ago at the Moravian Chapel. They included their favorite late-night snacks and played every Backstreet Boys hit. At the conclusion of the night, guests took beautiful gold Bethlehem star ornaments off delicate gold trees, each taking a piece of Bethlehem home with them. With a sparkler send-off fit for the Fourth of July weekend, the couple concluded this amazing night surrounded by family and friends.
the details: Ceremony: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Reception: Historic Hotel Bethlehem Hair: Noelle Nicolaou Makeup: Jenna Kelly, Allentown Dresses: Anne Barge custom gown, Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City Flowers: Allium Floral Design, Bethlehem Transportation: Bucks County Trolley Co. Cake: Piece 'a Cake LLC, Macungie Wedding Planner: DPNAK Weddings, Lehigh Valley Stationery: The Paperbag, Allentown Music/DJ: She Said Sunday (cocktail hour), Rockin’ Ramaley Videographer: Abominable Productions, Kutztown 10
jillian & patrick A N N A N DA L E P H OTO G R A P H Y, C T
J U N E 2 5 , 2 01 6 Jillian Bevacqua and Patrick Fligge met as students at Muhlenberg College. Friends throughout their three overlapping years, they reconnected after graduation when Pat returned to work for the college. They shared their first kiss after a summer’s walk through campus, and nearly five years later, the couple said “I do” mere yards away from the spot of that first kiss. Pat and Jillian purchased their first home together in May of 2015. About a month before they moved in, they visited their future Whitehall house to check on some installations. Jillian was excited about the dishwasher, and Pat was excited to get down on one knee, in the middle of their future living room. As proud alumni of Muhlenberg, their dream was to get married on the front lawn of their alma mater. When it came to choosing a place to celebrate with their 200-plus guests, the choice was clear: Jillian’s employer, Paxos Restaurants, is the family behind Blue Grillhouse and Event Center in Bethlehem. Jillian and Pat exchanged vows in front of friends, family and the most important member of the bridal party: their Golden Retriever puppy, Steve! The celebrations continued at Blue with signature drinks, beautiful toasts and a performance from Jillian’s brother, who jumped up to sing with the band. Pat and Jillian put their own spin on some wedding traditions by playing a cheeky tune from the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack during the garter removal and serving endless cake pops, milk and cookies and a chocolate fountain for dessert.
the details: Ceremony: Muhlenberg College, Allentown Reception: event center at blue, Bethlehem Hair & Makeup: Becky Kinn Hair & Makeup Design, Lehigh Valley Dresses: Alfred Angelo, Whitehall Flowers: Phoebe Floral, Allentown Transportation: J&J Limo, Allentown Cake Pops: Bittersweet Bakery, Macungie Invitations: Self-designed, printed at The Paperbag, Allentown Band: Almost Easy, Long Branch, NJ
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J U N E 4 , 2 01 6 Michael Furman and Kerri Ann Swan met during their third year at Loyola University Maryland in 2008. Kerri had been studying abroad in England with all of Mike’s best friends and kept hearing his name over and over again. All the while, Mike kept hearing Kerri’s name from his friends as well. Once Kerri returned from England and the two met, there was an instant spark. In 2014, Kerri was offered an incredible dental residency opportunity at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, and Michael, a school psychologist, soon followed her there. They fell in love with the countryside and small-city feel all in one beautiful place. One weekend in July 2014, an impromptu date night turned magical as Michael surprised her with an intimate proposal, hundreds of candles aglow in their little apartment. With the help of Kerri’s talented aunt-turned-wedding-planner, Maureen, they planned the rustic, nature-inspired wedding of their dreams. Although it rained for days before the big day, the sky was blue by the time their intimate afternoon ceremony began. They exchanged vows under an ancient oak tree, with a simple burlap-and-lace arch draped over a branch. One of their mutual best friends who first introduced them performed the ceremony, and, together with family and friends, they danced the rest of the night away under the stars.
the details: Venue: Monterre Vineyards, Orefield Hair & Makeup: Studio 950 Salon, Allentown Flowers: Garden of Eden, Allentown DJ: Bar None Weddings, Macungie Videographer: Salty Stache Productions, Ocean City, NJ 12
ashley & bill CO L I N C O L E M A N P H OTO G R A P H Y
S E P T E M B E R 3 , 2 01 6 Ashley Stolte and Bill Audelo grew up ten minutes from each other in northern New Jersey, but they didn't meet in person until a blind date. After that first date, Bill called his future best man to report that Ashley was out of his league. Luckily for Bill, it was Ashley who picked up the phone to request a second date. The dates kept coming and love soon followed. After two years together, Ashley joined Bill on a trip to Mexico to visit his family. One night during dinner, a 15-piece mariachi band appeared. When the band cut out, what would become their wedding song came on over the speakers, and Bill asked Ashley to marry him. Not wanting to waste a moment of their lifetime together, Ashley and Bill began planning with only seven months to spare. The couple knew they found their venue the first time they experienced the classic elegance of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. Being the ever-loyal Jersey girl, Ashley found solace by having the ceremony back home. When the big day came, the gorgeous weather was only bested by an even more beautiful bride. After the â€œI dosâ€? were over, Bill and Ashley were joined by their closest friends and family in a celebration that pushed the dance floor (and the bartenders) to the limit. With the sun ready to come up, the party finally ended. Ashley and Bill could not have imagined a more perfect day or perfect way to start their lives together.
the details: Venue: Historic Hotel Bethlehem Hair & Makeup: Badass Bridal Hair Co., Morristown, NJ Dress: Casablanca Bridal Flowers: Flores Devine Videographer/DJ: Eclipse Events, Cranford, NJ
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J U N E 4 , 2 01 6 Rich Wendell met Heidi Hon at the St. James Gate Irish Pub over a Guinness in July of 2013. After several years of dating, they adopted a Vizsla named Max and moved in together. Rich proposed to Heidi on her birthday in September of 2015 over a home-cooked meal, her engagement ring a unique yellow sapphire. The Bally Spring Inn was a wonderful venue, and its resident wedding coordinator, Stephanie, treated them like family. Oishi Japan's dumplings and sushi were a hit at cocktail hour, and thanks to the discovery of local Aunt Jack's Real Home Baking at the local Saucon Valley Farmersâ€™ Market, a delicious vanilla almond cream cake and pie bar was paired up with succulent ice cream from the Penn State Creamery. Beautiful bouquets, boutonnieres and shepherd-hook vases played up the theme colors inspired by blue hydrangeas, including hints of yellow, greys and blues. The salon team tackled makeup for 11 people with phenomenal skill. The wedding was a true dance party, thanks to the DJ, and included a unique send-off for their one and only Max, who passed away suddenly prior to the wedding, with helium balloons and his favorite treats. The perfect day ended with sparklers and s'mores at a lovely bonfire.
the details: Venue & Catering: Bally Spring Inn, Barto Cocktail Hour Snacks: Oishi Japan, Ewing Township, NJ Hair & Makeup: Blink 27 Salon & Spa, Bethlehem Ring: The Natural Sapphire Company Flowers: Distinctive Florals by Mary, Coopersburg Cake: Aunt Jack's Real Home Baking, Easton Ice Cream: Penn State Creamery, University Park DJ: Steve Vazquez from Soundfactor, Boyertown 16
michelle & patrick M AG G I E J P H OTO G R A P H Y
J U N E 1 1 , 2 01 6 Patrick Collins and Michelle Hanna met in September of 2009 in the Moravian College dining hall. On a stormy June afternoon in 2015, Pat wrote a note and placed it in Michelle’s apartment. The note instructed Michelle to meet Pat on the third floor of Comenius Hall. Almost six years after they had first met in that classroom, Pat asked Michelle to marry him. Pat and Michelle chose to have an intimate wedding ceremony where it all began, Borhek Chapel located in Comenius Hall, Moravian College, after which they rode off in a 1934 Franklin. Michelle loved restyling her mother’s wedding gown, using one of the sleeves as a detail to be wrapped around her bouquet. The theme was classic black and white with a rustic Italian flair to match the elegance of Folino Estate. The venue boasted a patio with a perfect view of the beautiful sunset as well as the capacity for over 200 family and friends. From the black-and-white polka dot invitation envelope liner to the men’s black-and-white polka dot socks, and the vibrant, textured floral choice including all of the bride's favorites, and the lantern centerpieces, the couple's style was signified with just the right mix of formal and rustic. Following speeches, dinner and parent dances, the bride’s father, Joseph Hanna, sang his own rendition of “The Way You Look Tonight” a cappella to Michelle, kicking off a night of dancing and celebration. Family and friends joined on the dance floor to participate in the traditional Arabic “Dabke” dance, representing Michelle's Syrian heritage.
the details: Ceremony: Borhek Chapel in Comenius Hall (Moravian College), Bethlehem Reception, Catering & Cake: Folino Estate Vineyard, Winery, Restaurant and Event Venue, Kutztown Hair: KellyAnn EarnestWaddell, Salon 309, Orefield Makeup: Micah Gilley, Zionsville Dress: Mother’s wedding dress restyled by Susan Kolar Couture, Easton Tuxedos: Top Hat Formalwear, Whitehall Rings: Redd & Co. Fine Jewelers, Allentown Flowers: Ross Plants & Flowers, Orefield Music: Taylor Cope, Cellist; Christina Park, Violist DJ: Wesley Works, Emmaus
matthew & bradley A R M E N E L L I OT P H OTO G R A P H Y
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Matthew Kamont and Bradley Wilson met in May of 2005 at MainGate Night Club. After hitting it off very well, they rented an apartment in Easton a few months later and have been together ever since. Once same-sex marriage was legalized in May 2014, they really began talking about it. Bradley decided for their tenth anniversary, May 19, 2015, he would propose. After dinner at Ocean in Easton, Bradley had their closest friends and family waiting in the audience at the State Theatre with signs he made out of glitter asking Matthew to marry him. They held their wedding at the Theatre as well, creating a show with props and a wedding party on stage behind the closed curtain. After the ceremony, they burst into a surprise lip sync to Frozen’s “Love Is an Open Door,” with snow falling onstage! The reception was in the Acopian Ballroom of the Theatre, with centerpiece arrangements made of white standard lilies, hydrangeas and roses. Matthew’s tuxedo sparkled with Swarovski crystals hand-sewn by Deborah Lopresti Designer for Brides. The reception featured a raw bar, macaroni and cheese and mashed potato bar, carving station and dinner station. Another surprise for the evening was a lip sync battle between the couple. Guests voted for their favorite by applause. Yet another attention-grabber was the cake, made to look like a chandelier. In lieu of a traditional guest book, guests signed stones they placed on top of the sand used during the couple's sand ceremony. Matthew and Bradley's three pups were also present for this unforgettable night in the form of cocktails named after each of them.
the details: Ceremony & Reception: State Theatre Catering: 3rd & Ferry Fish Market, Easton Hair & Makeup: Glass Slipper Weddings and Events in Monmouth County, NJ Flowers: Pondelek’s Florist, Hellertown Transportation: Anthony Limousine, Allentown Cake: Cozze Cakes, Nazareth Invitations: The Paperbag, Allentown Programs: Broadway Playbill style by Minuteman Press, Easton DJ & Photo Booth: Rockin' Ramaley and Rockin' Photobooth
victoria & joshua A M A N DA DA N Z I G E R P H OTO G R A P H Y
J U N E 2 4 , 2 01 6 Victoria Oliva and Joshua Parris met in January 2014 at Lehigh University, where they were both student-athletes. Victoria's research for her psychology thesis used Joshua's football team as its participant pool. Their interactions expanded beyond the research project, and their first kiss was at a Lehigh Track & Field formal. Joshua asked her to be his girlfriend while watching the sunrise together on the beach of Bay Head, New Jersey, and they began dating in hopes that their relationship would continue to grow and eventually lead to marriage. It was only fitting that Joshua asked Victoria to be his wife back on Bay Head beach watching the sunrise. He surprised her with a new chapter in “their book” titled, “The Proposal,” which concluded with him rapping a love song to her ending in, “Will you be my Mrs.?” Victoria and Joshua returned to Lehigh University to get married in the same place where their relationship began. Pastor Matt officiated their nuptials, and the ceremony was full of spirit, friends and family. As their reception began, the dance floor quickly filled up until the DJ sat Victoria down for a surprise from Joshua—another rap. He remixed his engagement rap and performed a similar love song telling her he was “never letting go.” To end the night, all 200-plus guests circled the dance floor joining arms to “Piano Man,” a Lehigh Track & Field team tradition. Joshua and Victoria couldn’t have asked for a better way to begin their marriage—being surrounded by friends and family, with a very tangible presence of God among them.
