Meaghan and Matt were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Catholic in Frederick, Md. followed by an indoor barn reception at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, Va. on April 24.”Riverside on the Potomac is a working farm, and when we were greeted by roaming dogs, tons of horses, and the charming owner, Suzi, riding her golf cart, I fell in love with it’s authenticity,” Meaghan said. “I wanted our wedding to have a very natural and organic vibe to it, and this venue totally delivered.” The bride wore a strapless sheath wedding gown with satin corset bodice and a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a blue tie. “Our bridal party all picked their own ensembles, which we didn’t see until the day-of,” she said. “Of course, we gave them some parameters, but it was still so amazing to see it all come together so seamlessly. We wanted to be sensitive to both their budgets and personal styles, and the result was a mismatched group that still somehow looked totally cohesive. They carried bouquets of baby’s breath too! The couple even opted to do a first look. “It was a game changer in terms of my anxiety levels,” Meaghan said. “I couldn’t sleep, eat, talk, etc., and I was nervous to my stomach about my walk down the aisle. As soon as I saw Matt, it all vanished, and I felt confident, serene, and ready for game time.” How did they celebrate post-recessional? Playing lawn games! Reception tables were decorated with antique brown vases and vessels, wooden block numbers, and gold votive candles. “Our band was amazing, and the dance floor was packed from the first to the last song,” she said. “I loved that it was filled with guests of every generation, singing along to songs that everyone knew. In fact, people got so in to it that Matt and I even wound up crowd surfing at one point — a truly unforgettable moment.”
Kelsey and James were married at Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada on January 25. “I loved the SLCC because it had the ability to host a family style meal and a killer dance party all under one roof,” Kelsey said. “No really, it was actually THE best of ALL TIME. It didn’t hurt that it allowed the beautiful outside landscape of Whistler to be experienced within the floor-t0-ceiling windows too. We intentionally didn’t have a color scheme. I wanted it to feel light, rustic, and natural with a hint of glamorous sparkle.” The bride wore a v-neck satin wedding gown, accessorized with a faux fur coat and Ugg boots, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, berries, and ferns. “Our ceremony, most people joke about getting through it to make it to the reception, but ours felt important and special,” she said.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.” All 120 guests stood in a close circle, except for parents and grandparents, who sat atop cushioned wooden tree stumps, as the newlyweds shared their first kiss! Reception tables were decorated with an assortment of breads and spreads, wine bottles, and candlelit mercury glass votives. Plus, string cafe lights were hung behind the head table as a stunning backdrop!
Chelsea and Chris were married at the bride’s parent’s home in Chester, Vt. on September 1. “My dad always talked about having his daughter get married there when we were kids,” Chelsea said. “Chris and I had talked about doing it there for years too. So, when the time came, it was practically a foregone conclusion, despite having moved across the country to California a year before!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. The outdoor ceremony’s focal points were a fabulous baby’s breath wreath and mason jars atop tree stumps. Notice benches were used instead of chairs? “After we kissed and walked back down the aisle, we went out into the field and looked back at the barn, tent, and all of our guests,” she said. “Up until then, I had it together, but seeing our vision all come together was incredibly emotional, and I welled up with tears of joy. I often close my eyes and go back to that moment to recapture the feeling.” Signature cocktails such as “rocket man” and “unicorn” and local organic fare were served, thank-you notes were at each place setting, and maple syrup in jars were given out as favors. The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “Having both a first dance and a first karaoke song that we had rehearsed together,” Chelsea said. At the end of the night, everyone was encourage to star gaze!
Sydney and Matt were married at Bernardo Winery in San Diego, Calif. on April 19. “It was very unique,” Sydney said. “It is the oldest working winery in San Diego and had so many beautiful backdrops that it made decorating easy. We absolutely loved the rustic feel it had too.” The bride wore a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a white tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder pink chiffon dresses and carried do-it-yourself bouquets of hydrangeas and baby’s breath. “The moment I saw my emotional groom standing at the end of the aisle,” she said. “It is one of the images I will never forget, and I just could not wait to be his wife. The whole ceremony was filled with so much love, and it meant so much to me to see how happy everyone was for us.” Guests were escorted to their assigned tables via a chalkboard. Tables were decorated with burlap runners, numbers stamped on, succulent centerpieces, and homemade cookies in favor bags that said, “One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats” at each place setting. “My grandma’s helped me make them a couple nights before the wedding,” Sydney said. “The recipe was on the back.”
Bridgette and Scott were married at Legacy Farms in Lebanon, Tenn. on October 5. “The one thing about Heritage Hall at Legacy Farms that made it pop for us was the beautiful rustic barn,” Bridgette said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, a jeweled sash. Notice how she channeled the spirit of the South by donning cowgirl boots and a monogrammed hankie? Bridesmaids wore long gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. The groom went for a more casual vibe with a matching vest and pants combo, accessorized with a blue tie. But his ‘men accessorized with suspenders and bow ties. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a “biscuits and booze” cocktail hour, which just so happened to be a favorite detail of the day. “It included made-from scratch-biscuits, homemade preserves, cured meats and our signature drink — Jack Daniels honey and lemonade,” she said. The reception followed inside. Tables were decorated with benches instead of chairs, mercury glass centerpieces atop lace runners, and mason jars that doubled as favors too. The newlyweds’ best advice? Pay all the wedding bills in advance. ”It was so nice to come back from the honeymoon and not have to worry about anything outstanding,” Bridgette said.