Megan and Patrick were married at the History Colorado Center in Denver, Colo. on April 5. “I’m a history teacher, and I knew that having my wedding at a museum would make it memorable and personable,” Megan said. The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a silver tie. Bridesmaids wore long blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of pink roses, peonies, and ranunculuses. “Seeing my soon-to-be husband for the first time — it was so wonderful having time separate from everyone,” she said. “It was very intimate, and I’m so glad we decided to do it. ” Plus, not to mention, it was on a spiraling stairwell! “A close family friend, who has known me since I was born, officiated and did a fantastic job incorporating special details from our lives together,” Megan said. In particular, their two dogs. Fun fact: The signature cocktails were “Comisky Whiskey” and “Flirtie Birdie.” Guests were escorted to their seats with Rifle Paper Co.’s floral patterned cards, tables were decorated with mercury glass box centerpieces, and the cake featured not one but four tiers. The newlyweds’ favorite part of the reception? “The photo booth,” she said. “It might be cliche at this point, but every guest loved it.”
Laura and Stephen were married in Denver, Col. on September 15. “Our original site was under water due to extreme flooding,” Laura said. So, they moved it to the bride’s mother’s backyard instead. The bride wore an ivory sweetheart wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a braid updo, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a patterned bow tie. Bridesmaids wore red strapless maxi dresses, accessorized with aqua belts, and groomsmen kept it casual with simply a white button-up, khakis, and suspenders. “The moment I stepped out from under the porch to walk down the aisle, the morning’s drizzle turned into serious rain,” she said. “I could’ve cried, but my father, our friends, and family we’re sticking it out. Stephen was beaming at me from the altar. What does a little rain matter, right?” Followed the colorful umbrella ceremony, guests enjoyed a tented reception with cucumber-infused water, mimosas, and bloody marys and brunch, including Belgian Liege waffles, bacon, yogurt, fruit, and pecan cinnamon rolls. Yum! Tables were decorated with burlap runners, chevron fabrics, and cactus centerpieces. The newlyweds left in style in an antique Volkswagen Beetle after guests sent them off in a sea of freshly-fallen leaves.
Music and dancing is a big part of most wedding celebrations, but more and more couples are providing other activities to entertain guests of all ages during the reception. Here are a few of our favorite ideas:
Our final favorite summer color scheme of the week — nectarine and coral! This inspiration board is fit for an edgy bride planning a vintage-inspired wedding. Before the ceremony, serve an “Orange Crush” signature cocktail to keep your guests cool. Watch your bridesmaids walk down the aisle wearing mix and matched dresses and carrying bouquets filled with dahlias, sunflowers, and ranunculus. Tip: Continue the citrus theme that was on your invitations in your bridal bouquet as well. And end the night rocking out on the dance floor wearing a pair of bow tie pumps.
If you’re having an outdoor backyard wedding this summer, lawn games are must-haves! Set up the lawn games beforehand and add inviting sings like “May the odds be ever in your favor” or “Let the games begin,” so that it will encourage guests to play. They’re a great way to entertain them during cocktail hour (while you’re having pictures taken with your NEW husband) or even during the reception (as long as you don’t mind them missing from the dance floor). Choose between these fun favorites: