Maria and Mark were married at The Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. on April 26. “The grand staircase at the entrance – that’s what initially caught our eyes, but the overall service, ambiance, and reputation it had is what made it a clear choice for us,” Maria said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with feathers, accessorized with a ballerina bun and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Notice those two-toned pink strappy platform pumps? Hello, sexiness! “My mom gifted me small pendants to pin inside my dress,” she said. “They were my dad’s. I pinned them close to my heart, so he could be there to walk with me down the aisle.” Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, ranunculuses, and astilbes. “The ceremony as a whole, especially our vows, was by far my favorite moment,” she said. “I was so incredibly happy, and still am.” Reception tables were surrounded by chiavari chairs, decorated with tall centerpieces, and love salts at each place setting, which served double duty as favors. “Absolutely ALL of the floral arrangements, especially the real cherry blossoms that we were so lucky to have!” Maria said. “Thank you for blooming at just the right time.” Guests were encouraged to guess the locations of the honeymoon. Eventually, they were told it was Paris, France, and Spain. The newlyweds’ best advice? “If anything or anyone gets you stressed, anxious, or nervous on your wedding day (or during the planning process), just remember what your wedding day is really about – you and your fiance’s love for one another,” she said.
Kelly and Stephen were married at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, S.C. on March 31. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and pair of silver peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and berries. “My favorite part of the day was our first look,” Kelly said. “It was the only time that we really had to ourselves where we could take in all what was happening.” The outdoor ceremony took place underneath giant oak trees with sweeping scenic views of Ashley River from behind. After they were announced husband and wife, cocktail hour kicked off with signature “Blushing Bride” and “Plantation Tea” drinks in mason jars complete with striped straws. “We felt so blessed that all our family and friends traveled to attend our destination wedding,” she said. Inside the Carriage House, farm tables were decorated with runners, mercury glass vases and vessels, and chalkboard numbers. Dinner included traditional Southern fare like crab cakes, macaroni and cheese squares, and homemade corn bread. Yum! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Take your time and really focus on what matters to both of you.” A three-tiered square cake was the focal point of the dessert display, and following the last dance of the night, sparklers were lit to send them on their honeymoon to Dubai.
Aly and Josh were married at Ravenswood Event Center in Chicago, Ill. on May 26. “The atrium where we had our ceremony was absolutely amazing,” Aly said. “There were floor-to-ceiling windows, arched wood ceilings, and exposed brick and pipings. We wanted a very neutral color scheme, so we chose all warm tones like blushes and creams.” The bride wore a custom-made strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie and Converse tennis shoes. Bridesmaids wore short black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, garden roses, and dusty millers. The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “Our introduction into the reception ballroom,” she said. “It was breathtaking to see everything set up and see the finished product of what we worked so hard to plan. It was also great to see all of our family and friends there to celebrate with us.” Tables were decorated with white linens, sage green napkins, antique mix ‘n’ matched vases and vessels with single stems, and menu cards at each place setting. “While it’s easy to get caught up in all of the expensive details the fact of the matter is, it’s only one day,” Aly said. “It was fun to add a little do-it-yourself details to help save.”
Erinn and Brian were married in a traditional church ceremony at Willard Memorial followed by a reception at Inns of Aurora in Auburn, N.Y. on June 7. “There are two things we loved — the beautiful setting and the food!” Erinn said. “We wanted an outdoor wedding and having the tent right on one of the Finger Lakes was just perfect. We grew up in the area and love being on the lake, so the setting just felt like ‘us.’ Also, we are huge foodies, and Aurora Inn had one of the best ratings in the region. They definitely didn’t disappoint because everything was absolutely delicious.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of pink satin bow pumps, while the groom wore a three-piece black suit, accessorized with a solid tie and bulldog cufflinks. “All the personal touches from my family made the day extra special,” she said. “My mom gave me a locket on the morning of the wedding that included various objects such as a piece of her veil, piece of my great great grandma’s dress, and my late grandma’s earrings. I pinned it to my bouquet, and when I walked down the aisle, I knew I had these women with me in spirit.” Bridesmaids wore long coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, and olive leaves. “I couldn’t stop staring and smelling at them,” she said. “Saying our vows to each other was the most memorable part of the day, and obviously meant the most.” Tables were decorated with white linens, picture frames with descriptions of special places, and “hubby” and “wifey” chair signs in honor of the newlyweds. Cookies served as favors. “We wrapped them and on each tag wrote, ‘Something sweet for your tooth, and something sweet for your soul,” Erinn said. “Below that, there was 10 different quotes. For example, one from Maya Angelou and Brian’s favorite show Friday Night Lights.”
Pascale and Maurice were married at Adobe Mission Church followed by a reception at The Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale, Ariz. on May 3. “It was a blank slate — a contemporary white space that we could dress any which way to make our own,” Pascale said. “A lover of color, I really didn’t want to limit ourselves to a simple color scheme, so I didn’t. We drew from vibrant ones (orange, yellow, pink, and turquoise) of the festive Mexican culture as well as the sunset shades of the Southwest.” The bride wore a sweetheart peplum ballgown with a silk ruched bodice, accessorized with a mantilla chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped tie. “Maurice surprised me with a message on the bottom of my shoes, ‘I fell in love with your feet, now I get to marry them. I love you!’” she said. “There were so many handcrafted elements like the the mini rosary beads that my mom and aunt strung, so that each guest would receive one during the ceremony.” Even an “Amor” sign above the church! Following the nuptials, the newlyweds drove off in a vintage Chevrolet El Camino with “Novio” and “Novia” written in hearts on the back. Cocktail hour included signature margaritas and a street taco and hot sauce bar. Yum! A favorite moment? “Our reception entrance!” Pascale said. “Before everyone could head upstairs for dinner, Maurice and his sombrero-wearing, maraca-shaking groomsmen walked in with the mariachi band as they played a song called ‘El Rey.’ The boys then picked up ‘derbakes’ (Arabic hand drums), surprising the crowd with a Middle Eastern acoustic jam session as the bridesmaids entered wearing belly dancing skirts, shaking their hips to the oriental beats. I finally made my way in with my dad, as Maurice free-styled along to a Latin trumpet tune.” Rustic wooden farm tables were decorated with black and white sequin chevron runners, native desert plants, and playful pops of tulips. “We were having so much fun that we almost forgot to cut our cake,” she said. “Our dessert spread featured churros and dipping sauces, petite s’mores, cookies, milk shooters, popsicles, and candies complete with stuff-your-own pinata bags.”