Courtney and Charles were married at The Island House in Charleston, S.C. on October 14. “The peaceful beautyof the location made us know that it was the perfect place for us to get married,” Courtney said. “The entire grounds were made available only to our wedding party and guests, so our event was private and intimate. The surroundings were stunning with the colorful flower fields, tall trees, white house with stately columns, and the picturesque view of the water. We could not have found a place that encompassed everything we were looking for.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long gold satin dreses and carried bouquets of hydrangea, stock, and seeded eucalyptus. “I was obsessed with the boxes that lined our aisles during the ceremony,” she said. “They were transportated to our tables during the reception too. They brought an overgrown fairytale garden feeeling that we were hoping for.” Fun fact: Once the couple was announced husband and wife, the song “This Magic Moment” by Lou Reed was played. “It made the moment even more exciting,” Courtney said. Dinner was vegetarian and gluten-free! “It was important to me that our guests enjoyed the food, but I could still eat,” she said. Guests also enjoyed playing lawn games such as giant Jenga. “Our first dance was absolutely my favorite,” Courtney said. “Everything leading up to it was special leading up, but in those few minutes, it was just my husband and I holding each other and talking as if no one else was around.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “I took on a lot of the planning and preparation leading up to the weding and gave myself an awful lot of responsibility during our weekend as well,” she said. “I absolutely loved the whole process, and it was so important to me that all of our guests had a great experience after traveling so far. In the end, I tried to take too much onto my plate, and I had to come to the realization that my family and friends wanted a chance to help and be involved. It made them feel good to know that they had contributed something. My advice is to accept help! It makes the experience more full when the people that love you are there by your side.” In lieu of a traditional sparkler send off, they rode off on a red moped.
Tory and Kyle were married at Movie Colony Hotel in Palm Springs, California on February 22. “It had such an intimate setting,” Tory said. “We hoped our guests would gather the whole wedding weekend (and they did, we booked the entire hotel!).” The bride wore a strapless taupe wedding dress with soutache flowers over the bodice and skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, dark gray vest and pants, accessorized with a patterned bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of cala lillies, succulents, craspedia balls, green tricks, berries, and dusty millers. “We stuck with neutral greens and 0ff-white with pops of retro teal and orange,” she said. The ceremony took place against a fabric ribbon backdrop where both said their own vows. “It was more special than we could have ever imagined,” Tory said. “What seemed like a formality and a small part of the whole planning process was definitely my favorite part of the day.” The reception took place surrounding the pool lit with bistro bulbs. Tables werer decorated with lace runners, burlap napkins, and music-themed names. “Personal touches included our guitar guest book and our favorite burger spot catering,” she said. Guests were even encouraged to upload their pictures to Instagram as long as they used the hashtag #blacksmithe222. The newlyweds best advice? “Only surround yourself with people who make this a fun experience for you and your groom,” Tory said. “It’s the one day it can be your way or the highway. You want to look back and have only positive feelings about the day. Protect the process and enjoy the ride by making sure you love your vendors!”
Abby and Chris were married at the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia, Pa. on September 7. The bride wore a vintage tea-length wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt and black pants, accessorized with a bow tie and suspenders. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short purple and gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas, Queen Anne’s lace, and kale. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look at one of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s rail stations, in particular the Market-Frankford line. “We did it on the subway platform by our house,” Abby said. “Walking down the aisle and seeing all of our family and friends was an out-of-body experience that I’ll never forget too.” Fun fact: She created all of the stationery! Just look at that wedding day timeline. “We wanted to do a food truck dinner, and the venue had a courtyard in the back that is perfect for good ones.” Imagine having to choose between Taco Mundo, Street Food Philly, and Spot Burger for dinner and then Sweet Box for dessert. “And having open seating made the guests much more mobile,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Triple your budget,” Abby said.
Jennifer and Michael were married at Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, Ga. on June 2. “We knew we wanted to get married outside and have a tented reception,” Jennifer said. “Our location, Pebble Hill Plantation, had so many beautiful ceremony spots that, at first, it was hard to choose. During our tour of the plantation, I described wanting a ‘secret garden’ feeling. We stopped at an old tennis court covered in grass with beautiful ivy-clad brick walls. It fit perfectly with our vision.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with illusion straps, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom wore a khaki suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, hydrangeas, and succulents. “We had an amazing moment before the ceremony,” she said. “We had both finished getting ready and were just waiting for the ceremony, so Michael came to find me just as I was starting to get nervous. He walked up to a window with his back turned and his eyes closed. We just talked for a minute. I felt much better afterwards. Before he left, he gave me a kiss, and the next time I saw him, he was standing at the altar.” Fun fact: the groom’s father was the officiant! “It was nice to have him be such an important part of the ceremony,” Jennifer said. “He immediately reminded us of the love from our family and friends that supported us.” Following the nuptials, guests were escorted to their seats inside the pole tent. Tables were decorated with burlap linens, birdcage centerpieces, and Full Moon farm’s famous honey jars at each place setting. Instead of a DJ, there was a bluegrass band! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Many couples, often mostly the bride, have an exact vision of the things they want for their wedding day,” she said. “They struggle to let go of details they’ve been dreaming over for years. I would say to couples planning their wedding that the most important thing to keep in mind is the reason behind the celebration, the love that you and your partner have for each other. If you keep this at the forefront of planning, it will help to relieve some of the stress you might feel when things aren’t lining up exactly.”
Regina and Undra were married at King Plow Art Center in Atlanta, Ga. on October 5. “The one thing about our venue that made us know it was the one was that it was rustic chic,” Regina said. “We wanted a place that we didn’t have to do too much decorating to.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a beaded bodice, while the groom wore a gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a paisley patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore long purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of carnations, stock, and agonis. The ceremony and reception took place in the same location — the renovated warehouse featuring exposed brick walls, steel beams, and concrete floors. Guests sat in chiavari chairs as they watched the couple say their vows underneath a draped fabric backdrop. Not a dry eye could be found! Tables were decorated with an array of glass stem votive candle holders and tall centerpieces atop cone-shaped wire frames. They was even glass orbs hanging from the ceiling! “The moment I can’t stop thinking about is our first dance,” she said. “I was so excited to be Mrs. Collins that the dance was serene.” Plus, the traditional Southern fare menu wasn’t complete without fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and thick-cut french toast with assorted syrups, sausage and fried eggs. The four-tiered cake took the splotlight then so did Undra’s surprise Los Angeles cake. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make sure to budget in a videographer,” Regina said. “The day goes by so fast, and you’re doing so muhc that day that it feels like you missed the whole day.”