Wed­ding High­lights: Melanie & Steve 5-​29-​2016

We feel that Melanie & Steve’s one year anniver­sary is as good a time as ever to look back on this amaz­ing day. We asked them to sit down and reflect on their awe­some wed­ding day at Lesner Inn and they gave a lit­tle advice for future brides and grooms too!

Start­ing at the beginning…how did you two meet?
We met at Deer Val­ley YMCA Fam­ily Camp out­side Pitts­burgh, PA on a hot summer’s day. Steve first caught my eye one morn­ing before break­fast; we were both out­side for a brisk morn­ing run around the lake.

And the moment that he popped the ques­tion?
After 5 years of dat­ing, over President’s Day week­end, Steve pro­posed to me *lit­er­ally* ON the frozen lake where we met.

We’ve seen the pic­tures from this and, trust us, it was an epic pro­posal! When you started the venue search, what made you pick Lesner Inn?
We selected Lesner Inn for our beau­ti­ful sun­set wed­ding and recep­tion after falling in love with the loca­tion and inter­act­ing with the fab­u­lous staff. You can’t beat this venue! Deli­cious food, beau­ti­ful marina view, and all-​inclusive with one loca­tion to pro­vide both the wed­ding cer­e­mony of your dreams and recep­tion for the ages.

It takes much more than a venue to pull off a beau­ti­ful wed­ding. Who else was involved?
I highly rec­om­mend all of our ven­dors: Nor­folk Whole­sale Flo­ral, Dustin Lewis (pho­tog­ra­pher), DJ Rod­ney Charles (Astro DJ), Stowe Haven Strings (string trio), Incred­i­ble Edi­bles (cake), Duck Donuts, Maya Cou­ture (wed­ding dress), Makeup School by Sarah Ril­lon (bridal makeup)

Melanie and Steve really had the A-​team of wed­ding ven­dors! Check out the pho­tos at the end of the post to see more! We are always inter­ested to see what song a cou­ple picks for their first dance. What made you pick it and why?
I was very stressed about find­ing the per­fect first dance song– it seemed to be the most chal­leng­ing aspect of the entire wed­ding plan­ning process (ridicu­lous, I know…). Just over a month before the wed­ding, at 5:30 am, I was dri­ving my sister’s car to work (her pre-​set radio sta­tions are quite dif­fer­ent from my own). This is when I dis­cov­ered our song!! Pearl Jam “Just Breathe” I was imme­di­ately put at ease and knew on the spot this was our song.

What were you most excited about for your wed­ding day and why?
I was most excited to have a huge party with all of my clos­est friends and fam­ily, most of whom drove/​flew a great dis­tance to cel­e­brate with us.

Were there any per­sonal touches that you put on your wed­ding day that were really spe­cial to you? (We have to pref­ace this with say­ing how impressed we were with how per­sonal their wed­ding was)
Per­sonal touches…soooo many! Let me name a few– Steve and I named each of our tables after places that were impor­tant or sig­nif­i­cant to our rela­tion­ship (ie. Berkey Cream­ery, Pip­pin Hill, Cari­bou Cof­fee, Garmisch, Charleston, etc.). Sig­na­ture drink– we elected to serve “Anchors Aweigh” which was inspired by our favorite drink from State Col­lege, PA (root beer schnapps, coke, jager­meis­ter)- this was not your tra­di­tional sig­na­ture wed­ding drink, but was com­pletely us and turned out to be a huge hit! We also used Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy (my favorite from Ocean City, NJ) to attach the guest’s name tags for table set­tings. Wed­ding favors: indi­vid­u­ally dec­o­rated Limon­cello bot­tles for each guest from our time in Naples, Italy.

What was the biggest mis­take you made dur­ing the plan­ning process? Not that we think you made any!
Mistakes.…I never make them.…ever ;)

Ha, a girl after our own hearts. What advice do you have for other couple’s plan­ning their wed­dings?
Once you arrive to the recep­tion– leave all expec­ta­tions at the door and just have fun! The wedding/​reception will fly by so try your best to live in the moment and enjoy your­self, your guests, and of course: your new spouse!!

We could not agree more!!! It is so great to see a bride who can be present in the moments dur­ing her wed­ding instead of wor­ry­ing about the lit­tle things. What was your favorite mem­ory from the wed­ding?
I have a tie for first place in favorite mem­o­ries from the wed­ding. I loved the ser­e­nade to Top Gun’s “You’ve Lost that Lov­ing Feel­ing” my hus­band and his bud­dies sur­prised me with, avi­a­tors and all. We also broke out a ton of glow-​in-​the-​dark neck­laces and wands when “Sand­storm” came on– the child in each of us came out and every­one came on the dance floor to join in. Quite the com­pli­ment!

We loved being able to a part of a couple’s spe­cial day and can­not believe it has been a whole year since that ener­getic dance party! Scroll down to see some of the pho­tos that Dustin Lewis took on their big day!

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