Simone and Jamal were married at Casa Feliz in Winter Park, Fla. on October 4. “The venue is beautiful on it’s own, but then you decorate it with a couple as gorgeous as Simone and Jamal, and it really can’t get much better for a photographer,” Rachel Bolen of Thirteenth Moon Photography LLC wrote on her blog. “When we met Simone last year, she was so nervous about everything. All I wanted to do was hug her and tell her that all of the planning would get easier. She wanted to incorporate a lof of DIY details into her wedding day and really pull together a rustic elegance that the venue just really highlighted.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, birdcage veil, pink sash, and a pair of Betsey Johnson jeweled bow peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of gaden roses, hydrangeas, and berries. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “welcome to our wedding.” The ceremony took place outside in the restored Spanish-inspired farmhouse’s front lawn. The brick sidewalk’s aisles were lined with lanterns filled with pillar candles. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Plus, a fist pump. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter in the courtyard strung with cafe lights. Tables were decorated with navy blue linens, gold charger plates, white napkins, picture frame numbers, and boxes, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. In lieu of a traditional guest book, a globe was signed with well-wishes. Dinner and dancing concluded with a three-tiered fondant-covered cake and “flamin’ s’mores.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of bubbles.
Kristi and Ryan were married at Sunny D Farms in Williamson, Ga. on October 4. “The simplicity of it all,” Kristi said. “It didn’t need much to be everything I had visioned my day to be.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, sash, and a pair of comy flats, while the groom wore a navy blue suit, accessorized with a striped bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short two-tone dresses, accessorized with cowboy boots, and carried bouquets of carnations, silver brunia balls, and craspedia. “My florist Cyndi, owner of Twigs, Leaves and Flowers, took my vision and made it a reality with only using three real flowers,” she said. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “welcome to our wedding.” The pews’ aisles were lined with wooden tree stumps, an altar adorned with a fireplace mantle, monogram decal, and vintage boxes and wash pans. “The moment when I lost it, and I couldn’t control the tears,” Kristi said. “I had asked Coleton our preacher to ask Ryan and I before the wedding, ‘why do you want to marry him/her?’ separately. It’s one of those answers that you could go on and on about, but putting it into words was so hard! When Coleton came in my room, I automatically lost it. At that moment, I knew what he was going to ask. I cried (a happy cry) all the way through my answer — no matter what Ryan makes me the center of his world. You can just tell when he looks at me how much he loves me.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, with almost 135 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception inside the barn. Tables were decorated with yellow linens, chevron runners, mason jar centerpieces, and lanterns. “Everything reflected Ryan and I’s personality,” she said. In lieu of a traditional guest book, tags attached to keys were written with well wishes. Concluding dinner, a two-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert. “The perfect mix” table was open for a late-night snack too. Bonus: cookie baking sheets from the Great American Cookie company! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Any decor that you buy for the wedding think: ‘how is this going to look in my house when the wedding is over?'” Kristi said. “‘Why spend a ton of money on things you can’t reuse?'” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers.
