Mary and Cody were married at the YMCA’s Camp Kon-O-Kwee in Fombell, Penn. on September 14. “I can’t say enough about how much I loved our venue,” Mary said. “It was by far my favorite that we looked at, and I am so glad I found it! We wanted an outdoor/indoor space that could accommodate all our 300 guests without being crowded, but still feel intimate.” The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown, accessorized with chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a casual gray button-up and pants along with a tan vest and tie. Before the ceremony, instead of a first look, they chose to exchange gifts without peeking! “I was standing in a clearing in the woods waiting to walk down the aisle with my mom, dad, brothers, and all of my bridesmaids, and everything seemed so calm though,” she said. “I thought I would be really emotional and nervous, but I was just really really excited! The last six years had led me to that moment, and for just a few seconds timed seemed to stand still. I couldn’t wait to marry the man I knew was waiting for me at the end of the aisle.” Following the vows, guests were asked to choose a colored goblet glass to use for the night (just look at the massive collection!) and mark with their names for cocktails, tables were named after cities, states, and countries traveled to and from, and the fare? A gourmet build-your-own taco bar and seven cakes. “Of all the elements in our wedding day, the flowers are at the top of the list as one of my favorites,” Mary said. “My family owns a flower farm, and I grew up cutting flowers in the field dreaming of the ones I would someday use in my own bouquet.” At the end of the night, everyone gathered to send the newlyweds off to their honeymoon with wish lanterns. Magical, right?
Liz and Kyle were married at Lone Oaks Ranch & Retreat in Gainesville, Texas on May 10. The bride looked oh-so chic in a strapless lace form-fitting wedding gown. She accessorized with a simple pendant necklace and wore her hair in a wavy partial updo. Her bridesmaids wore sage green v-neck knee-length dresses and everyone including the bride carried a bouquet of white and light pink roses sprinkled with hydrangeas. The groom and his ‘men wore tan suits and matching sage green neck ties. The groom opted for a jacket, while the groomsmen donned tan vests. The two were married under a wooden arch outside. After the ceremony, guests moved inside, where each table was decorated with a floral centerpiece made of pink roses and baby’s breath. There were two cakes for guests to enjoy, one was a round multi-layer cake adorned with brown flowers and lacy ribbon. The other cake was in the shape of a blue star, a symbol of the Lone Star State. At the end of the night, guests were given personalized koozies as favors.
Danielle and Rich were married at Brooklyn Winery in Brooklyn, N.Y. on August 18. “I had gone to Brooklyn Winery with a girlfriend one day, and they were hosting a wedding and thought, ‘Wow, what a different and interesting venue,’” Danielle said. “After we became engaged, we went to check it out more, and the place felt like it took our personalities and created an event space with it! The materials they use, their approach with food and wine, the decor — everything felt so natural to us!” Danielle walked down the aisle wearing a sweetheart lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline to a string trio playing an unchained melody, while Rich stood waiting patiently wearing a classic black tuxedo and gray tie. Fun fact: They were married by the bride’s sister! “I definitely didn’t think I would cry but just the feeling of so much love and support with our closest family and friends being there made me melt,” she said. Above, hung cafe lights and garland, and below on banquet tables, was vintage china and sprigs of rosemary at each place setting. “We chose to have a dessert bar featuring our favorite Brooklyn vendors,” Danielle said. “We picked mini doughnuts from Dough based in Clinton Hill and insanely delicious pies from Butter & Scotch. We served them out with kraft take out boxes stamped with our initials and wedding date.” Their first dance? Chris Cornell’s cover song to Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You.”
Kati and Christopher were married at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Col. on May 31. “Christopher has been visiting Winter Park with his family since he was a child,” Kati said. “As we approached the main lodge on the dirt road to Devil’s Thumb Ranch, we both started laughing right then and there. With a beautiful surrounding meadow and the continental divide as its backdrop, we both knew it was the perfect place for our wedding.” She wore an ivory cotton lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a statement necklace and scallop-edged platform pumps, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a tie and sneakers. Bridesmaids posed arm-in-arm in their pastel dresses in different styles in the woods before the ceremony! “The moment we remember so well is reciting our vows to each other in front of our closet family and friends with the breathtaking backdrop behind us,” she said. “It was in this moment that the entire wedding came together for us.” Notice the “Best Day Ever” letters that hung over the altar? Inside the barn, tables were decorated with burlap runners, centerpieces filled with garden roses, astilbes, and larkspurs and glitter numbers. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Breathe. Make sure that it’s your day. You only get it once, and it happens in a blink, so enjoy every second of it.”
Tricia and Dave were married at Stone Bridge Farms in Cullman, Ala. on February 20 — a Wednesday! “It had a beautiful rustic interior, combined with a dreamy Southern landscape,” Tricia said. “Their all-inclusive service was important to us as we were planning the wedding in a different country (I was backpacking through Europe) and state (he lived in New York).” The bride wore an a-line wedding gown with lace straps, while bridesmaids wore gray dresses with illusion necklines. “I loved the little personalities in my wedding outfit,” she said. “Particularly, the yellow buttons that my mum sewed ontp [my white peacoat] the night before. . .I treasure the crocheted ensemble made by our good friend and owner of Fiction Stitches, who made the girls’ cowls, plus the cardigan and that gorgeous hooded poncho for her children, the flower girl and ring bearer.” Guests were greeted inside with a sign that said, “Yay! You’re here! If you’re feeling a little chilly, please wrap your hands around a warm cup of hot chocolate. . . Mmmm.” As Tricia walked down the aisle, everything slowed down, the door swung open, and she had the biggest grin on her face, followed by tears. “There’s a photo of my husband wiping his eye at that moment, and he still maintains to this day that he was ‘scratching it.’” Tricia said. The reception was lit with hanging mason jars and votive candles and decorated with burlap table runners and centerpieces filled with yellow ranunculuses, dahlias, roses, and succulents. The entertainment and desserts? A do-it-yourself photo booth complete with props and cupcakes!