Elise and Kory were married at Aldea Wedding & Event Center in Phoenix, Ariz. on March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day! “The character and architecture of Tiaquepaque is romantic, unique, and timeless, so it fit our personalities as a couple,” Elise said. “Also, the flexibility and confidence of the staff gave us assurance that they could make our wedding just as special.” The bride wore a beaded-bodice mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail updo, while the groom wore his uniform. Doesn’t he look dapper? “The anticipation of seeing each other at the ceremony made the walk down the aisle the most memorable,” she said. “Having all of our family and friends watch and smile as we made our commitment was priceless.” The reception was filled with romantic decor, and a cake that was topped with “Love is Sweet.” The newlyweds’ advice? “Be patient, sit back, and relax,” Elise said. “Don’t stress. Save everything; it goes by too fast.”
Desiree and Michael were married at the historic Gale Mansion in Minneapolis, Minn. on October 5. Despite it raining off and on, the couple used it to their advantage by taking portraits with umbrellas. Since Desiree works for a publishing company, she was inspired by poetry as her theme. A chalkboard greeted guests with a quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything,” bundles of their favorite books were used as centerpieces, and the cake was hand-iced with their vows to each other. The most significant part? The bride wearing her mother’s original wedding dress but with a twist — the sleeves were taken off, and the lace and buttons were kept on — and accessorized with a birdcage veil.
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The horse barn. I had said from the very beginning that I wanted to get married in a barn and it was the perfect combination of rustic elegance meets country.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
My dress, it was the first one I tried on
The tree we were married under was full of wonderful fall colors
A last-minute sign that my dad and Richard made for the entrance to our venue.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Be flexible. No matter how much you plan, something will always go wrong but just embrace it.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
This is a tough one. it would have to be between when I saw my husband for the first time during our sneak peek or listening to all the toasts made by sweet friends and family. It meant the world to us to have all the ones we hold close to our hearts at our wedding.
From the Photographer: “Amanda and James planned a gorgeous outdoor Summer wedding at the new Belvoir Winery with gorgeous yellow flowers everywhere. They married just weeks before James was scheduled to leave town for his U.S. Army position. They had just enough time to spend a week at Disney World after saying, ‘I do.’” -Heather Brulez Photography