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The Gables at Chadds Ford wedding of Alexa & Grant|Chadds Ford, PA

Today, we’ve got color, and the story of how these two met…

Gorgeous headpiece by BHLDN - wedding at The Gables at Chadds Ford

Fierce bridal party at The Gable at Chadds Ford wedding of Alexa & Grant

wild flower boquet with twine at The Gables at Chadds Ford wedding

How did you meet?

Alexa: I never wanted to get married. When I met Grant, I was in the most “I never want to get married” place in life that anyone could be in. Then he changed my mind about everything. Not to get all “As Good as it Gets,” but he actually made me want to be a better man. NOT marrying Grant began to feel weird. So we did it! We met because he was the bartender across the street from my juice bar, and I’d go there for happy hour a few nights a week. This was during my Single Lady Summer, where I was absolutely not going to date anyone seriously. One night when I was out with my friends, I began to suspect that the blue-eyed bartender might have a little crush on me. A few drinks later, I MAY have politely suggested that he kiss me. He did.

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Who proposed and how?

Alexa: Grant proposed. We had talked about it from what I would normally consider way too early in the relationship, but it just felt right to us. We planned on picking out a ring and making a whole thing of it, but we had a really amazing Fourth of July weekend together and it just kind of happened. It was probably around 4 am and Grant grabbed a mood ring and proposed by putting it on the wrong hand. He bought me a real ring, which I put on the right finger, a few weeks later.

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Gables at Chadds Ford weddingWedding favors of scracth offs and gifts of DogfishHead beer

What was your vision for your wedding day?

Alexa: We wanted our wedding to be a celebration of our love and the new family we were creating by bringing together our own families and all of our friends. The day was just as much about them as it was about us. We didn’t want the wedding to feel overly formal or stuffy, but more like a more special version of a party we’d host in our own backyard. We wanted everyone to feel happy and comfortable and just as excited as we were!

Bride and groom portraits at The Gables at Chadds Ford wedding

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 Hair & make-up: Gloss Salon – Newark, DE

Head piece: BHLDN

Venue: The Gables at Chadds Ford – Chadds Ford, PA

Wilmington, Delaware wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro Photography

 

 

The Gables at Chadds Ford wedding of Alexa & Grant – in black & white|Chadds Ford, PA

Black and white portrait of bride and groom at The Gables at Chadds Ford wedding. Gorgeous bridal headpiece by BHLDN. Black and white bridal portrait at The Gables at Chadds Ford wedding

What was your favorite part of the wedding day?

Alexa: I’m going to cheat and say that I had two favorite parts. The first was getting gussied up with my friends in the bridal suite. So many great moments. It was the first time in a LONG time I had been able to relax – I was so calm! It finally felt like the celebration I had been looking forward to. But also, I felt very loved and supported. I hadn’t eaten all day… my friend Rachel scoured Chadds Ford for a snack that wouldn’t make me thirsty and bloated. My bouquet was ruined… my now sister-in-law made me the PERFECT bouquet out of a freaking bunch of Costco flowers, some wildflowers and some twine. Someone misplaced my vows… one of the stylists from Gloss spent an extra fifteen minutes rewriting them for me! There was just a lot of love in that bridal suite, and I feel really grateful to have been surrounded by everyone who was there. My second favorite part was the ceremony. I was still reeling from the stress of the missing vows, and I was on the verge of tears as I walked down the aisle. But when Grant’s cousin Danny (our officiant) started talking, all of the stress fell away. I was so glad we’d chosen him to marry us! He was funny and warm, and I couldn’t cry because I was laughing too much. He also gave a great speech that made me feel so welcome in my new family. It was perfect. When it was time to say my vows, I was so happy and calm that I pretty much forgot I was in front of a huge crowd of people. I just got to talk to Grant. Then, walking back down the aisle to the Beach Boys just felt really triumphant. We did it! Just being surrounded by the people I love the most and joining them together by marrying my favorite dude in the world… what is better than that?!

Black and white bridal prep The Gables at Chadds Ford wedding. Gorgeous headpiece by BHLDN

Grant: When everything fell into place and we could both calm down enough to really enjoy the day. Finally getting to talk to everyone rather than running around like a maniac was very nice. Also when we dug up the bourbon.

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Now that you’ve been through planning a wedding together, what advice would you give to other couples who are starting to plan their wedding?

Alexa: Don’t freak out. None of the details matter. It all works out in the end. Also, I think it’s rare for any couple to split the planning responsibilities evenly. If you’re the planner, don’t try to do it all yourself. DELEGATE. Ask for help! If you’re not the planner in the relationship, ask what you can do to help! Or just elope.

Grant: Don’t worry too much. The internet wedding advice columns are usually helpful to provide a guideline or ideas, but don’t get pulled into the sensationalism. Just have your wedding the way you want to.

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What’s next for the two of you as a couple?

Alexa: Short term – enjoy being married! Everyone keeps asking us if it feels different. At first, we kept saying no, we already felt married. It’s kind of like when you turn 30 and everyone asks you if you feel older. Uh, no, I feel the same as I did yesterday when I was 29! But after some thought, I can say that it does feel different. It feels better. I’m so happy and proud to call Grant my husband, and putting a ring on it is the equivalent of shouting it from the rooftops. I love it!

