Brenda and Mark were married at Villa San Juan Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. on May 18. “It fit us,” Brenda said. “It was unique, intimate, outdoors, and beautiful all-in-one.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls with a jeweled headband, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. Since there was no bridesmaids or groomsmen, the only bouquet featured garden roses, pincushions ferns, olive branch leaves, and lavender sprigs. “I walked down the aisle to “One Day More” from Les Miserables, and my favorite moment was by far saying our vows and declarations to each other,” she said. After the “I do’s,” the now Mr. and Mrs. took off for a ride in a Bentley. The reception followed outside on the courtyard. Tables were decorated with white linens, vintage vases and vessels, mercury glass votives filled with candles, and picture frames. Fun fact: “Table numbers were all of the Los Angeles Laker’s retired jersey numbers (I am a huge fan!),” Brenda said. “Both of our mom’s even made cookies for the mini dessert display.” Look at those butterscotch toffee shot glasses, caramel apple lattice top pies, In lieu of a traditional guest book, guests were asked to help build memories by writing well wishes on Jenga blocks. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t procrastinate, trust your gut, and make decisions together,” she said. “It should be a team effort.”
Valerie and Amy were married at Monterre Vineyards in Orefield, Penn. on May 17. “We first connected over a bottle of wine; a vineyard seemed quite fitting,” Valerie said. “It was also quaint and rustic and offered a beautiful oak tree for our ‘I do’ backdrop.” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the other bride wore a satin one-shoulder a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of red platform pumps. “Our son decided he wanted red at the wedding, but I wanted to stay away from traditional combinations,” she said. “So, we went with a ‘citrus’ color scheme.” Guests were greeted with a program that said, “during the ceremony, we will ask for support, hear a reading, take our vows, exchange our bling, braid a thing, hammer some nails, and cry some happy tears.” Following, the Mrs. and Mrs. led the way to cocktail hour with ribbon wands “like you just don’t care.” Once inside, seats were found via keys, tables were decorated with orchid centerpieces, bird’s nests and eggs, and bottle numbers, and Mad Libs and a Hershey’s chocolate bar, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Give yourself time,” Valerie said. “Spread out the timeline if you can that way you can really soak up every bit of it. Oh and have enough time to eat and enjoy the appetizers too.”
Garlyn and Dutch were married at the bride’s parent’s ranch in Lockwood, Calif. on May 3. The bride wore a lace a-line wedding gown with a tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair swideswept in a curly ponytail and birdcage veil, while the groom wore a light gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue satin dresses and carried bouquets of colorful garden roses. Notice they all wore cowboy boots? “These two have been together for many, many years,” Amanda McCullough of Hearts and Horseshoes Photography said. “It was the most amazing wedding filled with so much love.” And that it was! Guests were greeted with a wooden sign post that directed them to the ceremony and reception. In lieu of folding chairs, there was hay bales underneath a giant oak tree. The cutest flower girl and ring bearers processed down the aisle, complete with a red Radio Flyer wagon and two bow tie-collared pups. Following the exchanging of vows and rings, the newlyweds took off on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Dinner and dancing took place inside the barn lit with crystal chandeliers. “Her sister, Lacey, was the caterer, and her mom orchestrated and put together the tables,” McCullough said. They were decorated with mix ‘n’ matched linens, mason jar and spray-painted wine bottle centerpieces atop wooden slices, and “love is sweet, so take a treat” favor bags at each place setting. In lieu of a traditional guest book, cards were placed inside vintage suitcases. Even gifts were placed inside a clawfoot bathtub! Inspirational quotes were found throughout the night such as “Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite,” and “Forever starts here.” Plus, family photos could be spotted hanging along the walls. “They are just the sweetest couple,” McCullough said.
Julia and Seth were married at Los Poblanos Inn in Albuquerque, N.M. on May 9. “It captured the many facets of New Mexico’s beauty in one location,” Julia said. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a plunging v-neck, accessorized with a floor-length veil and a pair of rhinestone-infused bow pumps, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a solid necktie. Don’t they look like fashion models! Bridesmaids wore short pale blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, and succulents. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “Seeing the faces of the people I hold nearest and dearest to my heart as I walked toward and down the aisle with my dad was my favorite moment,” she said. Following the exchange of vows and rings underneath enormous cottonwood trees, Seth couldn’t help but show his excitement by fist pumping. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make sure you really like your vendors,” Julia said. “You will be working with them A LOT. We lucked out with phenomenal ones, which made the planning experience that much more enjoyable.” The reception was held outside on the fireplace terrace. Tables were decorated with white linens, glass jar centerpieces, and sprigs of lavender at each place setting’s menu card. Fun fact: It symbolizes love and devotion. In addition to dancing to the sounds of Vanilla Pop in the grand ballroom, there was also a garter and bouquet toss. The cake cutting went off without a hitch – no smearing in each other’s faces — and at the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers ready for their honeymoon road trip to Alaska.
Liz and Zach were married at King Family Vineyards in Charlottesville, Va. on April 26. “We were looking for a beautiful ceremony and reception space all-in-one, but it was very important to us to find a venue that had just as beautiful of a setting for our ceremony if it were to rain,” Liz said. “After seeing some pictures of indoor ceremonies at King Family Vineyards, we knew it was ours.” The bride wore a strapless ball gown, accessorized with a floor-length veil and a statement necklace, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a solid bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long blush chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, and snapdragons. Fun fact: Liz also designed the invitations! “The moment before walking down the aisle is what stands out the most,” she said. “I was weirdly calm throughout the entire day of our wedding until I was standing at the double doors about to go outside. I was arm-in-arm with my dad. I could feel his pulse and my pulse at the same time and was lookout out at all of our family and friends waiting to watch us get married. It was an indescribable feeling!” Following, guests were direction inside for the reception. Tables were decorated with chevron patterned runners, mercury glass vase centerpieces, and candles. “I loved all our flowers,” Liz said. “Our cake table too.” A dessert display featured the two-tiered cake and cupcakes, which served double-duty as favors. The newlyweds best advice? “Hire a planner!” she said. “They will keep you sane during planning and relaxed on the day of.”