Catherine and Joey were married at Historic Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville, Md. on October 4. Fun fact: This is one of WeddingWire’s very own marketing gurus! “The most important thing to us when looking for a venue was that it was on the water,” Catherine said. “We knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony with a ‘getaway’ feel that was still in driving distance for our family and friends. Something classic but relaxed, so when we found Historic Kent Manor and walked around the grounds, we fell in love.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, floor-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of monogrammed Jack Rogers sandals, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a tie, socks, and a pair of brown leather lace-up oxfords. Bridesmaids wore long-sleeved short green dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, seeded eucalyptus, and dusty millers wrapped with ribbons around the stems. “I grew up wearing ribbons in my hair every day to match my outfits,” she said. “They were true to my style and beautiful with a little movement from the wind.” Just before sunset, the ceremony took place outside underneath a giant oak tree. Guests were encouraged to choose a seat not a side amongst the freshly-fall leaves on the ground.
Once the Virginia Tech alum couple was pronounced husband and wife, it was officially Muffler time! The reception took place in a pole tent hung with string lights. Tables were decorated with striped linens, birch box centerpieces, and potted succulents at each place setting. “Our double-duty escort cards and favors came out just as I had hoped,” Catherine said. “It was a personal touch with our guest’s name and dinner selection affixed to the front. The gold clothespins were pretty darn cute too.” A mini cake was cut and served for dessert along with an assortment of homemade cookies, rice krispie treats, brownies, and cheescakes. “While we still had a cake to cut and save for the traditional ‘slice-a-year’ on our anniversary, it was fun to have different options for our guests to try and snack on throughout the night,” she said. “My mom, aunt, and Joey’s aunt all made their specialties.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, Joey suggested a replica of the Hokies’ stone sign in Lane Stadium. “Players hit the stone before running out onto the field before every home football game, and one of our favorite engagement pictures is of us hitting it for good luck,” Catherine said. “I love that it was his idea and has a lot of meaning for us.” The newlyweds were even able to sneak off the dance floor. “Taking just a quick moment together in the midst of it all to take a deep breath and look at everyone in your life coming together and having such a blast celebrating a pretty incredible day,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan at least a day buffer before your honeymoon,” Catherine said. Who could resist going to Greece?
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Bailee and Jimmy were married at Historic Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tenn. on October 19. “Carnton Plantation has a tree from the 1800s that still stands on the grounds today,” Bailee said. “To us, this tree represented love and a strong foundation. We got married right in front of it in the garden. It was so romantic! Also, our venue was very secluded.” The bride wore a strapless ivory ballgown with a ruched bodice and rosette detailed skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, finger-tip length veil, and a pair of t-strap high heels. while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink dresses with yellow cardigans and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, ranunculuses, proteas, and dusty millers. “When I first began planning the wedding, I was completely against a first look,” she said. “I was afraid that it would ruin that moment I walked down the aisle. I was so wrong! Having a first look was best for us because we got to see each other, have private time, and really take everything in. Seeing Jimmy’s reaction when he saw me in my dress was something I will forever cherish. Not to mention, it also calmed my nerves. I needed to see my best friend. Plus, we had extra time to take more amazing pictures too.” Signature cocktails were served in mason jars complete with straped straws and stirrers. The reception was held underneath a framed tent hung with string lights. “We picked out some rustic farm tables, and I hand-painted mason jars in shades of mustard and blush for each table,” Bailee said. “Our calligrapher designed stunning table numbers and a thank-you card for each table too.” She even performed “One Step Closer” with Jimmy’s younger brother. The newlyweds’ best advice? “On the day-of, it’s important to enjoy the day and allow your family and friends to enjoy the day as well. Hire a coordinator to take care of everything so you can relax and live in the moment. If you don’t like planning in general, then hire a planner to do that for you.”
Shelly and Eric were married in a ceremony at Tohono Chul Park followed by a reception at Wildflower American Cuisine in Tuscon, Ariz. on November 10. The bride wore a Rosa Clara silk organza ballgown with a bateau neckline and bow detailing on the back, accessorized with her hair in a low, chignon bun and blusher veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a blue button-up shirt and bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short pink dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and scabiosa pods. Before sunset, the couple opted for a first look. The vows were sealed with a kiss underneath a twinkling-lit pergola surrounded by a grove of acacia trees in the Alice Y. Holsclaw Performance Garden. Fun fact: There may or may not have been some sightings of songbirds in the air. Dinner continued in the open-concept kitchen restaurant. Perfect for the foodie newlyweds! Wooden tables were decorated with nothing but plates, napkins, flatware, and glassware. Plus, engagement pictures, which served double-duty as numbers, to direct everyone to their assigned seats. “Each entree was artfully constructed and quite delicious,” Elizabeth Miller of Ann Bradford Photodesign said. “Afterwards, dancing was a must-have with several guests being from the Shelly’s dance troupe.” The night wasn’t complete without dessert too. A mini buttercream-frosted cake. Yum!
Caitlin and Ryan were married in a traditional ceremony at The Olde Church of Saint Andrew followed by an indoor reception at HollyHedge Estate in New Hope, Pa. on October 19. “HollyHedge was unlike any other wedding venue we had ever been too,” Caitlin said. ‘It has a magical secluded element that really made you feel away from it all. It was the perfect mix of rustic elegance and had an old charm given it’s an 18th century estate. It has 21 acres of beautiful gardens, a historic stone barn, . . . and fieldstone house . . . The estate offers an ideal backdrop for the foliage too. It also offered a bed and breakfast on-site, both of our families and entire bridal party didn’t have to leave the property!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare weding gown with straps, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash and pair of Kate Spade peep-toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a plaid bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, and thistles. “After being pronounced husband and wife, turning around to see those there to support us,” she said. “It is a moment that we will never forget.” Everyone was escorted to their seats via small white pumpkins. “Names were attached with their table assignments,” Caitlin said. “In the center of the place cards, we had a large orange pumpkin with our names carved into it.” Tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces, lanterns, and chalkboard numbers. “I wanted everything to be really personal and simply,” she said. “We had candles everywhere along with mums spread throughout the venue. I made a few signs and offered shawls upon arrival to keep warm too. We didn’t want to limit ourselves to a strict color scheme either. Given the time of year, we used fall-inspired colors: blues, creams, oranges, and reds.” The five-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was topped with two wooden figurines, almost identical to the Mr. and Mrs. The newlyweds’ best advice? “As cliche as this sounds, don’t sweat the small stuff,” Caitlin said. “It’s a celebration, and if you enjoy it, so will your guests.”