Rachel and Garry were married at The Japanese Garden followed by an outdoor backyard reception in Van Nuys, Calif. on June 7. “The moment you step foot into the Japanese Gardens, you are surrounded by peace and serenity,” Rachel said. “Any stress, any worry seizes to exist while you are there. You can’t help but admire the beauty. ” The bride stunned in a v-neck halter wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and sparkly peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with no tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, and dahlias. All 80 guests sat at round tables in padded folding chairs, decorated with sandalwood linens, white napkins, floating candle centerpieces, and a personalized thank-you note at each place setting. “Garry and I took a moment to reflect and kind of stepped back and looked around at all of our friends and family,” she said. “To see their smiling faces, laughing and dancing – so much love was everywhere. It was truly humbling, and our hearts were bursting.” An indulging dessert display included a buttercream-frosted cake, oatmeal cream pies, Ho Hos, and chocolate covered marshmallows. Lucky them! The newlyweds jetted off in a 1961 Bentley at the end of the night for a touch of old Hollywood glamour. “If at the end of the day, you marry the love of your life, the rest doesn’t matter,” Rachel said.
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.”
Anna and Eric were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. Thomas Preservation Hall followed by a reception at 128 South in downtown Wilmington, N.C. on May 17. “I loved the charm of the building and the stunning water views of Cape Fear River” Anna said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a solid tie and embroidered heart patch that said, “I will always love you.” Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. Guests were greeted inside the renovated brick-walled church with a vintage window panel displayed with the itinerary. “Even after nine years of dating, Anna still gets giddy when Eric kisses her and gives her the sweetest looks of adoration,” according to Aaron, the photographer. The reception followed on an outdoor deck covered with a tent. Farm tables were decorated with gold charger plates, sequin runners, mint napkins, and personalized floral place cards. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Work together as you can really have fun,” she said. Somehow, after dinner, drinks, and dancing, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and rose off on a pedicab.
Chelsea and Chris were married at the bride’s parent’s home in Chester, Vt. on September 1. “My dad always talked about having his daughter get married there when we were kids,” Chelsea said. “Chris and I had talked about doing it there for years too. So, when the time came, it was practically a foregone conclusion, despite having moved across the country to California a year before!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. The outdoor ceremony’s focal points were a fabulous baby’s breath wreath and mason jars atop tree stumps. Notice benches were used instead of chairs? “After we kissed and walked back down the aisle, we went out into the field and looked back at the barn, tent, and all of our guests,” she said. “Up until then, I had it together, but seeing our vision all come together was incredibly emotional, and I welled up with tears of joy. I often close my eyes and go back to that moment to recapture the feeling.” Signature cocktails such as “rocket man” and “unicorn” and local organic fare were served, thank-you notes were at each place setting, and maple syrup in jars were given out as favors. The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “Having both a first dance and a first karaoke song that we had rehearsed together,” Chelsea said. At the end of the night, everyone was encourage to star gaze!
Randi and Chris were married at the groom’s grandparent’s ranch in Los, Olivos, Calif. on Sept. 7. “We knew it was the place we wanted to bring our closest family and friends together to celebrate our big day,” Randi said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace wedding gown with a tiered ruffled skirt, accessorized with a jeweled sash and headband in her half-up/half-down loose curls, while the groom kept in casual in a short-sleeve button-up shirt and khaki pants. “I have two moments that I vividly remember,” she said. “First, my dad and I right before we walked down the aisle. He turned to me and said, ‘Are you ready? You look beautiful.’ Second, was when we were introduced at the reception. Watching our bridal party enter and dance was classic.” Tables were decorated with striped burlap runners, and mercury glass vases and vessels filled with roses. “They were located under the walnut trees,” Randi said. Overhead, cafe string lights and papel picado were hung. “One the sun started to go down, they were turned on and lit the grounds,” she said.