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?
Mandy and Matt were married at The Hamilton Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. on October 18. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a birdcage veil, faux fur coat, and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a pinstriped button-up shirt and pink bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short silk taffeta navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and eucalyptus. Even though the rain threatened to challenge the couple’s first look plans, they still managed to surprise each other downtown overlooking the city skyline. The venue served double-duty for the ceremony and reception. Imagine an old cream-colored brick building featuring vaulted ceilings and crystal chandeliers! Fun fact: It used to be a “hotel” for cars. Notice the ribbon backdrop? Totally handmade. Tables were decorated with lace runners, vintage vases and vessels centerpieces, glitter numbers, and family heirloom plates and tea cups at each place setting too. Guests were given favor bags filled with personalized M & M’S and tied with a handwritten thank-you note. For dessert, a mini two-tiered cake and cupcakes. Yum!
Amber and Austin were married at JJ Talboot Law Office in Pensacola, Fla. on June 7. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with straps, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a matching black tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long blush satin dresses with various necklines, including one-shoulder and halter and carried bouquets of peonies, ranunculuses, anemones, lilies, and veronicas. Fun fact: All the accessories came from Dubai! Even the peep-toe high heels. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Welcome! We are so excited you are here to celebrate with us!” The outdoor ceremony took place in the garden, but more importantly, the childhood military couple sealed their vows with a kiss underneath a wooden pergola hung with a single crystal chandelier. Cocktail hour began with lots of chilled signature beverages — Southern Magnolia and Orange Bourbon Mojito — complete with mason jars and polka dot and striped straws. Pictures were also taken and uploaded to Instagram with the hashtag #duronthewedding. In lieu of a traditional guestbook, words of wisdom were written on keys. Better yet, they also played the newlyweds’ shoe game. Questions such as “Who is the better driver?” and “Whis is louder of the two?” were asked. Dinner was served on long banquet tables decorated with doily runners, trailing centerpieces, lanterns, and votive candles, a candy buffet was filled to the brim with sweets, and at the end of the night, a sea of sparklers were lit.
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?
Julie and Jonah were married at Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, Ore. on May 16. “It had amazing views of the [Cascade] mountains,” Julie said. Fun fact: Thanks to the inspiration from the chilly proposal. “Jonah had planned a little outing to hike after one of the first snowfalls before the mountain opened for the season,” she said. “When we got there, a worker driving a snowcat just ‘happened’ to go by and ‘randomly’ asked if we wanted a ride to the top, so we could ski down. When we got to the top, Jonah had already jumped off to ‘grab our gear.’ I turned around to face him, and he had gotten down on one knee! I was so excited that I didn’t want to put my glove back on.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a striped yellow tie and succulent boutonniere. Notice the matching Keds canvas sneakers? Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried cascading bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and greenery wrapped in ribbons. Before the ceremony, the couple exchanged gifts from each other with notes that said, “See you at the altar @6p.m.! Don’t be late!” No one was, of course. The reception followed inside the clubhouse lodge. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall baby’s breath centerpieces, and votive candles, and a dessert display featured a mini ruffled buttercream-frosted cake and cupcakes. The newlyweds’ favorite moment was when the live band was performing their first dance. “It was amazingly awkward,” she said. “But remember to relax and fully enjoy each other during the engagement and wedding planning process too. It all always comes together.” If that wasn’t enough entertainment, the photo booth sure was. Guests enjoyed posing with silly props in return for a keepsake snapshot memory. They even received coffee bean favor bags at the end of the night. Then, it was time to jett off to Mexico for the international honeymoon. Ole!