Mary and Cody were married at the YMCA’s Camp Kon-O-Kwee in Fombell, Penn. on September 14. “I can’t say enough about how much I loved our venue,” Mary said. “It was by far my favorite that we looked at, and I am so glad I found it! We wanted an outdoor/indoor space that could accommodate all our 300 guests without being crowded, but still feel intimate.” The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown, accessorized with chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a casual gray button-up and pants along with a tan vest and tie. Before the ceremony, instead of a first look, they chose to exchange gifts without peeking! “I was standing in a clearing in the woods waiting to walk down the aisle with my mom, dad, brothers, and all of my bridesmaids, and everything seemed so calm though,” she said. “I thought I would be really emotional and nervous, but I was just really really excited! The last six years had led me to that moment, and for just a few seconds timed seemed to stand still. I couldn’t wait to marry the man I knew was waiting for me at the end of the aisle.” Following the vows, guests were asked to choose a colored goblet glass to use for the night (just look at the massive collection!) and mark with their names for cocktails, tables were named after cities, states, and countries traveled to and from, and the fare? A gourmet build-your-own taco bar and seven cakes. “Of all the elements in our wedding day, the flowers are at the top of the list as one of my favorites,” Mary said. “My family owns a flower farm, and I grew up cutting flowers in the field dreaming of the ones I would someday use in my own bouquet.” At the end of the night, everyone gathered to send the newlyweds off to their honeymoon with wish lanterns. Magical, right?
Jillian and Kim were married along Bond Street Pier followed by a reception at Admiral Fell Inn in Baltimore, Md. on September 28. “Kim and I met [at our venue] at a New Year’s Eve party hosted by a mutual acquaintance and had our first kiss on the balcony at midnight,” Jillian said. The bride wore a sweetheart floral applique bodice wedding gown with a tiered skirt, accessorized with drop dangling earrings and finger-tip length veil, while the groom wore a black suit with a bow tie. Since his alma mater is University of Maryland, College Park, Kim had his groomsmen wear socks with the state’s flag’s logo on them. Now, that’s how you show school pride! Before the ceremony, they decided to have a first look. “It was such an intimate moment seeing each other for the first time on our wedding day, and we have so many amazing pictures of it,” she said. “We wrote letters to each other instead of having readings during the ceremony. My brother read my letter to Kim, and Kim’s best man read his letter to me.” The reception followed with tables decorated with tall curly willow centerpieces accented with wine bottle table numbers. In lieu of a guestbook, guests were asked to sign an old wine barrel, and “wedding jams” CD favors were given out at the end of the night, so they could continue the dancing at home.
Tatiana and Phillip were married at The Rivermill at Dover Landing in Dover, N.H. on September 21. “I fell in love with the huge windows the moment I walked in,” Tatiana said. ” The bride wore a sweetheart beaded bodice ball gown, accessorized with glitter platform pumps and a feather hair pin in her loose curls, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with converse tennis shoes. But wait — there’s a surprise underneath the groomsmen button-ups! Each one chose a different superhero shirt. (Yes, batman and green lantern.) “I can’t stop thinking about when we said our vows,” she said. “His vows were perfect. They made me cry, laugh, and thank my lucky stars for finding someone so perfect to spend my life with.” Following the ceremony, guests were escorted to their respective tables decorated yellow roses, white hydrangeas, and dusty miller centerpieces. Each place setting had a personalized mason jar filled with a bag of candy, which doubled as favors. Doesn’t the cake look oh-so yummy too?
Amy and Rocky were married at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif. on November 29. “The inspiration behind the day was of course to become husband and wife and to share the happy moment with our close friends and family,” Amy said. “What we wanted to create for our guests was a beautiful day that they would remember and cherish for as long as we would. We didn’t want to follow any of the standard wedding ‘recipes’ that we had seen in past weddings we had attended. We did this by incorporating our tastes and preferences with all of the suggestions and expertise that our vendors gave us.” Prior to the ceremony the bride and her ‘maids got ready in patterned floral kimono robes and matching glitter TOMS. Portraits were taken in the amphitheater where musical artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, ZZ Top, Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Callait, and Justin Bieber have performed. Amy wore a sweetheart lace wedding gown, accessorized with a birdcage veil. Did you know she also wore a red wedding dress too? Bridesmaids were blushing in dress in various fabrics, styles, and lengths with do-it-yourself bouquets filled with roses, gerbera daisies, and baby’s breath. Following the sunset nuptials, the newlyweds proceeded to the grapevines to share a few peaceful moments to themselves before the reception. Inside, guests were escorted to their seats with wine corks, while tables were decorated with candles and the ceiling with paper lanterns. A photo booth was nearby for them to leave a photo as well as their well wishes before the night was over too.
Liz and Kyle were married at Lone Oaks Ranch & Retreat in Gainesville, Texas on May 10. The bride looked oh-so chic in a strapless lace form-fitting wedding gown. She accessorized with a simple pendant necklace and wore her hair in a wavy partial updo. Her bridesmaids wore sage green v-neck knee-length dresses and everyone including the bride carried a bouquet of white and light pink roses sprinkled with hydrangeas. The groom and his ‘men wore tan suits and matching sage green neck ties. The groom opted for a jacket, while the groomsmen donned tan vests. The two were married under a wooden arch outside. After the ceremony, guests moved inside, where each table was decorated with a floral centerpiece made of pink roses and baby’s breath. There were two cakes for guests to enjoy, one was a round multi-layer cake adorned with brown flowers and lacy ribbon. The other cake was in the shape of a blue star, a symbol of the Lone Star State. At the end of the night, guests were given personalized koozies as favors.