Sarah and Jay were married at Cypress Grove Estate House in Orlando, Fla. on December 22. “We loved the beautiful outdoor setting with majestic oaks overlooking a lake, and the fact that our guests could easily walk from the ceremony to the cocktail hour and then to the reception,” Sarah said. “I wanted it to be full of Southern elegance, and it was exciting to see how the details of the decorations all created that feeling too.” The bride wore a long-sleeved satin wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore one-shoulder long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and anemones. “My favorite moment was when my father walked me down the aisle, and I could see Jay’s expression as he saw me for the first time,” she said. During the ceremony, the couple lit a unity candle to symbolize the joining of two families. Guests were escorted to their seats via vintage keys. Tables were decorated with lace linen overlays, mercury glass centerpieces, votive candles, and framed numbers. The newlyweds’ best advice? “My mother and I loved planning, but when it came to the big day, the best advice I can tell other couples is to hire a day-of or event coordinator,” Sarah said. “Jocelyn was behind-the-scences making sure everything was perfect. Jay and I didn’t panic at all, but instead, we were able to just enjoy it with our closest family and friends.” In lieu of a DJ, there was a live band; plus, not to mention, a photo booth for extra entertainment. Notice the batman props?
“. . . Love doesn’t like being left alone for long. But come home and love is always happy to see you. It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life, but you can never be mad at love for long . . . ” Can you guess where this quote is from? How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog by Taylor Mali. “I often have couples who love their dogs so much they want to include them in the ceremony in some way,” Rev. Laura Cannon of Ceremony Officiants said. “Yet as cute as their dog might be trotting down the aisle as the ring bearer; it’s not always practical. A reading like this is a great way to personalize a ceremony for dog-lovers without the added complications that having Fido in the wedding party presents.” Read more ideas here.
LC has been married for exactly one month this week! Ahh — the rustic, California vineyard wedding was better than anything we could have imagined. So, so, so much that we want to steal all of the new Mrs. Tell’s sweet ideas. From the custom all-lace Badgley Mischka wedding gown with a 10-foot train and the soft, loose curls pinned back with a jeweled headpiece to freshly-picked blush bouquets of peonies, dahlias, garden roses, and greenery and pre-ceremony cocktails/homemade apple pies/late-night snacks such as mini grilled cheese and chicken ‘n’ waffles, it was beyond picture-perfect, don’t you think?
Just when you think you only have to write thank-you notes after all that gift-unwrapping, think again, newlyweds. Remember that guests have traveled near and far to come honor YOU! Hence, why it’s extra important to show how much you appreciate their support of your marriage with a few welcoming weekend touches. Read more ideas here.
This past weekend, our editors spent countless hours catching taxis and subways from show to show across the Big Apple! Want to get in all the action? You totally can! Their gorgeous first glimpses from the Fall 2015 bridal collections include every Disney fairy tale princess like Elsa, Rapunzel, Belle, and Jasminefrom Alfred Angelo, 1920s-inspired old Hollywood glamour from Johanna Johnson, gold accessory accents galore from Della Giovanna, sexy, deep v-necklines from Rivini, and pure boho-chicness from Claire Pettibone and Delphine Manivet.