Zach and Emily met through mutual friends at their book club in 2010. The first book they discussed together was Blood Root by Amy Greene. What started out as a friendship grew into admiration and soon love in December of 2011, when they had their first date, watching the Muppets. Zach introduced Emily to the wonderful world of craft beers, black & white movies, and hunting; and Emily very much enjoyed Zach’s expert skills in the kitchen and introduced him to the best music ever, the blues. The pair share a mutual love for the outdoors: fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, kayaking, and biking. Together they adopted their dog, Lucy, run the Susquehanna River Cleanup Project, and love their church family at Higher Hope Church.
On August 17th, 2014, Zach asked Emily if she would be his wife on a wooded trail at Shikellamy Lookout, the meeting of the three counties they’d lived in together (and made her the happiest woman in the world)! They were married on May 30th, 2015 along the river that they love so much, surrounded by 100 of their closest family members and friends.
Ceremony site: Sunbury Amphitheater along the Susquehanna River. Blankets were laid down on the stairs of the amphitheater for the guests to sit on, and the groom made the arch for the ceremony out of trees that had been cut down from our cabin.
Reception site: Amphitheater along Lake Augusta. There was a small fire, s’mores, chairs and pillows for the guests around the fire, corn hole, and fishing rods and tackle set up along the river for our guests to enjoy.
Wedding planner: Set up and tear-down only: Fairy Godmothers Wedding Planners, Shamokin Dam
Flowers: Fresh cut flowers from Graceful Blossoms, Northumberland. Bouquets & boutonnieres assembled by bride and friends.
Gown and accessories: Dress-David’s Bridal; Bride’s hair accessory-Etsy; Necklace-TJMaxx; Earrings & Bracelet-Baublebar.com; Rings-One given by mother of bride as a gift, one lent to bride by her grandmother (something borrowed); Veil-handmade by bride
Hair & Makeup: All hair and bridesmaids’ makeup: Untangled Salon, Northumberland
Stationery: Freebird Paperie Graphic Design (bride’s company)
Catering: Groom cooked 55 pounds of smoked pork and sauces; sides (cheese trays, veggie trays, brussels sprouts, salad, cole slaw, mac & cheese) by Sunbury Elks
Cake: Heimbach’s Country Store, Selinsgrove
Guest book: a bench that the groom’s father made for the couple out of wood from a walnut tree that had been cut down from the back yard of the couple’s home. The bride burned their last name and wedding date into the bench prior to the wedding, and the guests signed it at the reception.