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.”
Kasia and Paul were married at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, Calif. on March 10. “The venue is an old western movie lot from the 20′s, and it is still being used to this day for TV and films,” Kasia explained. How cool to be able to say you were married on a movie set? Kasia looked fabulous in a strapless fit ‘n flare gown featuring a textured floral design on the skirt and bodice. She wore her hair in a curly partial updo and carried a bouquet of blue and purple hydrangeas with baby’s breath. Her ‘maids stunned in floor-length strapless gowns in various shades of purple. The groom donned a dark gray suit three-piece suit, while his groomsmen were clad in a lighter gray three-piece suit. “What made this place even more special for us was this amazing tree we fell in love with,” Kasia said. “The tree has two big trunks that meet that the base to form one massive tree, and I thought it was the perfect tree to get married in front of.” And marry they did, in front of 130 friends and family members, who sat on white folding chairs as the pair exchanged vows. After the ceremony guests grabbed drinks such as beer and soda out of tin buckets, and drank juice from decorated beverage dispensers. Luggage tags guided family and friends to their seats, which were long banquet tables covered in white linens with floral centerpieces and burlap silverware holders. Floral mason jars hung from overhead in the reception space. “I collected about 280 mason jars and primed and painted all of them,” Kasia said. “The reception space was extremely dark brown and needed brightening. The jars added a touch of elegance to this rustic space.” Guests dined on classic barbecue fare, complete with mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. There were plenty of desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth, from donuts to cookies with the couples’ photo on it, there was something for everyone. There was a traditional cake as well, which was adorned with edible purple and blue flowers. Kasia had so much fun crafting for her wedding, she and her sister-in-law started their own vintage event rental and event planning business, The Wedding Sparks. Kasia’s favorite moment of the day was when she and Paul went off with their photographer to take photos after the ceremony. “We walked around the beautiful property and exchanged huge smiles at each other. It was like a big sigh of relief mixed with a ton of happiness at the same time.”
Ali and Liam were married at Bluefield Farm in Blauvelt, N.Y. on July 19. The bride wore a short lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a curly updo and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a tie. Her bouquet featured roses, dahlias, and thistles. Guests were greeted at the ceremony with the most colorful, handmade garland backdrop.”One of my best friends sang La Vie en Rose as I walked down the aisle, and it was gorgeous,” Ali said. “Another good friend from Argentina was supposed to do a reading (about friendship) during the ceremony, but when she came up to do it, she was so overcome with emotion that she literally wasn’t able to do it. After trying to read the first line a few times and not being able to stop crying, she just hugged us both and went back to her seat. It was incredibly touching.” Following the outdoor nuptials, lawn games such as cornhole, bocce ball, croquet, and ladder toss. The reception took place inside the barn. Tables were decorated with burlap runners, milk glass jar centerpieces, heart-stamped kraft paper placemats, and s’mores favor bags at each place setting. “The pulled pork from Dinousar BBQ, who catered the wedding, was delicious,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “It’s worth the effort to personalize your wedding and make it your own,” Ali said. “It’s A LOT more work, but it makes the whole event more meaningful.
Alexandria and Steve were married at Tiber Canyon Ranch in San Luis Obispo, Calif. on May 24. “The rustic, open surroundings,” Alexandria said. “I love nature, and this venue is very woodsy and simple, but so beautiful. The owners pend a lot of time making the property unique and very well maintained too.” The bride wore a satin a-line wedding gown with capped sleeves and a keyhole back, accessorized with a sideswept updo, long lashes, and bold, red lips, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short mix ‘n’ matched white dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, peonies, calla lilies, and baby’s breath.”Walking down the aisle and seeing everyone I know looking at me with huge smiles on their faces and me waving to everyone in excitement that they were there,” she said. “I am such a dork, and it really shined through at this moment.” Believe it or not, but most of the decor was handmade by the couple! “The altar, head farm table, reclaimed wooden signs, wood block table numbers,” Alexandria said. “We had our hands on all of the details, it makes it more personal. I wanted to keep it pretty neutral and let the natural beauty around the venue be the source of color.” Following the string quartet recessional, guests found their seats for dinner via a chalkboard. Tables were decorated minimally. “I loved the romanic glow of the candles that lined the center,” she said. “We did family style fare.” Fun fact: the first dance “California Stars” was sung! In lieu of a traditional guest book, a photo booth was provided for extra entertainment as well as a custom Instagram hashtag #sandeckiwedding. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Keep it simple!” Alexandria said. “The wedding is about sharing your love with someone in front of your family and friends. It is easy to get caught up in all the details. If you have a lot, remember what you are doing and why you are doing it.”