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July 25, 2019 / diamondsanddetails

Alyssa and Dane, June 2019, The Inn at Leola, Lancaster, PA

From the very first email Bride Alyssa sent me, I knew I would love everything about her wedding .  “Al Fresco. Bespoke. Truly Unique” is how she wanted guests to feel about her wedding to fiancé Dane.  She shared with me, “My fiancé and I are truly unique in our own way and would love to have a beautiful wedding that reflects “us””.  Yup – “Please hire me!” is what I said to myself after reading this request from the Bride.   After exchanging a few emails back and forth and a phone call, I was happy to hear Alyssa and Dane wanted to move forward with wedding management.

Alyssa and Dane choose a gorgeous venue in Lancaster, PA called the Inn at Leola Village.   Keeping with the theme of “unique”,  the couple’s venue also fit this request.  It offers a traditional wedding space with several options for cocktail hour and reception but also has a hotel, hair salon and spa, florist, and restaurants onsite to host their rehearsal dinner.  A perfect fit for Alyssa and Dane and their vision!  (I had the pleasure of working with the venue’s Coordinator Tara for Alyssa and Dane’s wedding.  Tara was on top of every venue detail, allowed my team to do our job with ease and overall amazing to work with!)

I met with Alyssa and Dane at their venue a few months before the wedding to do a walk through and go over the details.  With this being the first time I met the Bride and Groom in person, I was happy to find out Alyssa and Dane and I clicked immediately – I loved Dane’s funny wit and Alyssa’s down to earth personality.  (I also think Dane liked me because he said I reminded him of one of his Aunts. Funny story – I’m standing at the wedding, a guest walks up to me, starts talking, we start laughing about random stuff –  yup – it’s the Aunt I remind Dane of.  Can’t make this stuff up.)  When it came to wedding day, Alyssa asked for our team to really focus on managing all the transitions of the day – getting ready at their venue, then traveling to their church in downtown Lancaster and then getting everyone back to the venue for cocktail hour and the reception.   Alyssa was also incorporating a lot of her own personal designs and details into the décor set-up and she wanted our team to make sure these items were also set-up according to her vision.  Thankfully, my personal specialty is logistics so that area of need was definitely doable and our team member Maygan may be one of the best out there when it comes to venue set-up and detail placement so I knew she would (and did!) rock the set-up for all of Alyssa’s personal items.

Alyssa and Dane hired a dream team of wedding day professionals.  (Thank you!)  For her décor vision, Alyssa worked with the in house florist at Inn at Leola – Village Floral.  Working alongside event designers Shumaker Designs, lead designer Tracey incorporated floral hoops her team and Alyssa personal made in the cocktail hour space, behind the sweetheart table and (our favorite) over the dance floor.  Instead of traditional bridesmaids bouquets, Tracey also designed round hoops for the Bridesmaids to carry – another unique detail that Alyssa added to wedding day.  Capturing all these details was photographer Doug Nevick from Douglas James Studios.  Doug magically photographed every little detail of the wedding day and was amazing to work with.   (We love his photo of Dane seeing Alyssa for the first time walking down the aisle – no shame in a teary eyed Groom!)  For the entertainment, we were very lucky to have Vivace Live and Rhthmix Entertainment as part of the wedding day team.  Vivace provided beautiful ceremony and cocktail hour music and Jeff from Rhthmix was one of the best we have worked with for DJ and MC services.  (The dance floor was never empty!)

The best part of my job is that every wedding I work on and every client I meet is never the same.  They all want to make their wedding day about them and I love that!  The extra bonus of my work is when I meet a couple like Alyssa and Dane who make the job fun with all their unique details but are also sweet and kind and so gracious for our help!  My team and I were so lucky to be able to share in this special day with them, their family, friends and wedding party.  Thank you again for letting us add the details to your day!   Congrats from Diamonds and Details and we wish you many years of smiles, laughs and kisses in the moonlight in the future!

Ceremony Venue – St Anthony of Padua Church, Lancaster, PA 

Reception Venue – The Inn at Leola Village, Lancaster, PA

Catering and Wedding Cake – The Inn at Leola Village

Wedding Management – Diamonds and Details

Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Entertainment – Vivace Live 

Reception Entertainment and Lighting – Rhythmix Entertainment 

Floral Decor – Village Floral (at the Inn at Leola)

Speciality Decor – Shumaker Design and Production

Photography  – Douglas James Studios

Hair and Make-up – Destinations Spa/Salon (at the Inn at Leola Village)

Wedding Party Transportation – Premiere #1 Limo Service 

Accommodations – Inn at Leola Village 

  • Amanda


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