The WC Press - May 2012 - The Wedding Issue

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Voice of the Borough  May 2012


HEROES West Chester gives back to those who give everything



A focus on the artisans, artists and musicians who call this town home

We follow the recently engaged couple through every step of planning a beautiful wedding


All you’ll need to get married right here in West Chester



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How YOU Doin’? Editor/Publisher Dan Mathers Advertising Manager Nick Vecchio Staff Photographer Adam Jones Published By The WC Press 13 South Church Street West Chester, PA 19382 610-344-3463 Source Local This publication is printed in conjunction with Market Street Print at 204 West Market Street.

The Team... NICK VECCHIO has too many friends. Seriously, it’s unreal. You can’t go five feet in this town without Nick stopping and asking 10 people how their Aunt Sally is doing. I feel sorry for the next girl he dates – she’ll rarely get him to herself. But, such is the life of great advertising manager. ADAM JONES, our staff photographer, is convinced it’s getting harder and harder for us to poke fun at him in these pages. “Dude, really, I’m so cool there really isn’t much more you can make fun of me for.” Well said, Adam. Well said.

ANDREW “HUTCH” HUTCHINS is the first intern brought on by The Press. Typically this is where we’d write something embarassing about him, but we feel the photo is abuse enough. Must have been quite a bitter beer, but surprisingly he doesn’t drink. Coulda been a titty twister.





Wedding Guide



And also some other things for people who might not be all that interested in weddings...


9 From The Editor


Dan Mathers reflects on some of the feedback he’s received and poses a question.

13 The West Chester Food Safari

Jeremy Malanka chats about his favorite places to grab a bite and a beer outside

17 Children in Tow

Jennifer Ozgur is a mother, wife and teacher who still gets out and about


25 A Trainer’s Tips

Christine Mooney shares her insights on staying happy, healthy and upbeat

29 Bartender of the Month


Doc Magrogan’s Zach Weidner knows that age is just a number

37 Ride for Heroes

Giving back to those who give everything

53 20-Something Dating

Kaela Mast is looking for love, and she hopes she’s found it

61 Local Talent

The first installment of our ongoing series about local artists.


67 It’s Just A Three-Letter Word

Jill McDevitt explores why something so natural and necessary is so taboo


69 Worth A Listen

Ryan Colestock is an intriguing musician with a bright future

71 Photo Hunt

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79 Top Wedding Picks

DJ Romeo discusses some of the highs


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From the Editor... Let’s hear from you

FOR THE FIRST TIME since this magazine’s inception we’ve received a few emails (four to be exact) from readers who wanted to make their voices heard. To be honest, they weren’t all readers. One person read Jill McDevitt’s “A ThreeLetter Word” column in our March issue and informed his friends that The WC Press was, in fact, a “vehicle of darkness.” They emailed, called and wrote in (yes, I received a hand-written letter) demanding that I pull “A Three-Letter Word” or else. “Is she worth it?” they asked. In response, the simple answer is “yes.” We feel Jill is a fantastic writer and her contributions to this publication are far from the despicable trash she is accused of writing. Regardless of how you feel about a sex shop opening in West Chester, “A ThreeLetter Word” is always a positive and informative piece, and we won’t be pulling our support. Check out her piece about being a sexologist on page 65. However, these few emails did inspire us, and we think it might be a good idea to utilize this magazine as a vehicle for responsible public debate. While we won’t be judging or commenting, we’re happy to open up our inboxes to you, the readers, and we might even pose a question from time to time. For instance, I’m routinely faced with a conundrum when I pull up to the intersection of Market and High in my embarrassingly decrepit ’99 Maxima. To honk or not to honk? The crowd hoisting yellow ribbons, American flags and “Support Our Troops” banners are clearly patriotic, but does a honk transform me into a war-mongering, oil-hungry imperialist? But, then, what kind of awful human doesn’t support the troops? They didn’t choose the war; they’re just risking their lives every day on behalf of this country. Worse yet, not honking isn’t necessarily a refusal to withdrawal from the debate, but more a refusal to support the troops. So, I honk. Of course, the situation becomes far more complicated when there’s opposition standing caddy-corner. When there’s a crew waving dove-covered flags and hoisting peace signs, you’re faced with a clear-cut decision. You still have to take the prior argument into consideration, but the obvious juxtaposition of War vs. Peace confuses the “Support Our Troops” conundrum. Additionally, if you honk, you’re going to have to take on the extra effort of physically pointing to indicate who is to receive the support from your honk. I don’t honk. Do you? Write in. Let us know how you handle the situation, and we’ll run our favorite responses in the next issue in our new “Letters to the Editor” section. We’re looking forward to hearing your responses. Dan Mathers Publisher



