In addition, our Real Weddings Editor is also busy featuring cute couples for our photo galleries! Each week, she’ll be sharing her favorite real weddings on Fridays at noon. Check out this roundup below:
Preppy Connecticut Winery Wedding – Sarah and Doug were married in a ceremony at Harkness Chapel followed by a reception at Jonathan Edwards Winery on July 12. The couple performed their first dance underneath a sea of orange, yellow, and white paper lanterns hung from a sailcloth tent’s ceiling.
Hip Charleston Hotel Wedding – Jackie and Matt were married in a ceremony at St. Mary’s of the Annunciation Catholic Church followed by a reception at Mills House Hotel on October 4. The theme was “old Charleston charm,” she said. “We wanted to somehow create an intimate feeling even though there was over 200 people.” Bonus: Not one wedding cake, but three!
Ethereal Montana Estate Wedding – Molly and Brandon wee married at BruMar Estate on July 19. Fun facts: The bride ordered her wedding gown off Etsy, and during cocktail hour, signature drinks such as “Freckle Juice” and “B’s Knees” were served!
Offbeat Indiana Orchard Wedding – April and Jeremy were married at County Line Orchard on June 1. “Our history with this venue is what made it so special to us,” she said. “We had gone there on our nine-month anniversary (of dating) and gone back every year since.”
Abby and Kyle were married at Kelley Agricultural Historical Museum in Sharpsville, Ind. on August 31. “We really wanted an outdoor venue that also offered an indoor space in case of inclement weather,” Abby said. “At the time, barns were a popular venue choice, and we had a hard time finding one that was both unique and available. A date opened up at our venue, and we toured on a windy March day. It was rustic, historic to the area, and had an awesome loft area. The barn itself was reconstructed as it would have been 100 years ago.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Nina peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece taupe suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, craspedia, berries, and seeded eucalyptus. Guests were greeted with rays of sunshine rather than rain! Programs featured the itinerary on the front and fun facts on the back. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 200 witnessing. “The moment after we walked back down the aisle, we were hidden behind a pine tree for a few seconds,” she said. “We hugged and kissed, and we both looked at each other like, ‘now what?’ and laughed. Then, our family and friends came to us one-by-one, and it just felt like the happiest, most complete time of my life.” Cocktail hour began followed the reception shortly thereafter. “We are both Purdue graduates, and we really wanted to incorporate our time there,” Abby said. “Purdue has a classic bar called Harry’s. We had signature Harry’s plastic cups, popcorn bags (and a popcorn machine), and a Harry’s sign, kindly created by a bridesmaid. We served Indiana wine and beer from local breweries too.” Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices, peanuts, and old-fashion Coca-Cola bottles, which also served double-duty as favors, surrounded by folding padded chairs. A two-tiered cake was cut and served concluding a buffet dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “The experience goes by so fast,” she said. “Don’t sweat the small stuff. You may spend a lot of time agonizing over the details and before you know it, you’re at the airport leaving for paradise. Enjoy the extra time with everyone. For most, planning your wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. Make the most of it!” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia.
Anna and Rodney were married at Cornerstone Sonoma in Sonoma, Calif. on October 18. “We knew it was the one because the venue had beautiful gardens and art installations, but also several different places for the events of the day to take place,” Anna said. The bride wore a custom-made blush ball gown with an embroidered bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, and a pair of peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long pleated dresses with halter necklines and carried bouquets of roses, scabiosa pods, and berries. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “I Do,” directing them to the Vineyard Lawn and another wooden sign that said, “Ceremony, where the I dos happen, Cocktail Hour, to celebrate the fact that ‘WE DID,’ dinner, off to the tent where fine dining, drinking, and memories will be made, and Back to the Barn, head to the dance floor, grab some sweets, and P-A-R-T-Y.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 200 witnessing. “My favorite moment was walking down the aisle, with everyone standing, music playing, slow motion, and anxiety,” she said. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, vintage books, and votive candles, surrounded by mix ‘n’ matched chairs. In lieu of a cake, there was a cake pop tower. Fun fact: a gobo monogram was projected behind it! However, favors were pashmina shawls. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Excel is your best friend,” Anna said. “From the very beginning, keep lists for everything like your guests and vendors with as many line item details as you can and keep it up-to-date. If you get it all in there, (i.e. phone numbers, addresses, emails, meal preferences, etc.) it will make things that much less stressful when it comes time to confirm attendees, final counts for rentals, catering, reminders, thank you cards — too many things to list.” At the end of the night they jetted off to their honeymoon.
