Martha and Dane were married at Costanoa Lodge and Resort in Pescadero, Calif. on May 31. The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with an art deco-inspired jeweled neckline and illusion capped sleeves, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, baby’s breath wreath, and a pair of peep-toe flats, while the groom wore a three-piece navy blue suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon brown dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, stock, and dusty millers wrapped in satin ribbon. Groomsmen wore button-up shirts, pants, and caps, accessorized with bow ties and suspenders. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look in one of the hiking trails. Guests were greeted at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains with scenic views overlooking the Pacific Ocean bluffs. “Our parents built the chuppah we stood under at the ceremony,” Martha said. The reception took place on the terrace. Thankfully, it was heated! Wooden tables were decorated with white linens, netural napkins, vintage plates and tea cups, pedestal terrarium centerpieces, and scrabble letter sayings such as “love by the moon,” and “live by the sun” surrouned by folding chairs. Dinner was served from locally-grown meat, produce, and seafood as well as sustainable wines too. But it was the mini cake that was kept between the newlyweds only after the first dance, father-daugher dance, and mother-son dance underneath string lights. Dane was certainly not shy when it came time to cut and smash a slice into Martha’s face! Other assorted desserts were up for grabs instead like cookies and lemon bars. “We even had a bonfire every night that our friend’s played jam sessions at,” she said. Fun fact: Out-of-towners had the option of staying the night in resort rooms or even better — Douglas Fir cabins and tent bungalows.
Karisa and James were married at Serendipity Garden in Oak Glen, Calif. on May 25. ” It was a wedding fairytale venue,” Karisa said. “It had every WOW factor I was looking for with beautiful views from every angle, brand new barn that gave my pictures the cutest rustic touch, and it was all inclusive, which sold it for me. They took care of everything and that helped me be very organized!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a low back, accessorized with her short hair down in loose curls, branch wreath, and a pair of nude Christian Louboutin platform pumps, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a matching tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, berries, and dusty millers. “My flowers were to die for,” she said. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. James’ reaction — pricesless! Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “As two families become one, we ask that you choose a seat not a side.” The ceremony took place outside overlooking the mountains. They even rode off on a horse-drawn carriage aftwerwards! “It took everyone’s breath away,” Karisa said. The reception kicked off with dancing, obviously. “Honestly, I think about how many people danced their butts off all night,” she said. “The dance floor was packed with all of my loved ones celebrating and having the time of their lives. That made all our hard work worth it.” Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, lantern centerpieces, and gold glitter numbers in picture frames. “My cake was not only the most beautiful cake I imagined, but it was also by far the most delicious I have ever had,” Karisa said. There was also a candy bar too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do not sweat the small stuff,” she said. “There are so many details in wedding planning. If you worry about every single detail, you will not only become a bridezilla but also take the focus off the beauty in every fun aspect of it. This happens once, so enjoy every small and large thing that this experience has to offer! Let others help you.”
Talia and Clayton were married in a traditional church ceremony at Heinz Memorial followed by a reception at LeMont in Lemont, Pa. on May 31. The bride wore a sweetheart silk mermaid wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled sash, and a pair of Betsy Johnson high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accesorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long neutral chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. Inside the chapel’s red front doors were vaulted ceilings lined with stained glass chancel windows. Fun fact: It was a family tradition to get hitched here! Talia was escorted down the aisle by her teary-eyed father and up the aisle by her googly-eyed husband Clayton. Afterwards, the newlyweds decided to take a stroll through University of Pittsburgh’s campus for portraits since they opted out of a first look. They also made a stop at Mount Washington, which is an incline platform running the entire length of Grandview Avenue, for a few scenic views of the skyline. Meanwhile, guests enjoyed cocktail hour. Escort cards featured hand-scripted font similar to the invitations and ceremony programs too. Notice a theme? Tables were decorated with white linens, silver-rimmed charger plates, tall blossiming branches centerpieces, and wine bottle numbers. The cake was cut with “I do” and “Me too” forks, and boxes of cookies were given out as favors at the end of the night.
Lauren and Austen were married at The White Room in St. Augustine, Fla. on May 25. “It was a beautiful day from start to finish with so many wonderful little details,” Cameron Austin said of Alex & Cammy Photography. “We started the day with Lauren getting ready at St. Augustine’s historic Bella Bay Inn, which is conveniently located right next to The White Room. Often times the morning of a wedding can be hectic, but she was calm and relaxed. We also headed over to the Coasa Monica for some photos of Austen, who was the rare groom who actually had his own ideas for poses and locations for pictures of him and his groomsmen. which was refreshing and a lot of fun.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, and a pair of Kate Spade bow peep toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short two-toned dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, orchids, and pincushions. “The ceremony was short and sweet and very touching,” she said. It took place inside the exposed brick loft overlooking the waterfront views of Matanzas River. “The reception set up was gorgeous with beautiful flowers and a bicycle built for two theme,” Austin said. Tables were decorated with white linens, box centerpieces, and koozies at each place setting, which also served double-duty as favors. “They ended the night with a romantic last dance with the space all to themselves, and then rushed downstairs for a sparkler send off,” she said. “Lauren and Austen were so kind and gracious to us throughout the day, and we had a great time. We wish them nothing but the best!”
Shannon and Neelesh were married at Lanikuhonua in Kapolei, Hawaii on March 28. “Lanikuhonua is the perfect site for a a wedding,” Shannon said. “The setting is so picturesque like a postcard. The Ihilani [a resort] is right next door also, which was very convenient [for out-of-town guests]. Hawaiian royalty used to vacation here in the summers, so you can imagine how beautiful it is! I’m from Hawaii. We knew we wanted to do it here. We thought it would be fun to have our family and friends together on vacation for our big day.” The bride wore a strapless mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a low chignon bun and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, tweed vest, and khaki pants, accessorized with a checkered bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink satin dresses and carried bouquets of roses, carnations, gloriosa lilies, and hydrangeas. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look with portraits taken in stilt palm trees. They finally said, “I do” overlooking Ka’ula Bay underneath a fabric draped arbor. Notice there was a receiving line afterwards too? The reception took place in a frame tent. Tables were decorated with white linens, trailing vase and vessel centerpieces, starfish and seashells, bamboo charger plates, and favor boxes filled with shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate, which served as favors, at each place setting. “[Our theme] was tropical elegance,” she said. “White with pops of fuchsia and yellow.” Guests were encourage to put on their dancing shoes also known as flip flops on the black and white checkered floor glowing with string lights. Extra entertainment? Hula dancers!