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The Couple Photo Adam Jones

We follow these young lovers as they plan a wedding without leaving the borough


EVIN AND ERIN MET WHILE SHE WAS A SENIOR AT WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY AND HE WAS bartending at Kooma. He was West Chester born and raised. She was a transplant. They kept running into each other and, when Kevin didn’t make a move, Erin took their continual encounters as a sign and amassed the courage to ask him out in December of 2005. They never looked back. Kevin managed to take the lead on their proposal, plotting a secret evening and a long, busy day for Erin on a warm Friday this past March. She got her nails done, had lunch with her mother and soon-to-be mother-in-law (both of whom were in on Kevin’s plan but managed to play it cool throughout the meal). Erin later joined Kevin for dinner, drinks and a casual walk through town. They reflected on the places they knew and loved, and shared stories of how their relationship had grown. When they reached the front steps of their home Kevin recapped their evening, saying that their lives were great just as they were. Then, without missing a beat, he dropped to one knee and said, “But it would be better if we could spend the rest of our lives together.” WCP



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The Food Safari

Jeremy Malanka serves up a detailed list of the patios he enjoys the most when the weather warms IF PAULY D, OF MTV’S JERSEY Shore, is not my favorite person in America, he is certainly near the top of the list. His excitement about everything is carried out in his ridiculous catch phrases, the best of which has to be, “Cabs are here.” He gets so amped about the arrival of a vehicle set to carry him to an inebriation station. I get equally enthusiastic about West Chester’s fantastic patio scene. Ryan’s Pub is an all-around good time because of their great specials and vibrant bar scene. With Lager always on draft, this pub is a quintessential PA bar and a necessary stop on any crawl through West Chester. Their latest addition is a moon deck off the second story of the building that offers an amazing outdoor drinking venue. I love it on Thursdays with the original $2 U-Call-Its from 9-12pm. When it comes to Phillies games there is only one place in The WC to catch the crack of a Homerun: Barnaby’s back patio. This West Chester staple recently added an 80-inch LCD TV outside that makes you feel like you’re at Citizens Bank Park catching a highlight on the JumboTron. They have more than 50 seats as well as a bar for easy access to tipples that make a win that much better or a loss that much easier to swallow. If you are in “the biz” check out $2.50 drinks on the patio on Sunday nights. It is the place to be after that long shift. Happy Hour is unbelievable in The WC; sooo many options that some get overlooked. One option is Side Bar who serve up the biggest selection of brews in town. Monday through Friday from 5-7pm they have $3 craft beers and 25% off appetizers. Their beer list is everchanging and has more than 15 draft beers from all over the world. Side Bar’s Gay Street patio is colorful and electric and is the place to be seen in West Chester. With the amount of foot traffic through this patio your table is bound to grow with each passing friend. Limoncello’s happy hour is so popular that it spills out onto their 55-seat patio located on beautiful Walnut Street. This Italian ristorante serves up half-off pizzas and appetizers from 4-6:30pm from Monday through Friday. The drink specials are crazy: $3 draft beers, $6 giant wine pours, and $2 off specialty drinks and cocktails. You can catch one of the owners, Maria or Giusseppe, for a chat as they peruse the patio admiring their beautiful flowers that transform this West Chester sidewalk into a Southern Italian patio fantastico. Late night bar stints often happen because I routinely leave work late, and the rooftop bar at Mas often beckons with the best margaritas in town. After climbing three flights of stairs you feel as if you’ve left West Chester altogether. Catching a breeze and looking out over West Chester is really the best place to finish your night. Make sure you get there for Cinco de Mayo and their official summer kick off. It’s not as though I need an excuse to have an after-work drink, but it just gets all that much harder to refrain when the weather warms and dining moves outdoors. With so many great spots to choose from in town, you’ll often catch me shedding my apron as I step out of Limoncello and shout, “Patios are here!” Yeah Buddy. WCP





