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A Charming, Whimsical Wedding at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Before getting engaged herself, Lindsey (26 and a dance choreographer) had dedicated all her time and effort into helping plan her two sisters’ weddin

Before getting engaged herself, Lindsey (26 and a dance choreographer) had dedicated all her time and effort into helping plan her two sisters’ weddings. Once Danny (27 and a small business owner) proposed, the couple looked to Knot Just Any Day, their wedding photography team, for planning help. But the wedding’s location was all Danny: “It looks like a castle,” Lindsey remembered him saying. The inn’s stone walls, giant wood double doors, stone lion sculptures and fountain added to the royal effect. As far as theme and aesthetic, Lindsey was almost at a loss. “My personality and taste is so varied!” she says. “I wanted the venue to be romantic, fresh, whimsical, glamorous, classic and intimate. With so many different trends happening, Danny and I just wanted to stay true to ourselves.” Lindsey and Danny achieved that through a lush outdoor ceremony, decorated with seasonal greens, plus an indoor reception on the inn’s terrace with floor-to-ceiling windows. —Allie Volpe

Instead of a traditional bouquet with live flowers, Lindsey wanted something that could last beyond the wedding day. Each bridal shower guest was asked to bring a brooch to be used in the bouquet. Handmade flower vendor Regular Frills crafted a full bouquet entirely out of paper, adorned with the brooches. "I wanted to hold what looked like a real bouquet of flowers—sweet, romantic, soft, luscious, real flowers that wouldn't die—and carry shiny little sentiments of support from my loved ones," Lindsey says.
After a long search, Lindsey finally found her dress at Bijou Bridal Boutique. For her dream gown, she had a vision of a high illusion neckline with a sweetheart cut. "I wanted formfitting, but not without a little flare," she says of the bodice's embellishment. "I loved the idea of timeless lines with added dramatic qualities."
Before the ceremony, Lindsey walked down a path surrounded by greenery at the Stroudsmoor Inn to Danny who awaited seeing her for the first time. Lindsey worried if this method would take away from the emotion while she walked down the aisle, but the first reveal only added memories to the day.
To accommodate all eight of Lindsey's bridesmaids, she found Tunis Bridal Shop, which had enough charcoal chiffon fabric to create individual styles for her group. Her three sisters wore the same style with a silk belt.
On alternating tables, wrought-iron birdcages housed a collection of seasonal flowers and greenery in pink and ivory and candles. Other centerpieces included tall manzanita trees accented with small blooms.
Instead of a traditional wedding cake, a dessert option was the milk and cookie bar with old-fashioned milk jars filled with strawberry, chocolate or plain milk. Cookie options included large homemade chocolate chip, peanut butter and double chocolate chip.
To get the cake-cutting experience, Lindsey and Danny did have a small red velvet cheesecake baked by Lindsey's mother. Decorated with white rose icing, the simple creation was a whimsical touch.
To streamline elements of their reception, Lindsey and Danny opted for shortbread cookies that doubled as seating cards and favors. Baked by the Stroudsmoor Inn's bakery, the cookies were inscribed with the guest's names and table numbers.
Arranged on tables throughout the reception, wedding photos from Lindsey's and Danny's families were placed upon rose petals. "It was a touching representation of both loved ones passed as well as the love and bonds of the past that have carried out until our wedding day," Lindsey says.