Erica and Barkley were married at the Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews in Wilmington, N.C. on April 17. “We were able to have the choice of having our wedding outside in the courtyard or inside the actual church,” Erica said. “It was an old historic, abandoned church that was remodeled and turned into a venue. I loved the rustic feel. The bare brick with metal beams, the windows, and the concrete embedded with oyster shells.” The bride wore a sweetheart beaded mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a black bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short silver satin dresses and carried bouquets of orchids. “My first thought when I walked into the reception, I said to myself, ‘Wow!’ at how pretty and amazing everything looked,” she said. Tables were decorated with custom sage green napkins and gray linens, birdcage centerpieces, and handmade mustaches at each place setting. Fun fact: They were in honor of Erica’s late dad. The newlyweds performed their first dance to “Lady Soul” by The Temptations and exited at the end of the night in a British taxi.
Tayler and Alex were married at Desert Botanical Garden in Tempe, Az. on November 16. Surrounded by nature, the couple chose to do a first look before the ceremony. They both got teary-eyed as they opened their eyes to see each other — she wearing a lace wedding gown, accessorized with a DIY floral sash, and he wearing a gray tuxedo and patterned yellow tie. Surprisingly, they went went comfy shoes, TOMS and Converse! Guests were greeted with a sign that said, “Friends of the bride, friends of the groom, sit together, there is plenty of room,” and “No one is too old for fairytales, welcome to our happily ever after.” The reception pavilion was lit with hanging lantern stars overhead, tables were decorated with baby’s breath, hydrangea, and rose centerpieces in mason jars, and burlap runners, most which were handmade by the bride, mother, and sister.
Kellie and Nick were married under an old willow tree at Creek Club I’On in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. on April 26. “The romantic, natural, and serene surroundings, including a beautiful sunset made it the perfect location for us to start our new lives together,” Kellie said. She wore a sweetheart ruffled Allure Bridals wedding gown, accessorized with a feather hairpin, while her groom (who resembles actor Gerard Butler, right?) wore a tan suit and sage green tie. “Our favorite moment is when our eyes met as Kellie walked down the aisle arm and arm with her father and seeing her soon-to-be husband waiting for her,” the newlyweds recalled. The reception site featured a wraparound porch with rocking chairs and handmade burlap pillows, perfect for their Southern charm theme. Tables were decorated with hydrangea centerpieces, engagement picture table names, and mason jar candles. “The sparkler sendoff was so exciting,” she said. “As guests cheered, clapped, and congratulated, . . . we were united as one, and our loved ones gave us so many best wishes and blessings for our marriage.”
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
I knew I wanted something rustic and after looking at pictures of weddings held at Friedman farms, I knew this had to be our location. The grounds itself were gorgeous, but the barn gave me a blank slate and allowed me to create my vision.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. My brooch bouquet made by my mother-in-law. I saw a picture of one in a wedding blog and thought it was such a unique idea. My mother-in-law offered to make me one and she started going to estate sales to collect a variety of brooches. I love how I’m able to keep the bouquet forever!
2. Our wedding chuppah made of birch. I wanted to incorporate both religions in the wedding ceremony, and I thought a chuppah was the perfect way! Eric and his father created it from scratch, and on the wedding day, his mother and aunt picked flowers to decorate the poles.
3. Our cupcake display on a variety of glass cake plates, a birch wood stand and my favorite, a glass teacart from my mother-in-law!
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Eric and I decided to do a first look on the grounds. It was such an intimate and special moment for the two of us.