Joy and Matthew were married at Brush Creek in West Milton, Ohio on June 14. “We wanted a peaceful, outdoor setting that gave us the option to have our wedding festivities inside in case of inclement weather,” Joy said. “We adored the greenery surrounding the ceremony and reception site as well as the sight and sound of the creek in the background.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a three-piece tan suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets roses and baby’s breath. “I was thrilled with the attire of the wedding party,” she said. “I am so happy with my decision to alternate purples for the bridesmaid dresses and my husband’s decision to have the groomsmen were suspenders.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Guests were greeted with a wooden arrow sign that directed them. Aisles were lined with quote from 1 Corinthians 13, mason jar markers, and a burlap bow at the entrance. One the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, with ribbon wands being waved in the air! The reception took place shortly after. Tables were decorated with purple linens and napkins, wine bottle centerpieces atop lace doilies, and picture frame numbers, surrouned by folding padded chairs. Paper lanterns were hung overhead. “I cannot stop thinking about dancing for hours with my family and friends underneath the stars,” Joy said. “It was an absolute joy!” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the planning process,” she said. “It can be extremely stressful at times if you let the little things get to you. Your engagement is a very special part of you and your fiance’s lives. Don’t let wedding planning consume you, make a conscious effort to do and discuss non-wedding related things with each other too.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Mexico.
Alixandria and Joel were married at Buck Creek State Park’s C.J. Brown Reservoir in Springfield, Ohio on September 20. “It fit everything we wanted in a venue,” Alixandria said. “We wanted somewhere outdoors, near water (Joel always wanted a beach wedding, but with our huge families that just wasn’t happening.) and would allow us to do our own thing, be able to choose our food, decor, etc. The staff at the reservoir were so helpful from the very beginning and helped us achieve our dream wedding day!” The bride wore a v-neck lace a-line wedding gown with an illusion back, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls with a crown and a pair of TOMS, while the groom wore a dark gray vest and pants with a checkered button-up shirt, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long and short purple dresses and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. Guests were greeted with an assortment of ceremony seating, from folding chairs and benches.”One of my favorite moments from our wedding was when Joel’s dad (who officiated) pronounced us husband and wife and told Joel he could kiss his bride,” she said. “Joel and I both just started laughing! We were so excited. We had talked about the day that we would finally be married for months, years. And it was finally here, officially! And true to Joel-fashion, he cracked this huge, goofy grin, and I couldn’t help but laugh at my silly HUSBAND.” The reception took place underneath the pavilion hung with string lights. Tables were decorated with burlap and lace runners, single stem vases and vessels, and vintage dinnerware and silverware at each place setting. “We mismatched it for appetizers and dinner,” Alixandria said. “My mom collected, washed, and prepared all of this for over 150 people. This is something my mom and I had always talked about doing at my wedding ‘one day,’ and she made it happen. Another detail from our wedding we loved is that most of it was done by family and friends. Decorations, prep work, chalk signs, the food, the bride and groom cake, our amazing cake stand, the bouquets, and all of the set up and tear down.” In addition to cake, there was also cupcakes and a “goodie bar” complete with lollipops, M&M’s, and Smarties. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Ask for opinions and suggestions,” she said. “And definitely take everyone into consideration. when planning your glorious day. But when it comes down to it, do what YOU want! Make sure that when the day is over, you don’t look back and say, ‘I wish we had done ___ the way I had envisioned it. Instead of this way so ___ would be happy.’ You are the ones who will be reliving this day and telling it to your grandkids and great grandkids.”
