Jaimie and Aaron were married at the Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, Ind. on September 27. “I loved that we could have everything at one place: accommodations, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception,” Jaimie said. “They even had a salon, so I could get my hair and makeup done without leaving the venue. It was convenient to be able to be there from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. And it was pet-friendly, which was must.” The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, feather headpiece, and a pair of comfy flats, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short mint chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, amaranthus, stock, and caspia. “I utterly loved my dress,” she said. “It was exactly what I was hoping for. I wanted a very classic Audrey Hepburn/Grace Kelly/Princess Kate/ look, but couldn’t find that concept anywhere until I stumbled upon pre-owned wedding dresses’ website.” Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “order of ceremony: music starts, we get married, and everyone parties.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss underneath an arch draped in fabric, it was official, with almost 125 witnessing. “It was such a beautiful day, and the pictures turned out perfect,” Jaimie said. “The major detail I couldn’t control was the weather. Of course, I was freaking out about it. But the day came, and the sun was shining, and the water was sparkling. It was 80 degrees! I honestly couldn’t have asked for anything more.” Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter in the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, black napkins, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, lanterns, tea cup candles, and guest libs at each place setting. “My absolute favorite detail was that we had our two huskies,” she said. “They mean the world to us and to include them in our special day was a must from the beginning.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone was asked to share their favorite date idea with the new Mr. and Mrs. A two-tiered purple ombre cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. In addition, there was also cupcakes. The newlyweds’ best advice? “At some point, you have to stop using Pinterest!” Jaimie said. “There are many great, beautiful, and cost-efficient ideas, and it’s so easy to just keep pinning and adding more and more concepts to incorporate into your big day. It came to the point where I had to stop going on it at all. I couldn’t see any more ideas of pictures that I had to have. This helped me focus myself on what really needed to be done instead of continually adding extras that weren’t a necessity.” At the end of the night, they opted for a kiss on a boat.
Chelsea and Joey were married at The Grace Maralyn Estate and Gardens in Atascadero, Calif. on July 26. “The Grace Maralyn was the perfect venue for us because it felt like we were having the wedding in our own backyard, but the amenities and the details made it a much better version,” Joey said. The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, jeweled headpiece, floor-length veil, and a pair of t-strap peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray tweet vest and pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short mint dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, scabiosa pods, and seeded eucalyptus wrapped in ribbons. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Find a seat, not a side. Today, we’re family!” and encouraged them to grab a paper cone filled with lavender for the toss. “The moment we first saw each other while Chelsea was walking down the aisle,” he said. “The anticipation of the entire day and everything leading up to that, seeing her in her dress, looking as beautiful as ever, and having Florence and The Machine playing in the background, it felt like a scene from a movie. We both lost it a little bit.” During the ceremony, a unity candle was lit. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began with signature Mr. and Mrs. cocktails — my dear watson and the howdy stella. The reception took place shortly thereafter in the lawn. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, gold vase centerpieces, wooden numbers, picture frames, votive candles, and homemade jars of jelly, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “We loved having everything happen at one location,” Joey said. “The ceremony and the reception flowed together seamlessly because we didn’t have to worry about moving 100+ people to another location. It definitely kept the party going.” Dinner included a greek salad, Santa Maria tri-tip steak and chicken breast with salsa and roasted vegetables, roasted potatoes, and garlic bread. Dancing took place in the barn. A three-tiered fondant cake was cut and served for dessert in addition to caramel apples and fruit tarts. “It might sound silly, but having a photo booth was a really fun extra,” he said. “We were able to look at all the photos afterwards and see our family and friends having a great time througout the night. It was nice to know how much people were enjoying themselves.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Give yourself plenty of time to plan things out and be as thorough as possible, but be okay with the outcome regardless,” Joey said.
