Sarah and Jay were married at Cypress Grove Estate House in Orlando, Fla. on December 22. “We loved the beautiful outdoor setting with majestic oaks overlooking a lake, and the fact that our guests could easily walk from the ceremony to the cocktail hour and then to the reception,” Sarah said. “I wanted it to be full of Southern elegance, and it was exciting to see how the details of the decorations all created that feeling too.” The bride wore a long-sleeved satin wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore one-shoulder long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and anemones. “My favorite moment was when my father walked me down the aisle, and I could see Jay’s expression as he saw me for the first time,” she said. During the ceremony, the couple lit a unity candle to symbolize the joining of two families. Guests were escorted to their seats via vintage keys. Tables were decorated with lace linen overlays, mercury glass centerpieces, votive candles, and framed numbers. The newlyweds’ best advice? “My mother and I loved planning, but when it came to the big day, the best advice I can tell other couples is to hire a day-of or event coordinator,” Sarah said. “Jocelyn was behind-the-scences making sure everything was perfect. Jay and I didn’t panic at all, but instead, we were able to just enjoy it with our closest family and friends.” In lieu of a DJ, there was a live band; plus, not to mention, a photo booth for extra entertainment. Notice the batman props?
Lori and Paul were married at Newhall Mansion in Piru, Calif. on August 9. “The Newhall Mansion has always been a dream of mine,” Lori said. “Looking through my grandparents’ dining room glass windows throughout my childhood gazing at the mansion and its beautiful mysteriousness captivated me.” Lori stunned in an intricate all-lace gown and curly hair. She added a touch of personality to her look by wearing cowgirl boots and carrying a bouquet made of brooches and pins instead of traditional flowers. Her bouquet also featured photos of lost loved ones. Her ‘maids added a pop of color and opted for bright pink, strapless dresses with brown cowgirl boots. They carried rustic bouquets of wheat, eucalyptus, and millet. The groom, his men, and the bride’s father were outfitted in a more casual ensemble, with blue jeans and plaid button-down shirts (a white one for the groom). “My dad has never been comfortable in a suit, and I wanted him and all the groomsmen to be as comfortable as possible,” Lori explained. The couple exchanged vows outside as roughly 100 guests looked on and sipped on their drinks from the pre-ceremony cocktail hour. After officially tying the knot, guests enjoyed a second cocktail hour and played games such as Jenga, beer pong, cornhole, and Scrabble. Family and friends looked to the chalkboard and moss-covered frames to find their seats for the reception. Round tables with burlap linen and white folding chairs were set up behind the mansion. Many of the decor elements were handmade by the bride’s mother. “All the hard work my mom did sewing all of the burlap linens and napkins, making every single one of the okie wine glasses and homemade beeswax mason jar candles for our guests to take home and enjoy for years to come,” Lori said. What a loving mother! Guests dined on everything from sliced brisket, pulled pork, and chicken to macaroni and cheese. The reception also featured a dessert display complete with a variety of popcorn, caramel, and cupcakes. Lori’s best advice for engaged couples? “Do as much as you can yourselves and make it as unique and individual as the love you have for each other.”
Samantha and Gibson were married at Angus Barn Pavilion in Raleigh, N.C. on July 4. “The grounds alone are simply breath taking,” Samantha said. “I have always envisioned an outdoor wedding near some body of water, and the Angus Barn definitely has it!” The venue held a special place in their heart as well. “My now husband proposed in the woods which are on the other side of the pond,” Samantha said. Talk about meant to be! The bride donned a strapless lace gown complete with a peach-colored sash. She wore her hair down in loose curls and carried a bouquet of blush roses. Her 7 ‘maids were outfitted in strapless blush chiffon gowns and carried baby’s breath bouquets. The groom opted for a more casual look in tan dress pants and matching vest, along with a cream-colored tie. His men wore navy dress pants and vests, and sported navy neckties. The couple exchanged vows by the water in front of 140 close family members and friends and had a beautiful wooden cross adorned with flowers and greenery as their backdrop. A wooden monogrammed letter acted as the guest book, and the reception tables featured white and burlap linens. Each table had blush and pink floral centerpieces set in mason jars, along with romantic candles. After dinner guests indulged in a three-tiered white cake. During the commotion of the reception, the couple was able to sneak outside for a moment alone, which ended up being their favorite part of the night. “We both feel that standing outside, watching the Brier Creek Fireworks whilst our loved ones mingled outside and boogied inside, was our favorite,” Samantha recalled. “It was the first moment that was simply ours.” Samantha’s best advice? “Remember, take some time for just the two of you, even if you think you’re being rude. It’s your day!”
Carrie and Stephen were married at Capilano Golf & Country Club in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on August 17. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled headband in her loose curls, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a black tie. Bridesmaids wore short chiffon dresses with illusion floral backs and carried bouquet of roses and hydrangeas. Inside the wedding gown, there was “something blue,” which was the wedding date stitched on. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look on the North Shore’s cliffs overlooking the Strait of Georgia. “They had a beautiful turquoise and white details throughtout their venue, which included lots of personal touches too,” Lauren Pursell, the photographer, said. “They included their French bulldog in the outdoor ceremony as well as a butterfly release to symbolize their new life together. Their outdoor reception included long banquet tables fitted with real candlelight all the way down. It seated all of the guests with amazing views of the downtown. Fun fact: Carrie’s parents were also married at the same exact venue, and they even re-created some photos, such as the flower toss.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, there was a photo booth complete with props. Everyone was asked to leave one and keep one. Can you imagine all the silly poses they may have received?
Ashlyn and Brandon were married at Cathedral Oaks Event Center in Belton, Texas on April 19. “They met a few years ago while working in the nursing department at Scott and White,” Jennifer Lucia, the photographer, said. “The two have been inseparable ever since. I had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session a year ago and that’s where I got to witness firsthand the pure love these two have for one another. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with off-the-shoulder capped sleeves, accessorized with a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a tan three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long mix ‘n’ matched muted pastel chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and baby’s breath. Guests were greeted with a “Choose a seat, not a side . . .we’re all family once the knot is tied” chalkboard sign and given programs that doubled as fans to beat the heat. The ceremony took place nestled in between six-acres of oak trees. Notice the hanging crystal chandeliers and picture frames? Plus, the aisle markers boasted verses from 1 Corinthians 13. “This wedding was a mixture of fun and elegance,” she said. “Ashlyn put the decor together herself. She loved the country vintage theme.” Inside the great hall, tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces and candles atop burlap runners and lace overlays atop chiavari chairs. The newlyweds sat at their own designated sweetheart spot. “The dance floor was active the entire evening, with both families cheering loudly in joy and joining together to celebrate this couple’s unity,” Jennifer Lucia, the photographer, said. The yummiest part? The candy bar! Complete with all-you-can-eat treats.