Abby and Kyle were married at Kelley Agricultural Historical Museum in Sharpsville, Ind. on August 31. “We really wanted an outdoor venue that also offered an indoor space in case of inclement weather,” Abby said. “At the time, barns were a popular venue choice, and we had a hard time finding one that was both unique and available. A date opened up at our venue, and we toured on a windy March day. It was rustic, historic to the area, and had an awesome loft area. The barn itself was reconstructed as it would have been 100 years ago.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Nina peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece taupe suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, craspedia, berries, and seeded eucalyptus. Guests were greeted with rays of sunshine rather than rain! Programs featured the itinerary on the front and fun facts on the back. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 200 witnessing. “The moment after we walked back down the aisle, we were hidden behind a pine tree for a few seconds,” she said. “We hugged and kissed, and we both looked at each other like, ‘now what?’ and laughed. Then, our family and friends came to us one-by-one, and it just felt like the happiest, most complete time of my life.” Cocktail hour began followed the reception shortly thereafter. “We are both Purdue graduates, and we really wanted to incorporate our time there,” Abby said. “Purdue has a classic bar called Harry’s. We had signature Harry’s plastic cups, popcorn bags (and a popcorn machine), and a Harry’s sign, kindly created by a bridesmaid. We served Indiana wine and beer from local breweries too.” Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices, peanuts, and old-fashion Coca-Cola bottles, which also served double-duty as favors, surrounded by folding padded chairs. A two-tiered cake was cut and served concluding a buffet dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “The experience goes by so fast,” she said. “Don’t sweat the small stuff. You may spend a lot of time agonizing over the details and before you know it, you’re at the airport leaving for paradise. Enjoy the extra time with everyone. For most, planning your wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. Make the most of it!” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia.
Brittany and Nate were married in a ceremony at The Brick Church followed by a reception at Lyla’s Dance Hall in Mooresville, Ala. “I absolutely fell in love with this old rustic church from the moment I saw it,” Brittany said. “To me, it represented a part of who I am as a person. First of all, the shutters are black. Anyone who knows me, knows that my wardrobe consists of black, and nothing else. Secondly, the church was simple and seemed to look a little beat down. The last nine months were tough for my dad. He was a simple man and that was all there was to it. He accepted life as it came at him, taking everything day by day. Near the end of his life, he looked beat down on the outside, but on the inside, he was still beautiful. When I walked into the church, it took my breath away. It was beautiful, but yet, still simple. Dad always loved old churches , and loved the simple ways of the people in old churches. He led me to this church.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral one-shoulder chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, astilbe, and dusty miller.
The couple opted for a first look beforehand to calm any nervous jitters. “My hands couldn’t stop shaking, and thank goodness my girlfriends were there to give me some champagne before I saw him for the first time,” she said. “I kept thinking what if he doesn’t like my hair, or what if he thinks this dress makes me look fat? I tapped him on the shoulder, and when he turned around tears rolled down his eyes. He said, ‘I have never seen you look so beautiful.’ And that was the moment I had been waiting for since I was a little girl.” Her brother walked her down the aisle to The Piano Guys version of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 275 witnessing.
Guests were greeted at the pavilion with a chalkboard sign that said, “Welcome to the best day ever. We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19.” And encouraged to take a mason jar to use for drinks. “I have danced my entire life, and I knew I had to have a good band for everyone to dance to,” Brittany said. “We danced and laughed the entire night, and my vision was complete.” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. In addition, there was a fully-stocked candy buffet, which also served double-duty as favors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Everyone is going to have an opinion about what your wedding day should be like,” she said. “Don’t follow their advice. This is your special day, and it should be everything and more that YOU want. Some people told me to go with a more formal wedding, but that’s not who I am. I believe in sweet tea, dancing the night away, and happiness. They are some of the main ingredients to a good life. I am satisfied I followed my vision, and didn’t let others influence what I wanted for our big day.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.
