Lisa and Chuck were married at the bride’s parents backyard in Lake Minnetonka, Minn. on June 29. “We got married lakeside in the yard of my childhood home,” Lisa said. “My parents moved into the house a few months before I was born, and I lived there all my life. Chuck, too, fell for the charms of Lake Minnetonka over years of visits, and the one thing that we knew when we got engaged was that there was no other place we would rather start our next chapter together.” The bride wore a custom-made and -designed wedding gown with a hi-lo hemline in the front and a cowl back, accessorized with a her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore white blouses with striped skirts and carried bouquets of almost all greenery. “Chuck and I wrote our entire wedding ceremony ourselves,” she said. “We chose two very special readings: an excerpt from our favorite book ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ as well as the E.E. Cummings poem ‘I Carry Your Heart With Me.’” Even their five-year-old English labrador retriever, Tucker, was the ring bearer! Following the sincere nuptials, the newlyweds grabbed a glass of champagne, hopped on a boat, and cruised away from the crowd to celebrate with smooches for a bit. Guests were escorted into the reception tent draped in fabric with compasses, which directed them to “island” tables. In addition to the three-tiered buttercream cake, pecan pie was also served. For entertainment? A band and abstract painter! Plus, homemade truffles were wrapped up in boxes to take home as “bon voyage” favors.
Chelsea and Chris were married at the bride’s parent’s home in Chester, Vt. on September 1. “My dad always talked about having his daughter get married there when we were kids,” Chelsea said. “Chris and I had talked about doing it there for years too. So, when the time came, it was practically a foregone conclusion, despite having moved across the country to California a year before!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. The outdoor ceremony’s focal points were a fabulous baby’s breath wreath and mason jars atop tree stumps. Notice benches were used instead of chairs? “After we kissed and walked back down the aisle, we went out into the field and looked back at the barn, tent, and all of our guests,” she said. “Up until then, I had it together, but seeing our vision all come together was incredibly emotional, and I welled up with tears of joy. I often close my eyes and go back to that moment to recapture the feeling.” Signature cocktails such as “rocket man” and “unicorn” and local organic fare were served, thank-you notes were at each place setting, and maple syrup in jars were given out as favors. The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “Having both a first dance and a first karaoke song that we had rehearsed together,” Chelsea said. At the end of the night, everyone was encourage to star gaze!
Rachel and Nick were married at Pinnacle Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio on September 21. “We wanted a natural, warm location with a rustic feel,” Rachel said. “The open garden was perfect for our cocktail hour, and the ballroom with the marble dance floor and hanging crystal chandeliers was the absolute best backdrop.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias, roses, and dusty millers. Not to mention their statement necklaces too! “Planning our wedding while living in Nashville made me really lean on my friends’ suggestions and vendor recommendations,” she said. “Luckily, each and every one completely surpassed our expectations.” The reception followed the traditional church ceremony. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall centerpieces, and 250 votive candles. “Our DJ took our list of songs, but also was able to ‘read the room’ and keep the dance floor packed ALL night long,” Rachel said. Guests didn’t leave hungry either — a dessert display was stuffed with a four-tiered cake and an assortment of cookies.
Nicole and John were married in a traditional church ceremony at Sacred Heart followed by a reception at The Parker Palm Springs hotel in Palm Springs, Calif. on September 13. “It reminded me of my mother with it’s high style yet approachable and comfortable with great outdoor and interior intimate spaces,” Nicole said. The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown, accessorized with a cathedral length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of coral dahlias. Following the nuptials, guests enjoyed signature “Mr.” and “Mrs.” cocktails and were asked to follow their “animal instinct” to their seats with handmade paper turtles, rabbits, snakes, etc. Tables were decorated with geometric patterned runners, pinwheel centerpieces, and “for richer and poorer” lottery tickets at each place setting. The newlyweds’ best piece of advice? “Use Excel and Pinterest to help organize your event, but be open to letting go of perfection and try to have most everything done one month prior,” she said. Besides the irony of it being Friday the 13th, everything went off without a hitch! “There was an overwhelming amount of fun spent with family and friends escaping and eating together for the weekend,” Nicole said.
Randi and Chris were married at the groom’s grandparent’s ranch in Los, Olivos, Calif. on Sept. 7. ”We knew it was the place we wanted to bring our closest family and friends together to celebrate our big day,” Randi said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace wedding gown with a tiered ruffled skirt, accessorized with a jeweled sash and headband in her half-up/half-down loose curls, while the groom kept in casual in a short-sleeve button-up shirt and khaki pants. “I have two moments that I vividly remember,” she said. “First, my dad and I right before we walked down the aisle. He turned to me and said, ‘Are you ready? You look beautiful.’ Second, was when we were introduced at the reception. Watching our bridal party enter and dance was classic.” Tables were decorated with striped burlap runners, and mercury glass vases and vessels filled with roses. “They were located under the walnut trees,” Randi said. Overhead, cafe string lights and papel picado were hung. “One the sun started to go down, they were turned on and lit the grounds,” she said.