More from Gina & Ryan’s day, with some of the best bridesmaids and groomsmen ever!
Now that you’re married, and you’ve been through planning a wedding together, what advice would you give to other couples who are just starting the process?
I would tell other couples to consider getting a wedding planner, even if it’s just a day of coordinator.. It wasn’t until March that I desperately wished I had gotten one. When my Pop Pop became very sick and started to decline quickly, the last thing I wanted to do was plan the wedding. Having someone to take all of the workload off of me would’ve been amazing. Any bride also needs to remember to EAT. I barely ate after the ceremony and I had so many people coming up to me at the cocktail hour and the dinner, that I had very few bites of food and all of the wine went straight to my head.
What were you most stressed about and how did it turn out?
I was most stressed about everything just coming together. Everything turned out fine, I left a few little things at home that I had wanted for the day, but honestly it didn’t matter in the long run.
Tell us about your decor & details.
I absolutely loved my invitations, table numbers and place cards. ZZ House is actually my aunt and uncle’s company, and I knew they did a lot of work for different local business in the Delaware community. But until recently I didn’t know they did wedding invitations. I couldn’t be happier with how they came out, and I’m not just saying that because I’m biasedI also really loved the flowers. I never realized until I started wedding planning that you kind of blindly order the flowers without knowing exactly what the end result will be. I couldn’t believe how perfect and beautiful they were. All of the employees at Belak’s were amazing and I will definitely be a returning customer. Dottie, the coordinator at the Mendenhall, was also very easy to work with and so nice. She made the process of planning the reception easy.
What was the most challenging part of planning your wedding and why?
My grandfather who I was very close to, passed away rather unexpectedly at the end of March. I have been absolutely devastated, especially since I had always pictured him there at my wedding. When this happened, I took almost a month off from wedding planning, and it was difficult to get started again.
Do you have any advice for other couples who are planning their weddings?
Consider hiring a wedding planner, or at least a day of coordinator. When my grandfather passed away, I wished I had hired one who could have picked up some of the work for me.
Why did you choose Leslie as your photographer?
I looked through all of the pictures online and in her blog and fell in love. After getting to know her, I knew she was the perfect fit for Ryan and I. Her pictures are beautiful and she is so easy to get along with.
How did you choose your venue?
Gina: My cousin had gotten married at the Mendenhall Inn in 2009. It was a beautiful reception and we all had so much fun. When it was time for us to start looking at reception venues, I knew I wanted to at least look at the Mendenhall. When we walked into the grand ballroom, we both knew that this would be the place we would have our reception.
What’s next for the two of you?
We’re planning on buying my Pop Pop’s house, which is something that I am becoming very excited about. I would give anything to have him still here, but since that’s something I can’t change, I feel honored to be able to buy his home. I lived there for three months as a child and spent so many weekends and holidays there, that it’s always been my second home. Other than that, we plan on relaxing and enjoying being newlyweds.
Venue: Mendenhall Inn – Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Dress shop: Claire’s Fashion – Wilmington, Delaware
Suit: Jos A Banks
Hair: Gloss Salon – Wilmington, Delaware
Make-up: Mollie Denham
Flowers: Belak Flowers – Wilmington, Delaware
Cake: The Master’s Baker – West Chester, Pennsvlvania
Officiant: Father Roger DiBuo
Band/DJ: D & J DJ Service – Bear, Delaware
Invitation: ZZ House Design Studio – Newark, Delaware
Chester County wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro