Allie and Bryan were married at Kitchen Chicago in Chicago, Ill. on August 2. “It was the only place we actually saw in person,” Allie said. “It had the vibe we wanted and a price that fit! And all the vendors were who we wanted, which helps when on a budget.” The bride wore a strapless chiffon a-line wedding gown with a notch neckline, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a pair of comfy TOMS slip-ons, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, stock, craspedia balls, and succulents. “We chose neutrals with a touch of teal blue,” she said. “So, the venue could stand on it’s own.” The ceremony took place inside the shared-use space with exposed brick walls as the backdrop. “The music playing, watching my bridesmaids walk down the aisle to my favorite ‘Sleeping at Last’ song, and seeing my smiling future husband,” Allie said referring to the moment she can’t stop thinking about. After the vows were sealed with a kiss (or two), cocktail hour began with an assortment of local beers and wines from Trader Joe’s. Guests found their seats via escort cards hanging from clothespins. “There were lots of do-it-yourself projects,” she said. “Hand-pressing all the save-the-dates and invitations, and our polaroid guest book was a huge success.” Even the Instagram hashtag #fleminweddin too. Farm tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, vintage vases, vessels, mason jars, and wine bottles, and votive candles. Dinner was catered by Chipotle! Imagine eating all the burritos, chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo you wanted. Ole! Dancing began with the choreographed first dance and ended with a sparkler send-off. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan every detail with meaning,” Allie said. “If it’s for the sake of tradition, and has no meaning to you and your future spouse, it’s not needed. Be wise with your spending, it adds up so quickly.”
Lindsay and Edward were married in a traditional ceremony at the University of Virginia Chapel, followed by a reception and Korean tea ceremony at The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Va., on March 15. The bride looked lovely in a strapless a-line gown and a detailed updo. She carried a bright bouquet of ranunculuses, sweet peas, and amaryllis. Her ‘maids donned long gray v-neck dresses with white shawls. The groom and his men looked dapper in traditional black tuxedos. After tying the knot in front of 100 close friends and family in the U.Va Chapel, guests made their way to The Clifton Inn to celebrate. “We immediately fell in love with The Clifton Inn for its intimacy and warmth,” Lindsay said. “We wanted our wedding to be an intimate occasion with family and friends, where everyone would feel elegant yet comfortable.” Guests were escorted to long banquet tables covered with white linens and were greeted by toy bicycle place card holders with their names. Each table featured a bright floral centerpiece similar to the bride’s bouquet. Family and friends enjoyed passed appetizers and had a choice of three entrees for dinner. Following their first dance, Lindsay and Edward changed into a different set of clothes for the tea ceremony, a Korean wedding tradition. Lindsay’s favorite moment of the day was when they had a moment alone beforehand. “We had few minutes to celebrate and reflect our day for the first time as husband and wife,” she said. “It was a precious moment.” Guests ended the night enjoying a four-tier white cake. Overall Lindsay and Edward had a memorable evening that was a perfect blend of both their cultures.
Claire and Robin were married at the Spetses Amphitheatre followed by a reception at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel in Spetses, Greece on June 8. The decision to wed at this particular location was an easy one for the couple. “We had visited the Poseidonion Grand Hotel on Spetses several times over the two years before,” Claire explained.” We adore the beauty of the island and the hotel is so classically beautiful, when Robin proposed we both instantly knew where to spend our magical day.” The bride looked beautiful in a flowy gown with a plunging v-neck. The dress featured a sheer lace back and short sleeves, as well as jeweled detailing at the waistline. She wore her hair in a tightly-curled updo and carried a bouquet of white roses. The groom looked dapper in a gray suit and ditched the tie for a more casual look. 85 guests looked on as Claire and Robin exchanged vows in the amphitheatre. After they became husband and wife, everyone moved to the outdoor patio at the hotel. The reception featured round tables with white linens and glass vase centerpieces filled with greenery. Friends and family enjoyed an 8-course classic Greek meal. While Claire and Robin were the guests of honor they certainly made their guests feel special. “We wrote personal letters to all our guests sharing why they mean so much to us.” How thoughtful! As for their fairytale ending? The couple enjoyed a horse-pulled carriage ride along the water, and that wasn’t even Claire’s favorite part. “Seeing my husband’s face as i walked down the aisle and seeing how happy he was,” Claire said. “Knowing my best friend and soulmate was to become my husband.”
Tory and Kyle were married at Movie Colony Hotel in Palm Springs, California on February 22. “It had such an intimate setting,” Tory said. “We hoped our guests would gather the whole wedding weekend (and they did, we booked the entire hotel!).” The bride wore a strapless taupe wedding dress with soutache flowers over the bodice and skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, dark gray vest and pants, accessorized with a patterned bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of cala lillies, succulents, craspedia balls, green tricks, berries, and dusty millers. “We stuck with neutral greens and 0ff-white with pops of retro teal and orange,” she said. The ceremony took place against a fabric ribbon backdrop where both said their own vows. “It was more special than we could have ever imagined,” Tory said. “What seemed like a formality and a small part of the whole planning process was definitely my favorite part of the day.” The reception took place surrounding the pool lit with bistro bulbs. Tables werer decorated with lace runners, burlap napkins, and music-themed names. “Personal touches included our guitar guest book and our favorite burger spot catering,” she said. Guests were even encouraged to upload their pictures to Instagram as long as they used the hashtag #blacksmithe222. The newlyweds best advice? “Only surround yourself with people who make this a fun experience for you and your groom,” Tory said. “It’s the one day it can be your way or the highway. You want to look back and have only positive feelings about the day. Protect the process and enjoy the ride by making sure you love your vendors!”
Maria and Jason were married at their own home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on June 14. “Our engagement party was actually a surprise wedding to all of our guests,” Jason said. “For the first hour and a half of the event, we were dressed casual. We made an announcement over the microphone thanking everyone for coming to share in our special day. We then dropped the bomb that no one was supposed to leave because the party was really our ‘surprise wedding!’ We said were going upstairs to change, and we were to be married in 30 minutes. And that is exactly what happened. People’s faces were in complete shock, and one person even yelled out, ‘Are they for real?’ Once reality settled in, everyone started clapping and congratulating us.” The bride wore a strapless lace wedding gown, accessorized with a her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls with a jeweled headband, while the groom wore a khaki vest and pants, accessorized with a pale blue tie and pair of Vans slip-ons. Her bouquet featured cymbidium orchids. The very important extra was Piglet, the flower pup. Following the outdoor ceremony, dinner and dancing began underneath a tent. To beat the heat, refreshing drinks in beverage dispensers, such as pink lemonande, were served. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Not everything is going to come out perfect,” he said. “Just roll with the punches and enjoy your day.” Almost everything was handmade! Tables included burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces, lanterns, and lots of candles. “They were full throttle on making something beautiful from scratch,” Stephanie Rawcliffe, the photographer, said. “What an amazing job she did!”