Christina and Kyle were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic followed by a reception at Triunfo Creek Vineyards in Agoura Hills, Calif. on August 16. “We knew that Triunfo Creek Vineyards was over venue right when we drove onto the property,” Christina said. “Kyle is from Seattle, and I’m from Minnesota. We both knew that we wanted a rustic, cozy, and cabin-like vibe for our wedding day, and it was all of those things and more. When we were at the venue for the first time, we both felt this magic and excitement on the property that we knew our family and friends would be able to feel as well.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of boots, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short blush chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, astilbes, dahlias, and seeded eucalyptus. Guests were encouraged to choose a seat and not a side when they arrived for the ceremony. “Kyle and I come from a very musical family, and his brother sang and performed a beautiful song that they put their own twist on for us,” she said. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began with none other than hors d’ouevres such as cheese and meats and of course, wines. “We had giant Jenga, corn hole (each set had a Minnesota and Washington state border decal, which was cool), and beer pong. People played those all day and night.” The reception followed shortly thereafter in the lawn. Tables were decorated with white linens, gold centerpieces, wooden numbers, and votive candles, surrouned by cross-back chairs. “Right as the sun was going down, the sky had this purplish-blue glow, and the lights draped over the tables were twinkling against the sky gorgeously, and it was such a magical moment where my dad was about to give his speech,” Christina said. “I just got to look over the crowd, who had made the trip from Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Chicago, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Colorado, and China. It was such an amazing and overwhelming feeling having all of them in the same place to celebrate with us.” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was served for dessert concluding dinner in addition to an assortment of other sweets. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Find a venue you love, and a good wedding planner,” she said. “Everything else will fall into place organically. Make a checklist of everything you need to do and focus on getting one thing done at a time. It will feel like a never ending process if you are trying to do it all at once.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Hawaii.
Chelsea and Joey were married at The Grace Maralyn Estate and Gardens in Atascadero, Calif. on July 26. “The Grace Maralyn was the perfect venue for us because it felt like we were having the wedding in our own backyard, but the amenities and the details made it a much better version,” Joey said. The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, jeweled headpiece, floor-length veil, and a pair of t-strap peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray tweet vest and pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short mint dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, scabiosa pods, and seeded eucalyptus wrapped in ribbons. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Find a seat, not a side. Today, we’re family!” and encouraged them to grab a paper cone filled with lavender for the toss. “The moment we first saw each other while Chelsea was walking down the aisle,” he said. “The anticipation of the entire day and everything leading up to that, seeing her in her dress, looking as beautiful as ever, and having Florence and The Machine playing in the background, it felt like a scene from a movie. We both lost it a little bit.” During the ceremony, a unity candle was lit. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began with signature Mr. and Mrs. cocktails — my dear watson and the howdy stella. The reception took place shortly thereafter in the lawn. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, gold vase centerpieces, wooden numbers, picture frames, votive candles, and homemade jars of jelly, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “We loved having everything happen at one location,” Joey said. “The ceremony and the reception flowed together seamlessly because we didn’t have to worry about moving 100+ people to another location. It definitely kept the party going.” Dinner included a greek salad, Santa Maria tri-tip steak and chicken breast with salsa and roasted vegetables, roasted potatoes, and garlic bread. Dancing took place in the barn. A three-tiered fondant cake was cut and served for dessert in addition to caramel apples and fruit tarts. “It might sound silly, but having a photo booth was a really fun extra,” he said. “We were able to look at all the photos afterwards and see our family and friends having a great time througout the night. It was nice to know how much people were enjoying themselves.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Give yourself plenty of time to plan things out and be as thorough as possible, but be okay with the outcome regardless,” Joey said.
