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This Couple Tied the Knot at a West Chester Bed & Breakfast

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Images by Moonloop Photography

After two years together in the Virgin Islands, the Chester County lovebirds returned home for a pandemic wedding at Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast.

Wedding date: July 10, 2020

After Mike Petro hired Sarah Fell at Chester County’s Triple Fresh Market & Catering in 2013, both ended up with so much more than a simple business arrangement. As things progressed, the couple moved to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands to work in food and hospitality. Thousands of miles from home, their relationship survived two battering hurricanes and five months without power. “We figured if we could make it last together through that, we were good to go,” says Sarah.

Bride and groom look toward each other fondly.

After more than two years on the island, the couple returned home last spring. Under the guise of a going-away party in St. Thomas, Mike popped the question. Dire Straits’ “Romeo and Juliet” played as they danced and sipped champagne. On a subsequent road trip across the United States, the couple stopped in Nashville, where Sarah found the cowboy boots she’d wear on her big day.

Wedding ring next to bride's cowboy boots.

Working in the wedding industry, the couple has a special place in their hearts for West Chester’s Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast. “We just love it there, love working there, love being there,” says Mike.

Originally setting a date for May 8, they knew by April that it was no longer possible. As COVID-19 restrictions loosened, they bumped the date to July. On a rainy day, the skies finally cleared just before Sarah walked down the aisle, her brother-in-law playing  “Romeo and Juliet” as she made her way to the front.

Bride walks down the aisle. Couple exchanges vows.Their guest list trimmed from 65 to 35, the two exchanged vows, presided over by Mike’s grandfather. Many of the details they’d planned were still part of their day, including Victorian-inspired mirrors with calligraphy. Sarah’s father forged the flower rings, and Sarah’s mother and sister completed them at their floral business.

“There wasn’t anything that could’ve made us feel like we were in a pandemic that day,” says Sarah.

Wedding floral arrangements

Ceremony & reception: Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast

Number of guests: 35

Bridal gown: BHLDN

Groom’s suit: Boscov’s

Makeup: Avante Salon

Florist: Full Blooms by MMK

Caterer: Doe Run CateringCouple cuts wedding cake.

Cake: Cakes by Tiffany

First dance: Otis Day and the Knights’ “Shama Lama Ding Dong”

Photographer & videographer: Moonloop Photography

Honeymoon: Newport, R.I.

Careers: Both work in catering at Triple Fresh Market & Catering in East Fallowfield Township.

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