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20 Let Love Grow: Succulents As Wedding Favors Iris Costar of Hermitage used her eAcademy opportunity to create her own unique party-favor business, Succulents N’ Such.

22 Creative Calling: Under One Sky After the loss of her sister Tracy, Chrissy Ogden Marsh worked through her grief to honor her sister –– and the result was Bonair Daydreams, a greeting card business.

26 Timeless And Perfect: Trending Wedding Gowns Outdoor weddings are in and finding the perfect dress to match the venue provides the bride a chance to enchant her groom and her guests.

30 The Gift Of Love … And There’s A Lot To Give When Amanda and Jason Brown decided to get married, they made sure to focus on their loved ones, their appreciation for their community and their passion for helping people in need. Photo Contributed

36 Love As Vast As A Sky Full Of Stars Every couple knows that plans change during the course of an engagement, but Kamala Sham’s wedding plans changed drastically when her mother received heart-breaking news.

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40 Scenery Of Love We celebrate the simple beauty of nature as a perfect setting for couples who chose to wed in a natural environment.

58 Love Letters One couple found the right balance between modern and traditional wedding invitations.

64 Web Connection: Linked Together Wedding day details are easy to organize with these helpful online tools. Photo by Susan Marie Photography

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6 Our View 8 Your Voice 12 Formidable Florist –– Steven Daugherty, Cialella & Carney Floral Designs 16 Health –– Contraceptives: Beyond Birth Control 18 Expert Advice –– Destination Sensation 66 Out & About –– Peter Allen Inn & Event Center, Kinsman, Ohio 70 In Good Taste –– Bridal Brunch 74 Win This –– 2 Tickets To Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Concert 76 Community Views 78 Save the Date 80 Crossword Puzzle ON THE COVER: Brittany and Shawn Lemon on their wedding day on May 6, 2017.

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ove … how sweet it is! Each January, Valley Voices celebrates the new year with a theme that fills our hearts with love: our bridal edition. This season, we embrace the beauty of nature in “Love So Natural” — a look into conscious and sustainable weddings. Inspired by the nuptials of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in October 2018, where the newlyweds filled their day with environmentally-conscious alternatives, we celebrate the couples who have also made decisions that help our Earth. Begin the journey into love with Formidable Florist Steven Daugherty of Cialella & Carney Floral Designs in New Castle. Then, explore options for a

beachside escape in an Expert Advice segment on destination weddings, courtesy of Plaza Travel in Hermitage. Add a touch of green to your special day with live wedding favors created by Succulents N’ Such in Hermitage, then tune in to the latest trends on wedding dresses best suited for an outdoor ceremony. Read the uplifting love story of Jason and Amanda Brown of Zelienople and why they chose to use their wedding day as an opportunity to give to a charitable cause. Then, honor the memory of the late Brenda Black of Sharon in the story of Kamala and Lee Sham’s greenhouse ceremony. Explore the great outdoors with

breathtaking photos of local couples who tied the knot outside, from lakeside to mountainside, in sunflower fields and backyard oases in “Scenery of Love.” Valley Voices thanks this year’s photographers for sharing their amazing work! Before you put on your dancing shoes, enjoy an afternoon of tea at Peter Allen Inn & Event Center in Kinsman, Ohio or plate up brunch classics from Cedar Farm Inn in New Wilmington. As we embrace what is to come in 2019, our team is excited to share more uplifting and inspiring stories with our readers. Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year — cheers to you!

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STEVEN DAUGHERTY CIALELLA & CARNEY FLORAL DESIGNS, NEW CASTLE By Taylor Sherman

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edding flowers are a breathtaking addition to any couple’s special day. Bridal bouquets date back to the nineteenthcentury and each bloom is often symbolic of love, beauty, joy and more, inviting even more sentimental value to a ceremony, in addition to its simple natural beauty. For Steven Daugherty of Neshannock Township, New Castle, providing that simple beauty with special meaning to a bride on the day she says “I do” is his goal. Steven serves as the owner and head designer of floral design at Cialella & Carney Floral Designs in New Castle. The history of the New Castle floral shop begins in 1943, when Lena Carney opened a flower shop to complement her greenhouse located on Bryson Mill Road. By the 1970s, Ada and Carl Cialella moved the flower shop to its South Mill Street location, where it still operates today. 12

Carl and Ada ran the shop together until Carl fell ill. Ada took over as the sole operator. Shortly after, Steven joined Ada and worked for her through the mid 80s when he perfected his skills in the floral industry. When Ada decided it was time to retire, she passed Steven the torch, continuing the legacy of Cialella & Carney. By 2009, Steven and Jeff Miller were officially signed over ownership, and Steven’s passion for the floral industry flourished. “I just knew I had an eye for design and started working for the shop I (now) own. And now, 40 years later, I still love what I do,” Steven said. Cialella & Carney Floral Designs follows the mission to provide “quality and service” — two characteristics in which Steven prides in his shop. “Carl Cialella always said its about ‘quality and service’ and we strive to keep that legacy alive,” he

said. Outside of the floral shop, Steven enjoys attending performances of Westminster College’s Celebrity Series and spending time with his pets; 3 dogs and 1 cat — all rescues.

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Beyond Birth Control By Dr. Rebecca Hanigosky

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he birth control pill first became available to women in the 1960s. It has changed many times since then and is still very effective when taken correctly. The birth control pill either contains estrogen plus progesterone (the two main sex hormones that women have) or progesterone only. It works by preventing the release of an egg from the ovary. It needs to be taken at the same time every day and is 97 to 99-percent effective. Although the number one reason the birth control pill is prescribed is for prevention of a pregnancy, it is also very effective in helping decrease menstrual cramps, acne and has been shown to help decrease the risk for uterine and ovarian cancer. Side effects, although rare, include blood clots, pulmonary embolism, high blood pressure and strokes. These side effects are greater for smokers. In addition to the oral pill, contraceptives are available in the form of a patch or vaginal ring. Both contain the same hormones as the pill, however, the ring is inserted in the vagina like a tampon. It remains there for three weeks and is then removed and replaced. The patch contains estrogen and progesterone and is replaced weekly. IUDs, or intrauterine devices, are also common. The IUD is a piece of flexible plastic with a nylon string attached. Some IUDs contain progesterone and another is hormone-free. The IUD is placed in the uterine cavity in a simple office visit. The IUD works in multiple ways and it does not cause an abortion. It is 99.9-percent effective. Side effects, although rare, are risk of perforating the uterus, irregular bleeding or expulsion from the uterus. The IUDs last anywhere from 3 to 10 years, while a copper IUD is a 10-year device that contains no hormones for women who are reluctant to use hormonal contraception. Nexplanon is a progesterone-only plastic rod that is implanted between the skin layers on the arm. The rod prevents the release of an egg from the ovary and it also changes the cervical mucus to prevent the sperm from ever reaching the egg. The rod is again 99.9-percent effective and the main side effect is irregular, unpredictable bleeding. Nexplanon is effective for three years. Depo-Provera is another option. This is a progesterone-only injection given every three months. It works by preventing the release of an egg from the ovary. It is 97-percent effective. Side effects are often irregular bleeding, weight gain and bone loss which is usually reversible upon stopping it. Return to fertility may be delayed up to one year after stopping this method.

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Other options that are non-hormonal include abstinence, which is 100% effective when practiced consistently. Natural family planning is a method that lets you know when pregnancy can occur during your menstrual cycle. It works by charting and understanding changes in your cervical mucus and body temperature that allow you to make daily decisions about sexual intercourse. It is between 90 and 97-percent effective when used consistently. Risks are pregnancy when the chart is not used correctly or sexual intercourse occurs on the wrong date. There is now an app available to help with this method. Benefits are that it requires no medication and no cost. 100% certain you are finished childbearing? Sterilization is an option. The male or female can be sterilized in a surgical procedure. This method is 99.9-percent effective. You must be certain that you want no more children in the future, as this is a permanent method of birth control. Both procedures are safe. There is a small risk of infection or other complications. We round out birth-control methods with condoms and diaphragms. The condom is a latex disposable sheath worn over the penis during sexual intercourse. It works by preventing the sperm from entering the vagina. It is 88-percent effective. Risks to using the condom are that it may break or come off during intercourse and some individuals may be allergic to latex. The diaphragm is a dome shaped latex device inserted in the vagina that forms a barrier between the sperm and the egg using

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a spermicide as well. A woman must be fitted for a diaphragm during an office appointment. It must be left in place for 6 to 8 hours after intercourse but no longer than 24 hours. It must be used each time you have sex and it is 82-percent effective. If you find yourself in a situation where you are unprotected, there is an option referred to as the morning after pill or emergency contraception. This is a way to prevent pregnancy up to 120 hours after unprotected sex. There is a pre-packaged emergency contraceptive called Plan B. This does not require a prescription for women 17 and older, though you do need to ask the pharmacist for this method. It works best if taken very early after unprotected sex. It temporarily stops or delays the release of an egg from the ovary. It may also prevent fertilization. It will not work if you are already pregnant and it is NOT the same as an abortion pill. It is between 75 and 89-percent effective. None of these methods except the condom are effective in preventing sexually transmitted infections and even the condom is not 100%. It is the best option we have besides abstinence. Although these medications and devices are most commonly used to prevent pregnancy, we often use them to decrease heavy menstrual cycles, reduce cramping, decrease acne, menstrual migraine and protect from uterine and ovarian cancer. As you can see we now have many more choices than the women before us. Contraception is not a one-size-fitsall. You should meet with your healthcare provider to discuss the side effects, benefits and what works best for you. You may need to experiment to find the proper fit. V Dr. Rebecca Hanigosky’s office is located at 295 North Kerrwood Drive, Suite 106, Hermitage.

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bout 15-percent of all weddings are now destination weddings — ceremonies held in a setting away from the couple’s hometown. Las Vegas, Hawaii and cruises have been popular, but Mexico and the Caribbean have become even more popular because of the option for all-inclusive packages. An all-inclusive package typically includes round-trip transportation (including air transportation), all food and drinks, entertainment, non-motorized watersports and all taxes and gratuities. The option for an all-inclusive package not only appeals to the bride and groom, but also to guests because each party knows the exact cost prior to the trip. Planning a destination wedding is made easy with resources available to the bride and groom. Beginning with the travel agency, the couple selects a destination within their budget and the agency plans the trip. Most destination weddings are planned six months to one year in advance. Once a destination is selected, all guests are advised to work with the travel agency to coordinate the

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details of the trip. Beach weddings are a common destination theme because they provide friends and family that much needed vacation and allow for more laid back attire. The advantage is that guests not only have the honor of celebrating the newlyweds, but may also enjoy a tropical escape of their own. A destination wedding can include many events, from the welcome cocktail party to excursions and a post-wedding brunch. After the wedding event, many couples extend their stay to enjoy their honeymoon at the same location. Many resorts have onsite wedding planners included in the cost of the event, where details such as floral arrangements, photographer, DJ, a minister and more are decided. Such resorts offer honeymoon registries, allowing guests to purchase spa treatments, excursions and romantic meals as wedding gifts to be enjoyed on their honeymoon. Every country has different

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LOVE SO NATURAL

Let Love Grow

SUCCULENTS AS WEDDING FAVORS By Sierra Shipton

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2018 graduate of Hickory High School, Hermitage, Iris Costar had a business-forward opportunity during her senior year — the chance to participate in the eAcademy, a program for high school seniors through the eCenter@LindenPointe business incubator. During the year-long program, students are given the opportunity to learn leadership and entrepreneurship skills and start their own business. As a student in the eAcademy, Iris started a technology-focused business with four other students, but it was not something that lasted. “Most of them don’t keep going after graduation,” Iris said. However, the program provided Iris Iris Costar with the foundation she needed to start a business in which she was passionate. So, when she had the offer to intern at the eCenter during summer 2018, she accepted. It was during this time that her business Succulents N’ Such was born.

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“They basically paid me to start my business through them,” Iris said. “I would go and work on my business and attend meetings that they held and would give presentations on my weekly progress.” When thinking through ideas, Iris knew that she wanted her business to revolve around plants. “I’ve always loved plants and nature. I already had a lot of plants that I was growing on my own and I really enjoy it,” she said. “I chose succulents because they are pretty easy to grow and are also really popular right now because of how easy they are to care for.” “The leaves of succulents are thicker than the leaves of other plants and they are part of the cactus family, so you take care of them the way you would take care of a cactus,” she explained. “They don’t need to be watered super often — if anything it’s better if you water them less often. But they do need a decent amount of sunlight, so I always recommend that you place them on a window sill or somewhere they can get a lot of sun.” Initially, Iris had intended to grow all of her succulents for favors. She quickly realized, however, that she doesn’t currently have the space or time, so she sources her plants from Mountain Crest Gardens located in California. She uses these unique plants to create favors for weddings, bridal showers and baby showers. She also attends local craft shows when possible. “I was originally going to ship them out online, through Etsy or something, but I did some research and realized that wasn’t really practical, and craft shows aren’t always in season, so I needed something else to do,” she said. “A couple of friends gave me the idea of doing wedding favors, so I thought about how many weddings go on around here and I figured I could actually make it a thing.” The style of each favor is completely customizable. “For example, if someone

was having a baby shower and wanted a blue pot with a card in it that says, ‘It’s a Boy’ or a name and date, I can do that,” she said. “The only thing you can’t pick is the plant because it’s kind of random what I get in a shipment.” According to Iris, having favors such as the ones she creates has become more popular because people in general seem to be getting into plants more. But there also seems to be a sentimental element. “One of my favorite quotes is ‘Watch love grow.’ As the marriage grows the plant grows.” Iris added, “It’s something people can look at and always think of the couple or the baby or the wedding they attended.” Iris is currently a freshman at Penn State Shenango, studying plant science and horticulture. But she hopes that her business will continue even after she graduates from college. “This is definitely something I want to keep doing, but the end goal would be to open up a greenhouse and the party favors would be just one of the things you could get from it,” she shared. Pricing for the favors depends on the personalization, but generally runs from $3 to $5 per plant. V Information: 724.301.9193, iriscostar6@gmail.com, succulentsnsuch.com or @succulents_n_such_ on Instagram Photos Contributed

Sierra Shipton Sierra Shipton lives in Greenville with her parents. She has a B.A. in Biblical and Religious Studies and an M.A. in Communication. She is a freelance writer and editor, as well as a substitute teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and reading. You can read her personal writing at www.writingonwheels.net.

