Arianna and Aric were married at The Wheeler House in Forestville, Calif. on September 7. Fun fact: they are high school sweethearts! The bride wore a strapless tulle a-line wedding gown with lace appliques, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, sash, and a pair of Converse tennis shoes, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, plaid vest, and pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short gray chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of sunflowers, daisies, scabiosa pods, craspedia, and greenery. Guests were greeted with two chalkboard signs that said, “welcome to our wedding” and “say you made it! 1. please sign our guest frame, 2. strike a pose at our photo wall, 3. take a seat, relax, and enjoy the show, and 4. dinner, dancing, and games to follow.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss underneath the giant oak tree draped with Spanish moss, it was official, almost 200 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with lawn games such as corn hole and giant Jenga followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow napkins, burlap runners, and mason jar centerpieces, surrouned by folding padded chairs.”My bridesmaids and I choreographed a surprise dance for my husband,” Arianna said. “It was a mashup of three songs put together. We loved rehearsing and performing it. It was a total shocker to everyone, and it was so much fun to see and hear the reactions.” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut for dessert concluding dinner. S’more favors were also passed out too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Have fun!” she said. “It’s your wedding day, and you have the honor of marrying your best friend. When the planning is over and that special day comes, it will feel so wonderful to be around the people who love you most.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Monterey Bay.
Lauren and Matthew were married at Butterfly Kisses Pavilion in Newport, N.C. on October 11. “We were going for a rustic feel, and what better way then to get married in a barn,” Lauren said. The bride wore a strapless silk fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a ruched bodice and skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, birdcage veil, and a pair of jeweled bow platform pumps, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a tie and tennis shoes. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder teal chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Today, two families become one. Please pick a seat not a side.” The ceremony took place underneath the pavilion overlooking the river. Aisles were lined with baby’s breath in galvanized metal buckets, and altar was adorned with vintage books atop a wine barrel. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with akiss, it was official, almost 100 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with signature sweet tea drinks in mason jars. Fun fact: it served double-duty as favors! The reception took place inside the barn hung with string lights. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, and wooden box centerpieces. “Our first dance — I was so nervous for two weeks before the wedding because I had knots in my stomach,” she said. “During it though, I just remember thinking, I’m not nervous anymore.” Dinner was served buffet style. In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone wrote advice on hearts. A three-tiered fondant-frosted cake topped with a monogram was cut for dessert in addition to cupcakes. The newlyweds’ best advice? ” It’s your day,” Lauren said. “It’s hard not to please other people or just go with what they say because your stressed.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon in the Bahamas. “We had a sparkler send-off, and it worked out perfect,” she said. “Most of the guests stayed until the end, so we had a lot of sparklers, and it just started to rain right as we were walking out, which they say is good luck!”
Kristi and Ryan were married at Sunny D Farms in Williamson, Ga. on October 4. “The simplicity of it all,” Kristi said. “It didn’t need much to be everything I had visioned my day to be.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, sash, and a pair of comy flats, while the groom wore a navy blue suit, accessorized with a striped bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short two-tone dresses, accessorized with cowboy boots, and carried bouquets of carnations, silver brunia balls, and craspedia. “My florist Cyndi, owner of Twigs, Leaves and Flowers, took my vision and made it a reality with only using three real flowers,” she said. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “welcome to our wedding.” The pews’ aisles were lined with wooden tree stumps, an altar adorned with a fireplace mantle, monogram decal, and vintage boxes and wash pans. “The moment when I lost it, and I couldn’t control the tears,” Kristi said. “I had asked Coleton our preacher to ask Ryan and I before the wedding, ‘why do you want to marry him/her?’ separately. It’s one of those answers that you could go on and on about, but putting it into words was so hard! When Coleton came in my room, I automatically lost it. At that moment, I knew what he was going to ask. I cried (a happy cry) all the way through my answer — no matter what Ryan makes me the center of his world. You can just tell when he looks at me how much he loves me.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, with almost 135 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception inside the barn. Tables were decorated with yellow linens, chevron runners, mason jar centerpieces, and lanterns. “Everything reflected Ryan and I’s personality,” she said. In lieu of a traditional guest book, tags attached to keys were written with well wishes. Concluding dinner, a two-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert. “The perfect mix” table was open for a late-night snack too. Bonus: cookie baking sheets from the Great American Cookie company! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Any decor that you buy for the wedding think: ‘how is this going to look in my house when the wedding is over?'” Kristi said. “‘Why spend a ton of money on things you can’t reuse?'” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers.
Kristen and Kris were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. William of York Catholic followed by a reception at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Md. on June 8. “They planned one of the most unique and fun wedding days I have ever been a part of,” Brittani Croft of Britt Croft Photography said. “They did a great job prioritizing their faith and choosing a sacred ceremony space, while also showing their guests a true glimpse into their colorful personalities.” The bride wore a v-neck tea-length wedding gown with short sleeves, accessorized with her hair in an updo, finger-tip length veil, and a pair of peep-toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short yellow chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, gerber daisies, berries, and dusty millers. Guests were greeted with a kraft paper bag filled with local trivia and treats. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! They exited out as everyone waved ribbons wands in the air. “The American Visionary Art Museum was one of the coolest venues I have ever shot in,” she said. “From the prime location, being just across from Federal Hill and the Inner Harbor, to the sculptures, gardens, exposed brick, and art displayed throughout, there was already so many great things for the eye to explore.” Tables were decorated with gray linens, white napkins, mason jar centerpieces, and votive candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. Notice the paper pom poms hanging from the ceiling too? “My favorite element was their beautiful cake and the fabric backdrop behind it,” Croft said. “Their sweet bunting topper turly was the icing on it. . . the day really came together just as Kristen and Kris hoped.”
Shannon and Michael were married in a traditional church ceremony at Humprey Memorial followed by a reception at The Delafield Hotel in Delafield, Wis. on February 22. “Michael and I loved the antique feel, the quaintness, and the elegance of this boutique hotel, which is nestled in the cutest town,” Shannon said. “Erin, who worked with us, made us feel like we were totally in control of our wedding and presented us with many options. We knew it was the one because of her thoughtfulness.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, wreath, faux fur coat, and a pair of snow boots, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a matching herringbone-patterned tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short and long pink dresses in various necklines, accessorized with cardigans, and carried bouquets of roses, anemones, and pine cones. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “We had an outdoor photo shoot at Lapham Peak,” she said. “The colors of our wedding looked beautiful against the snowy background.” The ceremony took place at on Carroll University’s campus. Guests sat in wooden pews as the exchanging of vows (and custom-made rose gold rings) were sealed with a kiss, it was official! The reception began shortly thereafter in the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, ivory napkins, mason jar centerpieces atop wooden tree slices, animal prints such as rabbit, bear, and hummingbird, and votive candles, surrounded by upholstered chairs. “There was live pine trees that Michael installed in the ballroom of the hotel,” Shannon said. “The entire venue smelled like a forest, which was perfect because we were going for a ‘winter woodland-themed’ wedding.” Two mini cakes were cut and served for dessert concluding dinner, but there was also cupcakes too. “During our first dance, Michael kept spinning me around the dance floor, and it was perfect,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make your wedding about YOU two and incorporate unique characteristics that really show off both your personalities,” Shannon said. “Almost all of our guests commented ‘this wedding is totally you.'”