Jessica and Kevin were married at Twin Oaks House and Gardens in San Marcos, Calif. on February 2. “When I walked through the archway and saw the garden covered in greenery and twinkle lights, all surrounding an old schoolhouse, I knew it was the one,” Jessica said. The bride wore a strapless mermaid wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of Tieks’ comfy flats, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses. Guests were greeted to the ceremony with a heart-shaped chalkboard sign that said, “Welcome! Today two families become one. Please choose a seat not a side,” and encouraged to grab a handkerchief “for happy tears.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 140 witnessing. Cocktail hour began at the “Wet Your Whistle” beer and wine bar followed the reception shortly thereafter inside a pole tent draped with fabric and hung with crystal chandeliers. “Besides seeing Kevin for the first time, I would have to say seeing the venue for the first time with all of my do-it-yourself decor was my favorite moment,” she said. “I had this image in my head for so long of what I wanted the day to look like and seeing it come together surpassed all of my expectations.” Tables were decorated with white linens, blush napkins, vintage plates, candelabra centerpieces, and favor bags at each place setting, surrounded by chiavari chairs. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served concluding dinner. In addition, there were cupcakes too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “If you are planning and crafting a lot by yourself, keep an inventory of everything you buy or make throughout the year,” Jessica said. “Also, note where you want to place it. I had so many little things I had bought during our 15-month engagement. It would have helped to keep track of everything.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in London, Paris, and Rome.
Denise and Jason were married at Gary’s Loft in New York, N.Y. on August 9. “This was the first and only venue we visited,” Denise said. “As soon as we stepped off of the elevator, we knew. It’s just this beautiful all-white loft. It was a blank canvas to really play with and make the space our own. And then, to look up and see the Empire State Building through the skylights was just more than we could dream.” The bride wore a custom-made lace sheath wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and a pair of Christian Louboutin peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short black dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of baby’s breath.
The couple opted for a first look beforehand to calm any nervous jitters. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 72 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, milk glass vase and vessel centerpieces, and mercury glass votive candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “We really loved the seating chart,” she said. “Our layout was an L shape, and we were able to have two long sections with all the tables connected. We loved getting to mix all of our family and friends together. It became one large family. Fun fact: Jason surprised Denise by performing two songs! The first song was “When You Say Nothing At All” and the second song was handwritten personally. “We absolutely loved having music throughout the entire night,” Denise said. “It really helped transition the spaces and also kept the mood lively and fun. We had a string trio for the ceremony on the roof, and they played a mix of classic and current music before the ceremony and during cocktail hour. Then, we had an amazing French jazz band (Jason proposed to me in Paris and many of our first dates were to jazz clubs in the city, so it was a little nod to our journey together). Finally, everyone headed back up to the roof after dinner, where we had a DJ and danced the night away!”
Multiple two-tiered buttercream-frosted cakes were cut for dessert. “The milk glass vases, dishes, and cake stands were another favorite detail,” she said. “I had collected a few pieces here and there and really loved their look. So, we decided to incorporate them into the decor for the wedding. Well, thanks to our family, friends, and two summers of visiting many, many flea markets, we had more than enough pieces for every flower arrangement and dessert. After the wedding, we used them to decorate the tops of our kitchen cupboards. Everyday, we have a special reminder of our wedding.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “We highly recommend a day-of coordinator,” Denise said. “It was so nice to not have any family or friends running around or stressing, but instead, getting to really enjoy the entire wedding and activities. It was a relief to have someone there who knew our vision and made sure everything went as smooth as possible. Something is bound to happen that wasn’t planned for, or something will get missed. It put us at ease knowing we had someone there to take care of it.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Thailand.