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Under One Sky BONAIR DAYDREAMS HELPS PEOPLE COPE WITH LIFE’S PERSONAL MOMENTS By Beckie Erwin

Tracy dancing in San Francisco, photographed by Chrissy. This image was the ‘thank you’ card sent to everyone who attended Tracy’s funeral – and is what inspired Chrissy’s card line, Bonair Daydreams, 25 years ago.

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he sadness of losing her sister to cancer was so great that Chrissy Ogden Marsh had to find a way to work through the grief. She found her way in what would become a long-time dream come true. Chrissy is creator and owner of Bonair Daydreams, a greeting card business named after Bon Air Drive, the street in Sharon on which she grew up. She is the daughter of James and Annella Ogden, who once owned Ogden-McMahon Carpets & Furniture, also in Sharon. Now a resident of North Carolina after much traveling and making family moves to California and New Mexico, Chrissy is a graduate of San Diego State University where she majored in TV and film. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and cinematography. While there, she worked with companies such as National Geographic, CBS Television, Time/Warner, People Magazine, American Red Cross, United Way and PBS. Life then took her to New Mexico 22

where her first daughter, Annie, was born. Daughter Lily would join the family a few years later and Chrissy, a single mom, would make a final move to North Carolina, the favorite place for family vacations once upon a time. Chrissy’s greeting cards started with a hand-designed thank-you note to people after the funeral of her sister, Tracy, who passed away in 1985 at the age of 24. The image Chrissy featured on the card was a random snapshot of Tracy dancing on a rooftop in San Francisco. It is their mother’s favorite photo of Tracy, said Chrissy, because it best shows her free spirit. That card included a simple Bible verse from Ecclesiastes and brought such a positive response from people wanting more of Chrissy’s work that she started what had always been her dream to have a greeting card business line. The card depicting Tracy continues to be one of Chrissy’s best-selling items. The venture started with just three packs of notecards while Chrissy was

living in New Mexico. Today, sharing messages that reflect a variety of life events, her cards can be found online or through more than 2,800 vendors and representatives in nearly every state in the U.S., and now also in Canada. “I’m always looking for sales representatives,” she said. “It’s like a big puzzle trying to cover all the territories across the U.S.” Locally, her cards are sold by Andrea Peters at Her Place Studio in Hermitage. Chrissy is told her unique cards are desirable because they “speak the truth,” rather than what one might find in a common greeting card. As a photographer, Chrissy loves capturing images of family, friends and animals, and then having the perfect quote or saying to go with them. Furthermore, all of the cards are personally hand-scripted by Chrissy, which is something of a lost art. She feels it adds a personal touch and spends a lot of time perfecting her handwriting. Her latest card series is called “Under

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really living the best life. I love what I do.” Chrissy has a six-member team, four of whom are moms working with her in her home office space. Among them, they have 16 children. Her graphic designer is located in New Mexico where it all began and the printer is in Maine. “As I grow as a person, I hope my work grows. As sole proprietor, I also take the risks,” she said. “I surround myself with amazing people.” Her work has received national attention, having won seven Louie Awards at The National Stationery Show in New York City, with 18 of her designs selected as finalists from thousands of entries. Her next life goal is to write a book, a project she has been framing in her mind for some time. Chrissy wants to publish her thoughts from processing her sister’s death, along with the beautiful poetry Tracy wrote while she was dying, with photos, to help others with whatever they

might be going through in their life. In whatever she does, her greatest aim is to reach people emotionally and spiritually. “My work has been an exciting and spiritual journey,” Chrissy said. “I feel in my heart that I am doing the work God intended me to do, and somehow I know Tracy is a part of it all. It is no coincidence that her card has been my best-seller all these years. Who says there’s no such thing as a guardian angel?” V Information: bonairdaydreams.com or find @bonairdaydreams on Facebook and Instagram Photos Contributed

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not your grandmother’s lace she wore on her dress. Today’s bride loves a 3D lace where the flowers come off the gown as you can feel each petal. The lace and beading could depict nature. Roses or sunflowers are popular details worked into the detail of the gown. Finally, the dress might be made up of geometric shapes. Trending gowns are covered completely with beading in shapes of diamonds or waves. This is very untraditional, yet absolutely gorgeous! Finally, let’s not forget the simple gowns that Meghan Markle has made famous. Brides want simple. The fabric of mikado and crepe are gorgeous in their own right. Deep open backs that show off the bride’s toned back is a must for the confident bride. The scenery around her will bring color and ambiance on her special day. Then there is the veil. A bride is not complete without her veil. For an outdoor wedding, the perfect veil is a simple cathedral length veil. This veil will add drama and romance as she walks down any aisle. Let’s not forget how gorgeous pictures are when the photographer uses it as a prop to photograph the bride and groom. She’ll be forever thankful she wore a cathedral veil. Timeless is what almost every bride is desiring. A bride today wants to look back at her gown and feel as if she could put it on fifty years later and it will be just as perfect and timeless as the day she wore it. What is trending in wedding gowns for 2019 will have today’s bride confident that her day was timeless and perfect. V Evaline’s Bridal is located at 5200 East Market Street, Warren, Ohio. Information: 330.392.6569 or evalinesbridal.com

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The Gift of Love … And There’s A Lot To Give By Taylor Sherman

The love between Amanda Aday Brown and Jason Brown of Zelienople is one of a kind — authentic and unencumbered. So when the couple decided to link their lives together into one through marriage, they were sure to focus on what is most important to them — their loved ones, appreciation for their community and passion for helping people in need.

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manda and Jason’s love story began in the fall of 2013 when mutual friends connected the lovebirds. Jason, a native of New Castle, and Amanda, from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, first met in October where neither expected a lifetime of love to bloom. “Amanda had only moved to Pennsylvania a few months before we met, and she was only intending on staying for a few more months before work took her elsewhere. Mutual friends may or may not have set us up to meet each other, though they’ll never confess to it, of

course,” Jason said. The couple’s first date was one to remember, but even with unexpected kinks, the two knew they were a perfect pair. “We met at one of the biggest dive bars around in October 2013,” Jason said. “Since then, we’ve only been back to the place once — that’s how odd it was that we met there.” He continued, “One of the first comments I made to Amanda was a snide jab about her pool-playing skills, to which she cursed at me. Five years later, I can count on one hand how many times she talked like that … I really made a great first impression!” After their first date, Jason was eager to meet with Amanda again. “I broke the ‘wait a few days before you call her’ rule (why is that even a rule?), and I called her the next day. We went to a nice restaurant that, to our surprise, was remodeling their kitchen. So our first meal together ended up being Sheetz hot dogs on the hood of my car. I never really thought about it, but our ‘keep it simple’ mantra has been around since day-one.” “I remember him walking me out to my car and wondered how the night got away from us. We had been there for a while, and I felt like it flew by. While telling me good night, he never asked for my number!” Amanda added. “I consider myself to be shy, but for some reason that night I told him he should get my number. We talked every day after that night. I learned later, from his sister who came in from Boston, that he was supposed to be meeting her that night, and his visit was delayed because he ‘met a cute girl from Alabama who is kind of funny.’” Jason and Amanda dated for three years before Jason decided he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Amanda. On October 2016, Jason proposed. “I am still surprised that my friends remember their entire engagement. I remember being in Quebec [Canada], and Jason asking me to walk on the pier to look at the boats that were

docked. I believe there was a speech on how good life has been for us, and the next thing I remember was seeing him on his knee, smiling up at me. He could have given me a marble at that point, and I would have said yes. His sister knew about it (faking that she was sick and needed to go to the hotel), and had drinks waiting for us at a nearby pub afterwards,” Amanda recalled. Amanda and Jason planned their wedding for April 14, 2018 and in their details, decided to give back however they could. “It sounds cliché, but we are wholesomely grateful for everything that we have. And for me, it didn’t seem right to ask for another type of kitchen device that cooks chicken while we were looking at a perfect opportunity to instead do well for others,” Jason said. Amanda added, “We knew early on that we weren’t interested in having a formal wedding, but had to plan for how gracious people are when couples get married. It was an easy decision for both of us to make, and we collectively decided that there are others who could benefit from contributions instead.” On their invitations, the Browns requested that guests forgo physical gifts. Rather, they requested donations be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in their honor. “Also, at the time of our wedding reception, there was a local boy with some very unfortunate health issues. A crowd-funding site was set up for him and his family by members of his community, and some of our friends at the reception asked if they could donate to him in our name as well, which we thought was a great idea,” Jason said. The Browns’ wedding was nothing short of simply beautiful — married in their yard in Zelienople, the couple utilized what they most love about their relationship to make their wedding day even more special. “We love our house and our town, and there was no question it was the best place for our wedding. And it wasn’t a typical wedding, as you can see by our attire in the photo. The mayor of Harmony [Pennsylvania] officiated the wedding, and her payment was made via a donation to the Harmony Historical Preservation Society. It fit very well with who we are,” he continued. “The only other attendees were each of our best local friends. We purposely kept our wedding day simple, to keep others from having to travel from out of state. It

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Clockwise from top: Jason and Amanda at an arts festival; Jason and Amanda with Jason’s family during their Pennsylvania reception; reception centerpieces

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didn’t seem right for us to ask people to spend thousands of dollars to come to our wedding. If people were willing to contribute, we wanted to channel the money elsewhere.” “Seeing each other the next morning as a married couple was surreal. We had everything we wanted the day before, and it seemed unreal,” Amanda said. After officially declared husband and wife, Amanda and Jason planned two dinner parties to celebrate their matrimony with their Alabama and Pennsylvania families and friends. For their Pennsylvania loved ones, a special celebration at Lagerhaus Bakery made their story even sweeter. “In December 2017, after Christmas, I picked Amanda up from the airport upon her return from seeing her family in Alabama. On the way home, even though we knew it was closed, we decided to go to a local bakery in Harmony. Some locals told us that the bakery had a really neat wine cellar that was constructed in 1807, and sometimes they let people use it as a meeting space. However, the property was being sold, and the future of the place was up in the air. Still, it looked like a perfect place for our reception (which we called a “wedding dinner”),” Jason said. “We pulled in, and of course it was closed. But then, the new owner of the building came out in the rain and asked if we wanted a tour of the place. He showed us around the whole building and even took us into the basement, like he knew why we were there. Amanda was convinced that I had set up an appointment, but it was totally by chance!” “Over the next few weeks, we had made up our minds that the bakery was going to be the place for our wedding dinner,” Amanda said. “After meeting the owner and his family, it just fit us well, and almost seemed like fate. We went to the bakery several times, and eventually inquired about utilizing the space for our wedding dinner. The owner’s daughter was very energetic, and made the whole experience very easy for us. They catered the food and desserts, and we were able to pick the entrées. On the day of, the Rodgers family went out of their way to make the experience special for us. We are surrounded by such wonderful family and friends, and the entire night was full of laughter.” After their ceremony and receptions, Amanda and Jason honeymooned in Costa Rica, where they enjoyed the volcanic and rainforest region as well as the Pacific Coast. Now, in their first year as newlyweds, the Browns love sharing their life with one another. “We became committed to each other early on, when I decided that I was staying in Pennsylvania, so not much changed for us after getting married. We still enjoy hiking with each other, Saturday mornings at the bakery and the simple things in life. It is easy to take those things for granted. Our biggest struggle is usually against time rather than each other,” Amanda shared. The definition of success is simple for the Browns: happiness. “[Success is] waking up and going to bed happy every single day. Surrounding ourselves with incredible friends while being as good to others as we can possibly be,” Jason said. Amanda continued her husband’s sentiment: “Overall, one of our greatest successes in our relationship is that we can always be genuine. We act always as who we naturally are, whether we’re with each other at that moment or not.” V Photos Contributed 34

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Love as Vast as a Sky Full of Stars By Adrienne Scheetz

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hen looking at photos from Kamala and Lee Sham’s wedding ceremony at DJ’s Greenhouse in Transfer, it is clear that their nuptials made for a special, magical day. But their love story runs much deeper —starting three years earlier. “Our first date was the first time that we met face-to-face,” Lee recalled. “It was [January 4, 2015], and the temperature that day was in the mid 50s. So, my ‘great’ idea was to pick up some coffee and meet in Buhl Park to get to know each other. Well, the weather held on to that mid-50s forecast for about the first 20 minutes of our date and then dropped … quickly. Honestly, I was convinced she was going to think I was crazy and get up and leave, but she stayed without even acknowledging how cold it had gotten and we sat and talked for probably another hour after that.” He continued, “Even after, I didn’t think she’d want to see me again after almost giving her frostbite. But when I asked if she wanted to get dinner a couple days after, she immediately said yes. And the rest is history.” Kamala added her side of the story, too. “ He asked me out again on January 8, 2015, and I respectfully declined because he had not met my parents and I told him I could not tell him yes until he met them. So, on January 12, I invited Lee over to my parents’ house where my mom cooked [us] a wonderful dinner. After dinner and dessert, we all sat and chatted for a bit until Lee headed home for the night. I walked him to the door and that’s when he asked me if I would be his girlfriend. And I of course said yes.” Lee and Kamala dated for about two years before Lee proposed on January 20, 2017. “This was the day that I closed on my first house that I bought. So, we were busy all day running around — packing up and moving things into the new house,” Kamala said. She continued, “As we were finally done moving things in, I went to take a shower and couldn’t find any of my clothing. So, [as I am] running around looking for clean clothes, apparently Lee was on his knee [the whole time] in the kitchen with a ring in his hand. Finally, he got tired of sitting on his knee and waiting for me, so he got up and came and found me in the back of the house. [I had] my hair in a towel, sweatpants on and one of his shirts on. He was laughing as he got down on his knee because he had been waiting in the kitchen — then he proposed and I said yes!” After the proposal, Kamala enlisted the help of her mother to 36

Kamala and her mom, Brenda Black, at their September 16, 2017 wedding ceremony at Grace Chapel, Hermitage

plan the wedding of her dreams. “My mom was planning and booking everything for our wedding. She was the best at planning and throwing all kinds of parties,” Kamala remembered fondly. Having her wedding at DJ’s Greenhouse in Transfer was always her plan. “I have worked at DJ’s Greenhouse for about 10 years and still work there. The place is literally breathtaking. The first year that I worked there, I told the owner, Dennis James, that whenever I found my person, I would be getting married at DJ’s Greenhouse and that I couldn’t imagine being married anywhere else.” Though the next few months were full of excitement and joy, it all changed in August 2017. “My mom [Brenda Black] was battling cancer for about 8 years, and we were always told that we were lucky to have her for as long as we did. She got really sick at the beginning of August. [She] was in and out of the hospital until the end of the month, when she was sent to Pittsburgh and we were told there was no more the doctors could do — that she was able to go home and we may have a few more months left with her. That night, Lee and I went home and decided that we wanted to have our wedding as soon as we could so my mom could be there,” Kamala recalled. Lee added, “I think the idea of having a small ceremony as

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Clockwise from left: Kamala and Lee Sham at their October 6, 2018 ceremony at DJ’s Greenhouse in Transfer. Floral arrangements were created by Green’s Florist, Hubbard, Ohio; Kamala’s wedding earrings, made from the beading of her mother’s wedding dress; Kamala and her dad, Robert Black; Kamala and Lee Sham Photos by Doug Butchy Photography

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soon as possible popped into both Kamala and my head as soon as we became aware of how much time we had left with Brenda. After talking with her at the hospital, we went to talk with my parents. We explained everything, and they were immediately 100% on board with the idea of an early ceremony.” The next day, Kamala and Lee decided to proceed planning their smaller ceremony. “We went back to Pittsburgh the next day with my dad, my sister and her fiancé,” Kamala said. “We asked my mom if she would be okay if we had a small wedding ceremony so [that] she was able to attend. She told us that we didn’t have to do that, [but] we explained to her that we wanted to because I couldn’t imagine having a wedding without her.” Brenda agreed to the arrangement on one condition — that Kamala and Lee would promise to still renew their vows at the October 2018 wedding that Brenda and Kamala had planned together. They planned the small, intimate ceremony for September 16, 2017. “It took us awhile to find someone who would marry us within two weeks of us letting them know,” Kamala explained. “But when we met with Pastor Aaron Lego at Grace Chapel in Hermitage and explained our situation, he didn’t even hesitate to agree to help us. He was more than happy to help us plan a wedding in two weeks and make it so special.” When discussing the September wedding, the parts that seem to really stick out the most are the moments between Kamala and her mom. “I spent the night at my mom’s house and woke up in the morning and I had bought her a gift — an Alex and Ani bracelet — one for me and one for her. They were of the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper. The Big Dipper, which meant like a safe haven, watches over the Little Dipper, symbolic of the unbreakable bonds we share. Across the expansive sky, these beloved groupings of stars are constant reminders that we’re never truly alone.” “My mom had no idea what I was going to be wearing for this wedding; I told her it was a surprise. The head piece (veil) that I wore for this wedding was hers from her wedding. I took pieces of the beading from [her dress] and made earrings. She was totally surprised as I walked down the aisle with my dad and she saw me wearing things from her 38

wedding.” Sadly, Brenda lost her long and hard fought battle with cancer on December 25, 2017. Moving forward with their promise, Kamala and Lee sent out letters to their guests invited to the October wedding, explaining the situation.

Brenda Black, Kamala’s mom, and Jane Sham, Lee’s mom, join the couple during the lighting of the unity candle

On October 6th, 2018, Kamala and Lee renewed their vows at DJ’s Greenhouse, in front of their family and friends. “Our wedding day ended up being an entire story in itself,” Kamala laughed. “Our plan was to have the ceremony outdoors, in one of the gazebos onsite during a nice, cool October day. Our backup plan in case of rain was to clear out the biggest greenhouse to accommodate our guests.” “The night before our ceremony, it rained nonstop. Saturday morning, we got a call from Dennis letting us know that both gazebos were basically underwater, and we would have to have the ceremony in the greenhouse, even though the rain was over. The forecast that day, in October, was 83-degrees. Our ceremony was slated for 3:30 p.m., so by the time we had everything set to go, the thermometer inside the greenhouse was reading around 115-degrees. Needless to say, it was a bit warm in there when we said ‘I do.’” Throughout it all, Kamala and Lee look back on their vow renewal fondly, describing their “massive” donut wall and

three-tiered cake stand stacked with donuts in replacement of a traditional wedding cake. They also express great appreciation for Dennis James and the greenhouse — “The greenhouse was a perfect setting and Dennis did an amazing job of setting up the inside to look so gorgeous on such short notice.” However, the most special detail of the day was a gift from Kamala’s twin sister, Keeley Yeager, her grandmother Mary Calvin, and her good friend Shannon Wenger — a bracelet with her mother’s handwriting on it. “[If we could change anything, it would be] to still have Brenda here with us. But looking back on our ceremony and reception, it was all amazing. And all of the people who were there to celebrate with us made it all the more special. The only thing we can think of that would have made it flow a bit smoother ... would be a temperature reading or maybe a few degrees under 100”. V Photos Contributed

Adrienne Scheetz Adrienne is a graduate of Sharon High School and Thiel College. Currently, she is working on her master’s degree in Psychology. She resides in Sharon.

