Maura and Candice met in high school in Algebra 2 class. “Maura went away to North Carolina for undergrad and we eventually realized that we missed each other more than two friends might miss each other. Somewhere along the way, friendship turned into a relationship.”
Maura planned to propose to Candice on Christmas Eve while we were home visiting. She designed her ring from scratch using Candice’s parents’ wedding diamonds, planned a speech, and bought a personalized coffee mug with “C – Will you marry me?” on the bottom.
When Candice said “No thanks” to coffee, the plans had to change a bit. Maura handed her the empty mug and typed out speech, which Candice didn’t even initially read because she was too busy saying yes. Shortly after, Candice went upstairs to get Maura’s ring that she had hidden away.
100 guests were in attendance for their June nuptials at The Lodges of Gettysburg, including seven bridesmaids on each side including two maids of honors, two junior bridesmaids, and their nephew who acted as the “go-to guy.”
“One of Maura’s best friends from college completed the ceremony, which made it personal, special, and more intimate. We felt so much more comfortable with someone we knew and loved. A few of our friends did readings, and we wrote our own vows.”
The couple chose a color palette of various shade of blue for their decor. One of the bridesmaids sang their first dance song. In lieu of wedding favors, the couple chose to make a donation to the Trevor Project, a nonprofit supporting LGBT+ youth.
“One of our favorite moments was our last dance, which was ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey, where all of our guests joined us on the dance floor.”
Candice is a fifth-grade teacher and Maura is completing her clinical psychology postdoctoral residency. They currently reside in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.
First Dance: Hearts Don’t Break Around Here by Ed Sheeran
Venue: The Lodges at Gettysburg**
Photographer: Meghan Elizabeth Photography
Attire: David’s Bridal
Dessert: Stone House Cakery and Cafe**
Flowers: The Flower Shop
Hair & Makeup: Gloryridge Salon
Entertainment: Proform DJs