Meeting Courtney was like finding my long lost best friend that I’d never met. We bonded instantly over coffee at Starbucks and ended up chatting for 3 hours. While we were talking about wedding plans, she mentioned that she and Tony would be honeymooning in Ireland immediately after the wedding. And the crazy thing is, my hubby and I were also planning a trip to Ireland at the exact same time for our 10 year wedding anniversary! SERENDIPITY, ya’ll! We immediately made plans to meet up and spend the day exploring and HOLY CROW it was amazing! Mother nature decided to gift us with gorgeous moody fog aaaaand 60 mph winds. Poor Courtney turned into a wind sail in her dress!

“Darcey knew Andrew was someone special when she saw him with her dog, Ruger. Andrew instantly fell in love with Ruger and that just made Darcey swoon. She knew if Ruger loved him, he must be a keeper! Andrew knew Darcey was someone special one random night while grocery shopping. Andrew realized as Darcey was picking out frozen pizza that he loved her! He knew there was no one else that he'd want to do the mundane everyday things with.”

I know I always harp on this, but marrying someone you like is so important. Like Andrew said, it makes picking out frozen pizza fun!

Lauren and Mitchell’s love story needs to be written into a romance novel like now. They met when Mitchell was playing with his band at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg and she thought he was super cute on stage. (He’s a Chris Martin doppelgänger so that’s totally not surprising) They had a brief romance but he lived pretty far away so they lost touch for a year until they met up again at ABC. And the rest, as they say, is history! Mitchell’s dad joked during his speech that Mitchell married a groupie. Heck to the yes!

When I arrived at Alicia’s childhood home for the getting ready portion of the day, the first thing she did was show me the inside joke gift her friend got her that featured a photo of Alicia dressed as Voldemort. Is she my people or what? 

I get so emotional when couples get ready at the home where they grew up. Seeing their cute little baby and school photos next to them getting ready on their wedding day is surreal and magical. And with it being just after Christmas, we were all feeling the warm and fuzzies. That is until I just HAD to drag Alicia out into the gorgeous light in her parent’s backyard and make her almost step on a snake… twice. NEVER A DULL MOMENT, FOLKS.