Alison and Kit were married at Moloa’a Shangri-La in Kauai, Hawaii on March 16. The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a braided sideswept ponytail, jeweled sash, and henna tattoos on her feet, while the groom wore a light grey suit, accessorized with a tie, Dooney & Bourke suspenders, and a leis around his neck. Bridesmaids wore long purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, orchids, seeded eucalyptus, and succlents. Even their dog was included too! Guests were greeted to the bali-themed architectural estate overlooking scenic views of Moloa’a Bay and a chalkboard sign that said, “The best things in life are meant to be shared. #durdererwedding.” The ceremony took place in the backyard promptly at 2 p.m. The chuppah was underneath a giant oak tree draped with fabric and hung with crystals. Alison was escorted down the aisle with both of her parents and then, circled Kit 7 times also called the hakafot. Once the ketubah was signed, the glass was broken. Fun fact: It was all live streamed for those family and friends that could not attend. Notice the fist pump during the recessional? The reception took place underneath a pole tent, hung with paper lanterns, a few hours later. Tables were decorated with textured linens, floating cylinder vase centerpieces, and votive candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. The dance floor wasn’t complete without the hava nagila song being played with the newlyweds’ cast up on chairs. In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone was asked to share a message written on postcards and hung on clothespins from vintage suitcases. The three-tiered cake was cut and served after dinner for dessert. At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon in New Zealand.
Shannon and Neelesh were married at Lanikuhonua in Kapolei, Hawaii on March 28. “Lanikuhonua is the perfect site for a a wedding,” Shannon said. “The setting is so picturesque like a postcard. The Ihilani [a resort] is right next door also, which was very convenient [for out-of-town guests]. Hawaiian royalty used to vacation here in the summers, so you can imagine how beautiful it is! I’m from Hawaii. We knew we wanted to do it here. We thought it would be fun to have our family and friends together on vacation for our big day.” The bride wore a strapless mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a low chignon bun and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, tweed vest, and khaki pants, accessorized with a checkered bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink satin dresses and carried bouquets of roses, carnations, gloriosa lilies, and hydrangeas. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look with portraits taken in stilt palm trees. They finally said, “I do” overlooking Ka’ula Bay underneath a fabric draped arbor. Notice there was a receiving line afterwards too? The reception took place in a frame tent. Tables were decorated with white linens, trailing vase and vessel centerpieces, starfish and seashells, bamboo charger plates, and favor boxes filled with shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate, which served as favors, at each place setting. “[Our theme] was tropical elegance,” she said. “White with pops of fuchsia and yellow.” Guests were encourage to put on their dancing shoes also known as flip flops on the black and white checkered floor glowing with string lights. Extra entertainment? Hula dancers!
Caitlin and Nicholas were married at Olowalu Plantation House in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii on July 13. “I researched a lot of different venues on Maui,” Caitlin said. “We saw stunning pictures of Olowalu and felt that it was an absolute gem but wanted to make sure the heavenly pictures weren’t deceiving. We live almost 5,000 miles away in Pennsylvania, so we were hoping it wasn’t too good to be true. Our phenomenal wedding planner told us it was her favorite on the entire island! I just loved all the options for backdrops.” The bride wore a strapless drop-waisted wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and headband, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, orchids, and lilies. “The moment that I can’t stop thinking about is right after my mom helped me get into my dress,” she said. “I walked towards Nick for our first look. He had his back towards me, and when I tapped him on the shoulder, he turned around, his eyes welled up, and he just stood there and stared at me. He told me I looked awesome so many times, and it was so sweet.” The ceremony took place overlooking the ocean with 23 close family and friends in attendance, who had traveled from Charolette, Philadelphia, and even Tampa too. After the vows were sealed with a kiss, the newlyweds recessed down the aisle with petals being thrown at them. Cocktails were served via beverage dispensers next to a pineapple ice sculpture. Reception tables were decorated with white linens, orange runners, bamboo chargers, and palm tree place card holders at each setting. There was also a hula and fire dancer performing for extra entertainment. Plus, sparklers during the cake cutting! The newlyweds’ best advice? “I would encourage couples to plan their wedding as a team,” Caitlin said.
Jessica and Brian tied the knot at Guilford Yacht Club in Guilford, Conn. on August 16. The bride looked flawless in a strapless gown with a ruffled skirt. She wore her chestnut hair up in a low bun, and opted for royal blue heels as her “something blue.” She carried a bouquet of thistle, amaryllis, roses, eucalyptus, veronica, and amaranthus. Jessica was particularly happy about the way her bouquet turned out. “I did not want a traditional bouquet of roses,” she explained. “My florist listened to my ideas and created the perfect bouquet for me.” The groom looked dapper in a gray three-piece suit and navy necktie. “We were looking for a venue on the water,” Jessica said. “The property is gorgeous and allows for privacy from the rest of the club.” The pair exchanged vows right on the edge of the water in front of 130 family members and friends, who blew bubbles as they recessed down the aisle as husband and wife. The reception was held inside the yacht club, and guests sat at round tables with blue linens and mini sailboat centerpieces. Guests received limoncello favors at their seats. The newlyweds dined at a sweetheart table featuring personalized buoys as chair decor. Guests ate, drank, and danced the night away as Jessica and Brian enjoyed their first day as a married couple. Her wedding planning M.O.? “Relax and have fun; don’t stress over things that are out of your control like the weather!”
Christa and Adam were married on the beach at the Henlopen Hotel in Rehoboth Beach, Del. on July 5. The bride looked radiant in a one-shoulder sheath gown with her hair in a partial updo. She carried a bouquet of baby’s breath, hydrangeas, and alstroemerias. Her ‘maids donned short, periwinkle dresses and carried baby’s breath bouquets. The groom looked dapper in gray dress pants and a matching vest. He sported a purple and blue checkered plaid tie. His groomsmen wore gray dress pants, suspenders, and periwinkle ties. The intimate crowd of family and friends gathered on the beach to watch Christa and Adam exchange vows in front of a white arch decorated with flowers. Glass bubble terrariums filled with sand and hydrangeas served as aisle markers, and guests sat in white folding chairs. They blew bubbles at the couple as they recessed down the aisle! A reception followed at the hotel where guests enjoyed passed appetizers and champagne during the cocktail hour, followed by a delicious dinner. The reception included sand-filled candles, lanterns, and sea glass, among other beach-themed decor. The personalized napkins had the phrase “Eat Drink Celebrate” printed on them, and guests enjoyed a tier of sugar-coated brownies for dessert. The seaside day was full of love and lifelong memories were created.