Lori and Paul were married at Newhall Mansion in Piru, Calif. on August 9. “The Newhall Mansion has always been a dream of mine,” Lori said. “Looking through my grandparents’ dining room glass windows throughout my childhood gazing at the mansion and its beautiful mysteriousness captivated me.” Lori stunned in an intricate all-lace gown and curly hair. She added a touch of personality to her look by wearing cowgirl boots and carrying a bouquet made of brooches and pins instead of traditional flowers. Her bouquet also featured photos of lost loved ones. Her ‘maids added a pop of color and opted for bright pink, strapless dresses with brown cowgirl boots. They carried rustic bouquets of wheat, eucalyptus, and millet. The groom, his men, and the bride’s father were outfitted in a more casual ensemble, with blue jeans and plaid button-down shirts (a white one for the groom). “My dad has never been comfortable in a suit, and I wanted him and all the groomsmen to be as comfortable as possible,” Lori explained. The couple exchanged vows outside as roughly 100 guests looked on and sipped on their drinks from the pre-ceremony cocktail hour. After officially tying the knot, guests enjoyed a second cocktail hour and played games such as Jenga, beer pong, cornhole, and Scrabble. Family and friends looked to the chalkboard and moss-covered frames to find their seats for the reception. Round tables with burlap linen and white folding chairs were set up behind the mansion. Many of the decor elements were handmade by the bride’s mother. “All the hard work my mom did sewing all of the burlap linens and napkins, making every single one of the okie wine glasses and homemade beeswax mason jar candles for our guests to take home and enjoy for years to come,” Lori said. What a loving mother! Guests dined on everything from sliced brisket, pulled pork, and chicken to macaroni and cheese. The reception also featured a dessert display complete with a variety of popcorn, caramel, and cupcakes. Lori’s best advice for engaged couples? “Do as much as you can yourselves and make it as unique and individual as the love you have for each other.”
Kasia and Paul were married at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, Calif. on March 10. “The venue is an old western movie lot from the 20′s, and it is still being used to this day for TV and films,” Kasia explained. How cool to be able to say you were married on a movie set? Kasia looked fabulous in a strapless fit ‘n flare gown featuring a textured floral design on the skirt and bodice. She wore her hair in a curly partial updo and carried a bouquet of blue and purple hydrangeas with baby’s breath. Her ‘maids stunned in floor-length strapless gowns in various shades of purple. The groom donned a dark gray suit three-piece suit, while his groomsmen were clad in a lighter gray three-piece suit. “What made this place even more special for us was this amazing tree we fell in love with,” Kasia said. “The tree has two big trunks that meet that the base to form one massive tree, and I thought it was the perfect tree to get married in front of.” And marry they did, in front of 130 friends and family members, who sat on white folding chairs as the pair exchanged vows. After the ceremony guests grabbed drinks such as beer and soda out of tin buckets, and drank juice from decorated beverage dispensers. Luggage tags guided family and friends to their seats, which were long banquet tables covered in white linens with floral centerpieces and burlap silverware holders. Floral mason jars hung from overhead in the reception space. “I collected about 280 mason jars and primed and painted all of them,” Kasia said. “The reception space was extremely dark brown and needed brightening. The jars added a touch of elegance to this rustic space.” Guests dined on classic barbecue fare, complete with mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. There were plenty of desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth, from donuts to cookies with the couples’ photo on it, there was something for everyone. There was a traditional cake as well, which was adorned with edible purple and blue flowers. Kasia had so much fun crafting for her wedding, she and her sister-in-law started their own vintage event rental and event planning business, The Wedding Sparks. Kasia’s favorite moment of the day was when she and Paul went off with their photographer to take photos after the ceremony. “We walked around the beautiful property and exchanged huge smiles at each other. It was like a big sigh of relief mixed with a ton of happiness at the same time.”
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.
Ana and Cliff were married in a traditional church ceremony at Kentwood Community followed by an outdoor reception in the bride’s parent’s backyard on April 26 in Wayland, Mich. “It was my grandfather’s house,” Ana said. “He bought 30 acres and built a house when my mom and her siblings were growing up. After my grandfather passed, my parents bought the house to keep it in the family. I called ‘dibs’ on being able to have my wedding there for a LONG time.” The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown with capped sleeves and keyhole back, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom wore a light brown three-piece wool suit, accessorized with a denim button-up and striped bow tie. “All their suits were thrift store finds with some flare and added personal style,” she said. “We basically gave them the color scheme and told them to do their thing.” Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried do-it-yourself bouquets. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “But when we said our vows, I was astounded that we got through them without crying,” Ana said. “That moment, when time stood still, and I looked into Cliff’s eyes to profess my love to him — it’s engraved in my heart forever.” Reception tables were decorated with antique vases and vessels centerpieces, picture frames, handkerchief runners, and kraft paper bag thank-you notes at each place setting. “My mom crafted nearly every single decoration,” she said. “Everything was that much more amazing because of the extra love put forth.” In addition to a mini cake that the newlyweds cut, there was also a popcorn bar with all the toppings like M&M’s, peanuts, and cinnamon sugar and Krispy Kreme doughnuts for guests to snack on. Yum!
Mandy and Allen were married at a private lakeside residence in Eagle Mountain Lake, Texas on May 18. ”The landscape was absolutely gorgeous with trees covering the entire front half of the property,” Mandy said. “We both wanted an outdoor spring wedding, so with such a stunning layout, we knew this was the perfect place for us.” Coming up with inspiration was the easy part! They both love the show MadMen and aviation. So, a 1960s mod travel-theme it was. The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a statement necklace and shoulder-length veil, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, black pants, and suspenders, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore flamboyant red off-the-shoulder dress and white gloves. The cutest attendants were the flower girls and ring bearer, who played the part of stewardesses and a pilot, respectively! As guests arrived, they were greeted with multiple destination posters from Los Angeles to London and vintage suitcases. “We decided to exchange our vows privately before the ceremony,” Allen said. “The entire day leading up to that was chaotic and filled with last minute tasks. The moment I turned around and saw her standing there, all the stress was washed away and everything felt completely right.” Plus, the reception decor featured patterned table runners, wooden airplanes, and mint vases and vessels. Music was played on a turntable with lots of oldie tunes from records, postcards served as the guest book, and even vegan-friendly food was prepared. The dessert display included multiple cakes, but that one that stood out most was the one topped with a R2D2 and Ariel from The Little Mermaid.