Horizon View Farms Wedding: Emily and PJ are Married
I love a good wedding out of the city. Don’t get me wrong, I also LOVE a good city wedding. LOL – okay, I basically love all weddings. But something about Emily and P.J.’s Horizon View Farms wedding makes my day.
We wanted to have a “mini destination” wedding in the heart of the Laurel Highlands to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and obligate our guests to hang out with us for a few days as opposed to a few hours. We had a few days of celebrating prior to our actual wedding day which allowed us to socialize with as many guests as possible. Our families stayed on one property in Seven Springs which created the best bonding time. On our actual wedding day, our goal for everyone was to just have fun. We picked most of the song choices and made the dance floor bumping all night long!
Advice to share with brides planning now?
The planning, the stress, and the constant phone calls with different vendors are all worth it. The Tuesday before the wedding, I caught myself saying, “I can’t wait until this is over”. The day after the wedding, I wanted to do it all over again. We decided on a venue that required a lot of planning. We had to bring 9 or 10 cars packed full of booze, decorations, and food from Pittsburgh to Rockwood. The wedding took A LOT of organization and communication but it was all worth it. My HUSBAND and I had the best weekend of our lives. Our wedding weekend may have lasted a very fun 72 hours, but the memories will certainly last forever.
How did you and your spouse meet?
We met through PJ’s sister who I had been good friends with for years. P.J and I were both living in NYC at the time, and she thought it would be a good idea if I dated her brother. Worked out pretty well we’d all say 🙂
Everything was so great that it’s really hard to pick certain memories out. I will share two special moments that created a certain atmosphere/tone for the group. I told my now husband and several guests that if I start to cry walking down the aisle, say “Sophie” who is my family’s dog. I knew that that would make me laugh. While I was sharing the very special walk down the aisle with my dad (and I was definitely starting to get a little teary eyed), I saw 6-7 rows for people hold up pictures of our dog, Mulligan, and my parent’s dog, Sophie. I laughed and was very calm throughout the ceremony.
Second special memory was created from my father in law who always knows how to surprise people. Everyone in the barn was told to move and stand in a section of the barn where you could see a projector. I was slightly concerned that I was about to be embarrassed by a weird slide show and baby pictures of both of us. However, I was happily surprised to see Jeff Jimerson on the screen sharing his blessings for PJ & me and my brother in law, a US Marine. Jeff Jimerson ended his message with a “Let’s Go Pens”. I know that video really got people pumped up.
Vendors That Made It Happen:
Venue: Horizon View Farms
Florist: Bloom Brigade
Wedding Dress Designer: Anais Anette (Heritage)
Wedding Dress Boutique: Glitter & Grit
Hairstylist Name: Nina Russo
Make-up Artist Name: Tiffani Parks
Necklace: Camilla Christine
Bride’s Shoe Designer: Vince Camuto
Bride’s Ring Designer: Phil Lindwedel
Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: All different
Groom Ring Designer: Frost & Co.
Videographer:Traveling Hearts Production
Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas for save the dates/invites. Welcome itinerary/church program DIY
Calligrapher: Angela Lesinski (sister)
Handmade Details: Seating Chart/ Cookie Table/ Lanterns/ flower boxes (hubby)
DJ: Mike Medved
Sweets: MANY bakers. cupcakes by M & C Sweets
Linen and Furniture Rentals: Windswept
Film: Boutique Film Lab – Portra 400 on a Pentax 67