In addition, our Real Weddings Editor is also busy featuring cute couples for our photo galleries! Each week, she’ll be sharing her favorite real weddings on Fridays at noon. Check out this round-up below:
Preppy Connecticut Winery Wedding – Sarah and Doug were married in a ceremony at Harkness Chapel followed by a reception at Jonathan Edwards Winery on July 12. The couple performed their first dance underneath a sea of orange, yellow, and white paper lanterns hung from a sailcloth tent’s ceiling.
Hip Charleston Hotel Wedding – Jackie and Matt were married in a ceremony at St. Mary’s of the Annunciation Catholic Church followed by a reception at Mills House Hotel on October 4. The theme was “old Charleston charm,” she said. “We wanted to somehow create an intimate feeling even though there was over 200 people.” Bonus: Not one wedding cake, but three!
Ethereal Montana Estate Wedding – Molly and Brandon wee married at BruMar Estate on July 19. Fun facts: The bride ordered her wedding gown off Etsy, and during cocktail hour, signature drinks such as “Freckle Juice” and “B’s Knees” were served!
Offbeat Indiana Orchard Wedding – April and Jeremy were married at County Line Orchard on June 1. “Our history with this venue is what made it so special to us,” she said. “We had gone there on our nine-month anniversary (of dating) and gone back every year since.”
Brittany and Branson were married at Middleton Place in Charleston, S.C. on March 29. “Both our parents came to Charleston to look at different venues,” Brittany said. “We toured Boone Hall Plantation and Magnolia Gardens. As we were traveling to our first destination, we passed Middleton Place. We called them to see if they had any appointments available that day to tour the venue. It was our luck that they had one that afternoon. After walking through, we both new this was the place we would say, ‘I do.'” Afterwards, we toasted with champagne knowing that we had found the one.” The bride wore a sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, statement necklace, jeweled sash, and a pair of peacock stilettos, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a checkered button-up shirt and tie. Bridesmaids wore long black satin dresses and carried bouquets of calla lilies. “It started raining around midnight and continued until 5:30-6 a.m.,” she said. “I was in panic because I always wanted to get married at a venue that had one aisle (and boy does Middleton Place have a very long aisle). The weather began to clear up and was overcast. At 1 p.m., I had to make a decision to have the wedding outside at Butterfly Lakes or to use the backup plan. I decided to take the risk and have the wedding outside. About an hour before the wedding, the sun began to shine. And as I walked down the aisle, the clouds parted, and it was was like the heavens opened up.” Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter underneath the pavilion. Tables were decorated with white linens, teal napkins, mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices, and pictures of places they had traveled together over the years, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “We both graduated from Clemson University and wanted to incorporate Clemson into our wedding,” Brittany said. “Our favors included a glass bottle of Orange Crush in a purple koozie. One side of the koozie had a picture of a pirate because our last name is Pyritz and our wedding date. The opposite side of the koozie had one of our favorite lyrics, ‘Always remember there is nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.'” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the planning process and always make sure the wedding is about the bride and groom because it is your day and no one else’s,” she said. At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon in Grenada.
Elizabeth and Andrew were married in a traditional church ceremony at Westinster Presbyterian followed by a reception at Legare Waring House in Charleston, S.C. on January 4. The bride wore a v-neck lace a-line wedding gown with long-sleeves, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, and a pair of glitter Jimmy Choo peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids (all 17 of them!) wore long neutral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, tulips, Queen Anne’s lace, and ferns. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. It took place at four o’clock surrounded by family and friends witnessing. Even the Christmas tree was still lit! Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Guests were greeted to the historic home though an avenue of moss-draped oak trees. The reception took place in a clear frame tent surrounded by almost 80 acres of gardens. Tables were decorated with white linens, pillar candle centerpieces atop gold charger plates, and folding padded chairs. Did you notice the black and white checkered dance floor they performed dances on? And not to mention the string lights hanging from the ceiling! Following a buffet dinner, the four-tiered square cake was cut and served. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited amongst a sea of petals.
Courtney and Adam were married at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, S.C. on April 24. “I was going for a blend of ‘Gone with the Wind,’ William Faulkner, and ‘The Great Gatsby,’ Courtney said. “Magnolia Plantation was a blend of all worlds and incredibly beautiful with tons of open space for us to roam. Peacocks and other animals also attended our wedding, and we loved the ease of going from the ceremony to the reception. The moment I knew I had to go with it was when the events manager told us we could use sparklers on the front lawn.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls with a floor-length veil, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt and light gray pants, accessorized with leather suspenders and bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. “My favorite moment of the entire day was after we got married, and our guests went to the reception so that we could take portraits,” she said. “My groom and I had about an hour to ourselves with the photographer that was so intimate and romantic. We just let each other be in love and think about the coolness of the situation — we were officially official!” While the newlyweds were out and about the property, guests were encouraged to snap pictures on Instagram as long as they used the hashtag #vanossvows. Tables underneath the wrap-around porch were decorated with white linens, hurricane vase centerpieces, and quotes such as “Heaves to Betsy,” “Sweet as a Peach,” “Oh my Stars,” and “Bless your Heart.” Fun fact: “I made these signs with Southern sayings on them,” Courtney said. “The extra touches the caterer surprised me with were a s’mores bar and strawberry champagne soup.” Yum! The newlyweds’ best advice? “All the months of planning and showers and communication and drama means nothing if you can’t appreciate the entire day with the one you love,” she said. “I am such a planner and enjoyed the planning process, but I made a pact with myself on that day that I wasn’t going to fix anything, stress about anything, or way about anything. Just be.”
Kelly and Stephen were married at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, S.C. on March 31. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and pair of silver peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and berries. “My favorite part of the day was our first look,” Kelly said. “It was the only time that we really had to ourselves where we could take in all what was happening.” The outdoor ceremony took place underneath giant oak trees with sweeping scenic views of Ashley River from behind. After they were announced husband and wife, cocktail hour kicked off with signature “Blushing Bride” and “Plantation Tea” drinks in mason jars complete with striped straws. “We felt so blessed that all our family and friends traveled to attend our destination wedding,” she said. Inside the Carriage House, farm tables were decorated with runners, mercury glass vases and vessels, and chalkboard numbers. Dinner included traditional Southern fare like crab cakes, macaroni and cheese squares, and homemade corn bread. Yum! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Take your time and really focus on what matters to both of you.” A three-tiered square cake was the focal point of the dessert display, and following the last dance of the night, sparklers were lit to send them on their honeymoon to Dubai.