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sarah & keven D U S T I N W E I S S P H OTO G R A P H Y
J U LY 1 6 , 2 01 6 A childhood friendship between Sarah Deem and Keven Derolf developed into a relationship after his steadfast support helped her through the death of her mother. In May of 2015, Keven graduated from college and left soon after to start his career in the U.S. Army. They talked about marriage in letters, but Sarah wasn't suspecting anything when Keven came home a day early for Christmas and proposed in her home. Planning long distance while Keven was away, Sarah had the help of her father to coordinate things, and she chose a venue nestled in the countryside with breathtaking views. The rustic feel of the event was achieved with chalkboards for the seating arrangements, an old ladder holding pictures of the couple and Mason jar centerpieces. The florist made a special memorial table arrangement for the seat that would have been Sarah's mother's. A homemade cornhole game invited guests to take advantage of the beautiful night and venture out to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful sunset views. It was a special day spent surrounded with everyone close to them. The whole day went smoothly thanks to Nina, a coordinator from Olde Homestead, and Keven was thrilled to see how everything turned out. At the end of the night, they made their exit with guests holding sparklers in a truly magical moment.
the details: Venue: Olde Homestead Golf Club, New Tripoli Catering & Cake: Rodale, Emmaus Hair: Fringe Stylz Salon by Megan, Easton Makeup: Lauren's Makeup Designs LLC by Heather, Allentown Dresses & Tuxedos: Wedding Belles Bridal Shoppe, Drums Rings: Van Scoy, WilkesBarre Flowers: Allium Floral Design, Bethlehem DJ: NEPA Entertainment, Mountain Top Videographer: Cardenâ€™s Film, Williamsport 22
allison & shawn M AG G I E J P H OTO G R A P H Y
J U N E 4 , 2 01 6 Shawn Borelli and Allison Walker were set up on a blind date by his best friend's mother. The match was a good one, and they hit it off quickly. After a romantic dinner one night at their favorite restaurant, Go Fish, they got home, had a glass of wine and Shawn surprised her by getting down on one knee. Shawn had designed a custom engagement ring for Allison and even invited her parents with him to go shopping for it. It was a warm day with some drizzles but the rain held off for the outdoor ceremony. It was a completely custom event with a minimalist bridal party and both tears and laughter throughout. The bride and groom wrote their own vows and decided to â€œtie a knotâ€? as their unity ceremony. The bridal party had an amazing entrance with the maid of honor picking up the best man and swinging him around. Dinner selections were chicken, beef, and sole-stuffed crab and ravioli, which all received rave reviews. The bride and groom exchanged cake very nicely and followed that up with a special dance. Instead of a traditional bouquet toss, the couple opted to give the bouquet to the woman who had set them up on their first blind date. Guests danced the night away and flooded to the photo booth. The night ended with a sparkler exit.
the details: Venue: Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Macungie Hair: Image Hair Studio, Kutztown Makeup: Makeup By Lauren Dresses: Bridals by Sandra, Nazareth Tuxedos: J.C. Penney Tux Rentals Rings: Kay Jewelers, Whitehall Flowers: Buttonwood Blooms, Reading Cake: Piece 'a Cake LLC, Macungie Wedding Planner: DPNAK Weddings, Lehigh Valley DJ: Celebrations DJ, Kutztown Videographer: Kevin Fonash Studios, Scranton
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samantha & carlos D O U G L A S B E N E D I C T P H OTO G R A P H Y
AU G U S T 1 3 , 2 01 6 Carlos Samayoa and Samantha Hoell met in 2014 while working together at Victaulic. At first, Sam thought Carlos was too serious, but after a St. Paddy's Day night out with coworkers, she learned how much fun he could be. On vacation the next year in St. Maarten, Carlos proposed on a quiet corner of the beach at night, with flower petals spread under the blue moon. They went with an elegant, contemporary theme, so the Renaissance Allentown was a perfect venue: a big-city feel at home in the Lehigh Valley, and right in the heart of the revitalizing downtown. A mariachi band provided lively music for the cocktail hour. Rockin’ Ramaley provided an LED dance floor whose colorful lights guaranteed that guests would be dancing all night long. And, of course, Stitch, their pet Yorkie, made an appearance during cocktail hour. Sam also received a unique gift from a bridesmaid: a custom painting of the happy couple (and Stitch), created by hand by an actual Lilly Pulitzer designer (Sam’s favorite). Their wedding date brought record heat and storms, but that didn’t slow down the party. Guests partied from the beginning of the night until the very end of the reception, after which the celebration continued at The Dime and Roar.
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alison & chad J O H N W I R I C K P H OTO G R A P H Y
J U N E 4 , 2 01 6 Alison Figler and Chad Wasilkowski's story began in July of 2010, when they were introduced through mutual friends at the Outer Banks in North Carolina. They both ended up at Marywood University, and after dating for three years, Chad proposed to Alison while they were making her grandmother's Christmas cookie recipe. Their wedding vision was of rustic charm, and Lawnhaven at the Stroudsmoor fit the bill. Stroudsmoor's resident wedding planner, Ashley, gave off such an energetic glow and confidence that they knew their day would be perfect. They were married at the church where Alison grew up, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alpha, New Jersey. Alison wore a ball gown wedding dress from the Disney Collection with a cathedral train and veil, navy shoes and sapphire jewelry. Her bouquet, pink peonies and white hydrangeas, was held together with her late grandmother’s rosary. The cocktail hour was held outside with over a dozen varieties of appetizers. Guests enjoyed custom monogrammed cornhole boards, a photo booth, cigars and, of course, a signature drink, “Sweet Summer Sip.” In a reception hall decorated with flowers, vines and deer antlers, the tables were decorated with tall centerpieces filled with blue and white hydrangeas along with rustic lanterns and Mason jars. Their four-tiered cake wore hydrangeas and a Mickey and Minnie cake topper. Guests, vendors and the Stroudsmoor went above and beyond to make their special day perfect.
