Gaby and PJ were married in the bride’s parent’s backyard in Sacramento, Calif. on July 5. “We wanted a small wedding with a lot of character,” Gaby said. “The backyard was surrounded by a rustic wood fence with ivy growing up, covered in beautiful trees to shade us from the hot, hot sun, and had a built-in-bar and dance floor, and even a trampoline for the kiddos!” The bride wore a scalloped lace trumpet wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, denim vest, and khaki pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short orange dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, peonies, dahlias, and greenery. “I LOVED all of my do-it-yourself projects, but my favorite was my backdrop,” she said. “We knew we wanted to do something with my grandparent’s swing set, but it was over 9-feet tall and 12-feet wide. Our florist happened to be an old friend from high school, and she did a walking tour with me through the backyard and gave me the idea to cover it completely in fabric. I spent a very long time looking for and cutting up table cloths and old bed sheets from thrift stores. My mother-in-law sewed a very big plain white background, which we hung first (so you couldn’t see through when the wind blew), and the day before the wedding, my bridesmaids and I sat out in the 110 degree weather, got out our ladder, and started tying all of the individual pieces together. I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say that I was really nervous about this . . . but when it was complete . . . I couldn’t have been happier!” Fun fact: The ceremony also included the couple’s five-year-old son. “This was not only our special day, but his too,” Gaby said. Guests found their seats via a chalkboard window panel. Tables were decorated with vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, glasses, which served double-duty as favors, and mason jar candles. “In the middle of all the fun, everyone had gotten out on the dance floor and really started to let loose,” she said. “We went off to the back to just have a moment alone and look out at our family and friends, who had taken this journey with us. We watched them all laugh and just have fun, and then we danced too . . . very slowly and awkwardly to a rowdy song.”
Lauren and Carter were married in the groom’s parent’s backyard in Columbia, Mo. on September 6. “When searching for a venue, nothing felt like us,” Lauren said. “When Carter’s parents moved into their house and offered it as a venue, it fit us. It was familiar and relaxed, just what we needed.” The bride wore a vintage-inspired v-neck a-line wedding gown with capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with a pair of gold peep-toe wedges, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short peach chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, poppies, astilbes, berries, and dusty millers. “Oh man, there were so many special moments,” she said. “I guess the one that stands out the most would be after we walked down the aisle from the ceremony. Carter pulled me aside privately. I could feel the sprinkles that were thrown on us falling off of our heads and shoulders. It was really sweet.” Guests were directed to the tented reception via a wooden directional arrow. Tables were decorated with mint linens, vintage vases and vessels, books, picture frame numbers, and votive candles. “The day was perfect, and everyone who helped did an amazing job,” Lauren said. “We loved our sweets table. I have a sweet tooth, or more appropriately, sweet teeth. Anything someone could want for dessert was delicately arranged.” It featured an three-tiered ombre cake, cupcakes, mini pies, cookies, and more. The newlyweds’ best advice? “My advice to other couple’s planning their wedding would be to go slowly,” she said. “Go one step at a time and everything will come together. Also, don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Katie and Kyle were married at Keystone Resort’s Timber Ridge Lodge in Ouray. Col. on July 5. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a lace bodice and tiered, ruffled skirt, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and an ivory sash, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Notice they both are wearing Converse tennis shoes? Bridesmaids wore short yellow chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, daisies, craspedia balls, ferns, and succulents. “It had poured the day before the wedding, and rained the day after, but not on July 5th,” Nicholas Lyon of Nick in the Wall Photography wrote on his blog. “Not sure if it was luck or if someone was caring some good karma that day. I can’t complain either way. It took two twenty-minute gondola rides just to get up to the venue. Somewhow everyone showed up on time, everything ran on time, and just about everyone at the wedding cried.” The ceremony took place outside on the deck, overlooking the Gore and Ten Mile Ranges, with a unity candle lighting to symbolize the joining of two families into one. During the reception, guests enjoyed keeping cozy next to the two-story fireplace underneath the cathedral ceilings. Tables were decorated with chevron runners atop white linens, tall blossoming branch centerpieces dripping with glass orbs, wooden logs and pine cones, and votive candles. After dinner, dancing, and a few drinks, the three-tiered square cake, topped with an exact figurine replica along with a dog and cat too, was cut and not smashed into anyone’s face. A photo booth with props of all kinds provided extra entertainment, and if that wasn’t enough, there was also s’mores kits to roast, which served double-duty as favors. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited amongst a sea of sparklers.
Courtney and Adam were married at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, S.C. on April 24. “I was going for a blend of ‘Gone with the Wind,’ William Faulkner, and ‘The Great Gatsby,’ Courtney said. “Magnolia Plantation was a blend of all worlds and incredibly beautiful with tons of open space for us to roam. Peacocks and other animals also attended our wedding, and we loved the ease of going from the ceremony to the reception. The moment I knew I had to go with it was when the events manager told us we could use sparklers on the front lawn.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls with a floor-length veil, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt and light gray pants, accessorized with leather suspenders and bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. “My favorite moment of the entire day was after we got married, and our guests went to the reception so that we could take portraits,” she said. “My groom and I had about an hour to ourselves with the photographer that was so intimate and romantic. We just let each other be in love and think about the coolness of the situation — we were officially official!” While the newlyweds were out and about the property, guests were encouraged to snap pictures on Instagram as long as they used the hashtag #vanossvows. Tables underneath the wrap-around porch were decorated with white linens, hurricane vase centerpieces, and quotes such as “Heaves to Betsy,” “Sweet as a Peach,” “Oh my Stars,” and “Bless your Heart.” Fun fact: “I made these signs with Southern sayings on them,” Courtney said. “The extra touches the caterer surprised me with were a s’mores bar and strawberry champagne soup.” Yum! The newlyweds’ best advice? “All the months of planning and showers and communication and drama means nothing if you can’t appreciate the entire day with the one you love,” she said. “I am such a planner and enjoyed the planning process, but I made a pact with myself on that day that I wasn’t going to fix anything, stress about anything, or way about anything. Just be.”
Teresa and Josh were married at Max at High Falls in Rochester, N.Y. on September 1. “When Josh proposed to me, we were living in an old apartment in downtown Los Angeles; so when we envisioned our ideal wedding celebration, we imagined it would be there: an urban, artsy loft with amazing windows and lots of light,” Teresa said. “Once we decided to get married in Josh’s hometown, we realized that a lot of the most popular venues in upstate New York highlighted either the beautiful lakes, vineyards, or woods in the area. But then we found Max at High Falls. It is a huge space with stone walls, high ceilings, giant glass windows, and metal crossbeams, plus a patio overlooking the center of the city and an old bar with wood floors and brass fixtures. It felt like walking into our own home, but with plenty of room for us to bring in our own style.” The bride wore a strapless trumpet wedding gown with a ruched bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with a blusher veil and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, amaranthus, eucalyptus, and dusty miller. “Our ceremony was incredible!” she said. “We had a dear family friend marry us, and we had spent many months carefully writing the entire thing with his guidance, which in itself was a treasured experience. And our amazing older siblings performed the readings.” It was then quickly turned into the reception. Tables were decorated with stacks of vintage books, music sheets, and numbers that represented a significant milestone in their relationship. For example, “18 was the day in September when Josh and Teresa first said, ‘I love you.'” “One of the sweetest moments in was our first dance to Paul McCartney’s version of ‘Til There Was You,'” Teresa said. “After we were introduced and walked on to the dance floor together, it suddenly dawned on us that we had given very little thought to this. We hadn’t thought at all about our first dance, we had no idea what we were doing, and we just started madly giggling. We had prepared for every single other second of our wedding rehearsal, ceremony, and reception, we thought about the choice of song in depth, but we didn’t know how to dance to it! So, we just laughed, kissed, hugged, and enjoyed this sweet, special little song.”