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.”
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?