Laura and Kingston were married at the Woodlawn Manor in Sandy Spring, Md. on October 13. “Kingston and I met as I was interviewing for a promotion at work, one that would require me to move 500 miles away from my home in Maryland to Knoxville, Tenn.,” Laura said. “I found out I got the job a few short weeks after we had begun dating, and I decided to take it, knowing that if it was meant to be, our relationship would continue to grow even over the long distance.” It sure did! “We were engaged after a year and a half of seeing each other every other weekend,” she said. “We felt genuinely lucky to find each other and to represent this we created a ‘Lucky in Love’ theme, which was carried throughout the day via the horseshoes.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin green dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas and seeded eucalyptus. Notice their matching faux fur jackets and cowboy boots? “We also wrote our own ceremony, so that we were able to honor and respect his Jewish family as well as my traditional Methodist family,” Laura said. Following the outdoor nuptials underneath the pavilion, guests were escorted to their seats inside the frame tent. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap-wrapped centerpieces, mercury glass votive candles, and favor bags at each place setting. “We wanted to offered Southern fare during dinner as homage to our Southern roots,” she said. In addition to cake, there was also an assortment of pumpkin spice pies.
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.”
Abby and Chris were married at the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia, Pa. on September 7. The bride wore a vintage tea-length wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt and black pants, accessorized with a bow tie and suspenders. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short purple and gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas, Queen Anne’s lace, and kale. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look at one of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s rail stations, in particular the Market-Frankford line. “We did it on the subway platform by our house,” Abby said. “Walking down the aisle and seeing all of our family and friends was an out-of-body experience that I’ll never forget too.” Fun fact: She created all of the stationery! Just look at that wedding day timeline. “We wanted to do a food truck dinner, and the venue had a courtyard in the back that is perfect for good ones.” Imagine having to choose between Taco Mundo, Street Food Philly, and Spot Burger for dinner and then Sweet Box for dessert. “And having open seating made the guests much more mobile,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Triple your budget,” Abby said.
Nicole and Dan were married at Pearl S. Buck Estate in Perkasie, Penn. on May 31. “It has beautiful gardens set around a gorgeous stone home that belongs to the estate of really awesome famous author,” Nicole. “We went for a turquoise, sea foam, light blue, and lime green color scheme.” The bride wore a spaghetti strap a-line wedding gown with fluttery, chiffon petals, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and bold red lips, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, and dusty millers. “We wrote the whole thing (the ceremony) from start to finish with our officiant,” she said. “And our dog, Reggae, was there too! It was one of the reasons why we chose our venue. He had a blast and even took a lick of our cake when he thought no one was watching.” The reception was held underneath a tent draped with fabric and paper lanterns. Farm tables were decorated with burlap runners, wine bottle and mason jar centerpieces, and menu cards at each place setting. “I really loved our first dance – ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros,” Nicole said. “It was an upbeat choice to go with, but our band played in wonderfully, and everyone joined in at the end.” In addition to the ombre buttercream-frosted cake, there was also a candy buffet, which served double-duty as favors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Pick a few things that are really important to you for your wedding,” she said. “If you love a certain venue or band, prioritize them and see where you can cut back on things you don’t care as much about.”
Alyssa and Andrew were married in a traditional church ceremony at Cascade Christian followed by a reception at the Bissell Tree House at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Mich. on September 14. “I picked the Bissell Tree House mostly because it was brand new,” Alyssa said. “When I booked it, there had never been an event in the building. I actually didn’t even get a tour of the inside before I booked it because I LOVED the view of downtown Grand Rapids from the tree tops. I also couldn’t resist the rustic yet industrial look of the outside. The finicular that all the guests had to take to get to the tree house was pretty neat too.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with an illusion bateau neckline, accessorized with a white sash, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a black button-up shirt and tie. Bridesmaids wore short purple dresses and carried bouquets of green tricks, succulents, scabiosa pods, and fern curls. “My flowers were my absolute favorite detail,” she said. “I love plants and our florist did a fantastic job with all the bouquets, centerpieces, and boutonnieres. She went above and beyond with everything.” During the ceremony, the officiant said a prayer. “It made me realize how blessed I was able to marry Andrew and spend the rest of my life with him,” Alyssa said. “It brought me to sobbing tears, and I don’t think I will ever forget it.” Guests were escorted to their seats via cards atop branches, tables were decorated with birch centerpieces atop wooden slices and burlap numbers, and succulent favors were given out to let love grow. “My favors were another favorite,” she said. “This was a do-it-yourself project. My mom and I grew the succulents all year long and then planted them in mini jelly jars.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Let people help you with the planning and projects,” Alyssa said. “And mostly enjoy your day because it goes by so fast. I know people always say that, but I didn’t realize how fast it would actually go by.”