By Rachel Jones | Photographs from Kristi Telnov Photography

They say, “When you know, you know.” Rebecca Maddas and Joshua Velicevich knew they wanted to be together when they first started dating in high school. They also knew they wanted to wait until Rebecca had finished her doctorate before they got married. “We dated for 22 years,” Rebecca says. “I said, ‘I need to get through this [schooling] before we get married. If it was up to him, we would’ve been married a long time ago!” Before the countdown to midnight one New Year’s Eve, Rebecca and Joshua were going through the memory jar they had been filling up throughout the year. Reminiscing about cherished moments shared together, Rebecca retrieved one piece of paper from the jar that said, “Will you marry me?” They stayed true to themselves when planning their special day, celebrating a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and a non-traditional reception at Bittersweet Cafe. “We didn’t have a first dance or a wedding party. We just threw a party,” Rebecca says. “I tried to focus on and enjoy the preparation for our marriage, not our wedding. The wedding is just one day, but your marriage will last much longer than that.”


Accommodations: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Cake, Linens, & Reception: Bittersweet Cafe
Caterer: Bittersweet Cafe; Angelina’s Piccolo
Ceremony: St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church
Entertainment: Tim and Kori Amos
Favors: Limoncello from Antichi Sapori d’Amalfi, Amalfi Italy
Florals: Washington Wholesale Florist
Hair & Makeup: Christina Conti of Fluhme Glambar
Jewelry: Joyce’s Fine Jewelry
Photographer: Kristi Telnov Photography
Stationery: Set the Tone Design
Videographer: Seth Smiley and Nathan King of Seth Smiley Film

Rebecca said “yes” to the first dress she tried on — a stunning, lacy number with a high neckline and long sleeves.

“Our theme was, in a way, ‘Amalfi meets the mountains,’” says Rebecca. Inspired by a vacation to beautiful Amalfi, Italy, and their hometown roots in the scenic Laurel Highlands, the couple decorated with greenery, white flowers, and lemons

“In the end, it was the people who offered to help [plan the wedding] that made it all come together,” Rebecca says. “I had no stress because of that.”

Guests were gifted favors of hand-painted bottles of Limoncello imported from Amalfi and Limoncello homemade by the groom’s mother and stepfather.

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