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AU G U S T 2 2 , 2 0 1 5 Jennifer Aviles and Peter Ramos met through a mutual friend, Alex, eight years ago. Jennifer refused Alex’s first offer to set her up with “the perfect person for her,” but when they ran into him at a local pub some time later, it turned out Alex had been right. It was love at first sight! On Christmas Eve, 2010, at a holiday gathering in front of family and friends, Peter got down on one knee and asked Jennifer to marry him. Of course, she said yes! They tied the knot four years later, holding the ceremony at the beautiful Architects Golf Club in New Jersey. Jennifer fell in love with the venue the moment she walked in, from the hardwood floors and chandeliers in the ballroom to the spectacular view and draped tent on the patio through French doors. They chose cream, white and gold as their colors to complement the tent and surroundings. Centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres burst with white lilies and tulips, and the cake was a delectable red velvet with blueberry cream filling. A cellist played Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” as the bride walked down the aisle, and a saxophonist accompanied cocktail hour. The dance floor was full of happy guests all night long.

the details Ceremony, Reception & Cake: The Architects Golf Club, Phillipsburg Hair: Versatile Strands Salon & Spa, Bethlehem Makeup: Makeup Artistry by Alisha Nycole Dress: Bridals by Sandra, Nazareth Rings: Rosenberg Diamond Company, Philadelphia Flowers: Pondelek’s Florist, Hellertown Entertainment: Norman Davis Musica, Allentown Saxophonist: Art Crichlow

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2015 Sarah Hart and Ken Charette’s story begins at the most romantic place on earth: law review orientation. What started as casual conversation soon morphed into avid discussion, and after a pep talk from his best friend, Kyle, Ken finally asked Sarah on a date. After surviving law school, passing the bar and a year long-distance, they decided to settle in the Lehigh Valley. The proposal is described in two different ways. Sarah remembers vividly a summer day in Avalon, NJ, walking to the beach. Ken mentioned getting a picture, and as random joggers and golden retrievers thwarted his efforts, Sarah grabbed the phone and started to take a picture. A second later a ring appeared in the frame. Ken's description: "I blacked out. I don't even know what happened that day! I gave you the ring, right?" The most important part of their day was to celebrate with friends and family, from Ken’s coworkers at Fitzpatrick Lentz and Bubba to their flower girl, niece Anna. They tried to incorporate their love of literature by making each table represent a famous author with a corresponding quote, and escort cards made from library catalog cards in drawers. The Pen Ryn’s library was a perfect venue for their formal photo shoot. In lieu of favors, they made a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, in honor of their family members who served this country, and put up a display commemorating them. From “Footloose” to selfie sticks, the dance floor was bumpin’ all night!

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morgan + kevin E M I L E E C H A M B E R S P H OTO G R A P H Y

SEPTEMBER 12 , 2015 After a few months of dating, Kevin Schildt was offered a job with a hockey team in West Virginia, and hoped his girlfriend, Morgan Bell, would come along. Together they traveled with the Adirondack Phantoms until construction finished on the team’s new home: the PPL Center in Allentown. Kevin bought a ring soon after and proposed in the Clover Hill Winery vineyards. Morgan is from Florida and Kevin hails from Long Island, but they decided to bring their closest friends and family to Allentown to showcase their new home. Their exceptional wedding planner, Erin Crofchick, displayed the rustic beauty of the hotel and added local touches such as a Morning Call sports section Guest Book and local craft beer. Rain forced the ceremony inside, but with up-lighting, they created a chapel overlooking the Phantoms hockey rink. Morgan and Kevin cherished reading their written vows to each other, promising to always be each other’s best friend, sealed with a beer ceremony toasting to their love. Their wedding felt like cocktail hour all night long. With no assigned seating, lounge areas and high-top tables, the ballroom was romantic and intimate, yet encouraged guests to let loose and celebrate! From the rehearsal dinner and wedding day to the after-party, their outof-town guests embraced the downtown area by exploring the restaurants, shops, museums, arena and new Arts Walk. Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Schildt hosted a beautiful weekend that captured their love for each other and for the new downtown Allentown.

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J U N E 2 7, 2 0 1 5 Amanda Brandone and Sean Tucker met in January of 2006 on match.com while Amanda was working toward her PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan. They dated for about four years before Amanda got a job offer in the Lehigh Valley. Amanda moved to Bethlehem in 2010 and Sean soon followed. On March 8, 2014, they went on a snowy hike around the Merrill Creek Reservoir in New Jersey. On an isolated bench midway through the hike, Sean proposed. Their wedding was held on a rainy day at the ArtsQuest Center on the grounds of the former Bethlehem Steel. They chose this venue because both are transplants to Bethlehem, but have made this town their home, and because ArtsQuest’s mission to provide a community center for arts, music and culture is one they really believe in. They were able to bring their out-oftown family and friends to a place that truly defines the spirit of Bethlehem. Their wedding also included some of Sean’s family history by way of a Tucker 48 automobile, created by Sean’s great-grandfather Preston Tucker, creator of the Tucker car. He took on the automotive establishment in the late 1940s with his revolutionary car and inspired the 1988 movie Tucker: The Man and His Dream, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Because of many factors outside of his control, he was only able to produce 51 cars before the company folded. His story stands as an integral part of the history of American entrepreneurship.

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J U LY 4 , 2 0 1 5 In the summer of 2010, Brittany Martin was doing voluntary work in Peru with her best friend, Lindsay, when they took a trip to a little desert oasis called Huacachina. Their hostel also held a bunch of rowdy (and handsome) Irishmen, and Brittany and Glen Burke hit it off immediately, developing a long-distance relationship. They declared their love after eight months, and Brittany moved to Ireland a year later. Christmas 2013, Glen surprised her with a trip to Niagara Falls. At a quiet spot after dark, looking out at the beautiful lights on the falls, Glen got down on one knee and proposed. Brittany said yes and burst into tears. They knew they wanted an outdoor ceremony, and since the weather is a little less than reliable in Ireland, they decided to have it back in Pennsylvania, choosing the Rodale Institute because it gave them the opportunity to host a laid-back and comfortable wedding for all their guests. Their wedding had a vintage travel theme as a nod to their mutual love of travel and the fact that they met abroad. The day started with rain, but the sun came out just before the ceremony and they were able to get married in the garden. They were extremely touched that so many of their Irish friends and family made the long journey to Pennsylvania to be part of the celebration. It was an unbelievable three-day party, and they were overwhelmed with love from friends and family.

the details Venue: Rodale Institute, Kutztown Hair: Daneene Jensen and Associates, Perkasie Makeup: Shannon Carrier, Makeup by Shannon Bridesmaids' Dresses: asos.com Dress: Cymbeline Paris, Fogelsville Tuxes: riverisland. com Rings: Keanes Jewelers, Ireland Catering & Cake: 14 Acre Farm, Lehighton Flowers & Styling: Allium Design, Bethlehem DJ: Blue Route Entertainment, Philadelphia Vintage Items: Fox & Finch Vintage Rentals, Fountain Hill Wedding Planner: Courtney Batt, Without A Hitch LLC