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Scenery of Love OUTDOOR WEDDINGS The simple beauty of nature is the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. This year, Valley Voices embraces that beauty in “Scenery of Love” — a look into outdoor weddings. From the light of the sun to the quiet waves of the ocean or the whisper of a cool wind, these weddings not only accentuate the natural world around us, but help our environment, too! All Photos Contributed

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Brittany and Shawn Toronto, Canada

Married May 6, 2017 at The Lake Club in Youngstown, Ohio Despite the rain, this wedding at The Lake Club between defensive lineman for the Toronto Argonauts, Shawn, and his bride Brittany of Youngstown was gorgeous. So many guests stood up to give toasts and you could feel so much love, respect, pride and support in the air for this lovely couple!

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Bridget and Mark Poland, Ohio Married June 23, 2018 at The Vineyards at Pine Lake in Columbiana, Ohio This stunning outdoor wedding took place at The Vineyards at Pine Lake, where the bride created a lot of reception details on her own, plus her own bouquets!

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Rebecca and Dolus Youngstown, Ohio Married August 26, 2018 at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Youngstown, Ohio The botanical garden provided the perfect backdrop for this August summer wedding. Vibrant roses, lush greenery and warm sunlight complemented the couple’s great looks and dynamic personalities!

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Natalyn and Joe Columbus, Ohio

Married July 28, 2018 at a private residence in Negley, Ohio Natalyn and Joe spent so much of their early relationship getting to know one another during boat rides on the lake, so getting married on the water was extremely special to both of them.

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Tara and Zach Ambridge

Married September 2, 2018 at Rustic Acre Farm in Volant At this stunning outdoor wedding, the bride and groom had different seasons tossed on them as they walked down the aisle as husband and wife. Each season represented a different well wish or good fortune as they started their life as a married couple. The bride also surprised her husband with a fireworks display that started just after their beautiful first dance ended!

Photos by Next Level Photography Next Level Photography is located at 2020 East Washington Street, New Castle. Information: 724.856.8952, nextlevelphotographers.com or find @nextlevelphotographers on Facebook or @next_level_photographync on Instagram

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Genna and Frank Hermitage

Renewed vows on August 1, 2018 at Buhl Mansion Guest House and Day Spa in Sharon When Frank was in the military and traveling overseas, he and bride Genna tied the knot and were officially declared husband and wife in August 2007. 11 years later, Genna’s wish was to walk down the aisle with her husband and have a real wedding. Their anniversary was the perfect time to renew their vows and celebrate their love!

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Alfred and Adam Cincinnati, Ohio

Married June 16, 2018 at Manor House Banquet & Conference Center in Mason, Ohio Alfred and Adam’s wedding, styled by KMCWeddings & Events, was a storybook day to match their love story. A chance encounter that led to the discovery of the men living less than a block from one another, “We look back at our proximity and wonder why and how we never met. The true answer to that question is that fate has a funny way with timing … I think they call it serendipity,” Adam said.

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Rachel and Anthony Montville, Ohio

Married July 27, 2018 at The Place at 534, West Farmington, Ohio It was easy to feel completely blown away by this couples’ ceremony, as it truly felt like a great big bubble of love.

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Abigail and Kevin Cleveland, Ohio

Married November 23, 2018 at Voinovich Bicentennial Park on the East 9th Pier in Cleveland, Ohio Kevin and Abbey dreamed of having a small intimate wedding, so this outside ceremony was a dream come true. As soon as the ceremony was over, the couple wanted to take their bridal photos at their favorite spots. We traveled to the Cleveland Museum of Art and Edgewater Park Beach to take a handful of photos and then they were off to a small dinner with family!

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Love Letters

Photo by DA Studios, LLC

Finding a Balance Between Modernity and Tradition in Wedding Invitations

With the Push of a Button: MODERN WEDDING INVITATIONS By Bailey Jackelen

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rom the moment they announce their engagement, couples are asked “Have you set a date?” and “Can I expect an invitation?” These questions spark the couple’s selfreflection: Do we want to send save the dates? Will we create our own stationery or hire a designer? Online invitations seem like a simple solution — but will Grandpa know how to send his response electronically? When planning our 2018 wedding, my husband Rob and I weighed the advantages of modern and traditional approaches to wedding communications. We hope our perspective can help you find the right match for your wedding. THE COUPLE Rob and I met during our first class at Allegheny College in Meadville. Initially joined through a group assignment, our connection grew into a friendship that serves as the foundation for our relationship today. We bonded over our shared love of campy fantasy films, Death Cab for Cutie and the local cuisine of our college town. We have built a life upon our common interests, but we are in fact quite different people. Yet we know that our divergent personalities complement one another: I find support and strength in his quiet thoughtfulness and he turns to my extroversion as a reminder to be open to new and exciting experiences.

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THE VISION Couples preparing for a wedding reflect on their “vision” for the day. In contrast to my whimsical personality, I was a practical bride. As we conceptualized our day, Rob and I thought about what was most important to us: first, that the day felt authentic to us a couple, and second, that everyone in attendance knew us as us. We wanted to celebrate the connections and friendships of those who had supported us in our journey. This vision extended to our wedding planning and vendor search, as well. We DIYed as much as we could but knew when to turn to others for help. Our musicians were our siblings. Our officiant and makeup artists were close friends. Our DJ was Rob’s work colleague. In keeping with the theme, we knew that we wanted to showcase the talents of a family friend for the creation of our wedding stationery.

delivery for our wedding materials. As we planned our stationery with Olivia, Rob and I considered the benefits that each stationery option would bring to the planning and experience of our day. WHY PAPERLESS • Cost Control - Rob and I set a budget that allowed us to have the day we wanted while making smart financial choices, too. We considered each element of the event to determine if it were worth the premium or if we could find a less expensive alternative. Going digital for wedding stationery is a great way to cut costs — fewer envelopes, fewer stamps. 49 cents may not seem like a bankbreaking sum, but multiply that by shower invitations, save the dates, wedding invitations and thank-you notes, and postage packs a punch.

THE DESIGNER I have known Olivia Mendizábal since she and my younger sister were infants. With experience in graphic design both professionally and for her own wedding, we knew we could turn to her to design our save the dates and invitations.

• Sustainability - Reducing excess paper is the environmentally conscious choice. Not every guest will save the invitation or program, and what will the couple do with dozens of RSVP cards after the event? Electing to incorporate digital options reduces both clutter and environmental impact.

