Chelsea and Joey were married at The Grace Maralyn Estate and Gardens in Atascadero, Calif. on July 26. “The Grace Maralyn was the perfect venue for us because it felt like we were having the wedding in our own backyard, but the amenities and the details made it a much better version,” Joey said. The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, jeweled headpiece, floor-length veil, and a pair of t-strap peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray tweet vest and pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short mint dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, scabiosa pods, and seeded eucalyptus wrapped in ribbons. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Find a seat, not a side. Today, we’re family!” and encouraged them to grab a paper cone filled with lavender for the toss. “The moment we first saw each other while Chelsea was walking down the aisle,” he said. “The anticipation of the entire day and everything leading up to that, seeing her in her dress, looking as beautiful as ever, and having Florence and The Machine playing in the background, it felt like a scene from a movie. We both lost it a little bit.” During the ceremony, a unity candle was lit. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began with signature Mr. and Mrs. cocktails — my dear watson and the howdy stella. The reception took place shortly thereafter in the lawn. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, gold vase centerpieces, wooden numbers, picture frames, votive candles, and homemade jars of jelly, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “We loved having everything happen at one location,” Joey said. “The ceremony and the reception flowed together seamlessly because we didn’t have to worry about moving 100+ people to another location. It definitely kept the party going.” Dinner included a greek salad, Santa Maria tri-tip steak and chicken breast with salsa and roasted vegetables, roasted potatoes, and garlic bread. Dancing took place in the barn. A three-tiered fondant cake was cut and served for dessert in addition to caramel apples and fruit tarts. “It might sound silly, but having a photo booth was a really fun extra,” he said. “We were able to look at all the photos afterwards and see our family and friends having a great time througout the night. It was nice to know how much people were enjoying themselves.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Give yourself plenty of time to plan things out and be as thorough as possible, but be okay with the outcome regardless,” Joey said.
Katie and Dante were married in a traditional courthouse ceremony followed by a reception at the University Club of Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, Calif. on August 9. “It was beautiful and low-key,” Katie said. “We love that combination.” The bride wore a BHLDN strapless a-line wedding dress with a tiered tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo and a pair of wedges, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a navy blue checkered button-up and tie. She carried a bouquet of carnations, calla lilies, proteas, succulents, scabiosa pods, and ferns. Guests were greeted inside the courthouse’s mural room with floor-to-ceiling hand-painted walls and two wrought-iron chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Fun fact: It dates back to 1850. “Walking down the aisle [with both parents was my favorite moment],” she said. Almost 80 sat in pews to witness the exchanging of vows. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! The reception took place next door inside the historic mansion. Tables were decorated with white linens, mason jar centerpieces, wooden numbers, and favor bags,”wishing riches for the new Mr. and Mrs.,” filled with lottery tickets at each place setting, surrounded by upholstered chairs. After dinner, a mini cake was cut and served for dessert. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Relax and enjoy,” Katie said. “As long as you have the people that are important to you in your life with you, you are all set.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers.
Erica and Michael were married at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, Calif. on May 3. “It’s spectacular views had particular significance for us because we could see Stanford’s campus, where we first met,” Erica said. The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, ivory sash, and a pair of Jimmy Choo peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, peonies, Queen Anne’s lace, freesias, and green trick dianthus. “My grandmother wore a lucky dime in her shoe on her wedding day in 1948,” she said. “I kept this dime in a tiny box with the inscription, ‘something borrowed, something blue, and a piece of silver in your shoe.’ In keeping with the tradition, my mom wore this same dime in her shoe when she was married. She kept this dime in a vintage box for years, hoping that one day, I would be able to wear it as well.” Guests were greeted with cucumber ginger sprtizers to beat the spring heat. “Our ceremony was held at a hilltop overlooking the Bay Area, and we were fortunate to have amazing weather with a clear scene stretching from San Francisco to Palo Alto,” Erica said. “Walking down the aisle, seeing our family and friends, and listening to a very personal processional recorded and arranged by Michael, was a moment we will never forget.” Once the vows were sealed with a kiss underneath an arch, it was official! Cocktail hour began with none other than hors d’ouevres such as cheese. The reception took place underneath the pavilion. Tables were decorated with white linens, sage green napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles. Bonus: freshly-baked loaves of bread and olive oils. “Even my dad toasted about how he never thought anyone could love his daughter as much as he did, until Michael came along,” she said. “And watching a tear form in many of the other dad’s eyes in the audience.” After dinner, a mini cake was cut, but not served because there was an assortment of cupcakes instead. The dance floor was packed until the end of the night. “We wavede goodbye to everyone with Tony Bennett’s, ‘I Left My Heart in San Francscio,’ playing in the background,” Erica said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Get a great wedding planner!” she said.
Sarah and Corey were married at The Humphreys Estate in Temecula, Calif. on June 21. The bride wore a strapless straight across-neckline ball gown with a lace bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, satin sash, and a pair of flats, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long neutral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hydrangeas. Guests were greeted with plenty of chalkboard signs that said, “So this is the miracle that we’ve been dreaming of. So this is love,” “Once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale,” and “As two families become one, choose a seat not a side.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Fun fact: Corey was blindfolded! It took place in the garden in front of a raised gazebo. A tent was placed overhead for shade. To symbolize their unity, they even chose to combine sand. Once the license was signed, sealed, and delivered to the officiant, it was bona fide. Cocktail hour began around the pool followed by the reception. Tables were decorated with pink rosette linens, mercury glass votives and vases, gold charger plates, and picture numbers from throughout their entire relationship. In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone was asked to share a message next to a typewriter. The first one was from the newlyweds, “It means the world to us that you are here today. Please sign our guestbook so we can treasure the memories we made here!” After dinner, the three-tiered square cake was cut and candy bar opened for grabs. It featured yogurt-covered pretzels, licorice, sour patch kids, gummy bears, lollipops, and more. At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and were off to their honeymoon.
Stefanie and Trevor were married at SeaCliff Country Club in Huntington Beach, Calif. on January 18 — exactly five years after they first met! “It was really important to us to have an indoor and outdoor option since we were getting married during winter, and the weather would be unpredictable,” Stefanie said. “We got lucky, and it ended up being 80 degrees.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of satin high heels, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a matching tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore short pale blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, anemones, silver brunia balls, and dusty millers. The ceremony took place in the Oval Terrace overlooking a pond. “It was the most favorite part of our big day,” she said. “Our good friend and brother-in-law was officiated and performed it. He shared such a special time with us and wrote the most beautiful words that was funny, thoughtful, and exactly what my now-husband and I wanted.” Afterwards, the reception followed in the ballroom. Guests found their seats via escort cards hanging from clothespins. Tables were decorated with white linens, lantern centerpieces, and mercury glass votive candles, surrounded by silver chiavari chairs. “When I walked through the venue all decorated, I almost started to cry,” Stefanie said. “It could not have been more perfect. My vision and ideas I had been planning for all finally came to life!” Plus dinner, a four-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert. “Our DJ was absolutely amazing and did a fantastic job of orchestrating the dance floor component without being overbearing.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Stay true to yourselves and what you want as a couple for your wedding,” she said. “There will be many people that give you opinions leading up to and on.”