Jillian and Kim were married along Bond Street Pier followed by a reception at Admiral Fell Inn in Baltimore, Md. on September 28. “Kim and I met [at our venue] at a New Year’s Eve party hosted by a mutual acquaintance and had our first kiss on the balcony at midnight,” Jillian said. The bride wore a sweetheart floral applique bodice wedding gown with a tiered skirt, accessorized with drop dangling earrings and finger-tip length veil, while the groom wore a black suit with a bow tie. Since his alma mater is University of Maryland, College Park, Kim had his groomsmen wear socks with the state’s flag’s logo on them. Now, that’s how you show school pride! Before the ceremony, they decided to have a first look. “It was such an intimate moment seeing each other for the first time on our wedding day, and we have so many amazing pictures of it,” she said. “We wrote letters to each other instead of having readings during the ceremony. My brother read my letter to Kim, and Kim’s best man read his letter to me.” The reception followed with tables decorated with tall curly willow centerpieces accented with wine bottle table numbers. In lieu of a guestbook, guests were asked to sign an old wine barrel, and “wedding jams” CD favors were given out at the end of the night, so they could continue the dancing at home.
Laura and Raj were married at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, N.J. on November 17. “Raj and I have very opposite taste,” Laura said. “I am rustic, he is modern. The Westmount was the perfect balance.” She stunned in a strapless sweetheart lace wedding gown, accessorized with chooras, or red and white bangles, which are an Indian wedding tradition. Laura’s hair was tightly curled and pinned to one side, and she carried a bouquet made of all-white roses and hydrangeas. Her bridesmaids wore navy blue chiffon floor-length dresses and carried bouquets made of light pink roses. The groom and his ‘men looked dapper in their gray suits with white vests and neck ties. There was the baraat, a processional in which the groom rides on a decorated horse to the ceremony with his family in tow. After the nuptials, the guests enjoyed an indoor reception that included, dancing and indulging in a multi-shaped cake. Yum! “It is a beautiful day where everyone you love comes to show you unconditional love and support during the biggest moment of your life,” she said.
Amy and Scott were married at Gowan Brae Golf and Country Club in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada on August 24. “The outdoor location for the ceremony is what sold us on our venue,” Amy said. “All of the lush green combined with the beautiful ocean backdrop was exactly what we had envisioned for our ceremony.” She wore a light pink ruffled mermaid wedding gown with a sweetheart neckline. She accessorized with a studded sash and carried a bouquet of roses and mums. Her bridesmaids donned light gray strapless chiffon dresses with sweetheart necklines too, their bouquets were the same as the bride’s. The groom and his ‘men wore three-piece suits and accessorized with silver neckties and pink pocket squares. The reception featured long banquet tables and chairs wrapped in pretty bows, fun games, a candy buffet, and delicious square-layered cake for guests to enjoy. The bride’s favorite detail? “Having all of our friends and family in one spot and dancing the night away with all of our favorite people!” she said.
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.