Rachel and Quentin were married in a traditional church ceremony at Edinbrook Baptist followed by a reception at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park, Minn. on January 4. “It is only a few blocks away from each of our family’s homes, and a few minutes drive from the church,” Rachel said. “When I was young, my family would go to Easter brunch here every year, and I always loved it. I thought there would be no way I could afford to get married at a golf course, but our modest food menu put it right our price range.” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, jeweled headband and sash, and a pair of t-strap high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and dusty millers. Guests were greeted with a non-tradtional card box and guest book — a birdcage and globe! Everyone was asked to sign on destination spots for the “future world travelers.” Fun fact: the ceremony was officiated by Quentin’s uncle. Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official with almost 250 witnessing. Pine cones served doublt-duty as escort cards. Tables were decorated white linens, gold runners, mason jar centerpieces, animal numbers, and votive candles. “We printed off sketched pictures of animals so each table was a different one,” she said. “They looked really cute on the tables. We are so into animals, we already have three pets together and are planning our future pet family! The best part was that we announced that for any clinking of glasses, we weren’t going to kiss unless that table made their animal sound. When we first announced this, people started practicing their animal sounds. It was hilarious! It was so much fun hearing the animal sounds all night whenever anyone wanted us to kiss.” Breakfast was served for dinner and chocolate chip cookies instead of cake. “These are our favorite things, and we knew we had to have them,” Rachel said. The dance floor playlist was handpicked too. “I didn’t want to do anything except dance because it was all of my songs,” she said. “It’s cheesy! But in the middle of the party, the floor magically cleared and my husband and I danced to the Selena Gomez version of ‘Let It Go.’ We had just seen Frozen a few days earlier, and I was obsessed (even more than everyone else because, hello, I was a winter bride!). I love the snow and couldn’t believe there was a movie that celebrated it in such a great way. It was the best celebrating our beautiful new marriage in the -30 degree weather.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t get caught up in the things that the industry says you need,” Rachel said. “Make your wedding all about you and have it whatever way you want it. We had a ton of personal details and that’s what made the day so fun. We weren’t worrying about our wedding being perfect or ideal for anyone but us.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to Oregon for their mini-moon!
Haley and Matthew were married in a traditional church ceremony at Aldersgate United Methodist followed by a reception at Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria, Va. on January 4. “I had my sweet sixteen birthday party in the same venue, which Matthew had attended,” Haley said. “We were familiar with it and were excited to have another special event there. Our ceremony took place in the church I was baptized and grew up in and also the church where my parents were married exactly 28 years earlier. There was never a second thought about where our ceremony would be held.” The bride wore a satin fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with lace straps, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, faux fur shawl, and a pair of Mary Jane high heels, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of calla lilies, berries, tulips, and seeded eucalyptus. “Matthew and I were both overwhelmed with joy during our ceremony when we served each of our family and friends communion,” she said. “It was the most personal and intimate moments we had with each of the guests, and we will never forget that feeling of God blessing our marriage and providing us an amazing amount of support.” The reception took place inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated minimally with white linens and floating tea candles filled with cranberries and magnolia leaves. “All of our vendors were somehow related to us,” Haley said. “Our amazing photographer, Anna Grace Paulovkin, is the sister of one of our groomsmen, one of my aunts designed our invitations, another aunt helped coordinate and decorate, another aunt did the flowers, a best friend made our cake, the list goes on! We did a map theme throughout and labeled our tables by places we have visited together. This was one of my favorite details because it gave everyone a little glimpse into our lives.” In lieu of a guest book, advice was written down and placed into a vintage suitcase. A mini cake was cut and served for dessert as well as an assortment of cupcakes too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “It is your wedding, listen to the advice of others and be respectful, but in the end, it is your day,” she said. “Do what you want to do. The best advice I was given was to pay attention! I am an over-organizer, so I had delegated everything I wanted to be done to others, who I trusted very much, so that I didn’t worry about the details.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of ribbon wands.
