Kelsey and Justin were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Catholic in Warren, Va. followed by a reception at Morais Vineyards and Winery in Bealeton, Va. on October 26. ”We knew we wanted to have a big wedding with a small feel, so finding a quaint Virginia winery with a room to fill our 200+ guest list was a challenge,” Kelsey said. “We ended up with about 165 and it was a perfect fit.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while her ‘maids donned taupe chiffon floor-length halter dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, succulents, and berries. The groom wore a black three-piece suit, accessorized with a striped tie. “After not seeing my husband all day and overcoming and almost dress fiasco that caused me to be 15 minutes late to our ceremony, I could not wait to walk down the aisle,” she said. Guests were escorted to their seats with mason jars. A chalkboard sign displayed, “Bring your jar to your seat and we’ll bring you something good to eat. Tables were surrounded by gold chiavari chairs, covered in neutral linens and napkins, and decorated with glass centerpieces and wooden numbers. Following dinner and dancing, a three-tiered buttercream frosted cake was served. The newlyweds’ best advice for engaged couples, who will soon tie the knot? “Just do what feels right to you and don’t stress out trying to out-do the person before you,” Kelsey said. “Every wedding is perfectly unique.”
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.
Nicole and Steven were married at Blue Hound Farm in Lewisberry, Pa. on September 7. “It was absolutely breathtaking,” Nicole said. “Our wedding day was 80 degrees and sunny. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect atmosphere.” The bride wore a lace trumpet Sophia Tolli wedding gown, accessorized with a blusher veil, while her bridesmaids wore various shades of nudes. “The most exciting party of our wedding was when Steven and I did our first look,” she said. “There was so much anticipation building up as we stood there with our eyes closed, holding dozens of balloons in front of our faces, with our bridal party and parents surrounding us. Our photographer finally said, ‘Let go!” and Steven was standing there with a huge smile on his face, white rose and card in hand, and looked as handsome as always.” The reception was held inside the barn where tables were decorated with twinkling lights overhead, and personalized thank you-notes at each place setting. Instead of table numbers, there was table songs. “When our guests heard their song play, they knew it was their turn to head to the buffet,” Nicole said. Guests were also asked to sign a corn hole set. How clever!