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M AY 2 , 2 0 1 5 William and Kay Hughston were college sweethearts who met over 20 years ago. This isn't the first time they’ve walked the aisle together— the two were married before for over 14 years! They had been divorced four years before their most recent journey to the altar, but they always maintained their friendship. The dating scene left them unfulfilled and they came to understand that the things they were looking for were in one another all along. They were remarried by the same pastor, Pastor Harold McKenzie, who presided over their first wedding, and found a friend in couples counselor Dr. Ulanda Davis, who sang at both the ceremony and reception, calling on her earlier career as a solo artist. The romantic venue was made all the more special with a jazz trio that serenaded guests during the cocktail hour on the vineyard grounds. The decor was a mix of vintage vineyard elegance with glitz and glam, and plenty of good food and a handpicked playlist kept guests delighted and satisfied. And what Penn State alumni wedding would be complete without the likes of the Nittany Lion roaming the grounds and taking pictures with guests and bridal party members? The night ended with a cigar bar and outdoor fire pit s'mores station. It was a fun-filled, emotional and joyous occasion, continuing the next day at a farewell brunch at the Hotel Bethlehem.

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2015 Jason Beach and Matthew Miller met on match.com in August 2011 and got together for a sushi lunch soon after. They decided to move in together in early 2013, both aspiring to get married and start a family. On Christmas morning 2013, Matt received a letter from Jason, neatly folded in a glass box. When he’d finished reading, Jason was kneeling next to him and proposed. They knew from the beginning that they wanted to have the wedding near their home in Allentown, incorporating the revitalized Center City. With its industrial/modern design and location at the center of “new Allentown,” The Hamilton Kitchen suited them perfectly, and their event was the venue’s inaugural wedding. They selected the date to correspond with their lucky numbers (3 and 9), and had custom rings made 9mm wide to represent September, with 15 diamonds to represent the year, and each diamond .06 carats to represent the day. The ceremony was officiated by their best friends Jenny Krepshaw and Breanne Sweeney, with their Puggles, Cooper and Jaxson (wearing matching bow ties), as their ring bearers. The evening continued with a gorgeous cocktail hour on The Hamilton’s patio with signature drinks named after the pups (The Cooper—a Moscow Mule featuring Jefferson’s Bourbon, and the Jaxson—a spicy pineapple jalapeño margarita featuring Hornito’s Tequila). The Hamilton’s chef, Drew, and his team prepared a fabulous dinner for their closest friends and family, followed by an evening of dancing and connecting with guests.

the details Venue: The Hamilton Kitchen, Allentown Hair: Clementine Salon, Bethlehem Suits: My.Suit, Philadelphia Rings: Susan Bella Jewelry, Allentown Cake: Piece ‘a Cake, Macungie Flowers/Event Design: Allium Design, Bethlehem DJ: Weddings By Paris, Effort Transportation: J&J Luxury Transportation, Allentown Videography: Abominable Productions, Kutztown Event Manager: Liza Stankowski of The Hamilton Kitchen Guest Accommodations: The Renaissance Allentown Hotel

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AU G U S T 2 2 , 2 0 1 5 Kevin Scanlon and Stacey Dietrich met each other over 28 years ago when Kevin was a new student in Stacey’s first grade class. It wasn’t until fall 2014 that another mutual classmate suggested that Stacey reconnect with Kevin. When they finally saw each other again, it was obvious that they belonged together. Kevin planned to propose by Leaser Lake, but when the ring didn’t come in time, he went to Plan B: propose by the Allentown Rose Garden on the way to dinner. However, Stacey offered to bring takeout home for a relaxing night in. On to Plan C, burying the ring in a “Mystery Bag” of other gifts. Even so, it was a unique and unforgettable proposal. They decided on a rustic chic country wedding, with Kevin Jr., Kevin’s son, as the best man and the only wedding attendant, and got married in a sunflower field on a hill overlooking Stacey’s father’s family farm in New Tripoli. Stacey created the Save the Dates and wedding invitations, complete with a map to the field they would be married in. She arrived in a horse-drawn carriage, and the two took the carriage to the reception site at Olde Homestead Golf Club, where Kevin is the Golf Course Superintendent. The reception food was picnic-style BBQ to fit their theme, with centerpieces of sunflowers with pink, red and white wildflowers in Mason jars. They performed a choreographed first dance and danced the night away with their family and friends.

the details Venue: Olde Homestead Golf Club, New Tripoli Catering: 2 Little Piggys BBQ and Catering, Levittown Cake: Granny Schmidt’s, Whitehall DJ: Weddings by Paris, Effort Choreographer: Jeannie Cardinal of Jeannie Cardinal’s School of Dance, Nazareth Horse-Drawn Carriage: Kyle Hoppes, New Ringgold

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AU G U S T 8 , 2 0 1 5 A mutual friend helped Andrew Knechel and Chelsea Whitted meet on a blind date on February 28, 2014 at the Brick Tavern Inn in Quakertown, an awkward chance they’re glad they took. On the exact anniversary of their first date, Andrew arranged for them to go to the same restaurant after a short hike up to Bake Oven Knob. Little did Chelsea know, Andrew had something else planned! They hiked to the top of the hill on the snow-covered path, enjoyed a canister of hot chocolate and Andrew got down on one knee and proposed. They were married five months later in August. After a beautiful ceremony, they made their getaway on Andrew’s motorcycle to the reception site: a restored barn on his parents’ property in Harleysville. Guests parked off-site and were shuttled by trolley to the barn on this beautiful 80degree summer day. With the help of a wedding coordinator, they decorated the barn glamstyle. From crystal chandeliers to mercury glass vases, sheer white fabrics and painted pig troughs brimming with flowers, the barn was nothing short of Pinterest-perfect. Family and friends were indispensable in preparing for the day, helping out with flower arrangements and three flavors of delectable cake. The day was magical, elegant, absolutely flawless and will be cherished for many years to come.

