Rachel and Quentin were married in a traditional church ceremony at Edinbrook Baptist followed by a reception at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park, Minn. on January 4. “It is only a few blocks away from each of our family’s homes, and a few minutes drive from the church,” Rachel said. “When I was young, my family would go to Easter brunch here every year, and I always loved it. I thought there would be no way I could afford to get married at a golf course, but our modest food menu put it right our price range.” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, jeweled headband and sash, and a pair of t-strap high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and dusty millers. Guests were greeted with a non-tradtional card box and guest book — a birdcage and globe! Everyone was asked to sign on destination spots for the “future world travelers.” Fun fact: the ceremony was officiated by Quentin’s uncle. Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official with almost 250 witnessing. Pine cones served doublt-duty as escort cards. Tables were decorated white linens, gold runners, mason jar centerpieces, animal numbers, and votive candles. “We printed off sketched pictures of animals so each table was a different one,” she said. “They looked really cute on the tables. We are so into animals, we already have three pets together and are planning our future pet family! The best part was that we announced that for any clinking of glasses, we weren’t going to kiss unless that table made their animal sound. When we first announced this, people started practicing their animal sounds. It was hilarious! It was so much fun hearing the animal sounds all night whenever anyone wanted us to kiss.” Breakfast was served for dinner and chocolate chip cookies instead of cake. “These are our favorite things, and we knew we had to have them,” Rachel said. The dance floor playlist was handpicked too. “I didn’t want to do anything except dance because it was all of my songs,” she said. “It’s cheesy! But in the middle of the party, the floor magically cleared and my husband and I danced to the Selena Gomez version of ‘Let It Go.’ We had just seen Frozen a few days earlier, and I was obsessed (even more than everyone else because, hello, I was a winter bride!). I love the snow and couldn’t believe there was a movie that celebrated it in such a great way. It was the best celebrating our beautiful new marriage in the -30 degree weather.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t get caught up in the things that the industry says you need,” Rachel said. “Make your wedding all about you and have it whatever way you want it. We had a ton of personal details and that’s what made the day so fun. We weren’t worrying about our wedding being perfect or ideal for anyone but us.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to Oregon for their mini-moon!
Halona and Robert were married at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. on July 13. “The Four Seasons is very private, and they don’t have a casino inside the hotel,” Halona said. “But what made me know this was the perfect venue is there highly-rated staff and wedding coordinators. They are definitely five-star and are amazing at making sure you have the wedding of your dreams.” The bride wore a strapless tulle fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and pair of Badgley Mischka peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a matching bow tie and vest. Bridesmaids wore long pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hydrangeas. “We had rehearsed in an empty room, and I had not seen my decor yet,” she said. “So, the moment when the doors opened to the ceremony and reception were beyond breathtaking and a moment I will never forget.” Aisles were lined with floating candles in glass pillars to create a romantic ambience, and a unity candle was placed at the altar in loving memory of a lost one. It said, “This light shines as a symbol of a life and love remembered.” Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Not a single guest could resist taking a snapshot during the recessional. They found their seats via a mirror featuring assignments. Tables were decorated with rosette linens, tall candelabra centerpieces, glitter numbers, and crystal votive candles. “The food was delicious,” Halona said. Not to mention the five-tiered cake was suspended hanging from the ceiling! Extra entertainment, outside of the dance floor, was a photo booth complete with props. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Find an wedding planner that knows different venues and can see your vision miles away,” she said. “Our wedding was a destination wedding, and I read a lot of reviews before I chose Andrea Eppolito to coordinate my wedding. When I say she is great at what she does, I mean it. I was totally blown away . . . it was everything I had dreamed of and more.”
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Tina and Isaac were married at the Bedford Village Inn in Bedford. N.H. on August 2. How did he propose? “I was practicing a presentation that I had to give for work in front of her and a few close family and friends, and it was a farce,” Isaac said. “The presentation was really a list of things that I love about her and in the end, I proposed and presented her a ring.” When it came to tie the knot, they wanted a venue that served double-duty. “Everything was right there,” he said. The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of strappy high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie and matching pocket square. Bridesmaids wore short satin blue dresses and carried bouquets of roses, sunflowers, asters, mums, thistle, and lisianthus. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. It then took place in the garden surrounded by immaculate landscape beds. String lights were hung overhead folding padded chairs and aisles were lined with cast iron markers. Fun fact: a live artist painted the entire scene! Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official with almost 170 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception in the Great Hall. Guests found their seats via escort cards on place card holders, and were asked to sign a traditional guest book with well wishes and advice. Tables were decorated with white linens, mason jar centerpieces atop wooden tree slices draped with moss, chalkboard numbers, and votive candles, surrouned by chiavari chairs. “The speeches were amazing,” he said. After dinner, the three-tiered cake was cut and served. Dancing even meant wearing glow stick necklaces. The newlyweds best advice? “Don’t stress over the small stuff,” Isaac said. “It’s over so quick. Enjoy every moment of your wedding. If there is a way to greet everyone on the way into the reception or after the ceremony, do it. We didn’t even get to see everyone. Trying to make it to every table proved impossible, and if someone wasn’t at the table when you visited, then you never saw them either.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Costa Rica.