Kelly and Chris were married at Sugarman Estate in Wailea-Makena, Hawaii on October 11. The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a lace bodice and ruffled tulle skirt, accessorized with shoulder-length veil in her half-up/half-down ‘do, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a skull-themed bow tie. The maid of honor wore a short navy blue chiffon dress and carried a bouquet of roses, berries, dusty millers, and ferns. The ceremony took place at sunset with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop stretching from the shores of Honua Kai Lani to the islands of Kahoolawe, Molokini, and beyond. The couple decided to write their own vows. “There are no words I could ever relay about how I feel about you . . . I could only think of a movie — Jerry McGuire — you literally complete me, you make me want to be a better man, you make me a better man, and even though it’s taken 17 long years, it was worth the wait,” Chris said. Fun fact: They dated in high school and went to Arizona State University together! That’s why “I always knew you were the one,” Kelly said. After wiping away the tears and sealing their commitment with a kiss, it was official! The reception followed underneath a framed tent decorated with hanging lanterns, overflowing centerpieces atop moss-covered wooden boxes, and “mahalo” (thank you) notes at each place setting.
Catharine and Aaron were married at Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, S.C. on June 22. The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept curly updo, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with an orange tie. Bridesmaids donned navy blue dresses with illusion necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and irises. Guests were greeted with a wooden sign that served as the itinerary for the evening. First up, the ceremony followed by dinner, games, music, and dancing. The newlyweds’ best advice? “To remember that it’s about family and friends getting together and not fretting about the little things,” Catharine said. “No one will care about the multiple courses of food or favors. They will remember how happy you both were, and they got to share that special moment with you.” Inside the barn, tables were decorated with lace runners, mason jar centerpieces, glitter chalkboard numbers, and thank-you notes at each place setting. Believe it or not, the red velvet cake was homemade too. Yum!
Alicia and Aaron were married at Murray Hill Events in Leesburg, Va. on September 7. “It had everything we were looking for,” Alicia said. “Murray Hill is a gorgeous estate that overlooks the Potomac River, and it felt like it was in the middle of nowhere but still very close to civilization.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a pearl necklace and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a pink tie. “The pink tie started out as a joke, but when we became increasingly frustrated that we couldn’t find champagne ties that we liked, it became less of a joke and more of an option,” she said. Bridesmaids wore navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, eucalyptuses, and lavender. Following the nuptials, guests were directed to the barn where they found their seats on a vintage window panel. “The drapes and lighting used to the ceiling was the one thing that my mom insisted on,” Alicia said. “And she was right, it looked stunning.” There was even a popcorn bar! The newlyweds’ favorite moment though? “When Aaron and I danced the last dance together,” she said. “It was ‘Harvest Moon’ by Neil Young that we played because his father really wanted to hear that at our wedding.”
Beth and Wyatt were married in a traditional church ceremony at Saint and Christ Luke’s Episcopal followed by an indoor reception at Town Point Club in Norfolk, Va. on March 22. “With a three-month engagement and a hectic professional life, I didn’t have much time to plan and Town Point Club handled all the coordination with the vendors for the reception, and it was centrally located for all of our out-of-town guests,” Beth said. “It had amazing views too!” The bride wore a lace v-neck fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with flats and a flower in her updo, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a patterned bow tie and Virginia Tech socks. “My bouquet featured items from both my grandmothers, who are deceased,” she said. Did you notice that the engagement ring is a sapphire too! Following the nuptials, the newlyweds went to Hague Bride where they placed a padlock on the railing and threw the keys into the water. The reception was decorated with paper pinwheel centerpieces, koozie favors at each place setting, and dancing shoes for guests to wear on the dance floor. Plus, a fun crossword puzzle to solve as alternative entertainment.
Elise and Kory were married at Aldea Wedding & Event Center in Phoenix, Ariz. on March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day! “The character and architecture of Tiaquepaque is romantic, unique, and timeless, so it fit our personalities as a couple,” Elise said. “Also, the flexibility and confidence of the staff gave us assurance that they could make our wedding just as special.” The bride wore a beaded-bodice mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail updo, while the groom wore his uniform. Doesn’t he look dapper? “The anticipation of seeing each other at the ceremony made the walk down the aisle the most memorable,” she said. “Having all of our family and friends watch and smile as we made our commitment was priceless.” The reception was filled with romantic decor, and a cake that was topped with “Love is Sweet.” The newlyweds’ advice? “Be patient, sit back, and relax,” Elise said. “Don’t stress. Save everything; it goes by too fast.”