Crystal and Jay were married at Walker’s Overlook in Walkersville, Md. on April 19. “The entire grounds were amazing — from the ceremony view to the reception tent and the farmhouse — however, I was enamored with the bridal suite,” Crystal said. “It had plush chairs, a grand full-length mirror, and a huge walk-in spa shower. The thought of my girls and I pampering ourselves in peace there was the icing on the cake!” The bride wore an organza a-line wedding gown with capped sleeves and a single box pleat at the waist, accessorized with fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a seersucker suit, accessorized with a plaid tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin blush dresses and carried bouquets of gerbera daisies. “My mom helped me with my dress and veil,” she said. “She rarely cries, so it was sweet to see her get so emotional. I had to hold back the tears too.” After being announced husband and wife, the couple signed their marriage license inside. “The weather was perfect,” Crystal said. “Sunny and just warm enough.” Meanwhile, guests gathered at tables decorated with white linens, navy blue napkins, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, picture frame numbers accented with hearts, and personalized stemless wine glasses, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. Chalkboards displayed the dinner and drink menus. “They were created by my good friend Niki,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better result.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “We were thrilled that we were able to save up and not put any of our wedding expenses on credit,” she said. “It took lots of sacrifices on the front end, especially because I was still in grad school up, but the peace of mind we had afterwards was worth it. Plan within your means and get creative! #teamnodebt.”
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Jamie and Kevin were married at Ernest Hemingway House and Museum in Key West, Fla. on April 5. “They had the pleasure of getting married in the beautiful home of the author and journalist Ernest Hemingway, famous novelist and nobel prize and pulitzer prize winner of ‘The Old Man and the Sea’,” Claudia Cebrian of Clau Photography Fine Art said. “The location gifted the couple with history and converted their union into a very special moment for all.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with a single bloom in her curly updo, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short and long green chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, calla lilies, stephanotis. “The bouquets were in pastel tones of white, cream, baby pink, and fuchsia added a touch of color,” she said. The ceremony took place outside in the garden underneath a pergola. Dinner and dancing began after the vows. Guests were welcomed with none other than a display with a vintage typewriter, books, and cigar boxes. Plus, a palm tree picture frame with the quote, “Palm trees and summer air, your love will always take me there,” that served double-duty as the book of well wishes and advice. Tables were decorated with white linens, lace runners, mercury glass centerpieces and candles, and thank-you favor boxes attached with a key at each place setting. At the end of the night, the reception was lit with paper lanterns, the three-tiered cake was cut, served, and devoured, and smiles, tears, and laughter could be seen and heard all around.
McKenna and Joseph were married at Silverleaf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. on May 3. “It was gorgeous!” McKenna said. “It reminded us of a Tuscan villa.” The bride wore a strapless satin mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls with a chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses with halter necklines and carried bouquets of peonies, hydrangeas, and orchids. The ceremony was held outside overlooking the canyons of the McDowell Mountains. “Holding Joseph’s hands when I met him at the altar [was the moment in my wedding I can't stop thinking about],” she said. “I was so happy and excited to call him my husband.” Guests were greeted into the courtyard with a fountain originially from the borders of France and Spain! “It was most likely used as a functional source of drinking water for villagers,” according to The Silverleaf Club’s website. Tables were decorated with white linens, floating vase centerpieces, and a wine bottle, which served double-duty as a favor, at each place setting, surrounded by chiavari chairs. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Patience,” McKenna said. “Try to get as much done early on. It makes it much easier plus a lot of vendors tend to book up quickly.” Bonus: Be sure to check out The Bubbly Blonde!
Amber and Austin were married at JJ Talboot Law Office in Pensacola, Fla. on June 7. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with straps, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a matching black tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long blush satin dresses with various necklines, including one-shoulder and halter and carried bouquets of peonies, ranunculuses, anemones, lilies, and veronicas. Fun fact: All the accessories came from Dubai! Even the peep-toe high heels. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Welcome! We are so excited you are here to celebrate with us!” The outdoor ceremony took place in the garden, but more importantly, the childhood military couple sealed their vows with a kiss underneath a wooden pergola hung with a single crystal chandelier. Cocktail hour began with lots of chilled signature beverages — Southern Magnolia and Orange Bourbon Mojito — complete with mason jars and polka dot and striped straws. Pictures were also taken and uploaded to Instagram with the hashtag #duronthewedding. In lieu of a traditional guestbook, words of wisdom were written on keys. Better yet, they also played the newlyweds’ shoe game. Questions such as “Who is the better driver?” and “Whis is louder of the two?” were asked. Dinner was served on long banquet tables decorated with doily runners, trailing centerpieces, lanterns, and votive candles, a candy buffet was filled to the brim with sweets, and at the end of the night, a sea of sparklers were lit.
Kathleen and Mike were married at St. Clement’s Church, followed by a reception at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, Ill. on May 24. The bride stunned in a strapless ball gown with a ruched bodice and tiered skirt. She wore her hair in a delicate updo and carried a bouquet filled with peonies, garden roses, white dawn roses, and silver brunia. Her ‘maids donned short, navy blue a-line dresses with a v-neckline. They carried bouquets of trick dianthus, viburnums, hydrangeas, and roses. The groom wore a navy blue three-piece suit with a striped necktie, while his groomsmen wore gray suits with blue and white striped neckties. Kathleen and Mike were married in a traditional ceremony in front of friends and family. A reception followed at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. Guests sat at round tables with navy blue linens and floral centerpieces with candles in the middle. Each table had a graphic-designed quote and table number. The couple offered local beer such as Half Acre and Goose Island. After dinner, guests enjoyed a three-tiered, chevron-patterned square cake adorned with flowers. This beautiful city wedding was surely a night to remember.