Katelyn and Matt were married at Chicago Illuminating Company in Chicago, Ill. on September 6. “When Matt and I walked into our venue for the first time, both of our hearts started pounding,” Katelyn said. “The venue was modern and nontraditional but very elegant. I think we just knew it was the right venue for us, but the fact that we could have everything on sight, and there was a gorgeous, ivy courtyard definitely helped.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Badgley Mischka open-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. “My veil was previously worn by two of my cousinss, who were also bridesmaids,” she said. “And around my bouquet, I carried a charm with a picture of my nana and pop pop, who were nable to be there with us on the wedding day.” Bridesmaids wore long gray one-shoulder chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranuncluses, hydrangeas, silver brunia balls, and dusty miller. Before the ceremony, the couple did not opt for a first look. “I decided do to one with my dad,” Katelyn said. “My dad and I have been very close, and I knew it would be very emotional for both of us when he saw me for the first time,” she said. “For me, seeing his face when he walked into the room and saw his ‘little girl’ as a bride was one of the best moments of the day.” Guests were greeted inside the loft with ceiling heights ranging from 15 feet to 50 feet. Aisles were lined with floating candles in staggered vases, tall altar arrangements, and fabric delicately draped across the windows for the backdrop. “The other moment I can’t stop thinking about is coming around the corner and seeing Matt for the first time as I walked down the aisle,” Katelyn said. “It immediately felt like we were the only two people in the room. I couldn’t stop smiling and barely kept myself from crying! After months of planning and hours of getting ready, it was such a rush of emotions to see him and finally get to marry him.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began as the entire wedding party wandered outside to take portraits by Lake Michigan. The reception followed shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens, gray napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles, surrounded by chiavari chairs. After dinner, a three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served. Bonus: a late-night snack from The Slide Ride food truck. The newlyweds’ best advice? “During the reception, take a moment to step back with your new spouse and look around,” she said. “Look at all your hard work you put into planning this amazing day and look at all the people, who have come to celebrate you two and love you both.”
Chika and Joseph were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic followed by a reception at Greensboro Downtown Marriott in Greensboro, N.C. on July 19. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart ball gown with a ruched bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled headpiece, floor-length veil, and a pair of Jimmy Choo glitter high heels, while the groom wore a navy blue tuxedo with black lapes, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, lillies, lisanthus, and geraniums. Despite the rain showers hovering overhead, the ceremony took place at 1 o’clock inside the sanctuary, featuring high-pitched ceilings with wooden arch beams. Only close family and friends sat in pews, decorated with ribbon, and an altar with two of the exact same upholstered chairs, to witness the exchanging of vows. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began in the hotel’s hallways with dinner and dancing in the ballroom shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with gold sequin linens, red napkins, floating candle centerpieces, and lanterns. For extra entertainment, Nigerian performers arrived as a surprise. Fun fact: it paid homage to the newlyweds’ country. Even money was thrown in the air! A three-tiered cake was served for dessert during the toasts. Not a dry eye could be found the rest of the night.
Sarah and Matt were married at Canlis in Seattle, Wash. on August 16. “We both are foodies, and when we found out one of the nicest restaurants in the city did weddings, we jumped at the chance to have our wedding there,” Sarah said. “We also knew that their service is impeccable, and our guests would be well taken care of.” The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with an illusion lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled sash, and a pair of peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. “Our main colors were blue and yellow,” she said. “We wanted a lot of bright colors for the rest of the flowers.” Bridesmaids wore short long-sleeved lace blue dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, hydrangeas, daisies, and greenery. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look on the staircase. It took place in one of the three dining rooms, which features 180 degree views of the Seattle city skyline, and officiated by her uncle/godfather. Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Fun fact: the marriage license was signed in the wine cellar! “As a thank you to my parents for contributing to the wedding, we got them each a special present,” Sarah said. “For my dad, we arranged for one of the owners of the restaurant to put together a whiskey tasting for him and his two brothers during cocktail hour. All three of them absolutely loved it are still talking about it!” The reception followed shortly thereafter. Guests were encouraged to sit wherever they liked. Tables were decorated with white linens, blue napkins, vintage vase and vessel and wine bottle centerpieces atop wooden tree slices, and votive candles, surrounded by upholstered chairs. In lieu of a traditional guest book, “we put out little note cards where people could write down their funny or serious advice for us,” she said. The favors were even homemade. “I loved making our herb salt favors,” Sarah said. “We have gotten so many compliments on how practical, tasty, and how very ‘us’ they were/are.” A two-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “For the day-of, build some buffer time into your timeline because things will take longer than you think,” Sarah said. “Don’t sweat it if you have to cut out a picture location. In the end, it’s all about celebrating you and your husband. Also, both of you should take a moment during your reception to soak it all in and enjoy it.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Napa.