Similar to the blend and balance of our personalities, Rob and I chose to utilize both traditional techniques and digital

• Ease of Response for the Tech Fluent Guest - Most of our guests were young adults or family members familiar and

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comfortable with digital technology. At a time when people can bank, request a ride and pay with their phones, we wanted to cater to people’s mobile preferences and allow them to RSVP digitally. • Real-Time Tracking - Because invitees are able to respond instantly, the couple can track responses in real time, thus, cutting out the wait time for snail mail. Through an online form or survey generator, couples can easily access the guest information as it auto-populates on a spreadsheet. They then can have more time to catch potential errors in responses, keep tabs on any dietary needs and track the total guest count.  WHY TRADITIONAL • Keepsake - We might not have saved every little item from our day, but we did appreciate having something physical to preserve for the future. Traditional printed pieces offer a snapshot of who you were when you married. They exist in physical space — their weight, cut, paper style and color schemes tell a story about the couple. That story is told first when the guest opens the envelope and is retold through preservation in a scrapbook or shadowbox. In a cloud-based world, we appreciated having something tangible. • Accessibility for Traditional-Leaning Guests - If, as we did, you have guests of all ages and technological savvy, you may benefit from offering an analog option alongside the digital. We wanted to give our guests the flexibility to respond through whatever method they preferred. Ultimately, we chose a combination of digital and paper communications as we felt it best represented our blend of a traditional and contemporary wedding. On our wedding day, I walked down the aisle to the riff of an electric guitar, yet I carried an antique sixpence in my shoe in accordance with the Victorian nuptial rhyme. With so many stationery options available today, couples have the opportunity to customize their experience. Through consideration of your budget, style and what is most important to you, you and your fiancé can find your perfect fit — down to the letter.

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TRADITIONAL WEDDING INVITATIONS By Olivia Mendizábal

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Stationery design has always been an interest of mine. From a young age, I would admire my friends’ birthday invitations. I have been fascinated with calligraphy and elaborate formal stationery suites. As time went on and I became more interested in making this a part of my career, people everywhere have thankfully become more environmentally conscious and realize the impact even just one wedding can make on the environment. While I still indulge in a paper heavy invitation suite from time to time, I have strived to become more eco-friendly with each wedding I design. A list of options are available for each design if the couple is interested in more sustainable options. First on the list is wedding size or number of invitations. Bailey and Rob’s wedding, for example, was a smaller wedding, which helps reduce the use of paper and materials. For weddings with a large guest list, I have had brides ask for a select number of invites that will only go to close friends and family, while others receive a digital version. A second way to alter invitations sustainably is to stray away from the standard RSVP method. Traditionally, couples send an RSVP card along with an additional

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Bailey and Rob’s paper invitation, created by Olivia Photo by DA Studios, LLC

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envelope with postage for the guest to fill out and send back. There are two ways to get away from this. First, when material is cardstock, the paper is thick enough to survive in the mail as a postcard. Adhering to the USPS size requirements, I ditch the second envelope and attach the stamp right to the RSVP postcard. Even eliminating a portion of waste per invitation goes a long way. The second RSVP method I use is online. A custom QR code/url is connected to a Google Form set up by the client. Questions are standard to the RSVP: Guest Names, Reply, Number in Attendance, DJ Requests, Food Selection, etc. The advantage is that the RSVP is quick because guests can fill it out on their phones upon opening the invitation. This is particularly intriguing from the brides’ perspective because Google Forms creates a live spreadsheet and live data organization of the responses. For this method of RSVP, it is important to consider older or less tech-savvy guests who may be unable to utilize an online reply. For instance, with my own wedding, I went through the guest list and eliminated as much paper RSVP as I could, making the appropriate number of paper postcards for those who I felt would benefit. Clients have the option to split the guest list into two categories: online and physical replies. Third on the list is paper selection; buying recycled paper for my projects is a priority when possible. In some custom instances with specific color choices or particular finishes, it cannot happen, but at the bride’s request I will use exclusively recycled materials. I have also added a friendly reminder to the guests for them to recycle their materials received by printing the recycle logo on the bottom or back of the invitation. Although I have yet to try this product, I am looking forward to incorporating seed paper into a design soon. A company I have been researching is Botanical PaperWorks. They produce “plantable paper” and envelopes that contain seeds and when planted, compost away leaving only wildflowers, herbs or vegetables. Not only is this environmentally friendly, but it is very unique and interesting! In my business, I always work with a bride on a budget but, being environmentally conscious with wedding invitations isn’t always the cheapest. Seed paper and 100% recycled paper is not very cheap. It’s all a matter of what is priority to the couple. The best advice to save trees and reduce waste while on a budget is through a fully digital invitation suite, or to use RSVP postcards without envelopes. I appreciate the shift the world is taking to make a conscious effort to eliminate waste and even include that thinking into their ‘big day’! V

JACKELEN STATIONERY COLLECTION: • WEDDING INVITATIONS paper created by Olivia Included physical RSVP card and Google form RSVP link • SAVE THE DATE magnet created by Olivia Included link to wedding website

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• WEDDING SHOWER INVITATION electronic designed by Bailey Sent by email and included Google form RSVP • WEDDING BRUNCH electronic designed by Bailey Sent by email with email RSVP

• REHEARSAL DINNER INVITE electronic Designed by Bailey sent by email with email RSVP • WEDDING PROGRAM paper Designed by Bailey Information: oliviamendiz@gmail.com or find @oliviam_design on Instagram

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marriage proposal invokes many emotions in a couple — from the groom’s nervous lead-up to the bride’s sense of total surprise and the simple bliss of true love. But, once the question is popped, it is time for couples to jump into planning their wedding. Busy, stressful and often overwhelming, many brides collect as many resources as possible before tackling their dream wedding. With insight from newlyweds on their favorite resources for wedding planning, Valley Voices has compiled a list of some of the easiest and most useful websites and applications for wedding planning. After all, it’s all in the details!

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LASTING: MARRIAGE HEALTH APP - “the nation’s number one relationship counseling app”

JOY - WITHJOY.COM Joy’s website is easy to navigate and offers numerous resources for every piece to the wedding planning puzzle — guest list details, photo albums, RSVPs and more.

PAPERLESS POST - “Design and track online cards with the swipe of a finger”

THE KNOT - THEKNOT.COM Known as the “All-In-One Wedding Planner,” The Knot is a hub for all things wedding. A registry, guest list, checklist, budgeter, virtual vision board, wedding day timeline and vendor list are top features of this site, but as the bride further explores, she can access forums, inspiration and more.

THUMBTACK - online search engine to connect couples to the right professionals

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elaxed but refined, elegant but accessible — that is just the experience one can expect while enjoying afternoon tea at the historic Peter Allen Inn & Event Center in Kinsman, Ohio. Perfect for an afternoon with friends or after a wedding dress fitting, this simply delightful tea service is popular amongst locals and out-of-towners, alike. So, I decided on a chilly Saturday in December to learn all about how the British spend their afternoons. Peter Allen Inn’s tea service is held every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. in the historic Dr. Peter Allen’s doctor’s office — exactly where the founder of the Ohio Medical Society practiced in the 1800s. Before my visit, it was recommended to call ahead to make a reservation, as the room’s maximum capacity is 12. So, with reservations made and fellow tea drinkers by my side, we were greeted by our tea hostess, Autumn, upon entering. Autumn showed us to our room, where we were seated at a simple but gorgeous table setting. Donning rich red, gold and silver décor for the winter season, the fireplace added an extra bit of warmth to the already comfortable room. She prepped us with the afternoon’s line-up, explaining that full tea is different from British High Tea in that it is more substantial; offering scones, soup and salad, tea sandwiches and, of course, sweets. Tea service began with, you guessed it … tea. Our cups were filled with Peter Allen Inn Breakfast Blend, a classic tea blend so smooth and sweet with the addition of a few pieces of rock sugar. After the first pour, freshly baked apple cinnamon scones with the accoutrements of raspberry melba, lemon curd and whipped butter made their way to the table. These scones were crumbly, warm and delicious no matter how they were topped! I enjoyed mine with a bit of lemon curd atop the whipped butter, but a fellow guest shared that a bit of raspberry and lemon on each scone was a perfect flavor combination. The second course was a fresh winter salad composed of mixed greens, golden raisins, nuts, Fontina cheese and a raspberry balsamic vinaigrette, followed by a warm bowl of wedding soup. I have never said no to the combination of soup and salad, and these courses were a perfect pair.

