Where It All Began
Lauren met Jeff while she was attending college at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She first noticed Jeff through a crowded bar with his best friend and best man, Kevin. The two struck up a conversation “and the rest, as they say, is history!”
The two made plans for a coffee date at the local Starbucks. Jeff was nervous since he was coming from work and felt a little under dressed but Kevin encouraged him to worry about it and go anyway.
The day Lauren was sure Jeff would be the one they had spent the day in Philadelphia before going to a Phillies game. The weather was terrible and the couple ended up getting drenched as they explored the city! Despite the uncooperative weather, the day was still incredibly fun and memorable.
Lauren loves and admires Jeff's patience, and clearly it left an impression on Lauren that day. When you are with your soul mate, the stresses of the outside world have a way of just falling away.
Many proposals are a surprise, but few are as elaborately planned and well executed as when Jeff asked Lauren to be his wife.
It was Easter weekend 2016 and as far as Lauren was concerned, the day would be like any other Saturday. She expected to spend the day with Jeff in Scranton running errands and relaxing before the Holiday. Jeff would have to go in for a short shit at work and since Lauren didn't expect anything eventful to happen in the early part of the day, she decided to delay showering and doing her makeup.
Before Jeff had to go in he asked Lauren to come along on an errand to pick up some Easter cupcakes. As soon as Lauren got into the car she learned the trip was not about cupcakes at all! Jeff handed her a photo album that contained clues to various locations in the Scranton area that held special meaning for the couple. Her instructions were to read the clues, drive to the locations, and take a selfie at each destination.
Before the final stop, Jeff told Lauren that she would need to close her eyes for the last bit of the drive and the final location would be where she would find her Easter basket. Now it was getting real, Lauren knew something was afoot!
The last stop took our love birds to Nay Aug Park in Scranton. Jeff lead Lauren, eyes still closed, to the pavilion. He proceeded to get down on one knee and when she opened her eyes she saw him kneeling next to the highly anticipated Easter Basket.
Inside the basket she saw a ring and two Eagle’s shirts each with something written on the back. One read “Marry Me?” and the other read “Pusateri”, Jeff’s last name.
The shock and excitement left Lauren shaking as she eagerly agreed!
A moment later she saw Jeff's brother and sister-in-law come out of hiding after capturing the moment on camera. Now Lauren rarely leaves the house without a shower and makeup! With a man like Jeff, who knows when the next time a simple errand will turn into a surprise of a lifetime!
For Lauren, the most fun part of planning a wedding was how glamorous it made her feel!
She loved getting all dolled up like a celebrity at her hair and makeup trials and trying on wedding dresses in every style to figure out what she liked best.
When it came time to shop for her gown, Lauren had to visit the shop she had passed by so many times while driving around her hometown of Easton; Christina's Bridal. Her first visit was to a sample sale in 2016. While she didn’t end up leaving that day with a sale gown, she did end up trying on the gown that would ultimately end up being her bridal gown.
Lauren, like many, probably thought the finding the gown couldn’t possibly be so easy that she would find such a perfect dress on the first try. But in fact, it was, and after a couple more visits she couldn’t deny that the gown she had fallen in love with months earlier had always been the one.
Lauren chose a beautiful sheath-shaped lace gown in Ivory by Stella York. The neckline and back of the gown feature gorgeous illusion lace taking this style . The lace features a subtle sparkle woven into the lace allows the gown, and bride, to shimmer with every movement.
“I am so thankful for an overall flawless experience with Christina’s to make a crucial part of the wedding planning process fun and memorable. I now pass their information on to everyone I know!”
A Walk Down Memory Lane
Nuptials were exchanged at St. Jane's Church in Easton, PA. Lauren and Jeff did not share a "first look" and instead opted to keep in traditional and see each other for the first time as Lauren walked down the aisle. The couple surprised themselves that they kept it together and didn't cry!
After the ceremony, the bridal party and wedding guests rode a trolley from the ceremony location to Riverview Country Club for the reception.
When planning, the couple wanted to take into consideration that the logistics of a wedding day can not only be stressful for the wedding party, but also the guests. Using Bucks County Trolley Company made that aspect of the day stress-free for everyone!
Choosing Riverview Country Club as the recepetion location held special meaning to Lauren. The country club offers stunning views of Forks Township, PA where Lauren grew up. Weddings are very much a rite of passage in a person’s life and it must have been so special to weave in some beautiful memories or all the people and places that brought her here.
The reception venue is not where the memories and nostalgia end. The couple wanted to make a point to share their story and memories with their guests. Jeff came up with an idea that would really involve their closest friends and family in the couple's journey to this point. He suggested that each table be named for a special location that was near and dear to their hearts and told a piece of their love story. They included photos of themselves taken at each location. This way the wedding guests could accompany them down Memory Lane for the day.
Lauren also wore something that was very special to her and Jeff. She wore a pearl bracelet given to her by Jeff at her college graduation. This served as one of her something old items along with lace trimmed from her mother's dress wrapped around her bouquet.
Finally, just by coincidence, Lauren chose nearly the exact same color for her bridal party as her mom did at her own wedding in the 80s. Lauren went with a coral tone, one of her favorite colors and perfect for a summer wedding. Her mom opted for a peach tone.“I guess great minds think alike and many styles and colors come back in style! (minus the poofy sleeves!)”
In the end, the wedding came together just as the couple planned, as an extension of their personalities. Lauren remembers being stressed about the weather leading up to the big day, but once she knew skies would be clear she was able to relax and enjoy the day to the fullest.
Planning a wedding can be stressful, and it takes a village! Lauren was particularly grateful for the top notch team of vendors she worked with.
Her hair and makeup was done by Alisha Nycole and Co. Lauren said "Alisha allows you to look like the best version of yourself and never looking like you had too much makeup on."
Sarah with Allium Florals who Lauren describes as "another rockstar", provided the flowers. She even surprised Lauren on the day of her wedding having been able to get in Forget Me Knots for the bridal bouquet, a flower they had previously thought would not be available!
The beautiful photography was provided by Bryan Shattuck - Icarus Image. Lauren really appreciated the time and care Bryan took with there photos, starting with their engagement shoot.
After the wedding the couple honeymooned in Charleston, SC and since Jeff does not care to fly, the two kicked off their first adventure as a married couple with a 15 hour car ride. She says "The trip was worth the drive!"