There was one thing, though! After our first dance, Dave surprised me with a very special second dance. He had been practicing some choreography with my bridesmaid Jes and he led me around the dance floor to John Legend’s All of Me. I was so surprised, it was something I will remember forever!
Another unique thing about our wedding was the midnight Wendy’s delivery we arranged a friend to pick up and bring to the after party 🙂
Shayna and I have talked about this so many times that she beat me to the punch with her last post! As mentioned above, don’t have a shuttle fail! If the shuttle is a 10 person van and your venue is more than 5 minutes away… it probably won’t work! It might work for the trips before, since people will leave staggered, but afterwards most of the guests will stay till the end of the reception and suddenly there will be a large crowd waiting for a tiny vehicle. We’ve been to weddings where we’re standing outside with 50 other people seriously wondering if we’re going to get left at the venue.
Something more general: get everything in writing! Our wedding coordinator promised me a free suite for my bridal party the night before… and then suddenly there was a new wedding coordinator halfway through our planning. I was extremely happy when I had the previous coordinator’s promises in an email. Also, don’t put an “&” in your instagram hashtag, it doesn’t work!
What Was Your Favorite Wedding Moment?
Dave (written to Amber): It’s really hard to pick just one moment as a favorite, I have two moments that come to mind. The first moment is during the ceremony getting to kiss you the first time, I think it’s a favorite because of all of the emotions from watching you walking down the aisle, and the speeches from our friends and the pastors. All of those emotions just seemed to culminate when we had our first kiss.
Another favorite moment would be our second first dance, the look on your face the entire time was a mix of surprise, nervousness and fun. I think I will always remember that as a favorite because I got to surprise you, which is nearly impossible with all the planning that went into the day. I also think the dance went really well which of all things going on that day I was most nervous for that dance. I knew you wouldn’t have any trouble picking up the moves but I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to lead well enough, mainly because I am not the most coordinated dancer!
Nicaragua! We spent half of our trip on Isla de Ometepe, a small island in Lake Nicaragua, staying in the cutest little guest house right on the beach between 2 volcanos! We spent our time wading in the lake, eating the freshest fish, swimming in the mineral springs, lounging and relaxing. The second half of our trip was on the west coast at Aqua Wellness Resort, where our room was up in the trees and every morning we would wake up to monkeys swinging around outside our windows. Our room even had a private plunge pool! We enjoyed yoga overlooking the ocean, a couples massage, and a sunset cruise. We hiked into a neighboring surf town and drank cocktails with the locals. We also went out for an amazing seafood dinner at a fancy resort down the street.
My biggest tip for honeymooners would be don’t plan too much! We thought we were going to hike one of the volcanoes on Ometepe, but once we got there we decided we really just wanted to lounge. You’ve just gone through a crazy wedding weekend… relax and recover on your moon! Also, do not leave for your honeymoon the next morning, give yourself a day to relax. We woke up and had brunch, gathered our things from the hotel, and had the rest of the day to do any last minute honeymoon prep.
Our favorite wedding gift was a handmade quilt from Dave’s groomsman Mike and his wife Jen, who created the quilt with the help of her mom. We received the gorgeous gift at our rehearsal dinner and it was so unexpected and special. Some more conventional gifts that we love and get a ton of use out of are our food processor, pots and pans, and vacuum (ok we’re officially old lol).
We would 100% recommend any of the vendors below:
- Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia – Valley Forge
- Photographer: Fuller Photography
- Florist: Jenny Greenwald
- Cake: The Master’s Baker (through a contract with our venue)
- Dress: Sabrina Ann’s (would you believe my dress was consignment?!)
- Bridal Party Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works
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