Rachel and Quentin were married in a traditional church ceremony at Edinbrook Baptist followed by a reception at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park, Minn. on January 4. “It is only a few blocks away from each of our family’s homes, and a few minutes drive from the church,” Rachel said. “When I was young, my family would go to Easter brunch here every year, and I always loved it. I thought there would be no way I could afford to get married at a golf course, but our modest food menu put it right our price range.” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, jeweled headband and sash, and a pair of t-strap high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and dusty millers. Guests were greeted with a non-tradtional card box and guest book — a birdcage and globe! Everyone was asked to sign on destination spots for the “future world travelers.” Fun fact: the ceremony was officiated by Quentin’s uncle. Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official with almost 250 witnessing. Pine cones served doublt-duty as escort cards. Tables were decorated white linens, gold runners, mason jar centerpieces, animal numbers, and votive candles. “We printed off sketched pictures of animals so each table was a different one,” she said. “They looked really cute on the tables. We are so into animals, we already have three pets together and are planning our future pet family! The best part was that we announced that for any clinking of glasses, we weren’t going to kiss unless that table made their animal sound. When we first announced this, people started practicing their animal sounds. It was hilarious! It was so much fun hearing the animal sounds all night whenever anyone wanted us to kiss.” Breakfast was served for dinner and chocolate chip cookies instead of cake. “These are our favorite things, and we knew we had to have them,” Rachel said. The dance floor playlist was handpicked too. “I didn’t want to do anything except dance because it was all of my songs,” she said. “It’s cheesy! But in the middle of the party, the floor magically cleared and my husband and I danced to the Selena Gomez version of ‘Let It Go.’ We had just seen Frozen a few days earlier, and I was obsessed (even more than everyone else because, hello, I was a winter bride!). I love the snow and couldn’t believe there was a movie that celebrated it in such a great way. It was the best celebrating our beautiful new marriage in the -30 degree weather.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t get caught up in the things that the industry says you need,” Rachel said. “Make your wedding all about you and have it whatever way you want it. We had a ton of personal details and that’s what made the day so fun. We weren’t worrying about our wedding being perfect or ideal for anyone but us.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to Oregon for their mini-moon!
Lauren and Carter were married in the groom’s parent’s backyard in Columbia, Mo. on September 6. “When searching for a venue, nothing felt like us,” Lauren said. “When Carter’s parents moved into their house and offered it as a venue, it fit us. It was familiar and relaxed, just what we needed.” The bride wore a vintage-inspired v-neck a-line wedding gown with capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with a pair of gold peep-toe wedges, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short peach chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, poppies, astilbes, berries, and dusty millers. “Oh man, there were so many special moments,” she said. “I guess the one that stands out the most would be after we walked down the aisle from the ceremony. Carter pulled me aside privately. I could feel the sprinkles that were thrown on us falling off of our heads and shoulders. It was really sweet.” Guests were directed to the tented reception via a wooden directional arrow. Tables were decorated with mint linens, vintage vases and vessels, books, picture frame numbers, and votive candles. “The day was perfect, and everyone who helped did an amazing job,” Lauren said. “We loved our sweets table. I have a sweet tooth, or more appropriately, sweet teeth. Anything someone could want for dessert was delicately arranged.” It featured an three-tiered ombre cake, cupcakes, mini pies, cookies, and more. The newlyweds’ best advice? “My advice to other couple’s planning their wedding would be to go slowly,” she said. “Go one step at a time and everything will come together. Also, don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Caitlin and Zach were married at The Oxford Hotel in Denver, Colo. on May 17. “It’s hard to limit to just one thing!” Caitlin said. “We just loved the feel of The Oxford Hotel, and it’s one of the oldest hotels in Denver, surrounded by a lot of new buildings, in a fun and high-energy location.” The bride wore a strapless satin ball gown with a pleated bodice and beading at empire waistline, accessorized with a pair of mint green leather high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, peonies, hydrangeas, and lilacs. “We worked around a palette of lavender, mint, light blue, and orange, but didn’t limit ourselves to only that palette,” she said. “We wanted to bring in lots of cheerful colors for our spring wedding.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “Zach and I were both super nervous leading up to the ceremony, but we felt so much better after we saw each other for the first time,” Caitlin said. “It just took a lot of pressure off, so we could just feel happy, excited, and ready to get married.” How cool to do it in the city’s new Union Station terminal? The reception took place in the same room they said their vows! Tables were decorated with vintage vases and vessels, mercury glass votive candles, and scalloped numbers. In addition to a mini cake, there was also cupcakes — maple bacon- and mai tai fruit-flavored. The newlyweds’ best advice? Try not to procrastinate,” she said. “Your life will be so much easier if you take care of tasks early on rather than putting them off until the last minute.”