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S E P T E M B E R 2 7, 2 0 1 4 Len Reed and Meghan McGrath met at a friend's Fourth of July picnic and instantly hit it off, hoping to run into each other again. Catching a Phillies game at the local pub that fall, they spotted one another across the room. Their eyes met, they both smiled, pointed at each other and yelled in unison over the crowd: "It's you!" They’ve spent almost every day together since. Three years later on Fourth of July weekend, they took a stroll down the streets of Historic Downtown Bethlehem, and Len proposed at sunset next to the historic blacksmith shop. The tone of their wedding was down-to-earth and rustic yet romantic and dreamy. The ceremony was held at the charming one-room schoolhouse on the beautiful grounds of the Rodale Institute Farm, a perfect site for a teacher and his bride. The bridal party arrived in an antique truck, waving to guests as they passed. After the cocktail hour, guests headed down the path to the barn to sing, dance and celebrate, surrounded by lush green meadows and trees set off with the brilliant colors of early fall, pumpkin patches, colorful gardens, ponds, fall crops and apple orchards ready for harvest. With Meghan’s aunt performing a Celtic hand-fasting ceremony involving Len’s daughters, one of whom sang the couple’s first dance song, and Meghan’s grandfather gracing the reception with renditions of traditional Irish songs, family and friends helped make the day unique.

the details Venue: The Rodale Institute Farm Catering: The 14 Acre Farm, Lehighton Hair: Reenie McGrath Makeup: Carmen Toro of Beauty Alibi, Bethlehem Bridesmaids' Dresses: Popmart, Bethlehem Dress: Eugenia Couture, Bethlehem Tuxedos: C.E. Roth Formal Wear, Allentown Rings: Freeman Jewelers, Whitehall Color Scheme, Flowers & Decor: Dave McCormack & Dru Thomas of American Hairlines, Bethlehem DJ: Trevor Hinson Officiant: Judge Karen Devine, Allentown Transportation: J & J Luxury Transportation, Allentown

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AU G U S T 2 9 , 2 0 1 5 Chris Carullo and Whitney Derrico met seven years ago studying Exercise Science at West Chester University. She found him wandering the halls the first weekend and invited him to a party at her apartment. They discovered they were in the same major and shared the dream of opening their own gyms. After graduation, they moved in together. He followed her back to the Lehigh Valley where they were faced with a tough decision—get married and start a family or pursue their dream together. In no time, they had set up an LLC, found a space and started what is now Liven Up Health and Fitness. After two years of building their business together, Chris proposed to Whitney in front of the Italian Water Gardens at Longwood Gardens. They wanted to have an atypical wedding and settled on a summer camp in 600 acres of nature—not one piece of their wedding didn’t involve a personal touch. They made everything, from their centerpieces to their own bouquets and signs to let attendees know where they were staying and how to get around camp. Their wedding was a three-day adventure with activities like zip lining, trap shooting, archery, horseback riding and more. Guests stayed in beautiful cabins and were able to take part in nightly bonfires. Tailgate-style parties in front of the cabins throughout the day and kickball games before the evening’s ceremonies entertained non-stop, and the dress code stayed casual just like the wedding.

the details Venue: South Mountain YMCA, Wernersville Dress: Nicole Miller, Philadelphia Rings: Beautiful Petra, Etsy Flowers: The Rustic Bunch, Leesport Cake: Made s by Lino, Allentown DJ: The Black Lion Group, Bethlehem ■

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TIPS, TRICKS & TULLE PA S T B R I D E S S H A R E T H E I R D O ’ S A N D D O N ’ T S Planning a wedding is an extremely daunting task considering you’ve probably never thrown a celebration this monumental before. Like anything else in life, it’s wise to learn from those who have already pulled it off. That’s why we asked some past brides to spill their secrets on what they wish they knew before they said "I do," what’s actually worth stressing over and what they would have changed looking back. Get ready to take note!

Kelly Chando O C TO B E R 4 , 2 0 1 4 E L A I N E Z E L K E R P H OTO G R A P H Y What do you wish you knew before you began planning your wedding? “Be courteous but not apologetic.” There are many choices you will have to make, and they won’t always be easy. Almost everyone will have an opinion, but stick together and feel confident in your decisions anyway. Those that truly love you will support you without question. What’s the best piece of advice you received while planning your wedding? To discuss what is most important to you and your fiancé (music, food, venue, flowers, etc.) and to allocate your money towards those areas. If you can save on items not as high on your priority list, then do so. You will appreciate that you have more funds available for the next step you take together as a family, such as buying a home. What was the most stressful part about planning your wedding? Wanting to please everyone and rationalizing the cost of items that were highly inflated due to the “wedding industry.”

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What was the most rewarding part about planning your wedding? The smiles and happiness we shared when we made a big decision together and the satisfaction of being able to “check something off the list.” Generally speaking, if you had to do it all over, what would you do differently? My husband and I were engaged for two and a half years and if we could do it all over again, we would have had a shorter engagement. The extra time we had caused more (unnecessary) stress because we would one-up ourselves throughout the process. Rather than being forced to make a decision, sometimes we had the ability to look at too many alternatives or selections, and it became overwhelming. What is the one piece of advice you would give to future brides? 1. Focus on the two of you, and make decisions that will make you happy on the wedding day, but also long-term. While there may be some ups and downs in the process, never let them derail you from the true purpose of the day and your plans for the future. It is a day to celebrate the two of you. 2. No matter how detailed you are, not everything will go as planned. It’s inevitable; but don’t let it consume you. If at the end of it all you are (finally) married, it will truly be one of the best days of your life. You get to walk away with a forever partner, friend and teammate. No one will remember that the color of your flowers was slightly off or that the wrong limo arrived. They will remember the love they saw and felt that day, and the fun they had celebrating alongside you. 3. I can’t stress enough how important it is to remember to slow down on your big day. Take a few moments as a couple to sit back and really take it all in. It’s an indescribable feeling to know that so many family and friends are there to support you and love you as much as you love one another. Those moments you share make the entire planning process well worth it. 4. Don’t forego that honeymoon! You will truly appreciate the time you have to relax with one another and create your first memorable moments as a married couple. It will set the tone for the beginning of your marriage.

Mary Beth Stellar JUNE 20, 2015 JOSH FINSEL & AMBER BREINER What do you wish you knew before you began planning your wedding? How dirty my dress would be by the end of the day! After keeping my dress and veil pristine until the last moment, I was so surprised to be picking pieces of grass and leaves out of all of the delicate lace from being outdoors for pictures. What’s the best piece of advice you received while planning your wedding? Be a professional when working with vendors. It’s easy to get carried away and emotional over something you have envisioned for years. Remember that your team has successfully executed their part of (most likely) hundreds of weddings. When your florist recommends a flower that holds up better under summer heat or your photographer tells you to budget half of an hour to get into a lace-up dress, trust them because they are the pros! What was the most stressful part about planning your wedding? Details that couldn’t be done until the days just before the wedding, such as escort cards. I checked as much off the list ahead of time as possible but I ended up printing those out three different times. I knew our seating arrangement by heart by the end of the wedding. What was the most rewarding part about planning your wedding? Taking the time to visit with guests at their tables even though we had done a receiving line. We got to spend more time with our favorite people


on a day that goes by so quickly than we would have if we hadn’t done a table-to-table visit. We also got more opportunities for pictures (both candid and posed) and stole moments with anyone who didn’t hit the dance floor or get to stay until the end of the night. Generally speaking, if you had to do it all over, what would you do differently? Break in ALL of my shoes. I practiced in my heels and they were great, but the flats I had for the rest of the day were new. I ended up spending more time in those than my heels, and by the end of the night I was barefoot because my feet were killing me. What is the one piece of advice you would give to future brides? When people offer to help, take it! Friends and family who want to help know that this is a big event and often go the extra mile to make the day special. When you have an hour back to spend relaxing with your bridesmaids the day before the wedding instead of tying dozens of bows, you will be glad you took up someone’s offer to do them for you. Also, know the difference between what you can control and what you can plan for. I couldn’t do anything about the rainy forecast, but I definitely bought umbrellas just in case. We only needed one and it wasn’t until we were leaving the after-party!

