By Rachel Jones | Photographs from Milla C. Photography

When Brian Picard’s coworker set him up with one of her friends, Beth Conti, the pair immediately hit it off. One year of dating and one beautiful, lakeside proposal later, the couple enlisted Alexis Maddox of Shayla Hawkins Events to help them plan their big day. “We enjoyed the whole entire planning process,” Beth says. “I know some people get excited for the planning to be over, but we enjoyed it! Alexis and her team were the main reason why. They definitely got our vision.” Their vision included a day decorated with metallic and pink accents, and plenty of personal touches mixed in. The Calvary United Methodist Church ceremony incorporated stories about their families, making their union even more special. “We both loved our sermon.” Beth dazzled in a formfitting Black Label Anne Barge gown, which was the first dress she tried on. “I decided a few weeks before the wedding that I wanted a second dress,” Beth says. “My first dress was big and bridal, but I also wanted something more party-like for the reception.” She pulled off both looks beautifully, and encourages other couples to “ignore the rules” and create a day unique the themselves, too. “There are so many cookie-cutter things out there for weddings,” Beth says. “But it’s more fun to make your own mold.”


VENDORS

Bride’s Gowns: Anne Gregory for the Bride
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Caterer: Opening Night Catering
Ceremony: Calvary United Methodist Church
Decorations: Mosaic, Inc.
Desserts: Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique
Entertainment: Jeremy Ganss
Florals: Hens and Chicks
Hair: DeStefino Beauty Bar
Honeymoon: Spain and Greece
Jewelry: Cala Diamonds; Orr’s Jewelers
Lighting: Gary Phoenix
Makeup: Beauty Justified by Justine Lynn
Planner: {SHE} Shayla Hawkins Events
Reception: The Pennsylvanian
Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental
Stationery: Loree Mayer Design
Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse
Videographer: Pictory Productions


Beth and Brian braved the rain to take outdoor “first look” photos before the ceremony. “I loved that it was just us for a little bit,” she says. “I would do that moment again and again.”

“Don’t lose track of the big picture — the whole reason behind all the planning and everything,” Beth says. “There’s so much to be happy about on your wedding day.”

Instead of cutting a tiered cake, the couple served sorbet and presented a decadent spread of desserts, including cake pops, donuts, cotton candy, and Sour Patch Kids.

“I love the mixed-metal look,” Beth says. Florals in white, lilac, pink, and plum popped against the gold and gray décor.

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