Maria and Mark were married at The Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. on April 26. “The grand staircase at the entrance – that’s what initially caught our eyes, but the overall service, ambiance, and reputation it had is what made it a clear choice for us,” Maria said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with feathers, accessorized with a ballerina bun and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Notice those two-toned pink strappy platform pumps? Hello, sexiness! “My mom gifted me small pendants to pin inside my dress,” she said. “They were my dad’s. I pinned them close to my heart, so he could be there to walk with me down the aisle.” Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, ranunculuses, and astilbes. “The ceremony as a whole, especially our vows, was by far my favorite moment,” she said. “I was so incredibly happy, and still am.” Reception tables were surrounded by chiavari chairs, decorated with tall centerpieces, and love salts at each place setting, which served double duty as favors. “Absolutely ALL of the floral arrangements, especially the real cherry blossoms that we were so lucky to have!” Maria said. “Thank you for blooming at just the right time.” Guests were encouraged to guess the locations of the honeymoon. Eventually, they were told it was Paris, France, and Spain. The newlyweds’ best advice? “If anything or anyone gets you stressed, anxious, or nervous on your wedding day (or during the planning process), just remember what your wedding day is really about – you and your fiance’s love for one another,” she said.
Kathy and Basil were married at Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago, Ill. on September 14. Fun fact: It was America’s first theatre built for showing the sky’s limits! The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a bouquet of all-white orchids, roses, and ranunculuses, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a polka dot bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short sequin black dresses, accessorized with yellow Pashmina shawls. Plus, even their pup made it into the mix for a few portraits on the terrace! “With stunning panoramic views of Chicago as the backdrop, my amazing bride and groom were married,” Stevi and Matt Savage said, the photographers. “They also incorporated some Palestinian traditions into the reception.” Notice Kathy’s henna on her hands and forearms? Guests enjoyed the newlyweds’ grand entrance complete with a #selfie moment. Tables were surrounded with cross-back chairs, decorated with gray linens, glass dinnerware and flatware, mercury glass votive candles, and single stem sunflowers. The dessert display featured a three-tiered square monogrammed cake, souffles, macarons, and more, and by the end of the night, a surprise fireworks display went off! Boom.
Galyn and Martin were married at The Grand Concourse in Pittsburg, Pa. on May 10. “The Grand Concourse has an absolutely stunning interior, incredible food, and convenience of the area to accommodate traveling guests,” Galyn said. “We went with a color scheme of shades of white with a splash of dove gray and silver accents — think lots of mirrors and mercury glass!” The bride wore an embroidered a-line wedding gown with an capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of daisies, tulips, and mums. “My amazing husband designed ALL of the paper goods (and website) for the event,” she said. “From the 28 page invitation booklet that arrived in a custom printed linen bag to the equally beautiful programs and ‘doggie bags’ featuring a photo of our dog, Kosta, that could be filled with goodies at the dessert table to take home with them.” Following the ceremony, which took place inside the restored Lake Erie Railroad Station, a finger snapping, foot tapping, jazz band began performing ‘The Charleston,’ complete with professional swing dancers. “We emerged onto one of the balconies overlooking the dining room, and everyone roared with delight dressed to the nines in their black-tie garb, fun fedoras, feathered headbands, and long gloves,” Galyn said. “The glamour of it all looked PERFECT, It was truly a vision that we will hold dear to us for the rest of our lives.”
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!