Courtney and Charles were married at The Island House in Charleston, S.C. on October 14. “The peaceful beautyof the location made us know that it was the perfect place for us to get married,” Courtney said. “The entire grounds were made available only to our wedding party and guests, so our event was private and intimate. The surroundings were stunning with the colorful flower fields, tall trees, white house with stately columns, and the picturesque view of the water. We could not have found a place that encompassed everything we were looking for.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long gold satin dreses and carried bouquets of hydrangea, stock, and seeded eucalyptus. “I was obsessed with the boxes that lined our aisles during the ceremony,” she said. “They were transportated to our tables during the reception too. They brought an overgrown fairytale garden feeeling that we were hoping for.” Fun fact: Once the couple was announced husband and wife, the song “This Magic Moment” by Lou Reed was played. “It made the moment even more exciting,” Courtney said. Dinner was vegetarian and gluten-free! “It was important to me that our guests enjoyed the food, but I could still eat,” she said. Guests also enjoyed playing lawn games such as giant Jenga. “Our first dance was absolutely my favorite,” Courtney said. “Everything leading up to it was special leading up, but in those few minutes, it was just my husband and I holding each other and talking as if no one else was around.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “I took on a lot of the planning and preparation leading up to the weding and gave myself an awful lot of responsibility during our weekend as well,” she said. “I absolutely loved the whole process, and it was so important to me that all of our guests had a great experience after traveling so far. In the end, I tried to take too much onto my plate, and I had to come to the realization that my family and friends wanted a chance to help and be involved. It made them feel good to know that they had contributed something. My advice is to accept help! It makes the experience more full when the people that love you are there by your side.” In lieu of a traditional sparkler send off, they rode off on a red moped.
Jennifer and Michael were married at Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, Ga. on June 2. “We knew we wanted to get married outside and have a tented reception,” Jennifer said. “Our location, Pebble Hill Plantation, had so many beautiful ceremony spots that, at first, it was hard to choose. During our tour of the plantation, I described wanting a ‘secret garden’ feeling. We stopped at an old tennis court covered in grass with beautiful ivy-clad brick walls. It fit perfectly with our vision.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with illusion straps, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom wore a khaki suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, hydrangeas, and succulents. “We had an amazing moment before the ceremony,” she said. “We had both finished getting ready and were just waiting for the ceremony, so Michael came to find me just as I was starting to get nervous. He walked up to a window with his back turned and his eyes closed. We just talked for a minute. I felt much better afterwards. Before he left, he gave me a kiss, and the next time I saw him, he was standing at the altar.” Fun fact: the groom’s father was the officiant! “It was nice to have him be such an important part of the ceremony,” Jennifer said. “He immediately reminded us of the love from our family and friends that supported us.” Following the nuptials, guests were escorted to their seats inside the pole tent. Tables were decorated with burlap linens, birdcage centerpieces, and Full Moon farm’s famous honey jars at each place setting. Instead of a DJ, there was a bluegrass band! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Many couples, often mostly the bride, have an exact vision of the things they want for their wedding day,” she said. “They struggle to let go of details they’ve been dreaming over for years. I would say to couples planning their wedding that the most important thing to keep in mind is the reason behind the celebration, the love that you and your partner have for each other. If you keep this at the forefront of planning, it will help to relieve some of the stress you might feel when things aren’t lining up exactly.”
