Who proposed to who and how?
Kathleen: Jake proposed while we were on vacation in the Bahamas in February 2015. He usually tries to talk me into going skiing in the winter, but I prefer beach vacations, so we’ve tried to alternate ski and beach years as a compromise. I think it was supposed to be a ski year, but since he was planning to propose I guess he figured he should take me somewhere I would like to go. He proposed after dinner one night while we were relaxing in a hammock between two palm trees on the beach looking up at the stars.
How did you choose your venues?
Kathleen: The ceremony was at IHM – the church I grew up attending.
Growing up in Delaware, I had been to Winterthur several times, and when I found out they were also a wedding venue I had to check them out. I loved the reflecting pool area – although unfortunately that didn’t end up being part of the day. The grounds are so beautiful, I knew it would be such an elegant backdrop to our celebration and a great place to take pictures. Because the majority of our guests were coming from out of town and many had never been to Delaware before, I wanted a venue with a little bit of history that really showcased the beauty of the area.
What was the one thing you were most stressed about before the wedding and how did it turn out?
I was pretty stressed about everything…Jake and I were living in different cities, both far from Delaware, and most of the planning had to be done remotely. Luckily we had a lot of help from my mom, who held it down on the home front and did a ton of legwork for us. And we got some great some great suggestions and guidance from our wedding coordinators at Proud to Plan, as well as the Winterthur wedding coordinators, along the way. In the end everything turned out perfectly.
In the weeks leading up to the wedding I started to get pretty stressed about the weather, because the forecast for October 1st was changing from sun to rain every couple of days. We were planning to have our cocktail hour outside around the reflecting pool at Winterthur, and that obviously wouldn’t mix well with rain. Aaaaaand it ended up being chilly and rainy the entire weekend. The weather unfortunately caused some flight delays and cancellations for our guests, and yes the cocktail hour was moved inside. On the bright side though, the rain made for some amazing photos and the cocktail hour rain site was gorgeous.
Does it feel different being married?
A little bit! Not a whole lot has changed in our day-to-day lives but I think we feel more content. It’s nice not to be spending all our free time planning a wedding!
Venue: Winterthur Museum & Country Estate – Winterthur, Delaware
Dress: Jennifer’s Bridal – Hockessin, DE
Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Currie – Glenn Mills, Pennsylvania
Flowers: Fresh Designs – Chester Heights, Pennsylvania
Cake: The Master’s Baker – West Chester, Pennsylvania
Invitations: Crane & Co.
Wedding Planner: Proud to Plan – Wilmington, Delaware
Officiant: Reverend William Melnick
Band/DJ: Imagine – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Delaware wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro