Sarah and Dane were married at Mercury Hall in Austin, Texas on November 9. “We loved the Hill Country feel without ever having to leave the center of Austin,” Sarah said. The bride wore a capped sleeve a-line wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a navy blue checkered button-up shirt and tie. Bridesmaids wore short purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, berries, scabiosa pods, and seeded eucalyptus. “Getting to see each other for the first time,” she said. “We decided to do a first look before walking down the aisle so we could have a moment to ourselves. It was great getting to show off my dress and telling Dane how stunning he looked. Such a perfect, private time to be goofy and settle any last-minute nerves or jitters.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss underneath the giant oak trees, it was official, almost 125 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with mini beer churros on donkeys followed with the reception shortly thereafter. Guests were escorted to their seats via animal figurines. Tables were decorated with white linens, gray napkins, birch wood centerpieces, vintage books, and mason jar candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “The food was absolutely amazing, and the same caterer did our cakes as well,” Sarah said. “The groom’s cake was a total surprise to Dane. It was so fun creating it with the caterer and even better getting to see the surprise on Dane’s face when he saw it.” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake topped with fruit was cut and served concluding dinner. Fun fact: the other one was a replica of a scene set in the wilderness! In lieu of a favors, donations were made to Heifer International, University Catholic Center, and Christian Veterinary Mission. “We broke out to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ halfway through our first dance,” she said. “We had been practicing for weeks, and it turned out perfect. Everyone was so surprised.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Hire a wedding planner!” Sarah said. “Even if it is just the day of stuff, you don’t want to be stressing when you’re tyring to focus on preparing for a marriage. Ours was fantastic, and helped us out so much. We were totally stress-free when the day finally arrived.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon.
Need some help finding a wedding anniversary gift for your wife or husband? There’s no need to follow the traditional route based on the respective year you’re celebrating. Instead, get creative with these ideas! We kept it to under $200, so it’s easier on the wallet. Our favorites include: an acrylic painting, marquee light sign, vacation fund, and a cook book. Click through the slideshow here.
Laura and Omar were married at Bella Montagna in San Jose, Calif. on July 12.”There were beautiful views from every angle,” Laura said. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Steve Madden strappy high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin pink dresses with capped sleeves and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, Queen Anne’s lace, and dusty miller. Guests were greeted with a citrus-infused water station to beat the heat. Aisles were lined with petals and altar was draped with fabric and lit with a crystal chandelier. “It gave such a romantic feel,” she said. “It was exactly what I wanted. To be honest, it was when our officiant dropped my wedding band during the ceremony, and we were looking for it. People got out of their seats to help. We didn’t find it until after the ceremony, but it makes for a great story and something neither us or our guests will forget.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 75 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with sequin linens, white napkins, gold charger plates, mercury glass centerpieces, and pillar candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “There was a mix of American and Afghan music,” Laura said. “The cultural blend brought our family and friends together.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, signatures were inscribed onto a picture frame. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do what you want and not worry about traditions or what people might think,” she said. At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.
It’s a great honor to be named the best man in a wedding. You’ve got a good amount of responsibilities, from planning the all-important bachelor party to keeping the groomsmen informed. It’s also typical of the best man to make a speech at the wedding reception. Not sure what you’re supposed to say? We’re here to help. We’ve put together a guide of things you should definitely cover in your speech, and what you should avoid at all costs. Here’s to you making a killer best man speech!
Heather and Kristy were married at The Flicker Building in Dallas, Texas on April 12. “There was an outdoor space available for the ceremony, weather permitting, and it was on White Rock Lake that held special meaning to us,” Heather said. One bride wore a strapless tulle tea-length wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, pearl necklace, sash, and a pair of bow peep-toe high heels, while the other bride wore a blazer and pants, accessorized with a pair of sneakers. The bouquet featured roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus, and dusty miller wrapped with lace around the stems. “Each of us walked down the initial portion of the aisle with our chosen family members, and then walked down the remainder of the aisle together,” she said. “We incorporated the Hawaiian tradition of exchanging leis during the ceremony because we lived in Hawaii just prior to the wedding. We also had a blessing of the stones by our guests, and then leaving the stones in a bowl for us to keep.” Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 75 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter inside the loft. Fun fact: There were distinct exposed brick walls, iron trusses, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking sweeping views. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, glass compote centerpieces, lemons, jars of mints, which served double-duty as favors, and votive candles, surrounded by white folding padded chairs. Each one was named after a city. For example, Honolulu, the place of shelter, and O’ahu, the gathering place. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “The vendors we have listed are phenomenal,” Heather said. “I did extensive research on WeddingWire, and felt the vendors did an exceptional job and made our day perfect. Use these vendors!” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.