Rings Photo Adam Jones

Sunset Hill shares secrets on finding a perfect fit


F YOU’RE JUST LOOKING FOR A STANDARD BAND, YOU CAN FIND THAT ANYWHERE. BUT, IF YOU want to honor your matrimony with beautiful custom rings, Sunset Hill is the definitive name. “If you’re looking for custom rings,” says owner Sandy Riper. “You can come to us with an idea for what you would like as a symbol of your marriage, and we will make that a reality.” Custom rings do take time, so make sure to visit your jeweler well in advance of your wedding date. “For peace of mind, I’d suggest giving yourself three months, but I have finished rings in three hours and run them over to the courthouse,” says Sandy. Brides often want the engagement ring to fit perfectly up against their wedding band, and a custom band is the best way for your rings to complement one another. Otherwise, brides are often disappointed to find that rings won’t sit flush. Men face a much simpler problem: “Men really just have to get used to wearing rings because it is often the first time they’ve had to wear one,” says Sandy and warns about wearing the rings too loose. “Men tend to be uncomfortable with how tight a ring fits, so they get a ring that’s too loose. It’s not uncommon for them to end up losing the ring in the ocean on their honeymoon.” WCP




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Children In Tow

Jennifer Ozgur is a mother, wife and teacher who still finds time to get out and about with the family CALL IT DESTINY’S TWISTED sense of humor or life’s idiosyncrasies, but I love irony. It can be blatant or subtle, but nothing has quite the smack-you-across-the-face effect as much as when it happens to you. I have been living in the borough since I transferred to WCU in 1993. You could say I took the Darwinistic approach to residences: I slowly climbed my way up the real estate ladder. I started out living on campus. Then, I rented. Eventually I was lucky enough to find profit in flipping a property on South Walnut Street before the housing bubble burst. For the last seven years I owned half a double within spitting distance of Jake’s Bar. The reason I’ve stayed in town this long is because I love it that much: walking on brick sidewalks with rain barrel flower pots; coming out of Bella and Betty and running into friends before crossing the street; and that perfect West Chester combination of quaintness and sophistication. I’ve had many milestones during my borough tenure: my first car, college graduation, a job in my major, getting my international wings and, most profoundly, motherhood. For the first few years of my daughter’s life, borough living was conducive to little legs. The five-block walk into town was an adventure. I happily traded Ladies’ Night last calls for Girl Time over Saturday morning pancakes, and we headed for home when the sun started to set, not rise. I successfully made the transition from Gown, to Town, to Mr. Brown Can Moo; Can You? Everything was humming along nicely. But then I found out I was expecting again. Thus came the challenge of finding a larger house while simultaneously tightening our budget. After some careful searching and negotiating, we found something that fit our needs. I moved yet again. But this time, the decision included a different zip code and a ten-minute drive from the borough center. I tried not to think of it as saying “Goodbye” to the borough, but rather “Hello” to the new set of possibilities a change of scenery could provide. That was less than two months ago, but now I have been given an opportunity to write for The WC Press, a magazine dedicated to borough life. My cheeks still burn from the crack of irony’s whip, but the chance to write about family-friendly events and share it with other lovers of this wonderful town helps take away a bit of the sting. Another interesting twist is that I will now make attending family-friendly events in the borough a priority. Gone are the serendipitous days of taking a spontaneous stroll and getting swept into a cultural event in town. I will now have to write things down… in a planner. And not just because I have a deadline, but because I want to make sure I don’t miss out on life. Maybe, just maybe, I really have evolved. WCP


