Rachael and Eric were married at the Four Seasons Rancho Escantado Resort in Santa Fe, N.M. on September 20. “We looked for a while for the venue,” Rachael said. “It was the most difficult detail to lock down. We knew we wanted a small wedding, and we wanted to feel like we eloped. When we saw the Four Seasons Rancho Escantado and spoke with their amazing staff, we knew our destination wedding, at home, would be possible. We stayed the whole weekend, and enjoyed having people in one place for three days. It was calm and magical; the grounds make any occasion.” The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, floor-length veil, and a pair of t-strap high heels, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. “That’s the best part of our wedding, no moment out shined any other,” she said. “We were totally present and in the company of our closest family and friends. I think about all the moments equally. The morning of our wedding day, I took a yoga class at the studio where a few joined me. Eric swam in the pool and soaked in the hot tub and others took the kids for a hike. Everyone was in their element because we were. We had a team of professionals we enlisted and trusted, which means NOT micromanaging.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 25 witnessing. Cocktail hour began on the courtyard followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with ivory linens, white napkins, lace runners, metal centerpieces filled with baby’s breath, lavender, and dusty miller, surrounded by upholstered chairs. “Eric and I decided to pick out gifts for each person individually and give a card with each gift explaining why we chose that present for them,” Rachael said. “We handed out the gifts as a way of thanking these special ones for sharing in our journey with us. That’s the beauty of a small wedding, you love and cherish your guests. Weddings are a personal experience and an intimate attendance represents that.” A three-tiered cake was cut concluded the five-course dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Throw a party that you would want to be at,” she said. “We did what we wanted in the way we wanted. We reduced our guest list to be able to afford the details and elegance important to us. It was all about being in the moment and enjoying the party. Whenever I had a difficult time with details, Eric always reminded me that we were just throwing a party. Thinking of it this way helped me to step out of the ‘I have to’ and into the ‘I want to.'” At the end of the night, they jumped into the pool. How fun!
Jaimie and Aaron were married at the Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, Ind. on September 27. “I loved that we could have everything at one place: accommodations, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception,” Jaimie said. “They even had a salon, so I could get my hair and makeup done without leaving the venue. It was convenient to be able to be there from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. And it was pet-friendly, which was must.” The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, feather headpiece, and a pair of comfy flats, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short mint chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, amaranthus, stock, and caspia. “I utterly loved my dress,” she said. “It was exactly what I was hoping for. I wanted a very classic Audrey Hepburn/Grace Kelly/Princess Kate/ look, but couldn’t find that concept anywhere until I stumbled upon pre-owned wedding dresses’ website.” Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “order of ceremony: music starts, we get married, and everyone parties.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss underneath an arch draped in fabric, it was official, with almost 125 witnessing. “It was such a beautiful day, and the pictures turned out perfect,” Jaimie said. “The major detail I couldn’t control was the weather. Of course, I was freaking out about it. But the day came, and the sun was shining, and the water was sparkling. It was 80 degrees! I honestly couldn’t have asked for anything more.” Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter in the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, black napkins, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, lanterns, tea cup candles, and guest libs at each place setting. “My absolute favorite detail was that we had our two huskies,” she said. “They mean the world to us and to include them in our special day was a must from the beginning.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone was asked to share their favorite date idea with the new Mr. and Mrs. A two-tiered purple ombre cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. In addition, there was also cupcakes. The newlyweds’ best advice? “At some point, you have to stop using Pinterest!” Jaimie said. “There are many great, beautiful, and cost-efficient ideas, and it’s so easy to just keep pinning and adding more and more concepts to incorporate into your big day. It came to the point where I had to stop going on it at all. I couldn’t see any more ideas of pictures that I had to have. This helped me focus myself on what really needed to be done instead of continually adding extras that weren’t a necessity.” At the end of the night, they opted for a kiss on a boat.
Laura and Uk were married at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, in Soufriere, Saint Lucia on June 14. No doubt it was a destination. After all they did get engaged in Paris! “We were visiting Paris, where I used to work,” Laura said. “On our first night of a two-week trip, we went to dinner at the top of a museum right next to the Eiffel Tower. We went onto the rooftop deck to check out the sights, and I was taking photos. When I turned around Uk was down on one knee.” They choose a venue that was located within a tropical rainforest. “We loved the hotel, Sugar Beach, because of the beautiful architecture and design, and of course, the gorgeous beach.” The bride wore a sweetheart tulle a-line wedding gown with illusion straps, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Betsey Johnson bow peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit with a white button-up shirt, accessorized with no tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral peplum dresses and carried bouquets of ginger and anthuriums. Guests were greeted with welcome bags filled with sunscreen and aloe, and bonus: a hangover kit, just in case of emergencies. Despite the rain showers, the ceremony took place on the sunset deck overlooking panoramic views of the volcanic Anse des Pitons. A steel bass band performed during the processional and recessional too. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! The reception followed shortly thereafter. The colonial-themed restaurant tables were decorated with white linens, floating candles in staggered vase centerpieces, and lace doily-inspired place cards at each setting. “Having our close family and friends travel all the way to celebrate us,” she said. “We even did a sunset boat cruise one night that was a blast.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do a rehearsal walk down the aisle,” Laura said. “We skipped that, and it caused unnecessary anxiety for me at the actual ceremony.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of wish lanterns and jetted off to their honeymoon in Sweden and Denmark.
Christine and Blaine were married at Grand Velas Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico on March 15. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice, accessorized with her hair in a curly sideswept ponytail, jeweled headband, and a pair of glitter platform pumps, while the groom wore a tan suit with a white button-up shirt, accessorized with no tie. She carried a bouquet of roses, carnations, and lillies. The bridesmaids wore high-low hemline dresses, and the groomsmen wore an orange button-up shirt and khaki pants. Fun fact: they were their kids! Guests were greeted with a wooden sign that said, “shoe valet” to encourage them to go barefoot in the sand for the ceremony at sunset. Each sat rattan chairs atop bamboo rugs as they witnessed the exchanging of vows underneath a chuppah draped with fabric. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! Hugs were the first thing in order before the processional and after the recessional, of course. The reception followed shortly thereafter on the Zen Grand Pool Terrace. Tables were decorated with turquoise linens, orange napkins, and lanterns lit with candles. A salad and entree were served for dinner then a mini cake, topped with skulls, was cut for dessert. Dancing was held on an LED panel floor. And at the end of the night, some even jumped into the water!
Roshal and Zwade were married at Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica on December 8. “I was born and raised in Jamaica and always dreamed of getting married in my home country,” Roshal said. “When we visited [the resort], we knew it was the place. The scenery was quintessentially Caribbean with the palm trees in the foreground, and the clear blue ocean in the distance.” The ceremony took place under a pavilion, where the bride wore an a-line wedding gown with a lace illusion back and the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with Burberry socks! “I loved that we wrote our own vows,” she said. “We were both nervous about it, but were so glad we ultimately made the decision.” The reception tent was decorated with luscious blue and green arrangements, rhinestone napkin rings, candles, and decorative branches dangling with crystals. Their favorite moment? The first dance. “We had put in the practice, and were ready to show off our new moves,” Roshal said. “But somehow in the moment, we forgot everything. I still remember when we looked at each other and realized we were going to wing it. It was so funny, we had to try so hard not to laugh as we improvised our way through.”