Stephanie and Derek were married at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens in New Orleans, La. on October 13. “I have always wanted to get married in New Orleans Botanical Gardens in City Park,” Stephanie said. “City Park is such a special place for us, and I always knew I watned to get married outside. The Botanical Gardens have the perfect mix of classic New Orleans live oaks and gorgeous floral gardens.” The bride wore an off-the-shoulder a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white vest and tie and a top hat. Bridesmaids wore long green chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, succulents, and star of bethlehems. “When my dad hugged me at the end of the aisle, he didn’t want to let go!” she said. “It was such a moment. And when Derek and I had just left the wedding on our tandem bike, and we were biking down down Esplanade Avenue. It was just the two of us on a beautiful night, but now we are married — it just felt right.” Following the outdoor nuptials, guests were escorted inside the pavilion. Tables were decorated with tall centerpieces, gold votive candles, and lots of hops here and there. “My husband is a brewer, so that was really a cool, personal piece,” Stephanie said. “He made a special beer called “Hoppily Ever After” and even made a label with us on it.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make it your own!” she said. “It’s so easy to get caught up in all the Pinterest possibilities, but without a question my favorite things, and those that made our day were the ones that were so uniquely us.”
Ashley and Dan were married at Maclay Gardens in Tallahassee, Fla. on April 5. “We wanted the wedding to reflect our personal vibe, so we didn’t have a set color scheme,” Ashley said. “We focused on pieces that felt authentic to our relationship and went from there. The result was a setting filled jewel tones, prints, neutrals, vintage metals, textures, and lots of colorful flowers and crystals.” The bride wore a cami strap maxi wedding gown with lace inserts, accessorized with hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long dresses and carried umbrellas instead of bouquets! “Maclay Gardens became the natural choice since Dan and I have always loved exploring the grounds,” she said. “He even proposed to me there! We know it’s a place we can return to often to relive all the beautiful memories we’ve made there together.” During the ceremony, it poured down rain. “But we just kept going with huge smiles on our faces,” Ashley said. “Don’t let the small things get you down; this is a day to celebrate your love!” Fun fact: they even incorporated parts of Dan’s grandparents’ ceremony into theirs. The reception was held underneath a tent. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, candle sticks, mercury glass centerpieces atop wooden slices, and scattered berries. “There was a big, funky dance party,” she said. “Looking around the tent and seeing all of our family and friends getting down made all the months of planning so very worth it.” The newlyweds’ favorite moments? “Where Dan and I secretly slipped away and took the night in together,” Ashley said. “It was important for us to step back from everything and just be. One specific moment though, was when we left the reception at the end of the night and read our vows to each other again.”
Adrienne and Brian were married in an outdoor ceremony at Shakespeare’s Garden, followed by an indoor reception at The Hamon Observation Tower in San Francisco, Calif. on May 31. “My wife wanted a beautiful outdoor garden, and I wanted something architecturally modern,” Brian said. “Shakespeare’s Garden for our ceremony and the de Young Museum tower for our reception, it turns out they were only 100 feet from each other.” The bride wore a sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with lots of texture, accessorized with a sideswept ponytail and feathered birdcage veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with matching solid tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of white hydrangeas and green tricks. “The book, which my husband and I made,” Adrienne said. “We spent countless hours gluing each page down and then Brian cut a space in the center for our rings.” Following the reception, guests were given a penny to make a wish with at the fountain. Fun fact: It was also in memory of those loved ones who couldn’t celebrate from above. The museum’s floor-to-ceiling windows provided scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Tables were decorated with white linens and floating candle centerpieces. “Having all of your family and friends all in one room supporting you was such an amazing experience,” he said. In lieu of a traditional guest book, Jenga pieces were signed to build memories. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Elope, but if you aren’t eloping, then make sure you choose a photographer and videographer that you are comfortable with as they’ll be sharing your most intimate moments with you and your future spouse,” she said.
Rachel and Garry were married at The Japanese Garden followed by an outdoor backyard reception in Van Nuys, Calif. on June 7. “The moment you step foot into the Japanese Gardens, you are surrounded by peace and serenity,” Rachel said. “Any stress, any worry seizes to exist while you are there. You can’t help but admire the beauty. ” The bride stunned in a v-neck halter wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and sparkly peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with no tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, and dahlias. All 80 guests sat at round tables in padded folding chairs, decorated with sandalwood linens, white napkins, floating candle centerpieces, and a personalized thank-you note at each place setting. “Garry and I took a moment to reflect and kind of stepped back and looked around at all of our friends and family,” she said. “To see their smiling faces, laughing and dancing – so much love was everywhere. It was truly humbling, and our hearts were bursting.” An indulging dessert display included a buttercream-frosted cake, oatmeal cream pies, Ho Hos, and chocolate covered marshmallows. Lucky them! The newlyweds jetted off in a 1961 Bentley at the end of the night for a touch of old Hollywood glamour. “If at the end of the day, you marry the love of your life, the rest doesn’t matter,” Rachel said.
Kelly and Stephen were married at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, S.C. on March 31. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and pair of silver peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and berries. “My favorite part of the day was our first look,” Kelly said. “It was the only time that we really had to ourselves where we could take in all what was happening.” The outdoor ceremony took place underneath giant oak trees with sweeping scenic views of Ashley River from behind. After they were announced husband and wife, cocktail hour kicked off with signature “Blushing Bride” and “Plantation Tea” drinks in mason jars complete with striped straws. “We felt so blessed that all our family and friends traveled to attend our destination wedding,” she said. Inside the Carriage House, farm tables were decorated with runners, mercury glass vases and vessels, and chalkboard numbers. Dinner included traditional Southern fare like crab cakes, macaroni and cheese squares, and homemade corn bread. Yum! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Take your time and really focus on what matters to both of you.” A three-tiered square cake was the focal point of the dessert display, and following the last dance of the night, sparklers were lit to send them on their honeymoon to Dubai.