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What is the one piece of advice you would give to future brides? 1. Plan it quick, be decisive and stay organized (I planned my wedding in six months and would highly recommend it). 2. Your wedding is not a time to be a peoplepleaser—it’s a day for you and your partner. 3. Be kind to each other throughout the planning process and always check in to be sure that you and your partner are on the same page. 4. Create Pinterest boards for every aspect of your wedding and share with vendors so they understand your vision. 5. Buy dresses on bhldn.com and try them on in the comfort of your home with a trusted (and stylish) friend. 6 Unless you have tons of skilled family members and friends, do not attempt to DIY your entire wedding. I tied pink ribbon onto favor boxes the day before (with a fresh manicure) and it took me hours! s 7. Get a spray tan two days prior. ■


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How to Make Sure That Your Wedding Countdown Doesn’t Turn Into a Wedding Meltdown. BY C H R I S TI A N KO G L E R

You got the ring! Now what? What’s next? When can you finally say, “I do”? Planning a wedding can seem overwhelming. Let’s face it—the whole process will be every form of whelming other than “under,” but that’s alright. Fortunately, we’ve handled most of the preparation for you. Follow this wedding planning checklist, pour yourself a glass of celebratory champagne and let everything fall into place.

9+ MONTHS You finally get to dive into planning everything you’ve been dreaming of for your entire life. But hang on tight, there’s a lot to do. Brainstorm: Collect every magazine clipping and Pinterest article you’ve gawked at over the past year or so and organize them all into a binder or folder. Having the ability to flip through some loose pages for inspiration will help fuel your creative juices. Additionally, figure out your budget. Collect your cash and decide which areas you’d like to splurge on.

your happy time—don’t be afraid to let others contribute. If money isn’t tight, however, book a party boat and let your hair down! The next few months are going to be a tad stressful.

6-9 MONTHS We’ll go ahead and say it: six to nine months out is going to be tough. A lot of decisions are being made. Amid all of the moving parts, try to remain calm—you’re planning the most important day of your life, but you’re in charge.

to determine who is doing what and when at this stage of planning. If you’re hiring a planner, do so now. In fact, the earlier you hire your planner, the better. But planner or not, you’ll need to figure out what you and your partner will be responsible for. This means clear-cut, opposite-of-vague job assignments. Design the Guest List: Selecting and agreeing on a guest list is vital. Are you doing family only? A giant, blowout guest list which includes your ninth-grade lab partner? Get started on this as early as possible. Toast Your Engagement: If you haven’t had an

engagement party, do it! If money is tight, invite friends and family over for a vegan potluck. It’s

Plan Your Getaway: It’s never too soon to plan your honeymoon. Details, details, details, yet again.

4-6 MONTHS Things are starting to slow down and, luckily or terrifyingly, are becoming very real. Your new life is mere weeks away.

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already had your dress picked out for months (if not years), and you can finally make the big purchase. Shop now—you do not want to be four months away from your wedding and dressless. Find the dress of your dreams, and avoid doing it how they do on the show. This is your dress, not your partner’s and definitely not your mother’s. Pencil in time for more than one fitting, and when you find your glass slipper of sorts, order it!

them to your first fitting—if not, the tailor won’t know how long your dress should be. You’ll also want to make sure you know what your plan is for hair and makeup. Don’t forget about your partner, either! If it’s a man, formalwear for his groomsmen will be required. Keep him on a tight leash and make sure that he gets it done!

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maids need dresses, too! After selecting a look that results in the least amount of whining from your gal pals, order away. You want to make sure that everyone feels pretty, but that no one is as beautiful as you. This is your day, and don’t forget it. Make Your Musical Selection: Entertainment needs to be considered. Whether you’re looking for a string quartet or a strictly-‘90s DJ, you’ll want to book them before someone else does. Consider all the times entertainment may be necessary: cocktail hour, reception, ceremony… don’t leave out any details. Fine-Tune: Flowers. Save the date cards. Wedding registry. Power sources. Transportation. Rentals (chairs, tables, etc.). Where will everyone

Plan Your Rehearsal Dinner. Where will it be? What’s on the menu? Any surprises or fun themes in store? Taste Away: You’ve put a ring on it, now it’s

time to pick your cake. (If you haven’t put a ring on it, as in you haven’t gotten your rings resized and engraved, get on it!) This can be a fun process, so make sure that you and your new partner take advantage of tasty tasting opportunities. Once you agree on a varietal of cake, order it.

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everyone you booked months ago. Call the caterer. Call the guitarist. Call the venue. You have some time for emergency changes, but (hopefully) you won’t need those. Touching base with the people making your wedding day special will leave you with either a sense of ease and comfort or let you know that you need to get moving and make adjustments. Either way, it’s no biggie. Let Your Hair Down: Bachelor and bachelorette parties can happen now. The dirty details are up to you—just make sure that someone handles them.

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OWNER, DONEGAL SQUARE & McCARTHY’S RED STAG PUB For thirty years, Neville Gardner, owner of Donegal Square and McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub in Bethlehem, has been keeping Celtic wedding traditions alive in the Lehigh Valley. He says, “We can offer everything: handcrafted Celtic engagement and wedding rings, kilts for your groomsmen, a fully catered event space in McCarthy’s to host your rehearsal dinner or wedding reception and can even help you book your honeymoon in the Celtic Isles. We provide that connection with the traditions from Ireland, Scotland and Wales that people look for on their wedding day. It’s a strong bond to family and heritage.”

534 Main St., Bethlehem 610.866.3244 donegalsquare.com


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The Bridals by Sandra Consultant Team

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 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 will help you select the perfect gown, all within your budget. Bridals by Sandra’s price range is $700 to $4,000. Bridals by Sandra takes great pride in their 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 you and your wedding party until the week of your 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. Come see the excellence for yourself. Appointments are welcome to reserve your space with your 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 2016 Bridal Fashion Show on Sunday, March 20, 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! If you’re looking to save money on your wedding, visit and see for yourself how they have been pleasing brides for over 25 years.

56 E. Lawn Rd., Nazareth • 610.759.5156 • bridalsbysandra.com 202 N. 10th St., Allentown • 610.435.6500 • sueamesbridaloutlet.com LEHIGHVALLEYST YLE.COM/WEDDINGS

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Douglas Benedict

Colleen & Terry Laky

Katherine Herrman

PHOTOGRAPHER

OWNERS, PIECE ’A CAKE

THISTLE BEE THE FLORIST

Douglas Benedict Photography, based in historic Bethlehem and serving clients up and down the East Coast, has been photographing weddings since 2008. Before becoming one of the Lehigh Valley’s most sought-after photographers, Douglas spent ten years as a photojournalist. Douglas and his associates are passionate about telling the unique story each couple shares. “What I love most is photographing the really powerful and often quiet moments,” Douglas said when asked what he enjoys most. And after the wedding? “Well, it’s wonderful to know I can make a bride gasp at the beauty of her wedding and to remember the bliss—weeks, months and years after it’s happened.”

Colleen and Terry Laky, founders and operators of Macungie’s Piece ’a Cake “cakery,” truly believe in doing what they’re good at. That’s why they bake incredible, client-inspired cakes. Colleen, an awardwinning pastry chef and a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, considers her cakes pieces of art. And that’s because they are. With inspiration coming completely from the client, each cake is unique and masterfully crafted by Colleen, beginning with a custom sketch and then baked and decorated by hand. Terry handles tasks such as scheduling, purchasing, estimating and delivering. Together, the Lakys aim to exceed your expectations through unparalleled taste paired with cutting-edge cake design and detail.

Katherine Herrman is Owner and Designer at Thistle Bee the Florist. Thistle Bee was created with a mission to bring gorgeous designs to weddings and events on a variety of budgets. Katherine never wants to tell someone how much to spend on their special day; instead, she uses her design skills, creativity and, with steady collaboration, brings her client’s vision to life. Katherine believes in the importance of creating an experience. As well as being a floral designer, she is a certified meeting and event planner with a background in business and marketing. The team at Thistle Bee looks forward to meeting you and being a part of one of the most memorable days of your life!

77 W. Broad St., #19C, Bethlehem 610.217.6455 douglasbenedict.com

18 E. Main St., Macungie 610.421.8482 • pieceacakellc.com

Stewartsville, NJ 908.967.0067 thistlebeetheflorist.com

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Kelchner Cleaners DRY CLEANING & PRESERVATION You have spent endless hours—even years— planning your perfect wedding day. Your bridal gown is the one tangible symbol of the love and commitment you have made to one another. Wedding day bliss can leave your treasured heirloom stained, soiled and even torn. Fortunately, there is Kelchner Cleaners, because you want your wedding day to last forever! Preserve your gown with techniques that will ensure its survival for future generations and future celebrations. Your treasured heirloom is processed on site (never sent out) with special attention to stains, ornamentation, repairs and soiled hemline. Family-owned and -operated for three generations, Kelchner Cleaners is a dedicated preservationist and full-service drycleaner, serving Berks and Lehigh counties for over 70 years.

234 N. Whiteoak St., Kutztown 610.683.7903 13 N. Franklin St., Fleetwood 610.944.8241 kelchnercleaners.com

Wesley Barrett ENTERTAINMENT & PHOTOGRAPHY When it comes to weddings in the Lehigh Valley, there is one name that always comes to mind. Meet Wesley Barrett, owner of Wesley Works Entertainment & Photography. Wesley Works has been the “go-to” for Lehigh Valley weddings for well over a decade. When asked what makes his company stand out, Barrett says, “It’s that our customers relate to us. In most cases we are who they are. They trust that our suggestions are exactly what they want for their wedding—personalization is so important to making a wedding successful.” “We keep things simple. It’s that less is more mentality, so working with us is easy,” he says. Judging by the long list of industry awards Wesley and his staff have accumulated over the years, it’s clearly working. Established in 1992, Wesley Works has grown considerably to include DJ, photography, uplighting, photo booths and videography. All services can be packaged together or booked individually. Frequently regarded as the authority in Lehigh Valley weddings, Barrett says, “It’s been an incredibly fun process growing the business over the years and being a part of so many memorable events. It’s also been extremely rewarding to have built such a reliable and well-trained staff. This has allowed us to lead the local industry and set new standards for weddings in the Lehigh Valley.” Visit their recently redesigned website at wesleyworks.com or visit their office in-person on Chestnut Street in Emmaus.

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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 your wedding, offering not just florals, but access to vintage, heirloom and custom pieces specific to your 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. #weddingwhisperers

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Alyssa Andrew Photography FINE ART WEDDINGS & BOUDOIR Alyssa Andrew Photography is a husband and wife team specializing in Fine Art Weddings. Their photographs are truly captivating and often described as “ethereal and romantic.” They put a huge emphasis on capturing images organically through the use of natural light aesthetics paired with building authentic connections with their clients. Alyssa introduced the first all-female boudoir studio to the Lehigh Valley, helping to empower women by celebrating natural beauty, self-love and encouraging body acceptance. Sessions are as therapeutic and healing for her as they are for her clients. Alyssa is extremely passionate about helping women feel amazing, from the inside out.

1717 Main St., Northampton 484.547.5000 alyssaandrew.com pink-boudoir.com

Amy Cozze OWNER, COZZE CAKES Amy Cozze launched Cozze Cakes in 2011, and it has been flourishing on Main Street in Nazareth ever since. Cozze Cakes has won numerous accolades, including The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2014, 2015 and 2016, and Wedding Wire’s Couple’s Choice Award. Her attention to detail and love for her craft shines through as her work has been published and recognized locally and nationally on countless occasions. Amy has quickly built a glowing reputation for not only providing aesthetically stunning cakes, but cakes that are mouthwateringly delicious as well. Amy’s gift for enhancing the traditional with a contemporary touch is unmatched, and means your cake will always be unique and special.

143 S. Main St., Nazareth 610.746.9175 • cozzecakes.com


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Lauren Bennett

Jennifer Doncsecz

LAUREN’S MAKEUP DESIGNS LLC

PRESIDENT, VIP VACATIONS

Lauren Bennett owner of Lauren’s Makeup Designs LLC, has a reputation for making each bride feel flawless, glamorous and comfortable on her wedding day. Having worked in this industry for 11 years, she understands that no two faces are alike. Enhancing a bride’s natural beauty is the key to having perfect, timeless photos, and Lauren’s reputation for being reliable, consistent and “brilliant” makes her one of the area’s most trusted makeup artists. Lauren’s own makeup line, Beauty by Bennett, launched in 2015. Her affordable prices, amazing quality and beautiful pigment rival MAC, YSL and Makeup Forever products. Lauren was awarded Best Makeup Artist of the Lehigh Valley in 2014, and WeddingWire Bridal’s Choice for 2014 and 2015.

As President of VIP Vacations, Jennifer Doncsecz’ primary goal is to help YOU find your happily ever after! VIP Vacations is a full-service travel agency that specializes in honeymoons and destination weddings. VIP provides competitive pricing, charges no service fees and will match rates from online travel websites to ensure the best price possible. When booking your honeymoon or destination wedding with VIP, you are working with a team of dedicated travel professionals that put your needs first. Payment plan options and a free honeymoon registry are also available. Jennifer has been the travel news expert for Fox 29 news since 2007 and the Romance Travel Contributor for USA TODAY since 2014. Jennifer is the Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Expert for Martha Stewart’s Weddings magazine and appeared as the cruise expert for three years on the Travel Channel series, “Great Cruises.” Jennifer is featured regularly in Bridal Guide magazine and is a contributing writer for “Style Me Pretty.” VIP is recognized as one of the top travel agencies specializing in honeymoons and destination weddings, including top 10 in the world for Sandals and Beaches Resorts, and is the world’s #1 selling agency for travel to St. Lucia! VIP Vacations just celebrated their 20th anniversary!

