Eight years ago, Kristelle and Amanda caught one another’s eye at an evening class while studying nursing. They bumped into each other that night and after a beautiful friendship started to form, they began dating six months later.

On their five-year anniversary, Kristelle surprised Amanda with a trip to an island off Belize. It took three planes and a very choppy boat ride to get to the island. Once they were at the cabana Kristelle proposed a toast and then proposed to Amanda.

Together they spent the week on the private island relaxing, snorkelling and hiking through the rainforest.

Four months later they went hiking on the Appalachian Trail with their best friend to take some engagement photos. At the foot of the waterfall, Amanda proposed to Kristelle.

They had a two-year engagement and planned a New York wedding from Florida.

The ceremony incorporated a polish tradition. The couple were given salty bread to represent life and hardship and to symbolise never going hungry. They were then given two shot glasses, one with water, one with vodka – tradition says that the one who gets the vodka “wears the pants” – which the couple say “mustn’t be true because Amanda got the vodka!”

The favourite memory for the couple was during the appetizer portion of the night. “Skinny Love” by Birdie came on and Amanda and Kristelle both got up an danced alone by the table. To just dance with one another, alone, while everyone else was enjoying the food was a moment they will not forget.

Their advice to other couples planning a wedding? Take your time and don’t rush. Don’t stress about the small stuff, at the end of the day people won’t remember what fork you picked or the ribbon you chose. Your guests will remember the love in the room and the smile on your face (and the food, so choose wisely!).

Aisle Song – “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley

Recessional Song – “Something” by The Beatles

First Dance Song – “Finally Moving” by The Pretty Lights

Photography Elmer Escobar with TNK Photography | Cinematography Buddy Cipoletti with Wading River Films | Florist Secret Garden | Stationery Nesting Project Wed | Ceremony Venue Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa (Milton, New York) | Reception Venue Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa (Milton, New York) | Catering Henry’s at Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa | Cake Flour and Sun Bakery (Naked Vanilla)  | Cake Topper Details and Décor (Etsy) | Wedding Favours Muscadine Mood (Etsy) | Signage Signed with Love Shop (Etsy)  | Entertainment A Starry Night | Celebrant Allison Warenik-Queenan | Engagement Rings Vintage Estate | Brides Wedding Rings Everett (NY), CW Vintage Estate | Bridal Gowns BHLDN, Rue de Seine | Flower Crown Secret Garden | Robes Khols, Anthropology, Walkin on Air (Etsy) | Hair Kate Hargraves, Lari Marz | Makeup Alana Schmidt, Michelle Renee