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.”
Karina and Taylor were married at the restored Spanish farmhouse Casa Feliz in Winters Park, Flor. on October 13. Pumpkins atop hay bales stating, “welcome to our wedding” greeted guests as they arrived. The bride wore a v-neck wedding gown and Mary Jane checkered print pumps whereas her ‘maids wore purple dresses and saddle pumps. Bouquets featured dahlias, calla lilies, mums, fern curls, and thistle. The outdoor ceremony and reception overlooked the golf course with twinkling cafe lights overhead. Tables were decorated with lace linens, red napkins, tea candles, and unique centerpieces — succulents with hot air balloons — while glass bulbs were filled with blooms for favors.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We originally wanted the look and feel of an old house, but we were having a hard time finding one that could accommodate all of our guests. When we stumbled upon the Highlands Ranch Mansion by accident, we knew it would be perfect.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Ceremony: We put very little emphasis on the ceremony during the planning process, but you can’t plan the feeling you get standing up in front of your friends and family and tying the knot. 2. Photography: The day goes by in such a blur, but having amazing images to remind you of the details helps bring it all back into focus. 3. Atmosphere: A big spooky mansion a few days after Halloween, must we say more?
3. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
The best advice we can give is to ignore most of the advice you are given. While family and friends have great ideas and intentions, it’s important to remember that it is your wedding. The details that are important to you should be there.
4. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.
There was a moment right after the ceremony, walking up the driveway to the mansion when we looked at each other, exclaimed “We’re married!” at the same time and laughed the rest of the way to the mansion. Those grins didn’t leave our faces for the rest of the night.