Taylor and Paul were married at Royal Oaks Farm in Harvard Ill. on June 14. “We visited our wedding site in the middle of a huge snowfall and knew through all the snow that it was going to be beautiful,” Taylor said. “It was perfect for us.” The bride wore a v-neck a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls with a fingertip-length veil and gold leaf earrings, while the groom wore a gray suits, accessorized with plaid ties. Bridesmaids wore short coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias, scabiosa pods, pincushions, and craspedia balls. “I had all my best friends in my wedding with me,” she said. “God gave us the most beautiful day too.” The ceremony took place outside overlooking 120-acres of apple orchards. Aisles were lined with wood slices etched with the words of 1 Corinthians 13 on them such as: it’s faithful, patient, and love never fails. “I loved all the wood pieces that my father-in-law cut and my father and I sanded down and wrote on for the aisles,” Taylor said. Fun fact: After the “I dos,’ portraits were taken on the carousel. Guests were asked to write their advice and well wishes on pieces of Jenga blocks. “My sister gave the best maid of honor speech,” she said. “I barely teared up all day, but I definitely cried during her speech.” Tables were decorated with burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces, and votive candles. Plus, the cake was only two-tiers of ruffled, buttercream frosting goodness. Yum! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Remember that no matter what details get messed up or can’t happen, you are marrying your best friend and that is all that really matters about the whole entire day,” Taylor said.
Stephanie and Derek were married at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens in New Orleans, La. on October 13. “I have always wanted to get married in New Orleans Botanical Gardens in City Park,” Stephanie said. “City Park is such a special place for us, and I always knew I watned to get married outside. The Botanical Gardens have the perfect mix of classic New Orleans live oaks and gorgeous floral gardens.” The bride wore an off-the-shoulder a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white vest and tie and a top hat. Bridesmaids wore long green chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, succulents, and star of bethlehems. “When my dad hugged me at the end of the aisle, he didn’t want to let go!” she said. “It was such a moment. And when Derek and I had just left the wedding on our tandem bike, and we were biking down down Esplanade Avenue. It was just the two of us on a beautiful night, but now we are married — it just felt right.” Following the outdoor nuptials, guests were escorted inside the pavilion. Tables were decorated with tall centerpieces, gold votive candles, and lots of hops here and there. “My husband is a brewer, so that was really a cool, personal piece,” Stephanie said. “He made a special beer called “Hoppily Ever After” and even made a label with us on it.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make it your own!” she said. “It’s so easy to get caught up in all the Pinterest possibilities, but without a question my favorite things, and those that made our day were the ones that were so uniquely us.”