Kelly and Tom were married at Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills, Calif. on February 8. “Not only was our venue located on a beautiful garden making, but also it was large enough for everyone to fit comfortably,” Kelly said. “So many other venues we’d seen had advertised maximum capacity at a number far greater than what I believed could actually fit. It also had a rain plan (it was winter, after all), and in my opinion, didn’t overcharge us.” The bride wore a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with a chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a gold tie. Bridesmaids wore long satin gray dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and calla lilies. “The moment right before I walked down the aisle, my dad whispered, ‘You’ve made the right choice. Many marriages fail because they didn’t make the right choice. You did, kiddo,’” she said. “And that’s when this poised go-get-’em bride lost it.” After the vows were said and done, the newlyweds kissed! Notice the fist pump? The reception followed inside the ballroom decorated with rhinestone vase centerpieces atop mirrors, picture frame numbers, and floating candles. The most sentimental details of all? “The nods to mom,” Kelly said. “I incorporated the day to feel the presence of my mom, who passed away when I was 14. They included, fastening her wedding ring to my bouquet, taking our vows in the rose garden like the one she nurtured, having her carrot cake recipe as a layer of our wedding cake . . . and playing the song ‘When I’m 64′ by the Beatles as my parents did at their wedding.”
Christian and Evan were married at Newhall Mansion in Piru, Calif. on April 5. “It took our breathes away the first time we saw it!” Christian said. The bride wore a sweetheart drop-waisted trumpet wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a black tie. Since they wanted to stick to their pink, gold, and hint of turquoise color scheme, bridesmaids wore satin pink dresses and carried peony, rose, and anemone bouquets. Notice the “something blue” brooch on Christian’s bouquet? “Everyone loves the little details,” she said. “It was my favorite thing about our wedding.” Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Choose a seat, not a side. We’re all family once the knot is tied.” The couple said their “I do’s” under a giant oak tree draped in white fabric. The reception followed with dinner and dancing on stage with the band, which just so happened to be the highlight of the night. And no one left on an empty stomach because Krispy Kreme doughnuts were served as late night snacks. Yum!
Lindsay and Greg were married at Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, Calif. on October 19. “It was a beautiful space that allows for a ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception to take place all in one area,” Lindsay said. “Plus, it was a blank canvas that we could customize and design our wedding style to.” The bride wore an sweetheart ball gown designed by Ian Staurt called “Antoinette,” while the groom wore a classic black suit. Bridesmaids shined bright in their long, gold glitter dresses, and the flower girl look oh-so adorable with her floral wreath in her hair. “Besides seeing my soon-to-be husband for the first time, it was so wonderful to se all of our family and friends together to celebrate such a special day with us,” she said. “We also included thoughtful details like picturing our family members on their wedding day at the dessert bar and also honoring those that served in the military.” The ceremony overlooked the Pacific Ocean with a dramatic arch draped in fabric, while the reception took place instead the grand ballroom with tall floral centerpieces featuring roses and hydrangeas and crystals. The newlyweds’ favorite part of the day? “The catering!” Lindsay said. “Appetizers like truffle grilled cheese and mini sliders with sweet potato fries . . . signature mojito cocktails . . .and a custom dessert bar.” Who could resist those donuts and layered mouse shooters?
Christie and Mark were married in a traditional Catholic mass ceremony at St. Vincent de Paul Church followed by a reception at James Leary Flood Mansion in San Francisco, Calif. on December 28. “We ended up picking our wedding venue really quickly because the moment we walked in, we were so blown away that we couldn’t even look at anything else,” Christie said. “We could imagine our big day there, and it just felt right. Also, the view of the Golden Gate Bridge didn’t hurt!” She wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with an off-the-shoulder overlay and ivory sash, while the bridesmaids blushed in their long pink chiffon dresses. Groomsmen looked dapper in classic black tuxedos, accessorized with bow ties. “Our favorite moment was when we said our vows to each other,” she said. “A wedding is just one day, but those vows will last a lifetime.” The glamorous reception featured tall candelabra centerpieces overflowing with hydrangeas and roses, bells were placed at each setting with a guests’ name, and a box of chocolates too. The dance floor was even lit with snowflakes! “Larry Lynch and The Mob really brought the house down, and everyone was dancing all night long,” Christie said. “See everyone have so much fun really made my day.”
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We knew we wanted to have a tented reception where we could build out the space from the ground up. Muckenthaler offered a versatility, with a beautiful ceremony space and a large lawn area where a tent was possible!
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
The white tent with beautiful lining and three crystal chandeliers
The hanging terraniums that we created as escort cards for all the guests
The crown centerpieces
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Determine the three things that are most important to you in terms of the wedding details as the items that cannot be compromised. Then for everything else, be willing to be flexible and open-minded about alternative methods and options in means of keeping within your budget.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Every moment was so precious, however, one that really sticks out for me is the Father/Daughter dance. My father and I are typically not very emotional or affectionate towards one another, so that moment we shared together was very special.