Brooke and Stevie tied the knot in a late Autumn wedding at a local church and hosted their reception at Liberty Mountain Resort in Fairfield, PA. Their wedding resounded with love and intentionality. Sweetness and thoughtfulness were so evident throughout the day that the wedding felt more like a large yet intimate family gathering rather than just an event to attend. Each and every detail was important and personal. Stevie plays professional baseball, so Brooke wanted to use little touches of baseball throughout the ceremony and the reception. Read on as Brooke shares all the details!
The Love Story
We met after some of Stevie’s family members and one of my family friends told Stevie about me and told me about Stevie! We met in person a few months, after communicating through messages, in DC after one of his games! We became friends and then officially started to date. And now we are best friends! It was a blessing that we came into each other’s lives! When Stevie proposed, he surprised me with a trip to DC in February 2016. After taking me to all of our favorite places around the city he got down on one knee as we were walking along the Georgetown canal and asked me to marry him!! We both cried and were filled with pure joy! One of the best days ever.
The Wedding Design
I used soft blues, grays, purples and ivorys for my colors. And we used a lot of wood accents and galvanized tin. I wanted the decor and look of the reception and ceremony to reflect my husband and I’s personalities! Each Bridesmaid had a different color dress and a different style! Finding all the dresses was probably one of the hardest parts of the planning process, but I knew the look I wanted to go for so I wanted to pick the dresses. Luckily, they all looked awesome together! My sister, matron of honor, had a floral dress that tied all the colors together! We had our ceremony at a local church and we didn’t see each other until I walked down the aisle! We wanted to be more traditional and have that special moment right along with everyone else there! And I am so glad we did that! We also wrote our own vows and did a unity knot that symbolizes having God at the center of our marriage. My husband made the whole knot himself!
The DIY Wedding Decor
We did mostly all DIY for the decor. Luckily, my mom is super talented and creative and helped me so much! My husband and I had a lot of help from my mom, dad and sister. We made the table numbers, easels for picture frame, wooden decor with branches for lights and pictures and so much more. Half of the centerpieces were put together by my mom with silk flowers that we found at Hobby Lobby and Michaels. They looked amazing and we couldn’t even tell they weren’t real flowers! They incorporated the color palette that I chose. She also made a lot of other flower arrangements for the ceremony and reception and made the church decor! And our florist made the other beautiful centerpieces for the reception tables along with my bouquet and my bridesmaids’! For mine, we went with succulents, dusty millers, greenery, lavender sprayed roses, berries, thistle, garden roses and more. It was everything that I could have dreamed of! My matron of honor had dusty millers, privet berries, white flowers, and some baby’s breath wrapped in silk ribbon that hung down! The bridesmaids were very similar just without the white flowers. It was a simple look that worked perfectly!!We also had greenery on the fireplace mantel and in front of the sweetheart table on the floor, which was unique and I loved it! Our sweetheart table had a glittery champagne table cloth so the greenery helped give it that rustic/elegant look!
We also found templates from Etsy for all of our welcome notes for the hotel bags, seating chart tickets, name cards, and thank yous and we personalized each one and printed/cut them all! It took more time but saved money and we enjoyed doing it! For our wedding favors, we did personalized koozies and also wooden ornaments. Each person received one or the other. For the ornaments, we bought pre-cut wood from Etsy then stamped each piece on one side and wrote a letter L & our wedding date on the other side! My mom and sister helped me with that. Again, it took extra time but they turned out really cute!
When I went to look for my dress at J&B Bridals with my mom, sister and niece, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted which was a dress with long sleeves. I tried it on and knew right away it wasn’t the look for me. I knew that I did not want a strapless gown but I knew I wanted lace. So my sister recommended a lace cap sleeve dress. And that is exactly what I decided on! It was beautiful and fit my personality perfectly. The back of the dress was gorgeous with sheer and buttons down my spine. It was fitted with a little flare from around my thighs and down, with a small train. I fell in love with it and remember saying ‘I feel like a bride’ when I tried it on and made my final decision! My husband went with a gray suit, white shirt, brown belt and brown shoes with an argyle blue tie. It was fitted and he looked so handsome!
The Personal Touches
My husband is a baseball player, so we incorporated that within some of our decor! Our guest book at the reception was a wooden baseball ‘home plate’ that my dad made. And for the seating chart, we used baseball tickets with each persons’ name, table and seat number on it for their entry into the ‘event’! We also used a lot of local vendors for our wedding who we knew! So it was great working with friends and giving them our business! We knew we could trust them and they would help make our day one to remember! We had Rich Fehle, a local soloist, sing at our ceremony and cocktail hour. He sang A Thousand Years as my dad and I walked down the aisle and that was amazing! Some of our favorite parts of the day were, well number 1– getting married!!! 🙂 and two– having all of our closest family and friends there to witness it and celebrate with us! We wanted it to be a wedding where everyone looked back and said “wow, that Jacobs/Lombardozzi wedding was so much fun!” And I think we achieved that! We had everyone up on the dance floor during the reception pretty much the whole night, and that was our goal! We also loved the speeches that my dad, matron of honor and best man gave at the reception!
Advice for future Coordinated Brides
Wedding planning advice- Enjoy every moment of the planning process! Whether it is at meetings, tastings, shopping, looking on Pinterest, whatever it is, have fun! It will be stressful at times, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Have girls’ nights with your best friends and ask for their opinions on things or help putting together decor, etc! Also, make sure to set a budget and try to stick with it as much as possible. Things will cost more than what you might expect or extra expenses will pop up, so just try to have that added in! You can do a lot of things yourself that will save money. It might add a little stress and take a little more time but when you see it all come together and knowing you did the work, it makes it that much more special! Lastly, this is your wedding! Make it your own 🙂 Marriage advice– have fun! Love each other more and more everyday! Being married to my best friend is the best thing ever!:)
Photographer: Betsy Bender Photography // Bride and Groom: Facebook: Brooke Jacobs Lombardozzi || Instagram: frecklesandcurlsblog and brookejlombo || Reception Venue: Liberty Mountain Resort // Other: Betsy Bender Photography // Other: The Gala Event, LLC // Photo Booth Equipment:Social Print Co // Musicians: Rich Fehle // Bridesmaid Store: ASOS.com // Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan // Equipment Rentals: Country Creek Farm Tables // Cinema and Video: Brennan Pierson Videography // Cake Designer: Baked by Jacinta // Groomsman Attire: Men’s Warehouse//Dress Store: J&B Bridals // Bridesmaid Store: Lulus.com // Band: DJ White // Beauty: Lush Hair Lab // Floral Designer: Blooming Occasions // Reception Venue: Liberty Mountain Resort // Submitted via Two Bright Lights