Sandra and Brian were married at Barndiva in Healdsburg, Calif. on May 18. “Everything was in one place — the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception,” Sandra said. “The chef used to work at The French Laundry (3 star Michelin restaurant), and we’re BIG into food.” The bride wore an a-line wedding gown with a tiered skirt, accessorized with a gray sash and wedges, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. “When we saw each other for the first time, we both cried hysterically,” she said. Following the Jewish and Taiwanese American nuptials, guests were served pass hors d’oueures, 5-course meal, dessert bar, and late night snacks. Wow, that’s a lot! Reception tables were decorated with all handmade items. “I loved that everyone chipped in,” Sandra said. “Our aunt sewed all of the table runners, the ‘maids made their bouquets from flowers we bought at the SF Flower Mart, my sister made the seating chart. Super special.” The table numbers were chalkboard wine bottles attached with a tag that said, “Draw on me,” and each place setting included a kitchen utensil or cutting board as a favor. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Pick the three things that are most important to you and forget about the rest,” she said. “Spend your money and your time on those three things and you won’t go crazy.”
Amy and Rocky were married at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif. on November 29. “The inspiration behind the day was of course to become husband and wife and to share the happy moment with our close friends and family,” Amy said. “What we wanted to create for our guests was a beautiful day that they would remember and cherish for as long as we would. We didn’t want to follow any of the standard wedding ‘recipes’ that we had seen in past weddings we had attended. We did this by incorporating our tastes and preferences with all of the suggestions and expertise that our vendors gave us.” Prior to the ceremony the bride and her ‘maids got ready in patterned floral kimono robes and matching glitter TOMS. Portraits were taken in the amphitheater where musical artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, ZZ Top, Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Callait, and Justin Bieber have performed. Amy wore a sweetheart lace wedding gown, accessorized with a birdcage veil. Did you know she also wore a red wedding dress too? Bridesmaids were blushing in dress in various fabrics, styles, and lengths with do-it-yourself bouquets filled with roses, gerbera daisies, and baby’s breath. Following the sunset nuptials, the newlyweds proceeded to the grapevines to share a few peaceful moments to themselves before the reception. Inside, guests were escorted to their seats with wine corks, while tables were decorated with candles and the ceiling with paper lanterns. A photo booth was nearby for them to leave a photo as well as their well wishes before the night was over too.
Jenny and Christian were married at Malaparte in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 20. “Malaparte had everything we were looking for, but the venue’s location was key!” Jenny said. “It is located just two blocks from where we live, so we walked to our wedding.” The bride walked down the aisle wearing a sweetheart ball gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom stood waiting, wearing a black suit, accessorized with a gray tie. Jenny’s favorite moment? “Standing at the altar and holding Christian’s hands, with everything else a blur but knowing that that moment was the beginning of our lives together,” she said. The reception followed inside the the 6th story of the TIFF Bell Lightbox with floor-to-ceiling cityscape views. Did you notice their ceremony was outside in an amphitheatre? Tables were decorated with tall floral centerpieces featuring yellow flowers, floating candles, and chewy lime sugar cookies at each place setting, which served as favors. “It was really important to us to highlight customs from my Chinese background,” Jenny said. “We had a tea ceremony, lion dance, and table-to-table toasting during dinner.” The cake was also a hit! It had two different flavors: passion fruit with fresh berries and salted caramel chocolate. Yum!
Briana and Paul were married at the Calhoun Beach Club in Minneapolis, Minn. on May 24. The bride walked down the candlelit aisle wearing a sweetheart ruffled mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with drop pearl earrings, a cathedral veil, and gold glitter peep-toe pumps, while the groom stood patiently waiting wearing a black tuxedo, accessorized with white cufflinks. We love her peony bouquet! Programs included a pink chevron pattern, which was used throughout stationery, including the invitations and table numbers. Following the intimate ceremony, 75 guests enjoyed sipping on “cosmo-’paul’-itans” and “‘bri’-linis” — the newlywed’s signature drinks! Reception tables were decorated with ivory linens and rose and hydrangea centerpieces, and the cake featured two little birds on top. Who was the first person to cut-lose on the dance floor? Grandma!
The most important criteria for choosing your wedding-day ensemble is that you feel comfortable in whatever look you choose, and that it suits your style. If a traditional wedding gown just isn’t for you, we love the new white bridal pant suits and outfits that several designers showcased this season – they still feel totally “bridal,” but it’s definitely a unique look. They’re tailored, flattering, and, yup, pretty darn sexy. They also make great “going away” outfits, or would look so chic at a city rehearsal dinner or engagement party. Check out our favorite bridal pant suits here, and be sure to check out our New York Bridal Market page for the newest wedding dresses, and trend reports. And let us know in the comments: Would you wear a bridal pant suit?