Joy and Matthew were married at Brush Creek in West Milton, Ohio on June 14. “We wanted a peaceful, outdoor setting that gave us the option to have our wedding festivities inside in case of inclement weather,” Joy said. “We adored the greenery surrounding the ceremony and reception site as well as the sight and sound of the creek in the background.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a three-piece tan suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets roses and baby’s breath. “I was thrilled with the attire of the wedding party,” she said. “I am so happy with my decision to alternate purples for the bridesmaid dresses and my husband’s decision to have the groomsmen were suspenders.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Guests were greeted with a wooden arrow sign that directed them. Aisles were lined with quote from 1 Corinthians 13, mason jar markers, and a burlap bow at the entrance. One the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, with ribbon wands being waved in the air! The reception took place shortly after. Tables were decorated with purple linens and napkins, wine bottle centerpieces atop lace doilies, and picture frame numbers, surrouned by folding padded chairs. Paper lanterns were hung overhead. “I cannot stop thinking about dancing for hours with my family and friends underneath the stars,” Joy said. “It was an absolute joy!” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the planning process,” she said. “It can be extremely stressful at times if you let the little things get to you. Your engagement is a very special part of you and your fiance’s lives. Don’t let wedding planning consume you, make a conscious effort to do and discuss non-wedding related things with each other too.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Mexico.
Alixandria and Joel were married at Buck Creek State Park’s C.J. Brown Reservoir in Springfield, Ohio on September 20. “It fit everything we wanted in a venue,” Alixandria said. “We wanted somewhere outdoors, near water (Joel always wanted a beach wedding, but with our huge families that just wasn’t happening.) and would allow us to do our own thing, be able to choose our food, decor, etc. The staff at the reservoir were so helpful from the very beginning and helped us achieve our dream wedding day!” The bride wore a v-neck lace a-line wedding gown with an illusion back, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls with a crown and a pair of TOMS, while the groom wore a dark gray vest and pants with a checkered button-up shirt, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long and short purple dresses and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. Guests were greeted with an assortment of ceremony seating, from folding chairs and benches.”One of my favorite moments from our wedding was when Joel’s dad (who officiated) pronounced us husband and wife and told Joel he could kiss his bride,” she said. “Joel and I both just started laughing! We were so excited. We had talked about the day that we would finally be married for months, years. And it was finally here, officially! And true to Joel-fashion, he cracked this huge, goofy grin, and I couldn’t help but laugh at my silly HUSBAND.” The reception took place underneath the pavilion hung with string lights. Tables were decorated with burlap and lace runners, single stem vases and vessels, and vintage dinnerware and silverware at each place setting. “We mismatched it for appetizers and dinner,” Alixandria said. “My mom collected, washed, and prepared all of this for over 150 people. This is something my mom and I had always talked about doing at my wedding ‘one day,’ and she made it happen. Another detail from our wedding we loved is that most of it was done by family and friends. Decorations, prep work, chalk signs, the food, the bride and groom cake, our amazing cake stand, the bouquets, and all of the set up and tear down.” In addition to cake, there was also cupcakes and a “goodie bar” complete with lollipops, M&M’s, and Smarties. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Ask for opinions and suggestions,” she said. “And definitely take everyone into consideration. when planning your glorious day. But when it comes down to it, do what YOU want! Make sure that when the day is over, you don’t look back and say, ‘I wish we had done ___ the way I had envisioned it. Instead of this way so ___ would be happy.’ You are the ones who will be reliving this day and telling it to your grandkids and great grandkids.”
Shelly and Eric were married in a ceremony at Tohono Chul Park followed by a reception at Wildflower American Cuisine in Tuscon, Ariz. on November 10. The bride wore a Rosa Clara silk organza ballgown with a bateau neckline and bow detailing on the back, accessorized with her hair in a low, chignon bun and blusher veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a blue button-up shirt and bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short pink dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and scabiosa pods. Before sunset, the couple opted for a first look. The vows were sealed with a kiss underneath a twinkling-lit pergola surrounded by a grove of acacia trees in the Alice Y. Holsclaw Performance Garden. Fun fact: There may or may not have been some sightings of songbirds in the air. Dinner continued in the open-concept kitchen restaurant. Perfect for the foodie newlyweds! Wooden tables were decorated with nothing but plates, napkins, flatware, and glassware. Plus, engagement pictures, which served double-duty as numbers, to direct everyone to their assigned seats. “Each entree was artfully constructed and quite delicious,” Elizabeth Miller of Ann Bradford Photodesign said. “Afterwards, dancing was a must-have with several guests being from the Shelly’s dance troupe.” The night wasn’t complete without dessert too. A mini buttercream-frosted cake. Yum!
Lindsey and Patrick were married at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colo. on June 26. “The Garden of the Gods was a special place for us because that was where we had our first real date,” Lindsey said. “We felt a deep connection there and knew that we were going to be together forever.” The bride wore a strapless satin trumpet wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a braid and a pair of Doc Martens boots, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with solid tie. Her bouquet featured roses, ranunculuses, succulents, and ivy vines. “We also love the the mountains, so the view was just perfect during the ceremony,” she said. “We had each written our vows the night before. Hearing them with no one but each other to look at was so romantic.” And teary-eyed! In lieu of a reception, they had a picnic. “The picnic I made for the two of us was also a favorite of ours,” Lindsey said. “I made the sandwiches and fruit salad myself. It was nice to sit on the quilt my grandmother and mother made for us and just take in the moment while having a meal together. The dessert? Donuts. “I also loved that even though we were eloping, we still dressed like it was a formal event,” she said. “My dress made me feel like a beautiful bride, which is how you are supposed to feel on your big day!” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make it all about you,” Lindsey said. “People get so swept up in the planning and all the little details that they forget what it is all really about, expressing your love for one another.”
Pascale and Maurice were married at Adobe Mission Church followed by a reception at The Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale, Ariz. on May 3. “It was a blank slate — a contemporary white space that we could dress any which way to make our own,” Pascale said. “A lover of color, I really didn’t want to limit ourselves to a simple color scheme, so I didn’t. We drew from vibrant ones (orange, yellow, pink, and turquoise) of the festive Mexican culture as well as the sunset shades of the Southwest.” The bride wore a sweetheart peplum ballgown with a silk ruched bodice, accessorized with a mantilla chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped tie. “Maurice surprised me with a message on the bottom of my shoes, ‘I fell in love with your feet, now I get to marry them. I love you!'” she said. “There were so many handcrafted elements like the the mini rosary beads that my mom and aunt strung, so that each guest would receive one during the ceremony.” Even an “Amor” sign above the church! Following the nuptials, the newlyweds drove off in a vintage Chevrolet El Camino with “Novio” and “Novia” written in hearts on the back. Cocktail hour included signature margaritas and a street taco and hot sauce bar. Yum! A favorite moment? “Our reception entrance!” Pascale said. “Before everyone could head upstairs for dinner, Maurice and his sombrero-wearing, maraca-shaking groomsmen walked in with the mariachi band as they played a song called ‘El Rey.’ The boys then picked up ‘derbakes’ (Arabic hand drums), surprising the crowd with a Middle Eastern acoustic jam session as the bridesmaids entered wearing belly dancing skirts, shaking their hips to the oriental beats. I finally made my way in with my dad, as Maurice free-styled along to a Latin trumpet tune.” Rustic wooden farm tables were decorated with black and white sequin chevron runners, native desert plants, and playful pops of tulips. “We were having so much fun that we almost forgot to cut our cake,” she said. “Our dessert spread featured churros and dipping sauces, petite s’mores, cookies, milk shooters, popsicles, and candies complete with stuff-your-own pinata bags.”