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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, [...]

Pick Your Wedding Colors with Coolors.co

2016-12-14T21:26:03+00:00 July 12th, 2016|

While I might not be color blind, I am absolutely DREADFUL at putting together colors. Most of my wardrobe is black and neutrals mainly because of this problem. I currently moan and groan about the color I chose to recently paint our living and dining rooms because of this problem. And for the love [...]

How to be a Great Host: 4 Ways to Knock Your Wedding Guests Socks Off

2016-12-23T18:23:55+00:00 March 23rd, 2016|

You will always hear me say that your wedding is the first time you officially host an event as "husband and wife" or "official partners". So it's important to keep your guests in mind when you are planning your wedding weekend events. photo by Daniel Moyer Photography from Vicki and Dave's wedding [...]

My Top 5 Favorite Pennsylvania Wedding Venues from 2015

2016-12-23T18:07:21+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|

Each year, our couples take me and the DPNAK crew along with them on some amazing journeys to such BEAUTIFUL venues. I can't help but think how lucky we are every single time we get to be a part of such stunning wedding days. That being said, we had the pleasure of working at some awesome places in [...]

Some Updates: Podcast Co-Hosting, Bridal Shows and Award Season

2016-12-14T21:26:03+00:00 January 12th, 2016|

Hey guys! You may have heard, but with the launch of newest project, Put A Ring On It Podcast (more on that in a second), I've changed the regular schedule of the blog from every Wednesday at 8am to... when I have something worth writing about. My hope is to keep it around 1-2 times per month. For t [...]

Something new for 2016: Put A Ring On It Podcast

2016-12-14T21:26:03+00:00 December 16th, 2015|

Ohhhhhh my goodness. I've been hinting at a top-secret, behind-the-scenes project for a while now and I'm so happy to be (finally) sharing more details with you! If you follow me on Insta, Facebook or Twitter (eh-hem), you may have seen this amazing and stellar announcement already. If you don't, wh [...]