Julia and Paul were married in a traditional church ceremony at Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Faith Community followed by a reception at Dove Canyon Courtyard in Dove Canyon, Calif. on October 26. “When we first drove up to it, I said no way because it is in the back of a strip mall and didn’t look appealing,” Julia said. “My fiance said we were already there, so we had to go in. As soon as we walked into the courtyard, I knew it was the place! It just felt so magical with all the twinkle lights everywhere. Truly like a dream.” The bride wore a custom-made lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of sparkly peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas, cala lillies, and roses. “I wish I could wear my dress everyday,” she said. “Walking down the aisle and seeing my soon-to-be husband for the first time [was most memorable]. We didn’t do a first look, so it was the first time that day that we saw each other. I have never been filled with so much joy in my life. It was an incredible feeling.” Cocktail hour began with an assortment of libations, including a signature Lychee martini. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow napkins, and a CD at each place setting, which also served double-duty as favors. In lieu of cake, there was lots and lots of cupcakes. Yum! The newlywed’s best advice? “Take some time to do things together during the planning process that have nothing to do with the wedding,” Julia said. “It can become very stressful and overwhelming at times. You need to take some time to breathe and remember what it is really all about. Don’t get too caught up in all the minor details that you lose sight of that.”
Jiae and John were married in a traditional church ceremony at First Assembly followed by a reception at Oxon Hill Manor in Oxon Hill, Md. on November 2. “We fell in love with the historic beauty of our venue,” Jiae said. “Each room was truly unique with its own distinct personality, providing the perfect backdrop for creating an intimate feel that we wanted.” The bride wore a strapless satin trumpet wedding dress with a bow on the back, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and sparkly, platform peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hosta leaves wrapped in ribbon. “We were so honored to have John’s uncle, Peter, officiate our wedding ceremony,” she said. “This meant a lot to us, and we were truly blessed to have him bring his warmth and humor to our wedding. Participating in paeback, a Korean wedding custom, was a beautiful way to include our families. We had so much fun while doing it, and we were so happy to have shared this experience with all of our guests too.” The reception was separated into two rooms — the gold and black. Signature cocktails were served such as gin and tonic and pickle backs, and tables were decorated with tall crystal draped centerpieces surrounded by chiavari chairs. “That would have to be the moment when I felt liberated,” Jiae said. When the details disappeared, and the nerves faded, and I could truly join in!” Dinner was food stations complete with sushi, cheeses, and meats, and dessert was an entire table of sweets complete with to-go boxes. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Wedding planning is notorious for being stressful, so picking the right team was extremely important to us, especially for having such a short engagement period,” she said. “As much as we wanted our wedding to be an intimate affair with family and friends, we also wanted to feel a connection with our vendors. By trusting in their talent, exertise and passion, we were able to focus our energy on each other and enjoy the wedding planning. We felt our vendors truly cared about our vision and not only saved us time and money, but also gave us the encouragement and support we needed.”
Julia and Seth were married at Los Poblanos Inn in Albuquerque, N.M. on May 9. “It captured the many facets of New Mexico’s beauty in one location,” Julia said. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a plunging v-neck, accessorized with a floor-length veil and a pair of rhinestone-infused bow pumps, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a solid necktie. Don’t they look like fashion models! Bridesmaids wore short pale blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, and succulents. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “Seeing the faces of the people I hold nearest and dearest to my heart as I walked toward and down the aisle with my dad was my favorite moment,” she said. Following the exchange of vows and rings underneath enormous cottonwood trees, Seth couldn’t help but show his excitement by fist pumping. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make sure you really like your vendors,” Julia said. “You will be working with them A LOT. We lucked out with phenomenal ones, which made the planning experience that much more enjoyable.” The reception was held outside on the fireplace terrace. Tables were decorated with white linens, glass jar centerpieces, and sprigs of lavender at each place setting’s menu card. Fun fact: It symbolizes love and devotion. In addition to dancing to the sounds of Vanilla Pop in the grand ballroom, there was also a garter and bouquet toss. The cake cutting went off without a hitch – no smearing in each other’s faces — and at the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers ready for their honeymoon road trip to Alaska.
Kelly and Chris were married at Sugarman Estate in Wailea-Makena, Hawaii on October 11. The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a lace bodice and ruffled tulle skirt, accessorized with shoulder-length veil in her half-up/half-down ‘do, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a skull-themed bow tie. The maid of honor wore a short navy blue chiffon dress and carried a bouquet of roses, berries, dusty millers, and ferns. The ceremony took place at sunset with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop stretching from the shores of Honua Kai Lani to the islands of Kahoolawe, Molokini, and beyond. The couple decided to write their own vows. “There are no words I could ever relay about how I feel about you . . . I could only think of a movie — Jerry McGuire — you literally complete me, you make me want to be a better man, you make me a better man, and even though it’s taken 17 long years, it was worth the wait,” Chris said. Fun fact: They dated in high school and went to Arizona State University together! That’s why “I always knew you were the one,” Kelly said. After wiping away the tears and sealing their commitment with a kiss, it was official! The reception followed underneath a framed tent decorated with hanging lanterns, overflowing centerpieces atop moss-covered wooden boxes, and “mahalo” (thank you) notes at each place setting.
Erica and Barkley were married at the Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews in Wilmington, N.C. on April 17. “We were able to have the choice of having our wedding outside in the courtyard or inside the actual church,” Erica said. “It was an old historic, abandoned church that was remodeled and turned into a venue. I loved the rustic feel. The bare brick with metal beams, the windows, and the concrete embedded with oyster shells.” The bride wore a sweetheart beaded mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a black bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short silver satin dresses and carried bouquets of orchids. “My first thought when I walked into the reception, I said to myself, ‘Wow!’ at how pretty and amazing everything looked,” she said. Tables were decorated with custom sage green napkins and gray linens, birdcage centerpieces, and handmade mustaches at each place setting. Fun fact: They were in honor of Erica’s late dad. The newlyweds performed their first dance to “Lady Soul” by The Temptations and exited at the end of the night in a British taxi.