Sarah and Casey were married at the bride’s parent’s backyard in Novato, Calif. on July 20. “We wanted to keep the guest list small and make the event as intimate as possible,” Sarah said. “It just seemed like the best way to to do it.” She walked down the aisle wearing a Vera Wang ruffled wedding gown, accessorized with a purple sash and Christian Louboutins, while Casey wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie and pocket square. “Of course, I adored my dresses and shoes,” she said. “I am so grateful to have had not one, but two of her creations. And who doesn’t love a pair of 5-inch Louboutins, probably the only pair I’ll ever own, but that’s okay!” Following the ceremony, guests were escorted to rustic, white-washed tables decorated with burlap runners, lanterns, candles, potted herbs, and olive oil favors with “Grazie!” tags attached. “We knew we wanted our reception to follow the farm-to-table theme,” Sarah said. “Keeping this in mind, we used a lot of textural elements rather than colors.” The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “Having everyone together, celebrating and having a great time,” she said.
Amanda and Kyle were married in the backyard of family friends on September 28. “The fact that it was at a home made it that much more special,” Amanda said. “The location had a ‘ranch style’ feel, which went along with the theme for our wedding too.” She wore a Marilyn Monroe-inspired mermaid wedding gown by Oleg Cassini, accessorized with ALDO wedges, while bridesmaids wore long blush dresses. The moment Amanda walked down the aisle was like no other. “If my Dad wasn’t holding me up, I probably would have fallen down,” she said. “Seeing my handsome soon-to-be husband standing there waiting for me took my breath away and brought me to tears.” The outdoor reception was decorated with floral arrangements made by the bride’s mother and bridesmaids. Each place setting was a vintage glass plate. “I loved how no plate was the same but all were beautiful,” Amanda said. Guests found their seats via a french door seating arrangement and took Instagram pictures as long as they hashtagged #muirwedding2013. “All the chalkboard signs were made by my aunt, who is an art teacher,” she said. How unique! The three-tiered cake featured a layer resembling birch wood with a carving of “K + A” in it, and a candy bar doubled as favors.
Megan and Christopher were married on the bride’s farm near Starved Rock State Park, Ill. “We looked at a few different places, but when we were finally ready to make a decision, I knew I wanted to get married where I grew up, where we fell in love and where Christopher proposed,” Megan said. “It now means even more to us.” The bride wore a one-shoulder Lazaro ruffled wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls. “The genuine shock and excitement when Christopher saw me for the first time that day literally took his breath away,” she said. “It was more amazing than I ever dreamed.” The ceremony took place under a big oak tree decorated with ribbons and paper lanterns. Guest sat in wooden pews and kept cool with umbrellas while the couple exchanged handwritten vows. As they recessed down the aisle, a flute ensemble played as confetti was thrown. Cocktails were served in mason jars, vintage couches served as comfy seats, and lanterns lit the entire backyard. The tented reception featured a family photo display, table numbers wrapped in twine, and the cake atop a tree stump!
Julia and Blair were married exactly 3 months (and 1 day) after their engagement. “We said, ‘I do’ just a few miles from the high school where we met, where our mothers taught and became friends, and where our officiant introduced us during a theatre production,” Julia said. Keeping with the “nostalgic, geeky, rainbow-explosion exuberance of the day,” she wore a lime green dress and carried a bouquet of tissue paper flowers. “If white isn’t your best color, and you love showing off your legs, why not do something unexpected?” she said. Following the backyard ceremony, guests were surprised to hear Julia read an old love letter from Blair during toasts. “I loved sharing this memory with our nearest and dearest,” Julia said. Centerpieces were decoupaged wine bottles and mason jars with paper pinwheels, and the dessert display featured a cake topped with My Little Pony toppers, lollipops, cake pops, and more.
Ashley and Gavin were married in her grandparent’s backyard with some of their closest family and friends on September 28. Signage hung from trees behind them as they said their vows: “My mother told me to pick the very best one and you are it,” “This is where our story begins . . . ,” “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,” ” I made a wish and you came true,” and “All because two people fell in love.” As they stood their being announced husband and wife, you couldn’t help but notice the bride’s beauty in her capped-sleeve illusion lace wedding gown and birdcage veil. Bridesmaids wore an array of different blush dresses while groomsmen wore gray tuxedos. Bouquets and boutonnieres included lots of succulents, peonies, and craspedia balls. Reception tables were decorated with vintage china and tea cups as well as heirloom objects atop books. The dessert display was too sweet — cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and more!