Liza and Wyatt were married in the bride’s uncle’s backyard in Shreveport, La. on December 13. Liza has been battling a form of cancer called synovial sarcoma, and she and Wyatt planned the surprise wedding in just two days.
“After getting the prognosis that my cancer was terminal, we laid in bed that night and made a bucket list of things we wanted to do — mostly travel and adventure trips,” Liza said. “When we started considering it more seriously we both decided that we wanted to get married. Once we were told I only had a couple weeks left, I never thought we would have enough time to pull off a wedding, but Wyatt said he knew we could do it, and convinced me by coming up with the idea to do it as a surprise! When we returned to Shreveport the night before the wedding, Wyatt and I finally had a little time for just the two of us. He pulled out the most beautiful ring and told me he couldn’t love me anymore or be any happier to call me his wife. I was taken aback by the ‘official proposal’ because I had no idea his dad had already shipped Wyatt his mom’s ring to give to me.”
The venue was nestled on Cross Lake, “where my family spent a lot of time growing up,” she said. “I always wanted to get married there because the sunset over the lake is so beautiful.” The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves and keyhole back, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, floor-length veil, and a bouquet of roses and hydrangeas. “Maybe the most trickiest detail of planning a wedding in 48 hours is finding a dress,” Liza said. “Luckily for me, I had always dreamed of wearing a dress just like the one a neighbor had worn at her wedding a few years before. Because we were in such a rush, I decided to call her and just ask if I could wear it at my own wedding. She graciously said yes and even offered to allow me to make alterations. It fit perfectly. I also borrowed my best friend’s mom’s sapphire earrings. My best friend had gotten married the month before and her mom wore the earrings to her wedding. I loved them so much that she promised me I could wear them as my ‘something blue’ at my own wedding, thinking that would be years, not weeks away.”
The ceremony took place at dusk on the lawn with 150 witnessing. “It was so fun to see everyone’s faces as I walked down the aisle,” she said. “They were so overjoyed and many of the guests, men and women alike, had eyes full of tears. Wyatt said he can’t stop thinking about how happy I looked when I walked out on my dad’s arm. He said my smile has never been bigger.” The newlyweds’ performed their first dance shortly after followed by dinner and the cake cutting inside the private residence. Of course, Liza smashed a piece in Wyatt’s face! “We cut out a lot of the little details and delegated decisions that weren’t important to us,” Liza said. “I’m sure most of the details weren’t perfect, but I felt we had the best wedding ever. We realized that what makes a wedding great are best friends and family, a great setting, good food, plenty of drinks, and non-stop music.” They ended the night with the song “Shout.” “After about eight hours of celebrating, we closed the night by dancing to a favorite song,” she said. “We were in a screened-in porch and all of our family and friends swarmed around us in a circle. I remember looking around and seeing all these people we loved dancing and having the times of their lives.” A grand exit took place amongst a sea of glitter and a ride in a fancy old convertible car.
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Melissa and Michael were married at Big Foot Country Club in Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, Wis. on August 23. The one thing about the venue that made them know it was the one was “the shabby chic elegance of the country club,” Melissa said. “The main room has high ceilings with beams and lots of light. It was the feel of an upscale barn.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown with a tiered skirt, accessorized with a sideswept ponytail, jeweled headband, flower sash, and a pair of peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a navy blue tuxedo with black trim on the lapels, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, peonies, astilbe, and greenery. Despite unexpected rain showers, the ceremony took place outside underneath wooden two doors. “My favorite moment was walking down the aisle and seeing everyone smile because they were there for us and only us,” she said. The couple performed a sand pouring to symbolize the unity of joining of two families. “We didn’t want a cookie cutter setup,” Melissa said. “We had action stations for food, no set dinner time, and tables to accompany all sizes – 18, 10, 4.” Each one was decorated differently with white linens, pastel napkins, vintage vases and vessels, and lanterns. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Go with your first instinct,” Melissa said. “Don’t second guess yourself and believe in your vision. If you do that, you will not be disappointed.”
Tori and Wade were married at The Duncan House in Tavares, Fla. on March 2. “We were looking for a venue that would do most of the talking for us,” Tori said. “The Duncan House, a 1920’s home, situated on Lake Dora, with it’s towering old oaks, made us feel transported to a different time. We took a weekend trip to Tavares and stayed the night there 18 months before our wedding. We knew immediately that it was the kind of place we wnated to share with our family and friends. The kind of place we wanted preserved in our memories forever.” The bride wore a ruched fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her short hair down in loose curls and a floor-length veil, while the groom wore black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long satin coral dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, ferns, and seeded eucalyptus. “A cold front came through the weekend of our outdoor wedding, dropping the temperatures down to a record 30 degrees,” she said. “The entire bridal party walked a couple of blocks to this nearby train station for photos, but it was so cold and windy, we just huddled together on the tracks to keep warm! We were like, this isn’t what we planned at all, but it sure is fun.” Before the ceremony, there was a grand entrace. “My dad has a 1926 Model T, and he drove me right up to the aisle,” Tori said. “Rather than have the bridesmaids escorted by a groomsmen, we asked each of our attendants to be walked down by their families or significant other. Wade even walked in carrying our, then 7-month old daughter, Juliet.” The reception followed afterwards in the backyard. Tables were decorated with white linens, navy blue chevron runners, gold charger plates, and candelabras. If dinner wasn’t enough, dessert was for sure! “Wade and I are HUGE doughnut fans,” she said. “When we first visited, we stopped at a little place on Hwy. 27 called Donut King. We knew that we had to have a donut tower at the wedding. It was a big hit.” Dancing was performed on wooden checkered floor underneath string lights and for extra entertainment, they played the shoe game too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Get started early, prioritize, and hire a wedding planner, if you can budget it,” Tori said. “Being in the industry, myself for many years, I thought I could handle it all, but thank goodness for Kehrin at Jet Set Wed. There were so many details the day-of the wedding that I could not have possibly done myself or assigned a family member to do. Knowing that I had a professional doing it all for me allowed me to relax (a little).”
Erinn and Brian were married in a traditional church ceremony at Willard Memorial followed by a reception at Inns of Aurora in Auburn, N.Y. on June 7. “There are two things we loved — the beautiful setting and the food!” Erinn said. “We wanted an outdoor wedding and having the tent right on one of the Finger Lakes was just perfect. We grew up in the area and love being on the lake, so the setting just felt like ‘us.’ Also, we are huge foodies, and Aurora Inn had one of the best ratings in the region. They definitely didn’t disappoint because everything was absolutely delicious.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of pink satin bow pumps, while the groom wore a three-piece black suit, accessorized with a solid tie and bulldog cufflinks. “All the personal touches from my family made the day extra special,” she said. “My mom gave me a locket on the morning of the wedding that included various objects such as a piece of her veil, piece of my great great grandma’s dress, and my late grandma’s earrings. I pinned it to my bouquet, and when I walked down the aisle, I knew I had these women with me in spirit.” Bridesmaids wore long coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, and olive leaves. “I couldn’t stop staring and smelling at them,” she said. “Saying our vows to each other was the most memorable part of the day, and obviously meant the most.” Tables were decorated with white linens, picture frames with descriptions of special places, and “hubby” and “wifey” chair signs in honor of the newlyweds. Cookies served as favors. “We wrapped them and on each tag wrote, ‘Something sweet for your tooth, and something sweet for your soul,” Erinn said. “Below that, there was 10 different quotes. For example, one from Maya Angelou and Brian’s favorite show Friday Night Lights.”
Lisa and Chuck were married at the bride’s parents backyard in Lake Minnetonka, Minn. on June 29. “We got married lakeside in the yard of my childhood home,” Lisa said. “My parents moved into the house a few months before I was born, and I lived there all my life. Chuck, too, fell for the charms of Lake Minnetonka over years of visits, and the one thing that we knew when we got engaged was that there was no other place we would rather start our next chapter together.” The bride wore a custom-made and -designed wedding gown with a hi-lo hemline in the front and a cowl back, accessorized with a her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore white blouses with striped skirts and carried bouquets of almost all greenery. “Chuck and I wrote our entire wedding ceremony ourselves,” she said. “We chose two very special readings: an excerpt from our favorite book ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ as well as the E.E. Cummings poem ‘I Carry Your Heart With Me.'” Even their five-year-old English labrador retriever, Tucker, was the ring bearer! Following the sincere nuptials, the newlyweds grabbed a glass of champagne, hopped on a boat, and cruised away from the crowd to celebrate with smooches for a bit. Guests were escorted into the reception tent draped in fabric with compasses, which directed them to “island” tables. In addition to the three-tiered buttercream cake, pecan pie was also served. For entertainment? A band and abstract painter! Plus, homemade truffles were wrapped up in boxes to take home as “bon voyage” favors.