Karisa and James were married at Serendipity Garden in Oak Glen, Calif. on May 25. ” It was a wedding fairytale venue,” Karisa said. “It had every WOW factor I was looking for with beautiful views from every angle, brand new barn that gave my pictures the cutest rustic touch, and it was all inclusive, which sold it for me. They took care of everything and that helped me be very organized!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a low back, accessorized with her short hair down in loose curls, branch wreath, and a pair of nude Christian Louboutin platform pumps, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a matching tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, berries, and dusty millers. “My flowers were to die for,” she said. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. James’ reaction — pricesless! Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “As two families become one, we ask that you choose a seat not a side.” The ceremony took place outside overlooking the mountains. They even rode off on a horse-drawn carriage aftwerwards! “It took everyone’s breath away,” Karisa said. The reception kicked off with dancing, obviously. “Honestly, I think about how many people danced their butts off all night,” she said. “The dance floor was packed with all of my loved ones celebrating and having the time of their lives. That made all our hard work worth it.” Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, lantern centerpieces, and gold glitter numbers in picture frames. “My cake was not only the most beautiful cake I imagined, but it was also by far the most delicious I have ever had,” Karisa said. There was also a candy bar too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do not sweat the small stuff,” she said. “There are so many details in wedding planning. If you worry about every single detail, you will not only become a bridezilla but also take the focus off the beauty in every fun aspect of it. This happens once, so enjoy every small and large thing that this experience has to offer! Let others help you.”
Introducing the color everybody’s talking about: Marsala! We’ve been swooning over this deep burgundy-red ever since Pantone revealed it as the new “it” color last week. This sophisticated shade would make the perfect addition to a rich, romantic palette, a lovely complement to a jewel tone scheme, or even a nice accent to an organic, woodsy aesthetic. Check out our Marsala gallery for some great ways to infuse your wedding decor with what Pantone calls a “hearty yet stylish tone.”
Talia and Clayton were married in a traditional church ceremony at Heinz Memorial followed by a reception at LeMont in Lemont, Pa. on May 31. The bride wore a sweetheart silk mermaid wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled sash, and a pair of Betsy Johnson high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accesorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long neutral chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. Inside the chapel’s red front doors were vaulted ceilings lined with stained glass chancel windows. Fun fact: It was a family tradition to get hitched here! Talia was escorted down the aisle by her teary-eyed father and up the aisle by her googly-eyed husband Clayton. Afterwards, the newlyweds decided to take a stroll through University of Pittsburgh’s campus for portraits since they opted out of a first look. They also made a stop at Mount Washington, which is an incline platform running the entire length of Grandview Avenue, for a few scenic views of the skyline. Meanwhile, guests enjoyed cocktail hour. Escort cards featured hand-scripted font similar to the invitations and ceremony programs too. Notice a theme? Tables were decorated with white linens, silver-rimmed charger plates, tall blossiming branches centerpieces, and wine bottle numbers. The cake was cut with “I do” and “Me too” forks, and boxes of cookies were given out as favors at the end of the night.
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Whether you’re recently engaged or have been planning your nuptials for a while, you’re probably bursting with excitement about your wedding and want to tell everyone you know about all of the details of your big day. Our advice? Try to hold back. We know it may not be easy, but when you see your guests’ surprise and genuine excitement at your wedding, keeping your mouth shut for all those months will be totally worth it, we promise. Check out our list of the details you really shouldn’t share before your wedding day.