We’ve seen the wooden “choose a seat, not a side” sign one too many times these days. But that’s okay — it’s quite popular! Whether you want to give guests directions, broadcast a message, or simply add a personal touch to your decor, a little functionality, lovey dovey-ness, and a whoa lotta cute goes a long way. A few of our favorite awesome ideas? Marquee lights, customized flags, window panels, laser cut outs, yarn art, and painted mirrors.
Leslie and Irfan were married at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, Calif. on September 28. “Other than the fact that it’s a beautiful and fun location, Crystal Cove was a significant part of my childhood,” Leslie said. “My family and I spent a lot of weekends fishing and exploring the tide pools of this beach. We even loved that the area was preserved as a state park and not bought out for condos too. We wanted to give back since choosing the venue also provided some funds to the upcoming projects.” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with drapped chiffon on the front and back, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Her do-it-yourself bouquet featured all seeded eucalyptus wrapped in twine. “Finally typing the knot was my favorite moment,” she said. “The applause from our guests and the public standing around was really amazing as we were introduced as husband and wife.” Fun fact: They both were barefoot! The reception was held outside on the deck. Tables were decorated with seashell-filled centerpieces, engraved wood slice numbers, and Coca Cola at each place setting. “We wanted to keep it low maintanence and simplistic,” Leslie said. In addition to cake, there was also an assortment of cupcakes! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Prioritize what will matter to you on the wedding day,” she said, “Don’t spend so much time on the details that you won’t be paying attention to anyways. Your guests are there to see you, not to judge or fuss about your centerpieces. What will be more memorable to them is how happy you both are.”
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Photos (from left to right): Krista A. Jones Photography
Can you guess where these two lovebirds got engaged? During an afternoon hike at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve overlooking the Potomac River. “Brian kept getting ahead of me on the trail until he decided to take a break atop an oversized rock,” Caitlin said. “I was hesitant at first to climb (more like crawl) to get to it, but he was adamant.” It was no surprise that their engagement session took place near the water too. ”Fun fact: The Chesapeake Maritime Museum is right next door to the Inn at Perry Cabin where The Wedding Crashers was filmed,” she said. View more photos here.
Hannah and Jonathan were married at Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Va. on May 24. “The venue reminded me of where I grew up. When we saw the barn it just fit. It had originally resided on a working dairy farm that was the next town over from ours. They dismantled the barn piece-by-piece and put it back together once it got to the museum. It was incredibly unique in that it was octagonal shaped.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a matching solid tie. Bridesmaids wore long gray and mint chiffon dresses and carried do-it-yourself bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, sweet peas, and baby’s breath. “I am a huge family person,” she said. “I really wanted to have them be a part of the wedding as much as I could. Rather than having the traditional setup of girls on one side and guys on the other, we alternated it so that our siblings stood next to us. Not only that, but my brother carried our late grandma’s Bible with our rings down the aisle. It was very special. We loved her dearly, and it was heartbreaking not to have her there.” After they were announced husband and wife, it was official. Guests were asked write well wishes on pieces of fabric for a quest quilt. “A sweet lady from our church put it together, and we didn’t see the front of it until the day of,” Hannah said. “We will cherish it forever!” Reception tables were decorated with lace doily runners, mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices, and picture frame chalkboard numbers. “Finding all the vintage china was definitely one of my favorite details,” she said. “They were all so very pretty in their own right, and we had such a great time together looking for them.” In lieu of favors, red maple and dogwood trees were given out to watch their love grow from afar. “Since the beginning of our relationship, we’ve been blown away by how much we were made for each other and how much we were meant to be together . . . we put together a slideshow of us from infancy to where we are today. It played while we dance to ‘The Story’ by Brandi Carlisle.”
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Tags: Barn Weddings, Bethany Snyder Photography, Frontier Culture Museum, Gray Weddings, handmade weddings, mint weddings, rustic weddings, Vintage Weddings, Virginia Weddings
Photo Courtesy of: Laura Gordon Photoraphy
The most anticipated day of your life is FINALLY here! All that’s left to do is read and repeat those handwritten vows and exchange those symbolic rings with each other. Well, kinda. We know, as newlyweds, you’ll be busy greeting guests and taking a spin or two on the dance floor, but there are a few more extra important things you’ll need to do like: sign your marriage licence, eat (don’t get “hangry”), go to the bathroom, tip your vendors, spend time together alone, and say “thank you.”