Jen Causey-Kidder
Jen Causey-Kidder August 01, 2013

Real Wedding | Justin + Jordan

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“Jordan & Justin’s wedding was such a memorable day for us! They are a sweet couple who have been together since they were 17. The month they were married they celebrated not only their marriage, but also Jordan becoming a Doctor. Jordan & Justin took the time to add so many personal details to their wedding day that it was truly a photographers dream capturing it all!” – MattnNat Photographers

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I am obsessed with Jordan’s gorgeous dress!!! It fit’s her beautifully and she had the lace straps created and sewn just for her!!! This is such a pretty picture of her and her stunning accessories…


“My favorite wedding memory was definitely the first look. After our wedding photographers suggested the idea we thought about how great it would be to just spend a few minutes together before the ceremony. Afterwards most couples spend time talking with family and friends and of course dancing so to have those few moments together in the quiet of the woods was so special to us. I also enjoyed being able to see Justin’s reaction when he saw me for the first time up close. That moment and the pictures that capture the moment are truly priceless…


..My wonderful parents and I DIY’d almost everything for the wedding. For the invitations we used cards and pockets paper with a pocket fold and envelope and we designed, printed and cut all the inserts. We did the same for every paper product including menus, programs, place cards and the seating chart. We bought a specialty pressed paper from a local store, which was incorporated into all of the paper products. We also made tags for our favors. Other DIY projects included the table decorations. For the candles, we bought inexpensive glassware and used a glue to make the glass appear frosted; other candles were decorated with bark ribbon. For the cocktail tables and the ceremony aisle decorations we wrapped galvanized buckets with bark ribbon and our florist filled them. All of the table numbers and the Mr and Mrs sign on the sweetheart table were made from wooden letters/numbers from the craft store and were spray-painted. We had wooden signs for the cake, guestbook, bar, specialty drink, a here comes the bride sign and a welcome sign all made by my father.  He also made a series of frames with pictures of close family members who had passed. He stained the wood to look like barn wood and I painted the white lettering on all the signs. My father also made our ceremony table and our cake box the same way. He even made our ring box and I filled it with moss and tied the rings down with ribbon. Our family friend handmade the wooden vase that we used for our ceremony, which now sits in our living room with our original wedding rose. We also use our ceremony table as a side table in our hallway. These items are so special to us and we love that we were able to incorporate them into our home. Aside from these sentimental items that we display and use, I was able to sell the rest on Craigslist!


..My something old borrowed and blue was a family heirloom ring from my mother’s side. It is still in its original setting from the late 1800’s. This was my great-great grandmothers engagement ring and we still have the original box. After having the setting checked I wore the ring on my pinky finger during the wedding. My shoes were new, and sequined blue!


..My advice to all my friends planning their upcoming weddings is to pick a photographer that you are comfortable with and that you know will give you the type of pictures you want. Everyone will tell you how fast the whole day flies by and what you really have left besides the memories are the photographs or videos so it’s SO important to know what to expect and to be comfortable on the day of the wedding so you have the best pictures possible. Remember, as a bride or groom you are only seeing one perspective of your wedding. It was so fun to look through pictures and watch the video and see all of our friends having fun and actually watch our ceremony from the viewer’s perspective. I would also tell upcoming brides in the planning process not to let others influence you or your fiancés decisions too much. Once you agree on something, just have it your way. This is your wedding and you should have things how you want them. Justin’s piece of advice is not to stress about the small stuff. Things don’t always go perfectly on the day of the wedding but it’s better to just let go and not worry about the small things. You are getting married to your best friend and no matter what; it will be the happiest day of your life!” – Jordan, the bride


photography: MattnNat Photographers (Matt and Natalie Thomas) // venue: Riverdale Manor, Lancaster PA // paper supplies: Cards and Pockets // florals: Splints and Daisies // ceremony guitarist: Luke Abruzzo from GigMasters // DJ: DJ Freez (Ray Rowe) // videographer: Black Tie Video // cake: House of Clarendon // dress: Robin Jillian (Lily’s Bridal, Arbutus MD) // bridesmaid dresses made by the brides seamstress Diane Blakley – she also made the straps that were added to the brides strapless dress! Columbia, MD // guy’s attire: Men’s Warehouse // hair: Lauren Ward, of Ooh la lal Salon // makeup: Jennifer Tanko

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