Jaclyn and Russell were married at Cotton Creek Barn in Lubbock, Texas on April 26. The bride wore a v-neck lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a three-piece tan suit, accessorized with a white tie. Bridesmaids wore short blush satin dresses and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. Guests were greeted with a wooden arrow sign that directed them to the vows. The outdoor ceremony took place perfectly in front of an old railroad car. An arch was decorated with cotton, trees were hung with mason jar candles, and aisles were lined with pews. Following the unity candle lighting, the newlyweds were official! Dinner and dancing continued inside the barn. Tables featured burlap squares, mix ‘n’ matched tall and short centerpieces, and “I do, I do” booklets and colorful crayons. They had not one, but two dessert options — a traditional tiered fondant cake and a groom’s cake in honor of Texas Tech University. At the end of the night, salty and sweet favor bags were passed out with a note that said, “Once upon a time, we met and found a love so true. Then, he ‘popped’ the question, and today, we said, ‘I do.’ To thank you for sharing in our special day please take a treat.” And to their surprise, a vintage Chevrolet Impala was filled with balloons for a grand exit too.
Alexandria and Travis were married at Old Hill Farms in Rock, Ga. on September 14. “It was just breath-taking,” Alexandria said. “We loved how peaceful and quiet it was.” The bride wore a taffeta ball gown with a pick up skirt, accessorized with an ivory sash and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, gray vest, and brown suit pants, accessorized with a patterned tie. “My wedding day was more than I had ever dreamed of it being, so I always reflect back,” she said. “My favorite moment of the day was my soon-to-be husband’s reaction the first time he saw me in my wedding dress.” During the ceremony with 100 of their closest family and friends, the flower girls in tutus and floral headbands carried a “here comes the bride” sign down the aisle. The reception’s decorations were all handmade! From the burlap table runners, silverware holders, and yes, even the centerpieces. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make the day as special as you are as a couple,” Alexandria said.
Kathy and Christopher were married at Montecito Country Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. on December 29. “The Montecito Country Club was the first and only venue that we saw in person,” Kathy said. “With it’s rolling green hills, ocean views, and unique architecture, the country club was the ideal combination of charm and elegance. We knew right away that it was the perfect match for us.” The bride wore a sweetheart ruched ruffled wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled broach in her side updo, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a blush tie. “The one moment in our wedding day that I cannot stop thinking about is exchanging vows during the ceremony as the sun set behind us,” she said. “It was both meaningful and magical, and I remember wishing the moment would last forever.” The reception followed inside. Tables were decorated with garden rose, tulip, and hydrangea centerpieces, table names of places the couple had traveled together to, and homemade beer favors at each place setting. “Chris and I started working on those brews months before,” Kathy said. “It was a lot of work but definitely worth it.” Guests also danced the night away to a Beatles Tribute band and ate bread pudding cake. “We wanted to incorporate Chris’ Southern heritage into the wedding, and fortunately, our pastry chef had an amazing recipe,” 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.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
I found CJ’s Off the Square through WeddingWire and fell in love online but didn’t think in a million years I would be able to hold my wedding there. My fiancé and I were both from Nashville but living out of state. The cute historic charm, the beautiful garden, and perfect touch of Nashville made it impossible to pass up, so we moved our wedding from Florida to back home.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
I don’t know if I could ever pick just three!I loved the moment that I walked in to see all of the details come together though! The things that stood out the most were the amazing floral archway around the gazebo, the fun and fabulous photo prop section, and the girls beauty room to get ready in.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Our Maid of Honor speech by my sister was a rap about us to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air song, which I can’t stop singing so that should probably be at the top of my list, but the moment of walking down the aisle with my father, seeing all of the guest looking back, and seeing my husband a nervous wreck was worth every ounce of sweat and time put into the planning process.