Mandy and Matt were married at The Hamilton Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. on October 18. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a birdcage veil, faux fur coat, and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a pinstriped button-up shirt and pink bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short silk taffeta navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and eucalyptus. Even though the rain threatened to challenge the couple’s first look plans, they still managed to surprise each other downtown overlooking the city skyline. The venue served double-duty for the ceremony and reception. Imagine an old cream-colored brick building featuring vaulted ceilings and crystal chandeliers! Fun fact: It used to be a “hotel” for cars. Notice the ribbon backdrop? Totally handmade. Tables were decorated with lace runners, vintage vases and vessels centerpieces, glitter numbers, and family heirloom plates and tea cups at each place setting too. Guests were given favor bags filled with personalized M & M’S and tied with a handwritten thank-you note. For dessert, a mini two-tiered cake and cupcakes. Yum!
Kathleen and Mike were married at St. Clement’s Church, followed by a reception at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, Ill. on May 24. The bride stunned in a strapless ball gown with a ruched bodice and tiered skirt. She wore her hair in a delicate updo and carried a bouquet filled with peonies, garden roses, white dawn roses, and silver brunia. Her ‘maids donned short, navy blue a-line dresses with a v-neckline. They carried bouquets of trick dianthus, viburnums, hydrangeas, and roses. The groom wore a navy blue three-piece suit with a striped necktie, while his groomsmen wore gray suits with blue and white striped neckties. Kathleen and Mike were married in a traditional ceremony in front of friends and family. A reception followed at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. Guests sat at round tables with navy blue linens and floral centerpieces with candles in the middle. Each table had a graphic-designed quote and table number. The couple offered local beer such as Half Acre and Goose Island. After dinner, guests enjoyed a three-tiered, chevron-patterned square cake adorned with flowers. This beautiful city wedding was surely a night to remember.
Julia and Paul were married in a traditional church ceremony at Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Faith Community followed by a reception at Dove Canyon Courtyard in Dove Canyon, Calif. on October 26. “When we first drove up to it, I said no way because it is in the back of a strip mall and didn’t look appealing,” Julia said. “My fiance said we were already there, so we had to go in. As soon as we walked into the courtyard, I knew it was the place! It just felt so magical with all the twinkle lights everywhere. Truly like a dream.” The bride wore a custom-made lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of sparkly peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas, cala lillies, and roses. “I wish I could wear my dress everyday,” she said. “Walking down the aisle and seeing my soon-to-be husband for the first time [was most memorable]. We didn’t do a first look, so it was the first time that day that we saw each other. I have never been filled with so much joy in my life. It was an incredible feeling.” Cocktail hour began with an assortment of libations, including a signature Lychee martini. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow napkins, and a CD at each place setting, which also served double-duty as favors. In lieu of cake, there was lots and lots of cupcakes. Yum! The newlywed’s best advice? “Take some time to do things together during the planning process that have nothing to do with the wedding,” Julia said. “It can become very stressful and overwhelming at times. You need to take some time to breathe and remember what it is really all about. Don’t get too caught up in all the minor details that you lose sight of that.”
Jessica and Ross were married in a traditional church ceremony at the Catholic Student Center at Washington University followed by a reception at Jefferson Memorial in St. Louis, Mo. on November 16. “Jefferson Underground has personality, and we wanted something other than a cookie-cutter wedding,” Jessica said. “We loved the unfinished brick walls and industrial feel to it as well as the outdoor space we could us for the bar and dance floor.” The bride wore a strappy satin fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with statement earrings, necklace, and sash, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias, anemones, silver brunia balls, thistles, and succulents. “From the beginning, we wanted the theme of our wedding to be really neat lighting,” she said. “The Aries Company helped us realize that dream with the string lights and Edison light fixtures. It really stood out in pictures and added a special glow to the whole evening.” Dinner was all tons and tons of local flavors! “We wanted to show our guests a taste of St. Louis — Schlafyly seasonal beer, BBQ, and ice cream with ingredients sourced all over,” Jessica said. Tables were decorated with gray linens, assorted vases and vessels centerpieces, and yarn art numbers. Notice the goat cheese potato chip favor bags at each place setting? Plus, the personalized plastic cups that also served double-duty as escort cards. “After the first dance, it started to sprinkle and rain a little bit,” she said. “We were worried it would ruin the reception, but our guests weren’t deterred. We will never forget dancing in the rain with all of our family and friends, and it made for some unforgettable memories and hilarious pictures.”
Candace and Iain were married in a traditional church ceremony at The Old Brick Church followed by a reception at Limestone Bay Trading Co. in Moorseville, Ala. on June 28. “The vintage detail of it all,” Candace said. “Dee was wonderful and provided us with all of our decorations. Think: mason jars and lace tablecloths, and the beautiful mismatched china plates we ate dinner on. It all fit our personality perfectly from the tent outback decked out with strng lights to the detailed organic flower arrangements.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a pair of “something blue” strappy high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a striped yellow bow tie. Fun fact: “I put my old and new monograms on the soles of my shoes, so I could start off my new life on the right foot and remember what I left behind,” she said. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look and exchanging of gifts. “My husband’s vows, I cried, of course, but they were tailored to our relationship,” Candace said. “He even promised we could have pizza every night if I wanted to. (It is my all-time favorite food.) Also after finishing up, he tried putting the ring on the wrong finger, which definitely lightened the tears and made it an unforgettable moment.” The reception went off without a hitch underneath the summer sky. “Food came in a close second knowing it was for us,” she said. “BBQ pork on corn cakes with mac ‘n’ cheese, green beans, baked beans, broccoli salad, and fruit skewers! Topped off with our delicious red velvet cake! We’re getting hungry just thinking about it.” After a few dances, dips, and twirls, the newlyweds were worn out. Plus, it was almost time for their honeymoon roadtrip across California.