Tiffany and Andrew were married in a traditional church ceremony at University of Virginia’s historic chapel followed by an outdoor reception at the Colonnade Club’s garden in Charlottesville, Va. on June 15. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, an ivory sash, and a pair of nude peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, dahlias, and greenery. “The most memorable moment was right before our ceremony,” Andrew said. “We had decided not to do a first look, but we had worked with our photographer to take photos right before it started without either of us seeing each other. The whole process worked out so well that it really heightened the sense of anticipation for the both of us. When we both saw each other as Tiffany walked down the aisle, we were both struck with emotions.” Guests were directed through campus to the reception via chalkboard arrows. Tables were decorated with tan linens, lace runners, mason jar centerpieces, and mini blueberry pies at each place setting, which also served double-duty as favors. Signature drinks were old-fashioned Coca-Cola bottles! By evening, the trees were glowing with string lights as everyone, young and old, danced in the grass. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t feel that you have to do it yourself,” he said. “Accept from family and friends, especially as you get closer to the day of your wedding.”
Sarah and Wesley were married at Seneca Hills Bible Camp in Franklin, Pa. on June 1. “Both Wesley and I worked at this camp through high school and college, so we knew this was the place for our outdoor venue that we wanted,” Sarah said. The bride wore a v-neck lace a-line wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with a jeweled sash and t-strap sandals, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, brown vest, and pants, accessorized with a red bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short Free People dresses in various muted colors and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Flowers for her hair and candies for his pockets” and asked to sit on top of hay bales covered with blankets. “While the music was playing during the ceremony, Wesley and I stood there holding hands and watching the river gurling by,” she said. “It was a magical moment for me when time stood still, and it was just he and I. So peaceful!” After the officiant officially pronounced them husband and wife, pieces of confetti were thrown in the air. The reception followed inside the retreat center. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, vintage vase and vessel and wine bottle centerpieces, and scattered rocks. In addition to a cookie bar, there was also a mini cake bar. Flavors such as white cake with raspberry filling, chocolate cheesecake, confetti cake, and white cake with chocolate filling. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Splurge on a photographer,” Sarah said. “Those pictures are the visual momentos that you are left with so make sure they are amazing.”
Courtney and Adam were married at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, S.C. on April 24. “I was going for a blend of ‘Gone with the Wind,’ William Faulkner, and ‘The Great Gatsby,’ Courtney said. “Magnolia Plantation was a blend of all worlds and incredibly beautiful with tons of open space for us to roam. Peacocks and other animals also attended our wedding, and we loved the ease of going from the ceremony to the reception. The moment I knew I had to go with it was when the events manager told us we could use sparklers on the front lawn.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls with a floor-length veil, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt and light gray pants, accessorized with leather suspenders and bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. “My favorite moment of the entire day was after we got married, and our guests went to the reception so that we could take portraits,” she said. “My groom and I had about an hour to ourselves with the photographer that was so intimate and romantic. We just let each other be in love and think about the coolness of the situation — we were officially official!” While the newlyweds were out and about the property, guests were encouraged to snap pictures on Instagram as long as they used the hashtag #vanossvows. Tables underneath the wrap-around porch were decorated with white linens, hurricane vase centerpieces, and quotes such as “Heaves to Betsy,” “Sweet as a Peach,” “Oh my Stars,” and “Bless your Heart.” Fun fact: “I made these signs with Southern sayings on them,” Courtney said. “The extra touches the caterer surprised me with were a s’mores bar and strawberry champagne soup.” Yum! The newlyweds’ best advice? “All the months of planning and showers and communication and drama means nothing if you can’t appreciate the entire day with the one you love,” she said. “I am such a planner and enjoyed the planning process, but I made a pact with myself on that day that I wasn’t going to fix anything, stress about anything, or way about anything. Just be.”
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.