Says Kelsey, “Initially, we thought we would get married in Boston since it was the city where we met, fell in love and lived. However my parents convinced us to come and look at the Weyhill Guest House in Pennsylvania so we flew into town for a whirlwind 12-hour visit in early Summer 2016. It sounds cliché but it was love at first sight (and no surprise, my parents were right!). The large American elm tree and vibrant gardens were a striking backdrop for the tented reception and we were especially drawn to New England-esque elements in the interior of the house (we later learned that parts of the property were pre-revolutionary war). Saucon Valley CC operates the Weyhill Guest House as a bed and breakfast for its members so our immediate family and wedding party were able to stay at the house during the wedding weekend, which ended up being really special for us.
How did you meet? “We first met while we were both in college during the Fall of 2008. I was a sophomore at Boston College and Max was a senior at Harvard but we had a mutual friend on Max’s lacrosse team. Over the years we visited each other and met our college friends but our first “official” date was not until two years later when I was a senior. We often tell the story of how I was so nervous during our first date that I told the waiter I wasn’t hungry and Max ended up ordering soup for one! After dating for a year while we both lived in Boston, we racked up the frequent flier miles doing four years of long distance while Max was in medical school.
Tell us your engagement story … “Our engagement was the exclamation point on an emotional week! We were in Boston and Max proposed on a random Tuesday night in March 2016. I was wearing sweats after work, sitting on the couch and thinking about what to order for dinner when I realized that Max was down on one knee. The proposal was followed by dinner at our favorite restaurant in town and then we face-timed my parents in Pennsylvania and our siblings. I am known to be a “planner” but Max managed to catch me totally off guard. We had just learned four days prior to the proposal that Max would be doing his orthopedic residency for the next five years in Boston (also known as “match day” in medical school)… and let me tell you that there is nothing like packing in several “life events” into a short amount of time!
“Stephanie Fishwick was one of the first vendors that we worked with and her botanical crest design served as a launching point for many of the inspiration points for our wedding.
– We included a set of customized playing cards in our welcome boxes. It spoke to the game nights that Max and I have hosted for friends and our competitive spirit!
– My mom and I sourced 40+ blue and white vases to use as centerpieces at the cocktail hour and reception. We were inspired by the classic pattern as well as time our family spent living in Asia while I was in high school.
– Our guest book was an Assouline French Riviera coffee table – an ode to our honeymoon destination. – The greenery-wrap bars were something that our florist and my Dad helped construct. I loved how the textural element accentuated the gorgeous creek side cocktail hour setting (we lucked out with the weather!) and the two greenery-wrap bars added some punch underneath the tent during the reception.
– I arranged a classic 1962 Rolls Royce to take my parents and I to the ceremony and surprise Max after the ceremony. It was a fun send off for us to the reception!
– The Monsignor who married us has known my family for 25+ years.
– We had a string quartet play during cocktail hour – we enjoy classical music but asked them to play a selection of top 40 hits – a fun kick-off to the reception.
– We walked into “Dirty Water” which is a song played at Fenway Park after every Red Sox win. It was a discrete nod to our favorite team.
– One of our entrees was steak (filet) frites – our all-time favorite meal!
– My Dad and I danced to “Hang on Sloopy” which is a 1960s song that The Ohio State Marching Band performs on a regular basis (our family is a big Buckeye family!). The jazzy, custom version that our fantastic band played was perfect.
– Our cake flavor was the uber-traditional “fun-fetti” flavor … my favorite!
– We served Rita’s Italian Ice as part of our “late night” food offering. Rita’s is one of my family’s favorite desserts and it was an extra fun way to “cool” off after a long night on the dance floor!”
Credits: Photographer: Liz Banfield | Save the Date: Stephanie Fishwick | Invitation: Crane & Co. | Welcome bag/box: Inviting Company | Planner: Susan Norcross, Styled Bride | Floral: Allium Floral Design | Ceremony Venue: Packer Memorial Chapel, Lehigh University | Reception Venue: Weyhill Guest House, Saucon Valley Country Club | Wedding Gown: Peter Langner | Bride’s Shoes: Dior | Bridesmaid Gowns: Hayley Paige | Hair: Amanda D’Andrea Hair | Makeup: Face the Occasion | Groom’s attire: Ralph Lauren | Ring(s): Cynthia Britt | Groomsmen attire: (groomsmen wore their own tuxes) | Ceremony Music: (provided by Packer Memorial Chapel) | Reception Entertainment: Veronica Martell presents City Social | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Linens: Party Rental LTD | Cake: Cozze Cakes | Cocktail Hour Music: Elysium Quartet | Tent Lighting: Eventions Productions | Videography: Tweed Video | Late Night Bites: Rita’s Italian Ice