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F COURSE THERE ARE THE OBVIOUS THINGS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHEN READYING YOUR invitations. If you don’t know the date or the venue, then it’s probably best that you hold off. On the other hand, there are some less obvious things you should consider. “You have to remember that your invitations set the tone for you wedding,” says Cyndi Meadows, owner of Penwick Design. “Your guests should be able to anticipate the style of your wedding based on the invitations.” With so much riding on a piece of paper, it is very important that you get it right. That’s why we suggest you sit down with a professional and come up with a truly one-of-a-kind design rather than try to handle it all on your own. “It is important to realize that the way an invitation looks on the screen of your computer and the reality of that image can be very different,” stresses Cyndi when explaining the drawbacks of ordering invitations online. Aside from the advantages of personalized service and a quicker turn around, there are real advantages to having another person help with your invitations. “Without another person, a different set of eyes, going over your invitations first, you run the risk of typos and mistakes, and you really want to make sure there are no mistakes.” WCP





A Trainer’s Tips Christine Mooney shares her hard-earned insights on staying happy, healthy and upbeat EVERY SO OFTEN ONE OF my coworkers will ask me out to lunch before remembering, “Are you eating today?” To an office passerby this might sound a bit strange, but what my friend is really asking is whether or not it’s a fast day for me. Once a week I fast, meaning for a 24-hour period I refrain from consuming anything other than water, green tea or black coffee. There are many benefits to fasting: Autolysis – where the body, without incoming energy, turns to its own resources, like fat stores, for energy; Overall healing properties – the digestive process requires exceptional amounts of energy, and by fasting, energy is diverted to other functions, such as those of the immune system; Detoxification – as fat reserves are used for energy during a fast, they release chemicals from fatty acids to be expelled from the body; Release of human growth hormone; More efficient protein production; Resetting the metabolism to encourage higher basal metabolic rate once eating has again commenced and so on. I am often asked “But how do you do it?” followed immediately by a self-defeating, “I couldn’t do that.” To answer the question: It’s actually quite simple – I don’t eat. After the first couple times fasting, I didn’t even notice that I wasn’t eating. I didn’t get hungry and my blood sugar didn’t plummet. For years I would get “hangry” (“hungry” meets “angry”) when I didn’t eat every few hours, but now that I’m fasting once a week and maintaining a low-carbohydrate lifestyle, the blood sugar rollercoaster ride and food cravings I had been experiencing have disappeared. As for the “I couldn’t do that” part: Yes, you can. (Unless, of course, your doctor has advised you against fasting, in which case, you should definitely listen to their prescription instead.) Whether or not you actually give it an honest try is a completely different story. I’m amazed at how often people tell me they can’t do something, but I shouldn’t be. After all, I’ve heard it a thousand times. I guess I should say I’m amazed at how little people think of their own abilities. Wayne Dyer, an author and motivational consultant, once said, “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” When people tell me that they couldn’t take on something as simple as a one-day fast without first really committing to it or without conducting their own research on it, it tells me that they are more likely to reject other beneficial and innovative ideas and practices, whether they are health and fitness related or not. Fasting may not be a viable option for everyone due to health reasons, but if you reject the idea because you feel you “simply cannot do it,” then I strongly urge you to reconsider. Over time, feeling incapable of doing something you haven’t even tried, never really committed to, or simply discounted without knowing much about it, will greatly undermine your efforts, regardless of what life puts before you. Because, as it turns out, you can do it. WCP

