In addition, our Real Weddings Editor is also busy featuring cute couples for our photo galleries! Each week, she’ll be sharing her favorite real weddings on Fridays at noon. Check out this roundup below:
Seattle Skyline Ballroom Wedding – Ursula and Chris were married in a ceremony at St. James Cathedral followed by a reception at Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, Wash. on November 22. The newlyweds’ best advice? “I wish I had accepted family and friends’ help much sooner,” she said. “Plus, working together on projects gave us all an extra sense of accomplishment when the big day finally arrived.”
Coastal Maryland Beach Club Wedding – Kelly and Tyson were married at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Md. on May 31. The couple opted for coastal theme accented with a teal and fuchsia hues.
Adorable Alabama Garden Wedding – Megan and Taylor were married at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover, Ala. on September 13. Guests were encouraged to write down their favorite appetizer, entree, side, or dessert on a recipe card. Of course, next to the KitchenAid mixer.
Relaxed Rooftop Canary Hotel Wedding – Mollie and Shawn were married in a ceremony at Santa Barbara Courthouse followed by a reception at Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara, Calif. on March 16. Fun fact: Transportation to and from was on a trolley!
We always swoon when we spot a real wedding filled with monogrammed decor. Why? Because it’s a timeless trend! One that symbolizes your first initials intertwined with your (hopefully) new last name. Whether you choose to have this personal stamp embroidered on your linens, sculpted on ice, lit up on marquees, or spelled out with fragrant flowers, the possibilities are endless. See more photos here.
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.”
Tricia and Dave were married at Stone Bridge Farms in Cullman, Ala. on February 20 — a Wednesday! “It had a beautiful rustic interior, combined with a dreamy Southern landscape,” Tricia said. “Their all-inclusive service was important to us as we were planning the wedding in a different country (I was backpacking through Europe) and state (he lived in New York).” The bride wore an a-line wedding gown with lace straps, while bridesmaids wore gray dresses with illusion necklines. “I loved the little personalities in my wedding outfit,” she said. “Particularly, the yellow buttons that my mum sewed ontp [my white peacoat] the night before. . .I treasure the crocheted ensemble made by our good friend and owner of Fiction Stitches, who made the girls’ cowls, plus the cardigan and that gorgeous hooded poncho for her children, the flower girl and ring bearer.” Guests were greeted inside with a sign that said, “Yay! You’re here! If you’re feeling a little chilly, please wrap your hands around a warm cup of hot chocolate. . . Mmmm.” As Tricia walked down the aisle, everything slowed down, the door swung open, and she had the biggest grin on her face, followed by tears. “There’s a photo of my husband wiping his eye at that moment, and he still maintains to this day that he was ‘scratching it.'” Tricia said. The reception was lit with hanging mason jars and votive candles and decorated with burlap table runners and centerpieces filled with yellow ranunculuses, dahlias, roses, and succulents. The entertainment and desserts? A do-it-yourself photo booth complete with props and cupcakes!