Janice and Adam were married at Callawassie Island Club in Callawassie Island, S.C. on October 12. “Our venue went above and beyond to make our day special,” Janice said. “They had never hosted a tented wedding on the lawn next to the big oak tree before, but they were willing to try anything we presented them with. We knew that between the venue’s willingness and gorgeous Southern setting, we had found the perfect place.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and pair of peep-toe strappy platform pumps, while the groom wore a custom-made dark gray suit, accessorized with a solid sage green tie. Bridesmaids wore long champagne chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, freesias, dahlias, lamb’s ears, and silver brunia balls. “The one moment that has been on my mind is the first look between Adam and I,” she said. “We had this moment out on the dock. Our bridal party joined us shortly after, but it was really nice to have it to ourselves.” Following the riverside ceremony at sunset, cocktail hour and reception began. Guests enjoyed lounging around on couches, sipping on refreshing bottles of water to beat the heat, and smoking personalized cigars. Tables were decorated with tall floral centerpieces, mercury glass candelabras with pillar candles, and wooden freestanding numbers.”The food was amazing,” Janice said. “The chef knew we didn’t want a ‘typical’ menu, so he created something that was more unique. It was all delicious. Plus, the music really set the tone, and the band kept everyone on the dance floor the entire night.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Work with a team of professionals that you trust and feel comfortable with,” she said. “These are the people that will make your day go flawlessly. I was at ease the morning of the wedding knowing everything would be taken care of. Never once did we have to worry that something would go wrong.”
Traci and Andrew were married at Stone Manor Country Club in Middletown, Md. on April 12. “Everything about Traci and Andrew’s tree-themed wedding fit their personalities and interests perfectly,” said Susie and Becky, the photographers. “Sometimes, brides want a natural look to the day, but Traci managed to create a natural feel also.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with a pair of ballet slippers, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. The do-it-yourself bouquet was something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Notice all the family heirloom brooches? “Every guest received a stone upon arriving to the ceremony,” they said. “As the couple said their vows, they were asked to hold the stones and make wishes.” Rather than a traditional unity candle, they even planted and watered a tree to symbolize their marriage’s growing strength! “At the end, guests left the stones in the righthand compartment of the box, so the newlyweds could take home.” The reception followed underneath a framed tent. Tables were decorated with sage green linens, tall curly willow branch centerpieces accented with delphiniums, orchids, and heathers, and named after none other than different types of trees like Sycamore, Popular, and Birch. As the sun was setting, extra portraits were taken, and “Traci offered to kick off her shoes to walk through a stream,” Susie and Becky said.
Kelly and Tom were married at Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills, Calif. on February 8. “Not only was our venue located on a beautiful garden making, but also it was large enough for everyone to fit comfortably,” Kelly said. “So many other venues we’d seen had advertised maximum capacity at a number far greater than what I believed could actually fit. It also had a rain plan (it was winter, after all), and in my opinion, didn’t overcharge us.” The bride wore a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with a chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a gold tie. Bridesmaids wore long satin gray dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and calla lilies. “The moment right before I walked down the aisle, my dad whispered, ‘You’ve made the right choice. Many marriages fail because they didn’t make the right choice. You did, kiddo,’” she said. “And that’s when this poised go-get-’em bride lost it.” After the vows were said and done, the newlyweds kissed! Notice the fist pump? The reception followed inside the ballroom decorated with rhinestone vase centerpieces atop mirrors, picture frame numbers, and floating candles. The most sentimental details of all? “The nods to mom,” Kelly said. “I incorporated the day to feel the presence of my mom, who passed away when I was 14. They included, fastening her wedding ring to my bouquet, taking our vows in the rose garden like the one she nurtured, having her carrot cake recipe as a layer of our wedding cake . . . and playing the song ‘When I’m 64′ by the Beatles as my parents did at their wedding.”
Caity and Bryan were married at the Las Vegas Country Club in Las Vegas, Nev. on April 4. “As soon as I walked out onto the terrace, I knew it was the one,” Caity said. “The view, the stained concrete, and the amazing backdrop!” The bride wore a lace mermaid wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a tan vest and pants, blue bow tie, and black Converse tennis shoes. Bridesmaid dresses were handmade! Not to mention they’re oh-so elegant. Guests choose a seat not a side when they arrived to the ceremony. “We really wanted a neutral and natural look, so we went with a lot of champagne and ivory with a touch of yellow,” she said. “The sunflowers I had my florist put down the aisle made the perfect frame for my husband and I ” to say our “I do’s.” Plenty of lawn games were played during cocktail hour. “My biggest fear was everyone getting bored or being upset while we were taking pictures . . . we provided giant Jenga, corn hole, and a photobooth,” Caity said. Props such as lips, mustaches, heart-shaped sunglasses, and “Run!” and “Good Luck!” quote boxes were absolute favorites. The outdoor reception twinkled with a chandelier and string lights overhead, tables decorated with mason jar centerpieces, and a mini bundt cake was served instead of a traditional tiered one.
Beth and Wyatt were married in a traditional church ceremony at Saint and Christ Luke’s Episcopal followed by an indoor reception at Town Point Club in Norfolk, Va. on March 22. “With a three-month engagement and a hectic professional life, I didn’t have much time to plan and Town Point Club handled all the coordination with the vendors for the reception, and it was centrally located for all of our out-of-town guests,” Beth said. “It had amazing views too!” The bride wore a lace v-neck fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with flats and a flower in her updo, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a patterned bow tie and Virginia Tech socks. “My bouquet featured items from both my grandmothers, who are deceased,” she said. Did you notice that the engagement ring is a sapphire too! Following the nuptials, the newlyweds went to Hague Bride where they placed a padlock on the railing and threw the keys into the water. The reception was decorated with paper pinwheel centerpieces, koozie favors at each place setting, and dancing shoes for guests to wear on the dance floor. Plus, a fun crossword puzzle to solve as alternative entertainment.