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TIPS AND TRICKS TO NAVIGATING TEA TIME LIKE A PRO DRESSED TO IMPRESS: An afternoon tea is both elegant and relaxed, so it is most appropriate to dress smart-casual. Athletic wear or loungewear should replaced with collared shirts, slacks, dresses and un-scuffed shoes. POUR ME: When it is time to enjoy the first cup of steeped tea, the individual hosting is responsible for pouring for the table. If the teapot is left on the table, the spout should face the host. PERFECTLY SWEET: A scoop of sugar is common to sweeten a cup of tea, but don’t clink your spoon against the cup! Instead, your spoon should begin at the 12 o’clock position and move to the 6 o’clock position — don’t stir. You should continue this downward motion two to three times before removing your spoon and placing it to the right of your cup. Sip, sip! LET THEM EAT CAKE (LAST!): A three-tiered cake stand is typically set in the manner for which it should be enjoyed. The top tier is used for scones, while the middle hosts savory sandwiches and the bottom is filled with desserts. Remember to eat from top to bottom!

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Bridal BRUNCH

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Egg Sausage & Cheese Casserole INGREDIENTS: 1 pound Italian pork sausage (cooked, drained and crumbled) 4 cups cubed day old bread (about 8 slices) 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 12 eggs, slightly beaten 4 cups whole milk 1 tablespoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon onion powder Freshly ground pepper to taste ½ cup chopped tomatoes 70

DIRECTIONS: Heat skillet to medium-high. Break up the sausage into chunks and cook, working in batches if needed, until browned. Remove the cooked sausage from the pan and let sit on paper towels to drain. Crumble into smaller pieces if needed. Place bread in a buttered 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with cheese. Combine eggs, milk, dry mustard, onion powder and pepper. Pour evenly over the bread and cheese. Sprinkle sausage and tomatoes over the top. [Option to cover and chill overnight at this step] If baking right away, let sit for 10 minutes. Bake uncovered at 335-degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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Pumpkin Pancakes INGREDIENTS: 1 cup flour (can use ½ cup whole wheat) ¼ cup brown sugar ¼ teaspoon salt ¾ teaspoon cinnamon ¾ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon nutmeg *optional add-in: ground flax seed or chopped nuts 1 egg 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 cup milk ¹/³ cup pumpkin puree

DIRECTIONS: Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices. Combine egg, oil, milk and pumpkin. Stir into dry ingredients. Let stand for five minutes to let the flavors combine. For silver dollar pancakes, use ¼ cup of batter for each pancake. We recommend doubling this recipe as these reheat well in the toaster!

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Blueberry & Cream Cheese French Toast INGREDIENTS: 16 slices white bread (no crust) 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese (room temperature) 1 cup fresh or 2 cups frozen blueberries 1 tablespoon lemon zest ½ cup powdered sugar 10 eggs 1½ cup milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ½ cup maple syrup DIRECTIONS: Spray 9 x 13-inch pan, cube bread and press half in pan. Mix cream cheese with powered sugar and lemon zest, spread over bread cubes. Top with blueberries and remainder of bread. Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla and syrup. Pour mixture over ingredients, cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350-degrees covered with foil for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 30 more minutes. V Cedar Farm Inn is located at 2521 Pennsylvania 208, New Wilmington. Information: 724.944.8408 or cedarfarminn.com

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A Pittsburgh native, Lynn moved to New Wilmington more than 10 years ago after falling in love with the serene farms, friendly people and beautiful countryside. One of her favorite parts of owning a bed and breakfast includes meeting guests from all over the world, including as far as Ireland and Australia.

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Friends and colleagues of Fern Torok celebrated her retirement reception at Community Counseling Center of Mercer County, Hermitage, on December 5. Fern served as the Community Outreach and Development Director with community Counseling Center for 23 years. Photo by Wendy Hughes

Representatives from St. Paul’s, a title sponsor of Greenville Symphony Orchestra, attended the pre-concert reception October 27 in William A. Robinson Theatre at Thiel College prior to the GSO’s 90th season opening concert. The reception was hosted by Title Sponsors Ruthanne Beighley and Joe George, who also provided narration for a piece during the concert. The narration, accompanied by the GSO, led the audience on a trip through space from lift-of to space travel and back to a safe landing on Earth. Other title sponsors for this season are Allstate, Anderson Coach and Travel, Greenville Savings Bank, Thiel College, Tony Naples and UPMC. Photo Contributed

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Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Holiday Luncheon at The Corinthian Banquet Hall, Sharon, on December 6. Nearly 150 guests were in attendance, where they enjoyed music from the Shenango Valley Chorale, a mini-marketplace, a photo booth by The Booth Photo Booth Company and tasty treats. Photo by Sarah Worthington

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Thank You to Our Cherished Friends. We would like to thank all the local businesses, organizations and individuals who helped the Children’s Aid Society make sure there were presents under everyone’s tree this year! Children’s Aid Society of Mercer County is dedicated to support and strengthen children, families, and communities by providing multiple, creative and collaborative services.

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January 6, 2019 BOAR’S HEAD FESTIVAL

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First Presbyterian Church, 600 East State Street, Sharon, will host the 11th-annual Boar’s Head Festival on January 6 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Following the performance, guests are welcome to enjoy a cookie and punch reception. Information: 724.981.2211 or 1stpcs.org

Normandy Banquet Hall, located at the Hickory VFW, 5550 East State Street, Hermitage, will host its annual Bridal Expo on January 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $3 and attendees can expect door prizes, discounts, wedding Q&As, local vendors and more. Information: 724.981.2273

January 6, 2019 PREMIERE BRIDAL SHOW Evaline’s Bridal, 5200 East Market Street in Warren, Ohio, presents its 2019 Premiere Bridal Show on January 6, beginning at noon at the Covelli Center, 229 East Front Street in Youngstown, Ohio. Thousands of dollars in door prizes from the area’s leading vendors will be given away throughout the event. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Information: 330.392.6569 or EvalinesBridal.com

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