I have always liked old things. They fascinate me. It’s as if they give off a special energy that couldn’t be matched by any new piece of furniture or building can. And it’s why I love the Ballroom. You walk in and you feel the history. You may even feel a few ghosts (harmless , mind you) wandering the space. I’ve also always been fascinated with “the other side” and how some of us can tap into it and communicate with it. Yes, I’m a believer. I have been blessed to know many people, some practicing some not, that have had that gift on many levels. So, when I was called about possibly renting the space out for a medium gallery, I was very excited at the prospect.
On April 20th, local certified evidential medium Roseann Turek will be hosting, along side her mentor Gloria Weichand, a medium gallery in the Ballroom space. Gloria J. Weichand is an International Spiritual Medium, Spiritual Teacher, Lecturer and Usui Reiki Master. Her education is extensive spanning many years working under and now works with some of the finest teachers in both the U.S. and the U.K. Gloria also taught Religious Education for over twenty-five years in the diocese of Paterson,New Jersey. She is a member of The Journey Within Spiritualist Church, located in Pompton Lakes,New Jersey. Roseann has been doing card readings for over twenty years and has studied extensively under the teachings of Doreen Virtue. She continues to educate herself in the spiritual arts by taking advanced mediumship courses mostly by Certified Mediums from the Lily Dale Assembly. Gloria Weichand tested and certified her as a Medium in May, 2012 at the Spirit Education Center and Sanctuary located in Effort, Pa. Roseann is a professional with a strong background as a lecturer and corporate trainer.
I’ve always been fascinated with medium galleries. I’ve watched them on TV and have participated in a few in person. I think this special event will be an exciting one. I’m happy that they choose to run this event out of our space.
The gallery will take place on Saturday April 20th from 6:30 – 9:30pm and is being run and hosted by Roseann. If you are interested in purchasing tickets and reserving your seat in the gallery, please contact her directly at 570-926-0630
This month I’m featuring a very talented baker that I have had the pleasure of working with on many weddings and whose cakes have received rave reviews. Icing on the Cake is owned by Stephanie Trotnic Shay. You could say she lived the life of Dorthy from the Wizard of Oz, when the last tornado that went through their town in Kansas, displaced her family and brought them to the Lehigh Valley in PA. She has been aired on PBS for cake baking and has been teaching cake decorating for 6 years. I asked Stephanie a series of questions to share with my readers.
How long have you been baking cakes?
I’ve been making and decorating wedding cakes for over 23 years.
What got you into baking?
I got into baking because I love to do it. Decorating cakes takes lots of creativity. I love how I can be creative and create such delicious works of art. When I was little my aunt decorated cakes and it has always interested me. It is something I love to do.
What is your favorite cake combination and why?
My favorite cake combination is chocolate with peanut butter cup. Who doesn’t love that combination? I love the moist cake with the homemade peanut butter butter cream It’s then drizzled with fudge and topped with peanut butter cups. It is amazing.
What has been the most interesting cake you’ve been hired to make and why?
The most interesting cake I was hired to make was a wedding cake where the bride and groom were blowing it up with dynamite. Not only did I have to create the cake but it had to be designed in such a manner that dynamite could be incorporated.
What advice would you give brides about buying their wedding cake?
If I could give any advice to a bride it would be to make sure the baker you choose to create your dream cake is willing to work within your budget. There are many ways to create your dream cake without breaking the bank. Discuss those options with your baker. I like to let couples know if they are on a tight budget to go with a smaller cake and supplement with sheet cakes. You can also make some or all if the cake faux. This saves on money as well and your baker should be willing to discuss all options with you.
From now until April 1st, 2013 the Ballroom is offering a cake of up to $300 Value from Icing on the Cake for FREE when you book a 5 hour wedding package! To book an appointment with your planner please call 484-629-5070 or contact us.
Let’s face it, not every disaster that occurs at weddings is avoidable. There are things that even the most well prepared Wedding Planner just can’t avoid. A google search of wedding disaster pulls up a pile of things that I just can’t think “what would I do to avoid”. They range from a twisted ankle, to the reception hall burning, to being robbed ( from People magazine article)
So, what happens when disaster strikes and your best laid plans are foiled? Here are a few pointers on how to deal that apply to just about any scenario:
- Take a deep breath! Okay, so you’ve just had this disaster happen and your day isn’t going as you had envisioned it. Before you have the complete melt down that’s building, find yourself a quiet corner and take a few cleansing breaths. No. Seriously, the oxygen will calm you . Inhale, hold for a few seconds, then release. Do this a couple of times until you feel your heart rate slow down. You may even have a revelation about how to handle it. Decisions are better made with a calm demeanor than panic.
- It can either be a disaster or a memorable moment that makes your wedding unique! Yes, I just said that. But think about it. How many weddings have you gone to in your lifetime, and how many of them do you remember? Yours will be unforgettable for sure. And, as long as it isn’t a tragic disaster, you’ll have a funny story to tell the grandkids someday. Family members and guests will sit around at family parties and reminisce about their experience at your nuptials. Sometimes, unplanned disasters could be a gift in disguise. Whether it is a happy memory or a bad memory depends on what you decide to do with the moment and the perception or spin you put on it.
- Your wedding day is only one day out of the rest of your life! You’re not doomed, nor is your marriage or relationship. Actually, how you react with each other and to each other in the moment is more the tell tale for the fate of your relationship. Life is full of unexpected moments, and so is a marriage. Try, really hard, to find the humor in it. Laugh with each other or even take a moment to cry with each other! It’s not the end of the world, it’s just one day.
- The day will end with you as Mr & Mrs and that was the point anyway right! This following quote says it best from one couple in an article that I found on People magazine. They found themselves robbed on their honeymoon with irreplaceable sentimental items stolen from them.
“Their sad adventure “felt very cool and newlywed,” says Nat, 29. “It was like, ‘You and I are in this together, and we’ll deal with this ourselves.’
It may be difficult when wrapped up in the moment, but remember this; you have people that love you and the rest of your life ahead of you. And, through any scenario that may occur, smile and they will smile with you!
For more tips and advice , read our Avoiding Wedding Day Disaster Series. Call our planner today to schedule an appointment to see the beautiful Mauch Chunk Ballroom!
Heather & Tom , like all the couples I have the privileged of working with, just love Jim Thorpe as much as I do. They chose the Ballroom because it sits right at the heart of everything they love about our quaint town. They couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful time of the year to get married here; the first day of Fall.
I love all the unique touches that each and every Bride brings to their own wedding and I encourage it. Heather and I had so much fun working together to plan her wedding. She even became topic of one of my wedding planning tip blogs on Music Selection ! I’m happy to say, she took my advice.
They decided to have their ceremony right here at the Ballroom in front of large stain glass window that looks out over Broadway . She even managed to get the Mayor of Jim Thorpe to do the honors of marrying them and was escorted down the aisle by her mother and her daughter. Local piano player David Westrip provided the ceremony music as guests entered and during the processional.
There were little personal touches that Heather and Tom put on their day with photos of the couple at various locations in town from their engagement session at each table. Heather wrote a beautiful poem for her dad who had passed in her wedding program. She shared it with me at a planning lunch and , as I read it, we both cried. To honor her father she had a photo of him at the entrance with a candle burning.
All the guests had an amazing time dancing the night away! I wish Heather, Tom and their daughter McKenna an amazing life together!
Through the Looking Glass Caterers
Garden of Eden Florist
DJ Slammin Jamz Entertainment
Ceremony Pianist David Westrip
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