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.
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.”
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.”