As WeddingWire’s Real Weddings Editor, this is always my most favorite time of year. Why? Because it’s not only a way for me to reflect back on the almost 250 real weddings we published on our site, but also a way for me to personally say thank you to the talented pros — photographers, videographers, venues, event planners, floral designers, caterers, cake bakers, DJs, bands, and more — for sharing their wonderful work with us. (Don’t forget to keep submitting them as much as you can!) Click through the slideshow to see the 20 real weddings I loved most of 2014.
Sydney and Matt were married at Bernardo Winery in San Diego, Calif. on April 19. “It was very unique,” Sydney said. “It is the oldest working winery in San Diego and had so many beautiful backdrops that it made decorating easy. We absolutely loved the rustic feel it had too.” The bride wore a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a white tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder pink chiffon dresses and carried do-it-yourself bouquets of hydrangeas and baby’s breath. “The moment I saw my emotional groom standing at the end of the aisle,” she said. “It is one of the images I will never forget, and I just could not wait to be his wife. The whole ceremony was filled with so much love, and it meant so much to me to see how happy everyone was for us.” Guests were escorted to their assigned tables via a chalkboard. Tables were decorated with burlap runners, numbers stamped on, succulent centerpieces, and homemade cookies in favor bags that said, “One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats” at each place setting. “My grandma’s helped me make them a couple nights before the wedding,” Sydney said. “The recipe was on the back.”
Jessica and Marq were married at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. on February 15. “It was the architectural and design details of the sunrise room that made us know that it was the one,” Jessica said. The bride wore a v-neck tea-length wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a floral hair pin in her half-up/half-down ‘do, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Her bouquet featured an abundance of tulips and anemones with a hint of greenery. The ceremony took place outside with guests standing. “It was very non-traditional with no aisle, no chairs, and no bridal party,” she said. “Immediately after we were pronounced husband and wife, I felt so much love,” Jessica said. “It was amazing. So many tears of joy at that moment.” Yummy hors d’oeuvres were passed during cocktail hour along with flutes of champagne. The reception was lit with lantern chandeliers to create a romantic ambiance overhead each tablescape, which were decorated with uniquely patterned charger plates and navy blue escort cards, menu cards, and table numbers. For desserts, there was a three-tiered cake, macarons, chocolate-covered strawberries, and more. Never can have too many sweets, right?
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We knew it was the one as soon as we walked out to the courtyard and saw the canopy of big beautiful trees draped over the reception tables, the natural stone floor, grapevines growing on the walls, and dark hardwood floors in the casita. I could go on forever. The Villa is both rustic and chic, and nothing like we had previously seen in our search for a venue. It’s absolutely stunning.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
The basilica we were married in. It is one of the most breathtaking churches I have ever stepped foot in, and it’s the one and only wedding detail my husband asked to be in charge of. Great job babe! Secondly, my Nonna’s (that’s grandma in Italian) rosary bracelet. I lost my Nonna months before my wedding day, so incorporating her rosary into my bouquet meant a lot to me. Lastly, using my parents lasso from their wedding day thirty-two years ago. It represented tradition, culture, and a bond that has kept them in love for so many years. That type of love is seldom seen these days, and I admire that.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
This is a tough one! There were so many beautiful memories from that day. From my very emotional father/daughter dance having my dad scoop me up into his arms at the end of the dance, only to hand me over to my husband. That brought on both tears of joy and laughter or sitting up at the altar, having sweaty palms as my husband and I held hands and quietly whispering to each other “we did it, we’re married!” The great thing about having a semi-small wedding is being surrounded by family and friends who truly exude love and happiness. It’s an out of this world feeling.
There’s something romantic about having your wedding in a field surrounded by nature and your closest family and friends there to celebrate. For the boho-chic bride, here’s some inspiration filled with plenty of pastels and vintage details: