Brandy and Brock were married at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, Calif. on August 10. A large part of their wedding was completely homemade — from the wooden signs that said, “God gave me you” (from the Blake Shelton country song) and wooden boxes used for centerpieces to the intricately stitched quilt signed by each guest and popsicle sticks written with date night suggestions. That wasn’t all! Since the groom is a pilot, he folded over 150 paper airplanes for guests to throw as they walked down the aisle as husband and wife. Keep in mind that the bride was wearing her mother’s veil too. In lieu of a traditional cake, mini pocket pies were served as desserts and salted caramels were given out as favors.
Ashley and Gavin were married in her grandparent’s backyard with some of their closest family and friends on September 28. Signage hung from trees behind them as they said their vows: “My mother told me to pick the very best one and you are it,” “This is where our story begins . . . ,” “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,” ” I made a wish and you came true,” and “All because two people fell in love.” As they stood their being announced husband and wife, you couldn’t help but notice the bride’s beauty in her capped-sleeve illusion lace wedding gown and birdcage veil. Bridesmaids wore an array of different blush dresses while groomsmen wore gray tuxedos. Bouquets and boutonnieres included lots of succulents, peonies, and craspedia balls. Reception tables were decorated with vintage china and tea cups as well as heirloom objects atop books. The dessert display was too sweet — cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and more!
Lindsey and Jon Paul were married at Cabin Bluff, a hunting retreat, in Woodbine Ga. September 21. After years of being a camp counselor, Lindsey knew she wanted a “glamping” wedding weekend along the Cumberland River. She wore a lace capped-sleeve wedding gown accented with an ivory sash and blue Badgley Mischka peep-toe pumps while Jon Paul wore a gray suit and blue tie to the outdoor ceremony. Going with a rustic theme, a clear frame reception tent was decorated with grapevine balls and twinkling lights overhead and centerpieces included candles in votives surrounded by greenery. There even were tables for the smallest attendants! Each one received a colored place mat, jellybeans, and toys to keep them entertained.
Melissa and Aaron were married on one of the hottest days of summer, but that didn’t keep this soiree from happening. The bride walked down the aisle wearing a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown and accessorized with a flower hair pin in her side updo whereas the groom wore a gray suit and pale blue tie, which also matched the bridesmaids’ chiffon dresses. Floral arrangements featured baby’s breath, roses, dahlias, succulents, and scabiosa pods. During the outdoor ceremony, Melissa and Aaron filled a mason jar of sand together to represent their unity. Each guest received a “to have and to hold and to keep your beer cold” koozie at each place setting, enjoyed a “love is sweet” candy bar filled with jolly ranchers, lollipops, reese’s pieces, and sour patch kids, and slipped on a pair of dancing shoes to keep comfy.
Kayla and Jesse were married at the Dallidet Adobe and Gardens in San Luis Obispo, Calif. “The venue is absolutely beautiful,” Kayla said. “It went very well with our rustic theme.” Before the ceremony, Kayla’s leading ladies posed for the camera inspired by the movie Bridesmaids, and groomsmen received personalized mustache flasks. Her favorite moment? When the officiant announced we were man and wife officially. “My cheeks hurt because I was smiling so hard,” she said.” His favorite moment? Seeing his bride for the first time in her wedding gown. Escort cards hung from clothespins, centerpieces featured hydrangeas and dahlias, and the mini cake was topped with a pair of birds. “Don’t stress over the small details” Kayla said. “Once you’re in the moment and experiencing the day, you’re so happy; all those things that seemed like they mattered so much didn’t anymore. Just have fun!”