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					                                                                                                                                                               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
                                                                                                                                                               knee-length dress.
                                                                                                                                                                   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,
                                                                                                                                                               unique details.
                                                                                                                                                                   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.

         story by
        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-
     photography by

                                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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The Resources                           [Charles & Emily]                                               Celebrating life’s
                                                                                                       milestones with you
 The CeReMony & ReCepTion: The Barn at                 The haiRsTyle: Lords & Ladies
                                                                                                        now and forever
 Flying Hills, 10 Village Center Dr., Reading          15 Old Swede Rd., Douglassville, 610.385.7114

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 The Rings: Boscov’s Department Stores                 1101 Woodland Rd., Wyomissing
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 6595 Roosevelt Blvd., Roosevelt Plaza, Philadelphia
                                                                    Emily & Charles, with
                                                              help from family & friends,
                                                                created 1,000 Japanese

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 The suiT: Men’s Wearhouse, 2733 Papermill Rd.,
                                                              peace cranes to decorate
 Wyomissing, 610.478.8922,
                                                               their wedding. They were
                                                                  inspired by the folklore
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                                                                                                                                                                  by their family and friends at winedown café & winebar,
                                                                                                                                                                  also in West Reading, and celebrated the excitement. A
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                                                                                                                                                                  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.
                                                                                                                                                                      Bucking tradition, Jon and Amanda decided to see each
                                                                                                                                                                  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.

         story by
    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,
      photography by
                                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,
                                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-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   seamstress Susan
                                                                                                   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!
                                da, so it took a little longer than expected to find the perfect       After a wonderful dinner at Bistro 614, they were joined

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The Resources                              [Jon & Amanda]

The CeReMony: Moselem Springs Golf Club, 684
Eagle Rd., Fleetwood, 610.944.7616,

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The dResses: J Crew,                        201 Washington St., Reading, 610.334.4441
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MoTheR of The BRide dRess:                                                                                        Guests at
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                                                                                                         the couple shared
                                                                                                           a wedding cake
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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.
         story by
       John hollinger
                               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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