Joy and Matthew were married at Brush Creek in West Milton, Ohio on June 14. “We wanted a peaceful, outdoor setting that gave us the option to have our wedding festivities inside in case of inclement weather,” Joy said. “We adored the greenery surrounding the ceremony and reception site as well as the sight and sound of the creek in the background.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a three-piece tan suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets roses and baby’s breath. “I was thrilled with the attire of the wedding party,” she said. “I am so happy with my decision to alternate purples for the bridesmaid dresses and my husband’s decision to have the groomsmen were suspenders.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Guests were greeted with a wooden arrow sign that directed them. Aisles were lined with quote from 1 Corinthians 13, mason jar markers, and a burlap bow at the entrance. One the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, with ribbon wands being waved in the air! The reception took place shortly after. Tables were decorated with purple linens and napkins, wine bottle centerpieces atop lace doilies, and picture frame numbers, surrouned by folding padded chairs. Paper lanterns were hung overhead. “I cannot stop thinking about dancing for hours with my family and friends underneath the stars,” Joy said. “It was an absolute joy!” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the planning process,” she said. “It can be extremely stressful at times if you let the little things get to you. Your engagement is a very special part of you and your fiance’s lives. Don’t let wedding planning consume you, make a conscious effort to do and discuss non-wedding related things with each other too.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Mexico.
Rachel and Quentin were married in a traditional church ceremony at Edinbrook Baptist followed by a reception at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park, Minn. on January 4. “It is only a few blocks away from each of our family’s homes, and a few minutes drive from the church,” Rachel said. “When I was young, my family would go to Easter brunch here every year, and I always loved it. I thought there would be no way I could afford to get married at a golf course, but our modest food menu put it right our price range.” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, jeweled headband and sash, and a pair of t-strap high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and dusty millers. Guests were greeted with a non-tradtional card box and guest book — a birdcage and globe! Everyone was asked to sign on destination spots for the “future world travelers.” Fun fact: the ceremony was officiated by Quentin’s uncle. Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official with almost 250 witnessing. Pine cones served doublt-duty as escort cards. Tables were decorated white linens, gold runners, mason jar centerpieces, animal numbers, and votive candles. “We printed off sketched pictures of animals so each table was a different one,” she said. “They looked really cute on the tables. We are so into animals, we already have three pets together and are planning our future pet family! The best part was that we announced that for any clinking of glasses, we weren’t going to kiss unless that table made their animal sound. When we first announced this, people started practicing their animal sounds. It was hilarious! It was so much fun hearing the animal sounds all night whenever anyone wanted us to kiss.” Breakfast was served for dinner and chocolate chip cookies instead of cake. “These are our favorite things, and we knew we had to have them,” Rachel said. The dance floor playlist was handpicked too. “I didn’t want to do anything except dance because it was all of my songs,” she said. “It’s cheesy! But in the middle of the party, the floor magically cleared and my husband and I danced to the Selena Gomez version of ‘Let It Go.’ We had just seen Frozen a few days earlier, and I was obsessed (even more than everyone else because, hello, I was a winter bride!). I love the snow and couldn’t believe there was a movie that celebrated it in such a great way. It was the best celebrating our beautiful new marriage in the -30 degree weather.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t get caught up in the things that the industry says you need,” Rachel said. “Make your wedding all about you and have it whatever way you want it. We had a ton of personal details and that’s what made the day so fun. We weren’t worrying about our wedding being perfect or ideal for anyone but us.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to Oregon for their mini-moon!
Alixandria and Joel were married at Buck Creek State Park’s C.J. Brown Reservoir in Springfield, Ohio on September 20. “It fit everything we wanted in a venue,” Alixandria said. “We wanted somewhere outdoors, near water (Joel always wanted a beach wedding, but with our huge families that just wasn’t happening.) and would allow us to do our own thing, be able to choose our food, decor, etc. The staff at the reservoir were so helpful from the very beginning and helped us achieve our dream wedding day!” The bride wore a v-neck lace a-line wedding gown with an illusion back, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls with a crown and a pair of TOMS, while the groom wore a dark gray vest and pants with a checkered button-up shirt, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long and short purple dresses and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. Guests were greeted with an assortment of ceremony seating, from folding chairs and benches.”One of my favorite moments from our wedding was when Joel’s dad (who officiated) pronounced us husband and wife and told Joel he could kiss his bride,” she said. “Joel and I both just started laughing! We were so excited. We had talked about the day that we would finally be married for months, years. And it was finally here, officially! And true to Joel-fashion, he cracked this huge, goofy grin, and I couldn’t help but laugh at my silly HUSBAND.” The reception took place underneath the pavilion hung with string lights. Tables were decorated with burlap and lace runners, single stem vases and vessels, and vintage dinnerware and silverware at each place setting. “We mismatched it for appetizers and dinner,” Alixandria said. “My mom collected, washed, and prepared all of this for over 150 people. This is something my mom and I had always talked about doing at my wedding ‘one day,’ and she made it happen. Another detail from our wedding we loved is that most of it was done by family and friends. Decorations, prep work, chalk signs, the food, the bride and groom cake, our amazing cake stand, the bouquets, and all of the set up and tear down.” In addition to cake, there was also cupcakes and a “goodie bar” complete with lollipops, M&M’s, and Smarties. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Ask for opinions and suggestions,” she said. “And definitely take everyone into consideration. when planning your glorious day. But when it comes down to it, do what YOU want! Make sure that when the day is over, you don’t look back and say, ‘I wish we had done ___ the way I had envisioned it. Instead of this way so ___ would be happy.’ You are the ones who will be reliving this day and telling it to your grandkids and great grandkids.”
Kristyn and Billy were married at the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Mass. on July 12. “We found the venue through our photographer’s blog,” Kristyn said. “She had photographer another couple at the barn, and it was the rolling, green hills that frist made me want to check it out. When we first got out of the car on our first visit there, I knew it was where we could be married . . . it was different from all the other venues we had been to.” The bride wore a strapless satin a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down with loose curls, jeweled sash, and a pair of t-strap sandals, while the groom wore a light gray vest and pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, daisies, and spider mums. Guests were greeted with a pair of sunglasses to not be blinded by the love. “My aunt was the officiant, so it made the ceremony much more personal for us,” she said. “That Saturday in July was the most perfect day, all sun and no humidity. It allowed for us to enjoy everything the property had to offer, including having our ceremony out on the lawn. The rustic setting allowed us to use so many rustic details, from bright flowers in mason jars hanging off the sides of chairs to drinking sangria out of mason jars with paper straws to having a wooden pallet for everyone to sign, I could go on and on.” The reception followed inside the barn lit with chandeliers from beams. Tables were decorated with damask patterned linens, square wooden centerpieces, heart-shaped chalkboard numbers, and votive candles surrounded by chiavari chairs. “For our entrance, we came out to Whitney Houston’s ‘I Want to Dance with Somebody,'” Kristyn said. “I feel like it started the night off right and continued the party from there. It was so much fun, and I can replay it over and over in my head.” A four-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was served for dessert. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy every moment, don’t stress over the small stuff,” she said. “Everything will come together. We were engaged for almost 2 years, and it flew by.”
Meg and Brandon were married at Vinewood Plantation in Newnane, Ga. on November 16. “The stables and grounds at Vinewood Plantation had that perfect relaxed charm we were looking for,” Meg said. “I knew the day would be beautiful, even if I had no money left to spend on the decor!” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, sash, and a pair of flats, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with striped tie. “I wore my great aunt Margaret’s earrings for my ‘something blue,'” she said. “She was my mom’s favorite aunt, and I was named for her. My mom gave me the earrings years ago — they were special then, but it meant so much to include them in my wedding.” Bridesmaids wore short patterened dresses they picked out themselves and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, anemones, scabiosa pods, and succulents. “Our guests were greeted with hot apple cider upon arrival,” Meg said. “My mom made 150 felt coffee koozies and 150 of her famous caramels for cider stirrers. The handmade touches from our family and friends made us feel so loved and supported.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Of course, tears were shed! “I will never forget the look on Brandon’s face when we first saw each other,” she said. “It was such an emotional moment, even with our small audience standing 50 feet away. Planning a wedding is such a long and laborious process, but in that moment it was so clear why we were here. I was so full of joy (and relief) that the day had finally come.” The ceremony took place underneath a giant oak tree with everyone sitting in mix ‘n’ matched chairs. Afterwards, the reception was held inside the barn. Tables were decorated with burlap runners, vintage plates and goblets, and votive candles. Dinner was a traditional Southern fare, BBQ! “I loved having individual cakes on each table,” Meg said. “They served two purposes: table numbers and desserts. They were rum cakes, made using grandma Guynelle’s famous recipe. I made the bunting toppers and my mom scoured flea markets and goodwill stores for a year buying up cake stands.” For late-night snacks, s’mores could be roasted over an open fire too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan every last detail,” she said. “We loved Google docs to track everything. Then, turn it over to someone you trust and let it go.”