Arianna and Aric were married at The Wheeler House in Forestville, Calif. on September 7. Fun fact: they are high school sweethearts! The bride wore a strapless tulle a-line wedding gown with lace appliques, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, sash, and a pair of Converse tennis shoes, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, plaid vest, and pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short gray chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of sunflowers, daisies, scabiosa pods, craspedia, and greenery. Guests were greeted with two chalkboard signs that said, “welcome to our wedding” and “say you made it! 1. please sign our guest frame, 2. strike a pose at our photo wall, 3. take a seat, relax, and enjoy the show, and 4. dinner, dancing, and games to follow.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss underneath the giant oak tree draped with Spanish moss, it was official, almost 200 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with lawn games such as corn hole and giant Jenga followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow napkins, burlap runners, and mason jar centerpieces, surrouned by folding padded chairs.”My bridesmaids and I choreographed a surprise dance for my husband,” Arianna said. “It was a mashup of three songs put together. We loved rehearsing and performing it. It was a total shocker to everyone, and it was so much fun to see and hear the reactions.” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut for dessert concluding dinner. S’more favors were also passed out too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Have fun!” she said. “It’s your wedding day, and you have the honor of marrying your best friend. When the planning is over and that special day comes, it will feel so wonderful to be around the people who love you most.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Monterey Bay.
Emily and Sean were married in a traditional church ceremony at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary followed by a reception at Houston Station in Nashville, Tenn. on July 12. “It was the one for us because we knew we could make the space our own,” Emily said. “It has its own unique feel with the wood beams and brick walls; yet, at the same time, it was such a transformative space. We loved the coffee shop in the venue, Noteable Blends. It was also minutes away from downtown.” The bride wore a silk ball gown with an illusion lace neckline, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, and a pair of jeweled Ivanka Trump peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a matching bow tie and cumberbund. Bridesmaids wore long purple chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, anemones, astilbe, and dusty miller wrapped in ribbons. “I cannot stop thinking about when they opened the doors at the church to begin the walk down the aisle,” she said. “It was such a flood of emotions seeing my soon-to-be husband and all of our loved ones there to witness our matrimony. Sean and I waited to see each other until this moment, and once I saw him, it was truly worth the wait!” Fun fact: a live artist painted the entire scene! Cocktail hour began with an assortment of spirits. Dinner came shortly thereafter inside the renovated train station. Tables were decorated with gray linens, white napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “It’s hard to pick just three details,” Emily said. “The flowers were stunning and classic. They seemed to accent the space so well, and they were fresh, crisp, and light. The arrangement of them throughout was beautifully done. They were accented around a hanging menu by the buffet line, below and around my cake, and also draped across the long head table.” Even a monogrammed gobo was projected onto the dance floor! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Keep your focus on what is important,” she said. “The purpose of your wedding is to marry the love of your life. The details, logistics, and families can be tough and stressful at times, but focusing on the fact that your wedding is the start of the rest of your life together is so important. And if you can, get a wedding planner! It can make a difference in the planning a great experience and a not-so-great experience. It certainly did for me.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Antigua.
Jenna and Michael were married at Riverhorse on Main in Park City, Utah on June 21. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart satin mermaid wedding gown with a tiered, ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of Sam Edelman high heels with ankle straps, while the groom wore a navy blue suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, ranunculuses, and seeded eucalyptus. Fun fact: Each one wore a piece of gemstone jewelry that came from local artist Katie Waltman. The ceremony took place at the Town Lift Bridge overlooking the scenic Wasatch Mountains. Even the ski lift ran overhead! Guests were greeted with wooden pews, aisle markers featuring quotes like “she loves him for always wanting one more kiss” and “she loves his voice,” and an altar before the fence. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! “Jenna is a professional wedding planner in Park City, so I was excited to see the decor when I entered the reception,” Melissa Kelsey of Melissa Kelsey Photography said. “The space features brick walls, dark wood floors, and a hanging glass orb ceiling installation.” Tables were decorated with gray linens, black napkins, geometric terrariums filled with wire numbers, geodes atop moss, votive candles, and rock candy wands, which served double-duty as favors, surrounded by cross-back chairs. “The color palette was ery sophisticated,” she said. “It was just so unforced, layered, and not matchy — rich red, soft purple, marine blue, metallic gold, a little pink.” Dinner included a baby spinach salad, warm goat cheese flatbread, vegetarian tofu, and lemon pepper pasta primavera. A two-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert along with honey ice cream. At the end of the night, an after-party continued downstairs with even more dancing!
