Jocelyn & Megan were intent on making their wedding intimate, elegant, yet simple. As a matter of fact, they approached me saying that they wanted a non-wedding wedding. It would be a small gathering with a ceremony followed by dinner and that they didn’t want all the traditional pomp and circumstance that went with a wedding reception. They very much wanted this dinner to reflect them as a couple and they managed to bring their love of wine and books through their ceremony and with the decor they chose.
The couple and their family booked rooms at the Inn at Jim Thorpe where they got themselves ready for the wedding and took their first look photos on the balcony overlooking Broadway.
Their ceremony took place in front of the large windows of the Ballroom and was presided over by local Universal Church Minister Michelle Gallagher in front of the Ballroom Christmas Tree. They had a wine ritual combining their favorite red and white wines, while Michelle described how each wine is made and how it symbolized their relationship and love. Each of their moms read a passage that was meaningful to them and to their relationship. One particular reading was from a book that Megan had given Jocelyn when they first started dating called “Love is a Mixed Tape” by Rob Sheffield. The final paragraph of the book was read and it was so awesome, I wanted to share it here:
What is love? Great minds have been grappling with this question through the ages, and in the modern era, they have come up with many different answers. According to the Western philosopher Pat Benatar, love is a battlefield. Her paisan Frank Sinatra would add the corollary that love is a tender trap. The stoner kids who spent the summer of 1978 looking cool on the hoods of their Trans Ams in the Pierce Elementary School parking lot used to scare us little kids by blasting the Sweet hit “Love Is Like Oxygen”—you get too much, you get too high, not enough and you’re gonna die. Love hurts. Love stinks. Love bites, love bleeds, love is the drug. The troubadours of our times all agree: They want to know what love is, and they want you to show them. But the answer is simple. Love is a mix tape.
Immediately following dinner, hors d’ouerves were served and Jocelyn & Megan snuck out to grab a few more photos in town, including one of my most favorite shots, in the middle of Broadway.
The dinner was done family style and they carried their simple and elegant theme through with Ivory table linens, ivory chair covers and plum sashes. Ivy was weaved through the tables with mason jar candles. Each guest was assigned a seat with their names held in wine corks assembled by the couple and wine corks were used to form their initials as a decoration (I think it’s clear these two gals love their wine! According to a recent internet article one glass of red wine equals one hour at the gym!).
The cake was made by Jocelyn’s mother and was a delicious pumpkin spice done in a naked cake style. The small cake next to it was a special gluten free cake made by Phill Pecora.
They chose the perfect “thank you” keepsake for a December wedding , a Christmas tree ornament. They gave one to the ballroom that I now proudly display on our Ballrooom Tree.
Thank you Jocelyn & Megan for putting your trust in the Mauch Chunk Ballroom for your special day. I wish you both the best of luck and a lifetime of love and happiness.
A special thank you to
Zak Zavada Photography for providing the beautiful photos
Food provided by Theodora’s Restaurant (gluten free meals)
Makeup and hair by Sarah Kyungmi Briggs
Small Gluten free cake by Phill Pecora