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HERE ARE REALLY TWO THINGS YOU HAVE TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT BEFORE COMING TO YOUR florist: dress and venue. Figuring out what the bride and her wedding party will be wearing is primary. “Once you’ve purchased a dress, you’re locked into a color scheme,” says Nick Halladay. “Then we can get to work on choosing the colors to build around your dresses.” The next most important step is making sure you’ve finalized the location. “A location with a whole lot of windows and a location with very few windows is really like night and day to a florist,” says Nick. “If you know where your ceremony is being held and you know where you’ll be having the reception, we can make sure that your flower arrangements match the location perfectly.” As for the time frame, Nick suggests that six to eight months from the date of the wedding is about prime time. That should allow you to have everything your florist needs locked in, but also give you the peace of mind not to be rushing. So, is there anything else a couple should take into consideration? “Generally not. I’d say if you have those two things we’re off to a great start. Then I can start working on your order and give you a rough idea on price,” says Nick. WCP






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Meet Our Bartender of the Month from Doc Magrogan’s Name: Zach Weidner Age: 20 Hometown: Bloomsburg So what brought you to West Chester? I came here for school. Too many of my classmates from high school went to Bloomsburg. As one of two gay guys in my class, living in a small town and going to a small school, I definitely wanted to get away, and I loved West Chester. How did you get started as a bartender? I started working at Ruby Tuesdays as a server, and within four months they asked me if I wanted to start bartending, so I gave it a shot. What was it like coming to Doc’s from a Ruby Tuesdays? I’d never worked at a bar that was this big and handled this much volume, but I love it here, and I plan to stay here for as long as possible. Is there a benefit to working in a seafood restaurant? The food here is great. I love the steamer pots, especially the Diablo because it’s spicy. It has shrimp, clams, mussels and crab legs in a spicy marinara sauce. So, we structured this feature as a contest this month, and you received the most votes. How does that feel? It’s great. I wanted to win to prove that just because I’m not 21 doesn’t mean I can’t do what everyone else can. Why do you think you won? When I moved to West Chester I tried my best to get to know as many people as possible, so

I have a lot of friends in this town. When friends come to visit me here they get frustrated because we can’t walk down the street without me having to say “hi” to at least five people. Was there any contention amongst the staff over you winning, or was it friendly competition? Everybody that works here has been perfect. There were three of us who all ended up getting a whole bunch of votes, and it was a good competition between us. What’s your schedule like? I bartend and serve on Thursdays and Saturdays, and I serve on Sundays. Being a student, I have a busy schedule, but I try to pick up as many shifts as I can. Are Sundays busy? Oh yeah, and we move a lot of Bloody Marys. We’ll sell 50 of them in two to three hours. And how are Thursdays here? Thursdays have gotten great recently. The DJ is bangin’, and we all feel it behind the bar and jam out, which I think adds a lot of energy to the crowd. Plus, from 10pm-12am it’s half-off everything, even bottles of wine, and we have $3 fishbowls. We’ve heard people complain that the fishbowls don’t have much alcohol in them. I mean, with the Long Island Iced Tea you can’t say there’s not plenty of liquor. You have vodka, tequila, rum, gin and triple sec filling the bowl. I’ve seen the effects of a single fishbowl when people try to stand up from the bar and get that look like, “woah.” WCP



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Milestone Events tells our couple what to look for in a venue

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BVIOUSLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHEN DECIDING ON A venue is capacity. “Of course you don’t want to try squeezing a 250-person wedding into a small space,” says Milestone Events’ marketing director Andrea Sankaran, “But it works both ways. You also don’t want to end up with a 30-person wedding that looks like it’s being held in a warehouse.” The next thing to consider is your budget. There are West Chester venues that can run you thousands of dollars, and others that seem like a drop in the bucket by comparison, but you need to pay close attention to what a venue doesn’t include in their quote. “Often a venue will give you a quote that represents their base price,” says Sankaran, “but if you want anything else it’s going to cost you more, sometimes up to 25% more. Others, like us, will give you a straight price that, 95% of the time, is what you’ll pay in the end.” Finally, make sure to pay attention to exclusive agreements that a venue might have. “Here at Milestone you can use any caterer you wish,” says Sankaran, “but other venues might only work with one caterer which could be a real problem for couples wanting specialty or ethnic foods or simply wanting to choose their own caterer.” WCP





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HEY’RE OFTEN OUT of sight and out of mind, but we constantly rely on the efforts of first responders – police, firefighters, paramedics and rescue personnel. We count on them to protect us and our families, but who is there to protect their families? That question is what led to the development of the Chester County Hero Fund in February of 2001. “Chester County was one of the few counties without a financial support vehicle for first responders,” said the fund’s president, John P. DiBuonaventuro. “I had family in police work, and I had served on the Philly Hero Fund, so I had the experience,

and knew I could get one started here.” The goal of the Chester County Hero Fund is to help injured first responders with the financial burdens they inevitably face, and to aid the families of those who are killed in the line of duty. “Sometimes – like in the case of a volunteer firefighter – we’re talking about blue collar guys who can’t get back to their full-time job because they were injured while fighting a fire,” explains DiBuonaventuro. “In those cases, we have purchased necessities for the family and even paid mortgages.” While people often make donations to the fund, or give money in memory of a loved one who has passed away, the organization is primarily event-drive.

Major benefits like the Fraternal Order of Police’s annual golf tournament, and – as of last year – the Ride for Heroes are essential to the fund. Joe Inzone, owner of Benny’s Pizza, organized the Ride for Heroes. “I’m volunteer fire police here in Chester County,” he said. “So, when I found out about the fund, and I found out about who it was helping, it was helping us, so I immediately wanted to help them.” Inzone is the kind of person who is always looking to give back to others – be it through donating money to local charities directly from purchases at Benny’s or in organizing major events. And, he is also an avid motorcycle rider. 



“I wanted to find a way that I could do something positive, to raise money for the cause, from my hobby,” says Inzone. So, the Ride for Heroes was born. During the inaugural ride in 2011, 72 riders wound through 60 miles of northern Chester County, ending up at Benny’s Pizza on Church Street. Whenever they passed through a town, police were notified and intersections were shut down to make way for the ride. Inzone also managed to involve his business in the charity ride: $25 gets you registered for the ride, plus two slices of pizza and a drink at Benny’s when the ride ends. This year the ride takes place on June 3, coinciding with Super Sunday, so while Gay Street is closed to traffic, Church Street will also be shut down between Gay and Chestnut to make room for the riders who’ll be parking along the block as the ride concludes. And, if Inzone’s big hopes are any indication of what we can expect, than the block is going to be packed. “We’d like to get 150 riders this year,” he says. “It’s for a great cause, and it’s a great time.” Why wouldn’t you take part? WCP



You can register in advance of the ride by stopping in Benny’s Pizza at 114 North Church Street, by calling 610-696-0754 or emailing Registration is welcome on the day of the event, June 3, and will take place from 9-11am at the government services building at 601 Westtown Road. If you don’t have a bike, you can always make donations directly to the Chester County Hero Fund by visiting their website at



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HE MOST IMPORTANT SUGGESTION THAT CHAD FROM THE MASTER’S BAKER WANTED TO stress right off the bat was the time frame. “Generally we say to worry about your cake between two to four months before the wedding. That way you’ll be more certain of your guest count, and guest count really determines the wedding.” Another important suggestion Chad made was trying to get an idea what you’re looking for before heading off to find your baker. “We really encourage couples to have an idea or a theme, a set of colors they want to utilize. If they have pictures, that’s great. It definitely helps if they do a bit of research before coming in.” The next step is where it gets difficult: having the couple agree upon the cake. “We have 16 different flavors, so choosing between those and coordinating the filling can be tough for couples.” To give you an idea where to start, The Master’s Baker offers a marble ribbon cake with a chocolate, whipped-buttercream icing that’s a big seller. (And we can certainly understand why!) Being a family-owned and operated business is a big deal to The Master’s Baker, with second-generation twins heading up the shop today. And, because they only focus on wedding and party cakes, you’re sure to be guided in the right direction. WCP



