Chika and Joseph were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic followed by a reception at Greensboro Downtown Marriott in Greensboro, N.C. on July 19. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart ball gown with a ruched bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled headpiece, floor-length veil, and a pair of Jimmy Choo glitter high heels, while the groom wore a navy blue tuxedo with black lapes, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, lillies, lisanthus, and geraniums. Despite the rain showers hovering overhead, the ceremony took place at 1 o’clock inside the sanctuary, featuring high-pitched ceilings with wooden arch beams. Only close family and friends sat in pews, decorated with ribbon, and an altar with two of the exact same upholstered chairs, to witness the exchanging of vows. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began in the hotel’s hallways with dinner and dancing in the ballroom shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with gold sequin linens, red napkins, floating candle centerpieces, and lanterns. For extra entertainment, Nigerian performers arrived as a surprise. Fun fact: it paid homage to the newlyweds’ country. Even money was thrown in the air! A three-tiered cake was served for dessert during the toasts. Not a dry eye could be found the rest of the night.
Lorie and Yuval were married at Soho Catering and Events in Hollywood, Fla. on March 2. “It had a beautiful outdoor area that was able to accommodate seats for 300 people!” Lorie said. “I envisioned my wedding outside under a large tree filled with lights that would glow as the sun was setting. Our venue filled that vision and more.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of Anthropologie peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, orchids, and TK. “Although I gave my bridesmaids and florist a color palette of warm sage greens, corals, and lavenders, I let my bridesmaids choose the colors that they felt most comfortable in, and my florist chose the colors she was most inspired by,” she said. “Not knowing what I would see until the wedding day arrived gave the whole day a huge sense of spontaneity.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Yuval’s reaction — priceless! Lorie walked down the aisle to “Do You Realize?” by The Flaming Lips performed by a small string band. “There was this solitary and quiet moment right beforehand,” Lorie said. “I had never felt more in the moment than at that moment.” Following the Jewish rituals, at last the breaking of the glass underneath the chuppah, the newlyweds resorted to the reception inside. Tables were decorated with white linens, mercury glass centerpieces, picture frame numbers, and votive candles. Lots of dancing occurred! So much so that a “delicious gelato truck, HipPop, came to cool off guests after a night of celebrating,” she said. Everyone also went home with “I Do Brew” beer from Wynwood Brewing Company along with a pint glass. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Create a big picture vision for your day, and have faith that it will manifest,” Lorie said. “Surrender the details when you need to.”
Rosie and Sam were married at the Commander’s Mansion followed by a reception at China Pearl Restaurant in Boston, Mass. on November 9. “We fell in love with how intimate and beautiful it was,” Rosie said. “Every room had romantic details and perfect for pictures.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart satin mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, statement necklace, and a pair of Prada high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short and long netural chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, balsa wood, and silver brunia balls. “While walking down the aisle, all I could see was my husband and tears just started to well up,” she said. “Plus, reading our vows in front of our close family and friends too.” During the recessional, bubbles were even blown! “My maid of honor and husband both got me a plate of food to eat in between taking impromptu portraits in the city and greeting guests at the reception,” Rosie said. Not only was there a Chinese dragon dance but also a choreographed first dance performed by the duo. Tables were decorated with white linens, red napkins, wooden yarn numbers, and ladybugs, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. They symbolize good luck. In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone was encouraged to take a heart and leave a note for them to remember their special day by. A mini cake, topped with an exact figurine replicas, was served as well as bite-sized macarons. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Soak in all the love and joy and embrace the unexpected,” she said.
Lindsay and Edward were married in a traditional ceremony at the University of Virginia Chapel, followed by a reception and Korean tea ceremony at The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Va., on March 15. The bride looked lovely in a strapless a-line gown and a detailed updo. She carried a bright bouquet of ranunculuses, sweet peas, and amaryllis. Her ‘maids donned long gray v-neck dresses with white shawls. The groom and his men looked dapper in traditional black tuxedos. After tying the knot in front of 100 close friends and family in the U.Va Chapel, guests made their way to The Clifton Inn to celebrate. “We immediately fell in love with The Clifton Inn for its intimacy and warmth,” Lindsay said. “We wanted our wedding to be an intimate occasion with family and friends, where everyone would feel elegant yet comfortable.” Guests were escorted to long banquet tables covered with white linens and were greeted by toy bicycle place card holders with their names. Each table featured a bright floral centerpiece similar to the bride’s bouquet. Family and friends enjoyed passed appetizers and had a choice of three entrees for dinner. Following their first dance, Lindsay and Edward changed into a different set of clothes for the tea ceremony, a Korean wedding tradition. Lindsay’s favorite moment of the day was when they had a moment alone beforehand. “We had few minutes to celebrate and reflect our day for the first time as husband and wife,” she said. “It was a precious moment.” Guests ended the night enjoying a four-tier white cake. Overall Lindsay and Edward had a memorable evening that was a perfect blend of both their cultures.
Rachel and Garry were married at The Japanese Garden followed by an outdoor backyard reception in Van Nuys, Calif. on June 7. “The moment you step foot into the Japanese Gardens, you are surrounded by peace and serenity,” Rachel said. “Any stress, any worry seizes to exist while you are there. You can’t help but admire the beauty. ” The bride stunned in a v-neck halter wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and sparkly peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with no tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, and dahlias. All 80 guests sat at round tables in padded folding chairs, decorated with sandalwood linens, white napkins, floating candle centerpieces, and a personalized thank-you note at each place setting. “Garry and I took a moment to reflect and kind of stepped back and looked around at all of our friends and family,” she said. “To see their smiling faces, laughing and dancing – so much love was everywhere. It was truly humbling, and our hearts were bursting.” An indulging dessert display included a buttercream-frosted cake, oatmeal cream pies, Ho Hos, and chocolate covered marshmallows. Lucky them! The newlyweds jetted off in a 1961 Bentley at the end of the night for a touch of old Hollywood glamour. “If at the end of the day, you marry the love of your life, the rest doesn’t matter,” Rachel said.