Jennifer and Caroline were married at The Vintager Inn in New Kent, Va. on September 20. “We were looking for a rustic venue somewhere in between Northern Virginia and Raleigh, North Carolina where most of our guests were coming from,” Jennifer said. “Our awesome wedding planner, Allison Barnes, found The Vintager Inn. It was not only in the perfect location, about halfway, but also it had everything and more that we were looking for. The landscape and scenery were amazing, and we knew this was something that our family and friends would love. We also knew with good weather that this would be an unforgettable place. The main barn opened up to this picture-perfect view at sunset. Our guests are still raving about it.” One bride wore a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the other bride wore a halter v-neck wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a braided updo. Both wore matching orange Converse tennis shoes! Bridesmaids wore short chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. Groomsmen wore white button-up shirts and dark gray pants, accessorized with a tie and suspenders. All 150 guests were greeted with a tandem bicycle directing the way. “Our ceremony was extremely unique to us,” she said. “We wrote the ceremony and had one of our best friends marry us (she did an amazing job for someone that had never done this before). The script was filled with love and laughter. We took turns sharing some of the things that made us fall in love with each other (all things sweet and hilarious) followed by the hand unity, our vows, and a kiss.” Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. “We did a fiesta theme for cocktail hour, including a mariachi band, taco bar with tequila shots, and passed taquitos and mini tacos.” Tables were decorated with gray linens, orange napkins, mason jar centerpieces, vintage bottles filled with paper hearts, and pictures from throughout their relationship, surrounded by black chiavari chairs. “There are so many but the moments that stuck out the most were our first look, our guests arriving as we secretly looked on, and realizing later that evening that we were actually married,” Jennifer said. In lieu of a cake, there was cake pops and cupcakes served concluding dinner. Fun fact: they were also favors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t worry about making other people happy that day,” she said. “The day is about you and to celebrate the love between you and your partner. As long as you two are happy and everyone sees that, everyone will be happy that day too.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of glow sticks, and jetted off to their honeymoon in Aruba.
Sarah and Dane were married at Mercury Hall in Austin, Texas on November 9. “We loved the Hill Country feel without ever having to leave the center of Austin,” Sarah said. The bride wore a capped sleeve a-line wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a navy blue checkered button-up shirt and tie. Bridesmaids wore short purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, berries, scabiosa pods, and seeded eucalyptus. “Getting to see each other for the first time,” she said. “We decided to do a first look before walking down the aisle so we could have a moment to ourselves. It was great getting to show off my dress and telling Dane how stunning he looked. Such a perfect, private time to be goofy and settle any last-minute nerves or jitters.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss underneath the giant oak trees, it was official, almost 125 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with mini beer churros on donkeys followed with the reception shortly thereafter. Guests were escorted to their seats via animal figurines. Tables were decorated with white linens, gray napkins, birch wood centerpieces, vintage books, and mason jar candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “The food was absolutely amazing, and the same caterer did our cakes as well,” Sarah said. “The groom’s cake was a total surprise to Dane. It was so fun creating it with the caterer and even better getting to see the surprise on Dane’s face when he saw it.” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake topped with fruit was cut and served concluding dinner. Fun fact: the other one was a replica of a scene set in the wilderness! In lieu of a favors, donations were made to Heifer International, University Catholic Center, and Christian Veterinary Mission. “We broke out to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ halfway through our first dance,” she said. “We had been practicing for weeks, and it turned out perfect. Everyone was so surprised.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Hire a wedding planner!” Sarah said. “Even if it is just the day of stuff, you don’t want to be stressing when you’re tyring to focus on preparing for a marriage. Ours was fantastic, and helped us out so much. We were totally stress-free when the day finally arrived.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon.
Arianna and Aric were married at The Wheeler House in Forestville, Calif. on September 7. Fun fact: they are high school sweethearts! The bride wore a strapless tulle a-line wedding gown with lace appliques, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, sash, and a pair of Converse tennis shoes, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, plaid vest, and pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short gray chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of sunflowers, daisies, scabiosa pods, craspedia, and greenery. Guests were greeted with two chalkboard signs that said, “welcome to our wedding” and “say you made it! 1. please sign our guest frame, 2. strike a pose at our photo wall, 3. take a seat, relax, and enjoy the show, and 4. dinner, dancing, and games to follow.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss underneath the giant oak tree draped with Spanish moss, it was official, almost 200 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with lawn games such as corn hole and giant Jenga followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow napkins, burlap runners, and mason jar centerpieces, surrouned by folding padded chairs.”My bridesmaids and I choreographed a surprise dance for my husband,” Arianna said. “It was a mashup of three songs put together. We loved rehearsing and performing it. It was a total shocker to everyone, and it was so much fun to see and hear the reactions.” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut for dessert concluding dinner. S’more favors were also passed out too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Have fun!” she said. “It’s your wedding day, and you have the honor of marrying your best friend. When the planning is over and that special day comes, it will feel so wonderful to be around the people who love you most.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Monterey Bay.