written by intern Kristin Vollrath | edited by Alexandria Proko
This September, Leigh and Kevin said "I do" in front of all of their loved ones. Leigh and Kevin tied the knot at the beautiful Booking House in Manheim, just outside of Lancaster. The ceremony was held in the Rizzardi Room surrounded by exposed brick and wooden beams with glowing twinkle lights all around them.
Leigh walked down the aisle in a Vancleve Pavilion dress that was both flattering and simple, but still incorporated glamorous details. She looked stunning standing in front of the fireplace, staring into the eyes of her future husband, Kevin. The venue was decorated with florals from Flowers by Jena Paige, incorporating marsala and navy tones with lots of fresh greenery. The cigar box centerpieces were an amazing touch, and came from the groom's personal collection and meshed perfectly with the history of the Booking House (it used to be a cigar factory!). Throughout the remainder of the night, guests danced the night away courtesy of DJ Mast.
This October in Bucks County, Erin and Charles celebrated among family, friends, and the most beautiful array of changing fall foliage.
On the most perfect Fall day, Erin and Charles were married at Trinity Episcopal and celebrated afterwards at Lookaway Golf Club, a private club that Charles' family belongs to. The outdoor patio was transformed for the reception and the sprawling grounds served as a natural backdrop for the occasion. Erin chose a stunning classic look for her decor, almost a vintage romantic-inspired look, while incorporating modern touches such as mercury glass. Guests danced the night away (and had a chance to change into complimentary flip flops to keep their feet comfortable!) and took home tasty chocolate favors.
In just a couple of weeks we'll gather together with family and friends to celebrate all that we're grateful for and eat/drink our hearts out ... yay for Thanksgiving! One of the biggest entertaining days of the year, it's no surprise that there are also stressors that accompany the Thanksgiving holiday for hostesses and guests alike.
For many, the family dynamics tend to stress them out throughout the planning of the Thanksgiving holiday. Below, we're sharing a common conundrum that folks worry about and are providing solutions that you can stick to!
Situation: The outspoken relative.
We all have that one relative that knows just the wrong thing to say at the most inappropriate time, ha! Most likely, they don't mean to offend, it's just their way. So, what can you do?
Unless this guest is intentionally disrespectful, you need to come to terms with the fact that their behavior is out of your control. Folks who speak out tend to want to be heard, so acknowledge that you're hearing what they are saying. If it gets negative, just ask that the conversation be postponed until after dinner or saved for another day.
You can also assign your outspoken guests with a special job to be in charge of to allow them to be a part of the festivities. By doing this, you're providing them with a focus as well as showing them that they are useful and important without needing to get loud or draw attention.