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What options do couples have when planning for their first dance? Bridal couples have the opportunity to choose from learning a few dance moves to a fully choreographed dance. Dance lessons are booked four at a time for a half hour each in length. After the four lessons, private lessons are booked one at a time, depending on how much practice is needed.
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How should a couple embark on choosing the “perfect” song for their dance? When choosing music, if the future [couple has] their heart set on a certain song, I say “Go for it!” I usually recommend something classic with a good beat like Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” or Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.” What is your advice for couples that are intimidated by the idea of a public dance or that are lacking in dance skills? I recommend that a couple come in for a lesson and learn enough moves to be able to look semipolished and comfortable on the dance floor. I also recommend that they shorten the length of their dance. A wedding dance should be two to three minutes. If they’re feeling anxious, they can shorten the length of the time that they are dancing. Dancing is an art form that should be shared with everyone. [It] brings you and your partner closer together in a relaxed, fun environment. Dance is one of the best activities you can do to strengthen your bond in a really healthy way, and it is good for you. You shouldn’t worry about who is watching.
Where in the wedding planning timeline should the first dance come into play? The wedding dance should be scheduled with the rest of the event details. Lessons are booked five to eight months before the wedding date, and lessons usually begin two to four months before the wedding. The private lessons are 30 to 40 minutes in length. Couples are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes, but many brides bring their bridal shoes to the practice sessions. Videoing the learned dance steps is highly recommended for further practice at home. What recent trends have you noticed in wedding choreography? Couples who want to blow the roof off the joint and really knock it out of the park like to mix in a fun hip-hop combination. After they pick their slow sentimental song, I mix in popular hip-hop mixes and teach them a hip-hop combination. I’ve had great success with this approach, and the wedding attendees love it! Is it ever OK to just skip a first dance altogether? Dance joins couples together. Over the last eighteen years, I’ve taught many couples, and dance brings joy. Why skip it? In a marriage, you need all the help you can get.
How can a couple make their dance extra memorable? To make the dance extra memorable, I have seen many brides dance with their fathers, and the grooms with their moms. Flower girls and ring bearers, blended families and the entire wedding party join in! It’s a spectacular way to start any reception! What is the most rewarding part about helping couples with their wedding choreography? One of the most magical [times] of your life is the first dance at your wedding—a moment in time you’ll always remember. The most rewarding thing about teaching couples their wedding dance is that I get to see them learn to dance with each other, laugh and be in love. There’s something very special about the month to three months before they say their vows, and I get to be part of that time in their lives. As a dance teacher, this has brought profound joy to my life, and I’m very grateful to have this be a part of a career I love. Allegro Dance Studios 4030 Chestnut St., Emmaus allegrodancestudiosllc.com | 610.509.1313
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What is the very best part about getting married in the Lehigh Valley? The talented local vendors! My husband and I live outside of New York City. Friends of ours who got married near Manhattan were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of vendors and how expensive they were. You can find that same talent in the Lehigh Valley for a much more affordable price. Most venues will even go as far as to recommend their favorite vendors to help you narrow down your search! Do you have any local cost-saving tips for brides and grooms on a tight budget? Work ahead of time to chip away at projects that can be done weeks in advance—this way you aren't scrambling and splurging. You can find creative DIY ideas online that will save you money! Also, reach out to friends and coworkers who recently got married. You will be surprised how many former brides have centerpieces, sweetheart table signs and other decor that were only used for one day and will never be used again!
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Looking back now, is there anything you would have changed? Just one thing: We wish we had gotten a videographer! Lay out and rank your wish list. Whenever a budget is involved, not everything will be achievable. Think about what is most important to you. At the time, we didn't think a videographer was necessary, but now that the wedding is over, we wish we had footage to look back on. Where/how will all future anniversaries be celebrated in the Lehigh Valley? By reliving our wedding weekend! Dinner at our favorite Italian BYOB, Tre Scalini, in Downtown Bethlehem where we had our rehearsal dinner. Brunch in the Terrace Room at Hotel Bethlehem— a place that will always be dear to our hearts!
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very quickly! Take time to remember why you are planning this day in the first place and use it as a time to grow closer with your future spouse. Planning together and laughing through the craziness of it all truly alleviated a lot of our wedding-planning stress. Even though we both groan and say “We’re so glad the planning is over,” I know we both secretly miss it! Where/how will all future anniversaries be celebrated in the Lehigh Valley? I love the idea of anniversary photo shoots! I want to visit the Malcolm Gross Rose Gardens (where we took our wedding photos) every year in May to document our years together. We have our favorite restaurants (Grille 3501, Corked Wine Bar & Steak House) and are always up for trying new places as well. There are also highly rated B&Bs in the area (Sayre Mansion Inn, Stone House Inn & Spa), which would be perfect for an anniversary getaway close to home!
