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!
Kelly and Will were married at Brightfield Farm in Woodlawn, Tenn. on June 15. “Will and I wanted our wedding day to be a reflection of both of us,” Kelly said. “We chose to have it near Hopkinsville because we both met and started our lives together here. We wanted the location to be unique to us and immediately thought of a barn venue with a garden — something simple, shabby chic, vintage, and with a Southern feel. Once we found Brightfield Farm, we knew we found our perfect match! I remember as we drove up the long dirt driveway, I squealed to Will that I had a good feeling and that this might be the one. And it was! I did not look at another location after that.” The bride wore a lace v-neck fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls and a pair of flats, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a bow tie and suspenders. Bridesmaids wore long pink dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. “We wanted to keep the traditional vows for our wedding but wanted a meaningful unity visual,” she said. “We didn’t want to do the candle or the sand pouring, so we researched and found ‘God’s Knot’ where three strands of rope are braided together to symbolize husband, wife, and God, who make up the marriage. I made it out of rope that I painted: one pink, one sage green, and one white.” The only blooper during the ceremony? “The rings were on the ring bearer’s pillow so tight, we couldn’t get them off,” Kelly said. “The best man ended up ripping the silk tie with his teeth. Everyone clapped.” Guests were then free to play lawn games such as corn hole. Bonus: Dippin’ Dots was served to beat the heat too! Cocktail hour ended, and the reception started inside the barn. Tables were decorated with white linens, tea kettle centerpieces, tea cups, and vintage plates. Instead of a DJ, a band called The Pranksters performed. Two days later, the newlyweds jetted off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia.
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.”