Pennsylvania Woodland Chapel Wedding: Walleska & Johanna
Aug. 1, 2015
Walleska (Wally) and Jo met in graduate school in 2011 while they were earning their Masters degrees in Education. Wally made the first move by asking Jo to borrow a pencil! It got the conversation going and they realized that they had a lot in common. Wally watched Jo perform in an improv show shortly after, and they have been inseparable ever since.
Wally and Jo coincidentally share the same eye prescription, so Jo knew they were meant to be when she realized her collection of glasses could double in size. They literally see the world in the same way!
Jo really fell in love, though, over a spontaneous trip to Puerto Rico after dating for only about two weeks. The traveling, adventure and spontaneity continues to this day.
Wally was immediately drawn to Jo’s welcoming smile and warm spirit. Before they started dating, Wally gushed about her constantly to close friends, referring to her as “the girl with the beautiful smile.” Through their initial interactions, Wally learned that Jo was kind-hearted, extremely caring towards others and could make her laugh for hours. She knew right away that they would one day marry.
Both brides had secretly planned to propose to one another for months, telling their family and friends to keep the information secret for them. Jo beat Wally to the question, though.
On June 28, 2013, Jo shared a short movie that chronicled their life together, with the final scenes asking her to look out of the window of their apartment. On the sidewalk, in chalk, there were directions to find their cat, Noah. When Wally found him, he wore a collar that read, “Will you marry me?” Jo got down on one knee, pulled out the most beautiful ring, and asked Wally to be her wife (in Spanish!).
Wally proposed later that day using the Red String of Fate, their idea of how they came to be.
As part of the day, Jo had planned a surprise engagement party (with the help of their mothers) at a restaurant in Wally’s childhood neighborhood. The night ended with the support of family, friends, tres leches cake and champagne.
Wally found the Stroudsmoor Country Inn in an article online. She saw pictures of a wedding held at the Woodsgate Chapel and fell in love with the scenery. When they visited, they felt that it was a very spiritual place and knew that it would be a memorable experience for their families to escape the city for a weekend. When same-sex marriage was legalized in Pennsylvania three days after their visit, they knew it was a sure thing.