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Lacey is an athletic trainer who tenaciously did nearly all of the decorations herself! DIYLacey and Dominic enjoyed a beautiful, summer wedding at Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens.
The ceremony began at 4PM.
She and her bridesmaids prepared for the wedding at a nearby home (Amish County Inn House).
Maid of Honor: Julie Helner
Best Man: Nicholas Dellorso
Lacey and Dominic shared their first look in a private setting. They were so thrilled to see each other and to exchange gifts, one of which was a pair of cufflinks for him.
Wedding Hashtag: #happilyeverdellorso
Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A: We wanted a rustic but romantically put together wedding. In doing so, I also wanted things to be a little more laid back and “fun” compared to the traditional. Once we had decided on a venue that we both absolutely loved, it was easy to pick up pieces here and there that would build on what we wanted, without taking away from the beauty of the venue itself. We wanted simple colors, so we went with a peach and sage that felt natural in the space and then made it “pop” with metallic and sparkles of gold. We also had small touches of Star Wars sprinkled throughout the wedding for our nerdy love we have for one another and the movies.
Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A: Pretty much every single piece of our wedding was a DIY project. The ceremony decorations included a large mirror, framed in metallic gold, that was a treasured find when I wasn’t even looking for something. I turned it into a seating sign with chalk pens and decorative lettering. The programs were a downloaded template from Etsy which I edited and had printed off. I then cut each one, placed it around a stick, and tied on a bow. The signs down the aisle reading 1 Corinthians 13 were a project that I completed with the help of my father. He cut and stained each piece before I hand wrote each quote.At the cocktail hour and outdoors, we had our shutter doors that were a salvaged find and cleaned up to be made to look new. These were used to hold our seating cards, which were each made from hand by the bride and labeled by hand with the names. We also had a Star Wars shadow box outside at the cocktail hour which was created by the bride. On top of the two corn hole boards provided by the venue, my father and I also built and painted a set of corn hole boards to represent Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the cities of myself and groom respectively. In the reception, the centerpieces were created by me. The wood used for the base of the centerpieces was cut from a tree by a friend of mine and then sanded by my father. The table numbers were small canvases that the bride wrapped in burlap and then spayed with fabric spay while a cut out of the number was on top of it. The menu for the wedding was also written on a salvaged 6 pane window by me. Additional wood signs left over from the ceremony aisle were used to create Welcome signs as well as signage for the cupcake table. A chalkboard easel was used for a bar sign which was written by hand by me.
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A: My flowers for the wedding were everything I imagined they would be and were perfect for the wedding. Aside from bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids, for the ceremony we had two wine barrels at the top of the aisle that were topped with a beautiful arrangement, as well as a long arrangement on the beam above the landing where our ceremony took place. We kept it simple aside from that due to the beauty of the barn itself. At the cocktail hour, we used floral arrangements on our shutter doors to add some brightness to the dark, rustic wood. For our centerpieces, we kept it mostly to flat greenery with some floral pieces with in the greenery. This helped us achieve the natural and rustic look we were going for with the wood slabs for centerpieces.
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A: For our ceremony, we had the band of my neighbor from my parent’s house play (The Midnighters). It was amazing to be able to work with them and to have the songs that we wanted to have for our ceremony, but done live. They learned the songs that we wanted and I just remember standing outside the doors with my dad listening to “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young as my bridesmaids walked down the aisle. We also had another neighbor from my parent’s house who I have known almost all my life officiate our ceremony. In regards to guest entertainment, I loved how much FUN everyone had. Everyone we talked to (and even now almost four months later) still tells us that our wedding was the most fun wedding they ever went to. We had three sets of corn hole (one personalized for us as a couple), giant Jenga, can jam, giant Yahtzee, and ultimately it was just a gorgeous July day that people just wanted to be outside and mingle.
Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.
A: I went to two bridal dress stores. The first I was not impressed with anything I tried on and was just feeling down and out. But when I went to the second store, everything was perfect. I knew from the start I wanted a lace dress, no train, no “poof”, no strapless, and no veil. It was pretty easy and I wasn’t super picky. The second store, everything I tried on was a winner, but when I tried on MY dress, I knew that it was the one. It was just simple, but elegant, which was exactly what I wanted out of my wedding. I wanted things to be laid back and simple and this was the start. It was straight from head to toe. No poof or train at all and completely lace. It was high neck and the closure was a tie in the back, with the shoulders completely open. It was light and airy, which I knew would be perfect for a July wedding, and I knew I had to have it. My shoes for the wedding were actually shoes that I had bought for another event and had loved them so much, had decided there was no need to search for wedding shoes. I instead bought wedding Keds from Kate Spade to be able to change into after the ceremony. My earrings were also from Kate Spade and were a spur of the moment buy that ended up being absolutely perfect. Since my dress was completely straight and all one pattern, a belt was necessary to give it some definition, so a rhinestone belt was ordered from Etsy.For our groom, he was much more difficult. He from the start wanted to wear a tux, but that never really fit into my “simple, rustic, laid back” image. We started down the path of where can we land and both be happy with how we look and make it still fit this “image” I had in my head. Finally, after looking at a bunch of images on Pinterest and getting ideas, we settled on khakis, brown shoes, a white button down, and a brown vest. We also then added a white and pink floral bow tie. All the groomsman also wore grey and pink argyle socks which the groom used to ask them to be his groomsman.
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A: Dominic and I met our senior year at Temple. We were both working for Temple Football (him as a student manager and me as an athletic training student) and we were both assigned to the defensive backs. We really didn’t talk that much during football (or at all) but we would hangout from time to time on road trips. As we started to hangout more, the feelings grew, and as graduation approached, it lucked out that I would be going to graduate school only about an hour from where he lived, so we made the distance work until we moved to Virginia. Almost a year after moving to Virginia (and three years after graduating from Temple) Dominic planned a day out hiking and exploring. We first went to Great Falls to see the river, and then from there we went to some trails a little ways down the road. We hiked around the paths and took some pictures. Then at one point after hiking up a steeper area of the trail we sat down the “take a break” and he read me my favorite poem (I Carry Your Heart by EE Cummings) and then got down on one knee to ask the question, in the middle of the woods. From there we continued our hike and then went on a picnic that he planned, and then later out for dinner.
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: That’s tough. I think my most special moment was our first look. I am so glad that we did it and got to have that as a moment for just us. It was so heartfelt and we both had a moment to just take it all in and be with each other and say everything we wanted to say. Looking back at the pictures from that event, I still get goosebumps from happiness I had in that moment.
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A: Take it all in, because it goes so fast. And don’t sweat the small stuff. Everyone thought I would be hypercritical of everything because I am usually such a perfectionist, but I tried to let things be a little more laid back for the wedding and just have fun and let things be other people’s problems for once.