Erin and Timothy were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. Therese Parish followed by an indoor reception at 28 Event Space in Kansas City, Mo. on March 21. “It had EVERYTHING!” Erin said. “Wonderful wedding coordinators, plenty of outdoor space, awesome mural of the city on the wall, twinkling lights on the ceiling (to feel like we were dancing underneath the stars), glass garage doors — a dream come true.” The bride wore a scooped-neck tulle ballgown with off-the-shoulder capped sleeves, accessorized with a curly updo and floor-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short gold dresses and carried bouquets of single rose stems. Notice Erin’s bouquet includes ornaments? “There are so many things I can’t stop thinking about, even six months later,” she said. “But walking down the aisle to ‘Climb Every Mountain’ from my favorite movie ‘The Sound of Music’ to my husband smiling and holding back tears at the end is permanently etched in my mind.” Tables were decorated minimally with white linens, wine bottle centerpieces, tea cup candles, and quotes, which served double-duty as table numbers, such as “Mawwiage is what bwings us togevah today” from “The Princess Bride.” “We loved having our favorite people in the entire world in one room to thank them for everything they have ever done for us,” Erin said.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Personalize it,” she said. “There are so many beautiful weddings out there, but they all seem like direct copycats of one another. Put your favorite foods on the menu . . . make sure the playlist has some sentimental songs. Do everything your way! Oh, and if you have to spend money on one thing, make sure it is a good photographer.”
Teresa and Josh were married at Max at High Falls in Rochester, N.Y. on September 1. “When Josh proposed to me, we were living in an old apartment in downtown Los Angeles; so when we envisioned our ideal wedding celebration, we imagined it would be there: an urban, artsy loft with amazing windows and lots of light,” Teresa said. “Once we decided to get married in Josh’s hometown, we realized that a lot of the most popular venues in upstate New York highlighted either the beautiful lakes, vineyards, or woods in the area. But then we found Max at High Falls. It is a huge space with stone walls, high ceilings, giant glass windows, and metal crossbeams, plus a patio overlooking the center of the city and an old bar with wood floors and brass fixtures. It felt like walking into our own home, but with plenty of room for us to bring in our own style.” The bride wore a strapless trumpet wedding gown with a ruched bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with a blusher veil and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, amaranthus, eucalyptus, and dusty miller. “Our ceremony was incredible!” she said. “We had a dear family friend marry us, and we had spent many months carefully writing the entire thing with his guidance, which in itself was a treasured experience. And our amazing older siblings performed the readings.” It was then quickly turned into the reception. Tables were decorated with stacks of vintage books, music sheets, and numbers that represented a significant milestone in their relationship. For example, “18 was the day in September when Josh and Teresa first said, ‘I love you.'” “One of the sweetest moments in was our first dance to Paul McCartney’s version of ‘Til There Was You,'” Teresa said. “After we were introduced and walked on to the dance floor together, it suddenly dawned on us that we had given very little thought to this. We hadn’t thought at all about our first dance, we had no idea what we were doing, and we just started madly giggling. We had prepared for every single other second of our wedding rehearsal, ceremony, and reception, we thought about the choice of song in depth, but we didn’t know how to dance to it! So, we just laughed, kissed, hugged, and enjoyed this sweet, special little song.”
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.”
Courtney and Cody were married in a traditional church ceremony at Cathedral of Christ the King followed by a reception at Summerour Studio in Atlanta, Ga. on August 31. “The one thing about our venue that told us it was the one was that it felt like stepping into a different world,” Courtney said. “The Summerour architecture firm transformed the studio from a printing company into a breathtaking space with an al fresco courtyard reminscent of a Tuscan villa all in the heart of industrial West Midtown.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of Kate Spade peep toe high heels with bows, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a matching tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and greenery. “There were so many elements of my family that accompanied me as I walked down the aisle,” she said. “From my grandmother’s wedding gown lace wrapped around my bouquet to charm-sized photos of my father and grandfather that had passed away two years before. And, of course, having my brother give me away made the moment all the more special too.” Flower girls even handed out stemmed white roses to guests during the processional and recessional. Following cocktail hour, dinner and dancing began. “After grappling between two songs, [our first dance] was a Jason Mraz song, but later in the evening, an Adele song played, and we were able to share another more intimate, private dance,” Courtney said. Farm tables were decorated with pink runners, tall centerpieces along with trailing antique vases and vessels, wine bottle numbers, and peach cake pops, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. “The one piece of advice that resonated with me before my wedding, and that I continue to pass on, is that things will not go wrong on your wedding day; they will go differently,” she said. “This helped put changes in details and plans into perspective, and allowed me to not be too deeply invested in any one element of the day. A couple puts so much thought, time, money and emotion into planning a wedding, and no single erroneous detail should eclipse that.”
Mandy and Matt were married at The Hamilton Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. on October 18. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a birdcage veil, faux fur coat, and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a pinstriped button-up shirt and pink bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short silk taffeta navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and eucalyptus. Even though the rain threatened to challenge the couple’s first look plans, they still managed to surprise each other downtown overlooking the city skyline. The venue served double-duty for the ceremony and reception. Imagine an old cream-colored brick building featuring vaulted ceilings and crystal chandeliers! Fun fact: It used to be a “hotel” for cars. Notice the ribbon backdrop? Totally handmade. Tables were decorated with lace runners, vintage vases and vessels centerpieces, glitter numbers, and family heirloom plates and tea cups at each place setting too. Guests were given favor bags filled with personalized M & M’S and tied with a handwritten thank-you note. For dessert, a mini two-tiered cake and cupcakes. Yum!