What a crazy time to be alive! What a crazy time to get married! In my perspective, nothing makes two people want to spend all existence together more then a pandemic. On the other end, nothing probably makes two people want to spend life apart more then months of being in home quarantine together during a pandemic where you are forced on house arrest! But Covid and quarantine didn't stop this love. Lauren and Matthew stood the biggest test of love, two people could ever go through. And after quarantine, covid, rescheduling their big wedding til 2021, they couldn’t wait another year to devote life together. So they planned a perfect, and I mean perfect front yard wedding at Matthews parents house.
Thanks to Vintage Alley and their amazing decor the whole wedding came together perfect. Vintage Alley pulled everything together by bringing all the chairs, tables, decor and decorations and set it up perfect for the couple. Their vintage decor stood the test of time, and made vintage the new beginning. The flowers from gida flowers flowed perfectly with all the decor and brought everything together perfect. I cant say the word perfect enough.
And of course you cant have a wedding without food, Olive Garden’s pasta buffet allowed even VEGAN me! A plate that I could eat, on top of the amazing and I mean amazing Vegan chicken and salad that Matthew went out of his way to grab me the morning of, because he was worried I wouldn’t be able to eat olive garden. How sweet was that? Followed by all the cookies which I of course could not eat but they were amazing to look at and set up along with the cake from Prantls.
This front yard wedding was a perfect intimate wedding with less then 25 people, with the closest friends and family to celebrate and Thanks to the amazing job of Photographer, Adam Michaels and videographer Gwen from Allegheny archives media, Lauren and Matthew have perfect photos and a video to look back on for all their life together.
As I wrote in my Instagram post the other day, I think it is safe to say that all couples on their wedding day are in love..... but some couples... you just know! And I mean you KNOW they are so in love!! I remember the morning of Their wedding I said to Matthew, “are you ready to get married... their is no turning back now” where Matthew responded “I wouldn’t dream of turning back, Lauren is everything I’ve ever dreamed of in a woman, I can’t wait to marry her today” and no I am not exaggerating , that is what he said. You could see the love oooozing every where they went. This couple is truly what love looks like!!!
It was a honor and privilege to help Lauren and Matthew to finalize their love during a time of pure chaos. They proved to the world that in times like these nothing matters more then love, nothing matters more then relationships. Covid may be a chaotic time but it has proven to bring more people together in love to know what truly matters in life. Most little girls dream of a big wedding but Lauren proved to all women out their you don’t need a big wedding when you’re marrying prince charming, you only need the love you share, someone to marry you…. And maybe a dress just so you can feel like the most beautiful bride… but the dress is optional.. Okay maybe the guests would appreciate some kind of clothing material unless you’re on a nudist colony of course… but any outfit will do.
Congratulations Lauren and Matthew and Thank you for letting me be apart of your day! And thank you for all the vendors who worked beside me.
📸 photographer: @adam_michaels
📹 videographer: Gwen from @alleghenyarchivesmedia
🪑 rentals: @vintagealleyrentalspgh
💐 florist: @gidasflowers
🍝 food: Olive Garden
🍰 baker: Prantls
👩🏼💼wedding coordinator: @gennaroseweddings
Hello Beautiful souls,
How many of your relationships, included a period of separation? A period of time where you felt the need to separate from your love to find yourself, soul search and find out what life would be like without your lover? To later find that life without your love is no life at all. Forcing an alignment to come back together, stronger than ever before. Declaring your commitment to marry with each, happily ever after for the remainder of life of earth?
That relationship for me is my Business. After a period of 2 years, I separated, soul searched and found out that life without my business is no life at all! I have been forced back into alignment with my love ( Wedding planning), coming back stronger then ever before. Declaring my commitment to marry with it, happily ever after for the remainder of life on earth.
Genna Rose Wedding Planning and Design, is back stronger then ever!! With exciting news and promotions!!! Genna Rose WP&D has now expanded into Pennsylvania. Now offering All services in both Michigan and Pennsylvania!
But that’s not it…. Genna Rose WP&D, also is offering FREE! Yes I said FREE, Destination day of coordinating any where in the world, outside of Michigan and Pennsylvania!
That’s still not all!!!! In addition to Genna Rose WP&D, grand opening. I am offering 50% off ALL Packages!! Yes ALL Packages. For a limited time!!!!! __________
I am excited to come back stronger then ever, serving you and your beautiful partner in making your manifested wedding day a reality!
Weddings are said to be one of the best days of your life, and it should be. But weddings can often bring stress and sadness because of deceased love ones who are no longer physically able to be there. If you are spiritual as I am, you believe that the spirit of your loved ones will always be there. I am not a medium by any means, but please find comfort in knowing there are signs that the deceased are constantly among you, including days like your wedding day, some signs may include, instant ease to your nervousness, the blow of the wind, blowing your hair in your face as you’re walking down the isle, the random song the DJ plays that was their favorite song, finding pennies on the ground. There are many ways the deceased show their presence on your big day.
One of the most asked questions my brides ask me is “How can I honor my deceased dad, my mom, my grandma, my grandpa, etc. at my wedding. Here are a few of my favorite ideas
The key to honoring the lost at your wedding is to make them present, mention them at your ceremony, write them in your programs, have a moment of silence, have a special dish in their honor, make it unique to them. Find comfort in knowing that you are not alone on your special day, which they are not just at your wedding but they are right next to you the whole time.
Photo credit: Sarah Faith images
Ever since I was a little girl, I have been in love with love. I have been dreaming of my own wedding since childhood. Many people throughout the years have asked me "why are you so obsessed?, Its only a day." My response has always been: "Yes, it is one day. However, its the first day of the rest of my life I spend not as a me" but as an "us".
I sadly believe that the idea of a lasting marriage is slowly dying. Many people are getting married today, many more are not; out of fear of divorce. The issue with this is that people now think of marriage as an option. In my option Marriage is not an option. Marriage is a commitment to spend your life together.
"For better, for worse, For richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death does us part". No one ever said that a marriage was easy. Its hard work and dedication every day. There will be fights, there will be moments when you cant stand each other, there will be days when you don't like each other yet you choose to always love each other. Like anything that is worth something, it takes work. Marriage is a choice to love each other through it all.
I became a wedding planner because I still believe in love and marriage. A wedding is not just a party. A wedding is a celebration of the love you have for each other and the commitment to stay together through good times and in bad. Its the first day that you stop referring to yourself as a "me" and you start referring to yourself as an "us".
My advice for anyone getting married is to do what you want to do. Do what defines your love, whether it be a big wedding or eloping in Vegas. Its your day and your day is going to be the foundation for the rest of your marriage, so make its yours.
Photo credit Sarah faith images