5020 Hamilton Blvd., Suite 1 Allentown • 610.442.7683 laurensmakeupdesigns.com

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Lorena Bravo OWNER, ORGANIC TANS

Folino Estate

Roxanne Germano OWNER, MAKEUP BY ROXY

The first full set is like constructing a work of art: patience, creativity and consistency are KEY when crafting a lash look for the first time. Lashes specific to a woman’s face, special event and profession are all elements that Lorena and her staff take into consideration when applying extensions. Lashes that look and feel natural is what happiness is all about. This two-hour-plus process became Organic Tans’ most requested service in 2015; extensions provide clients with the comfort and ease of having one less thing to do each morning. Clients range from TV personalities to homemakers. Full sets start at $250. Lavish Lashes® Certified 2012; Russian Volume Certified 2014.

Located in the countryside of Kutztown, Folino Estate allows brides and grooms to feel as if their wedding is being held at an Italian villa, without the plane ticket! From the moment your guests drive up, you’ll have them stunned. The gorgeously designed establishment is the only one of its kind in the area and features an elegant rustic look. There is an outdoor patio, perfect for looking out over the growing vineyard and watching the gorgeous sunset over the mountains. In addition to the unique vineyard photos you’ll have, the beautiful villa in the background will also serve as a gorgeous backdrop.

With over 10 years of artistry experience, Roxy has built her business in the Lehigh Valley and is known for her attention to detail, flawless makeup applications and natural talent with her brushes. Offering their services both in-studio and on-location, Roxy and her team bring the latest and greatest to all of their clients by continually updating their skills and learning new trends and techniques. Together, the team resume includes local, national and international publications for all occasions. Roxy was recently awarded Best Makeup Artist of the Lehigh Valley 2015 by Lehigh Valley Style magazine, and continues to bring the best service to her clients by adding her personal and unique touch to each client she works with!

1752 W. Allen St., Allentown 610.657.2298 organictanslv.com

340 Old Rte. 22, Kutztown 484.452.3633 • folinoestate.com

707 N. 4th St., Suite 112, Allentown 484.764.1769 • makeupbyroxy.com

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Dustin Weiss PHOTOGRAPHER 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—you’ll 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 your personal consultation.

2456 Lisa Ln., Allentown 570.947.5631 • dweissphoto.com

Danielle Pasternak

WEDDING COORDINATOR, DPNAK WEDDINGS Planning a wedding is one of those life events that you’ve probably thought about a lot, but hardly have been able to prepare for. Sure, you’ve got a Pinterest board (or five) that is full of gorgeous ideas, but it’s a different story when it’s time to attach a price tag to those ideas and actually plan YOUR celebration of a lifetime. Danielle Pasternak is an independent wedding coordinator whose experience, skills and insider knowledge take you from feeling overwhelmed, to being organized and confident in your decisions. Danielle has access to the area’s best wedding professionals to fit your budget and style, and helps guide you through the entire planning process without ever feeling like you’re not in control. Danielle also specializes in Day-of Coordination, allowing you to not only enjoy, but to remember your wedding day. With over fifty five-star reviews from past clients, Danielle has been named as one of the “Top 26 Wedding Planners in the United States” and is honored to be one of Lehigh Valley’s #weddingwhisperers. Start with a free mini-consultation today by visiting dpnak.com/style and keep an eye out for her wedding planning podcast full of free tips and behind-the-scenes stories.

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Karen R. Ford

Fox and Finch

BALLOONWORKS

VINTAGE RENTALS

When she got married in 1983, Karen R. Ford, CBA, wanted balloons at her wedding. Seven years later, she started her own balloon and event décor business. Now in its 25th year, her company, BalloonWorks, continues to evolve with an everchanging industry. “Wedding décor trends have changed dramatically since the ‘80s and we love helping our brides bring their wedding-day vision to fruition,” says Ford. Offerings range from oversized, tulle-covered round balloons for accents in photos and balloon releases following the ceremony to surprise balloon drops while the newlyweds dance their first dance. Besides balloon décor, her team at BalloonWorks offers Japanese lantern, fabric and strand lighting installations. #weddingwhisperers

Lounge on a tufted settee or dine at a handcrafted farmhouse table and you are dared not to feel like an honored guest. This sentiment drives Meg Fox and Abby Ogden of Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals. They delight in finding old classics, restoring them and sharing them with others. From reupholstery work to repurposing architectural salvage, their work is skilled and intentional. Fox and Finch is the only vintage rental company in the Lehigh Valley. They offer delivery of their inventory or you can choose to pick up their pieces. You are welcome to visit their showroom by appointment or to browse their inventory online. The unique and treasured library of furniture you will see includes farmhouse-style dining, lounge scenes, bars and wine barrels for cocktail hour as well as many other unique pieces. In visiting their website or showroom, it is clear that Fox and Finch is in the hospitality business, extending their furnishings to you to enhance the atmosphere of all your grandest celebrations and most intimate affairs.

610.253.1441 • 610.417.7417 eventsbyballoonworks.com

502 S. Clewell St., Fountain Hill 610.554.1207 • thefoxandthefinch.com

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EXTENSION

sets starting at

Establishment

Max. Guest Price Per Capacity Plate

Contact Name

75

LASH $

Of Special Note

BERKS BERKLEIGH GOLF CLUB 14623 Kutztown Rd., Kutztown 610.683.7388 berkleighgolfclub.com

225

$92 inclusive

Lisa Lutterschmidt

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.

230

$69.99– 129.99

Jacquelyn Schepers

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.

225

$47.95+

Maggie Conrad

Ballroom includes an attached balcony with roof overlooking golf course; every package includes DJ, centerpieces, wedding cake and jacuzzi suite.

Beautiful scenery; marriage ceremonies performed on lawn.

FOLINO ESTATE VINEYARD & WINERY 340 Old Route 22, Kutztown 484.452.3633 ext. 103 folinoestate.com HEIDELBERG COUNTRY CLUB 1 Clubhouse Dr., Bernville 610.488.1031 | heidelbergcc.com

BUCKS CASCADE LODGE 5065 Lehnenberg Rd., Kintnersville 610.346.7484 | cascadelodge.com

175

varies

Sandra Knuth

GOLDEN PHEASANT INN 763 River Rd., Erwinna 610.294.9595 | goldenpheasant.com

100

$50 –100

Brittany Faure Booz

Recently restored historic 1857 inn between river and canal; canalside ceremony and dining. Beautiful water views. Lodging available. Featured in Town & Country Magazine.

Erin MacGirr

Extensive wine selection; breathtaking view of Delaware River Valley; offers a range of preferred vendors.

