Gaby and PJ were married in the bride’s parent’s backyard in Sacramento, Calif. on July 5. “We wanted a small wedding with a lot of character,” Gaby said. “The backyard was surrounded by a rustic wood fence with ivy growing up, covered in beautiful trees to shade us from the hot, hot sun, and had a built-in-bar and dance floor, and even a trampoline for the kiddos!” The bride wore a scalloped lace trumpet wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, denim vest, and khaki pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short orange dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, peonies, dahlias, and greenery. “I LOVED all of my do-it-yourself projects, but my favorite was my backdrop,” she said. “We knew we wanted to do something with my grandparent’s swing set, but it was over 9-feet tall and 12-feet wide. Our florist happened to be an old friend from high school, and she did a walking tour with me through the backyard and gave me the idea to cover it completely in fabric. I spent a very long time looking for and cutting up table cloths and old bed sheets from thrift stores. My mother-in-law sewed a very big plain white background, which we hung first (so you couldn’t see through when the wind blew), and the day before the wedding, my bridesmaids and I sat out in the 110 degree weather, got out our ladder, and started tying all of the individual pieces together. I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say that I was really nervous about this . . . but when it was complete . . . I couldn’t have been happier!” Fun fact: The ceremony also included the couple’s five-year-old son. “This was not only our special day, but his too,” Gaby said. Guests found their seats via a chalkboard window panel. Tables were decorated with vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, glasses, which served double-duty as favors, and mason jar candles. “In the middle of all the fun, everyone had gotten out on the dance floor and really started to let loose,” she said. “We went off to the back to just have a moment alone and look out at our family and friends, who had taken this journey with us. We watched them all laugh and just have fun, and then we danced too . . . very slowly and awkwardly to a rowdy song.”
Caitlin and Ryan were married in a traditional ceremony at The Olde Church of Saint Andrew followed by an indoor reception at HollyHedge Estate in New Hope, Pa. on October 19. “HollyHedge was unlike any other wedding venue we had ever been too,” Caitlin said. ‘It has a magical secluded element that really made you feel away from it all. It was the perfect mix of rustic elegance and had an old charm given it’s an 18th century estate. It has 21 acres of beautiful gardens, a historic stone barn, . . . and fieldstone house . . . The estate offers an ideal backdrop for the foliage too. It also offered a bed and breakfast on-site, both of our families and entire bridal party didn’t have to leave the property!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare weding gown with straps, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash and pair of Kate Spade peep-toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a plaid bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, and thistles. “After being pronounced husband and wife, turning around to see those there to support us,” she said. “It is a moment that we will never forget.” Everyone was escorted to their seats via small white pumpkins. “Names were attached with their table assignments,” Caitlin said. “In the center of the place cards, we had a large orange pumpkin with our names carved into it.” Tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces, lanterns, and chalkboard numbers. “I wanted everything to be really personal and simply,” she said. “We had candles everywhere along with mums spread throughout the venue. I made a few signs and offered shawls upon arrival to keep warm too. We didn’t want to limit ourselves to a strict color scheme either. Given the time of year, we used fall-inspired colors: blues, creams, oranges, and reds.” The five-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was topped with two wooden figurines, almost identical to the Mr. and Mrs. The newlyweds’ best advice? “As cliche as this sounds, don’t sweat the small stuff,” Caitlin said. “It’s a celebration, and if you enjoy it, so will your guests.”
Caitlin and Nicholas were married at Olowalu Plantation House in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii on July 13. “I researched a lot of different venues on Maui,” Caitlin said. “We saw stunning pictures of Olowalu and felt that it was an absolute gem but wanted to make sure the heavenly pictures weren’t deceiving. We live almost 5,000 miles away in Pennsylvania, so we were hoping it wasn’t too good to be true. Our phenomenal wedding planner told us it was her favorite on the entire island! I just loved all the options for backdrops.” The bride wore a strapless drop-waisted wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and headband, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, orchids, and lilies. “The moment that I can’t stop thinking about is right after my mom helped me get into my dress,” she said. “I walked towards Nick for our first look. He had his back towards me, and when I tapped him on the shoulder, he turned around, his eyes welled up, and he just stood there and stared at me. He told me I looked awesome so many times, and it was so sweet.” The ceremony took place overlooking the ocean with 23 close family and friends in attendance, who had traveled from Charolette, Philadelphia, and even Tampa too. After the vows were sealed with a kiss, the newlyweds recessed down the aisle with petals being thrown at them. Cocktails were served via beverage dispensers next to a pineapple ice sculpture. Reception tables were decorated with white linens, orange runners, bamboo chargers, and palm tree place card holders at each setting. There was also a hula and fire dancer performing for extra entertainment. Plus, sparklers during the cake cutting! The newlyweds’ best advice? “I would encourage couples to plan their wedding as a team,” Caitlin said.
Stephanie and Stephanie were married at Golf Saint-Raphaël in L’Île-Bizard, Quebec, Canada on October 5. Both brides wore a-line gowns. One bride went for a strapless dress with ruching on the skirt, while the other opted for a gown with a lace, sleeveless bodice. Their ‘maids donned a mixture of deep purple and bright orange one-shoulder dresses, while the male in the wedding party looked dapper in a gray three-piece suit with an orange tie. The ladies carried bouquets of orange and purple calla lilies and roses. Stephanie and Stephanie tied the knot outside with the beautiful fall foliage as the backdrop. An adorable ring bearer carried a suitcase with the wedding bands down a petal-strewn aisle. “Looking at each other at the top of the aisle, with everyone turning around to see us before walking down to be wed,” Stephanie recalled. “It was a very emotionally intense moment. Anticipation, excitement, happiness, love, and so much more.” The guests threw colorful paper planes at the couple as they recessed down the aisle. How creative! After the ceremony the 150 guests moved to a covered and heated patio for a cocktail hour. “Being able to hold both our ceremony and reception in the same venue was ideal for us,” Stephanie said. The reception took place inside the golf club and featured floral centerpieces that matched the bouquets, as well as decorated wine bottles. As a favor, everyone received a personalized wine bottle with both the brides’ names on it. They danced to a live band following dinner, and later indulged in a multi-tiered, rainbow-colored cake. Stephanie’s best advice for soon-to-be newlyweds? “Don’t sweat the small stuff…you’re the only ones who will notice the little things. Guest are there to be part of your day and to party it up!” We love this advice!
Megan and Dino were married at Billingsley House Museum in Upper Marlboro, Md. on July 5. “We absolutely loved that it was outdoors with a stunning view of the Patuxent and Potomac River Corridor,” Megan said. “The trees, water, and house created a beautiful backdrop for our photos. Plus, our guests were free to move about the property.” The bride wore a halter a-line wedding gown with beaded embellishments on the corset bodice, accessorized with a pair of silvers strappy high heels, while the groom wore a gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid bow tie. Bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses in various necklines and hemlines and carried bright bouquets of orange roses and purple bells. “Our four-year-old Pomeranian was able to be apart of our ceremony and reception,” she said. “From her face on the table numbers and our donations to ASPCA in lieu of favors.” Megan’s favorite moment? “See Dino’s face as I was walking down the aisle.” Following the nuptials, cocktail hour began with their signature drink – peach sangria – and striped straws. Tables were decorated with do-it-yourself martini glass centerpieces filled with gems atop silver platters. “The one piece of advice I would offer is to not over think things,” Megan said. “I quickly began to have ideas and wanted to add this and that, but my groom reminded me not to overwhelm myself or our guests. Simply to keep things simple, and when I listened to him, it all came together great. I could not have ask for a better day.” There even was a dessert display complete with Hershey’s kisses, butter mints, Russell Stowe’s chocolates, and lollipops.