Alexandria and Steve were married at Tiber Canyon Ranch in San Luis Obispo, Calif. on May 24. “The rustic, open surroundings,” Alexandria said. “I love nature, and this venue is very woodsy and simple, but so beautiful. The owners pend a lot of time making the property unique and very well maintained too.” The bride wore a satin a-line wedding gown with capped sleeves and a keyhole back, accessorized with a sideswept updo, long lashes, and bold, red lips, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short mix ‘n’ matched white dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, peonies, calla lilies, and baby’s breath.”Walking down the aisle and seeing everyone I know looking at me with huge smiles on their faces and me waving to everyone in excitement that they were there,” she said. “I am such a dork, and it really shined through at this moment.” Believe it or not, but most of the decor was handmade by the couple! “The altar, head farm table, reclaimed wooden signs, wood block table numbers,” Alexandria said. “We had our hands on all of the details, it makes it more personal. I wanted to keep it pretty neutral and let the natural beauty around the venue be the source of color.” Following the string quartet recessional, guests found their seats for dinner via a chalkboard. Tables were decorated minimally. “I loved the romanic glow of the candles that lined the center,” she said. “We did family style fare.” Fun fact: the first dance “California Stars” was sung! In lieu of a traditional guest book, a photo booth was provided for extra entertainment as well as a custom Instagram hashtag #sandeckiwedding. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Keep it simple!” Alexandria said. “The wedding is about sharing your love with someone in front of your family and friends. It is easy to get caught up in all the details. If you have a lot, remember what you are doing and why you are doing it.”
Been there, seen that — numbering each of your reception tables one through let’s say 25 might be the traditional go-to choice, but you don’t have to go that route! Feel free to steal some of our recently-married couples ideas of oh-so brilliant names like robin (birds), recess (school-themed), daffodil (flowers), dewey (beaches), farenheit 451 (books), charlotte (cities), sycamore (trees), or the notebook (movies) here.
Carrie and Stephen were married at Capilano Golf & Country Club in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on August 17. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled headband in her loose curls, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a black tie. Bridesmaids wore short chiffon dresses with illusion floral backs and carried bouquet of roses and hydrangeas. Inside the wedding gown, there was “something blue,” which was the wedding date stitched on. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look on the North Shore’s cliffs overlooking the Strait of Georgia. “They had a beautiful turquoise and white details throughtout their venue, which included lots of personal touches too,” Lauren Pursell, the photographer, said. “They included their French bulldog in the outdoor ceremony as well as a butterfly release to symbolize their new life together. Their outdoor reception included long banquet tables fitted with real candlelight all the way down. It seated all of the guests with amazing views of the downtown. Fun fact: Carrie’s parents were also married at the same exact venue, and they even re-created some photos, such as the flower toss.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, there was a photo booth complete with props. Everyone was asked to leave one and keep one. Can you imagine all the silly poses they may have received?
In case you want to take a break from checking off items on your late-night wedding to-do list, consider getting crafty! You can create customizable bunting or banner signs for various parts of your reception decor. Imagine hanging them from the ceiling of your venue, from the front of your sweetheart table or dessert display, or posing with them for thank-you cards to be sent post-honeymoon. See more photos here.
Jiae and John were married in a traditional church ceremony at First Assembly followed by a reception at Oxon Hill Manor in Oxon Hill, Md. on November 2. “We fell in love with the historic beauty of our venue,” Jiae said. “Each room was truly unique with its own distinct personality, providing the perfect backdrop for creating an intimate feel that we wanted.” The bride wore a strapless satin trumpet wedding dress with a bow on the back, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and sparkly, platform peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hosta leaves wrapped in ribbon. “We were so honored to have John’s uncle, Peter, officiate our wedding ceremony,” she said. “This meant a lot to us, and we were truly blessed to have him bring his warmth and humor to our wedding. Participating in paeback, a Korean wedding custom, was a beautiful way to include our families. We had so much fun while doing it, and we were so happy to have shared this experience with all of our guests too.” The reception was separated into two rooms — the gold and black. Signature cocktails were served such as gin and tonic and pickle backs, and tables were decorated with tall crystal draped centerpieces surrounded by chiavari chairs. “That would have to be the moment when I felt liberated,” Jiae said. When the details disappeared, and the nerves faded, and I could truly join in!” Dinner was food stations complete with sushi, cheeses, and meats, and dessert was an entire table of sweets complete with to-go boxes. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Wedding planning is notorious for being stressful, so picking the right team was extremely important to us, especially for having such a short engagement period,” she said. “As much as we wanted our wedding to be an intimate affair with family and friends, we also wanted to feel a connection with our vendors. By trusting in their talent, exertise and passion, we were able to focus our energy on each other and enjoy the wedding planning. We felt our vendors truly cared about our vision and not only saved us time and money, but also gave us the encouragement and support we needed.”