Northumberland County · Wedding

Sara & Ben – Sunbury

bensaraSara Garside, of Sunbury, and Ben Ellis, of Lorton Va, had a December wedding in Sunbury.

bensara2The pair  met on eHarmony (yes, it does work!).They set a date to meet up for dinner one night. After a three hour dinner date (and many more dates after
that), Sara knew Ben was ‘The One’. As far as the proposal goes, the couple sort of did things very backwards (set a wedding date, bought her dress, bought her engagement
ring, and then he proposed!). Ben surprised Sara one night, after they had just finished their tasting at the Packer House, by taking Sara to the top of the hill on her grandparents’ farm that overlooks the Veterans bridge and Sunbury. He hooked up a bunch of Christmas lights around the trees and an amplifier. He asked her to dance (Brad Paisley’s “We Danced”) and halfway through he dropped to his knees and asked her to marry him!
The couple designed their wedding around the ideas that represented them the best. Sara set their colors around peacock colors because her mom carried peacock feathers in her bridal bouquet, so Sara wanted to do that too. She also had butterflies in her bouquet and on our cake because Sara loves butterflies. Ben had a golf course scene on the cake because he loves to golf.
Their cake topper had a Batman groom and a bride with a laptop that said “eHarmony” on it. Just little personal touches, but ones that represented the couple.

packerhouseCeremony & Reception site: The Packer House (3rd St., Sunbury)

flowersFlowers: The Bride’s Mom

dressGown and accessories: David’s Bridal for the bridal gown and veil, along with the bridesmaid’s dress. The bride ordered a hair piece and the bridal party’s jewelry from Etsy.

saraHair & Makeup: Amy Dunkleberger did the bridal party’s hair and their nails were done at Nails For You in Lewisburg.

ringsRings: The engagement ring and Ben’s wedding band from Kay Jewelers. Sara’s wedding band was customized, from her grandmother’s anniversary ring, at Foss Jewelers in

guysFormalwear: The guys wore charcoal suit s from Men’s Wearhouse.

foodCatering: The Packer House provided all of our catering, the wait staff, decorations, etc. For dessert there was even had a hot chocolate bar! Sara said, “It was delicious!!! The food was fantastic, Christine and Lori are so accommodating, and they really made us feel extra special for such a wonderful occasion.”

cakeCake: Gale Hoffman provided our amazing cake! The couple wanted to be a little creative with it, but didn’t want two separate cakes. So they split the cake down the middle: Sara’s half had edible butterflies and Ben’s half had a golf course scene. The cake topper was also customized from Genefy Playground in the UK. It was awesome!

musicMusic: DJWatts provided our music entertainment. He is based out of Washington DC/Maryland.


Favors: The bride’s mother provided the favors! They were candy cane hearts filled with chocolate in the middle (and extra peppermint pieces on top).


Photographer: Landon F. Garside (Garside Photography)

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