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.”
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.”