Tobi and Nate have known each other for most of their lives. In fact, they first met while waiting for the bus in the 6th grade, and in the 8th grade they went on their first date to see a movie. Fast forward a few more years and they are now living out their happily ever after!
When it finally came time to propose Nate knew exactly where to do it! He took Tobi to her very favorite place, New York City. It was holiday time, so naturally they were headed to the ice rink at Rockefeller Center. How romantic!
Tobi was very excited about getting to experience the iconic holiday season destination in her favorite city.
While on the ice they witnessed two other couples got engaged, but it hadn't occurred to her that they may be there for the very same reason. "I was so oblivious!" Tobi remembers.
Nate wore bright orange gloves so that he could signal to their parents, waiting and watching from above, when he was going to take out the ring. This was another shock to Tobi as she did not know they were in the city.
"So surreal and crazy; beautiful night!"
Tobi wore a stunning lace gown, in ivory, from designer, Stella York. The gown features a fit and flare silhouette with a chapel length train and classic sweetheart neckline. Vintage inspired lace with a vertical pattern and scalloped edge lays atop luxurious dolce satin giving the gown a beautiful elegance.
"Christina and her staff are awesome and so easy to work with. Very accommodating for such a special time in people's lives!"
Tobi completed her look with a fingertip veil featuring scalloped lace trim to compliment her gown and an elegant drop earring.
Her bridal party wore floor length gowns from the Sorella Vita's Soft Luxe line in garnet. Tobi's chose blush and gold tones to compliment the deep burgundy bring her vision of autumn elegance to life.
Tobi's gorgeous hair and makeup was provided by Alisha Nycole & Co.
The ceremony and reception were held at the The Historic Hotel Bethlehem. After visiting he couple didn't need to tour any other venues, their decision had been made. "I didn't look anywhere else, I just HAD to have it there it was PERFECT." Hotel Bethlehem was able to provide the perfect "city elegant vibe" Tobi had been dreaming of.
Tobi and Nate's long history and connection really showed through in the ceremony. Tobi recalls walking done the aisle feeling "So at ease! It was beautiful." When it came time for the vows Tobi said, "... we wrote our vows, and it's funny because we basically said the same things!"
When I hear about the weddings of our brides my favorites parts are the tidbits like this. Even without being in attendance you can really tell the connection these two have. When asked when she knew he would be the one Tobi said "Always kind of knew (sounds cliche but true!)". So it comes as no surprise to me that they knew exactly what was in each other's hearts when it came time to write their vows. They have been in love for so long and are obviously so connected in the most beautiful way!
After the ceremony it was time for photos! The photos were one of Tobi's very favorite parts! And, oh my gosh, the photos are absolutely stunning! Dearly Beloved Weddings, based out of Bethlehem, PA provided the incredible photography for the event.
After the fun with photos, it was on to Tobi's other favorite part of her wedding day - dancing!
The First Dance was danced to Perfect by Ed Sheeran. "I was very emotional, especially when your man is singing the song to you during the dance!"
Following the First Dance with her new hubby, Tobi and her dad had a surprise for everyone. When it came time for their father daughter dance it started out slow and suddenly switched to and upbeat dance mix beginning with Beyoncé’s Run the World (Girls). Sharing a lively, fun dance with his daughter was something Tobi's father had always wanted dreamed of. What a special memory to share!
At the end of the day Tobi and Nate's wedding went off without a hitch. "Everything was perfect, literally nothing went wrong." Tobi says.
Tobi very much admires her husband'd humor and passion. She also loves to go on adventures together!
This could be anything from traveling the world, to visiting a rooftop bar in a buzzing city, or going to a concert. No matter where they are or what they are doing, these have come to be Tobi's favorite moments and memories with Nate,
Going forward, continuing to travel is high up on the bucket list! They also see kids in their future but not quite yet. In the mean time Tobi and Nate look forward to growing together and challenging each other every day to be the best they can be.