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HOOSING YOUR CATERER IS A MAJOR STEP - THEY’LL BE SPENDING A LOT OF TIME WITH YOU and interacting with your guests, but that doesn’t mean you should jump the gun and hire your caterer first. “You shouldn’t hire your caterer until you’ve got your venue planned,” says Chef Dan of Christina’s Catering. Not only do some venues only work with certain caterers, but a good caterer will gear their services to your location. “We change what we’re offering, from the food, to the colors and the linens, based on the location,” says Dan. He also suggests that it’s a major red flag if a caterer seems too strict and rigid right from the start. “When there’s no room for change, when a caterer says, ‘This is what we offer and that’s it,’ it can make the whole experience more difficult for the bride and groom. A good caterer should be able to tailor the whole experience to your liking.” Also, remember to shop around, even if you like the food. “There’s often a huge descrepancy in pricing from one caterer to the next – even if they’re offering the same service,” says Dan. “Due diligence certainly pays.” WCP





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I CHOSE TO WATCH ANIME. Not your typical Pokemon sort of anime, but REAL anime. The kind where the cartoons speak Japanese and you’re forced to read subtitles in English. For those who know me, you know this is completely out of character. I recall sharing this bit of information with a few close friends, and they laughed in disbelief. It’s just not my “thing.” So anime and dating; how are these two things linked together, right? My boyfriend, who I’ve only been dating for a few months, is into a lot of Japanese culture. Although I find it interesting, watching re-runs of Meet the Press will have me more on the edge of my seat than this hodgepodge of hand-drawn characters battling for a wizard’s book. It was weird, and I’ll leave it at that. Yet, I willingly curled into my snuggle spot on his chest and pressed play. When the pixilated dust had settled, I hadn’t been converted into an anime-loving fan girl, but I did have a better understanding as to who my boyfriend was and what interests him. Every day since we started dating, I learn new things about him. A weird quirk, what makes him laugh, the buttons to push when I want to piss him off, and the look that gets him to almost instantly say, “Yes, Dear.” Allowing one another into our personal lives has had this weird, cosmic way of drawing us closer to one another regardless of how different we are. I mean, seriously, if you were dating me, would you want to constantly hear about my dating blogs or articles? Probably not. But we’ve learned to accept each other’s weirdnesses and adapt them into our own lives. I’ve been told since I’ve gotten a boyfriend that I’ve changed. Fact of the matter is that everyone changes when they are in a relationship or even just dating someone. The changes are apparent even to me. Four months ago I wouldn’t have been able to tell you the name of an anime series, yet now I am writing an article based off that very topic. We don’t intentionally change to conform ourselves to the ideal held by our significant other, but it just tends to happen when we care about someone outside of ourselves. We bend a little, make a little bit of an adjustment to our everyday lives, and learn to compromise in order to continue growing our relationship. We’ve all heard stories of people doing crazy things for the ones they love. It makes sense. Sure, I feel crazy admitting I watched anime just to spend an extra 25 minutes cuddled up next to my boyfriend after a long day at work, but I don’t feel crazy for admitting I enjoy spending time with him. WCP

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Photo and Story Adam Jones Erica’s studio will be open for painting demos as part of the Chester County Open Studio Tour from May 19-20 What is the medium you work in? It’s called encaustic, and it is one of the oldest forms of painting. It’s painting with bees wax and dried pigments. You brush it on a wooden panel or sometimes canvas and then heat it up. It can also be very sculptural – you can carve into and layer it. At what point did you decide this would be your career? As soon as I could I was drawing everywhere, on the walls, in story books, you know I was always doing something with art. Initially when I started at Tyler School of Art I was taking art education, and I had a professor convince me to try fine art. I gave it a try and some gallery shows fell into my lap, so I was like, “Okay. This is cool.” Where do you find inspiration for your work? Each piece is different, but I mainly get inspiration from West Chester in some of the strangest ways: the bricks, the way trees roots crack up the pavement, broken windows and even the history. How long have you lived here? Seven years. Would you describe your artwork as expressionistic? The only reason I would hold back from calling it expressionistic is because I have so much respect for the people who started the abstract expressionistic movement, but I think it definitely falls in line with that style. Can you describe what you’re feeling when you create a piece? I tend to find my works as I make them, so it’s very much reactionary to the process, to what I’m feeling at the moment or what I’m listening to. I am not concerned with what you literally see, but more with how it makes you feel. It’s great if someone likes what they see, but every once in a while you get someone who stands in front

