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Happy New Year 2017!!

 Love our happy couples! Miriah had this smile on her face ALL night!

Love our happy couples! Miriah had this smile on her face ALL night!

Wow, can’t believe it’s already 2017! 2016 went by so quickly! It was another amazing year thanks to all of our couples and vendors, and especially thanks to my associate planners and assistants.

 Kayla and Jeff came all the way from Italy to get married in Lancaster!

Kayla and Jeff came all the way from Italy to get married in Lancaster!

Our business increased quite a bit in 2016. Between the three of us (me, Katie, and Casey) we planned and coordinated over 40 weddings. We worked with couples from all over the US this past year. In addition to our local PA couples, we had couples living in CA, FL, TX, NY, Washington DC, VA, and more. We even worked with one couple living in Italy (we offered to come over there to plan the wedding…but they chose Lancaster since that’s where the bride is from)! We love that the Central PA area has become a great destination wedding location.

 One of the many private residence weddings we planned in 2016.

One of the many private residence weddings we planned in 2016.

In 2016 we continued to see a good number of private residence weddings. We always love them because they are so personal to our couples. And of course we continued to work at the many fantastic wedding venues in Central PA.

For 2017 we have two destination weddings booked. Both are in MD but it is still a destination!

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Flowers were a big part of our weddings in 2016. We’re talking hanging flowers, lots of greenery table runners, luscious bouquets, tall centerpieces, and more. 2017 is looking about the same with flowers.

We saw a lot of neutral color palettes, including blush pinks and golds. We’ll continue to see that in 2017, but are also starting to see brighter and bolder colors coming back. I love Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year and hope to see that in some of our weddings.

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We planned and coordinated a lot of barn weddings in 2016. And by barn we're not talking a rustic, country barn. We mean nice, chic, air conditioned barns with gorgeous chandeliers! That’s still hot for 2017!

In 2016 we had a lot of couples “DIY” their decorations and then had us execute their designs on their wedding days. Some of our couples really put a lot of hard work into their decor. We love their personal touches.

 This bride bought their farmhouse sweetheart table as a gift to her groom!

This bride bought their farmhouse sweetheart table as a gift to her groom!

Farm to table food was, and still is, big at weddings. Locally grown and fresh (rather than frozen food) is always popular. And speaking of farm and food...farmhouse tables were very popular!

We saw hashtags at almost every wedding we planned and coordinated this year. It's a great way for the guests to share photos they take! Our couples like seeing all the fun their guests have!

 This Sitar player at cocktail hour was a hit!

This Sitar player at cocktail hour was a hit!

Once again we saw a lot of live musicians, both at wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions. One of our weddings even had a Sitar player at cocktail hour!

 Signing the self uniting marriage license with their witnesses

Signing the self uniting marriage license with their witnesses

We worked with a lot of the same vendors this past year but also worked with a number of vendors we hadn’t worked with in the past. We look forward to continuing to grow our relationships with both existing and new vendors.

Self uniting ceremonies were popular this year. If you're not familiar with what that is then check out this blog we recently posted.

We planned several (self proclaimed) "geeky" weddings this year and already have one on the books for this year. So fun to see their unique touches!

For the fifth year in a row we won The Knot Best Of for Wedding Planners and for the seventh year Wedding Wire's Couples' Choice Award! Thank you to all of our past couples for the great reviews which have led to this!

We hope you all had a fantastic 2016 and continue to have a great 2017. We look forward to working with all our couples and vendors!

Now, please enjoy more pictures from some of our 2016 weddings...

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 Love the hotdog meal indicator for the kids!

Love the hotdog meal indicator for the kids!

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 This couple hung photos of their friends and family which made it so personal

This couple hung photos of their friends and family which made it so personal

 Love the Edison bulbs above the cake!

Love the Edison bulbs above the cake!

 Love these mini champagne favors!

Love these mini champagne favors!

 This couple added a little lounge area to their wedding reception.

This couple added a little lounge area to their wedding reception.

 This couple have their own brewery so of course had to include their own beer!

This couple have their own brewery so of course had to include their own beer!

 We saw lots of dogs this year!

We saw lots of dogs this year!

 Champagne glass escort cards.

Champagne glass escort cards.

 This couple had live musicians lead their guests to cocktail hour.

This couple had live musicians lead their guests to cocktail hour.

 Love this tribute to the parents. We saw this at several weddings where either the bride or groom lost their parents.

Love this tribute to the parents. We saw this at several weddings where either the bride or groom lost their parents.

 These popper wedding favors were a hit and were fun! When you pulled them candy popped out!

These popper wedding favors were a hit and were fun! When you pulled them candy popped out!

 This bride hand made quite a few of her decorations including these heart strands.

This bride hand made quite a few of her decorations including these heart strands.

 Wedding Mad Libs are always fun!

Wedding Mad Libs are always fun!

 Handmade paper flowers

Handmade paper flowers

 This father of the bride had a blast!

This father of the bride had a blast!

 Loved this lush bouquet!

Loved this lush bouquet!

 Matching bathrobes are always fun in photos.

Matching bathrobes are always fun in photos.

 This bride decided to do her seating “chart” on bottles.

This bride decided to do her seating “chart” on bottles.

 We do all sorts of things at weddings, from setting up items, to pinning on boutonnieres, to lacing up corset dresses, and MUCH more!

We do all sorts of things at weddings, from setting up items, to pinning on boutonnieres, to lacing up corset dresses, and MUCH more!

 Suspended wedding cake!

Suspended wedding cake!

 Loved this wedding ceremony arbor with hanging chandelier, crystals, and flowing fabric!

Loved this wedding ceremony arbor with hanging chandelier, crystals, and flowing fabric!

 This bride made funnels out of music sheets to hold the petals for guests to throw at them!

This bride made funnels out of music sheets to hold the petals for guests to throw at them!

 Love this glam sweetheart linen!

Love this glam sweetheart linen!

 This couple got married in a castle. Love this photo in the spiral staircase!

This couple got married in a castle. Love this photo in the spiral staircase!

 This groom was from England so they has all the bridesmaids wear fascinators!

This groom was from England so they has all the bridesmaids wear fascinators!

 Loved the “Marauder’s Map” wedding menu!

Loved the “Marauder’s Map” wedding menu!

 Yes…this couple cut their cake with a SWORD!!

Yes…this couple cut their cake with a SWORD!!

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WeddingsMelissa Martin