Denise and Jason were married at Gary’s Loft in New York, N.Y. on August 9. “This was the first and only venue we visited,” Denise said. “As soon as we stepped off of the elevator, we knew. It’s just this beautiful all-white loft. It was a blank canvas to really play with and make the space our own. And then, to look up and see the Empire State Building through the skylights was just more than we could dream.” The bride wore a custom-made lace sheath wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and a pair of Christian Louboutin peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short black dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of baby’s breath.
The couple opted for a first look beforehand to calm any nervous jitters. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 72 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, milk glass vase and vessel centerpieces, and mercury glass votive candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “We really loved the seating chart,” she said. “Our layout was an L shape, and we were able to have two long sections with all the tables connected. We loved getting to mix all of our family and friends together. It became one large family. Fun fact: Jason surprised Denise by performing two songs! The first song was “When You Say Nothing At All” and the second song was handwritten personally. “We absolutely loved having music throughout the entire night,” Denise said. “It really helped transition the spaces and also kept the mood lively and fun. We had a string trio for the ceremony on the roof, and they played a mix of classic and current music before the ceremony and during cocktail hour. Then, we had an amazing French jazz band (Jason proposed to me in Paris and many of our first dates were to jazz clubs in the city, so it was a little nod to our journey together). Finally, everyone headed back up to the roof after dinner, where we had a DJ and danced the night away!”
Multiple two-tiered buttercream-frosted cakes were cut for dessert. “The milk glass vases, dishes, and cake stands were another favorite detail,” she said. “I had collected a few pieces here and there and really loved their look. So, we decided to incorporate them into the decor for the wedding. Well, thanks to our family, friends, and two summers of visiting many, many flea markets, we had more than enough pieces for every flower arrangement and dessert. After the wedding, we used them to decorate the tops of our kitchen cupboards. Everyday, we have a special reminder of our wedding.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “We highly recommend a day-of coordinator,” Denise said. “It was so nice to not have any family or friends running around or stressing, but instead, getting to really enjoy the entire wedding and activities. It was a relief to have someone there who knew our vision and made sure everything went as smooth as possible. Something is bound to happen that wasn’t planned for, or something will get missed. It put us at ease knowing we had someone there to take care of it.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Thailand.
Katie and Christopher were married in a ceremony at Dimnent Memorial Chapel followed by a reception at Baker Events by Gilmore in Holland, Mich. on August 1. “Dimnent Memorial Chapel is breathtakingly beautiful,” Katie said. “We loved the detailed architecture of the building, and the elegant stained glass windows that surround the chapel from every side.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, and a pair of wedges, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short orange silk taffeta dresses and carried bouquets of roses, gerber daises, succulents, and silver brunia balls. The couple opted for a first look beforehand to calm any nervous jitters. “We wrote our own vows to each other, and it was the most heartfelt, intimate, and tender moment that we shared with each other,” she said. “A lot of tears were shed during the exchanging of vows, and it was the best part of our wedding day.” Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 135 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception inside the renovated warehouse. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, mason jar centerpieces, and mercury glass votive candles, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “We incorporated a lot of small details into the day that meant a lot to us,” Katie said. “I carried my grandmother’s handkerchief in her memory, and the picnic basket that collected cards at the reception had belonged to Christopher’s grandparents. The party favors of chocolate-covered cherries was a nod to the groom’s hometown of Traverse City.” For extra entertainment, the newlywed shoe game was played. A three-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. “The food at our reception was AMAZING!” she said. “We followed our taste buds and went with some non-traditional food selections. We do not regret it.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do what feels like you and your fiance,” Katie said. “Get inspired by wedding magazines, blogs, and the internet but do not get hung up on trying to replicate someone else’s wedding day. You’ll rob yourself of so much joy on your special day if you spend too much time and energy comparing your wedding to what you’ve been elsewhere.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Hawaii.
