Ashley and Kevin were married in a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Alexandria, Va. followed by a reception at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. on September 28. “We chose an early 1960s vintage theme,” Ashley said. “The era reminded us of our grandparents, whom we love dearly, and it’s the time period of one of our favorite TV shows Mad Men.”The bride walked down the aisle wearing a lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a chunky statement necklace, while the groom stood waiting in his classic black tuxedo and bow tie. “The look on my husband’s face when I said my vows” was Ashley’s favorite moment. “Bridesmaids received vintage handbags, long white gloves, and pink Ray Ban sunglasses,” she said. “Groomsmen had polka dot socks, fedoras, pale pink pocket squares, and white Ray Ban sunglasses.” The reception followed in the the renovated ballroom that featured stunning views of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Tables were decorated with tall floral centerpieces in mercury vases and vessels, and named after pop culture icons or trends like Woodstock. The newlyweds’ first dance? “All of Me” by John Legend.
Kathy and Christopher were married at Montecito Country Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. on December 29. “The Montecito Country Club was the first and only venue that we saw in person,” Kathy said. “With it’s rolling green hills, ocean views, and unique architecture, the country club was the ideal combination of charm and elegance. We knew right away that it was the perfect match for us.” The bride wore a sweetheart ruched ruffled wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled broach in her side updo, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a blush tie. “The one moment in our wedding day that I cannot stop thinking about is exchanging vows during the ceremony as the sun set behind us,” she said. “It was both meaningful and magical, and I remember wishing the moment would last forever.” The reception followed inside. Tables were decorated with garden rose, tulip, and hydrangea centerpieces, table names of places the couple had traveled together to, and homemade beer favors at each place setting. “Chris and I started working on those brews months before,” Kathy said. “It was a lot of work but definitely worth it.” Guests also danced the night away to a Beatles Tribute band and ate bread pudding cake. “We wanted to incorporate Chris’ Southern heritage into the wedding, and fortunately, our pastry chef had an amazing recipe,” she said.
Katie and Michael were married at Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta, N.J. on October 12. “We knew we wanted our wedding to be close to the water,” Katie said. “We fell in love with the boardwalk overlooking the [lake], in addition to the reception room with the high ceiling and exposed beams. It was just picturesque.” She looked beautiful in her sweetheart lace wedding gown, accessorized with a wildflower bouquet. Did you check out her updo? It has a braid! The groom wore a pinstripe gray suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. After writing and saying their own vows, the two were officially pronounced husband and wife. Guests were escorted to their seats with handmade coasters. Tables were decorated with burlap squares, wine table numbers featuring childhood pictures, and guest libs. The bride’s favorite moment? “Dancing all night with our friends and family to our awesome live band!”
Cameron and Christopher were married at Coto Valley Country Club in Coto de Caza, Calif. on July 20. “Coto Valley Country Club was the 11th venue we toured, and we just had a surge of energy as we explored the club,” Cameron said. “Once our tour ended, we stood outside amongst the trees and just inhaled the serenity. Christopher and I looked at each other, and I confidently assured him that this club far exceeded all of my expectations, which was relieving to him, because he was feeling the same reaction!” For almost an entire year, the couple handcrafted most of their wedding details. From the map pinwheels that lined the aisle to the “a cord of three strands is not easily broken” unity signage, it brought greater appreciation to the entire day knowing it was something they had created together. The moment they can’t stop thinking about? Their vows! “We each wrote our own vows, but didn’t read them to each other until that moment,” she said. “Hearing the vows for the first time during the ceremony allowed the reactions to be genuine.” During the reception, Cameron and Christopher chose to have their entire wedding party sit with them as well as their dates. “It allowed us to truly be immersed in the festivities of the evening while looking out at all our favorite people,” Cameron said.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Its location. We wanted our wedding to have a traditional New England summertime feel to it. We chose a picturesque church for our ceremony and a beautiful beach area in which to do our portraits, and the country club is in close proximity to both. Our venue is also representative of us as a couple – we love to play sports and spend time outside, and the country club is set on a golf course and has an indoor and outdoor component.
2. Which four details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Flowers — simply gorgeous.
2. Cupcakes — adorable and tasty.
3. Stationary — the Green Kangaroo’s invitations, programs, place cards, and table numbers were flawless.
4. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Attire — our sisters and brothers comprised our bridal party, and they looked perfect. Each bridesmaid wore something reflective of her style yet in keeping with our theme and color.
3. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Invest in an amazing photographer. Although you are always told that a wedding goes by quickly, you don’t fully understand how true that statement is until you experience your own wedding. By investing in an amazing photographer, as we did with Candace Jeffery, you are instilled with confidence that your beautiful memories will be captured in photos, and you are given something tangible to forever cherish.
4. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
Our sunset photos, which took place on the golf course about halfway through out reception. This was the first moment that my husband and I got to be alone with one another, yet we could still hear the excitement of our family and friends in the background. It was also a moment in which we got to reflect on the beauty of our day, which as cliché as it sounds, truly was the best day of our lives.