Erin and Robert were married in a traditional church ceremony at Yosemite Chapel followed by a reception at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls in Yosemite Valley, Calif. on September 21. The bride wore a strapless satin a-line wedding dress, accessorized with a collared, capped-sleeved bolero, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white vest and tie. Notice the pine cone boutonniere? Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long neutral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of mums wrapped in ribbon. Following the intimate nuptials, portraits were taken around the park just before Mother Nature let down rain, thunder, and lightning, but the skies were oh-so dramatic! The reception followed inside the Moutain Room Restaurant and Lounge, decorated with cylinder vases filled with pillar candles and evergreens atop wood slices. Guests found their seats via a handwritten chalkboard sign, devoured an organic and sustainable, buffet dinner, and sweetened up with a three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake. The newlyweds danced the night away and then jetted off to their honeymoon for two weeks afterwards.
Courtney and Charles were married at The Island House in Charleston, S.C. on October 14. “The peaceful beautyof the location made us know that it was the perfect place for us to get married,” Courtney said. “The entire grounds were made available only to our wedding party and guests, so our event was private and intimate. The surroundings were stunning with the colorful flower fields, tall trees, white house with stately columns, and the picturesque view of the water. We could not have found a place that encompassed everything we were looking for.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long gold satin dreses and carried bouquets of hydrangea, stock, and seeded eucalyptus. “I was obsessed with the boxes that lined our aisles during the ceremony,” she said. “They were transportated to our tables during the reception too. They brought an overgrown fairytale garden feeeling that we were hoping for.” Fun fact: Once the couple was announced husband and wife, the song “This Magic Moment” by Lou Reed was played. “It made the moment even more exciting,” Courtney said. Dinner was vegetarian and gluten-free! “It was important to me that our guests enjoyed the food, but I could still eat,” she said. Guests also enjoyed playing lawn games such as giant Jenga. “Our first dance was absolutely my favorite,” Courtney said. “Everything leading up to it was special leading up, but in those few minutes, it was just my husband and I holding each other and talking as if no one else was around.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “I took on a lot of the planning and preparation leading up to the weding and gave myself an awful lot of responsibility during our weekend as well,” she said. “I absolutely loved the whole process, and it was so important to me that all of our guests had a great experience after traveling so far. In the end, I tried to take too much onto my plate, and I had to come to the realization that my family and friends wanted a chance to help and be involved. It made them feel good to know that they had contributed something. My advice is to accept help! It makes the experience more full when the people that love you are there by your side.” In lieu of a traditional sparkler send off, they rode off on a red moped.
Regina and Undra were married at King Plow Art Center in Atlanta, Ga. on October 5. “The one thing about our venue that made us know it was the one was that it was rustic chic,” Regina said. “We wanted a place that we didn’t have to do too much decorating to.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a beaded bodice, while the groom wore a gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a paisley patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore long purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of carnations, stock, and agonis. The ceremony and reception took place in the same location — the renovated warehouse featuring exposed brick walls, steel beams, and concrete floors. Guests sat in chiavari chairs as they watched the couple say their vows underneath a draped fabric backdrop. Not a dry eye could be found! Tables were decorated with an array of glass stem votive candle holders and tall centerpieces atop cone-shaped wire frames. They was even glass orbs hanging from the ceiling! “The moment I can’t stop thinking about is our first dance,” she said. “I was so excited to be Mrs. Collins that the dance was serene.” Plus, the traditional Southern fare menu wasn’t complete without fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and thick-cut french toast with assorted syrups, sausage and fried eggs. The four-tiered cake took the splotlight then so did Undra’s surprise Los Angeles cake. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make sure to budget in a videographer,” Regina said. “The day goes by so fast, and you’re doing so muhc that day that it feels like you missed the whole day.”
Leslie and Irfan were married at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, Calif. on September 28. “Other than the fact that it’s a beautiful and fun location, Crystal Cove was a significant part of my childhood,” Leslie said. “My family and I spent a lot of weekends fishing and exploring the tide pools of this beach. We even loved that the area was preserved as a state park and not bought out for condos too. We wanted to give back since choosing the venue also provided some funds to the upcoming projects.” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with drapped chiffon on the front and back, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Her do-it-yourself bouquet featured all seeded eucalyptus wrapped in twine. “Finally typing the knot was my favorite moment,” she said. “The applause from our guests and the public standing around was really amazing as we were introduced as husband and wife.” Fun fact: They both were barefoot! The reception was held outside on the deck. Tables were decorated with seashell-filled centerpieces, engraved wood slice numbers, and Coca Cola at each place setting. “We wanted to keep it low maintanence and simplistic,” Leslie said. In addition to cake, there was also an assortment of cupcakes! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Prioritize what will matter to you on the wedding day,” she said, “Don’t spend so much time on the details that you won’t be paying attention to anyways. Your guests are there to see you, not to judge or fuss about your centerpieces. What will be more memorable to them is how happy you both are.”
Janice and Adam were married at Callawassie Island Club in Callawassie Island, S.C. on October 12. “Our venue went above and beyond to make our day special,” Janice said. “They had never hosted a tented wedding on the lawn next to the big oak tree before, but they were willing to try anything we presented them with. We knew that between the venue’s willingness and gorgeous Southern setting, we had found the perfect place.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and pair of peep-toe strappy platform pumps, while the groom wore a custom-made dark gray suit, accessorized with a solid sage green tie. Bridesmaids wore long champagne chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, freesias, dahlias, lamb’s ears, and silver brunia balls. “The one moment that has been on my mind is the first look between Adam and I,” she said. “We had this moment out on the dock. Our bridal party joined us shortly after, but it was really nice to have it to ourselves.” Following the riverside ceremony at sunset, cocktail hour and reception began. Guests enjoyed lounging around on couches, sipping on refreshing bottles of water to beat the heat, and smoking personalized cigars. Tables were decorated with tall floral centerpieces, mercury glass candelabras with pillar candles, and wooden freestanding numbers.”The food was amazing,” Janice said. “The chef knew we didn’t want a ‘typical’ menu, so he created something that was more unique. It was all delicious. Plus, the music really set the tone, and the band kept everyone on the dance floor the entire night.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Work with a team of professionals that you trust and feel comfortable with,” she said. “These are the people that will make your day go flawlessly. I was at ease the morning of the wedding knowing everything would be taken care of. Never once did we have to worry that something would go wrong.”