Donna and Richard were married at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, Calif. on May 24. “After seeing how naturally beautiful the property was, with a ton of green, rustic character, trickling ponds, the fun vintage ferris wheel, and of course the big oak tree that served as our backdrop for our ceremony, we knew we found our spot,” Donna said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of Valentino’s “rockstud” pumps, while the groom wore navy blue suit, accessorized with a checkered button-up shirt, and denim bow tie. “This fabric was the starting point for our entire color inspiration,” she said. ”The wedding passed by in a flash. Richard and I joke all the time that we can’t remember much of it but as cheesy as it sounds, but I will always remember the moment we were up at the altar. It was as if time slowed.” The ceremony took place underneath a big oak tree dangling with cafe lights, and a vintage ferris wheel off to the distance. Afterwards, all 112 guests walked with the newlyweds, waving ribbon wands, to the tented reception. Do-it-yourself mason jar escort cards were filled with nuts. Each table was decorated with white linens, peony centerpieces, and chalkboard numbers. Their favorite detail? The dessert display! Just look at that three-tiered naked cake topped with fresh fruit and various other pastries. “Be flexible,” Donna said. “I know most brides will have a clear vision of what they want, but what I have learned is no matter how well you try to plan the event, you will run into problems. Whether your problem is a logistical issue or a budgeting problem or just the fact that your bridesmaids can’t agree on their dresses, as long as you are open-minded and willing to deal, than things will work out!” Amen.
Devin and Eddie were married at the bride’s grandparent’s home in St. George Island, Fla. on August 3. “I have always known it was where I wanted to get married,” she said. “My family has owned it my entire life. It is my absolute favorite place in the world. There was nowhere else I would rather have been on my wedding day.” The bride wore a flower embroidered tulle wedding gown with an illusion back and capped sleeved, accessorized with a headband in her short pixie hair, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a bow tie. “After a ridiculous, rainy summer, somehow it turned out to be clear, breezy, and not too humid!” she said. “I was waiting in my room while all of our guests were arriving, and I could see everything from my second-story vantage point. I was peeking through the curtains, along with my flower girl and maid of honor, when I saw my now-husband walking down the aisle with his best man. I couldn’t even see his face because his back was to me. Somehow, it finally felt real.” They wed before 85 along the shores of the Gulf Coast. Fun fact: ceremony programs were shaped like seashells. What did the newlyweds do after they were pronounced husband and wife? Jump for joy! Literally. Famous Apalachicola oysters were served and cocktails were displayed in a canoe. Koozies served double-duty as favors! Tables were decorated with striped linens, luscious centerpieces filled with tulips, ranunculuses, and kale surrounded by starfish and sand dollars. “Our cake was beautiful AND delicious!” Devin said.
Bridgette and Scott were married at Legacy Farms in Lebanon, Tenn. on October 5. “The one thing about Heritage Hall at Legacy Farms that made it pop for us was the beautiful rustic barn,” Bridgette said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, a jeweled sash. Notice how she channeled the spirit of the South by donning cowgirl boots and a monogrammed hankie? Bridesmaids wore long gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. The groom went for a more casual vibe with a matching vest and pants combo, accessorized with a blue tie. But his ‘men accessorized with suspenders and bow ties. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a “biscuits and booze” cocktail hour, which just so happened to be a favorite detail of the day. “It included made-from scratch-biscuits, homemade preserves, cured meats and our signature drink — Jack Daniels honey and lemonade,” she said. The reception followed inside. Tables were decorated with benches instead of chairs, mercury glass centerpieces atop lace runners, and mason jars that doubled as favors too. The newlyweds’ best advice? Pay all the wedding bills in advance. ”It was so nice to come back from the honeymoon and not have to worry about anything outstanding,” Bridgette said.
Candace and Jason were married at The Yacht Club at Marina Shores in Virginia Beach, Va. on April 19. “Honestly, everything about the venue was gorgeous!” Candace said. “It had me at hello, but if I had to pick one thing about it, it would have been the water.” The bride wore a satin mermaid wedding gown with crystal beading on the front and back, accessorized with a drop dangling earrings and a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a white tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids looked oh-so lovely in their blush long crinkle chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and peonies wrapped in teal fabric around the stems. The ceremony was set up like a half moon so each and every guest could see. Notice at the end of the aisle the wooden “This is how our story begins” sign? The way Jason’s face looked when I walked down the aisle was all I needed,” she said. “I felt like, in those two moments, there wasn’t anyone else around, and it was just him and I in our own little world.” Following the nuptials, the newlyweds released doves. “It was very important to me to remember our loved ones who couldn’t be there,” Candace said. Inside the ballroom, reception tables were decorated with chevron runners, lanterns, candles, and of course, starfish picture frames. Plus, just look at the cake! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
Sydney and Alex were married at the Inn at Huntington Creek in Rock Hall, Md. on June 22. “We loved the land surrounding our venue,” Sydney said. “Because [it] included an inn and several cottages, we were able to have our ceremony and reception at the same place, and we were able to stay there all weekend with several of our family and friends.” The bride wore a tulle J.Crew wedding gown, accessorized with a necklace, bracelet, and earrings. Her bouquet featured bright pink peonies! “I really loved experiencing our first look, and then being able to have Alex to myself for an hour before the ceremony and party started,” she said. ”I had a lot of excited energy, but was able to relax a little more when we were together!” The tented reception was decorated with blue table runners, napkins, and utensil place cards at each setting. Guests were asked to leave their thumbprint on a piece of bicycle artwork along with well wishes and advice for the newlyweds. Their favorite part? “Dancing in the barn after dinner was incredible!” Sydney said. “Also, we had a pleasant summer breeze blowing across the dance floor that kept everyone cool and excited about dancing.”