WeddingWire’s SpringBook 2015 features five amazing real weddings, each at different locations across the country. Kelsey and Noah were married in Brooklyn, New York overlooking an esplanade of cherry blossom trees, Ifraj and Alfred were married in Washington, DC showcasing famous works of art from women, Despina and Eric were married in Chestertown, Maryland combining their Greek and Indian cultures, Julie and Scott were married in Camarillo, California including one of our very own designers, and Laudys and John were married in Geneva, Florida jamming to the beat of the drum. We cannot thank all of these couples enough for sharing their big days with us!
Lynman and Jonathan were married at The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Conn on August 30. “We met in New Hampshire and are both from the East Coast, and we initially wanted to have our wedding in Vermont,” Lynman said. “But once we started looking at venues there, we realized we wanted something more accessible (since we were traveling from Singapore and having friends coming in from around the country). Hence why, we started looking at places around the tri-state area. Once I saw pictures of the carousel all lit up inside the vintage wooden building right on the beach, we were sold.” The bride wore a custom-made sheath wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, jeweled sash, and a pair of sandals, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. “The floral crown was a crowd favorite,” she said. “I couldn’t decided between a veil or a floral crown, so I decided to do both. Our florist, Jennifer, did such a good job. Everyone complimented me on it, and it kind of set the tone for the whole day that it was going to just be a fun party on the beach. It was perfect for the wedding–laid-back, bohemian and whimsical, a little different with just a touch of unexpected flare.” Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, astilbe, dahlias, berries, and succulents. “We really wanted to incorporate my culture into the ceremony with tea, especially since most of my family is in Hong Kong and couldn’t make it,” Lynman said. “It was great to be able to share that part of my heritage with Jon’s side. My cousin hosted it and Jon’s brother translated, which made it even more memorable.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. “It’s hard to pin down one moment, but while planning the day, we slotted in a 15-minute period after the hoopla–after the ceremony and pictures–and before our entrance where we got to hang out, just the two of us, as a married couple for the first time,” she said. “We just had some whiskey and took it all in, watching everyone from a distance. It was a nice, if temporary, moment of peace and quiet during a crazy but hectic day.” Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, postcard names, and mercury glass votive candles, surrounded by upholstered chairs. In lieu of a traditional guest book, a globe was signed. The newlyweds’ best advice? “We wanted 10 years from now to look back and say that we had a blast with everyone we loved,” Lynman said. “Our officiant quoted Rihanna, we had corn hole on the beach, an open bar, and we had dance offs and ice cream sandwiches and people laughing and crying. All the details that you can obsess over, and the things you feel like you HAVE to do don’t matter because no one will remember that. Focus on what makes you happy as a couple.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Amsterdam.
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Tags: Beach Weddings, bohemian weddings, BOHO Chic Weddings, boho weddings, Connecticut Weddings, Donna Cheung Photography, lighthouse weddings, Summer Weddings, tea ceremonies, The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park
Chances are you’re going to have guests at your wedding that have traveled long distances and rearranged their schedules around your big day. It’s important you thank them for taking the time to be there, and what better way to do that than with personally decorated favor boxes? There are dozens of way you can take an average white box to the next level. No matter the style of your wedding, nautical or rustic, we’ve created a favor box that will fit in perfectly. Check out our favorite designs (and how to make them) in our SpringBook!
Jennifer and Caroline were married at The Vintager Inn in New Kent, Va. on September 20. “We were looking for a rustic venue somewhere in between Northern Virginia and Raleigh, North Carolina where most of our guests were coming from,” Jennifer said. “Our awesome wedding planner, Allison Barnes, found The Vintager Inn. It was not only in the perfect location, about halfway, but also it had everything and more that we were looking for. The landscape and scenery were amazing, and we knew this was something that our family and friends would love. We also knew with good weather that this would be an unforgettable place. The main barn opened up to this picture-perfect view at sunset. Our guests are still raving about it.” One bride wore a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the other bride wore a halter v-neck wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a braided updo. Both wore matching orange Converse tennis shoes! Bridesmaids wore short chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. Groomsmen wore white button-up shirts and dark gray pants, accessorized with a tie and suspenders. All 150 guests were greeted with a tandem bicycle directing the way. “Our ceremony was extremely unique to us,” she said. “We wrote the ceremony and had one of our best friends marry us (she did an amazing job for someone that had never done this before). The script was filled with love and laughter. We took turns sharing some of the things that made us fall in love with each other (all things sweet and hilarious) followed by the hand unity, our vows, and a kiss.” Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. “We did a fiesta theme for cocktail hour, including a mariachi band, taco bar with tequila shots, and passed taquitos and mini tacos.” Tables were decorated with gray linens, orange napkins, mason jar centerpieces, vintage bottles filled with paper hearts, and pictures from throughout their relationship, surrounded by black chiavari chairs. “There are so many but the moments that stuck out the most were our first look, our guests arriving as we secretly looked on, and realizing later that evening that we were actually married,” Jennifer said. In lieu of a cake, there was cake pops and cupcakes served concluding dinner. Fun fact: they were also favors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t worry about making other people happy that day,” she said. “The day is about you and to celebrate the love between you and your partner. As long as you two are happy and everyone sees that, everyone will be happy that day too.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of glow sticks, and jetted off to their honeymoon in Aruba.
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Tags: Barn Weddings, Country Chic Weddings, eKate Photography, Gray Weddings, inn weddings, Orange Weddings, rustic weddings, Summer Weddings, The Vintager Inn, Virginia Weddings
Photo: Vicki Grafton Photography
Introducing WeddingWire’s Spring 2015 e-magazine, hot off the (e-)presses and brimming with expert advice, fresh ideas, and pretty inspiration you won’t want to miss. Flip through four stunning real weddings, including cover couple Ifraj and Alfred‘s sophisticated DC museum soiree and Kelsey and Noah’s celebration against a cherry blossom backdrop. Read up on tips for creating your wedding day timeline, sticking to your budget, and determining which registry type suits you best. Take a peek at some of the country’s most scenic venues, get insight on the anatomy of a wedding bouquet, and get crafty with 17 clever ways to dress up a favor box. Plus, be sure to check out our bridesmaid guide, which covers everything from bachelorettes to thank-you gifts and lots more. Happy reading!