Sarah and Peter

Scranton, Pennsylvania



Photography | KNOT JUST ANY DAY | @knotjustanyday

Venue | Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton

Floral Designer | Michael’s House of Flowers

Apparel | The Dress Lounge @dressloungeboutique

Men’s Attire | Tuxedo by Sarno @tuxedobysarno

Shoes | Betsey Johnson | @betseyjohnson

Shoes | Macy’s | @macys

Jewelry | Olive and Piper @oliveandpiper

Sarah, Peter, The Radisson Lackawanna Station, and all of the feels. There wasn’t a face not beaming, laughing, or crying at the start of Sarah and Peter’s ceremony that was officiated by Sarah’s own uncle. We love seeing family members perform wedding ceremonies; it always makes for such a personalized and special wedding. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into their big day!!

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

Our wedding day was the perfect combination of glamour and intimacy. I always envisioned a formal wedding with very personal touches. My husband loves history and wanted to get married somewhere with a great story behind it. The Radisson at Lackawanna Station met both of those visions. The ceremony was my very favorite part. All of our favorite people in the world in the beautiful lobby while intimate candles were lit and glimmering all around us. My Uncle Greg married us and it could not have been more personal and perfect. As far as my color theme and inspiration, I wanted my guests to feel like they were at the most fun and fancy celebration. Our bridal party was very large! The guys were dressed in classic, black tuxedos and my girls all had different black evening gowns. I wanted them all to feel beautiful and comfortable all day long. In addition to the black, there were many hints of gold accents that popped throughout the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. I wanted my guests to leave there remembering all of the special touches—our “wish you were here tree”, our dessert table, and our signature drink to name a few! It was truly the best day of our lives!


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

Almost all of the decor was made up of a variety of things that I collected over the year of our engagement. Since is was a late afternoon ceremony, I wanted a lot of candles and a beautiful string light curtain to frame the altar. For the cocktail hour, our welcome table had our framed engagement pictures (from the amazing KJAD crew!), along with fun signs, and our guest book sign that now hangs in our home. Throughout the cocktail hour were framed quotes that Peter had written of his favorite things about me and gold mercury glass votives gave the room an extra sparkle! The reception had high, gold candelabras on black sequin tables that lined the dance floor. Our dessert table was a decoration in and of itself. Beautiful black, white and gold desserts piled on gold and crystal platters lined the entire wall of the reception venue. At the entrance was my favorite decoration—our “Wish you were here tree”. I spray painted gold branches and hung black and white photos of all the people we have lost along the way. With a dozen candles below them, it looked like little angels fluttering and watching over our night. When I walked in it was everything I had dreamt of!


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

My flowers were dramatic and all “berry” colored. I wanted rich purples, reds and deep pinks that I knew would pop against my bridesmaid’s black gowns. The centerpieces for the reception were made of the same beautiful colors. In the lobby where the ceremony and cocktail hour was held, my florist filled the fountain with a beautiful fresh berry display that was the perfect touch of winter for us! The next day, the beautiful arrangements were broken down and donated to hospice units and nursing homes in the area so others could enjoy then as much as we did!


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

My husband, Peter is all about the classic look. He knew from the beginning that he wanted a straight, classic black tuxedo complete with a bow tie. And he looked as handsome as ever!I have always wanted a fairytale wedding, and in my head that meant a glitzy ball gown. However, I wanted it to be different than most other dresses I’ve seen. The top was covered in beautiful beading and the bottom (prob my favorite part) was made of the softest english netting and was an “hombre” or ivory and cream. Whenever I moved, the colors shifted. My purse and shoes had similar beading to the top of my gown and for my jewelry I chose to wear simple, crystal, cluster earrings with a matching bracelet. I really wanted to let the dress be the main focus of my wedding day ensemble!


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Peter and I met at Hershey Medical Center where we are both nurses in the SICU. From the very first date we knew would spend our whole lives together. Our engagement, although I always wondered when it was coming, was a complete surprise to me. Peter planned an outing at a paint and sip shop with some friends of ours. After some time working on a Christmas wine glass, he asked me if I would like to try this new wine he brought. On the label it read “Sarah Striefsky, will you marry me?”. Before he could even officially ask the question, I took the ring and threw my arms around him. Afterwards, he also surprised me by having both of our parents from out of town waiting at our house to celebrate!


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

For both of us, the most anticipated moment was seeing each other the moment I began to walk down the aisle! Aside from the intimate ceremony where there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, my favorite moment was our first dance. Friends of our family sang a live, acoustic version of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and still to this day I get chills when I hear it!


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

I personally loved every single second of wedding planning! Once you decide on a budget and get all of the serious stuff out of they way, take time to really enjoy the whole process! The time flies by and it’s so important to savor those memories together!