Shannon and Steve were married at Tivoli Tool! in Laguna Beach, Calif on September 15. The couple opted to have a first look prior to the ceremony with the sand between their toes along the Pacific Ocean. Shannon wore a sweetheart ruched wedding gown accented with a beaded embellishment and carried a eco-friendly bouquet of succulents, roses, dahlias, berries, and scabiosa pods. To make her maid of honor stand out, she wore a coral chiffon dress whereas her bridesmaids wore aqua chiffon dresses. Steve said “I do” to his bride in the garden courtyard next to a waterfall backdrop. Guests were escorted to their seats with ombre tags attached to vintage keys. As the sun set, twinkling lights and heart-shaped paper decor hung overhead as the newlyweds performed their first dance and cut the three-tiered wedding cake topped with glittery signage.
Kayla and Jesse were married at the Dallidet Adobe and Gardens in San Luis Obispo, Calif. “The venue is absolutely beautiful,” Kayla said. “It went very well with our rustic theme.” Before the ceremony, Kayla’s leading ladies posed for the camera inspired by the movie Bridesmaids, and groomsmen received personalized mustache flasks. Her favorite moment? When the officiant announced we were man and wife officially. “My cheeks hurt because I was smiling so hard,” she said.” His favorite moment? Seeing his bride for the first time in her wedding gown. Escort cards hung from clothespins, centerpieces featured hydrangeas and dahlias, and the mini cake was topped with a pair of birds. “Don’t stress over the small details” Kayla said. “Once you’re in the moment and experiencing the day, you’re so happy; all those things that seemed like they mattered so much didn’t anymore. Just have fun!”
Trish and Joel were married on a warm summer day at The Manor House in Littleton, Col. “We loved nearly everything about The Manor House, from the scenery to the charm of the house, and especially the service we received from the staff,” Trish said. “Even though the day went by quickly, we were able to spend plenty of time with our family and loved ones too.” Trish walked down the aisle holding back tears as she approached Joel standing behind a dramatic backdrop of Deep Creek Canyon. “We both will never forget the look on each other’s faces,” she said. The tented reception featured a gray and yellow color scheme. Check out those tall floral arrangements and lemons! Besides dancing, guests enjoyed playing corn hole and posing in front of the photo booth with props.
From the photographer: “It was a gorgeous and sunny day in August when Cheryl and Mark for the first time were announced as husband and wife. Their beautiful celebration took a place at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. Cheryl for her wedding chose an ivory color, beautiful and puffy gown, and a beaded lace jacked as her top. Her shoes were mesh with rhinestone and looked very cute. As for the bouquet, she went for simplicity. It was a beautifully styled bouquet out of white and yellow colored roses.
One of the biggest things Cheryl and Mark were proud of was their big and fun bridal party. They had seven bridesmaids and groomsmen, plus a true handsome ring bearer. Bridesmaids were wearing coral color dresses and had bright yellow color orchid bouquets. The groom and his groomsmen wore gray color tuxedos with yellow color boutonnieres, looking handsome and stylish. There were a lot of delicate, fun and unexpected moments at the wedding.
A breathtaking incident occurred right before the ceremony when Cheryl’s dad came to give her a blessing. When Cheryl and her dad saw each other they wept in tears and hugged each other shearing their heart feelings. A very unexpected moment happened right before Mark had his right to kiss Cheryl for the first time. He took out a spray from his jacket and sprayed his mouth before kissing Cheryl. Everyone was insanely laughing seeing this to happen.
It was also hilarious when Cheryl and Mark and the rest of the bridal party walked down the aisle. They had these big and funny glasses. They put them on and showed their moves while walking down. At the end of their beautiful celebration, excited like never before, Cheryl and Mark walked down the path while their guests were waving sparklers and giving them blessings. The newlyweds jumped into a red Mustang and took off to their lovely honeymoon.” — Tomas Skaringa of The Big Affair
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
It wasn’t one thing, it was everything! The plantation was stunning, and the on-site event contact Jessica was incredibly sweet and available to help in any way she could.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Having the ceremony set outside on the Ashley River, under giant live oak trees draped with Spanish Moss. It was simply beautiful. It ended up starting to rain hard ten minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to start, but then after five minutes, it stopped, the sky cleared, and everything got quiet.
2. The relaxing feel of the entire week leading up to wedding (we spent that week at a beach house on isle of palms with both our immediate families together) as well as the intimate feel of the wedding itself. We only had 35 guests including the bridal party. Everyone there was incredibly special to us and we got to spend time with each guest!
3. The rustic, vintage, feel of the décor. We spent a lot of time formulating a simple, but chic vision and the outdoor lounge area, the dessert display framed by a collage of antique mirrors, and the chandeliers accented by hanging mason jars filled with flowers created that perfectly!
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
For my husband, it is our first dance. We had taken a few dance lessons and had the teacher choreograph something so that people wouldn’t just be watching us sway back and forth for two minutes. He loved getting to display some hidden talents. My favorite moment was standing at the back of the lawn with my father waiting for our cue to walk down the aisle. I loved having that quiet opportunity to stand back observe the wedding and everyone dear to us before getting sucked up into it myself. It was like time stopped for a minute.