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.
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!”