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.
Megan and Patrick were married at the History Colorado Center in Denver, Colo. on April 5. “I’m a history teacher, and I knew that having my wedding at a museum would make it memorable and personable,” Megan said. The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a silver tie. Bridesmaids wore long blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of pink roses, peonies, and ranunculuses. “Seeing my soon-to-be husband for the first time — it was so wonderful having time separate from everyone,” she said. “It was very intimate, and I’m so glad we decided to do it. ” Plus, not to mention, it was on a spiraling stairwell! “A close family friend, who has known me since I was born, officiated and did a fantastic job incorporating special details from our lives together,” Megan said. In particular, their two dogs. Fun fact: The signature cocktails were “Comisky Whiskey” and “Flirtie Birdie.” Guests were escorted to their seats with Rifle Paper Co.’s floral patterned cards, tables were decorated with mercury glass box centerpieces, and the cake featured not one but four tiers. The newlyweds’ favorite part of the reception? “The photo booth,” she said. “It might be cliche at this point, but every guest loved it.”
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.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We love downtown St. Petersburg, and we were looking for an outdoor waterfront venue. When the Dali Museum opened, we knew it was the prefect venue not only because we got engaged in the city, but because of my love of Dali art and my family being from Spain. We have eclectic taste, and the Dali’s unique space gave us beautiful architecture, an outdoor garden with waterfront views and great art!
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites.
1. The live flamenco band. 2. The candlelit reception in the garden, and the gorgeous centerpieces with beautiful, bright circus roses against the eggplant linens and copper and gold accents. We even had FIREWORKS, perfection! 3. Wedding stationary.
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.
V.J. and I exchanged wedding arras, which are Spanish coins during our ceremony. The coins were from my Abulea’s (grandmother) hometown in Valencia, Spain. Each coin symbolizes the commitments we made to each other: love, trust, respect, joy, happiness, harmony, wisdom, wholeness, nurture, care, cooperation and peace. It was so meaningful for us to carry on this tradition for our family and have these coins as an heirloom.
Looking for a wedding venue that fits your needs can be one of the trickiest (and unfortunately, stressful) parts of wedding planning. Happily, once you’ve booked your venue, the rest of the planning process will fall into place easily (we promise!). But how do you even start searching for a wedding site? First, you’ll need to pick what venue “style” most suits your personality. Here’s a mini-glossary of wedding venue types to help you get started. And don’t forget to check out our Vendor Reviews to find the perfect wedding locale near you.
Ballroom: Want a wedding that’s grand, elegant, and formal? There’s nothing like a richly appointed ballroom. Ideal for black-tie weddings with a big guest list, ballrooms (either in hotels or other historic sites), often have in-house catering and rentals to make the planning process a snap. But it’s important to note: When choosing a color scheme for a ballroom wedding, you’ll have to take the room’s permanent fixtures into account – from the carpeting to the chandeliers to the wall color. You wouldn’t want your flowers and other decor to clash with what’s already there.