Karisa and James were married at Serendipity Garden in Oak Glen, Calif. on May 25. ” It was a wedding fairytale venue,” Karisa said. “It had every WOW factor I was looking for with beautiful views from every angle, brand new barn that gave my pictures the cutest rustic touch, and it was all inclusive, which sold it for me. They took care of everything and that helped me be very organized!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a low back, accessorized with her short hair down in loose curls, branch wreath, and a pair of nude Christian Louboutin platform pumps, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a matching tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, berries, and dusty millers. “My flowers were to die for,” she said. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. James’ reaction — pricesless! Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “As two families become one, we ask that you choose a seat not a side.” The ceremony took place outside overlooking the mountains. They even rode off on a horse-drawn carriage aftwerwards! “It took everyone’s breath away,” Karisa said. The reception kicked off with dancing, obviously. “Honestly, I think about how many people danced their butts off all night,” she said. “The dance floor was packed with all of my loved ones celebrating and having the time of their lives. That made all our hard work worth it.” Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, lantern centerpieces, and gold glitter numbers in picture frames. “My cake was not only the most beautiful cake I imagined, but it was also by far the most delicious I have ever had,” Karisa said. There was also a candy bar too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do not sweat the small stuff,” she said. “There are so many details in wedding planning. If you worry about every single detail, you will not only become a bridezilla but also take the focus off the beauty in every fun aspect of it. This happens once, so enjoy every small and large thing that this experience has to offer! Let others help you.”
Megan and Dan were married at the Saint Paul Hotel in Saint Paul, Minn. on June 29. “We knew we wanted a hotel, so we could do everything in one place,” Megan said. “The Saint Paul Hotel was classic and beautiful and didn’t require much additional decoration. It was perfect!” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart satin fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorised with her hair half-up/half-down in braided loose curls, a lace capelet, and a pair of Badgley Mischka rhinestone peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a polka dot tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of garden roses, ranunculuses, hydrangeas, and astilbes. Before the ceremony, the coupe opted for a first look and decided to take portraits in front of a mural with music celebrity stars like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Edward Sharpe & The Magnet Zeros, The Ramones, and Tracy Chapman. “I think about Dan and I sitting at the reception and looking around the room,” she said. “We were so overwhelmed and overjoyed that all these people had come from near and far to celebrate us. It was a very surreal moment.” Tables were decorated with striped linens, tall hurricane vase centerpieces dripping with crystals, and votive candles. Dinner and dessert was one of the most important aspects. After all, it was at a private cooking class where Dan proposed. “Food is one thing that really brought us together and cemented our relationship,” Megan said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Getting a planner for the day-of if you can,” she said. “Our planner from Premier Planning was fantastic and she really eased our stress and was beyond helpful in helping us plan and execute our day.”
Jessie and Justin were married at Serenata Farm in Madison, Ga. on August 2. “The day before we signed our contract on our venue, I saw a flyer for a yoga retreat,” Jessie said. “I went home and watched the video, and I almost fell out of my chair. It was the most beautiful place I had ever seen. Eighty-four acres of pristinely-kept gardens, pools, and a Southern historic mansion to die for. It was exquisite, and I wanted our wedding there! Immediately, my mom and I drove to the property and begged the owners if we could have it on the property . . . finally they agreed.” The bride wore a custom-made v-neck a-line wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore one-shoulder short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, ranunculus, cleamtis, and stock. “We had our ceremony in front of the original porch that dates back to the 1800s,” she said. I arrived in the coolest ’55 Chevy to make a wow factor entrance.” Cocktail hour was held inside, but the reception was held outside underneath a pole tent lit with crystal chandeliers. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall candelabra centerpieces, charger plates, and glitter wooden numbers. “The cake was six layers of gourmet heaven,” Jessie said. “I even was able to help make some of the fondant petals.” Fun fact: Jessie is a model and Justin is a hockey player for the San Jose Sharks. “With my modeling jobs and Justin’s hockey schedule, we didn’t have time for a proper honeymoon,” Jessie said. “But we had the most memorable mini-moon. We went to Savannah, only a short drive from where the wedding was held. We had a horse-drawn carriage take us through the roads lined with Spanish moss trees.”
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.
McKenna and Joseph were married at Silverleaf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. on May 3. “It was gorgeous!” McKenna said. “It reminded us of a Tuscan villa.” The bride wore a strapless satin mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls with a chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses with halter necklines and carried bouquets of peonies, hydrangeas, and orchids. The ceremony was held outside overlooking the canyons of the McDowell Mountains. “Holding Joseph’s hands when I met him at the altar [was the moment in my wedding I can’t stop thinking about],” she said. “I was so happy and excited to call him my husband.” Guests were greeted into the courtyard with a fountain originially from the borders of France and Spain! “It was most likely used as a functional source of drinking water for villagers,” according to The Silverleaf Club’s website. Tables were decorated with white linens, floating vase centerpieces, and a wine bottle, which served double-duty as a favor, at each place setting, surrounded by chiavari chairs. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Patience,” McKenna said. “Try to get as much done early on. It makes it much easier plus a lot of vendors tend to book up quickly.” Bonus: Be sure to check out The Bubbly Blonde!