High School sweethearts, a proposal on the beach, and a fairytale wedding… sounds divine! Read about how this came to be Marissa and Jared’s love story.
Marissa and Jared met as teenagers at the home of a mutual friend, Karissa. The couple spent their first date at an annual community event, Palmer Days. “…classic hangout before we went back to school. That’s where we held hands for the first time and had our first kiss. Swoon!”
Fast forward to 2018, Marissa and Jared are happily married and Karissa served as the Maid of Honor in the wedding! After 15 years of friendship, and being responsible for bringing the bride and groom together, I’d say the honor sounds well deserved!
Best Day Ever
After 12 years of devotion Jared popped the question in an incredibly romantic way. I'll let Marissa tell the story:
“Complete shock and surprise, absolute ugly crying, and the best day of my life! We had just spent 9+ hours, in the car, en route from Pennsylvania to the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Needless to say, I looked a mess in yoga pants, a sweatshirt and pony tail. However, that’s just how Jared wanted it to be. The real me. We were supposed to go for a walk on the beach because it was my first trip to OBX. I couldn’t have been more impatient and kept asking Jared to take me on a walk. Finally, it was time for that walk. I filled up our cups with a drink to take with us. We headed out the back door and the rest almost feels like a blur. We walked from the pool deck, down the wooden walkway to the sand dune. We got to the top of the sand dune and I’m asking which way to walk. Jared was there before so I wanted him to decide the way we went. Next thing I know he’s saying my name...I turn around and he’s on one knee. Instant water works and ugly crying!!! Jared asked me to marry him and I said of course yes! I remember being in complete shock but the happiest girl in the world at the same time! BEST. DAY. EVER.”
Finding the Gown
Marissa was introduced to Christina’s as a bridesmaid in 2016. When it was her turn to find her dream gown, she knew exactly where she wanted to go!
For her big day, Marissa chose an ivory strapless gown with a fit and flare “mermaid” silhouette. The dress features a fully beaded bodice, belted at the waist, with a voluminous tulle skirt and cathedral length train. She decided on a single layer veil with a scalloped beaded trim to mirror the beading detail on the gown. To compliment, she wears matching scalloped crystal headpiece, necklace, and bracelet. Finally, she completes her look with a sentimental accessory; an heirloom ring.
“I could not have made a more perfect decision when I said YES to the most beautiful Essense of Australia dress at Christina's Bridal! I knew from the moment I put it on, this was MY dress, as it fit perfectly. On our wedding day I received so many compliments about the beading on the bodice, glimmering belt, and princess-worthy train”
On Saturday October 7th, 2017, Marissa and Jared gathered with friends and family for an outdoor ceremony at the Riverview Country Club in Easton, PA.
When it came time to exchange I Dos, Marissa couldn’t help but get a little weak in the knees. “The nerves and emotions kicked in hard! He was standing at the alter looking so handsome and all I wanted to do was melt.” Vows were exchanged through tears of joy and our love birds were officially wed!
After the ceremony photographer, Lauren Fletcher, whisked the couple away for a photo interlude with the wedding party, to capture the treasured memories of their special day.
Jared, was tasked with choosing the colors for the event, which would set the tone for the day. He chose a gorgeous deep forest green as the foundation of a beautiful fall color palette. Shades of gold and cream were chosen as accents to complete the romantic feel the couple was looking for.
Of all the memories made, among Marissa’s favorite moments were the first dances. She and Jared shared theirs to Heaven by Jason Aldean. She recalls all the first dances as being “Filled with emotion and tears of pure joy.”
After dancing the night away, celebrating their love, Marissa and Jared took off on their honeymoon to Aruba for a little rest and relaxation. The two already can’t wait to go back!
“It was everything I dreamed of and more.”
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