Lauren and Matthew were married at Butterfly Kisses Pavilion in Newport, N.C. on October 11. “We were going for a rustic feel, and what better way then to get married in a barn,” Lauren said. The bride wore a strapless silk fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a ruched bodice and skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, birdcage veil, and a pair of jeweled bow platform pumps, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a tie and tennis shoes. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder teal chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Today, two families become one. Please pick a seat not a side.” The ceremony took place underneath the pavilion overlooking the river. Aisles were lined with baby’s breath in galvanized metal buckets, and altar was adorned with vintage books atop a wine barrel. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with akiss, it was official, almost 100 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with signature sweet tea drinks in mason jars. Fun fact: it served double-duty as favors! The reception took place inside the barn hung with string lights. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, and wooden box centerpieces. “Our first dance — I was so nervous for two weeks before the wedding because I had knots in my stomach,” she said. “During it though, I just remember thinking, I’m not nervous anymore.” Dinner was served buffet style. In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone wrote advice on hearts. A three-tiered fondant-frosted cake topped with a monogram was cut for dessert in addition to cupcakes. The newlyweds’ best advice? ” It’s your day,” Lauren said. “It’s hard not to please other people or just go with what they say because your stressed.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon in the Bahamas. “We had a sparkler send-off, and it worked out perfect,” she said. “Most of the guests stayed until the end, so we had a lot of sparklers, and it just started to rain right as we were walking out, which they say is good luck!”
Caitlin and Matthew were married at The Birkby House, Thomas in Leesburg, Va. on May 10. “It had a beautiful courtyard and garden,” Caitlin said. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, pearl necklace, jeweled sash, and a pair of TOMS wedges, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink mix ‘n’ matched chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and stock. “The moment before my Dad was getting ready to walk me down the aisle,” she said. “Even though Matthew and I were technically already married (and had been for over two years), my heart was beating out of my chest with excitement, joy, and insane happiness that Matthew and I were going to celebrate ‘us’ with everyone that we love.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 130 witnessing. Everyone were escorted to their seats via paper airplanes. “The seating chart/ombre paper airplane ‘art piece’ could not have been possible without the assistance of my husband,” Caitlin said. “He helped engineer the whole display, fold more than 100, and drafted his groomsmen the day off to set it up without my supervision. It was amazing!” Inside the tent, draped with fabric, and hung with crystal chandeliers, tables were decorated with white linens, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, books, chalkboard numbers, and mercury glass votive candles. Dinner was buffet style, including a Southern slider station. “I was able to surprise my dad and Matthew with a cigar and whiskey bar,” she said. “It was just a small way I could show how much they both mean to me and that the wedding day is just as much for the groom as it is the bride.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, wooden hearts were signed with well-wishes. Donations were taken in place of favors for Troops Direct and Hope For The Warriors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Spend a little extra for great vendors,” Caitlin said. “If you do, you’ll have the piece of mind that everything will turn out better than you expected. Sometimes that’s even better than just how you planned.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Hawaii.
Simone and Jamal were married at Casa Feliz in Winter Park, Fla. on October 4. “The venue is beautiful on it’s own, but then you decorate it with a couple as gorgeous as Simone and Jamal, and it really can’t get much better for a photographer,” Rachel Bolen of Thirteenth Moon Photography LLC wrote on her blog. “When we met Simone last year, she was so nervous about everything. All I wanted to do was hug her and tell her that all of the planning would get easier. She wanted to incorporate a lof of DIY details into her wedding day and really pull together a rustic elegance that the venue just really highlighted.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, birdcage veil, pink sash, and a pair of Betsey Johnson jeweled bow peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of gaden roses, hydrangeas, and berries. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “welcome to our wedding.” The ceremony took place outside in the restored Spanish-inspired farmhouse’s front lawn. The brick sidewalk’s aisles were lined with lanterns filled with pillar candles. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Plus, a fist pump. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter in the courtyard strung with cafe lights. Tables were decorated with navy blue linens, gold charger plates, white napkins, picture frame numbers, and boxes, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. In lieu of a traditional guest book, a globe was signed with well-wishes. Dinner and dancing concluded with a three-tiered fondant-covered cake and “flamin’ s’mores.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of bubbles.
Kristi and Ryan were married at Sunny D Farms in Williamson, Ga. on October 4. “The simplicity of it all,” Kristi said. “It didn’t need much to be everything I had visioned my day to be.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, sash, and a pair of comy flats, while the groom wore a navy blue suit, accessorized with a striped bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short two-tone dresses, accessorized with cowboy boots, and carried bouquets of carnations, silver brunia balls, and craspedia. “My florist Cyndi, owner of Twigs, Leaves and Flowers, took my vision and made it a reality with only using three real flowers,” she said. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “welcome to our wedding.” The pews’ aisles were lined with wooden tree stumps, an altar adorned with a fireplace mantle, monogram decal, and vintage boxes and wash pans. “The moment when I lost it, and I couldn’t control the tears,” Kristi said. “I had asked Coleton our preacher to ask Ryan and I before the wedding, ‘why do you want to marry him/her?’ separately. It’s one of those answers that you could go on and on about, but putting it into words was so hard! When Coleton came in my room, I automatically lost it. At that moment, I knew what he was going to ask. I cried (a happy cry) all the way through my answer — no matter what Ryan makes me the center of his world. You can just tell when he looks at me how much he loves me.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, with almost 135 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception inside the barn. Tables were decorated with yellow linens, chevron runners, mason jar centerpieces, and lanterns. “Everything reflected Ryan and I’s personality,” she said. In lieu of a traditional guest book, tags attached to keys were written with well wishes. Concluding dinner, a two-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert. “The perfect mix” table was open for a late-night snack too. Bonus: cookie baking sheets from the Great American Cookie company! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Any decor that you buy for the wedding think: ‘how is this going to look in my house when the wedding is over?'” Kristi said. “‘Why spend a ton of money on things you can’t reuse?'” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers.
Emily and Sean were married in a traditional church ceremony at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary followed by a reception at Houston Station in Nashville, Tenn. on July 12. “It was the one for us because we knew we could make the space our own,” Emily said. “It has its own unique feel with the wood beams and brick walls; yet, at the same time, it was such a transformative space. We loved the coffee shop in the venue, Noteable Blends. It was also minutes away from downtown.” The bride wore a silk ball gown with an illusion lace neckline, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, and a pair of jeweled Ivanka Trump peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a matching bow tie and cumberbund. Bridesmaids wore long purple chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, anemones, astilbe, and dusty miller wrapped in ribbons. “I cannot stop thinking about when they opened the doors at the church to begin the walk down the aisle,” she said. “It was such a flood of emotions seeing my soon-to-be husband and all of our loved ones there to witness our matrimony. Sean and I waited to see each other until this moment, and once I saw him, it was truly worth the wait!” Fun fact: a live artist painted the entire scene! Cocktail hour began with an assortment of spirits. Dinner came shortly thereafter inside the renovated train station. Tables were decorated with gray linens, white napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “It’s hard to pick just three details,” Emily said. “The flowers were stunning and classic. They seemed to accent the space so well, and they were fresh, crisp, and light. The arrangement of them throughout was beautifully done. They were accented around a hanging menu by the buffet line, below and around my cake, and also draped across the long head table.” Even a monogrammed gobo was projected onto the dance floor! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Keep your focus on what is important,” she said. “The purpose of your wedding is to marry the love of your life. The details, logistics, and families can be tough and stressful at times, but focusing on the fact that your wedding is the start of the rest of your life together is so important. And if you can, get a wedding planner! It can make a difference in the planning a great experience and a not-so-great experience. It certainly did for me.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Antigua.