Real Berks County Weddings

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THE BIG DAY | May 28, 2011
PHOTOS BY | Josh Finsel & Amber Breiner Photography  
| Neda Oswald

Kyle Oswald, originally from Kutztown, moved to Seattle in 2000. Seven years later, he met Neda Vaseghi on an Alaska Airlines flight to Fresno. The two have been in love ever since. 

Last year, before a family trip to the Outer Banks, Kyle contacted Alaska Airlines to assist with his in-flight proposal. The airline upgraded the couple to first class and provided champagne and flowers. After reaching altitude, Kyle walked to the front of the plane, later returning with the bouquet and a copy of his first email exchange with Neda. He presented her with the most beautiful blue sapphire ring. She said "yes" and the pilot announced the engagement.

Neda is originally from Iran and moved to the U.S. in 1985. Her immediate family members reside in Seattle and were gracious enough to agree to a “destination wedding” in Kutztown. After much deliberation, the couple decided on an outdoor wedding in a field adjacent to one of the oldest 19th century stone barns in the county, owned by Kyle’s brother and sister-in-law. The family helped restore and decorate the beautiful setting, including the perfect placement of white Chinese lanterns, candles set from floor to ceiling, touches of peacock feathers and flower by Josh Finsel & Amber Breiner Photography

Neda purchased a stunning San Patrick dress in New York City. Using her eclectic taste, she accented the dress with blue suede shoes, a blue feather in her hair and Sorrelli earrings (Sorrelli is owned by Kyle’s brother and sister-in-law). Her hair and makeup was perfectly done by Jen Petko of Oreland at the charming Kutztown Main Street Inn Bed & Breakfast, where all out-of-state travelers stayed for the week. Jackie and Daughter Flower Shop, Kutztown, created the white waterfall orchid bouquet. The couple decided on a wedding party that meant the most to them – their parents! It was amazing to see the love in their eyes, especially from Kyle’s parents – 91 and 81 years of age.

On May 28, wine and champagne was served as the guests arrived and were seated. Kyle’s dear friend, Brandon Gough, officiated the 14-minute service. Neda was 30 minutes late (very normal in the couple's non-punctual world)!  Kyle could not hold back emotions and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. The bride walked with her parents to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah played on the piano. The service included a reading by Rumi (This Marriage) and a traditional Iranian honey ceremony under oak trees by the bank of a stream. The bride and groom kissed throughout the ceremony before saying, “I do.” BarNone Wedding & Entertainment ended the ceremony with Dirty Bit by the Black Eyed Peas to the surprise of their guests, who quickly joined in the celebration.

Moselem Springs Golf Club catered mouth-watering food, including a raw bar, prime rib and crab cake sliders for the 55 locals and 25 friends who traveled across the country.  BarNone kept the music pumping until 1am. The real gift was when the entire event was preserved forever by JF+AB Photography and BarNone’s videographer (Trai).

It was quite simply a perfect day pulled together by the help of their families and friends.

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