Megan and Alex were married at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Md. on August 30. “We could hold both the ceremony and reception there,” Megan said. “The garden was beautiful, hotel rooms were attached, and a bar for the after-party. Having everything in one spot was important to us.” The bride wore a v-neck ball gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Kate Spade bow pumps, while the groom wore a three-piece tan suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long green chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, calla lilies, and stock. Before guests arrived, the couple opted for a first look. The vows werre sealed with a kiss underenath the structured pergola. Programs also served double-duty as fans to beat the heat. Dinner and dancing followed in the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, ivory napkins, lantern centerpieces surrounded by wreaths, laser-cut wooden numbers, and homemade heart-shaped cookies at each place setting. “During the last song of the night, all of our family and friends lifted Alex and I into the air while singing together,” she said. “It was a really fun and surreal moment.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t wrap yourself up in all the little details,” Megan said. “They are important, but focus on the big items that will will affect everyone’s overall experience. And don’t forget to take five minutes to step back and truly appreciate having all those you love in one room at the same time. It goes by so fast!” Honeymooning took place on Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands.
Tiffany and Andrew were married in a traditional church ceremony at University of Virginia’s historic chapel followed by an outdoor reception at the Colonnade Club’s garden in Charlottesville, Va. on June 15. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, an ivory sash, and a pair of nude peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, dahlias, and greenery. “The most memorable moment was right before our ceremony,” Andrew said. “We had decided not to do a first look, but we had worked with our photographer to take photos right before it started without either of us seeing each other. The whole process worked out so well that it really heightened the sense of anticipation for the both of us. When we both saw each other as Tiffany walked down the aisle, we were both struck with emotions.” Guests were directed through campus to the reception via chalkboard arrows. Tables were decorated with tan linens, lace runners, mason jar centerpieces, and mini blueberry pies at each place setting, which also served double-duty as favors. Signature drinks were old-fashioned Coca-Cola bottles! By evening, the trees were glowing with string lights as everyone, young and old, danced in the grass. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t feel that you have to do it yourself,” he said. “Accept from family and friends, especially as you get closer to the day of your wedding.”
Jennifer and Ryan were married at L’Auberge de Sedona in Sedona, Ariz. on August 31. “We wanted a beautiful outdoor setting and that’s exactly what L’Auberge de sedona gave us,” Jennifer said. “The entire resort has stunning views. Our wedding was creekside . . . Nature was all around us.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart ball gown with a tiered, ruffled skirt, accessorized with a pearl statement necklace, ivory sash and Swarvoski studded flats, while the groom wore a three-piece light gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. “I loved the entire day, but I really cherished the time we all got to spend before the wedding laughing together and taking pictures with all of our friends,” she said. “We had so much fun, especially my bridesmaids and I.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Guests were greeted with a fruit-infused water station to beat the heat. Thankfully, there were plenty of trees for shade for the reception too! Tables were decorated with white linens, birch bark centerpieces, antique silver numbers, and engagement session pictures. In addition to cake, there was also a candy buffet. “I enjoyed picking out all the candies and designing it with the help of my mom,” Jennifer said. Everyone was encouraged to take some home in chevron “Love is Sweet” baggies. The newlyweds’ best advice? “I would tell them that if they have a vision of what they want for any aspect of their wedding day make sure they communicate that in great detail to their vendors, otherwise they may get something they were not expecting,” she said. “There will always be surprises, but not all surprises are good surprises.”
Courtney and Adam were married at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, S.C. on April 24. “I was going for a blend of ‘Gone with the Wind,’ William Faulkner, and ‘The Great Gatsby,’ Courtney said. “Magnolia Plantation was a blend of all worlds and incredibly beautiful with tons of open space for us to roam. Peacocks and other animals also attended our wedding, and we loved the ease of going from the ceremony to the reception. The moment I knew I had to go with it was when the events manager told us we could use sparklers on the front lawn.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls with a floor-length veil, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt and light gray pants, accessorized with leather suspenders and bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. “My favorite moment of the entire day was after we got married, and our guests went to the reception so that we could take portraits,” she said. “My groom and I had about an hour to ourselves with the photographer that was so intimate and romantic. We just let each other be in love and think about the coolness of the situation — we were officially official!” While the newlyweds were out and about the property, guests were encouraged to snap pictures on Instagram as long as they used the hashtag #vanossvows. Tables underneath the wrap-around porch were decorated with white linens, hurricane vase centerpieces, and quotes such as “Heaves to Betsy,” “Sweet as a Peach,” “Oh my Stars,” and “Bless your Heart.” Fun fact: “I made these signs with Southern sayings on them,” Courtney said. “The extra touches the caterer surprised me with were a s’mores bar and strawberry champagne soup.” Yum! The newlyweds’ best advice? “All the months of planning and showers and communication and drama means nothing if you can’t appreciate the entire day with the one you love,” she said. “I am such a planner and enjoyed the planning process, but I made a pact with myself on that day that I wasn’t going to fix anything, stress about anything, or way about anything. Just be.”
Cristina and Jeff were married at Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Conn. on June 28. Only 16 months after the proposal in the Italian Alps. “It was one of those vacations where you wonder how life could possibly get any better at that particular moment,” Cristina said. “The third day in, we were skiing . . . the sun was shining and the sky was the bluest blue. Jeff asked if I wanted to take a photo at the highest point of the mountain. So, we walked over to the edge and no sooner could I turn around for the camera, he was down on one knee. It was unexpected, but I had been hoping for months that it would happen at the same time.” The bride wore a strapless beaded a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a sash and a pair of Jimmy Choo glitter peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. The outdoor ceremony took place on the 40-acre estate’s grounds underneath the towering trees. “Our venue was incredibly classic and romantic,” she said. Toasts along with flutes of champagne were given to guests immediately afterwards. Cheers to the Mr. and Mrs! “We had a choreographed dance, which we totally nailed, as our introduction into the reception,” Cristina said. “I was in all my glory! And the photos show it.” Tables were decorated with white sequin linens, mercury glass centerpieces and candelabras, charger plates with rimmed edges, pearl-studded menu cards, and pashmina shawls wrapped around chiavari chairs. Glass orbs hung from the ceilings lit with candles. Fun fact: dinner was prepared by one of the famous James Beard Foundation celebrity chefs. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Stick to a consistent theme,” she said. “Once you do that, the look will all fall into place.” At the end of the night, sparklers were lit for the send-off.