Lori and Zach were married at Maumee Bay State Park in Toledo, Ohio on December 14. “Having a winter wedding was never quite what this beach blonde girl had expected for herself, but wanting to quickly marry my handsome boy, we decided December was the month for us,” Lori said. “We stepped foot first into the Lodge lobby — complete with wall to wall windows, woodsy warmth, a catching scene of the lake, and (my favorite) cozy fireplace at every turn.” In just 4 short months, these two said, “I do” in an unforgettable blizzard! One of the bride’s favorite moments? “The three nights before [the wedding] of wines, cheeses, belly-laughter, and bouquet and centerpiece making with my sweetest family and friends,” she said. ” She wore a ruched wedding gown, accessorized with a fabric floral sash and faux fur jacket while bridesmaids wore gray and mint colored dresses in different styles. We love their stockings! Following the traditional church ceremony, guests arrived at the reception decorated with candlelit lanterns, willow tree branch centerpieces, and of course, a personalized mixed CD favor at each place setting.
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?
Even on a weekday morning when no events were set up, Thorpewood’s lodge was warm and inviting from the minute we walked in the door. Everything about the place was gorgeous in a very natural and laid-back way, and we knew that all of our friends and family would feel at home celebrating with us there.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
Our favorite details were the things that made the day “ours,” and it’s difficult to narrow them down. Ryan’s mom spent hours baking desserts for the reception, including his favorite chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. My aunt and uncle built a sign post showing the distance to all of the towns we had lived, which our guests passed on the way to the ceremony site. Since I grew up in Florida and Ryan is from California, we had a sand ceremony using sand from beaches where we had spent lots of time growing up. We also chose readings and music that had meaning for us, even though most would not be considered traditional wedding picks. I loved walking down the aisle to Peter Gabriel and watching our guests laugh during the readings.
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.
My husband is a known procrastinator, who was up until 4 a.m. the night before the wedding writing his vows. Knowing that, I was completely blown away when he spoke, and I’m not sure that I even noticed the 100 or so people, who were watching us.