Caitlin and Matthew were married at The Birkby House, Thomas in Leesburg, Va. on May 10. “It had a beautiful courtyard and garden,” Caitlin said. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, pearl necklace, jeweled sash, and a pair of TOMS wedges, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink mix ‘n’ matched chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and stock. “The moment before my Dad was getting ready to walk me down the aisle,” she said. “Even though Matthew and I were technically already married (and had been for over two years), my heart was beating out of my chest with excitement, joy, and insane happiness that Matthew and I were going to celebrate ‘us’ with everyone that we love.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 130 witnessing. Everyone were escorted to their seats via paper airplanes. “The seating chart/ombre paper airplane ‘art piece’ could not have been possible without the assistance of my husband,” Caitlin said. “He helped engineer the whole display, fold more than 100, and drafted his groomsmen the day off to set it up without my supervision. It was amazing!” Inside the tent, draped with fabric, and hung with crystal chandeliers, tables were decorated with white linens, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, books, chalkboard numbers, and mercury glass votive candles. Dinner was buffet style, including a Southern slider station. “I was able to surprise my dad and Matthew with a cigar and whiskey bar,” she said. “It was just a small way I could show how much they both mean to me and that the wedding day is just as much for the groom as it is the bride.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, wooden hearts were signed with well-wishes. Donations were taken in place of favors for Troops Direct and Hope For The Warriors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Spend a little extra for great vendors,” Caitlin said. “If you do, you’ll have the piece of mind that everything will turn out better than you expected. Sometimes that’s even better than just how you planned.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Hawaii.
Chelsea and Joey were married at The Grace Maralyn Estate and Gardens in Atascadero, Calif. on July 26. “The Grace Maralyn was the perfect venue for us because it felt like we were having the wedding in our own backyard, but the amenities and the details made it a much better version,” Joey said. The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, jeweled headpiece, floor-length veil, and a pair of t-strap peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray tweet vest and pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short mint dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, scabiosa pods, and seeded eucalyptus wrapped in ribbons. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Find a seat, not a side. Today, we’re family!” and encouraged them to grab a paper cone filled with lavender for the toss. “The moment we first saw each other while Chelsea was walking down the aisle,” he said. “The anticipation of the entire day and everything leading up to that, seeing her in her dress, looking as beautiful as ever, and having Florence and The Machine playing in the background, it felt like a scene from a movie. We both lost it a little bit.” During the ceremony, a unity candle was lit. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began with signature Mr. and Mrs. cocktails — my dear watson and the howdy stella. The reception took place shortly thereafter in the lawn. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, gold vase centerpieces, wooden numbers, picture frames, votive candles, and homemade jars of jelly, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “We loved having everything happen at one location,” Joey said. “The ceremony and the reception flowed together seamlessly because we didn’t have to worry about moving 100+ people to another location. It definitely kept the party going.” Dinner included a greek salad, Santa Maria tri-tip steak and chicken breast with salsa and roasted vegetables, roasted potatoes, and garlic bread. Dancing took place in the barn. A three-tiered fondant cake was cut and served for dessert in addition to caramel apples and fruit tarts. “It might sound silly, but having a photo booth was a really fun extra,” he said. “We were able to look at all the photos afterwards and see our family and friends having a great time througout the night. It was nice to know how much people were enjoying themselves.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Give yourself plenty of time to plan things out and be as thorough as possible, but be okay with the outcome regardless,” Joey said.
Alison and Kit were married at Moloa’a Shangri-La in Kauai, Hawaii on March 16. The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a braided sideswept ponytail, jeweled sash, and henna tattoos on her feet, while the groom wore a light grey suit, accessorized with a tie, Dooney & Bourke suspenders, and a leis around his neck. Bridesmaids wore long purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, orchids, seeded eucalyptus, and succlents. Even their dog was included too! Guests were greeted to the bali-themed architectural estate overlooking scenic views of Moloa’a Bay and a chalkboard sign that said, “The best things in life are meant to be shared. #durdererwedding.” The ceremony took place in the backyard promptly at 2 p.m. The chuppah was underneath a giant oak tree draped with fabric and hung with crystals. Alison was escorted down the aisle with both of her parents and then, circled Kit 7 times also called the hakafot. Once the ketubah was signed, the glass was broken. Fun fact: It was all live streamed for those family and friends that could not attend. Notice the fist pump during the recessional? The reception took place underneath a pole tent, hung with paper lanterns, a few hours later. Tables were decorated with textured linens, floating cylinder vase centerpieces, and votive candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. The dance floor wasn’t complete without the hava nagila song being played with the newlyweds’ cast up on chairs. In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone was asked to share a message written on postcards and hung on clothespins from vintage suitcases. The three-tiered cake was cut and served after dinner for dessert. At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon in New Zealand.
Lindsey and Jordan were married at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 22. “There wasn’t actually one thing,” Lindsey said. “Everything was so beautiful. We loved the view from where we got married to the amazing gardens.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, structured bow sash, and a pair of mint Mary Jane high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short yellow satin dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, craspedia balls, scabiosa pods, and succulents. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Welcome to the best day ever . . . tag your photos on Instagram with #JandLrock.” The ceremony took place in the Fragrance Garden underneath a wisteria arbor with scenic views of the Wasatch Range. Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official with almost 225 witnessing. The reception took place inside the Rose House featuring floor-to-ceiling windows. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow runners, and vintage vases and vessels, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “Our DJ was able to get everyone out on the dance floor to celebrate, even people we would have never thought,” she said. “Our food was fantastic and different from anything else I’ve seen at a wedding. Just the support we felt from all of family and friends throughout the whole day was more than memorable.” A three-tiered buttercream frosted cake atop a wooden tree slice was cut for dessert. Even the cake topper matched their attire! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Be calm and start early,” Lindsey said. “Yes, this is the most important day of your life, but focus on the man or woman you are marrying more than stressing over simple little details. Remember that you are getting married and that is the most important part of the day. Start early and have people helping you other than family too. I was so grateful our families got to enjoy the day instead of having to set up chairs or worry if all the vendors were arriving on time.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of ribbon wands, and jetted off on their honeymoon to Florida.
Caroline and Kirk were married at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, N.Y. on June 29. “The first time we saw our venue, there was a tropical storm bearing down on the city,” Caroline said. “It still looked beautiful! It was the third one we had seen that day and non of the others could even compare.” The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, floor-length veil, sash, and a pair of Kate Spade high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hydrangeas. “We decided on an array of soft, spring-like colors,” she said. “Light blue, white, light pink, and peach.” The ceremony took place outside the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill, overlooking the Bronx River, nestled in the Thain Family Forest. “The entire day, from start to finish, was perfect,” Caroline said. “The day-of prep spent with close family and friends. Then, the ceremony. It went by so quickly, but I remember everything. Taking pictures with my new husband in the rose garden may be my favorite though.” They even enjoyed a ride on a golf cart too! The reception took place inside the Terrace Room. Tables were decorated with white linens, ginger jar centerpieces, gold numbers, and votive candles surrounded by chiavari chairs. Guests danced the night away with glow stick necklaces. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Trust that everyting will turn out,” she said. “There were definitely things that I stressed about, especially planning from afar. Would the flowers be okay? Would the tent look the way I had always pictured? Everything was better than I could have ever imagined.”