Wedding Planning Tips, Stories, Inspiration and Behind-the-Scenes Action

from wedding planner, Danielle Pasternak

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Hotel du Village Wedding – Kim and Mike

2017-09-16T09:15:28+00:00 September 20th, 2017|

Kim and Mike came to me just a few weeks before Laura and Anoop and had their Hotel du Village wedding just two weeks after. I mostly worked with the Mother of the Bride, but we had a great time bringing all of the beautiful details together for this wedding. It was SUCH a pleasure working with Hila [...]

Hotel du Village Wedding – Laura and Anoop

2017-09-15T11:36:36+00:00 September 15th, 2017|

Laura and Anoop contacted me in March of this year to ask if they were positively crazy to try and plan a Hotel du Village wedding for June of the same year. Of course, I said "Heck no!" and we immediately hit it off and began rolling on their wedding plans. Because I'm now absolutely positive that [...]

DPNAK listed among “World’s Top Wedding Planners” in Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Magazine

2017-06-28T17:03:13+00:00 June 28th, 2017|

I'm not quite sure that I can put into words how honored I am to be listed as one of Destination Weddings and Honeymoon Magazine's "World's Top Wedding Planners". The list contains some amazing planners, like Colin Cowie, and I'm humbled to be the only planner from Pennsylvania listed and one of onl [...]

Wedding Vendor Tips: An Easy Guide of Who To Tip, How Much and When

2017-06-16T20:32:16+00:00 June 21st, 2017|

Figuring our your wedding vendor tips will be one of the last to-do's on your wedding planning checklist, but a tricky task to figure out nonetheless. Use this Wedding Vendor Tips guide to determine who you need to tip, how much and when you should give them a tip. Complete with some helpful, expert [...]

Lake House Inn Wedding: Kelli and Jason with Femina Photo

2017-08-25T14:06:53+00:00 June 14th, 2017|

Kelli and Jason's Lake House Inn wedding took place in May 2017 and Femina Photo was there to capture the day beautifully. The Lake House Inn is located on seven-mile long, Lake Nockamixon, and is surrounded by 6000 acres of state park, providing a magnificent lakefront setting with massive indoor a [...]

Q&A: When should the wedding party arrive to the church?

2017-05-16T19:50:56+00:00 May 16th, 2017|

Here's a question I hear A LOT: "When should our wedding party arrive to the church/ceremony site?" For simplicity purposes, I'm going to assume that this timeline does not include time for pictures at the ceremony site before it begins. If you are doing photos prior to, be sure to adjust accordingl [...]

Introducing: Do Amore, An ethical wedding and engagement ring company

2017-04-10T20:43:19+00:00 April 12th, 2017|

Introducing... Do Amore​, the direct-to-consumer wedding ring company offering ethically-sourced, handcrafted engagement and wedding rings, officially launched yesterday. Every ring is made in the USA from recycled precious metals, as well as diamonds and gemstones that are conflict-free. Do Amore i [...]

Bethlehem Wedding: Samantha and Chuck’s Beautiful Fall Day

2016-12-28T09:36:36+00:00 February 8th, 2017|

Samantha and Chuck's Bethlehem wedding took place in late-October 2016 and it was truly a perfect day. For the DPNAK team, this wedding was extra special as the blushing bride was one of our own. And, for me, when the couple is a close friend, the pressure is REALLY on to have all the stars align ju [...]

Wedding Planning Books: My Favorites for 2017

2016-12-27T12:37:01+00:00 January 25th, 2017|

As we head into 2017, I wanted to share some of my favorite wedding planning books and workbooks with you. These are not your average wedding planning books full of $100,000 budget weddings. They show you how to break the "rules", have a little fun and help make the planning process more enjoyable. [...]

Wedding Votives: The best votives on Amazon

2016-12-27T12:04:14+00:00 January 11th, 2017|

When you're searching for wedding votives to place on your tables and throughout your space, it can be tough to know which ones to go with. Over the years, I've seen and tried MANY, but these votives and votive holders are -- BY FAR -- the best I've found on Amazon. What size wedding votives will I [...]

Erin and Mike’s Highlight Wedding Video by Kevin Fonash Studios

2016-12-28T08:01:51+00:00 December 28th, 2016|

This past July, Erin and Mike said their "I Do's" at their backyard wedding on Erin's family property in Thompson, Pennsylvania. The property was gorgeous and anything you could ever wish for when you think of a "backyard wedding". Their ceremony would take place next to a beautiful lake and Erin, a [...]

What I’m Loving: First Looks with Dad

2016-12-14T21:26:02+00:00 November 30th, 2016|

A "First Look" is a term in the wedding industry when you see and take photos with your partner before your ceremony on the wedding day. Many couples opt to do this to shake out some nerves, spend more time together, and maximize photo time. Whether or not you plan on doing this, I'd HIGHLY recommen [...]

A Gender Reveal Wedding Cake: It’s A….

2016-12-14T21:26:02+00:00 November 14th, 2016|

On the final weekend of August in the summer of 2016, Ariel and Dray said their "I Do's" and opened their hearts at their beautiful wedding at Friedman Farms in Dallas, PA. Some of my favorite pros came together to make the day not only enjoyable but positively stunning. (However, in all truths, the [...]

Getting Ready On Your Wedding Day: 6 Things To Remember

2017-05-15T13:03:29+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|

photo by With Love and Embers at Loriann and John's Scranton Wedding As you approach your wedding day, I bet that you're putting a LOT of planning efforts into the details of your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. From place cards to favors, ceremony programs to flowers, you've got it covered, [...]