of your painting and just stares and they’re feeling something really deep inside of them. How do you stay inspired when times get tough? Often it helps me to vent, not like I want to go tackle a painting, but sometimes if I paint I can work through what I am feeling, and I can feel a little less overwhelmed. But, if my heart is broken or I lost a friend, it makes it harder for me to paint. I don’t know how much of that is that I don’t want to convey dark feelings, or if it’s just that I am not as excited about things in general. Do you have any advice for people who want to start an art career? Ummm... Be Honest. It’s not easy. I don’t mind selling my artwork. I love showing. I don’t mind hearing people’s opinions, even if it’s negative. But, you have to have thick skin and be able to handle someone throwing your art in the trash or cheating you out of money. You need to have good business sense, and I am still working on that – it’s not my strong suit. Go for it if you’re gonna go for it. Don’t let fear stop you, be wise about who you trust, and never forget why you’re doing what you’re doing. Your work is so different from traditional Chester County. Do you often have peoplele say they don’t like it or don’t get it? I have had a lot of people say they don’t get it, which is fun. I find a lot of representational work very beautiful and know a lot of artists who are representational, but thats just not the way I paint. I’ve found people whose entire houses are landscapes that fall in love with one piece and end up taking it home. It’s more about how it makes you feel; not just what matches your couches. WCP



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DJ Romeo knows what’s special about a wedding and what is most important on your big day, brides WHEN I STARTED DJING, it was about the party: the women, the alcohol and the music. But over the years I have learned being a DJ is more than that; it’s about creating moments. As I grow, I see friends taking the leap into marriage, and I’ve grown to love the sacred tradition that is the wedding reception. I’ll always work a small wedding over an AC club, simply because of what it means to one person... the bride! Women have always been fascinating creatures to me, and I think I may have earned the nickname “Romeo” because I love to make them smile. From the first dance to the last, my focus is on her; it’s her one night to be the princess. Grooms on the other hand, at least the ones I have encountered, are either too drunk to know whats going on, too nervous to actually enjoy themselves or too concerned with, “When will the night end so we can consumate this whole shebang?” Women run the world, so when it comes to weddings, it is all about the bride. She runs the show. She needs to be on the dancefloor all night singing every song with her bridesmaids, dancing her ass off, and by the end of the night her feet hurt so much she hates the DJ (me). When she wakes up in the morning she should feel like P.Diddy (or whatever he is calling himself by the time this goes to print). The following is a sampling of the music that any potential bride needs to think about. And, as one of the most-requested DJs for the Philadelphia area’s biggest DJ company, Schaffer Sound Productions, I think I may know what I’m talking about. These are the mostrequested songs sure to become part of your everlasting love story. Top First Dance Songs Jack Johnson – “Better Together” Etta James – “At Last” David Gray – “This Year’s Love” Top Father/Daughter Dance Songs Frank Sinatra – “The Way You Look Tonight” Nat King Cole – “Unforgettable” The Temptations – “My Girl” Top ‘Do Not Play’ Songs Los del Rio – “Macarena” Marcia Griffiths – “Electric Boogie” a.k.a “The Electric Slide” Village People – “YMCA” Top Modern Wedding Dance Songs Rihanna – “We Found Love” Chris Brown – “Forever” Taio Cruz – “Dynamite” Top Last Dance Songs Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” Journey – “Don’t Stop Believing” Donna Summers – “Last Dance” WCP



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Dub Step In Dub C W/love city DJS event is 18+

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