Sarah and Casey were married at the bride’s parent’s backyard in Novato, Calif. on July 20. “We wanted to keep the guest list small and make the event as intimate as possible,” Sarah said. “It just seemed like the best way to to do it.” She walked down the aisle wearing a Vera Wang ruffled wedding gown, accessorized with a purple sash and Christian Louboutins, while Casey wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie and pocket square. “Of course, I adored my dresses and shoes,” she said. “I am so grateful to have had not one, but two of her creations. And who doesn’t love a pair of 5-inch Louboutins, probably the only pair I’ll ever own, but that’s okay!” Following the ceremony, guests were escorted to rustic, white-washed tables decorated with burlap runners, lanterns, candles, potted herbs, and olive oil favors with “Grazie!” tags attached. “We knew we wanted our reception to follow the farm-to-table theme,” Sarah said. “Keeping this in mind, we used a lot of textural elements rather than colors.” The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “Having everyone together, celebrating and having a great time,” she said.
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.
Ashley and Brian were married at Goodwood Musuem and Gardens in Tallahassee, Fla. on November 10. “It was what I always dreamed of as the venue for me — full of Southern elegance and charm — huge live oak trees and plantation house all at the same location made for a picture perfect day.” Before the ceremony, the lovebirds decided to not see each other, but to exchange letters while holding hands around the corner of the building. Ashley wore a satin fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, while Brian wore a classic black tuxedo with bow tie. Bridesmaids donned in red orange long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets featuring white roses, eucalyptuses, and dusty millers. “The flowers were absolutely stunning, combined with the hundreds of candles at the reception,” she said. Even though the church Ashley grew up attending, her mom was able to take the old doors (since they were replaced with new ones) and repurpose them at the end of the aisle. “I started crying during the ceremony, and Brian reached up and wiped the tears off my face,” she said. “It was such a sweet and precious moment.” Guests were escorted to their seats with pine cones, long banquet tables were decorated with tall floral centerpieces, and instead of a cake, there were mini shot glasses of milk and fudge striped cookies.
Lindsay and Timothy were married in a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony at Saint Mary of the Annunciation followed by a tented reception at The Island House in Charleston, S.C. on October 12. These two fell in love while attending Clemson University (Fun fact: they were dorm neighbors), and even though they now live in Chicago, they wanted to say, “I do” where it all began. Lindsay wore a form-fitting mermaid wedding gown, while her bridesmaids wore silver dresses in different styles. Groomsmen were more than happy to pose with sunglasses in their gray three-piece suits. The reception was oh-so-romantic decorated with white linens, ivory and blush flowers, and lanterns. Guests enjoyed Southern fare, including a raw bar, shrimp and grits, and a signature cocktail, and the night wasn’t complete without a group picture of all the college alumni!
Mary and Stephen were married at The Horticulture Center in Philadelphia, Penn. on February 9. “Having a wedding indoors in a greenhouse was the closest I could come to the outdoors in February,” Mary said. She wore an Alvina Valenta wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a faux fur stole, while her bridesmaids wore long black J.Crew dresses, accessorized with brown faux fur stoles. “During the ceremony, I carried the prayer book my maternal grandmother carried when she got married in 1947,” she said. “She had hand covered the book with material from her wedding gown and hand tied ribbons to it.” The newlyweds entered the reception to the band playing the theme song from Star Wars. “All our family and friends had gathered on the dance floor to welcome us in,” Mary said. “We weren’t really sure what to expect, but that moment was so warm and exhilarating. One moment we will never forget!” Tables were decorated with baby’s breath in blue mason jars atop tree woodcuts and a sprig of Princess Pine at each place setting, which ended up being attached to each guests’ lapel by the end of the night.