Lauren and Patrick were married in a traditional church ceremony at Historic St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church followed by an indoor reception at the Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, Penn. on November 30. “When we saw the photos online, we felt immediately drawn to the warmth (literally, there is a working fireplace) and coziness of the ballroom,” Lauren said. “We loved all of the intricate details like the hanging chandeliers and exposed beams and bricks.” The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory sash and her mom’s chapel-length wedding veil from 1979, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a navy blue tie to match the bridesmaids long satin dresses. “To wear something old, beautiful, and borrowed meant the world to me,” she said. “Hopefully, it will bring us good luck since my parents have been married for 34 years.” Before the ceremony, the couple chose to have a first look. “The significance of that moment felt like we were the only two people in the world,” Lauren said. Following the nuptials, the bridal party was escorted to the reception on a trolley. “Pat and I bonded early on in our relationship over our love of literature,” she said. “Though our [tastes] of course differ greatly, we wanted to incorporate that theme in our decor.” Centerpieces included old books stacked atop each other, pictures of authors, and favorite quotes.
Tanya and Adam were married at Hotel Vitale in San Francisco, Calif. on May 18. “Not only do we love the city, we were lucky enough that the bay lights were up in time for our wedding creating the perfect backdrop,” Tanya said. She wore a sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a Juicy Couture statement necklace, bracelet, and earrings, while bridesmaids wore blush dresses with cute bows at their waists. Notice how their bouquets feature succulents? We’re suckers for them! Following the rooftop ceremony, the newlyweds danced down the aisle and escaped to a room to spend a few minutes alone. Meanwhile, guests enjoyed hand-picked wines and heavy appetizers instead of a sit-down dinner. The cake even featured their pup!
Veronica and Doyin were married in downtown Annapolis, Md. with harbor views of the Chesapeake Bay on March 2. The bride wore a Cinderella ball gown, accessorized with a jeweled embellishments, a black faux fur stole, and a vibrant bouquet of ruby red ranunculuses and garden roses, while bridesmaids wore long luminescent silver taffeta dresses, accessorized with bouquets of white ranunculuses and blush garden roses. You won’t believe Doyin’s facial expression as Veronica walks down the aisle of the church! Priceless. The reception was decorated with hundreds of floating candles to create a romantic ambience with blue uplighting, and family and friends were surprised at the end of the night when the newlyweds changed into traditional Nigerian attire.
Angela and Carlino were married at The Lodge at Sonoma on September 28. “The outdoor lawn has an amazing rock wall around it that we knew would make a great background for the wedding ceremony,” Angela said. “And the stone building, where we had the reception, had incredible exposed ceiling beams hung with lanterns.” Besides the bride’s Maggie Sottero lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline, two of her favorite details were the flowers and entertainment! Bouquets were filled with orange and purple roses, dahlias, and orchids, and many guests raved about the mixture of music that was played. “We loved the entire day,” she said. “Having all of our family and friends there, the toasts, the food, and the music. It was a living dream. I want to go back and do it again!”
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We had looked at so many venues; they all began to run together. I wanted something beautiful and cost-friendly, and the options in Charlottesville were limited. One evening, when we weren’t really looking specifically for a venue, my husband came across The American Hotel, and I fell in love! We went to look at it the following week and booked it that day. The hotel was perfect for our style and personalities and in our budget!
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. My dress – I only tried on dresses once so I knew I had to pick something that day! Once I tried it on, I knew nothing else could top it! It was discontinued and just happened to be my exact size and on clearance! I did not even need alterations!
2. Guest Tree – I saw the idea on Pinterest and fell in love with the idea. We had every guest sign a leaf to place on the tree, and when it was all full, we framed it, and it has became a centerpiece in our home!
3. Grooms Cuff Links – Music is a huge part of my husband’s life, and as special touch, I bought him music note cuff links. It was a small touch but something that make his rented tux more customized to him!
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
The moment I can’t stop thinking about is the moment when we were saying our vows, and Ryan took out a handkerchief and wiped my tears away. It was truly a picture of his love for me, and it will forever be a cherished memory of mine.