Laura and Johnathan were married at Laurel Creek Manor in Sumner, Wash. on July 20. “The venue is beautiful and . . . allowed guests to flow between indoor and outdoor all while being surrounded by nature and festivities,” Laura said. “We didn’t go with a color scheme. We knew Johnathan’s family might be coming in leathers, since they are all apart of a motorcycle group. And my family would likely come dressed in dresses and ties. We went with a Midsummer Night’s Dream theme. Pastel colors of all types. We tried to keep the colors as close to natural as possible.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and a pair of strappy high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore pale short dresses with a high-low hemline and carried bouquets of roses, sunflowers, and gerber daisies. “The moment I was walking down the aisle,” she said, was her favorite. “I had been planning for two years, and then the actual day, all I got to do was sit and get ready. I hardly got to see the setup of everything until I was allowed to go outside for the ceremony. Up until that moment, I had not seen my groom, the space, any of it. It took my breath away when my dad and I rounded the corner and it looked so magical. I felt like I had walked right into my own fairy tale.” Aisles were lined with an assortment of lanterns and quotes from 1 Corinthians 13. To symbolize their unity, the couple opted to combine sand to join two families as one. There were over 100 guests there to witness the vows. Of course, all wearing sunglasses to beat the summer heat! Cocktail hour began with lawn games such as corn hole, chess, and giant Jenga. Bonus: An improv acting group. “They helped mingle everyone during cocktail hour,” Laura said. “They were ‘wedding crashers.’ It really helped as these actors had them interacting for a good hour.” The reception took place underneath a frame tent. Wooden tables were decorated with moss runners, vintage books, champagne bottle numbers, and rippled glass square charger plates, surrounded by cross-back chairs. “I would have to say my cake,” she said. “I can’t believe how incredible the entire design turned out.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t forget that it is one day, and the most important detail is for you to have fun,” Laura said. ‘I felt like I had more fun that day because all those around me were having fun. Every vendor and detail we chose was more to promote an attitude rather than just something visible aesthetic. If you keep your end goal in mind, and then just allow the day to flow, you’ll enjoy it.” At the end of the night, fireworks lit up the sky.
Catherine and Joey were married at Historic Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville, Md. on October 4. Fun fact: This is one of WeddingWire’s very own marketing gurus! “The most important thing to us when looking for a venue was that it was on the water,” Catherine said. “We knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony with a ‘getaway’ feel that was still in driving distance for our family and friends. Something classic but relaxed, so when we found Historic Kent Manor and walked around the grounds, we fell in love.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, floor-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of monogrammed Jack Rogers sandals, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a tie, socks, and a pair of brown leather lace-up oxfords. Bridesmaids wore long-sleeved short green dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, seeded eucalyptus, and dusty millers wrapped with ribbons around the stems. “I grew up wearing ribbons in my hair every day to match my outfits,” she said. “They were true to my style and beautiful with a little movement from the wind.” Just before sunset, the ceremony took place outside underneath a giant oak tree. Guests were encouraged to choose a seat not a side amongst the freshly-fall leaves on the ground.
Once the Virginia Tech alum couple was pronounced husband and wife, it was officially Muffler time! The reception took place in a pole tent hung with string lights. Tables were decorated with striped linens, birch box centerpieces, and potted succulents at each place setting. “Our double-duty escort cards and favors came out just as I had hoped,” Catherine said. “It was a personal touch with our guest’s name and dinner selection affixed to the front. The gold clothespins were pretty darn cute too.” A mini cake was cut and served for dessert along with an assortment of homemade cookies, rice krispie treats, brownies, and cheescakes. “While we still had a cake to cut and save for the traditional ‘slice-a-year’ on our anniversary, it was fun to have different options for our guests to try and snack on throughout the night,” she said. “My mom, aunt, and Joey’s aunt all made their specialties.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, Joey suggested a replica of the Hokies’ stone sign in Lane Stadium. “Players hit the stone before running out onto the field before every home football game, and one of our favorite engagement pictures is of us hitting it for good luck,” Catherine said. “I love that it was his idea and has a lot of meaning for us.” The newlyweds were even able to sneak off the dance floor. “Taking just a quick moment together in the midst of it all to take a deep breath and look at everyone in your life coming together and having such a blast celebrating a pretty incredible day,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan at least a day buffer before your honeymoon,” Catherine said. Who could resist going to Greece?
Ashlee and Jacob were married at Matthews Manor in Springville, Ala. on November 3. “It was perfect,” Ashlee said. “I always wanted an outdoor wedding, and Micah’s Meadow was beautiful for that. I also loved that Grace Hall was there too, so guests didn’t have to travel.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with sparkly flats, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie and polka dot socks. Bridesmaids wore satin ivory dresses and carried wildflower bouquets. “The walk back down the aisle, it felt so amazing to escape the spotlight and be close to my husband,” she said. “He swept me off my feet (literally!) and put me in the horse-drawn carriage that awaited us.” Of course, there was a “Just Married” sign on the back for all to see. Most of the reception details were handmade by Ashlee, including the centerpieces and jars of honey. “At the end of the day I would have done it all over again,” Ashlee said. “I loved every part of my wedding day. It was truly a fairytale. I owe it all to my mother! While I thought I had a lot of good ideas, it was her timeless class and wisdom that kept us focused and on budget. Looking back I’m glad we collaborated our own ideas and kept it simple and natural.”