Exuberance is the first word that comes to mind when I think of this month's real bride, Mallorie. She is just one of those people that can just light up a room! She seems to lift the spirits of everyone she comes in contact with. While I have not met Josh, he must be quite a guy himself to earn the affection of such a lovely lady!
First Comes Love
Let’s rewind and start at the beginning. Mallorie and Josh first met in High School, however the two did not start dating until years later. They ended up reconnected on Facebook and the rest is history. After a first date full of conversation, without even one awkward silence, Mallorie knew he’d be the one!
Mallorie admires Josh’s patience, especially in his profession as a school Teacher, and how loving and caring he is. When she was asked what the best date they’d been on had been (proposal excluded) she responded with “All of the time we spend together is very special, so it’s hard to pick just one time.”
My heart just skipped a beat, what a beautiful outlook!
Then Comes Marriage
February 5th 2016: Mallorie and Josh have a dinner date at Pearly Bakers Ale House in Easton… or so Mallorie thinks. When Josh set the plans Mallorie knew something must be up! Josh is not typically the planning type. But she didn’t read too much into it, and instead went with the flow.
When the 5th arrived Mallorie hadn’t eaten much throughout the day and Josh had gotten stuck at work late. He wouldn’t make it home until 30 minutes after they were meant to arrive at the restaurant. By the time they got on the road Mallorie was beginning to feel hangry. When Josh insisted they park near the Bank Street Alley, blocks from the restaurant located in the Center Square, and walk the rest of the way, Mallorie thought he had lost his mind! It would be a hike to their destination and it was the middle of winter! Despite Mallorie questioning his sanity, Josh was adament and stuck to his guns.
They began their walk down Bank Street Alley. Mallorie noticed Josh had stopped and tried to hurry him along. As she encouraged him to pick up the pace he started to speak: “Last weekend was the best birthday ever, but the only thing missing was you being my wife.” He then got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife.
Mallorie, caught off guard, eagerly agreed through joyful tears. At that moment a couple celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary walked past. Touched by what they had just witness they asked the newly engaged couple if they could take a photo.
The surprises weren’t over yet! The dinner reservation wasn’t at Pearly Bakers at all. Instead Josh took Mallorie to Colonial Pizza & Spaghetti House just a few blocks away from the decoy restaurant. When they arrived both of their families were waiting to celebrate with them. “I was so excited I barely ended up eating anything there” Mallorie recalls.
Hitting the Ground Running
Mallorie is a self-described “type A bride” and found a lot of fun and enjoyment mapping out all the details of the special day. From crafting the vintage glam theme, to finding the perfect attire for the wedding party, to having all her vendors booked well in advance, Mallorie was loving every minute of it!
She chose a turquoise blue to be the base of her color pallet with gold and champagne tones to compliment. The bridesmaids wore satin Sorella Vita gowns in Tahiti blue and their style of their choice. The men wore 3-piece tuxes in gray with matching turquoise ties. Josh opted for a dapper charcoal bow tie to complete his wedding day attire.
Finding the Dress
Finding the dress was a lot easier than Mallorie expected! Fresh off of her new engagement she noticed a sign outside of Christina’s Bridal advertising a Sophia Tolli Trunk Show. She was already familiar with Christina’s since her Sister-In-Law had found her gown with us, and Sophia Tolli was the designer she had had her eye on. She wasted no time and set up an appointment for the very next day.
She anticipated she would try a few on gowns, get her feet wet, and leave with a better idea of what she liked. Much to her surprise she fell in love with the very first gown she was in!
*Spoiler, Ladies!*: This happens WAY more often than you might think. Finding your wedding gown can be likened to finding your fiancé. More often than not, you will fall in love with a gown when you least expect it!
Mallorie chose an Ivory Taffeta gown with a Fit and Flare silhouette. The dress features a lace up corset closure and a timeless sweetheart neckline. The details on this gown are exquisite! The neckline boasts gorgeous crystal beading work. The ruched bodice flows into a lavish pleated skirt complete with crystal beaded flourishes. The gown finishes in the back with the same crystal bead work and a classic chapel length train. To complete the look Mallorie chose to accessorize with a simple fingertip length veil, statement drop earrings, a feather hairpiece, and crystal shoes fit for a princess!
Going to the Chapel
The Bride and Groom exchanged vows at Saint Philip and Saint James Catholic Church just over the bridge in Phillipsburg, NJ. The couple opted not to share a first look and kept it traditional with Josh getting his first glance of his bushing bride as she made her way down the aisle. Mallorie was nervous she wouldn’t be able to keep herself from “ugly crying” during the ceremony. She ended avoiding the blubbering saying “it was just such a happy moment!”
The reception to follow was held at the Bank Street Annex. Sound Familiar? That's because it is located right next to the proposal spot! The couple wanted to keep the wedding local in Easton. On the way to the reception the couple with photographer, Sam Rodriguez – SR Wedding Story in toe, stopped to take photos in the very same alley that Josh had proposed almost 18 prior.
Admittedly, these are some of my favorite photos from the wedding. You can really see the beautiful bond this couple shares in these photos.
There was only about an hour between the ceremony and cocktail hour which didn’t leave a ton of time for pictures with the wedding party. But that was okay, our newlyweds were eager to get some food in them and start the celebration!
Mallorie and Josh shared a little magical moment during their first dance. For them the first dance was the point where they felt like “we did it, we are here!”.
After a couple very special and emotional dances with the parents it was time to let their hair down and get the party started!
You can tell, even just from the photos, what a fun time it was! Mallorie's guest were ready to party and DJ, Adam (AC DJs) kept the dance floor packed the entire night!
Happily Ever After
The wedding turned out to be everything the couple hoped it would be. "Everyone still talks about how much fun of a wedding it was."