Talia and Clayton were married in a traditional church ceremony at Heinz Memorial followed by a reception at LeMont in Lemont, Pa. on May 31. The bride wore a sweetheart silk mermaid wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled sash, and a pair of Betsy Johnson high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accesorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long neutral chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. Inside the chapel’s red front doors were vaulted ceilings lined with stained glass chancel windows. Fun fact: It was a family tradition to get hitched here! Talia was escorted down the aisle by her teary-eyed father and up the aisle by her googly-eyed husband Clayton. Afterwards, the newlyweds decided to take a stroll through University of Pittsburgh’s campus for portraits since they opted out of a first look. They also made a stop at Mount Washington, which is an incline platform running the entire length of Grandview Avenue, for a few scenic views of the skyline. Meanwhile, guests enjoyed cocktail hour. Escort cards featured hand-scripted font similar to the invitations and ceremony programs too. Notice a theme? Tables were decorated with white linens, silver-rimmed charger plates, tall blossiming branches centerpieces, and wine bottle numbers. The cake was cut with “I do” and “Me too” forks, and boxes of cookies were given out as favors at the end of the night.
Courtney and Cody were married in a traditional church ceremony at Cathedral of Christ the King followed by a reception at Summerour Studio in Atlanta, Ga. on August 31. “The one thing about our venue that told us it was the one was that it felt like stepping into a different world,” Courtney said. “The Summerour architecture firm transformed the studio from a printing company into a breathtaking space with an al fresco courtyard reminscent of a Tuscan villa all in the heart of industrial West Midtown.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of Kate Spade peep toe high heels with bows, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a matching tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and greenery. “There were so many elements of my family that accompanied me as I walked down the aisle,” she said. “From my grandmother’s wedding gown lace wrapped around my bouquet to charm-sized photos of my father and grandfather that had passed away two years before. And, of course, having my brother give me away made the moment all the more special too.” Flower girls even handed out stemmed white roses to guests during the processional and recessional. Following cocktail hour, dinner and dancing began. “After grappling between two songs, [our first dance] was a Jason Mraz song, but later in the evening, an Adele song played, and we were able to share another more intimate, private dance,” Courtney said. Farm tables were decorated with pink runners, tall centerpieces along with trailing antique vases and vessels, wine bottle numbers, and peach cake pops, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. “The one piece of advice that resonated with me before my wedding, and that I continue to pass on, is that things will not go wrong on your wedding day; they will go differently,” she said. “This helped put changes in details and plans into perspective, and allowed me to not be too deeply invested in any one element of the day. A couple puts so much thought, time, money and emotion into planning a wedding, and no single erroneous detail should eclipse that.”
Candace and Iain were married in a traditional church ceremony at The Old Brick Church followed by a reception at Limestone Bay Trading Co. in Moorseville, Ala. on June 28. “The vintage detail of it all,” Candace said. “Dee was wonderful and provided us with all of our decorations. Think: mason jars and lace tablecloths, and the beautiful mismatched china plates we ate dinner on. It all fit our personality perfectly from the tent outback decked out with strng lights to the detailed organic flower arrangements.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a pair of “something blue” strappy high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a striped yellow bow tie. Fun fact: “I put my old and new monograms on the soles of my shoes, so I could start off my new life on the right foot and remember what I left behind,” she said. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look and exchanging of gifts. “My husband’s vows, I cried, of course, but they were tailored to our relationship,” Candace said. “He even promised we could have pizza every night if I wanted to. (It is my all-time favorite food.) Also after finishing up, he tried putting the ring on the wrong finger, which definitely lightened the tears and made it an unforgettable moment.” The reception went off without a hitch underneath the summer sky. “Food came in a close second knowing it was for us,” she said. “BBQ pork on corn cakes with mac ‘n’ cheese, green beans, baked beans, broccoli salad, and fruit skewers! Topped off with our delicious red velvet cake! We’re getting hungry just thinking about it.” After a few dances, dips, and twirls, the newlyweds were worn out. Plus, it was almost time for their honeymoon roadtrip across California.