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.
Janette and David were married at The Women’s Club of Englewood in Englewood, N.J. on October 19. (Fun fact: they got engaged on Valentine’s Day!) “They offered a versatile space,” Janette said. “You can truly make it your own. . .this was charming and cozy, yet simple.” During the processional, she walked down the aisle wearing a fitted bodice wedding gown, accessorized with a brooch in her loose curls, with the themes to Star Trek being played on the piano. “There was plenty of goofs at the ceremony,” she said. “But the one moment that really shined for me was when my husband and I danced to ‘God Only Knows’ by the Beach Boys, and many couples of all ages joined us on the dance floor.” The decor was slightly celestial, and the twinkling lights created a romantic ambiance. One of their favorite details? “Our Nintendo ‘Kung Fu’ cake topper. How unique is that?
Desiree and Michael were married at the historic Gale Mansion in Minneapolis, Minn. on October 5. Despite it raining off and on, the couple used it to their advantage by taking portraits with umbrellas. Since Desiree works for a publishing company, she was inspired by poetry as her theme. A chalkboard greeted guests with a quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything,” bundles of their favorite books were used as centerpieces, and the cake was hand-iced with their vows to each other. The most significant part? The bride wearing her mother’s original wedding dress but with a twist — the sleeves were taken off, and the lace and buttons were kept on — and accessorized with a birdcage veil.
Rachael and Jordan were married at Historic Rosemont Manor in Berryville, Va. “When I arrived at Historic Rosemont Manor, I instantly was reminded of my childhood home,” Rachael said. “I grew up in a 100-year-old house in downtown Leesburg and have fond memories of my time spent there. I knew right then and there that it was the venue I would be married at.” The outdoor ceremony included bright pops of color — pink, orange, and yellow as well as the indoor reception. Lantern centerpieces were surrounded with small floral arrangements, and the wedding cake featured sugar flowers cascading down three tiers. “My mother loves doing origami and handmade all the boxes that we used as favors,” she said. “It’s a good thing I was engaged for 17 months because this was not a quick task.” Her favorite moment? Seeing her husband for the first time, of course! But also when her decorator took her from the cocktail hour to show her the reception all set up before guests were in it. “It was exactly how I had envisioned it would look,” Rachael said. “As a bride, you work so hard to make your dream wedding come to life, and when you see it all come together, it’s the best feeling in the world.”