Nicki and Chance were married at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, N.C. on June 7. “When we were looking for a venue, we wanted a place that would be sentimental to both of us and would give a Southern charm to our wedding,” Nicki said. “The Bentonville Battlefields was the perfect place because it is a reminder that love can be found in the smallest, most unexpected places. We loved that it was so close to home and had so many memories for us and our community too.” The bride wore a spaghetti strap mermaid wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls. while the groom wore a khaki three-piece suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore short netural dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias, tulips, and berries. “Once the bridesmaids and I were dressed and ready to go to the ceremony, my mom surprised me with a gift,” she said. “It was a beautiful necklace with my new initials on it. We both cried when I opened it and shared a special moment just before the wedding. It was a reminder of how much my mom loves us and supports our marriage. I loved having that assurance in my heart as I walked down the aisle.” During the ceremony, a unity candle was lit. Plus, in lieu of a traditional guest book, a Bible was signed. “Once all guests were seated, it was placed at the front,” Nicki said. “The preacher, Chance, and I also signed the Bible as a reminder that our love is a gift from God. It is a great keepsake!” The reception followed underneath a frame tent. “My favorite details were the table decorations that we used,” she said. “My mother and I decorated each table by hand. Every table was different, but they all had an antique style to them. We spent months searching stores, thrift shops, and old barns around our family farm for items that we could add. We had decorations ranging from old cigar boxes and Coke bottles to tea pots.” The dessert display had endless sweets — rainbow sprinkle cupcakes, pecan pies, and rice krispie treats. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Choose a few things to splurge on and decide on a few things that you can cut back on,” Nicki said. “It will help with your budget! As soon as we got engaged, I knew that my splurges would be my dress and my photographer. I was heppy to cut back on other details that were not as important to me. Of course, every bride’s splurges will be different but make sure you choose those up front before you get too far along in the planning process.”
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.”
Megan and Dino were married at Billingsley House Museum in Upper Marlboro, Md. on July 5. “We absolutely loved that it was outdoors with a stunning view of the Patuxent and Potomac River Corridor,” Megan said. “The trees, water, and house created a beautiful backdrop for our photos. Plus, our guests were free to move about the property.” The bride wore a halter a-line wedding gown with beaded embellishments on the corset bodice, accessorized with a pair of silvers strappy high heels, while the groom wore a gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid bow tie. Bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses in various necklines and hemlines and carried bright bouquets of orange roses and purple bells. “Our four-year-old Pomeranian was able to be apart of our ceremony and reception,” she said. “From her face on the table numbers and our donations to ASPCA in lieu of favors.” Megan’s favorite moment? “See Dino’s face as I was walking down the aisle.” Following the nuptials, cocktail hour began with their signature drink – peach sangria – and striped straws. Tables were decorated with do-it-yourself martini glass centerpieces filled with gems atop silver platters. “The one piece of advice I would offer is to not over think things,” Megan said. “I quickly began to have ideas and wanted to add this and that, but my groom reminded me not to overwhelm myself or our guests. Simply to keep things simple, and when I listened to him, it all came together great. I could not have ask for a better day.” There even was a dessert display complete with Hershey’s kisses, butter mints, Russell Stowe’s chocolates, and lollipops.
Lauren and John were married at Crabtree’s Kittle House Restaurant and Inn in Chappaqua, N.Y. on January 17. “No matter where we decided to have it, we knew we wanted to keep it intimate with only immediate family and a couple of friends,” Lauren said. “We opted on close to home to avoid the hassle of traveling far and having to coordinate transportation for so many people. We wanted to choose a place where we knew we could create beautiful memories . . . a few Google searches later, and we stumbled upon Crabtree’s Kittle House. Immediately upon seeing the photos, I knew this would be an option for us, and sort of knew deep down this might be the place.” The bride wore a strapless satin wedding gown with a ruched bodice, accessorized with a faux fur jacket and her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a silver tie. Notice how sparkly her peep-toe platform pumps are? Following the unity candle lighting, it was official! Guests stood outside waiting patiently for the newlyweds to walk through the French doors, so they could blow bubbles. “For such a small affair such as ours, we knew the Wine Cellar Room would be perfect for dinner!” she said. “It is notorious for delicious food, which was another important factor for us as we both appreciate a good meal.” Tables were decorated with white linens, red rose centerpieces, mason jars, and a yummy fresh fruit cake. Their best advice? “Stay calm. The important thing is the marriage, which is the rest of your life, 20,000+ ‘big days’ that you have to spend with your partner and the people you love,” Lauren said.
Shelby and Joshua were married in a traditional church ceremony at Lenore Woolard Carrier Chapel followed by a rooftop reception at Bella Villa in Columbus, Miss. on June 22. “I knew it was the venue for us because it was completely unique, one-of-a-kind, ” Shelby said. “Entering from the street below, guests were led upstairs and met with a stunning pool and courtyard entirely open to the summer sky. We were tucked away, hidden amongst the historic downtown Main Street.” She wore an embroidered satin wedding gown with a scalloped neckline, accessorized with pearl bracelet designed by her grandmother. Inside the wedding gown was her “something blue” — a needlepoint insert hand-stitched by her mother. Bridesmaids wore neutral long dresses while the groom and his ‘men each wore suspenders and bowties. Bouquets were also arranged by the maid of honor! “Looking back, we may have been over our heads just a bit, but there was such a joy to see everything tie together so beautifully,” she said.