Photography by RedFord Photography
Having known each other practically their whole lives, Ted McLaughlin and Stephanie Peters seemed destined to tie the knot. They grew up together in Peters Township, and his grandparents lived just three houses from her childhood home.
The two were friends, but it was not until he had graduated from Geneva College and she had completed her freshman year at Westminster College that they began to date. Nearly one-and-a-half years later, Ted finally proposed in a house that he built himself in McMurray, and with a cozy fire burning in the fireplace and a dozen red roses in hand, he got down on one knee and offered a ring. Of course, Stephanie accepted.
They were wed in front of 350 guests at Peters Creek Baptist Church in South Park. In a strapless, beaded gown with a short train, Stephanie shared her first dance with Ted to Big and Rich’s “Lost in this Moment.”
Stephanie’s grandmother hosted the reception on her Peters Township farm, The Fife Farm, in a tent rented from All Occasions Party Rental. Inside, it was decorated with dazzling white tablecloths accented by red pansies and emerald ivy and draped with thousands of twinkling Christmas lights. All of the food was homemade by the bride’s mother, grandmother, and aunt; the menu included pulled beef, baked ham, hot sausage, homemade rolls, a buffet of pies, a chocolate fountain, pasta salad, and fruit salad. The wedding cake was three-tiers tall and decorated with doves, the signature of Bethel Bakerin Bethel Park.
Guests received M&M’s wrapped in ribbon reading “Ted & Steph” at the close of the reception held under the stars, which had a number of unique twists, including swimming, a trampoline, and horseshoe throwing. But the real kick was the surprise show of lights shot up into the sky by Zambelli Fireworks, capping off the gorgeous summer evening.
The newlyweds then jetted off to their honeymoon in Punta Cana. In the Dominican Republic, they snorkeled, parasailed, and went banana boating. The couple now makes their home in the house that Ted built, but they’ll never forget their romantic summer wedding.—Melanie Mirowitz