Stephanie and Mark were married at the Historic Fifth Street School in Las Vegas, Nev. on September 21. “I had my heart set on another venue,” Stephanie said. “We threw this one in mostly because my mom had gone to school there when it was the only elementary school in town, and we wanted to check out the renovation. When we walked in I teared up, feeling like this was absolutely the place. But I had been so obsessed with my first choice, I felt like we couldn’t commit to the school yet. When we walked back into the other place, neither of us felt anything. It was just a place. We looked at each other and said, ‘Historic Fifth Street School it is.’” The bride wore an a-line tulle wedding gown with a satin halter bodice, while the groom wore a dark gray vest, white button-up shirt, and khaki pants. Before the evening ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “I remember there were happy tears and mostly laughter,” she said. “The ceremony involved all of our family and friends, allowing people to get up and give advice or tell stories to show their support of our union. It was important to us to have them be a part of our wedding.” Following, a “this way to more food and cool breezes” sign directed guests to the reception decorated with wooden tables, turquoise runners, and floating candle centerpieces with yellow pincushion proteas. “Bistro lights were the only detail I insisted on,” Stephanie said. “The space practically demanded it.” Dinner and dancing continued throughout the night, even a photo booth provided some entertainment too! The favors? A deck of playing cards. How fun is that?
Kathy and Basil were married at Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago, Ill. on September 14. Fun fact: It was America’s first theatre built for showing the sky’s limits! The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a bouquet of all-white orchids, roses, and ranunculuses, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a polka dot bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short sequin black dresses, accessorized with yellow Pashmina shawls. Plus, even their pup made it into the mix for a few portraits on the terrace! “With stunning panoramic views of Chicago as the backdrop, my amazing bride and groom were married,” Stevi and Matt Savage said, the photographers. “They also incorporated some Palestinian traditions into the reception.” Notice Kathy’s henna on her hands and forearms? Guests enjoyed the newlyweds’ grand entrance complete with a #selfie moment. Tables were surrounded with cross-back chairs, decorated with gray linens, glass dinnerware and flatware, mercury glass votive candles, and single stem sunflowers. The dessert display featured a three-tiered square monogrammed cake, souffles, macarons, and more, and by the end of the night, a surprise fireworks display went off! Boom.
Pascale and Maurice were married at Adobe Mission Church followed by a reception at The Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale, Ariz. on May 3. “It was a blank slate — a contemporary white space that we could dress any which way to make our own,” Pascale said. “A lover of color, I really didn’t want to limit ourselves to a simple color scheme, so I didn’t. We drew from vibrant ones (orange, yellow, pink, and turquoise) of the festive Mexican culture as well as the sunset shades of the Southwest.” The bride wore a sweetheart peplum ballgown with a silk ruched bodice, accessorized with a mantilla chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped tie. “Maurice surprised me with a message on the bottom of my shoes, ‘I fell in love with your feet, now I get to marry them. I love you!’” she said. “There were so many handcrafted elements like the the mini rosary beads that my mom and aunt strung, so that each guest would receive one during the ceremony.” Even an “Amor” sign above the church! Following the nuptials, the newlyweds drove off in a vintage Chevrolet El Camino with “Novio” and “Novia” written in hearts on the back. Cocktail hour included signature margaritas and a street taco and hot sauce bar. Yum! A favorite moment? “Our reception entrance!” Pascale said. “Before everyone could head upstairs for dinner, Maurice and his sombrero-wearing, maraca-shaking groomsmen walked in with the mariachi band as they played a song called ‘El Rey.’ The boys then picked up ‘derbakes’ (Arabic hand drums), surprising the crowd with a Middle Eastern acoustic jam session as the bridesmaids entered wearing belly dancing skirts, shaking their hips to the oriental beats. I finally made my way in with my dad, as Maurice free-styled along to a Latin trumpet tune.” Rustic wooden farm tables were decorated with black and white sequin chevron runners, native desert plants, and playful pops of tulips. “We were having so much fun that we almost forgot to cut our cake,” she said. “Our dessert spread featured churros and dipping sauces, petite s’mores, cookies, milk shooters, popsicles, and candies complete with stuff-your-own pinata bags.”
Jill and Rich were married at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, Colo. on March 16. “Rich and I lived in downtown Chicago for years and then moved to Nederland in 2010,” Jill said. “It’s been a wonderful adventure, and a huge contrast, so we wanted our wedding to capture both of those sides – the energy of the city but the comfort of a cozy mountain town. This was the main reason we opted to have both the ceremony and reception here, especially for it’s skyline views against the backdrop of the Rockies was just perfect for us!” The bride wore a satin ball gown with an asymmetrical neckline and bow detail around the waist, accessorized with a pair of leopard print Kate Spade high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a black tie. “I approached selecting bridesmaid dresses as more of a ‘collection,’” she said. “I wanted my bridesmaids to feel like themselves and not a copy cat of each other. Each wore a unique dress in the neutral palette, but I emphasized texture through chunky jewelry.” During the ceremony, the couple chose to recite their own vows. Fun fact: The ring bearer carried antlers! “Rich and I are huge fans of Brit pop music, and we incorporated this throughout the day,” Jill said. “For example, our processional was to ‘I Love NYE’ by Badly Drawn Boy, our recessional was an instrumental of ‘Strawberry Swing’ by Coldplay, and our first dance was to ‘My Shadow’ by Keane We weren’t afraid to go outside the norm, and it felt ‘us’ as a result.” Guests were escorted to their seats via hand-drawn mini portraits, which also served double duty as favors. “While it was a time-consuming detail, drawing each individual guest made me focus solely on that person for the hour or two it took to draw them,” she said. “This made me even more excited to see them on our big day.” Tables were decorated with boxed centerpieces, wooden slice numbers, and votive candles, and a dessert display was filled with cupcakes. Our favorite flavor? S’mores.
Karen and Joonho were married at The Society Room of Hartford in Hartford, Conn. on April 5. The bride wore an antique colored drop waisted wedding gown with a beaded bodice and tiered feather skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white vest and bow tie. Bridesmaids wore purple short one-shoulder chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, and daisies. Before the ceremony, the couple opted to do a first look on Pratt Street, which is located near The Capitol Building. Perfect for portraits! The ceremony and reception both took place inside the ballroom. Following the lighting of the unity candle, it was official.The newlyweds made their grand entrance down a sweeping staircase into a room of grand marble columns soaring high above guests. Escort cards were attached to mini elephants (a nod to the Asian culture), tables were decorated with floating candle centerpieces, and signature “Carolina on my Mind” drinks were served. The best part of the night? Dancing to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin,’ which was a total crowd pleaser.