Erinn and Brian were married in a traditional church ceremony at Willard Memorial followed by a reception at Inns of Aurora in Auburn, N.Y. on June 7. “There are two things we loved — the beautiful setting and the food!” Erinn said. “We wanted an outdoor wedding and having the tent right on one of the Finger Lakes was just perfect. We grew up in the area and love being on the lake, so the setting just felt like ‘us.’ Also, we are huge foodies, and Aurora Inn had one of the best ratings in the region. They definitely didn’t disappoint because everything was absolutely delicious.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of pink satin bow pumps, while the groom wore a three-piece black suit, accessorized with a solid tie and bulldog cufflinks. “All the personal touches from my family made the day extra special,” she said. “My mom gave me a locket on the morning of the wedding that included various objects such as a piece of her veil, piece of my great great grandma’s dress, and my late grandma’s earrings. I pinned it to my bouquet, and when I walked down the aisle, I knew I had these women with me in spirit.” Bridesmaids wore long coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, and olive leaves. “I couldn’t stop staring and smelling at them,” she said. “Saying our vows to each other was the most memorable part of the day, and obviously meant the most.” Tables were decorated with white linens, picture frames with descriptions of special places, and “hubby” and “wifey” chair signs in honor of the newlyweds. Cookies served as favors. “We wrapped them and on each tag wrote, ‘Something sweet for your tooth, and something sweet for your soul,” Erinn said. “Below that, there was 10 different quotes. For example, one from Maya Angelou and Brian’s favorite show Friday Night Lights.”
Ana and Cliff were married in a traditional church ceremony at Kentwood Community followed by an outdoor reception in the bride’s parent’s backyard on April 26 in Wayland, Mich. “It was my grandfather’s house,” Ana said. “He bought 30 acres and built a house when my mom and her siblings were growing up. After my grandfather passed, my parents bought the house to keep it in the family. I called ‘dibs’ on being able to have my wedding there for a LONG time.” The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown with capped sleeves and keyhole back, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom wore a light brown three-piece wool suit, accessorized with a denim button-up and striped bow tie. “All their suits were thrift store finds with some flare and added personal style,” she said. “We basically gave them the color scheme and told them to do their thing.” Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried do-it-yourself bouquets. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “But when we said our vows, I was astounded that we got through them without crying,” Ana said. “That moment, when time stood still, and I looked into Cliff’s eyes to profess my love to him — it’s engraved in my heart forever.” Reception tables were decorated with antique vases and vessels centerpieces, picture frames, handkerchief runners, and kraft paper bag thank-you notes at each place setting. “My mom crafted nearly every single decoration,” she said. “Everything was that much more amazing because of the extra love put forth.” In addition to a mini cake that the newlyweds cut, there was also a popcorn bar with all the toppings like M&M’s, peanuts, and cinnamon sugar and Krispy Kreme doughnuts for guests to snack on. Yum!
Meaghan and Matt were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Catholic in Frederick, Md. followed by an indoor barn reception at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, Va. on April 24.”Riverside on the Potomac is a working farm, and when we were greeted by roaming dogs, tons of horses, and the charming owner, Suzi, riding her golf cart, I fell in love with it’s authenticity,” Meaghan said. “I wanted our wedding to have a very natural and organic vibe to it, and this venue totally delivered.” The bride wore a strapless sheath wedding gown with satin corset bodice and a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a blue tie. “Our bridal party all picked their own ensembles, which we didn’t see until the day-of,” she said. “Of course, we gave them some parameters, but it was still so amazing to see it all come together so seamlessly. We wanted to be sensitive to both their budgets and personal styles, and the result was a mismatched group that still somehow looked totally cohesive. They carried bouquets of baby’s breath too! The couple even opted to do a first look. “It was a game changer in terms of my anxiety levels,” Meaghan said. “I couldn’t sleep, eat, talk, etc., and I was nervous to my stomach about my walk down the aisle. As soon as I saw Matt, it all vanished, and I felt confident, serene, and ready for game time.” How did they celebrate post-recessional? Playing lawn games! Reception tables were decorated with antique brown vases and vessels, wooden block numbers, and gold votive candles. “Our band was amazing, and the dance floor was packed from the first to the last song,” she said. “I loved that it was filled with guests of every generation, singing along to songs that everyone knew. In fact, people got so in to it that Matt and I even wound up crowd surfing at one point — a truly unforgettable moment.”
Ashley and Kevin were married in a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Alexandria, Va. followed by a reception at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. on September 28. “We chose an early 1960s vintage theme,” Ashley said. “The era reminded us of our grandparents, whom we love dearly, and it’s the time period of one of our favorite TV shows Mad Men.”The bride walked down the aisle wearing a lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a chunky statement necklace, while the groom stood waiting in his classic black tuxedo and bow tie. “The look on my husband’s face when I said my vows” was Ashley’s favorite moment. “Bridesmaids received vintage handbags, long white gloves, and pink Ray Ban sunglasses,” she said. “Groomsmen had polka dot socks, fedoras, pale pink pocket squares, and white Ray Ban sunglasses.” The reception followed in the the renovated ballroom that featured stunning views of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Tables were decorated with tall floral centerpieces in mercury vases and vessels, and named after pop culture icons or trends like Woodstock. The newlyweds’ first dance? “All of Me” by John Legend.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
My then fiance and I fell in love with Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church because of its historic charm. The church was constructed to be a replica of its original building, and it was love at first sight for us. I wanted a vintage feel that was still comfortable and cozy and that is exactly what this church and its grounds portray.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. I loved my bridal party’s attire. The girl’s dresses and pearl necklaces turned out so southern and sweet, and I loved the classic black tuxes we went with for the groomsmen.
2. I loved the fresh peaches we scored from a local farm outside the city limits of Birmingham. They were so fresh and delicious in July and made beautiful centerpieces and accents.
3. I loved our wedding cake. Not only was it scrumptious, but Julie Hendricks made an incredible cake stand out of a peach basket that made my heart swoon.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
There were so many great moments in our whirlwind of a wedding day, but one moment that is still particularly sweet going on 3 years later is the car ride back to the hotel. For us, I can still remember that sweet long exhale after leaving the church still on a natural high from all the celebrating that just happened and yet still in awe that you both actually did it — you got married and are now husband and wife from that moment on until forever. A very overlooked moment throughout the wedding day I would say, but special indeed. We really appreciated having a driver, so we could bask in that moment wholeheartedly.