April 14 in the garden of the Radnor Hotel, at an early evening ceremony by Marguerite Sexton of Journeys of the Heart. Two hundred guests gathered at the hotel for the reception.
New Year's Eve 2000, at a party at the Radnor Hotel. With a few drinks boosting her confidence, Danielle approached Tom and told him she was going to kiss him when the clock struck 12. As the countdown to 2001 began, "he found me and kissed me at midnight," Danielle says. "My plan worked." One week later Tom took her to the Chart House Restaurant at Penn's Landing for a first-date dinner.
The couple's black Lab, Macey, was ready for a walk, so the threesome headed off to Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, N.J., on Oct. 16, 2005. Tom paused at a clearing with a scenic view of the Delaware River, and asked for Danielle's hand. "I was so surprised," she says. "Everything was perfect. He kept it from me." Another surprise: the center diamond in Danielle's engagement ring is his mother's - Gayle Gunnerson's.
9 to 5
Danielle, 30, of Audubon, N.J., is in sales at Ultrapak in Fairless Hills. Tom, 31, of Newtown, Bucks County, is also in sales, at Mercedes-Benz of Princeton.
Making a home
The newlyweds live in Yardley.
To "Your Love Is King," by Sade.
Doing it their way
Danielle and Tom seized their unique opportunity: Marry where they met. The bride wore a strapless A-line gown by Anjolique with diamond and pearl details. Her tight bunch of pastel roses included ice-blue bouquet jewelry, which coordinated with the six bridesmaids. The groom's father, Tom Senior, acted as best man.
Danielle and Tom incorporated a Bible reading and a symbolic pouring of wine (two glasses into one) into their ceremony. The bride's only surviving grandparent, Dolores Lewis, 80, presented the wedding bands and watched as they were blessed by Marguerite.
Before settling into their chairs - covered in ivory fabric with blue sashes - guests chose their table cards, which were tucked inside miniature bird nests with eggs as a nod to spring. On the tables, ivory pillar candles rested in glass hurricanes, with pink and peach rose petals scattered alongside. In lieu of favors, the couple made donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Not a dry eye
"When my mother and father walked me down the aisle, I was very emotional," Danielle says. She also wiped away tears at the father-daughter dance, with Frank Lewis III, to Heartland's "I Loved You First."
When the bride and groom took their seats at the sweetheart table, a server poured two glasses of champagne, then knocked them both over onto the newlyweds. The server apologized profusely, but the bride took it in stride. "It was no big deal. It wasn't like it was red wine."
"Things may go wrong, but take a moment to step back with your husband. Everyone is there to celebrate with you. Have fun, dance, and enjoy every second. It goes so fast."
Six days at the Grand Mayan Riviera Maya Resort in Mexico.
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