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!”
Ashlyn and Brandon were married at Cathedral Oaks Event Center in Belton, Texas on April 19. “They met a few years ago while working in the nursing department at Scott and White,” Jennifer Lucia, the photographer, said. “The two have been inseparable ever since. I had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session a year ago and that’s where I got to witness firsthand the pure love these two have for one another. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with off-the-shoulder capped sleeves, accessorized with a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a tan three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long mix ‘n’ matched muted pastel chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and baby’s breath. Guests were greeted with a “Choose a seat, not a side . . .we’re all family once the knot is tied” chalkboard sign and given programs that doubled as fans to beat the heat. The ceremony took place nestled in between six-acres of oak trees. Notice the hanging crystal chandeliers and picture frames? Plus, the aisle markers boasted verses from 1 Corinthians 13. “This wedding was a mixture of fun and elegance,” she said. “Ashlyn put the decor together herself. She loved the country vintage theme.” Inside the great hall, tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces and candles atop burlap runners and lace overlays atop chiavari chairs. The newlyweds sat at their own designated sweetheart spot. “The dance floor was active the entire evening, with both families cheering loudly in joy and joining together to celebrate this couple’s unity,” Jennifer Lucia, the photographer, said. The yummiest part? The candy bar! Complete with all-you-can-eat treats.
Ashley and Matthew were married at Mount Valley Farm in Orange, Va. on June 7. “It was convenient and even in the winer time it was beautiful,” Ashley said. The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with beaded lace appliques, accessorized with a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a white jacket, silver vest, and black pants, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder mint chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, gerbera daisies, succulents, and olive branches. Guests were greeted with a metal bicycle with balloons, milk glass jar crates, vintage trunks and suitcases, and washboards. Notice the transportation was a tractor and hayride trailer? “Our vows were very traditional,” she said. “But for some reason as Matt was saying his, I became very emotional, and I didn’t expect that kind of reaction from myself.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t stress over the details,” she said. “In the end, the important thing is that you have married the person you love.” Dinner and dancing followed inside the tented reception with Southern BBQ fare such as prime rib, grilled chicken, and cheesy potatoes. Yum! Tables were decorated with peach linens, mason jar and wine bottle centerpieces, and antique oil lamps. “Old family pieces were used everywhere,” Ashley said. The super-sweet dessert display not only had a cake but lots and lots of cupcakes topper with raspberries. And ice cream too!
Nicole and Dan were married at Pearl S. Buck Estate in Perkasie, Penn. on May 31. “It has beautiful gardens set around a gorgeous stone home that belongs to the estate of really awesome famous author,” Nicole. “We went for a turquoise, sea foam, light blue, and lime green color scheme.” The bride wore a spaghetti strap a-line wedding gown with fluttery, chiffon petals, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and bold red lips, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, and dusty millers. “We wrote the whole thing (the ceremony) from start to finish with our officiant,” she said. “And our dog, Reggae, was there too! It was one of the reasons why we chose our venue. He had a blast and even took a lick of our cake when he thought no one was watching.” The reception was held underneath a tent draped with fabric and paper lanterns. Farm tables were decorated with burlap runners, wine bottle and mason jar centerpieces, and menu cards at each place setting. “I really loved our first dance – ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros,” Nicole said. “It was an upbeat choice to go with, but our band played in wonderfully, and everyone joined in at the end.” In addition to the ombre buttercream-frosted cake, there was also a candy buffet, which served double-duty as favors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Pick a few things that are really important to you for your wedding,” she said. “If you love a certain venue or band, prioritize them and see where you can cut back on things you don’t care as much about.”
Kristin and Conan were married at Memorial Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 31. “It’s a beautiful historic building by one of our favorite architects Samuel Hannaford,” Kristin said. “The building has so much character and charm. Once we saw it for the first time, that was it!” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a light gray three-piece suit, accessorized with solid tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short blush dresses and carried bouquets of roses. “Overall, our wedding was filled with so much joy and love,” she said.”Really the entire day was magical, but if I had to pick one moment, it would probably be the ceremony.” It took place on the stage of the performance theatre. Guests sat in rows of red velvet padded chairs and listened to the acoustically perfect cello play as Kristin walked down the aisle to a mashup of Wanger’s “Bridal Chorus” and Bob Marley’s “Stir it Up.” “We had a knot tying ritual to reflect how I grew up boating and Conan fishing,” Kristin said. “We also wrote our own vows.” The reception followed in the Parkview Room. “It was all very DIY,” she said. “I really enjoyed how all of our signage . . the flowers, and invitations came out as well.” Tables were decorated with thrifted mercury glass vases, postcard names, and pieces of rosemary at each place setting. The favors? Homemade custom blend spices. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Stay organized and put lots of time and effort into your wedding to really make a reflection of you as a couple,” Kristin said. “Don’t worry about all the small things, as they’re not that important in the grand scheme. Just relax.”