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.”
Jessica and James were married at Lichfield Ponds in Tocerville, Utah on March 9. The bride wore a tea-length wedding dress, accessorized with a lace long-sleeved bolero and “something blue” peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a casual tan suit and blue button-up shirt, accessorized with flip flops. Guests were greeted with moonshine cherry limeades from the “sand bar” and asked to take a parasol umbrellas before they took their seats at the ceremony. Even programs doubled as fans! The escort card display featured vintage shutters, books, and a pinwheel and cafe lights backdrop, and reception tables were decorated with driftwood, coral, and starfishes. As a special thank you (and in lieu of a cake), slices of pie were wrapped to-go as favors. Yum!
Roshal and Zwade were married at Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica on December 8. “I was born and raised in Jamaica and always dreamed of getting married in my home country,” Roshal said. “When we visited [the resort], we knew it was the place. The scenery was quintessentially Caribbean with the palm trees in the foreground, and the clear blue ocean in the distance.” The ceremony took place under a pavilion, where the bride wore an a-line wedding gown with a lace illusion back and the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with Burberry socks! “I loved that we wrote our own vows,” she said. “We were both nervous about it, but were so glad we ultimately made the decision.” The reception tent was decorated with luscious blue and green arrangements, rhinestone napkin rings, candles, and decorative branches dangling with crystals. Their favorite moment? The first dance. “We had put in the practice, and were ready to show off our new moves,” Roshal said. “But somehow in the moment, we forgot everything. I still remember when we looked at each other and realized we were going to wing it. It was so funny, we had to try so hard not to laugh as we improvised our way through.”
Melissa and Aaron were married on one of the hottest days of summer, but that didn’t keep this soiree from happening. The bride walked down the aisle wearing a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown and accessorized with a flower hair pin in her side updo whereas the groom wore a gray suit and pale blue tie, which also matched the bridesmaids’ chiffon dresses. Floral arrangements featured baby’s breath, roses, dahlias, succulents, and scabiosa pods. During the outdoor ceremony, Melissa and Aaron filled a mason jar of sand together to represent their unity. Each guest received a “to have and to hold and to keep your beer cold” koozie at each place setting, enjoyed a “love is sweet” candy bar filled with jolly ranchers, lollipops, reese’s pieces, and sour patch kids, and slipped on a pair of dancing shoes to keep comfy.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know that it was the one?
The big, beautiful exotic trees and the ceremony area right next to palm trees and the ocean. It was such a perfect setting to walk down the aisle.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Our musicians – Shea Derrick and Full Flavor worked with us on which kind of music we wanted and played an eclectic selection of our choices and theirs, live! They let us pick songs that they would learn and sing, and our guests were amazed since the covers sounded so awesome. It was a mix between Shea singing, a guitarist, and a DJ, and they were fabulous!
2. The food – Aloha Events catered and bartended. We made a custom around the world menu with dishes from different countries we’ve traveled to. The food was superb, and the staff was great!
3. The cake – Maui Wedding Cakes designed a custom cake that looked like a mountain. We ordered rock climbing figurines from MyWeddingDolls.com that were designed to look like us, which were placed on the cake as rock climbers. Figurines of our two dogs were on top of the cake. The designer used string for the climbing rope. We gave her an extremely unique cake request, and she nailed it.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Bride – Walking down the aisle and seeing my soon-to-be husband waiting for me. The look on his face filled my heart with so much joy and love, and I knew I was feeling the same thing he was – overwhelming happiness to spend the rest of our lives together.
Groom – We secretly took dance lessons once a week for like 5 months. We wanted a dance with big lifts and choreography that would blow our guests away. We couldn’t decide between her choice, Pearl Jam’s “Love Reign O’er Me” and my choice, O.A.R.’s “Hey Girl,” so we decided to do 2 dances. Our first one was for our first dance “Love Reign O’er Me” was formal and dramatic. Much later in the night, we surprised everyone with another dance. “Hey Girl” was swing and playful, and I lifted Samara over my head a few times. So much fun. We undertook a huge challenge, but it was my favorite memory. No one expected a dance like that, let alone two dances!