Katie and Christopher were married in a ceremony at Dimnent Memorial Chapel followed by a reception at Baker Events by Gilmore in Holland, Mich. on August 1. “Dimnent Memorial Chapel is breathtakingly beautiful,” Katie said. “We loved the detailed architecture of the building, and the elegant stained glass windows that surround the chapel from every side.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, and a pair of wedges, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short orange silk taffeta dresses and carried bouquets of roses, gerber daises, succulents, and silver brunia balls. The couple opted for a first look beforehand to calm any nervous jitters. “We wrote our own vows to each other, and it was the most heartfelt, intimate, and tender moment that we shared with each other,” she said. “A lot of tears were shed during the exchanging of vows, and it was the best part of our wedding day.” Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 135 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception inside the renovated warehouse. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, mason jar centerpieces, and mercury glass votive candles, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “We incorporated a lot of small details into the day that meant a lot to us,” Katie said. “I carried my grandmother’s handkerchief in her memory, and the picnic basket that collected cards at the reception had belonged to Christopher’s grandparents. The party favors of chocolate-covered cherries was a nod to the groom’s hometown of Traverse City.” For extra entertainment, the newlywed shoe game was played. A three-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. “The food at our reception was AMAZING!” she said. “We followed our taste buds and went with some non-traditional food selections. We do not regret it.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do what feels like you and your fiance,” Katie said. “Get inspired by wedding magazines, blogs, and the internet but do not get hung up on trying to replicate someone else’s wedding day. You’ll rob yourself of so much joy on your special day if you spend too much time and energy comparing your wedding to what you’ve been elsewhere.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Hawaii.
Tina and Andrew were married in a ceremony at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church followed by a reception at St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club in St. Petersburg, Fla. on October 5. The bride wore a strapless satin a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, pearl necklace, and a pair of comfy flats, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short striped coral dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, craspedia, poppies, silver brunia balls, and pincushion proteas. “I remember first meeting with Tina and her mom about her big day, and the one thing that Tina stressed was FUN,” Rana Mohammadian of Roohi Photography said. “She didn’t really want to fuss about the details (But I would have never guessed. Aren’t the details adorable?) or worry about a certain design. She just wanted it to be a fun, fabulous day for everyone. And that it was!” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official. Transportation was provided to and from in a trolley. “From the photo booth from Photogenica to the live Mariachi band to the Brazilian style meat station (yummy), everything about this wedding screamed UNIQUE,” she said. Guests were escorted to their seats via a yarn art chart. Tables were decorated with teal linens, white napkins, testing tube centerpieces, disc numbers, and mad libs at each place setting, surrounded by folding padded chairs. For extra entertainment, there was board games too. “In case Tina looks familiar, it’s because I had the honor of shooting her sister Sam’s wedding earlier this year,” Mohammadian said. “I’ve been so fortunate to building an amazing relationship with this family, so being a part of another celebration was a joy!” A two-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The favors? Personalized koozies. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon.
Anetra and Alioune were married in a traditional ceremony at St. Luke AME Church in New York, N.Y. followed by a reception at The Surf Club on the Sound in New Rochelle, N.Y. on October 4. “We loved the grand staircase, the beautiful grounds, and the water view,” Anetra said. The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Audrey Brooke Taylor peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a three-piece light gray suit, accessorized with a striped bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long satin navy blue dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, lilies, and billy balls. Fun fact: there was three flower girls, one ring bearer, and four attendants. “The torrential rains stopped and the sun came out just an hour before the ceremony was to begin,” she said. “I thought it would be a complete wash out.” Guests arrived at half past four o’clock. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 250 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with signature “Double A” drinks, which consisted of citron vodka, blue curacao, and white cranstrawberry juice, and reception shortly thereafter inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, tall candelabra centerpieces dripping with crystals, picture frame numbers and favor boxes at each place setting, surrounded by upholstered chairs. “One of my favorite moments was our first dance,” Anetra said. “Alioune sang to me as we danced to ‘When I’m With You’ by Tony Terry.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “I would suggest that they plan well ahead of their wedding date, create and stick to a budget because it can be extremely costly, and also be ready to deal with the headache of the dreaded guest list,” she said. “I’m an event planner, so the planning of the wedding was a breeze, but my only headache was when it came time to receive RSVPs.” A week later, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Bora Bora.
Amanda and Matt were married in a traditional ceremony at Lakewood Memorial Chapel followed by a reception at Aria in Minneapolis, Mn. on October 19. “We saw Aria early on, but we couldn’t think about anything else once we saw it,” Amanda said. “That space is what we love — urban, artsy, a bit gritty, decidedly contemporary, loads of brick, cavernous ceilings, and steel beams play against glam touches like crystal chandeliers and Warhol prints. It’s a former armory, then later theater space in the 1990s. It has a stage that’s illuminated with a sign that says, ‘The World Is Yours.'” Aria is a white hot venue in Minneapolis right now. Whereas, a year ago, when I would tell people about it, they would look at me blankly. Now they say, ‘Oh yes, Aria! How did you get in there?'” The bride wore a strapless mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, birdcage veil, bow peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, anemones, and ferns. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official. “As crazy and nervous as it all was with everyone looking at us, we were focused only on each other and pouring our hearts out,” she said. Tables were decorated with white linens, pink napkins, mercury glass vase and vessel centerpieces, and votive candles, surrounded by chiavari chairs. Each one was named after a renowned actor, actresses, and writer such as: Ethel Merman, Mel Brooks, Langston Hughes, and T.S. Eliot. A donut bar opened concluding dinner. “That and later on, watching everyone dance in sweaty, happy circles,” Amanda said. “We were always looking forward to that dance party. We wish we could have a dozen more wedding dance parties.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Stay true to the things that matter to you,” she said. “The wedding is a reflection of the two of you as a couple, and (in a perfect world) it should be just that. A celebration of your love, a showcase of your personalities, a chance to bring all the people in your lives in around your to share in it. It’s a rare and special moment. The details matter, but they shouldn’t drive you crazy. Also, other people will want to be involved to varying degrees in your planning. Let them have their role if it’s important to them and you’re able to. They will really appreciate it. And think of ways to let the people in your life with special skills and resources contribute (the budding designer friend, the aunt with an eye for table settings, etc.).” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.
Brittany and Branson were married at Middleton Place in Charleston, S.C. on March 29. “Both our parents came to Charleston to look at different venues,” Brittany said. “We toured Boone Hall Plantation and Magnolia Gardens. As we were traveling to our first destination, we passed Middleton Place. We called them to see if they had any appointments available that day to tour the venue. It was our luck that they had one that afternoon. After walking through, we both new this was the place we would say, ‘I do.'” Afterwards, we toasted with champagne knowing that we had found the one.” The bride wore a sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, statement necklace, jeweled sash, and a pair of peacock stilettos, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a checkered button-up shirt and tie. Bridesmaids wore long black satin dresses and carried bouquets of calla lilies. “It started raining around midnight and continued until 5:30-6 a.m.,” she said. “I was in panic because I always wanted to get married at a venue that had one aisle (and boy does Middleton Place have a very long aisle). The weather began to clear up and was overcast. At 1 p.m., I had to make a decision to have the wedding outside at Butterfly Lakes or to use the backup plan. I decided to take the risk and have the wedding outside. About an hour before the wedding, the sun began to shine. And as I walked down the aisle, the clouds parted, and it was was like the heavens opened up.” Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter underneath the pavilion. Tables were decorated with white linens, teal napkins, mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices, and pictures of places they had traveled together over the years, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “We both graduated from Clemson University and wanted to incorporate Clemson into our wedding,” Brittany said. “Our favors included a glass bottle of Orange Crush in a purple koozie. One side of the koozie had a picture of a pirate because our last name is Pyritz and our wedding date. The opposite side of the koozie had one of our favorite lyrics, ‘Always remember there is nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.'” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the planning process and always make sure the wedding is about the bride and groom because it is your day and no one else’s,” she said. At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon in Grenada.