Alison & Ken’s Jewish-Italian Lancaster Wedding

* Alison, Clinical Research Assistant in Pediatric Oncology & Ken, High School Math Teacher * Photographer: Katie Jane Photography * Soundtrack for reading: “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel *

One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: A Jewish-Italian wedding in Amish County that was full of love, silliness, laughter, fabulous food, and our favorite people all in one place.

The Info—Photographer: Katie Jane Photography / Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania / Venue: Riverdale Manor / Invitation Design & Printing: Up Up Creative / Save-The-Date Printing: Aper + Pink / Day-of Coordinator: Low Brow Events Chuppah: Studio Jenz / Ketubah: Jerise via Etsy / Alison’s Dress and Veil: David’s Bridal / Alison’s Shoes: My Glass Slipper / Alison’s Hair and Makeup: Shelbi Harmes / Ken and Groomsmen’s Tuxedos: Rochester Formalwear / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: All Dressy, via PS Bridal / Bouquets and Boutonnières: Sandra L. Porterfield / Centerpieces: DIT with flowers from Blooms by the Box / Programs: Designed by Alison / Food: Thyme and Seasons, the in-house caterer for Riverdale Manor / Cake: Baked by Erin Heine, a friend of the bride, and owner and baker at Hungry Cat Catering and Cakes / DJ: Robert Sperring / Music: After the Bar, Alison’s brother’s a capella group / Videographer: PostScript Productions / Favors: White Knots, put together by friends and family

Other cool stuff we should know about: We wanted our wedding to have the right mix of silliness, love, nerdiness, and laughter that fills our relationship, and we think we hit the nail on the head. Alison’s wedding gift to Ken were pi cufflinks, and his gift to her was a necklace with the number “42” on it (from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). There were so many perfect little moments that made our day exceptionally special. Alison’s brother Levi sings in an a capella group called After the Bar and they performed during the cocktail hour and dinner. Levi arranged “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel and surprised Alison by singing (he made her cry). Alison’s stepmom taught a room full of Italian Catholics how to do the Hora, and she broke her shoe in the middle of it. (That’s how you know you’re doing it right!) One of the best parts of the evening was when the DJ took a break and we played The Newlywed Shoe Game which gave people a nice break from dancing, but also gave us great photo opportunities and lots of laughs. By the end of the night, our faces hurt from smiling so much, and as we left our reception under an arch of sparklers, we couldn’t have felt more loved.

Favorite thing about the wedding: Having our all of our favorite people celebrating our marriage… and also not falling out of our chairs during the Hora! Leaving our reception under an arch of sparklers was pretty spectacular, too.

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