Autumn and Andrew tied the knot at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, Calif. on June 28. The bride opted for a short a-line wedding dress and wore her hair in a curly ‘do while her groom donned dark gray pants, with a matching vest, bow tie, and top hat. Autumn and Andrew didn’t have a typical wedding, but it was chock full of games, delicious foods, and performances to keep their guests completely entertained all night. “We were looking for an outdoor space where we could set up a carnival/circus feel,” Autumn said. “We also were looking for a venue that would let us stay outside until late that evening. When we saw the space at Saddlerock Ranch, we knew it would be perfect for us, and the vineyards and animals on the property were a big bonus!” After exchanging vows in front of 150 friends and family, the carnival began. The reception had a carousel, a variety of carnival games, and a juggler. Guests indulged in festive treats like cotton candy, funnel cake, and popcorn. Family and friends were seated at banquet tables covered with a patterned table cloth and red rose centerpieces. Twinkling lights hung overhead and a stage with a red backdrop was set up for live entertainment such as a contortionist and ribbon twirler. Since the wedding took place at a ranch there were also a variety of animals around, such as horses and sheep. For dessert, guests enjoyed an ice cream sundae bar and a chocolate cake adorned with strawberries. Autumn advises that couples try to stay calm and enjoy their wedding day. “Try to relax on your big day! A few things are bound to go not according to plan, but don’t let that stop you from having a perfect, incredible, memorable day!”
Lori and Paul were married at Newhall Mansion in Piru, Calif. on August 9. “The Newhall Mansion has always been a dream of mine,” Lori said. “Looking through my grandparents’ dining room glass windows throughout my childhood gazing at the mansion and its beautiful mysteriousness captivated me.” Lori stunned in an intricate all-lace gown and curly hair. She added a touch of personality to her look by wearing cowgirl boots and carrying a bouquet made of brooches and pins instead of traditional flowers. Her bouquet also featured photos of lost loved ones. Her ‘maids added a pop of color and opted for bright pink, strapless dresses with brown cowgirl boots. They carried rustic bouquets of wheat, eucalyptus, and millet. The groom, his men, and the bride’s father were outfitted in a more casual ensemble, with blue jeans and plaid button-down shirts (a white one for the groom). “My dad has never been comfortable in a suit, and I wanted him and all the groomsmen to be as comfortable as possible,” Lori explained. The couple exchanged vows outside as roughly 100 guests looked on and sipped on their drinks from the pre-ceremony cocktail hour. After officially tying the knot, guests enjoyed a second cocktail hour and played games such as Jenga, beer pong, cornhole, and Scrabble. Family and friends looked to the chalkboard and moss-covered frames to find their seats for the reception. Round tables with burlap linen and white folding chairs were set up behind the mansion. Many of the decor elements were handmade by the bride’s mother. “All the hard work my mom did sewing all of the burlap linens and napkins, making every single one of the okie wine glasses and homemade beeswax mason jar candles for our guests to take home and enjoy for years to come,” Lori said. What a loving mother! Guests dined on everything from sliced brisket, pulled pork, and chicken to macaroni and cheese. The reception also featured a dessert display complete with a variety of popcorn, caramel, and cupcakes. Lori’s best advice for engaged couples? “Do as much as you can yourselves and make it as unique and individual as the love you have for each other.”
Cori and Kyle were married at Rugby Grange in Fletcher, N.C. on June 14. Cori’s background in architecture and design played a large part in the choice of location. “I fell in love with the house,” Cori said. “I have a special place in my heart for old homes…there was so much detail, and character, and just an overall warmth about it. The house actually sits on about 300 acres of old growth forests, so it felt secluded and intimate, which is what we wanted.” The bride stunned in a strapless lace embroided gown with an asymmetrical mermaid skirt and floral sash. She wore her hair in an updo adorned with a flower. She carried a bouquet of white blooms and greenery. Her ‘maids opted for floor-length strapless gowns in various shades of gray and slate blue. The groom and his men looked handsome in black suits. The groom separated himself from the bunch by wearing a gray tie instead of black. “My husband and I wanted to pray together before the ceremony,” Cori said.”This was really important to us and helped us get some jitters out! It was such a special moment with just he and I.” The 140 guests gathered outside the house to watch Cori and Kyle tie the knot. Cori’s bouquet had a few special momentos that she carried down the aisle. “I had pictures of three of my Grandmothers and my nephew attached to my bouquet,” Cori said.”They have all passed away, and this was just something sentimental to me to have them there on our special day.” A reception was held under a white tent following the ceremony. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and lawn games such as corn hole. There were even bubbles and other trinkets for guests of the younger age to enjoy. The couple offered a display of various cakes, including white and chocolate frosted. Cori hopes that other couples have as much fun during the planning process as she did. “I really tried to not stress, and to enjoy the wedding planning process. It is such a special and exciting time, and you should take time to enjoy it!”
Jessica and Brian tied the knot at Guilford Yacht Club in Guilford, Conn. on August 16. The bride looked flawless in a strapless gown with a ruffled skirt. She wore her chestnut hair up in a low bun, and opted for royal blue heels as her “something blue.” She carried a bouquet of thistle, amaryllis, roses, eucalyptus, veronica, and amaranthus. Jessica was particularly happy about the way her bouquet turned out. “I did not want a traditional bouquet of roses,” she explained. “My florist listened to my ideas and created the perfect bouquet for me.” The groom looked dapper in a gray three-piece suit and navy necktie. “We were looking for a venue on the water,” Jessica said. “The property is gorgeous and allows for privacy from the rest of the club.” The pair exchanged vows right on the edge of the water in front of 130 family members and friends, who blew bubbles as they recessed down the aisle as husband and wife. The reception was held inside the yacht club, and guests sat at round tables with blue linens and mini sailboat centerpieces. Guests received limoncello favors at their seats. The newlyweds dined at a sweetheart table featuring personalized buoys as chair decor. Guests ate, drank, and danced the night away as Jessica and Brian enjoyed their first day as a married couple. Her wedding planning M.O.? “Relax and have fun; don’t stress over things that are out of your control like the weather!”
Christa and Adam were married on the beach at the Henlopen Hotel in Rehoboth Beach, Del. on July 5. The bride looked radiant in a one-shoulder sheath gown with her hair in a partial updo. She carried a bouquet of baby’s breath, hydrangeas, and alstroemerias. Her ‘maids donned short, periwinkle dresses and carried baby’s breath bouquets. The groom looked dapper in gray dress pants and a matching vest. He sported a purple and blue checkered plaid tie. His groomsmen wore gray dress pants, suspenders, and periwinkle ties. The intimate crowd of family and friends gathered on the beach to watch Christa and Adam exchange vows in front of a white arch decorated with flowers. Glass bubble terrariums filled with sand and hydrangeas served as aisle markers, and guests sat in white folding chairs. They blew bubbles at the couple as they recessed down the aisle! A reception followed at the hotel where guests enjoyed passed appetizers and champagne during the cocktail hour, followed by a delicious dinner. The reception included sand-filled candles, lanterns, and sea glass, among other beach-themed decor. The personalized napkins had the phrase “Eat Drink Celebrate” printed on them, and guests enjoyed a tier of sugar-coated brownies for dessert. The seaside day was full of love and lifelong memories were created.