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.
Haley and Louis were married at The Bend on Hood Canal in Union, Wash. on September 21. “We absolutely loved the breathtaking panoramic views of the canal and the Olympic Mountains above,” Haley said. “The forecast showed that it was going to be 80% chance of precipitation, and we woke up that morning to gorgeous clear skies. It did rain for about 10 minutes that actually made for some really great pictures in a row boat, but it then cleared up again, and there was even a rainbow right after.” Can you believe that guests traveled from all over the word to be there? Exactly 5 continents. Minutes before the clear framed tented ceremony began, their two nieces decided they were going to pull their two nephews in a wagon. “One was missing shoes that could not be found anywhere, but they walked down the aisle, and did it,” she said. “They were such a hit that everyone cheered and clapped for them.” A wine box, handmade by the bride’s father, was used as a unity symbol during the ceremony. “It will be a wonderful anniversary tradition,” Haley said.
Ashleigh and Christopher were married at Hickory Street Annex in Dallas, Tx. “We loved the rustic look with all the windows overlooking the Dallas skyline,” Ashleigh said. “The venue gave us a lot of DIY opportunities, which was something else we were looking for too.” Prior to the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Ashleigh walked up behind Christopher only to surprise him in her sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a bright bouquet of pink dahlias, peonies, and succulents. “It gave us alone time, and a moment to get all the jitters out,” she said. Aisle markers donned biblical virtues such as “love never fails,” while centerpieces sat atop burlap table runners. The best advice, according to the bride? “Be sure to take a moment during the reception and take a mental picture of everything — guests, decor, weather, and food!”
From the photographer: “It was a gorgeous and sunny day in August when Cheryl and Mark for the first time were announced as husband and wife. Their beautiful celebration took a place at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. Cheryl for her wedding chose an ivory color, beautiful and puffy gown, and a beaded lace jacked as her top. Her shoes were mesh with rhinestone and looked very cute. As for the bouquet, she went for simplicity. It was a beautifully styled bouquet out of white and yellow colored roses.
One of the biggest things Cheryl and Mark were proud of was their big and fun bridal party. They had seven bridesmaids and groomsmen, plus a true handsome ring bearer. Bridesmaids were wearing coral color dresses and had bright yellow color orchid bouquets. The groom and his groomsmen wore gray color tuxedos with yellow color boutonnieres, looking handsome and stylish. There were a lot of delicate, fun and unexpected moments at the wedding.
A breathtaking incident occurred right before the ceremony when Cheryl’s dad came to give her a blessing. When Cheryl and her dad saw each other they wept in tears and hugged each other shearing their heart feelings. A very unexpected moment happened right before Mark had his right to kiss Cheryl for the first time. He took out a spray from his jacket and sprayed his mouth before kissing Cheryl. Everyone was insanely laughing seeing this to happen.
It was also hilarious when Cheryl and Mark and the rest of the bridal party walked down the aisle. They had these big and funny glasses. They put them on and showed their moves while walking down. At the end of their beautiful celebration, excited like never before, Cheryl and Mark walked down the path while their guests were waving sparklers and giving them blessings. The newlyweds jumped into a red Mustang and took off to their lovely honeymoon.” — Tomas Skaringa of The Big Affair
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Our venue had an intimate feel for celebrating with our family and friends. We loved the rustic yet elegant décor, and that they use their on-site garden and local foods to create the most delicious meals!
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. We each wrote our own vows, then followed them with joint vows that we created together. This made our ceremony feel so personal and special to us.
2. We cut up a fallen tree trunk near our home and used the cross sections of wood as the base for our centerpieces and décor.
3. I had custom cufflinks made for my groom with pictures of our beloved dog Gus, so that he could be with us on our wedding day!
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Our crazy and amazing family planned a surprise flash mob before the best man’s speech!