Jaimie and Aaron were married at the Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, Ind. on September 27. “I loved that we could have everything at one place: accommodations, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception,” Jaimie said. “They even had a salon, so I could get my hair and makeup done without leaving the venue. It was convenient to be able to be there from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. And it was pet-friendly, which was must.” The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, feather headpiece, and a pair of comfy flats, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short mint chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, amaranthus, stock, and caspia. “I utterly loved my dress,” she said. “It was exactly what I was hoping for. I wanted a very classic Audrey Hepburn/Grace Kelly/Princess Kate/ look, but couldn’t find that concept anywhere until I stumbled upon pre-owned wedding dresses’ website.” Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “order of ceremony: music starts, we get married, and everyone parties.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss underneath an arch draped in fabric, it was official, with almost 125 witnessing. “It was such a beautiful day, and the pictures turned out perfect,” Jaimie said. “The major detail I couldn’t control was the weather. Of course, I was freaking out about it. But the day came, and the sun was shining, and the water was sparkling. It was 80 degrees! I honestly couldn’t have asked for anything more.” Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter in the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, black napkins, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, lanterns, tea cup candles, and guest libs at each place setting. “My absolute favorite detail was that we had our two huskies,” she said. “They mean the world to us and to include them in our special day was a must from the beginning.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone was asked to share their favorite date idea with the new Mr. and Mrs. A two-tiered purple ombre cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. In addition, there was also cupcakes. The newlyweds’ best advice? “At some point, you have to stop using Pinterest!” Jaimie said. “There are many great, beautiful, and cost-efficient ideas, and it’s so easy to just keep pinning and adding more and more concepts to incorporate into your big day. It came to the point where I had to stop going on it at all. I couldn’t see any more ideas of pictures that I had to have. This helped me focus myself on what really needed to be done instead of continually adding extras that weren’t a necessity.” At the end of the night, they opted for a kiss on a boat.
Shelly and Jeff were married in a traditional church ceremony at United Methodist followed by a reception at Lincoln Hills Golf Club in Ludington, Mich. on October 25. “We were comfortable in the space; it was elegant but not too snooty,” Shelly said. “We loved that they were okay with our dogs making an appearance. Not a lot of places were flexible on pets, and our boys were a big part of the day.” The bride wore a strapless ball gown with a black bodice and silk skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo and a pair of strappy high heels, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses. “Archie, our 2-year-old yellow labrador retriever walked with the ring bearer and Bear, our 7-year-old black labrador retriever walked me down the aisle with my father,” she said. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 150 witnessing. The ballroom was “spookified” for the upcoming Halloween holiday. Tables were decorated with white linens, feather centerpieces, black cobwebs, and candelabras, surrounded by upholstered chairs. Even paper bats hung from the ceiling! “My maid of honor’s speech,” Shelly said. “She has been my best friend for many years, and we are total opposites. She is very shy, and I was expecting her to be nervous and quick. It was so moving and hilarious. People who had never met her were crying and saying what a beautiful job she did. Leslie really nailed it.” A two-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. In addition, there was also cake pops, cupcakes, fruit tarts, and popcorn. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t get caught up in every little tiny detail,” she said. “Everyone kept telling us this, and it’s such hard advice to take. No one remembers all of the tiny details, they remember how happy you looked together. If you get too stressed out, it will be harder to relax and enjoy yourself.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Thailand.
Emily and Ian were married at Pack Square Park in Asheville, N.C. on October 12. “We wanted our wedding to be integrated into the combination of urban and rural landscapes that surround and make Asheville so special,” Emily said. “The Century Room was an extension of this idea. Placed certrally within downtown, it offered the perfect location for our guests. The interior with it’s beautiful wood finishes and striking beams running the length of the event space made you feel at home and comfortable, as if you were almost nestled into a North Carolina cabin for a picturesque fall night.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown with straps, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled tiara, sash, and a pair of Kate Spade wedges, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore long-sleeved green dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, berries, and seeded eucalyptus. “The moment we saw each other for the first time, and all the emotion that had been building for months spilled over,” she said. “It was really happening. It was incredible because only the two of us shared it (along with our awesome photographers).” The ceremony took place at 5 o’clock. Guests, approximately 90, sat in white folding padded chairs organized in a half-circle to witness the exchanging of vows before it was official! Fun fact: they each wrote their own! Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens, red runners, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles. “Our first dance was to ‘Higher and Higher’ by Jackie Wilson, a la Ghostbusters 2,” Emily said. In lieu of a traditional cake, there was a groom’s cake as well as cupcakes. “It was of Ian’s beloved cake Gandalf holding a University of Florida flag,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “First, make a decision and move on,” Emily said. “It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with so many options and that just adds unneeded stress. Secondly, the day of the wedding most things can’t be changed or fixed. Allows this to relax you and just stay in the moment with the person you’re marrying for as long as possible.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Charleston.