Jessica and David were married in a traditional church ceremony at Old South followed by a reception at the Exchange Conference Center in Boston, Mass. on September 27. “It was right on the water in the heart of Boston’s seaport district,” Jessica said. “We loved the historic architecture, style of the building, and wide open flow to the space.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a feathered skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, birdcage veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Prada t-strap high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, cala lillies, and berries. Only close family and friends, approximately 150, sat in wooden pews to witness the exchanging of vows. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began with drinks by the inner harbor. The reception took place shortly thereafter inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, navy blue napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles, surrouned by folding padded chairs. The New England-style menu for dinner. Think: lobster rolls, BBQ pork sliders, fish tacos, flank steak, and butternut squash ravioli. Yum! There were also messages in bottles at each place setting. “Each one had a special note in them for guests to open and enjoy,” she said. “I also did A LOT of the custom design work, including creating a logo and ‘branded’ feel to all detail elements to tie everything together.” A five-tiered fondant cake was cut and served for dessert in addition to whoopie pies. “Everyone loved the band,” Jessica said. “We had the best band, The Ward Eights, and they played non-stop. When it was time to wrap up, guests didn’t want to leave and chanted, ‘One more song’ for an encore. It was like being at our own private concert.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Stay organized and get everything completely finished by two weeks before your wedding date,” she said. “That way, you can handle any last minute surprises. On the day-of, make sure to just tune out any planning aspect, have fun, and enjoy every minute. You have done all the work already so there is nothing else to worry about.” At the end of the night, lobster cookie cutters were passed out as favors, and they jetted off to their honeymoon in France and Spain.
Starr and Chris were married at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, Md. on August 22. “We had looked at tons of wedding venues in the NOVA and DC areas during the two months after we got engaged,” Starr said. “They all had things we liked, but were always lacking something. When we drove into Easton and saw Tidewater Inn, we knew it was perfect for our vision. It had everything we wanted and more! It had the charm and elegance, but also had the big reception room and hotel for guests to stay. We signed that day.” The bride wore a strapless mermaid wedding gown with a ruched bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Kate Spade peep-toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a three-piece light gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, hydrangeas, and anemones. “We decided on a classic navy and white with silver color scheme,” she said. Guests were greeted outside the garden courtyard with handkerchiefs for their tears of joy during the ceremony. “Most people have heard the song ‘Selfie’ where the lyrics go, “but first, let me take a selfie,'” Starr said. “Well, Chris thought it would be hilarious for us to take a wedding selfie after we said our vows. So the DJ started up our recessional music and then quickly changed it to the song. Then, we literally stopped and took a selfie. It’s great because no one really knew about it, and the faces in the photo are of our guests, and they are so fun and full of laughter.” Did you notice the customized anchor motif flag above the altar? Totally “trude.” The reception took place inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, chevron runners, round centerpieces, and votive candles. “There were so many details at our wedding,” she said. “We found lots of unique pieces throughout our planning process, but our favorites are the ones that have now been incorporated into our home. We found an awesome wire sailboat card holder and an anchor marquee sign, which are in our living room. Lastly, we had a signature drink named after our dog, Skully. We named the drink ‘Skully’s Revenge.’ The drink was pretty good too. (One part ginger liquor, one part white cranberry, 1 part citrus vodka, and a twist of lemon).” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Know what your priorities are,” Starr said. “Once you know what you really care about for the wedding, everything else is just extra, and it makes it easier to edit your needs and expectations. And if you do little things at a time, it won’t feel so overwhelming.”
Jessica and Brian tied the knot at Guilford Yacht Club in Guilford, Conn. on August 16. The bride looked flawless in a strapless gown with a ruffled skirt. She wore her chestnut hair up in a low bun, and opted for royal blue heels as her “something blue.” She carried a bouquet of thistle, amaryllis, roses, eucalyptus, veronica, and amaranthus. Jessica was particularly happy about the way her bouquet turned out. “I did not want a traditional bouquet of roses,” she explained. “My florist listened to my ideas and created the perfect bouquet for me.” The groom looked dapper in a gray three-piece suit and navy necktie. “We were looking for a venue on the water,” Jessica said. “The property is gorgeous and allows for privacy from the rest of the club.” The pair exchanged vows right on the edge of the water in front of 130 family members and friends, who blew bubbles as they recessed down the aisle as husband and wife. The reception was held inside the yacht club, and guests sat at round tables with blue linens and mini sailboat centerpieces. Guests received limoncello favors at their seats. The newlyweds dined at a sweetheart table featuring personalized buoys as chair decor. Guests ate, drank, and danced the night away as Jessica and Brian enjoyed their first day as a married couple. Her wedding planning M.O.? “Relax and have fun; don’t stress over things that are out of your control like the weather!”
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
It was the perfect combination of two things that made us love the venue. Most importantly, I’d say was being right on the water – the beautiful view of the river was captivating. (Sadly, we weren’t able to enjoy the outdoors as much as we would have liked due to the heavy rain that day.) The second thing was the rustic feel of the reception room – we loved the unique vaulted ceilings, chandeliers and antique wooden bar.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. My bridesmaids wore different colored shoes, which were brought together by the floral arrangements
2. The centerpieces – many people collected clear and blue vases for us over the past year, so that we could have the eclectic, colorful arrangements I had imagined. My dad made the wood circles. And lastly, the table numbers were photos of Bill and I at that age.
3. The arbor – my dad made it with wood and wrought iron (his signature touch since he is a farrier/blacksmith). We love that we will be able to have this piece from our wedding day in our backyard.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Our love story during the ceremony – our officiant, who is a romance novelist, wrote a “love story” from questionnaires we filled out, which basically told the history of our relationship. The story she created was amazing,and it made our guests laugh quite a bit. It epitomizes the atmosphere that we wanted for our wedding – thoughtful, personalized and fun.
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
It is truly a hidden gem in downtown Cleveland. Not many people know about it and when you walk in, you are truly enamored by the grandeur and history of it. It was beautifully charming and expressed both of our personalities.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
I wore the same train that my mom wore on her wedding day and my sister wore it on her wedding day as well.
Matt and I met sailing and my Dad actually introduced us. My Dad passed away about a year before our wedding and Matt took one of the sails from my Dad’s boat to make the ring bearer’s pillow. He even sewed it himself.
We bought two sailboats (actually, Christmas ornaments) for our wedding cake to represent the way we met. We painted them in our wedding colors and now we can hang them on our Christmas tree every year.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Matt: The first look. The first time I saw Leslie in her wedding dress, I was absolutely blown away by how beautiful she looked.
Leslie: Walking outside of my mom’s house and seeing Matt waiting for me for our first look. He looked so excited and so emotional. I couldn’t wait to see him, kiss him, and marry him! It was the perfect day and I don’t think I ever stopped smiling.