Everyone's a little sad that our summer weather is leaving us for rain today, but Bethany + Josh's Romantic Spring Garden wedding at the gorgeous Moonstone Manor is just what we needed to turn our day around. And before you even start swooning over these incredible photos from Janae Rose Photography, first read their emotional story - it will leave you teary eyed and smiling, all at once! From the blush and sage color palette with accents of gold and the incredible floral design from EverAfter, to Bethany's gorgeous open-back gown and the incredible garden backdrop of Moonstone Manor, this wedding is full of inspiration and beauty. Congratulations Bethany + Josh, and cheers to happily ever after!
From the Bride: Sometimes love is unexpected, it finds us in places we never dreamed and takes us places we never could have imagined. Josh and I met through various competitive volleyball tournaments in Lancaster county Pennsylvania. Although we would connect sporadically it wasn’t until a tournament in 2015 that we first shared a meaningful conversation about our pasts that instantly connected us right away. We had both gone through painful divorces (obviously not the happiest of subjects) but I remember thinking “this guy seems so genuinely happy and joyful all the time”. I would never have even guessed what he had gone through. He felt similarly about me and we both knew what we wanted in a relationship and prospective future partners. We started dating in the fall. That same fall I tore my ACL in a tournament we were playing at Holy Family University. Josh instinctively made a huge effort to take care of me from the time of injury, to taking me to my surgery, and setting timers on my phone for when I was to take medications after surgery. He always goes above and beyond to take care of others needs over his own.
A year later he asked me to marry him in the same Olive Garden parking lot where I had first told him that I loved him! We got engaged October 1st 2016 and immediately started planning our wedding for the following spring. I knew I wanted a spring garden themed wedding with a soft and romantic color palette accented with the sophisticated elegance of gold. Since my sister Rachel Stevenson also happens to be the owner of the wedding/event floral design business EverAfter Floral Design, she was one of the first people I called!
Prior to being engaged I had kept my eye on the availability of an upscale, glamorous venue in Elizabethtown, PA called Moonstone Manor. I had heard about the location from Rachel after she had designed another couples wedding flowers there, and could not stop gushing about the place. Seeing as her style and tastes are similar to my own I was sure I would love it. We took a tour of the manor in October and booked it immediately. The months of planning flew by, and Rachel did double duty as florist and also wedding planner to assist me with every detail.
The morning of Friday, May 5th 2017 it down-poured and while the day before we had decided to move the ceremony location to the open air covered chapel due to the forecast, we all prayed that it would stop raining at 3:30 - since the walk for the Manor to the chapel was a path that had no protection from the elements. Thankfully it did! Our day was truly the best day our lives, everything went beautifully. Two of my favorite elements were the fabulous floral arbors and also our ring holder which was actually a candle holder from good old Hobby Lobby that we converted with floral accents and moss! So many different vendors helped bring the vision into focus: the photographers Janae and Hugo captured our day perfectly and highlighted all the details coming together. Rental decor from Swoon Vintage Rentals showcased the beautiful cake, cupcakes and desserts, and Etsy shops saved the day with invitations, table numbers, cake topper and table runners. Some hand-made touches were added by family and friends-arbor draping was done by my aunt and our wedding sign was designed as a gift with gorgeous calligraphy by my close friend Maria. A piece of advice I would give to brides would be to edit yourself. Pinterest makes it so easy to get overwhelmed and while the THOUSANDS of ideas are great to kick start your imagination and envision your big day, try to pick a few that are your 'must-haves' and make those a reality.
Photographer: Janae Rose Photography | Venue: Moonstone Manor | Florist: EverAfter Floral Design | Stationer (Invitations): DigArt Designs | Baker: Scratch Bakes | Second Shooter: Hugo Tomas | Catering: Big John Nolt's Catering | Wedding Dress: In White | Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way | Men's Tuxedos: Central PA Tuxedo | Furniture Rental: Swoon Vintage Rentals | DJ: Studio 121 West