Brittney and Matthew were married at The Trivium in Forest, Va. on September 13. “I had always dreamed of having an outdoor wedding, but I also have a very Type A personality and had to have a venue that had an indoor location we could move to if it rained,” Brittney said. “The Trivium had several locations to choose from . . . the whole venue has a Southern charm about it that I just fell in love with and knew that no matter where our ceremony ended up being there, it would be beautiful without us really having to do anything to it.” The bride wore a strapless beaded a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, and a pair of bow platform peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore short one-shoulder navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, calla lilies, berries, and seeded eucalyptus. “I made the decision to not wear my mother’s wedding gown, but she gave me the option to do whatever I wanted with it,” she said. “Our caterer also did our flowers and their creativity blew me away. My dress had lace on it, so they took the lace from one of my mother’s sleeves and wrapped it around the stem of my bouquet.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “There are so many, from our first look to our first dance, there are multiple moments through the course of the day I play over and over in my mind,” Brittney said. “I think my favorite is when Matt and I said our personal vows. We did the traditional vows, but I also wanted us to exchange personal vows to each other. I remember listening to Matt read his and hearing all these things he was telling me that I knew were truly from his heart. During that moment, it was like it was just the two of us alone expressing our love for each other and really did get lost in what we were sharing.” The reception took place inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated with checkered linens, white napkins, gold charger plates, and pumpkin centerpieces surrouned by chiavari chairs. In addition to a three-tiered ribbon cake topped with a rhinestone H, there was also a groom’s cake shaped like a dog in a Penn State football jersey. “He absolutely loved the surprise!” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the process,” Brittney said. “You’re going to get stressed out and something (maybe several things) is going to go wrong, but it’s okay. Don’t let it ruin your experience. All through my planning, I kept saying at the end of the day, I was going to be married and that’s what mattered, and all I really had to have to make that happen was my husband-to-be, a pastor, and a marriage license.”
Allie and Bryan were married at Kitchen Chicago in Chicago, Ill. on August 2. “It was the only place we actually saw in person,” Allie said. “It had the vibe we wanted and a price that fit! And all the vendors were who we wanted, which helps when on a budget.” The bride wore a strapless chiffon a-line wedding gown with a notch neckline, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a pair of comfy TOMS slip-ons, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, stock, craspedia balls, and succulents. “We chose neutrals with a touch of teal blue,” she said. “So, the venue could stand on it’s own.” The ceremony took place inside the shared-use space with exposed brick walls as the backdrop. “The music playing, watching my bridesmaids walk down the aisle to my favorite ‘Sleeping at Last’ song, and seeing my smiling future husband,” Allie said referring to the moment she can’t stop thinking about. After the vows were sealed with a kiss (or two), cocktail hour began with an assortment of local beers and wines from Trader Joe’s. Guests found their seats via escort cards hanging from clothespins. “There were lots of do-it-yourself projects,” she said. “Hand-pressing all the save-the-dates and invitations, and our polaroid guest book was a huge success.” Even the Instagram hashtag #fleminweddin too. Farm tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, vintage vases, vessels, mason jars, and wine bottles, and votive candles. Dinner was catered by Chipotle! Imagine eating all the burritos, chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo you wanted. Ole! Dancing began with the choreographed first dance and ended with a sparkler send-off. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan every detail with meaning,” Allie said. “If it’s for the sake of tradition, and has no meaning to you and your future spouse, it’s not needed. Be wise with your spending, it adds up so quickly.”
Cori and Kyle were married at Rugby Grange in Fletcher, N.C. on June 14. Cori’s background in architecture and design played a large part in the choice of location. “I fell in love with the house,” Cori said. “I have a special place in my heart for old homes…there was so much detail, and character, and just an overall warmth about it. The house actually sits on about 300 acres of old growth forests, so it felt secluded and intimate, which is what we wanted.” The bride stunned in a strapless lace embroided gown with an asymmetrical mermaid skirt and floral sash. She wore her hair in an updo adorned with a flower. She carried a bouquet of white blooms and greenery. Her ‘maids opted for floor-length strapless gowns in various shades of gray and slate blue. The groom and his men looked handsome in black suits. The groom separated himself from the bunch by wearing a gray tie instead of black. “My husband and I wanted to pray together before the ceremony,” Cori said.”This was really important to us and helped us get some jitters out! It was such a special moment with just he and I.” The 140 guests gathered outside the house to watch Cori and Kyle tie the knot. Cori’s bouquet had a few special momentos that she carried down the aisle. “I had pictures of three of my Grandmothers and my nephew attached to my bouquet,” Cori said.”They have all passed away, and this was just something sentimental to me to have them there on our special day.” A reception was held under a white tent following the ceremony. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and lawn games such as corn hole. There were even bubbles and other trinkets for guests of the younger age to enjoy. The couple offered a display of various cakes, including white and chocolate frosted. Cori hopes that other couples have as much fun during the planning process as she did. “I really tried to not stress, and to enjoy the wedding planning process. It is such a special and exciting time, and you should take time to enjoy it!”
Lauren and Jarratt were married at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Kohala Coast, Hawaii on May 31. “We both loved the history, architecture and simple beauty of it,” Lauren said. “We knew it would be a place we would always return to and the perfect place to get married!” The bride wore a strapless sheath wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom kept it casual with a white button-up shirt and khaki pants, accessorized with a lei. Bridesmaids wore long ruffled fuchsia dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, lilies, and succulents. Only 25 guests were in attendance for the intimate ceremony with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “When we were pronounced husband and wife and had our first kiss,” she said. Of course, it wasn’t about the details of the day! “Don’t worry about the details on your wedding day,” Lauren said. “Enjoy all the special moments and know you will be marrying the person you love with all of your friends and family around you.” A long banquet table was decorated with a turquoise runner, mercury glass centerpieces, and tall pillar candles atop candelabras. Even crystal chandeliers hung high above from the trees! There were two dinner entree options: fish and beef filet. Luckily, room was spared when it came time for dessert. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake with cascading blooms looked super irresistible. And that’s not all — a special performance was made from a fire dancer.
Julie and Steven were married at Clover Forest Plantation in Goochland, Va. on September 14. “It reminded me of the house I grew up in,” Julie said. “They were both built during the same time period, so I felt right in my comfort zone.” The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a layered skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Notice the polka dots? “They were on the bodice of my wedding gown, which inspired me to use this pattern in other parts of the decor like the invitations, linens, and even the paper straws,” she said. Fun fact: Julie is a graphic designer! Bridesmaids wore short purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and seeded eucalyptus. “The ceremony location had a beautiful pergola that overlooked a private lake for us to say our ‘I do’s’ underneath,” Julie said. “It had an overall romantic, Southern charm to it. Having our dog, Madison, as the flower girl was really important to both of us. We had a little flower collar made for her and had a ‘maid walk her down the aisle.” Guests were asked to write well wishes and advice on cards for the new Mr. and Mrs. Tables were decorated with gray linens, pink napkins, and mini pots filled with succulents. “Steven’s brother, Michael, performed ‘Thank You’ by Led Zepplin on his guitar for our first dance,” she said. “This unique song means a lot, and we thought it was special to hear it played live. It also took some attention off of us while we were dancing, since we ran out of time to practice.”