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.”
Ashley and Matthew were married at Mount Valley Farm in Orange, Va. on June 7. “It was convenient and even in the winer time it was beautiful,” Ashley said. The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with beaded lace appliques, accessorized with a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a white jacket, silver vest, and black pants, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder mint chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, gerbera daisies, succulents, and olive branches. Guests were greeted with a metal bicycle with balloons, milk glass jar crates, vintage trunks and suitcases, and washboards. Notice the transportation was a tractor and hayride trailer? “Our vows were very traditional,” she said. “But for some reason as Matt was saying his, I became very emotional, and I didn’t expect that kind of reaction from myself.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t stress over the details,” she said. “In the end, the important thing is that you have married the person you love.” Dinner and dancing followed inside the tented reception with Southern BBQ fare such as prime rib, grilled chicken, and cheesy potatoes. Yum! Tables were decorated with peach linens, mason jar and wine bottle centerpieces, and antique oil lamps. “Old family pieces were used everywhere,” Ashley said. The super-sweet dessert display not only had a cake but lots and lots of cupcakes topper with raspberries. And ice cream too!
Hannah and Jonathan were married at Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Va. on May 24. “The venue reminded me of where I grew up. When we saw the barn it just fit. It had originally resided on a working dairy farm that was the next town over from ours. They dismantled the barn piece-by-piece and put it back together once it got to the museum. It was incredibly unique in that it was octagonal shaped.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a matching solid tie. Bridesmaids wore long gray and mint chiffon dresses and carried do-it-yourself bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, sweet peas, and baby’s breath. “I am a huge family person,” she said. “I really wanted to have them be a part of the wedding as much as I could. Rather than having the traditional setup of girls on one side and guys on the other, we alternated it so that our siblings stood next to us. Not only that, but my brother carried our late grandma’s Bible with our rings down the aisle. It was very special. We loved her dearly, and it was heartbreaking not to have her there.” After they were announced husband and wife, it was official. Guests were asked write well wishes on pieces of fabric for a quest quilt. “A sweet lady from our church put it together, and we didn’t see the front of it until the day of,” Hannah said. “We will cherish it forever!” Reception tables were decorated with lace doily runners, mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices, and picture frame chalkboard numbers. “Finding all the vintage china was definitely one of my favorite details,” she said. “They were all so very pretty in their own right, and we had such a great time together looking for them.” In lieu of favors, red maple and dogwood trees were given out to watch their love grow from afar. “Since the beginning of our relationship, we’ve been blown away by how much we were made for each other and how much we were meant to be together . . . we put together a slideshow of us from infancy to where we are today. It played while we dance to ‘The Story’ by Brandi Carlisle.”