When Simone Wellington first met Sean Mesidor in her college dormitory a little over 15 years ago, she never imagined he would become the love of her life. “We became flirtatious friends that year, and by sophomore year, our friendship grew into a relationship,” she says. Sean proposed to his sweetheart the day before a planned trip to Toronto for Christmas. “He got down on one knee and popped the question while playing a video he edited for me, featuring photos of us throughout the years and congratulatory messages from my family,” she muses.

Remembering their trip to The Poconos years prior, the lovebirds knew they wanted to return to the same locale for their nuptials. “We had an amazing weekend at our venue several years ago for my birthday,” the bride reminisces. “We said if we were ever to get married, this would be the perfect place.” Photographer Kesha Lambert captured precious moments of the couple’s alfresco occasion amidst the beautiful landscape. After exchanging vows, the officiant pronounced their new last name, which took some attendees by surprise. “Our most unique moment was definitely the decision for my husband to take my last name. We kept it under wraps from most of our guests, so it was a huge surprise when the minister announced us as Mr. and Mrs. Sean Wellington,” Simone reveals.

With respect to the organic ambience of the venue, the couple pursued a palette combining three classic wedding hues complemented by classic baby’s breath florals. “Our colors were black, white, and gold with a whimsical feel,” she explains. “To match our wedding colors, we had two wedding cakes. One was a three-tier white cake with hazelnut buttercream [and] the other was a traditional Jamaican black cake with white buttercream icing.” In addition to the scrumptious dessert, the couple wanted guests to journey back to the early stages of their relationship. “Being that we met in college, we wanted our reception to have a college party vibe,” the bride tells. “We selected our DJ based on his ability to recreate that feeling through the songs and genres of that era.”

Simone also shares a piece of advice for engaged couples planning their perfect day: “There’s a million decisions you’ll have to make during this time, and it’s helpful to be knowledgeable of pricing and any potential red flags when sourcing vendors and buying décor.” The couple was thrilled with the outcome of their celebration and enjoyed an unforgettable honeymoon in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and South Africa as husband and wife.