Real Wedding: MaryLynn and Joshua
I recently had the pleasure of working with newlyweds, MaryLynn and Josh, on their wedding invitations. What a fun couple! I hope you enjoy getting to know them a little. That dancing picture! It just makes me smile.
How did you meet? Joshua and I met during our Sophomore year of college at Kutztown University. We lived in the same dorm and had a few mutual friends. Joshua noticed me studying with one of his roommates in the study lounge and it was only a matter of time before he swept me off my feet with his magic card tricks.
Tell me a little about the proposal… After just about 6 years together, Joshua decided to propose! He came up with his master plan (which didn’t quite go as planned). We traveled to Citizens Bank park to see The Zac Brown Band in concert. The proposal was planned for before the concert but Josh had to improvise when he realized we would be late, partially because of traffic and partially due to my lackadaisical manner of getting ready for the night (obviously I had no idea about all the scheming that had taken place)! After the concert, we traveled to Spruce Street Harbor Park at Penn’s Landing. We posed for a photo together in one of the over-sized wooden chairs when Joshua jumped off to get down on one knee. I said YES and the rest is history!
What surprised you most about planning your wedding? It was a lot less stressful than I had thought it would be! LISTS were my best friend. As the actual day approached, I found myself constantly running through everything I had to do in my head. It got overwhelming so I started writing down every single thing I thought of. Whether it was in the Notes app on my phone, a notepad on my night stand, or a sticky note at work. This helped me with all the tiny details I knew were important. No need for any unnecessary stress… this is a day I wanted to ENJOY… not worry about!
What (or who) did you find was your best resource for planning your wedding? My photographer, Caroline Morris Photography, was one of my best resources. I was struggling to come up with a logical timeline for the day. When I asked her opinion, she had it covered. She has done so many weddings, she knew exactly what needed to be included in the timeline and what smaller details didn’t necessarily need to factored in. She actually did the timeline for me which was a giant weight off my shoulders!
What was your favorite thing about your wedding? Our “first look” was the best part of the day for me! Originally, I was against the idea of seeing Josh before the ceremony. The first look was such a good decision because it saved us so much time. Instead of doing bridal party photos during the cocktail hour, we did them before the ceremony and got to enjoy the cocktail hour with our guests! I am an emotional person in general, so it helped me get some of the nervousness (and tears) out before walking down the aisle. It was also really nice for us to be able to see each other in private (except for the photographer) before everyone else got to see us. And the photos of that moment – WOW!!
What advice will you give your friends getting married? In the end, everything will come together. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I was pleasantly surprised at how willing to help all of my vendors were, and let’s face it… THEY are the real experts! Listen to their opinions and be willing to change your mind on things you thought you had been set on. I wound up changing the color of my bridesmaid’s dresses on a whim at the actual dress shop. We went from light pink to a more dramatic burgundy and it was one of the best decisions I made while planning.