Kristen & Joseph What is the very best part about getting married in the Lehigh Valley? It’s home! My husband and I grew up and currently reside in the Lehigh Valley and we absolutely love the area. We wouldn’t have considered anywhere else to celebrate our special day. In addition, the Lehigh Valley has so many beautiful venues, gorgeous photo spots and wonderful vendors available to match various styles and themes to make any bride’s wedding visions a reality. We had a blast attending bridal shows and meeting these vendors in our planning process. I wish it were socially acceptable to still attend them! What do you think your guests enjoyed most about your special day? I worked very closely with my venue and vendors to make sure that the ambience of our wedding day defined my husband and me as a couple. I wanted our personalities and interests to shine through so that our guests would look around and think “This is without a doubt Kristen and Joe’s wedding,” and I think they enjoyed that. I’ve also heard rave reviews about my father’s welcome speech (he now thinks he has a career as a stand-up comedian) and our venue’s cheesesteak bar that was opened up toward the end of our reception as a late-night snack. What advice would you give to newly engaged couples that are about to embark on the wedding-planning process? Enjoy every minute and make decisions together! The wedding-planning process can be very stressful and making decisions is challenging at times, especially if you have a particular vision in mind. However, it is also very fun and goes by
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Erika & Kyle AU G U S T 1 , 2 01 5 WO O D S TO N E CO U N T RY C L U B What is the very best part about getting married in the Lehigh Valley? Having all of our family and friends able to attend our wedding. My husband and I were born and raised in Easton, so this is home to us. To have our wedding here in the Lehigh Valley with people who helped us grow as individuals and as a couple was so gratifying. We had 150 guests at our wedding and about 95 percent of our list was local. We did include hotels close to our venue just so that our guests had the option to stay close by after having a fun night of partying! What do you think your guests enjoyed most about your special day? Long after our wedding passed, everyone told us that our “little touches” made our wedding
so personable and hard to forget. One thing that was important for my husband and me was to have a table at our wedding of photos of our loved ones that had passed away. I had recently lost an aunt, and my husband had lost his uncle when he was young. It was a great way to show our family members and friends how much we miss and love them and that their memory would continue on. We also had a barbershop quartet sing during our cocktail hour. Their style of singing and personality really won the hearts of our guests. From signature cocktails, dancing on clouds and a fireworks exit, we surely kept our guests entertained all night. People still to this day tell us that it was the best wedding they ever attended! What advice would you give to newly engaged couples that are about to embark on the wedding-planning process? One thing my husband and I wanted to never lose sight of was the fact that we were getting married. Our wedding day was about our love for one another and the commitment we were about to start together. It wasn’t about the details, the venue or how the weather was supposed to be. It was about our love and how God brought us together for this new chapter in our lives. One piece of advice I would like to give newly engaged couples is to stay consistent with your spouse. A lot can be thrown at you, which can make the wedding planning super stressful and unenjoyable. If you have a specific theme or color palette, stay true to it. Keep to your budget, know what you want and don’t want and always communicate with each other. Communication is key! One thing I recommend is to schedule a couple's massage during your wedding planning and don’t forget those date nights either! Couples can get wrapped up in wedding planning, but at the end of day, it is about you and your spouse and the love you have for each other. That’s all that really matters! Do you have any local cost-saving tips for brides and grooms on a tight budget? My husband and I had a honeymoon registry set up with VIP Vacations in Bethlehem. We had bought our home four years ago, so we really didn’t want a traditional home registry. By doing a honeymoon registry, we were able to enjoy our honeymoon in Jamaica with no stress of having to pay for it. The staff at VIP Vacations made our honeymoon effortless and super relaxing. I highly recommend any brides and grooms to have a honeymoon registry!
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Stephanie Stevens OWNER, BELL GATE FARM Stephanie Stevens is changing the landscape of events in the Lehigh Valley. And it’s no surprise, given the 268 acres of picturesque rolling hills, the renovated barn and beautiful event spaces she has to offer. The Great Barn held its Grand Opening Celebration on November 16, 2016, and the joy in the air was palpable. Guests’ jaws dropped as they took in the sight of the grand cathedral ceilings and perfectly placed décor. Every inch of the space was meticulously thought out by Stephanie in terms of function and style, and she hit the nail on the head! Stephanie returned to her roots in the Lehigh Valley to revitalize Bell Gate Farm into a place for all to enjoy, as she did growing up. She breathed new life into the property by renovating the barn into a state-ofthe-art event space for weddings, cooking classes, corporate parties, bachelor parties, Super Bowl parties and even yoga classes. For most of her career, Stephanie was in the production field, which gives her an exciting new twist as an event producer. She worked with A-list celebrities like Lady Gaga and Sting, once turned Times Square purple and had a perfectly choreographed flash mob of 500 dancers performing to Ne-Yo for Microsoft’s product launch and has even worked with American Express to make their cardholder concert
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Historic Hotel Bethlehem RECEPTIONS & ACCOMMODATIONS Meet Historic Hotel Bethlehem’s award-winning Banquet Culinary Team! Executive Chef Michael Adams has built an amazing banquet kitchen staff that works together to create different menus and cuisine for hundreds of events each year. The culinary team is the back of house that prepares each and every meal that is served for weddings, bridal showers, corporate meetings and, of course, the hotel’s award-winning Musical Sunday Brunch. Working with Chef Adams is Banquet Sous Chef Rodney Rivera, who helps lead the staff in its day-to-day activities in the kitchen. Chef Adams has been with the hotel for over two years, where he directs the kitchen for
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It has been owner Monica Yurconic-Groff’s vision to grow her flower shop to be the best in the Valley when it comes to wedding flowers. Well, she can check that one off the list. Ross Plants & Flowers has now been selected two years in a row as “Best Florist in the Lehigh Valley” by readers of Lehigh Valley Magazine and The Morning Call. This rise in popularity is attributed to a design team that excels at creativity and customer service. Communication is at the heart of their success to ensure that no wedding detail is overlooked. There is genuine excitement at the shop when brides return to share the wedding-day photos because, at this point, they are no longer considered clients, but friends. Ross Plants & Flowers is not an everyday flower shop. They are a full-service flower shop with an extensive greenhouse carrying beautiful, seasonal plants and flowers to create the most spectacular backdrops for that special day. A bride’s wedding day is one of the most important days of her life. Ross Plants & Flowers would be honored to be a part of it. Call Ross Plants & Flowers… they promise it will be a decision without regret!
Liz Richmond dreamed of owning her own store since she was 16. That dream was realized the day she walked into The Paperbag in 1984 to ask about a job. When the owner asked why she wanted to work in a small card and stationery store, she answered, “Because one day I want to own one!” In May 1997, she purchased the store. Now celebrating its 35th year in business, The Paperbag specializes in unique greeting cards, stationery and custom invitations for weddings, showers, birth announcements, birthday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, cocktail parties and so much more. Helping create a client’s dream event includes listening to needs/wants and staying within budget. Dream it and The Paperbag can make it true!
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Bridals by Sandra & Sue Ames Bridal Outlet BRIDAL SALES, ALTERATIONS & PRESSING Looking for a bridal store with experience and longevity of excellence? Look no further than Bridals by Sandra, a family-owned and -operated store that has been in business for over 50 years! It has the distinction of being voted “Best in the Lehigh Valley” repeatedly by thousands of satisfied customers. All brides receive the maximum amount of service within a relaxed and private atmosphere. With their Personal Bridal Consultant’s knowledge of body shapes, fabrics and sizing, they can help anyone select the perfect gown, all within her budget. Bridals by Sandra’s price range is $700 to $4,000. Bridals by Sandra takes great pride in its Alteration/Pressing Department. Their on-site seamstresses (often referred to as “magicians”) provide the best fit for your dream gown. All gowns are professionally pressed and stored in their unique vault—free of charge—for both the bride and the wedding party until the week of the special event. To celebrate their Golden Anniversary, Bridals by Sandra thanks their loyal customers by presenting an amazing free gift with each bridal gown purchase. Appointments are welcome to reserve space with a Personal Bridal Consultant. Be a part of celebrating this successful, one-of-a-kind bridal store
visited by thousands of brides from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and other states across the country. Bridals by Sandra has been voted by their customers as the #1 best bridal store! Exquisite Bride Magazine and Bridals by Sandra will present their spectacular 2017 Bridal Fashion Show on Sunday, February 12, at the beautiful State Theatre in Easton. Call 610.759.5156 for information. To benefit brides of all budgets, Bridals by Sandra has once again opened their outlet store, Sue Ames Bridal Outlet, which is located inside the C.E. Roth Formal Wear building at 10th and Turner Streets in Allentown. This store appeals to the budget-minded bride, featuring top designers sold at outlet prices. Bridal gowns range from $99 to $699—none higher! They also feature bridesmaids, flower girl, mother of the bride and groom, prom and quinceañera gowns, all at outlet prices. For the best fit, an experienced inhouse seamstress is also available. Sue Ames has heard consistently from brides that their outlet prices are the very best, plus the quality and service is far beyond comparison! Those looking to save money on their wedding must visit and see for themselves how the outlet has been pleasing brides for over 25 years.
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As the owner of Susan Bella Jewelry and a jewelry designer specializing in redesigning heirloom pieces, Susan wears many “hats.” One that consumers may not realize is as a stylist for brides, their wedding parties, parents and even flower girls! Susan and her Bella Team will review a bride’s attire selections for the special day and will offer suggestions to complete her look, as well as the look for the entire bridal party… even the groomsmen! They encourage selecting pieces that reflect each participant’s personality and style so they can be worn for years to come, yet maintain a cohesive and consistent fashion that will look fabulous in all of those wedding photos!
Rodale Catering & Events has been catering to the public in the Lehigh Valley and beyond since 2012. A natural evolution of Rodale Inc.’s corporate dining services, their mission is to bring great-tasting organic food to clients and support customers in living a healthy life on a healthy planet. Good food starts in an organic farmer’s field of nutrient-rich soil grown in harmony and with respect for nature and the planet. Quality is ensured through seasonal menu rotation, handson production and a commitment to local organic farmers and producers. The experienced team of hospitality professionals is excited to craft unique weddings and events that delight customers with how extraordinary and affordable organic can be.
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Sarah Petryk ALLIUM FLORAL DESIGN & EVENT STYLING Beautiful texture and rich romantic foliage showcase nature’s imperfect beauty and thread their way through all of Sarah’s remarkable floral design. Her private studio is nestled on two acres of wildlands, which serve as inspiration for much of her work. Sarah and her team of artists create and fully style each wedding, offering not just florals, but access to vintage, heirloom and custom pieces specific to one’s design needs. Allium weddings range widely in style from organic/bohemian to elegant/classic and she has a gift for finding ways to make your wedding feel personal and out of the ordinary.
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A family-owned business that believes in baking the old-fashioned way, Natural Sweet Gallery is a European bakery and café that serves up a daily mix of sweet and salty savory treats. Owners Marko, Sally and Milan Golubovic convinced their grandmother to share her sweet-baked deliciousness with the world. Their inspiration comes from time in the kitchen with her and their mom learning their baking secrets. Recipes have been passed down through generations and are made with natural ingredients (when available). Catering for all occasions is offered. The most popular treats include raspberry tiramisu, chocolate cake, Coconut Perfection cupcakes and Burek’s phyllo dough filled with spinach, cheese or meat!
Donegal Square has been providing a connection of Celtic traditions and family since 1985. Inspired by rich Celtic heritage, a wide selection of handcrafted wedding bands and engagement rings from TJH and Shanore of Dublin is offered, available in yellow, white, rose gold and sterling silver and hallmarked in Dublin Castle. The wedding band collection will connect Celtic roots to Ireland and the British Isles, completing the eternal wedding day. Donegal Square also offers a bridal registry, gifts for the bridesmaids and groomsmen plus kilt rentals. McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub is a unique, warm and inviting event space, perfect for rehearsal dinners or wedding receptions. Assistance in booking a honeymoon to Ireland and the British Isles is also available.
Dustin Weiss Photography is a studio that, above all, values love, relationships and all of life’s little moments. Formally trained, kind, caring and creative—couples will struggle to find another photographer who offers such a unique, personable, professional and high-quality wedding photography experience! Offering new ideas on modern wedding photography, Dustin offers an editorial approach to capturing weddings. Custom creativity is added to his photographs and each image is fine-tuned, with every photo, every moment, every memory treated like the wonderful work of art it is. Be sure to visit Dustin Weiss Photography at dweissphoto.com for recent photographs, additional information or to schedule a personal consultation.
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Small or large wedding parties accommodated; personalized service in a country club setting; rooms for bridal showers, bachelor parties, golf outings and rehearsal dinners; outside ceremony site.
Settled in the countryside amidst overgrowing vineyards, Folino Estate allows brides and grooms to feel as if their wedding is being held at an Italian villa.
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BERKS BERKLEIGH GOLF CLUB 14623 Kutztown Rd., Kutztown 610.683.7388 berkleighgolfclub.com
FOLINO ESTATE VINEYARD & WINERY 340 Old Rte. 22, Kutztown 484.452.3633 folinoestate.com
BUCKS CASCADE LODGE 5065 Lehnenberg Rd., Kintnersville 610.346.7484 | cascadelodge.com
SAND CASTLE WINERY 755 River Rd., Erwinna 610.294.9181 | sandcastlewinery.com
Beautiful scenery; marriage ceremonies performed on lawn.
