Heather and Mark were married on October 14th at the Aldie Mansion in Doylestown. This was such a fun wedding to be a part of--- everyone involved was so happy and excited! The couple met at a Physical Therapy conference in California, even though they were in the same PT program at Temple University. It was definitely fate that these two got together!
The pictures from Daniel Moyer Photography are amazing because they perfectly captured all of the emotions from the day. It's clear to see that this couple is head over heals in love with each other!
Heather's "something borrowed/something old" was her grandfather's purple heart from WW1 and her great grandmother’s handkerchief which she had wrapped around her bouquet.
Heather's mom also had her grandmother’s handkerchief tied around her bouquet from when she and Heather's dad got married.
The ceremony took place outside of the Aldie Mansion and was absolutely beautiful. Heather, escorted by her father, had a very long walk down the aisle. But I think it added a dramatic effect to the day!
I love looking at the groom's reaction when he sees his bride coming down the aisle. This couple did a 'first look' prior to the ceremony, but poor Mark couldn't contain himself when he saw Heather. She was one of the most beautiful brides so I don't blame him for getting a little choked up!
Look at their smiles! :)
The couple danced to a song called 'Never Stop' (wedding version) by SafetySuit for their first dance as Mr. & Mrs.
Another thing I loved about this wedding were the speeches. Both father's spoke and there was not a dry eye in the house. It's so nice to see a young couple have the love and support of their families as they enter this new chapter of their life.
The groom's family is Jewish so the couple incorporated some Jewish traditions into their wedding. One of the best moments was the couple being raised up on chairs, known as the "horah". The expression on their face says it all!
The couple's parents even got in on the fun!
Total Entertainment DJ is a close family friend of Heather, so they pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone was up and dancing!
Heather and Mark had guest sign pieces of fabric, that will be made into a quilt. They did this in lieu of a traditional guestbook. They also donated money to a charity in their guests name. These are just a few of the reasons I loved working with this couple!
Another favorite moment of mine was the couple's grand sparkler exit.
Heather & Mark's Team of Wedding Professionals:
Venue: Aldie Mansion
Caterer: Jeffrey Miller Catering
Day of Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Photographer: Daniel Moyer Photography
DJ: Total Entertainment DJ
Florist: Posey Hill Flowers
Video: Above & Beyond Wedding Studio
Dress and Formalwear: Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo Shop
Hair: RIAH Hair Studio
Makeup: All Dolled Up
Officiant: Justin Zadnik (groom's cousin)
There is a lot of weird stuff that takes place at a wedding. Ever stop to wonder why people throw rice, why the cake cutting is such a big deal, or why there is a bouquet toss? Here we try to explain the meaning behind some common wedding traditions.
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Ever hear of this popular saying before? A bride is supposed to walk down the aisle in "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue". This saying has been around since Victorian times. The "something old" represents the link to the bride's family and her old life; "something new" represents the couple's new life together and their future hope for happiness, prosperity and success; "something borrowed" from a happily married woman is meant to impart similar happiness to the bride; and "something blue" represents fidelity and constancy.
White Bridal Dresses
Wearing white also dates back to Victorian times when Queen Victoria abandoned the usual royal tradition of wearing a silver gown, instead choosing to wear white. Before that time brides simply wore their best gown, rather than a special bridal gown. The popularity of white can also be attributed to it symbolizing purity and virginity. White was also thought to ward off evil spirits. Here is a traditional rhyme about wedding colors:
Marry in white, you have chosen right
Marry in blue, your lover is true.
Marry in pearl, you'll live in a whirl.
Marry in brown, you'll live out of town.
Marry in red and you will wish yourself dead.
Marry in yellow, you are ashamed of your fellow.
Marry in green, you should be ashamed to be seen.
Marry in pink and your fortunes will sink.
Marry in gray and you will travel far away.
Marry in black, you will wish yourself back.
Showering the couple with rice is an ancient tradition. As rice is considered a "life giving" seed it is thought that by throwing in on the couple they will be bestowed with fertility and have many children. Many churches now forbid throwing rice, so modern couples are opting for bubbles or confetti.
Weddings cakes were a symbol of fertility dating back to Roman times. When a couple cuts their first slice of cake together it symbolizes a fruitful marriage. Centuries ago, the cake was broken over the bride's head while guests scrambled to get pieces that were thought to be lucky. An old wives tale is that unmarried girls should sleep with a piece of wedding cake under their pillow if they wished to dream of their future husband.
Wedding and engagement rings are traditionally worn on the third finger on the left hand. Any other finger is considered unlucky. Egyptians and early Greeks believed that an artery ran from this finger to the heart. The symbol of the circular ring symbolizes unity for lovers.
Some say that wedding veils date back to Roman times to ward off evil sports. Another thought is that during arranged marriages, a bride's face was covered until after the wedding vows in case the groom did not like what he saw and changed his mind.
In Saxon times, Best Men were thought to be partners in crime, helping the groom to kidnap his bride. The role of bridesmaids was to protect the bride from evil and to help her dress when she was at her most vulnerable. Bridesmaid dresses used to mirror the brides dress to confuse the evil spirits so they could not be sure which was the real bride.