during student teaching, Emily was inspired by Japanese folklore.
It is believed that if a person folds 1,000 cranes, he or she is entitled
Berks County to a wish. Emily, with the help of Charles and friends, folded 1,000
cranes so she and Charles could make a wish on their wedding day.
The cranes were then intertwined into all the details of the
wedding. Cranes combined with birdhouses in the couple’s
colors of lime green, aqua and turquoise comprised the center-
pieces at the tables. Cranes dangled in between the windows
of the Barn.
When shopping for her wedding dress, Emily searched for
a short dress, but yielded to the beauty of a simple A-line gown.
Closer to the wedding, Emily realized that the gown could be
transformed into a short dress. With the help of a talented seam-
stress, 15 inches of the dress was removed to transform it into a
Emily handcrafted the jewelry and headpiece that she wore.
Emily’s sister and Maid of Honor, Natalie, created the floral
bouquets and boutonnieres. Guests were given flowerpots filled
with gladiolus bulbs, birdseed and flower seeds as favors, an eco-
friendly alternative to traditional wedding favors.
After a delicious cocktail hour and dinner, guests were treat-
ed to an ice cream sundae bar and delectable cupcakes in vanilla,
chocolate and red velvet that Emily and her bridesmaids made.
It was a fun and charming wedding that was filled with personal,
Emily and Charles walked down the aisle to the theme song
of “Mario,” one of their favorite video games. After reciting their
vows, the Judge read a wedding version of “Oh the Places You’ll
Go” that Emily and Charles wrote together. They then sealed
their vows and turned to greet the world as Mr. & Mrs. Cornish.
Emily Cornish The RelaTionship: Emily and Charles are a fun found Charles playing a video game. Emily asked, “Did you
couple who love to laugh together and goof around. call the maintenance office to have the floor fixed?” Expect-
Charles and Emily were friends in high school. The two ing a “Yes” response, Emily was surprised to hear Charles
Daniel Moyer photography re-connected a few years after high school when they ran say, “No.” Shocked, Emily asked, “Why didn’t you call?”
into each other at the grocery store. Charles finally worked Charles, continuing to egg Emily on, began laughing hys-
up the nerve to ask Emily out on a date after exchanging terically and answered by saying, “I was busy.” By this time,
information at the grocery store. The two dated for three Emily was quite frustrated. She asked Charles, “What was
years before Charles asked a very important question. more important than calling about the floor?” And with
that, Charles took a ring out of his pocket and bent down on
The pRoposal: When Charles proposed to Emily, he one knee and proposed. Completely surprised, Emily kissed
played a trick on her. One day the floor in their apartment her new fiancé and said, “Yes.”
began to squeak, which greatly irritated their neighbors.
Emily was very busy at school and was also enrolled in a The Wedding day: Charles and Emily were married
graduate class. The two never seemed to make it home in on July 10, 2010, at the Barn at Flying Hills. Emily, an art They sealed their vows with their patented
time to meet the maintenance staff. So when Chuck had an teacher, handcrafted many details of the wedding, from
— unexpected day off from work, she asked him to call mainte- invitations, decorations and favors to the cupcakes that the "Triple Kiss" and turned to greet the world
The Big Day: nance to have the floor fixed. guests enjoyed.
July 10, 2010 After a very long day, Emily returned home late The theme of their wedding was “Love Birds.” After as Mr. & Mrs. Cornish.
that evening after her grad class. When she arrived she teaching fourth graders how to fold Japanese peace cranes
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by their family and friends at winedown café & winebar,
also in West Reading, and celebrated the excitement. A
new journey was about to begin, and Jon and Amanda had
their immediate family and close friends there to enjoy the
moment with them!
The Wedding day: Amanda is an event planner and
has planned some amazing events, but the challenge of her
wedding was the big event that she had always been waiting
for. Being together for more than four years, Jon and Aman-
da had often discussed their perfect day, so when the time
came to start putting things together, it was easy. Amanda
also had so many friends and vendors in the wedding indus-
try that she had worked with, she knew exactly who to call
to help her create their special day!
With a touch of creativity and their signature style,
along with some mementoes from their families, they were
able to incorporate some great ideas into their wedding. All
of the flowers were placed in Amanda’s personal collection
of McCoy white pottery. Pieces of her grandmother’s wed-
ding dresses were used in her headpiece and her garter. As a
gift, Jon’s mother gave Amanda a bracelet made from crys-
tals and pearls from Jon’s grandmother’s jewelry to wear on
the big day. Having pieces of the past were very important
to the bride and groom.
