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This past Saturday, Woodloch was fortunate enough to be part of a very special wedding proposal. Eric Ferreira and his family have vacationed at Woodloch for over 30 years. Sadly, 11 years ago Eric’s brother, Adam, passed away from leukemia. Each year, in memory of the love that both he and Adam shared for waterskiing at Woodloch, Eric makes an honorary lap on Woodloch’s Lake Teedyuskung.
This year’s lap was extra special. With the help of the staff at Woodloch, Eric planned to propose to his fiancé, Josephine DiCosmo. While family member and owner, Bob Kiesendahl, and social staff member, Luis Tejada, commandeered the ski boat for Eric’s memorial lap, family member and co-owner, Steve Kiesendahl, drove another boat out onto the lake with 14 of Eric’s close friends, family members, and of course his fiancé.
After Eric completed his lap, he swam over to the other boat and prepared to pop the question to Josephine. Eric snuck the engagement ring from his mother, who was holding on to it for safe keeping, got down on one knee and asked Josephine, “Will you marry me?” She said yes!
There were celebratory cheers from all, including bystanders on the beach and others who were out on boats at the time and had seen what was happening. Steve came prepared with champagne, which he was hiding under a pile of towels on the boat. A celebratory toast proceeded, honoring both the couple’s engagement and the memory of Adam.
The newly engaged couple and their families spent the remainder of the weekend celebrating here at Woodloch. We are honored to have been part of such a special occasion and look forward to sharing in more great Woodloch memories in the future with the happy couple!
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I started working at Woodloch, a family resort in the Pocono Mountains, in 1996. I had no idea that I would eventually meet my future husband there! However it would be several years before that happened.
He finally popped the question in December of 2009, and I knew immediately that I wanted a Woodloch wedding. We set our date for August 2010. We opted to have our ceremony lakeside, which we stressed out about all the way up until the day of the wedding hoping that the weather would hold out for us. Luckily it did, and we couldn't have been happier!
...And so the planning begins! Now if tell you that we were on a budget that would be an understatement! I will, however, let you in a on few "do it yourself" secrets that helped. First, we ordered our "save the dates" and "wedding invitations" from 123print.com. The rates were awesome, and they looked great too!
Next, we made our own centerpieces from crafting materials purchased at Wal-Mart and Michaels. We found some affordable glass vases and flowers that allowed us to create EXACTLY what we wanted in our centerpieces. For the DJ and photographer we hired friends who we knew would do a great job and still be affordable, and we spent less than $1,000.00 on both.
Which brings me to the food. Woodloch offers many different options for your wedding day from, passed hors d'ourves to sit down service to grand buffets – we opted to the grand buffet which we knew had many options that would please all of our guests- who wouldn't love king crab legs and jumbo shrimp!?! The open bar featured top-shelf liquor and wines. Our wedding cake was included in our price and was made by Woodloch's own bakery. They offered many different flavors of cake and fillings... we went with a marble cake with half chocolate pudding and half cannoli cream filling with whipped cream topping. I found a picture online of a cake that I liked and gave it to the bakery and they made it look exactly like the photo, we were very impressed.
If you just got engaged and are thinking about your wedding venue, definitely consider Woodloch. They pay attention to every detail so that you don't have to worry about anything... expept making sure to say “I DO." They also make a great place for a destination weddings. Contact Cara or Connie today at 800.784.3466 let them start to make your dream wedding a reality.