Julie and Jonah were married at Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, Ore. on May 16. “It had amazing views of the [Cascade] mountains,” Julie said. Fun fact: Thanks to the inspiration from the chilly proposal. “Jonah had planned a little outing to hike after one of the first snowfalls before the mountain opened for the season,” she said. “When we got there, a worker driving a snowcat just ‘happened’ to go by and ‘randomly’ asked if we wanted a ride to the top, so we could ski down. When we got to the top, Jonah had already jumped off to ‘grab our gear.’ I turned around to face him, and he had gotten down on one knee! I was so excited that I didn’t want to put my glove back on.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a striped yellow tie and succulent boutonniere. Notice the matching Keds canvas sneakers? Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried cascading bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and greenery wrapped in ribbons. Before the ceremony, the couple exchanged gifts from each other with notes that said, “See you at the altar @6p.m.! Don’t be late!” No one was, of course. The reception followed inside the clubhouse lodge. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall baby’s breath centerpieces, and votive candles, and a dessert display featured a mini ruffled buttercream-frosted cake and cupcakes. The newlyweds’ favorite moment was when the live band was performing their first dance. “It was amazingly awkward,” she said. “But remember to relax and fully enjoy each other during the engagement and wedding planning process too. It all always comes together.” If that wasn’t enough entertainment, the photo booth sure was. Guests enjoyed posing with silly props in return for a keepsake snapshot memory. They even received coffee bean favor bags at the end of the night. Then, it was time to jett off to Mexico for the international honeymoon. Ole!
Taylor and Daniel were married at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, Va. on August 3. “We knew we wanted to get married on a farm and have the receptioin in a barn,” Taylor said. “The fact that when we pulled up and saw not only the beautiful river, horses running in the fields, and the barn was still being used as a barn, filled with hay, more horses, absolutely not ready for a wedding (we were the first ones to find the place), we knew it was the one. It was ‘untouched’ and smelled like a barn, couldn’t get more real then that! Most would have turned away immediately, but we knew we had found something special.” The bride wore a custom-designed lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a low back, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with patterened tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin yellow dresses and carried wildflower bouquets of sunflowers, dahlias, roses, and craspedia balls. Even though the day started off rainy, it cleared up just in time when guests arrived. Taylor’s favorite moment? “Turning the corner of the aisle and seeing each other’s faces for the first time all day, both grinning from ear-t0-ear,” she said. After all, forever was about to begin with Trooper, their pup. Following the not-a-dry-eye ceremony, the newlyweds took a few moments to themselves. “Just look around,” Taylor said. “Notice and take in all the people, who love you both and came to see you start your lives together. Just 3 minutes will make you appreciate the day that much more.” The reception kicked off with a chalkboard sign that said, “Here’s your glass for the night. Fill it to the rim with whatever tastes right.” It served double-duty as favors in addition to seed bulbs. Tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces, lace doilies, and surrouned by mix ‘n’ matched chiavari and cross back chairs. “We even surprised my grandparents with their own weding cake with their topper from their 60th anniversary /vow renewal and a dance to the song they actually danced to at their wedding,” Taylor said. “Because it was their 67th anniversary, one of the main reasons why we picked our date.”
Maria and Jason were married at their own home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on June 14. “Our engagement party was actually a surprise wedding to all of our guests,” Jason said. “For the first hour and a half of the event, we were dressed casual. We made an announcement over the microphone thanking everyone for coming to share in our special day. We then dropped the bomb that no one was supposed to leave because the party was really our ‘surprise wedding!’ We said were going upstairs to change, and we were to be married in 30 minutes. And that is exactly what happened. People’s faces were in complete shock, and one person even yelled out, ‘Are they for real?’ Once reality settled in, everyone started clapping and congratulating us.” The bride wore a strapless lace wedding gown, accessorized with a her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls with a jeweled headband, while the groom wore a khaki vest and pants, accessorized with a pale blue tie and pair of Vans slip-ons. Her bouquet featured cymbidium orchids. The very important extra was Piglet, the flower pup. Following the outdoor ceremony, dinner and dancing began underneath a tent. To beat the heat, refreshing drinks in beverage dispensers, such as pink lemonande, were served. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Not everything is going to come out perfect,” he said. “Just roll with the punches and enjoy your day.” Almost everything was handmade! Tables included burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces, lanterns, and lots of candles. “They were full throttle on making something beautiful from scratch,” Stephanie Rawcliffe, the photographer, said. “What an amazing job she did!”