Brandy and Brock were married at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, Calif. on August 10. A large part of their wedding was completely homemade — from the wooden signs that said, “God gave me you” (from the Blake Shelton country song) and wooden boxes used for centerpieces to the intricately stitched quilt signed by each guest and popsicle sticks written with date night suggestions. That wasn’t all! Since the groom is a pilot, he folded over 150 paper airplanes for guests to throw as they walked down the aisle as husband and wife. Keep in mind that the bride was wearing her mother’s veil too. In lieu of a traditional cake, mini pocket pies were served as desserts and salted caramels were given out as favors.
Ashley and Gavin were married in her grandparent’s backyard with some of their closest family and friends on September 28. Signage hung from trees behind them as they said their vows: “My mother told me to pick the very best one and you are it,” “This is where our story begins . . . ,” “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,” ” I made a wish and you came true,” and “All because two people fell in love.” As they stood their being announced husband and wife, you couldn’t help but notice the bride’s beauty in her capped-sleeve illusion lace wedding gown and birdcage veil. Bridesmaids wore an array of different blush dresses while groomsmen wore gray tuxedos. Bouquets and boutonnieres included lots of succulents, peonies, and craspedia balls. Reception tables were decorated with vintage china and tea cups as well as heirloom objects atop books. The dessert display was too sweet — cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and more!
Sara and Kevin were married at Serra Retreat in Malibu, Calif. on September 1. ‘The venue had beautiful tile and landscaping throughout the property,” Sara said. “The 180-degree ocean view as a backdrop was spectacular too.” The bride loved her lace trumpet wedding gown and Steve Madden sparkling platform peep-toe pumps as well as all the florals, which incorporated her favorite color pink, succulents, and dahlias. Prior to the ceremony, the couple opted to have a first look, but as they were exchanging vows, they opted for a sand ceremony to symbolize their unity. Guests were escorted to reception tables that were named after beaches and asked to sign Kevin’s first surfboard as a kid in lieu of a traditional guest book. The night ended in candlelight with rose petals floating in the fountain, and everyone dancing to the beat of the music.
Cameron and Christopher were married at Coto Valley Country Club in Coto de Caza, Calif. on July 20. “Coto Valley Country Club was the 11th venue we toured, and we just had a surge of energy as we explored the club,” Cameron said. “Once our tour ended, we stood outside amongst the trees and just inhaled the serenity. Christopher and I looked at each other, and I confidently assured him that this club far exceeded all of my expectations, which was relieving to him, because he was feeling the same reaction!” For almost an entire year, the couple handcrafted most of their wedding details. From the map pinwheels that lined the aisle to the “a cord of three strands is not easily broken” unity signage, it brought greater appreciation to the entire day knowing it was something they had created together. The moment they can’t stop thinking about? Their vows! “We each wrote our own vows, but didn’t read them to each other until that moment,” she said. “Hearing the vows for the first time during the ceremony allowed the reactions to be genuine.” During the reception, Cameron and Christopher chose to have their entire wedding party sit with them as well as their dates. “It allowed us to truly be immersed in the festivities of the evening while looking out at all our favorite people,” Cameron said.
Nina and Sergery were engaged on Valentine’s Day and married six months later at Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center in a secluded redwood grove. The bride’s favorite detail from the day? “I loved my dress,” she said. “I wanted to have something simple but unique, and that dress was it.” During the ceremony, they was surprised with a speech from their officiant about them being secret agents from other planets. “It was hilarious,” she said. In order to make their day personal and a reflection of them as a couple, they also wrote each other letters and sealed them in a box along with a bottle of wine to open on their 10th anniversary. Guests enjoyed a semi-vegetarian meal and went home with a “tie the knot” kit, since Nina and Sergery are both into backpacking and hiking.