Jaimie and Aaron were married at the Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, Ind. on September 27. “I loved that we could have everything at one place: accommodations, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception,” Jaimie said. “They even had a salon, so I could get my hair and makeup done without leaving the venue. It was convenient to be able to be there from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. And it was pet-friendly, which was must.” The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, feather headpiece, and a pair of comfy flats, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short mint chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, amaranthus, stock, and caspia. “I utterly loved my dress,” she said. “It was exactly what I was hoping for. I wanted a very classic Audrey Hepburn/Grace Kelly/Princess Kate/ look, but couldn’t find that concept anywhere until I stumbled upon pre-owned wedding dresses’ website.” Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “order of ceremony: music starts, we get married, and everyone parties.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss underneath an arch draped in fabric, it was official, with almost 125 witnessing. “It was such a beautiful day, and the pictures turned out perfect,” Jaimie said. “The major detail I couldn’t control was the weather. Of course, I was freaking out about it. But the day came, and the sun was shining, and the water was sparkling. It was 80 degrees! I honestly couldn’t have asked for anything more.” Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter in the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, black napkins, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, lanterns, tea cup candles, and guest libs at each place setting. “My absolute favorite detail was that we had our two huskies,” she said. “They mean the world to us and to include them in our special day was a must from the beginning.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone was asked to share their favorite date idea with the new Mr. and Mrs. A two-tiered purple ombre cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. In addition, there was also cupcakes. The newlyweds’ best advice? “At some point, you have to stop using Pinterest!” Jaimie said. “There are many great, beautiful, and cost-efficient ideas, and it’s so easy to just keep pinning and adding more and more concepts to incorporate into your big day. It came to the point where I had to stop going on it at all. I couldn’t see any more ideas of pictures that I had to have. This helped me focus myself on what really needed to be done instead of continually adding extras that weren’t a necessity.” At the end of the night, they opted for a kiss on a boat.
For the boho-chic bride, we’re ending this week with an inspiring romantic style shoot for you! It’s no secret that we love floral crowns filled with big, billowing blooms as a veil alternative. They’re such statement pieces worth wearing. (Believe it or not, this trend is not just for flower girls anymore!) Match your floral crown with a delicate lace wedding gown or side fishtail braid hairstyle. See more of the delicious details below, including cake and macaroons:
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The setting in the vineyard was absolutely beautiful for an outdoor wedding. Also the food at the winery was always fantastic.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
It’s hard to pick just three! The setting in the vineyard, my dress, and the band.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
I would get a videographer at least for the ceremony and for the speeches. It is the one thing I regret not doing and it goes so fast!
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Right after the ceremony our wedding planner handed me a glass of wine and my husband a beer and we walked to the front of the vineyard to take some final pictures. We had a brief moment alone, newly married and it was wonderful.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The 360 degree views from the highest point in the city was so breathtaking! We knew it would be a special place for us and our guests.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
I love how we used mason jars we discovered in my grandmother’s basement for our floral arrangements. Andy’s vest, pocket square and bow tie were made from his mother’s wedding dress. The black and white striped linens on rectangular guest tables was such a fun detail too!
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
Belting out the lyrics to “Don’t Stop Believing” with everyone gathered around us. As cheesy as it sounds, it’s my husband’s favorite song. I remember telling myself to take a mental snapshot. I felt so lovedby all these people, who were there to support us on our first day of our marriage.