When Shanna Giedl’s best friend’s boyfriend transferred to a new high school, she didn’t think much of it—but was surprised when he reported back after a few days that he’d made a friend whom Shanna had to meet. “He was so determined that I meet Nathan,” Shanna recalls. And after seeing a photo of Nate’s winning smile, she says she was hooked. The pair was inseparable that summer, and their romance survived different colleges, life on opposite sides of the country, and even Nate’s six-month stint as a teacher in China. “Being apart made us closer, but I’ve never been happier than I was when Nate came back to the states and we finally moved in together,” Shanna admits.
In January 2017, nearly a decade after Nate and Shanna first met, the pair was on a ski trip to Vermont, cozying up in front of the fireplace after dinner. “Nate had hidden the ring in the couch cushions,” she says. “I couldn’t believe my eyes when he pulled it out!” The couple told their siblings—who would be their maid of honor and best man—and then waited until the next afternoon to share the news with the rest of their family and friends.
Nate and Shanna live just outside of Philadelphia, and wanted a unique Pennsylvania wedding that was a far cry from the country clubs and gardens they’d seen. “The Booking House, a warehouse-style space in Manheim, was so unique and a complete blank slate,” says the bride. “It’s family-owned, we could use any vendors we wanted, and, because it’s indoors, we didn’t have to worry about spring weather!”