Amanda and Matt were married in a traditional ceremony at Lakewood Memorial Chapel followed by a reception at Aria in Minneapolis, Mn. on October 19. “We saw Aria early on, but we couldn’t think about anything else once we saw it,” Amanda said. “That space is what we love — urban, artsy, a bit gritty, decidedly contemporary, loads of brick, cavernous ceilings, and steel beams play against glam touches like crystal chandeliers and Warhol prints. It’s a former armory, then later theater space in the 1990s. It has a stage that’s illuminated with a sign that says, ‘The World Is Yours.'” Aria is a white hot venue in Minneapolis right now. Whereas, a year ago, when I would tell people about it, they would look at me blankly. Now they say, ‘Oh yes, Aria! How did you get in there?'” The bride wore a strapless mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, birdcage veil, bow peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, anemones, and ferns. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official. “As crazy and nervous as it all was with everyone looking at us, we were focused only on each other and pouring our hearts out,” she said. Tables were decorated with white linens, pink napkins, mercury glass vase and vessel centerpieces, and votive candles, surrounded by chiavari chairs. Each one was named after a renowned actor, actresses, and writer such as: Ethel Merman, Mel Brooks, Langston Hughes, and T.S. Eliot. A donut bar opened concluding dinner. “That and later on, watching everyone dance in sweaty, happy circles,” Amanda said. “We were always looking forward to that dance party. We wish we could have a dozen more wedding dance parties.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Stay true to the things that matter to you,” she said. “The wedding is a reflection of the two of you as a couple, and (in a perfect world) it should be just that. A celebration of your love, a showcase of your personalities, a chance to bring all the people in your lives in around your to share in it. It’s a rare and special moment. The details matter, but they shouldn’t drive you crazy. Also, other people will want to be involved to varying degrees in your planning. Let them have their role if it’s important to them and you’re able to. They will really appreciate it. And think of ways to let the people in your life with special skills and resources contribute (the budding designer friend, the aunt with an eye for table settings, etc.).” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.
Heather and Kristy were married at The Flicker Building in Dallas, Texas on April 12. “There was an outdoor space available for the ceremony, weather permitting, and it was on White Rock Lake that held special meaning to us,” Heather said. One bride wore a strapless tulle tea-length wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, pearl necklace, sash, and a pair of bow peep-toe high heels, while the other bride wore a blazer and pants, accessorized with a pair of sneakers. The bouquet featured roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus, and dusty miller wrapped with lace around the stems. “Each of us walked down the initial portion of the aisle with our chosen family members, and then walked down the remainder of the aisle together,” she said. “We incorporated the Hawaiian tradition of exchanging leis during the ceremony because we lived in Hawaii just prior to the wedding. We also had a blessing of the stones by our guests, and then leaving the stones in a bowl for us to keep.” Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 75 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter inside the loft. Fun fact: There were distinct exposed brick walls, iron trusses, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking sweeping views. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, glass compote centerpieces, lemons, jars of mints, which served double-duty as favors, and votive candles, surrounded by white folding padded chairs. Each one was named after a city. For example, Honolulu, the place of shelter, and O’ahu, the gathering place. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “The vendors we have listed are phenomenal,” Heather said. “I did extensive research on WeddingWire, and felt the vendors did an exceptional job and made our day perfect. Use these vendors!” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.
Emily and Sean were married in a traditional church ceremony at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary followed by a reception at Houston Station in Nashville, Tenn. on July 12. “It was the one for us because we knew we could make the space our own,” Emily said. “It has its own unique feel with the wood beams and brick walls; yet, at the same time, it was such a transformative space. We loved the coffee shop in the venue, Noteable Blends. It was also minutes away from downtown.” The bride wore a silk ball gown with an illusion lace neckline, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, and a pair of jeweled Ivanka Trump peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a matching bow tie and cumberbund. Bridesmaids wore long purple chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, anemones, astilbe, and dusty miller wrapped in ribbons. “I cannot stop thinking about when they opened the doors at the church to begin the walk down the aisle,” she said. “It was such a flood of emotions seeing my soon-to-be husband and all of our loved ones there to witness our matrimony. Sean and I waited to see each other until this moment, and once I saw him, it was truly worth the wait!” Fun fact: a live artist painted the entire scene! Cocktail hour began with an assortment of spirits. Dinner came shortly thereafter inside the renovated train station. Tables were decorated with gray linens, white napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “It’s hard to pick just three details,” Emily said. “The flowers were stunning and classic. They seemed to accent the space so well, and they were fresh, crisp, and light. The arrangement of them throughout was beautifully done. They were accented around a hanging menu by the buffet line, below and around my cake, and also draped across the long head table.” Even a monogrammed gobo was projected onto the dance floor! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Keep your focus on what is important,” she said. “The purpose of your wedding is to marry the love of your life. The details, logistics, and families can be tough and stressful at times, but focusing on the fact that your wedding is the start of the rest of your life together is so important. And if you can, get a wedding planner! It can make a difference in the planning a great experience and a not-so-great experience. It certainly did for me.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Antigua.