Joshua and Christopher were married in a ceremony at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial followed by a reception at Woodend Sanctuary in Washington, D.C. and Chevy Chase, Md. on June 21. “There was no other choice of site,” Joshua said. “Being able to get married in our nation’s capital at our favorite monuement, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, meant the world to us. What really made the venue perfect for us was how the house and surrounding grounds flowed together. The simple and natural feel of it all spoke to us.” The grooms wore different custom-made three-piece suits with floral patterned ties. One wore a navy blue, while the other one wore tan. “We loved them,” he said. “Everything from the beautiful lining to the distinctive buttons and lapel pins made the suits stunning. They fit us perfectly, and we felt like a million bucks.” Guests, approximately 145, sat in white folding padded chairs organized in a half-circle to witness the exchanging of vows before it was official! “Walking down the grand staircase and being announced to our family and friends while they cheered for us was just the most surreal, wonderful moment,” Joshua said. “It felt great to shake off the formalities of the day, greet everyone, and thank them for being there to celebrate with us.” Cocktail hour began on the 40-acre property that dates back to 1699. Fun fact: It was designed by architect, John Russell Pope. “We were just tickled with the food,” he said. “The hors d’oeuvres were so unique and tasty! There were smoked trout puffs, onion tartlets, and sausages wrapped in pastries to name a few. Laura did such a great job of finding Finnish foods.” Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, moss centerpieces and numbers, lanterns, and koozies, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. “There was no specific color scheme,” Joshua said. “We just wanted to have the feel of blues, purples, and pinks of the wildflowers. Our florist, Suzann, embraced our theme when we first spoke with her. Her vision and enthusiasm brought everything into harmony, making it feel as if we were celebrating our midsummer wedding in Finland.” A two-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert. In lieu of a traditional guest book, locks were placed onto a wire window panel. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Break in your shoes, but really the best advice that we received and that we want to pass on is to enjoy planning together — every bit of it,” he said. “It took us eight months to plan a wedding that lasted a fleeting three days. We made so many memories getting to know our vendors, exploring ideas, and playing off each others’ strengths to come up with an amazing weekend. Your wedding is just one perfect day, but your time planning is an adventure.”
Kirsten and Jesse were married at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Md. on July 12. “Jesse and I love the water and spend a lot of time boating, fishing, and crabbing,” Kirsten said. “When we walked out onto the Beach House lawn and looked out to see the Bay Bridge, we knew it was the one! The view was just stunning. We loved how the Tavern also overlooked the Chesapeake Bay with huge sliding glass windows. Even the reception ballroom too.” The bride wore a strapless mermaid Vera Wang wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, sash, and a pair of Jimmy Choo peep-toe wedges, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a matching bow tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue Lily Pulitzer dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hydrangeas. Guests were greeted with aisles lined with the letters K and J as well as pomanders. “The ceremony decorations were a favorite detail, done by 2hands studio, with ivory draping and three gold chandeliers hanging from various heights underneath the trellis,” she said. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, only 165 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with lawn games such as corn hole followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with sequin chevron linens, tall centerpieces, floating votive candles, gold numbers, and menu cards at each place setting, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “The moment when I first walked into the venue the day of the wedding, I couldn’t believe how gorgeous everything was and how it had all come together,” Kirsten said. Dinner featured a mixed baby field greens salad with red and yellow teardrop tomatoes and micro flowers dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette, filet mignon paired with a jumbo lump crab cake and fresh vegetables. A four-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert. But that’s not all — boxes of chocolates were also passed out as favors. “We had a flip flop station with navy blue flip flops wrapped in pink ribbon,” she said. “It was a huge hit. I would recommend a flip flop station at every wedding!” The sign in front of it even said, “A little treat for those dancing feet and for you to keep.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “To remember that the most important part of a wedding is getting to spend the rest of your life with your best friend,” Kirsten said. At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia.