Cristina and Jeff were married at Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Conn. on June 28. Only 16 months after the proposal in the Italian Alps. “It was one of those vacations where you wonder how life could possibly get any better at that particular moment,” Cristina said. “The third day in, we were skiing . . . the sun was shining and the sky was the bluest blue. Jeff asked if I wanted to take a photo at the highest point of the mountain. So, we walked over to the edge and no sooner could I turn around for the camera, he was down on one knee. It was unexpected, but I had been hoping for months that it would happen at the same time.” The bride wore a strapless beaded a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a sash and a pair of Jimmy Choo glitter peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. The outdoor ceremony took place on the 40-acre estate’s grounds underneath the towering trees. “Our venue was incredibly classic and romantic,” she said. Toasts along with flutes of champagne were given to guests immediately afterwards. Cheers to the Mr. and Mrs! “We had a choreographed dance, which we totally nailed, as our introduction into the reception,” Cristina said. “I was in all my glory! And the photos show it.” Tables were decorated with white sequin linens, mercury glass centerpieces and candelabras, charger plates with rimmed edges, pearl-studded menu cards, and pashmina shawls wrapped around chiavari chairs. Glass orbs hung from the ceilings lit with candles. Fun fact: dinner was prepared by one of the famous James Beard Foundation celebrity chefs. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Stick to a consistent theme,” she said. “Once you do that, the look will all fall into place.” At the end of the night, sparklers were lit for the send-off.
Allie and Bryan were married at Kitchen Chicago in Chicago, Ill. on August 2. “It was the only place we actually saw in person,” Allie said. “It had the vibe we wanted and a price that fit! And all the vendors were who we wanted, which helps when on a budget.” The bride wore a strapless chiffon a-line wedding gown with a notch neckline, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a pair of comfy TOMS slip-ons, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, stock, craspedia balls, and succulents. “We chose neutrals with a touch of teal blue,” she said. “So, the venue could stand on it’s own.” The ceremony took place inside the shared-use space with exposed brick walls as the backdrop. “The music playing, watching my bridesmaids walk down the aisle to my favorite ‘Sleeping at Last’ song, and seeing my smiling future husband,” Allie said referring to the moment she can’t stop thinking about. After the vows were sealed with a kiss (or two), cocktail hour began with an assortment of local beers and wines from Trader Joe’s. Guests found their seats via escort cards hanging from clothespins. “There were lots of do-it-yourself projects,” she said. “Hand-pressing all the save-the-dates and invitations, and our polaroid guest book was a huge success.” Even the Instagram hashtag #fleminweddin too. Farm tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, vintage vases, vessels, mason jars, and wine bottles, and votive candles. Dinner was catered by Chipotle! Imagine eating all the burritos, chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo you wanted. Ole! Dancing began with the choreographed first dance and ended with a sparkler send-off. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan every detail with meaning,” Allie said. “If it’s for the sake of tradition, and has no meaning to you and your future spouse, it’s not needed. Be wise with your spending, it adds up so quickly.”
Jessica and Charles were married in a traditional ceremony at United Methodist Chruch at New Brunswick followed by an indoor reception at The Heldrich in New Brunswick, N.J. on August 17. The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with floral cutouts, accessorized with an ivory sash and pair of sparkly-studded Benjamin Adams peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessoried with a Vineyard Vines crab tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, mums, berries, and dusty miller. Even the three little flower girls held pomanders! Guests were welcomed to their hotel rooms with a bag full of hometown treats. Notice it’s Mr. and Mrs. Natty Boh on the front? Cocktail hour began shortly thereafter the nuptials with dinner and dancing following in the 14-foot ceiling ballroom lit with chandliers. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow napkins, tall floral centerpieces in hurricane vases, and a note that said, “in lieu of favors, we have made donations to two causes that hold a speacial place in our hearts: restore the shore and push america.” Food stations such as a carving meats, pastas, and potatoes were offered along with a slice of cake for dessert. A “travel bucket list” was created for the newlyweds too. The National Geographic’s “Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips” book was used for sharing stories, pieces of advice, or simply just signing names.
Caitlin and Ryan were married in a traditional ceremony at The Olde Church of Saint Andrew followed by an indoor reception at HollyHedge Estate in New Hope, Pa. on October 19. “HollyHedge was unlike any other wedding venue we had ever been too,” Caitlin said. ‘It has a magical secluded element that really made you feel away from it all. It was the perfect mix of rustic elegance and had an old charm given it’s an 18th century estate. It has 21 acres of beautiful gardens, a historic stone barn, . . . and fieldstone house . . . The estate offers an ideal backdrop for the foliage too. It also offered a bed and breakfast on-site, both of our families and entire bridal party didn’t have to leave the property!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare weding gown with straps, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash and pair of Kate Spade peep-toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a plaid bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, and thistles. “After being pronounced husband and wife, turning around to see those there to support us,” she said. “It is a moment that we will never forget.” Everyone was escorted to their seats via small white pumpkins. “Names were attached with their table assignments,” Caitlin said. “In the center of the place cards, we had a large orange pumpkin with our names carved into it.” Tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces, lanterns, and chalkboard numbers. “I wanted everything to be really personal and simply,” she said. “We had candles everywhere along with mums spread throughout the venue. I made a few signs and offered shawls upon arrival to keep warm too. We didn’t want to limit ourselves to a strict color scheme either. Given the time of year, we used fall-inspired colors: blues, creams, oranges, and reds.” The five-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was topped with two wooden figurines, almost identical to the Mr. and Mrs. The newlyweds’ best advice? “As cliche as this sounds, don’t sweat the small stuff,” Caitlin said. “It’s a celebration, and if you enjoy it, so will your guests.”
Crystal and Jay were married at Walker’s Overlook in Walkersville, Md. on April 19. “The entire grounds were amazing — from the ceremony view to the reception tent and the farmhouse — however, I was enamored with the bridal suite,” Crystal said. “It had plush chairs, a grand full-length mirror, and a huge walk-in spa shower. The thought of my girls and I pampering ourselves in peace there was the icing on the cake!” The bride wore an organza a-line wedding gown with capped sleeves and a single box pleat at the waist, accessorized with fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a seersucker suit, accessorized with a plaid tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin blush dresses and carried bouquets of gerbera daisies. “My mom helped me with my dress and veil,” she said. “She rarely cries, so it was sweet to see her get so emotional. I had to hold back the tears too.” After being announced husband and wife, the couple signed their marriage license inside. “The weather was perfect,” Crystal said. “Sunny and just warm enough.” Meanwhile, guests gathered at tables decorated with white linens, navy blue napkins, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, picture frame numbers accented with hearts, and personalized stemless wine glasses, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. Chalkboards displayed the dinner and drink menus. “They were created by my good friend Niki,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better result.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “We were thrilled that we were able to save up and not put any of our wedding expenses on credit,” she said. “It took lots of sacrifices on the front end, especially because I was still in grad school up, but the peace of mind we had afterwards was worth it. Plan within your means and get creative! #teamnodebt.”
You might also be interested in these real weddings: