When we first heard that Jenny and Ev were engaged, Bevan and I were thrilled! The Kinch family and ours have a long history of friendship that has spanned many years. Nearly 33 years ago, when Bevan and I were first engaged, Jenny’s grandmother threw us our first surprise bridal shower. In 2000, we had the joy of working on one of our earliest weddings, which was for Jenny’s older sister, Deb, and then in 2015 we were thrilled to help plan her other sister, Kristie’s wedding. So this just felt like the circle was complete, now that Ellen, Jen’s mom, asked us to help plan Jenny’s wedding!
Our first order of business was to find a venue. Jenny and Ev fell in love with the beauty of God’s nature at Ridley Creek State Park! The setting was just perfect for their outdoor ceremony.
Along with the beautiful grounds, Hunting Hill is a gorgeous old mansion that is so charming and rustic for their reception.
Jen’s favorite color is red, and so that was what she wanted for her bridesmaids dresses. By incorporating summer tones of pinks with the red, it kept the color palette from becoming a Christmas red, and turned it into gorgeous summer reds that really popped against the outdoor setting. I absolutely loved it!
The bridesmaids were all in different red lace dresses that were just beautiful! The guys wore sharp charcoal gray suits that were made by Ev’s father’s cousin. Truly amazing! Jen looked spectacular in her dress from the talented designer Hayley Paige.
We were very blessed to have the incredibly gifted Barb Williams and her team from Belak flowers for our gorgeous flowers. We really wanted a focal point for the ceremony, but didn’t want to build an arch that might take away from the beauty of the stone. After sending Barb a few pictures of what our concept was, she created this amazing swag that framed our bride and groom perfectly! The aisle decor and front arrangements complimented the swag perfectly for a fabulously cohesive look!
We loved having the talent of Aviva Strings playing for their wedding. The string quartet added such an elegant air to the afternoon ceremony.
As Ellen and Jen started their walk, Jen was thinking about her dad who had passed away and was missing him being here to walk her down the aisle. A tear started to roll down her cheek, and just at that moment a soft and light rain began to fall. Jenny said she felt like God was letting her know He understood her sadness and sent the rain.
We were very thankful for Anders, who was running our sound, that even though it was lightly raining, he didn’t pull his equipment, instead he kindly stood covering the speaker with an umbrella!
When we first met with Jenny and Ev the first thing they said that above all, the most important thing to them was that they wanted God to be glorified and honored in their wedding ceremony. What a joy to see that realized! Their love, first for God, and then for each other was so incredibly evident throughout the entire ceremony. From the scripture they chose (which was read in both English and Ukrainian) , the songs that were sung, the charge given by their pastor, Joel, the unforgettable letters they wrote to each other, to the dedication prayer by Ev’s parents and Jen’s uncle… Each moment pointed all the guests to Him who brought them together. What a privilege it was for Bevan and I to be a part of this beautiful service.
As they recessed down the aisle to Aviva Strings playing “Ode to Joy”, they were showered with rose petals tossed by the guests. It looked so beautiful!
For their first dance, Jenny and Ev danced to “I choose you”. What a romantic way to start their reception!
We wanted to add in some fun aspects into the reception. One of the things we did was have Christina from “Cut and Paste Photo Booth” come and set up her photo booth for the guests. This was a huge hit! Every guest just loved it! Christina made duplicates of each strip of pictures, one for the guests (which we used as their wedding favor) and one that was put in a book where the guests could make comments under their picture. This then became Ev and Jenny’s guest book.
It was important to us to make sure we ended this amazing wedding day in the most memorable way possible! Since we were at a state park, we weren’t allowed to do a sparkler exit, so we did the next best thing…a lit balloon exit!
Jenny and Ev love food trucks and wanted to have one at their wedding! Dia Doce, is one of their favorite food trucks…and it’s no wonder! These talented bakers won Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” and their cupcakes are amazing! After the grand exit, our guests were invited to the cupcake truck where they could take a cupcake and an iced coffee to go.
As this special day came to a close, Bevan and I enjoyed thinking back over all the weddings we had been a part of with this special family. The Kinch’s have been the dearest of friends for so many decades and what a thrill it has been to have a part in each wedding!
We know that just as God brought Jenny and Ev together, they will bring Him glory through their whole married life.
Ceremony Music: http://www.avivastrings.com/
Photo Booth: http://cutandpastephotobooth.com/
Food Truck: http://www.diadoce.com/