Olivia & Simon
North Garden, Virginia
From the Event Planner: “Olivia and Simon, both University of Virginia graduates wanted a wedding that was ‘very Charlottesville’ but also full of tradition. Simon was born in Kenya and grew up in Botswana, Africa and Olivia is from Ridgefield, Conneticut. So how much fun would it be to incorporate African customs into their ceremony and reception? We loved the singing by Simon’s family members during the wedding ceremony. Their singing was not only beautiful, but brought a sense of happiness and excitement to everyone in their presence. The blanket ceremony was also one of our very favorite moments – laying down blankets as the bride and groom recessed not letting their feet touch the ground.” – Amore Events by Cody
This year, we published over 200 real weddings on this blog – from glamorous affairs to laid-back celebrations, we’ve truly seen it all. But some weddings and details really stood out, and we wanted to share them with you.
Modern and Cheeky Wedding Stationery
The wedding of two graphic designers in Palm Springs, California featured some of the coolest details we’ve ever seen. In particular, we loved the paper goods – from the aisle markers to the menus, the contemporary design and informal language really sets the tone for a totally relaxed affair and showcases the couple’s sense of humor. See more of Tiffany and Mark’s completely creative wedding here.
Photo: Mike Arick Photography
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Kim & Billy
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Q & A with the Bride:
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
- We had life-sized cutouts of our dogs made on foam core so that they could be at the wedding too. This lead to a lot of great photo opportunities. Our photographer took the extra step of doing a photo shoot with them around the property, this made for a lot of laughs once we received our photos post-wedding.
- We decided to have a small and intimate wedding with just close friends and family which allowed a more vacation feel. With the smaller size we were able to have a week’s worth of fun events for the whole group.
- The first time I saw my husband to be in the garden. We wanted to enjoy our guests post-wedding ceremony so it was important to us to have photos taken beforehand. I feel it made the first look even more special to have a private little place for just the two of us.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
To trust the people you hire to do their jobs. Of course, do the “background” work upfront and then just trust them to do what they do best. It will allow you to have so much fun and not look back and say “was I less than nice to the people I love the most?!” Also keep in mind this is a day about you and your husband vowing to spend the rest of your lives together, make sure you don’t get caught up in the details and focus on what really matters.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
I can’t pin it down to one moment, I think it was the overall feeling of love from our friends and family. Everyone had to travel and really sacrifice their own personal time to be with us. It was so nice to see everyone having fun with each other. There was no feeling of bride’s side and grooms side we were all just one big happy family!
Sarah & Kalin
Q & A with the Bride:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The venue was so beautiful, picturesque and quaint. Also, CJ’s allowed us to have a wedding coordinator, who could organize things with us, considering we were from out- of-state.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.
Our favorite moment was under the gazebo when we, along with our preacher, bowed together while Kalin said a prayer asking for God’s blessing. It was so beautifully intimate, and we felt as though we were the only three people there.
Melanie & Travis
Q & A with the Bride:
1. Which four details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Our vows: We wrote our own vows because we wanted them to reflect our relationship. I’ll never forget the moment when everyone laughed when I said, “I promise to listen when you speak.” to Travis. I guess everyone knows how stubborn I can be at times, especially when I believe I’m right!
2. Photographer: Our brother-in-law, Jordan Marsh, photographed our wedding. He took amazing pictures, but the best part was we were so comfortable with him. We had a blast sneaking off with Jordan and my sister to take photos. It felt like we were having a mini family reunion in the middle of our wedding day.
3. Hearts: Travis’ 93-year-old grandmother made personalized hearts for each of our wedding guests. She spent months working on this project, and it was great to see how happy she was when she saw her hearts on the reception tables.
4. Speeches: We were so happy to see our childhood best friends give speeches recounting inside jokes and great memories. We also loved my younger brother’s last minute speech despite the fact he made me cry.
2. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Have a small, intimate wedding and invite the people you want to invite. We had 75 guests at our wedding, and we felt like it was the perfect size. We had enough time to talk to everyone at the wedding without feeling rushed.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
I cannot stop thinking about our ceremony, and the moment I saw Travis for the first time as I was walking down the aisle. He had tears in his eyes, and he looked so calm and proud. We
couldn’t stop holding each other’s hands during the ceremony, and I knew without a doubt that I was making the best decision of my life.