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other before the wedding – a private moment between the
two of them. Amanda and Jon were married on the most
amazing day, September 4, 2010, at Moselem Springs Golf
Club in Fleetwood.
amanda Dietrich Zeigler The RelaTionship: Jon and Amanda have known diamond for the setting. What a long ten weeks it was for
each other for years. Jon is Amanda’s youngest brother everyone keeping the secret...especially Amanda’s mother,
Michael’s best friend since childhood. Having known each Jane! But finally the ring arrived and was more beautiful
heidi reuter other for so long, it wasn’t until Jon returned home from than anyone expected. But that was the easy part...now,
college that their paths crossed again. In a different time, how to pop the question and involve family and friends
and at later points in their lives, Amanda and Jon began a without Amanda finding out?
relationship together. Jon always had a crush on Amanda; In July 2009, Amanda had just finished planning and
it just took Amanda a bit longer to see her youngest broth- running a successful event in which she helped raise funds
er’s friend as her soul mate! After four years of a great rela- for the Animal Rescue League on a Friday evening. As a Amanda, with
help from local
tionship, the time finally came to get engaged! celebratory night out, Jon planned a dinner at their favor-
ite restaurant in West Reading. Little did Amanda know,
Golembiski of Frock,
The pRoposal: The engagement began with Jon and finishing up a big event wasn’t the only thing they would incorporated pieces
Amanda’s father having lunch back in April 2009, where be celebrating. After Amanda finished getting ready for of her grandmother’s
Jon asked her dad for permission to marry Amanda. With dinner, there were flowers and a card waiting for her in the wedding dress into
much excitement, her father said yes, but warned, “There is living room, but it was more than just a congratulations... her headpiece.
— a no return policy on this.” Jon popped the question before dinner and Amanda said
The Big Day: That same day Jon went to purchase the ring, but it was yes! Amanda had no idea it was coming, and, better yet,
September 4, 2010 custom designed at London Blue Jewelers, just for Aman- everyone had helped Jon to keep this a secret!
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pagne and fresh flowers. They got back to their apartment
and John set the table. He asked Emily to set up Scrabble.
When she pulled off the cover of the game the proposal
Berks County was staring her in the face. At first, Emily responded with
confusion. John knelt on one knee and asked Emily to
marry him. She said yes!
The Wedding day: On the big day, Emily and John
decided to buck tradition. They met before the wedding
for pictures with their family and wedding party. They
posed for photos on the grounds of the Reading Public
Museum and other spots in the Wyomissing park system.
They arrived at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
and met with Rabbi Sigal Brier to sign the Ketubah, a
Jewish wedding contract, and reflect on the upcoming
nuptials. They were married under a chuppa in the Co-
hen Gallery, surrounded by the people they love and some
truly beautiful art.
After the cocktail hour, the party moved upstairs,
where their first dance was Sam Cooke’s “Having a
Party.” Sir Rod, a Rod Stewart cover band, provided the
soundtrack for the evening. After spending a truly magi-
cal day at the GoggleWorks, Emily and John were able to
relax and prepare for their honeymoon in Costa Rica.
Emily & John were
married under a chuppa
in the Cohen Gallery
in the GoggleWorks
Center for the Arts. A
cocktail party followed
the ceremony. Then the
party moved upstairs,
where Sir Rod, a Rod
Stewart cover band,
provided the music.
The RelaTionship: It started at Penn State. John Unbeknownst to Emily, John had purchased an engage-
photography by Hollinger and Emily Christopher met in the fall of 1999. ment ring earlier that week with the help of his mother and
the Wiebners They were both freshmen at Penn State. Emily’s Curtain sisters. The ring was burning a hole in John’s pocket.
Hall neighbor, Jen Thompson, went to high school with John had been brainstorming for some time about
John. Jen invited Emily to go to a football game with how to pop the question. When they reached home,
some old friends. John was one of them. Emily jumped in the shower and John jumped into ac-
John and Emily’s friendship grew over their four years tion. John grabbed their cherished 1977 Deluxe Edition
together at Penn State. John was in love with Emily from Scrabble board. He frantically spelled out the proposal
the first moment they met. It only took five years of while listening to make sure that Emily was still in the
courtship for Emily to come around. shower. The proposal was set and John returned the
John and Emily remained close after graduation. Af- Scrabble board to its proper place.
ter maintaining a long distance friendship, Emily real-
ized that John was the one for her. The two began dating
It was also NFL Week 17. The Philadelphia Eagles
were battling the Dallas Cowboys for a spot in the play- John was in love with Emily from
in 2004. offs. John convinced Emily to join him at a local pub
where they watched the Eagles crush the Cowboys – 44 the first moment they met.
The Big Day: The pRoposal: The day of the proposal was Decem- to 6. John was feeling great when he asked Emily, “How
ber 28, 2008, a Sunday. John and Emily drove back from ‘bout Scrabble and sushi for dinner?”
august 7, 2010 Reading, after spending the holidays with their families. John stopped by the store and picked up sushi, cham-
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