SAND CASTLE WINERY 225 determined 755 River Rd., Erwinna (outside) by caterer 610.294.9181 | sandcastlewinery.com

CARBON BLUE MOUNTAIN SKI 1660 Blue Mountain Dr., Palmerton 610.826.7700 ext. 1209 skibluemt.com SPLIT ROCK RESORT 100 Moseywood Rd., Lake Harmony 888.802.2348 ext. 855 splitrockresort.com

SUNSET RIDGE AT BLUE SHAMROCK GOLF CLUB 2230 Fireline Rd., Palmerton 610.826.2504 | golfblueshamrock.com

Alpine 250 Vista 220

$37–120

Meg de Jesus

Blue Mountain is the Height of Elegance! Let us give you the perfect something Blue for your amazing day!

15–500

$40–60

Gladys Rivera

We have over 20 rooms to choose from; great for any occasion!

200

$30–150

Tony Cruz

240 per floor

varies

Jacqueline Svrcek

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.

175

determined by caterer

Erin Harding

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.

250

$92+

Lisa Geiger & Theresa Labour

Rustic décor and personal attention for every event.

200 seated; 600 standing

varies

Stephanie Stevens

Chic country venue, farm to table catering.

140

$15-50

Heather Regina

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.

100

$16.95+

Nicole Evans

Specializing in bridal showers and intimate weddings. Discount group rates available for guest lodging.

Enjoy your special day overlooking the beautiful mountains. Large outdoor patio and Irish pub available as well.

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 ext. 19 thebarristersclub.com

BEAR CREEK MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT 101 Doe Mountain Ln., Macungie 610.682.7100 ext. 465 bcmountainresort.com

BELL GATE FARM 7081 Bell Gate Rd., Coopersburg 609.592.7170 | bellgatefarm.com

CHRISTOPHER’S RESTAURANT INSIDE OF THE COLUMBIAN HOME 1519 Greenleaf St., Allentown 610.432.6333 | thyme2dine.name

COMFORT SUITES 3712 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown 610.437.9100 ext. 520 comfortsuitesallentown.com

BROW SHAPING • FACIALS • TEETH WHITENING AIRBRUSH TANNING • FULL BODY WAXING

1752 W. Allen St., Allentown 610.821.8888 • organictanslv.com

we promise to

love honor & cherish

your wedding guests . garden grille & Bar Banquet space local shuttle services special wedding rates

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DAYS HOTEL 3400 Airport Rd., Allentown 610.266.1000 daysinn.com/allentown

280

EVERGREEN HIDEAWAY 6715 Evergreen Dr., New Tripoli 484.357.8373 evergreenhideaway.wordpress.com

400

GLASBERN INN

Taylor Hutnick

Welcoming events from 50-280.

Brittany Weber

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.

$119+

Carrie Solt

varies

varies

Liza Stankowski

Old-world hospitality with an urban vibe and new-world flair. Welcoming private parties and entire weddings.

64

varies

Megan Gover

Perfect for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and after wedding brunches. Property also features 106 guestrooms, great for out of town guests.

HOLIDAY INN ALLENTOWNCENTER CITY 904 W. Hamilton St., Allentown 610.433.2221 | holidayinn.com

400

varies

Jackie Smith

Renovated ballroom; bride and groom receive a complimentary suite on night of wedding.

HOLIDAY INN ALLENTOWN I-78 7736 Adrienne Dr., Breinigsville 610.391.1000 | holidayinn.com

1000

varies

Karen Amato

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.

HOOK SEAFOOD & GRILLE 22 N. 6th St., Allentown 610.435.3540 | hookseafood.com

150

$85–150

Jennifer Houser & Matthew Salee

IRON LAKES COUNTRY CLUB 3625 Shankweiler Rd., Allentown 610.395.3369 ext. 230 ironlakescountryclub.com

300

$72+

Debra Evans

Chef willing to customize menu; 3 different room options.

200

determined by caterer

Colleen Wilt

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.

130

$100–150

350

$79+

Justin Smith

Three different venue options: historic barn; cathedral-windowed tent with floor & carpeting; newly-renovated carriage house. All have amazing views!

$65-90; includes bar

Anne Abdouche

Family owned business strives to exceed the expectations of our clients; complimentary private hospitality suite.

275

$70+

Erin Crofchick

Ballroom has a balcony and window-wall with views of Hamilton and 7th Streets as well as South Mountain.

250

$$$

Lisa Becker

250

$71–91

Karen Loeschorn

Beethoven Waldheim Club

THE HAMILTON KITCHEN & BAR

1984 Waldheim Rd. | Hellertown 610.838.9059 | waldheimclub.com

HILTON GARDEN INN ALLENTOWN BETHLEHEM AIRPORT

645 W. Hamilton St., Allentown 610.433.3535 thehamiltonkitchen.com

1787-B Airport Rd., Allentown 610.443.1400 allentownairport.stayhgi.com

MILLER SYMPHONY HALL AND THE RODALE COMMUNITY ROOM

3800 Easton/Nazareth Hwy., Easton 610.829.2000 • marriott.com/ABETS

Of Special Note

150

2141 Pack House Rd., Fogelsville 610.285.4723 | glasbern.com

Studio, 1BR & 2BR Suites Complimentary Breakfast Wedding Discounts Available Conveniently Located

$31.95+

Contact Name

23 N. 6th St., Allentown 610.432.7961 ext. 112 allentownsymphony.org MONTERRE VINEYARDS 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

THE PALACE CENTER 623 Hanover Ave., Allentown 100–500 610.776.2888 | thepalacecenter.com

RENAISSANCE ALLENTOWN 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.

Located in the grand halls of the Lehigh Valley Trust Building. Classic architecture combine with modern amenities to bring a new level of event space to the Lehigh Valley.

MONROE EHRHARDT’S WATERFRONT RESORT

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205 Rte. 507, Hawley 570.226.4388 | ehrhardts.com

Complimentary room for the bride and groom on the night of their wedding.


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Max. Guest Price Per Capacity Plate

Contact Name

Of Special Note

THE LODGE AT MOUNTAIN SPRINGS LAKE 1315 Mountain Springs Dr., Reeders 570.629.1120 | mslresort.com

200

$115–160

Cindy Petruzzi

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 ext. 420 stroudsmoor.com

300

$60–150

Linda Forte

Full-service catering, experienced planners, floral/decór designers, charming accommodations, registry, spa and bridal salon and photography studio. All wedding services under one roof.

varies

Susan Drexinger

Located adjacent to the Historic Bethlehem Steel Blast Furnaces, the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is a brand-new, state-of-theart multi-use facility. Professional staff and delicious cuisine, coupled with dynamic spaces and amazing views.

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

400

150

determined Terry by caterer Blackman

THE BANK STREET ANNEX 316 Northampton St., Easton 610.253.0515 | bankstannex.com BEETHOVEN WALDHEIM CLUB 1984 Waldheim Rd., Hellertown 610.838.9059 | waldheimclub.com

BEST WESTERN LEHIGH VALLEY HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER GRAND BALLROOM

200

$72–120

150 indoor; 200 outdoor

$15–50

Consultation & Toss Bouquet

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.

Kerry Beautiful art deco facility, featuring two Harrington mezzanines and a 40-foot carved ceiling.

Kim Nichol

Services are suited to your taste and budget.

Gina Martin

Elegant and affordable; full service catering; experienced wedding specialists; packages include separate cocktail hour, linens and centerpieces, customized menu.

Silver service available; customized menu.

Serving the Lehigh Valley & Beyond Since 1994

2149 Bushkill Park Dr., Easton 350

varies

300 Gateway Dr., Bethlehem 610.866.5800 | lehighvalleyhotel.com

BEST WESTERN LEHIGH VALLEY HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER LEHIGH ROOM

FREE

80

varies

Gina Martin

100

$25–40

Megan Brennan

Specializing in wedding-related events, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Non-traditional wedding receptions can also be accommodated.

250+

determined by caterer

Tavia Minnich

18 th century 6-acre farm.

COMFORT SUITES UNIVERSITY 120 W. 3rd St., Bethlehem 610.882.9700 comfortsuitesbethlehem.com

250

varies

Augustine Solivan, Director of Sales

Complimentary whirlpool suite with package, complimentary hospitality suite during cocktail hour; outside catering allowed.

THE CRAYOLA EXPERIENCE 30 Centre Sq., Easton 610.515.8000 crayolaexperience.com

200

determined by caterer

Tara Hall

Unique and colorful setting for a once-ina-lifetime event.

THE EASTONIAN BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER 90 Kunkle Dr., Easton 610.923.0511 | theeastonian.com

400

$80–110

Angela Salloum

The expertise and elegance of The Eastonian has partnered with the outstanding catering by Karen Hunter to make this venue a full-service venue.

350

varies

Caroline Buker

Over 30 years of experience delivering wedding ceremonies, receptions, showers & events. Beautiful facility, outstanding cuisine and exceptional service.

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610.515.9970

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300 Gateway Dr., Bethlehem 610.954.5000 | lehighvalleyhotel.com THE BETHLEHEM BREW WORKS 569 Main St., Bethlehem 610.882.1300 ext. 102 thebrewworks.com

BURNSIDE PLANTATION 1461 Schoenersville Rd., Bethlehem 610.882.0450 ext. 10 historicbethlehem.org

EVENT CENTER AT BLUE 4431 Easton Ave., Bethlehem 610.691.7777 | eventcenteratblue.com EVERGREEN LAKE 2375 Benders Dr., Bath 610.837.6401 | evergreenlake.net

GREEN POND COUNTRY CLUB 3604 Farmersville Rd., Bethlehem 610.253.2505 | greenpondcc.com

HAMPTON INN LOTUS ROOM 3723 Easton-Nazareth Hwy., Easton 610.250.6500 | hamptoninn.com

1000

300

200

determined Joseph by caterer Tavianini Jr.

varies

Brian Drake

determined Margaret by caterer Fister

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 & upscale lounge.

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Max. Guest Price Per Capacity Plate

HISTORIC HOTEL BETHLEHEM

Contact Name

300

$79-129

Kathy Sanders

On-site event professionals; can custom design any menu. Voted Best Banquet Facility and Best Hotel in the Lehigh Valley.

HYATT PLACE BETHLEHEM 45 W. North St., Bethlehem 610.625.0509 bethlehem.place.hyatt.com

50

determined by caterer

Krista Soucy

The perfect place for a rehearsal dinner or breakfast buffet. Catering options ranging from continental breakfast to hot buffet style dinner.

KEMERER MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS 427 N. New St., Bethlehem 610.882.0450 ext. 10 historicbethlehem.org

100

determined Tavia by caterer Miccinch

437 Main St., Bethlehem 610.625.5000 | hotelbethlehem.com

MOUNTAINTOP AT LEHIGH

Nestled in the heart of the Lehigh Valley, Mountaintop at Lehigh offers a secluded, serene and breathtaking 360° view of the Lehigh Valley.

varies

Claudine Sidney

NORTHAMPTON MEMORIAL COMMUNITY CENTER 1601 Laubach Ave., Northampton 610.261.1113 northamptoncomcenter.com

400

varies

Debbie Brobst

Alcohol supplied by wedding party.

RAMADA ALLENTOWN/WHITEHALL 1500 MacArthur Rd., Whitehall 610.439.1037 | allentownramada.com

150

$26.95+

Sarah Patnaik

Ballroom newly renovated; full catering services or outside catering welcome; Jacuzzi suites and group room rates available.

200

varies

Jenna Frankenfield

Experience the grand architecture and breathtaking views at Villa on the Green at Riverview.

80

$125+

Amanda Weidner, Catering Sales

No F&B minimum on weddings.

225

varies

Lisa & Charlie Moretz

Barnwood County elegant atmosphere; outdoor ceremonies in gazebo.

THE SAYRE MANSION 250 Wyandotte St., Bethlehem 610.882.2100 | sayremansion.com

150

$95

Carrie Ohlandt

Ceremony available on-site; no extra cost.

WILLOW BROOK SPECIAL EVENTS CENTER 235 Howertown Rd., Northampton 610.264.3006 ext. 4 willowbrookevents.com

250

determined by caterer

Kylee Notaro

We offer rustic charm in a modern facility situated on a 324 acre horse farm and public golf course with a 100-year family history.

WOODSTONE GOLF CLUB 3777 Dogwood Rd., Danielsville 610.760.2777 ext. 202 woodstonegolf.com

300

$60+

Brenda Hess

Fantastic view; wedding garden overlooking golf course and mountains.

400

$85–140

Cara Stokowski

Say “I Do” by our sparkling lake with breathtaking backdrops of the mountainside. Woodloch is a premiere resort located in the beautiful Pocono region.

400

$14-85

Antonios Boulos

Tasteful high-end classical appearance, decorated in traditional royal colors. 4-star ACF certified executive chef/owner.

RIVERVIEW COUNTRY CLUB 1 Riverview Pl., Easton 610.559.9700 ext. 3 riverviewcountryclub.com

SANDS CASINO RESORT BETHLEHEM 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem 484.777.7777 | pasands.com

T

Perfect for intimate weddings and rehearsal dinners; guests have full use of the museum and garden.

325

111 Research Dr., Bethlehem 610.758.6218 lehighdining.com/catering

SAUCON VALLEY ACRES

Treat your wedding guests to the BEST hotel in town.

Of Special Note

1303 Evergreen Dr. & Black River Rd., Bethlehem 610.691.6480 | svacres.com

PIKE WOODLOCH RESORT 731 Welcome Lake Rd., Hawley 570.685.8500 woodloch.com/weddings

WARREN, NJ ALMOND TREE MANOR 319 E. Central Ave., Alpha, NJ 908.454.9394 | almondtreemanor.com

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