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.”
Jiae and John were married in a traditional church ceremony at First Assembly followed by a reception at Oxon Hill Manor in Oxon Hill, Md. on November 2. “We fell in love with the historic beauty of our venue,” Jiae said. “Each room was truly unique with its own distinct personality, providing the perfect backdrop for creating an intimate feel that we wanted.” The bride wore a strapless satin trumpet wedding dress with a bow on the back, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and sparkly, platform peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hosta leaves wrapped in ribbon. “We were so honored to have John’s uncle, Peter, officiate our wedding ceremony,” she said. “This meant a lot to us, and we were truly blessed to have him bring his warmth and humor to our wedding. Participating in paeback, a Korean wedding custom, was a beautiful way to include our families. We had so much fun while doing it, and we were so happy to have shared this experience with all of our guests too.” The reception was separated into two rooms — the gold and black. Signature cocktails were served such as gin and tonic and pickle backs, and tables were decorated with tall crystal draped centerpieces surrounded by chiavari chairs. “That would have to be the moment when I felt liberated,” Jiae said. When the details disappeared, and the nerves faded, and I could truly join in!” Dinner was food stations complete with sushi, cheeses, and meats, and dessert was an entire table of sweets complete with to-go boxes. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Wedding planning is notorious for being stressful, so picking the right team was extremely important to us, especially for having such a short engagement period,” she said. “As much as we wanted our wedding to be an intimate affair with family and friends, we also wanted to feel a connection with our vendors. By trusting in their talent, exertise and passion, we were able to focus our energy on each other and enjoy the wedding planning. We felt our vendors truly cared about our vision and not only saved us time and money, but also gave us the encouragement and support we needed.”
Regina and Undra were married at King Plow Art Center in Atlanta, Ga. on October 5. “The one thing about our venue that made us know it was the one was that it was rustic chic,” Regina said. “We wanted a place that we didn’t have to do too much decorating to.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a beaded bodice, while the groom wore a gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a paisley patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore long purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of carnations, stock, and agonis. The ceremony and reception took place in the same location — the renovated warehouse featuring exposed brick walls, steel beams, and concrete floors. Guests sat in chiavari chairs as they watched the couple say their vows underneath a draped fabric backdrop. Not a dry eye could be found! Tables were decorated with an array of glass stem votive candle holders and tall centerpieces atop cone-shaped wire frames. They was even glass orbs hanging from the ceiling! “The moment I can’t stop thinking about is our first dance,” she said. “I was so excited to be Mrs. Collins that the dance was serene.” Plus, the traditional Southern fare menu wasn’t complete without fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and thick-cut french toast with assorted syrups, sausage and fried eggs. The four-tiered cake took the splotlight then so did Undra’s surprise Los Angeles cake. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make sure to budget in a videographer,” Regina said. “The day goes by so fast, and you’re doing so muhc that day that it feels like you missed the whole day.”
Liz and Zach were married at King Family Vineyards in Charlottesville, Va. on April 26. “We were looking for a beautiful ceremony and reception space all-in-one, but it was very important to us to find a venue that had just as beautiful of a setting for our ceremony if it were to rain,” Liz said. “After seeing some pictures of indoor ceremonies at King Family Vineyards, we knew it was ours.” The bride wore a strapless ball gown, accessorized with a floor-length veil and a statement necklace, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a solid bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long blush chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, and snapdragons. Fun fact: Liz also designed the invitations! “The moment before walking down the aisle is what stands out the most,” she said. “I was weirdly calm throughout the entire day of our wedding until I was standing at the double doors about to go outside. I was arm-in-arm with my dad. I could feel his pulse and my pulse at the same time and was lookout out at all of our family and friends waiting to watch us get married. It was an indescribable feeling!” Following, guests were direction inside for the reception. Tables were decorated with chevron patterned runners, mercury glass vase centerpieces, and candles. “I loved all our flowers,” Liz said. “Our cake table too.” A dessert display featured the two-tiered cake and cupcakes, which served double-duty as favors. The newlyweds best advice? “Hire a planner!” she said. “They will keep you sane during planning and relaxed on the day of.”
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.