Extensive wine selection; breathtaking view of Delaware River Valley; offers a range of preferred vendors.
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CARBON BLUE MOUNTAIN SKI 1660 Blue Mountain Dr., Palmerton 610.826.7700 skibluemt.com
Alpine 250 Vista 220
Blue Mountain is the Height of Elegance! Let us give you the perfect something Blue for your amazing day!
We have over 20 rooms to choose from; great for any occasion!
Enjoy your special day overlooking the beautiful mountains. Large outdoor patio and Irish pub available as well.
240 per floor
Modern, elegant, full-service catering facility that tends to your every need; multiple rooms to choose from that include an outdoor patio; seductive lounge and spectacular views.
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Rustic décor and personal attention for every event.
200 seated; 600 standing
Chic country venue, farm to table catering.
Serving you with elegance and style. Elegance does not have to be expensive. We are willing to work within your budget. Bridal room for wedding party with stained glass windows and grand staircase; chair covers available.
610-285-4723 | Glasbern.com
SPLIT ROCK RESORT 428 Moseywood Rd., Lake Harmony 570.215.6133 splitrockresort.com
SUNSET RIDGE AT BLUE SHAMROCK GOLF CLUB 2230 Fireline Rd., Palmerton 610.826.2504 | golfblueshamrock.com
LEHIGH ALLENTOWN BREW WORKS 812–816 W. Hamilton St., Allentown 610.433.7777 | thebrewworks.com
BARRISTER’S CLUB 1114 W. Walnut St., Allentown 610.433.6204 thebarristersclub.com
BEAR CREEK MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT 101 Doe Mountain Ln., Macungie 610.682.7100 bcmountainresort.com
BELL GATE FARM 7081 Bell Gate Rd., Coopersburg 609.592.7170 | bellgatefarm.com
CHRISTOPHER’S RESTAURANT INSIDE OF THE COLUMBIAN HOME 1519 W. Greenleaf St., Allentown 610.432.6333 | thyme2dine.name
New outdoor courtyard. Newly renovated; allows a more intimate setting, custom catering accessibility and a full stage for DJ/band balcony overlooking the ballroom. New outdoor courtyard.
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Amazing facility includes tables, chairs, linens, beautiful overhead lighting. Preferred vendors available & coordination services available. Schedule a tour today!
Rustic historic inn with 34 guest rooms and suites with whirlpools, fireplaces and spa services. Also offers outdoor ceremonies.
Old-world hospitality with an urban vibe and new-world flair. Welcoming private parties and entire weddings.
Perfect for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and after wedding brunches. Property also features 106 guestrooms, great for out of town guests.
Renovated ballroom; bride and groom receive a complimentary suite on night of wedding.
Personalized attention to detail, individualized packages, specializing in large events, overnight accommodations for guests and Samuel Adams Grille with entertainment for that late-night party after the reception.
COMFORT SUITES 3712 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown 610.437.9100 comfortsuitesallentown.com EVERGREEN HIDEAWAY 6715 Evergreen Dr., New Tripoli 484.357.8373 evergreenhideaway.wordpress.com
GLASBERN INN 2141 Pack House Rd., Fogelsville 610.285.4723 | glasbern.com
THE HAMILTON KITCHEN & BAR 645 W. Hamilton St., Allentown 610.433.3535 thehamiltonkitchen.com
HILTON GARDEN INN ALLENTOWN BETHLEHEM AIRPORT 1787-B Airport Rd., Allentown 610.443.1400 allentownairport.stayhgi.com HOLIDAY INN ALLENTOWN CENTER CITY 904 W. Hamilton St., Allentown 610.433.2221 | holidayinn.com
thistlebeetheflorist.com Studio, 1BR & 2BR Suites Complimentary Breakfast Wedding Discounts Available Conveniently Located
3800 Easton/Nazareth Hwy., Easton 610.829.2000 • marriott.com/ABETS
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Specializing in bridal showers and intimate weddings. Discount group rates available for guest lodging.
HOLIDAY INN ALLENTOWN I-78 7736 Adrienne Dr., Breinigsville 610.391.1000 | holidayinn.com
HOOK SEAFOOD & GRILLE 22 N. 6th St., Allentown 610.435.3540 | hookseafood.com
IRON LAKES COUNTRY CLUB 3625 Shankweiler Rd., Allentown 610.395.3369 ironlakescountryclub.com
MILLER SYMPHONY HALL AND THE RODALE COMMUNITY ROOM 23 N. 6th St., Allentown 610.432.7961 allentownsymphony.org
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MONTERRE VINEYOMARDS 6341 Kernsville Rd., Orefield 610.395.3052 monterrevineyards.com
A breathtaking backdrop for your special day, complete with vintage charm, all the modern amenities and the flexibility to bring your own alcohol.
OLDE HOMESTEAD GOLF CLUB 6598 Rte. 309, New Tripoli 610.298.4653 oldehomesteadgolfclub.com
Three different venue options: historic barn; cathedral-windowed tent with floor & carpeting; newly-renovated carriage house. All have amazing views!
$65-90; includes bar
Family owned business strives to exceed the expectations of our clients; complimentary private hospitality suite.
Ballroom has a balcony and window-wall with views of Hamilton and 7th Streets as well as South Mountain.
Located in the grand halls of the Lehigh Valley Trust Building. Classic architecture combined with modern amenities to bring a new level of event space to the Lehigh Valley.
THE PALACE CENTER 623 Hanover Ave., Allentown 610.776.2888 | thepalacecenter.com
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12 N. 7th St., Allentown 484.273.4000 renaissanceallentown.com
VAULT 634 634 Hamilton St., Allentown 610.774.9511 | vault634.com
Menu can be customized to fit your individual taste and budget. Ballroom with two private floors & space for up to 150. Also available for ceremonies & intimate receptions.
Chef willing to customize menu; three different room options.
Open, flexible space to accommodate a variety of functions and events. Commercial kitchen access for pre-approved caterers, elevator access, convenient on-street deck parking, air conditioning.
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EHRHARDT’S WATERFRONT RESORT 205 Rte. 507, Hawley 570.226.4388 | ehrhardts.com
THE LODGE AT MOUNTAIN SPRINGS LAKE 1315 Mountain Springs Dr., Reeders 570.629.1120 | mslresort.com
Exclusive Pocono wedding venue with acclaimed catering & service for over 35 years, privately owned 325 acres, pristine 76-acre lake and 37 country cottages.
STROUDSMOOR COUNTRY INN 231 Stroudsmoor Rd., Stroudsburg 570.421.6431 stroudsmoor.com
Full-service catering, experienced planners, floral/decór designers, charming accommodations, registry, spa and bridal salon and photography studio. All wedding services under one roof.
Located adjacent to the Historic Bethlehem Steel Blast Furnaces, the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is a brand-new, state-of-the-art multi-use facility. Professional staff and delicious cuisine, coupled with dynamic spaces and amazing views.
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A premier reception site that works with caterers to provide a creative start to a couples’ life together. Beautiful art, creative energy and elegant spaces combine for an ambiance that’s unparalleled in the Lehigh Valley.
BEST WESTERN LEHIGH VALLEY HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER GRAND BALLROOM 300 Gateway Dr., Bethlehem 610.866.5800 | lehighvalleyhotel.com
Elegant and affordable; full service catering; experienced wedding specialists; packages include separate cocktail hour, linens and centerpieces, customized menu.
BEST WESTERN LEHIGH VALLEY HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER LEHIGH ROOM 300 Gateway Dr., Bethlehem 610.954.5000 | lehighvalleyhotel.com
Silver service available; customized menu.
Specializing in wedding-related events, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Nontraditional wedding receptions can also be accommodated.
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MONROE Complimentary room for the bride and groom on the night of their wedding.
NORTHAMPTON THE ARTSQUEST CENTER AT STEELSTACKS 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem 610.332.1300 | artsquest.org
BANANA FACTORY 25 W. 3rd St., Bethlehem 610.332.1300 | bananafactory.org
THE BANK STREET ANNEX 316 Northampton St., Easton 610.253.0515 | bankstannex.com
THE BETHLEHEM BREW WORKS 559 Main St., Bethlehem 610.882.1300 thebrewworks.com BURNSIDE PLANTATION 1461 Schoenersville Rd., Bethlehem 610.882.0450 historicbethlehem.org COMFORT SUITES UNIVERSITY 120 W. 3rd St., Bethlehem 610.882.9700 comfortsuitesbethlehem.com
THE EASTONIAN BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER 90 Kunkle Dr., Easton 610.923.0511 | theeastonian.com
EVENT CENTER AT BLUE 4431 Easton Ave., Bethlehem 610.691.7777 | eventcenteratblue.com
Beautiful art deco facility, featuring two mezzanines and a 40-foot carved ceiling.
18 th century 6-acre farm.
Complimentary whirlpool suite with package, complimentary hospitality suite during cocktail hour; outside catering allowed.
The expertise and elegance of The Eastonian has partnered with the outstanding catering by Karen Hunter to make this a full-service venue.
Over 30 years of experience delivering wedding ceremonies, receptions, showers and events. Beautiful facility, outstanding cuisine and exceptional service.
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EVERGREEN LAKE 2375 Benders Dr., Bath 610.837.6401 | evergreenlake.net
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GREEN POND COUNTRY CLUB 3604 Farmersville Rd., Bethlehem 610.253.2505 | greenpondcc.com
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The perfect place for a rehearsal dinner or breakfast buffet. Catering options ranging from continental breakfast to hot buffet style dinner.
Nestled in the heart of the Lehigh Valley, Mountaintop at Lehigh offers a secluded, serene and breathtaking 360° view of the Lehigh Valley.
Ballroom newly renovated; full catering services or outside catering welcome; Jacuzzi suites and group room rates available.
Experience the grand architecture and breathtaking views at Villa on the Green at Riverview.
No F&B minimum on weddings.
SAUCON VALLEY ACRES 1303 Evergreen Dr. & Black River Rd., Bethlehem 610.691.6480 | svacres.com
Barn-wood country elegant atmosphere; outdoor ceremonies in gazebo.
THE SAYRE MANSION 250 Wyandotte St., Bethlehem 610.882.2100 | sayremansion.com
Ceremony available on-site; no extra cost.
WOODSTONE GOLF CLUB 3777 Dogwood Rd., Danielsville 610.760.2777 woodstonegolf.com
HAMPTON INN LOTUS ROOM 3723 Easton-Nazareth Hwy., Easton 610.250.6500 | hamptoninn.com
HISTORIC HOTEL BETHLEHEM 437 Main St., Bethlehem 610.625.5000 | hotelbethlehem.com HYATT PLACE BETHLEHEM 45 W. North St., Bethlehem 610.625.0509 bethlehem.place.hyatt.com
MOUNTAINTOP AT LEHIGH 111 Research Dr., Bethlehem 610.758.6218 lehighdining.com/catering RAMADA ALLENTOWN/WHITEHALL 1500 MacArthur Rd., Whitehall 610.439.1037 | allentownramada.com
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Picturesque outdoor facility with ceremonies held on private island with gazebo.
Renovated with fireplace, delicious food, professional service.
The Lotus Room features private banquet facilities for up to 200; beautifully appointed banquet room features a fireplace and upscale lounge. On-site event professionals; can custom design any menu. Voted Best Banquet Facility and Best Hotel in the Lehigh Valley.
RIVERVIEW COUNTRY CLUB
610.434.8001 | susanbellajewelry.com 1746 West Allen Street, Allentown
1 Riverview Pl., Easton 610.559.9700 riverviewcountryclub.com
SANDS CASINO RESORT BETHLEHEM 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem 484.777.7777 | pasands.com
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Fantastic view; wedding garden overlooking golf course and mountains.
PIKE WOODLOCH RESORT 731 Welcome Lake Rd., Hawley 570.685.8500 woodloch.com/weddings
Say “I Do” by a sparkling lake with breathtaking backdrops of the mountainside. Woodloch is a premiere resort located in the beautiful Pocono region.
WARREN, NJ ALMOND TREE MANOR 319 E. Central Ave., Alpha, NJ 908.454.9394 | almondtreemanor.com
Tasteful high-end classical appearance, decorated in traditional royal colors. 4-star ACF certified executive chef/owner.
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