Kady and Drew were married at The Wheeler House in Ball Ground, Ga. on June 28. “It had everything!” Kady said. “The historic home, rustic barn, and beautiful outside arbor to hold the ceremony underneath.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down, a fingertip-length veil, and a pair of patent leather high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece tan suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and berries. While getting ready, they gifted each other presents. Kady received a Bible, and Drew received a watch with an attached note that said, “It’s almost time! See you at 3:30,” for the first look. Guests were encouraged to choose a seat not a side. The entire bridal party gathered in a circle around the wooden cross for a prayer before they were officially announced husband and wife. Cocktail hour followed with a fresh lemonade stand and lawn games such as corn hole. Inside the barn, tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, and mason jar centerpieces lined with sheet music atop wooden tree slices. “We had someone come and teach the crown line dances too,” she said. Favors were homemade jars of jelly. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make sure to have awesome photographers to capture your day because that is the only thing left to remember the memories by when it’s over,” Kady said. At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and rode off in a Chevrolet truck.
Callie and Aaron were married at the Midway Village Museum Center in Rockford, Ill. on September 29. “We loved the rustic, wooden barn, and the garden area next to it,” Callie said. “It was a gorgeous, relaxed setting for a gathering with our family and friends.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with braided, sideswept updo, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, khaki pants, and a brown herringbone tweed vest, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short yellow dresses and carried bouquets of sunflowers, craspedia balls, berries, wheat, and greenery. “The moment we were giving our vows,” she said. “Although, it went quickly, we wrote them ourselves and that made them genuine.” The couple also incorporated a traditional Korean tea into the ceremony, which represented the uniting of two families. They previously lived in South Korea at one point in time. The reception was filled to the brim with homemade touches. Tables were decorated with white lienens, burlap-wrapped centerpieces, and galvanized metal buckets. “We had guests bring pies for dessert and held a ‘Cutie Pie’ contest complete with prizes. We snuck away for a bit during dinner and tried all 18 of them and then gave awards in various categories following. These details made the day feel uniquely ours,” she said. Aaron brewed beer too — “Happy Trails EPA” and “Speckled Heifer Farmhouse Ale.” A bluegrass band kept guests on the dance floor all night long. “Having live music really brought the party and got the mother-of-the-bride playing washboard,” Callie said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “It is the one time you have everyone you love in one place,” she said. “Bask in the love and soak up the joy as much as you can. It truly is sharing your wedding with the ones you love most in the world that makes it special.”
Lori and Paul were married at Newhall Mansion in Piru, Calif. on August 9. “The Newhall Mansion has always been a dream of mine,” Lori said. “Looking through my grandparents’ dining room glass windows throughout my childhood gazing at the mansion and its beautiful mysteriousness captivated me.” Lori stunned in an intricate all-lace gown and curly hair. She added a touch of personality to her look by wearing cowgirl boots and carrying a bouquet made of brooches and pins instead of traditional flowers. Her bouquet also featured photos of lost loved ones. Her ‘maids added a pop of color and opted for bright pink, strapless dresses with brown cowgirl boots. They carried rustic bouquets of wheat, eucalyptus, and millet. The groom, his men, and the bride’s father were outfitted in a more casual ensemble, with blue jeans and plaid button-down shirts (a white one for the groom). “My dad has never been comfortable in a suit, and I wanted him and all the groomsmen to be as comfortable as possible,” Lori explained. The couple exchanged vows outside as roughly 100 guests looked on and sipped on their drinks from the pre-ceremony cocktail hour. After officially tying the knot, guests enjoyed a second cocktail hour and played games such as Jenga, beer pong, cornhole, and Scrabble. Family and friends looked to the chalkboard and moss-covered frames to find their seats for the reception. Round tables with burlap linen and white folding chairs were set up behind the mansion. Many of the decor elements were handmade by the bride’s mother. “All the hard work my mom did sewing all of the burlap linens and napkins, making every single one of the okie wine glasses and homemade beeswax mason jar candles for our guests to take home and enjoy for years to come,” Lori said. What a loving mother! Guests dined on everything from sliced brisket, pulled pork, and chicken to macaroni and cheese. The reception also featured a dessert display complete with a variety of popcorn, caramel, and cupcakes. Lori’s best advice for engaged couples? “Do as much as you can yourselves and make it as unique and individual as the love you have for each other.”