Long term – who knows. We want to move (definitely east coast, but we’re not sure exactly where) and we want to travel. We might have kids, we might not. We will definitely adopt more dogs one day and we already have their names (Batman and Scrapple) picked out. (Morbid? Maybe. We just love dogs.) All I can say for sure is that we’re going to keep having a lot of fun together.

Grant: I have to walk the dog before work.

Black and white portrait of bride and groom at The Gables at Chadds Ford wedding

Check back tomorrow for some color and the story of how Alexa & Grant met!

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 Hair & make-up: Gloss Salon – Newark, DE

Head piece: BHLDN

Venue: The Gables at Chadds Ford – Chadds Ford, PA

Wilmington, Delaware wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro Photography

 

Shira & Carl’s Chauncey wedding|Princeton, NJ

Shira & Carl considered having a small, justice of the peace wedding. Eventually they decided to have a larger party, then a public ceremony and according to Carl, “one thing led to another and now we’ve got another big wedding.” There was so much love and support from family and friends, I can’t image them having done it any other way. Enjoy…

Bride and groom portraits at Chauncey Conference center - Princeton, NJ wedding.

Who proposed and how?

Carl: Shira and I met while we were at Carnegie Mellon. We hit it off right away and started hanging out together – biking, climbing, watching TV. I proposed while we were learning how to write HTML and updating our respective websites. I asked her to proofread my website bio and “help me correct any inaccuracies”. By the time she got to the last sentence (which linked to “my fiancée’s website”) I had my grandmother’s ring out. It took her a few moments to realize exactly how I was proposing we correct the inaccuracy.

Bride and groom portraits at Chauncey Conference center - Princeton, NJ wedding.Shira wore heirloom family jewelry and awesome turquoise shoes…

Heirloom jewelry and wedding bouquet at Chauncey Conference center - Princeton, NJ wedding.Turquoise wedding shoes at Chauncey Conference center - Princeton, NJ wedding. bucks-county-wedding-photographer-2014scbucks-county-wedding-photographers-2014scShira & Carl’s friend Marni created their ketubah, which represents the merging of two families and the commitments Shira & Carl made to each other. Marni presented the it during the ceremony and each guest was invited to sign the agreement…

Gorgeous colorful ketubah presented to bride and groom at Chauncey Conference center - Princeton, NJ wedding.

Bride and groom dance down the aisle after their wedding at Chauncey Conference center in Princeton, NJ.

What was your favorite part of the wedding?

Shira: My favorite part of the wedding was when Carl met me at the aisle — that was the moment when it hit me that all of this was real, and I was finally getting to marry Carl.
Carl: My favorite part was overhearing the conversations between our respective families — the fact that folks were getting along so well was deeply gratifying.

What advice would you give to other couples planning their wedding?

Shira: Eat, drink, be merry, get married and forget about the rest of it.

Carl: Advice? Everything either works out or it doesn’t, usually irrespective of how stressed you were about it. And even if things did not go as expected there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

Bride and groom dance down the aisle after their wedding at Chauncey Conference center in Princeton, NJ.

This awesome tandem bike was a gift from friends and Shira & Carl didn’t hesitate to take it out for a quick spin…

Bride and groom ride bike at Chauncey Conference Center in Princeton, NJ.How did you choose your venue?

We picked our venue because it was close to home and allowed us to have an outdoor ceremony with an indoor backup and space for guests who wanted to stay for the weekend. We looked at a number of options, but this met our criteria.

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What did you enjoy most and what was the most challenging thing about planning the wedding?

The most fun part has either been picking the band, or carving and printing the invitations. The most challenging part has been pruning the guest list and having to seat people in the right places.

DIY hand made wood cut wedding invitations at Chauncey Conference center wedding in Princeton, New Jersey.Reception dancing at Chauncey Conference center wedding in Princeton, New Jersey.Bride and groom dance the hora at Chauncey Conference center wedding in Princeton, New Jersey.Bride and groom portraits at Chauncey Conference center - Princeton, New Jersey wedding.

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Venue: Chauncey Conference Center – Princeton, NJ

Catering: Exquisite Catering

Entertainment: The Bassboards

Dress: J. Crew

Bucks County Wedding Photographer: Leslie Barbaro

August 4, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Laurie - These photos capture the event beautifully. It was one of the loveliest weddings I ever attended, because Carl and Shira were so happy, relaxed, and welcoming, and because the families and guests came together with such love and good will.

Wilmington, Delaware wedding of Bert & Walt – sneak peek

Congrats to Bert & Walt who were joined by their lovely family for an intimate wedding ceremony today…

Same sex wedding portrait in wilmington delaware by gay friendly lgbt wedding photographer leslie barbaro

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July 29, 2014 - 11:56 pm

Walt Madden - A *huge* Thank You! to Leslie (and her assistant Gavin) for an incredible experience documenting our wedding day today. Everyone was in awe of your “eye” to visualize cool scenes to photograph. Your dedication and endless uplifting energy made it so much fun for the rest of us to just be in the moments and we are super-excited to see more!

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