Rachel and Garry were married at The Japanese Garden followed by an outdoor backyard reception in Van Nuys, Calif. on June 7. “The moment you step foot into the Japanese Gardens, you are surrounded by peace and serenity,” Rachel said. ”Any stress, any worry seizes to exist while you are there. You can’t help but admire the beauty. “ The bride stunned in a v-neck halter wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and sparkly peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with no tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, and dahlias. All 80 guests sat at round tables in padded folding chairs, decorated with sandalwood linens, white napkins, floating candle centerpieces, and a personalized thank-you note at each place setting. ”Garry and I took a moment to reflect and kind of stepped back and looked around at all of our friends and family,” she said. “To see their smiling faces, laughing and dancing – so much love was everywhere. It was truly humbling, and our hearts were bursting.” An indulging dessert display included a buttercream-frosted cake, oatmeal cream pies, Ho Hos, and chocolate covered marshmallows. Lucky them! The newlyweds jetted off in a 1961 Bentley at the end of the night for a touch of old Hollywood glamour. “If at the end of the day, you marry the love of your life, the rest doesn’t matter,” Rachel said.
Kathy and Basil were married at Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago, Ill. on September 14. Fun fact: It was America’s first theatre built for showing the sky’s limits! The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a bouquet of all-white orchids, roses, and ranunculuses, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a polka dot bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short sequin black dresses, accessorized with yellow Pashmina shawls. Plus, even their pup made it into the mix for a few portraits on the terrace! “With stunning panoramic views of Chicago as the backdrop, my amazing bride and groom were married,” Stevi and Matt Savage said, the photographers. “They also incorporated some Palestinian traditions into the reception.” Notice Kathy’s henna on her hands and forearms? Guests enjoyed the newlyweds’ grand entrance complete with a #selfie moment. Tables were surrounded with cross-back chairs, decorated with gray linens, glass dinnerware and flatware, mercury glass votive candles, and single stem sunflowers. The dessert display featured a three-tiered square monogrammed cake, souffles, macarons, and more, and by the end of the night, a surprise fireworks display went off! Boom.
Julie and Steven were married at Clover Forest Plantation in Goochland, Va. on September 14. “It reminded me of the house I grew up in,” Julie said. “They were both built during the same time period, so I felt right in my comfort zone.” The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a layered skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Notice the polka dots? “They were on the bodice of my wedding gown, which inspired me to use this pattern in other parts of the decor like the invitations, linens, and even the paper straws,” she said. Fun fact: Julie is a graphic designer! Bridesmaids wore short purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and seeded eucalyptus. “The ceremony location had a beautiful pergola that overlooked a private lake for us to say our ‘I do’s’ underneath,” Julie said. “It had an overall romantic, Southern charm to it. Having our dog, Madison, as the flower girl was really important to both of us. We had a little flower collar made for her and had a ‘maid walk her down the aisle.” Guests were asked to write well wishes and advice on cards for the new Mr. and Mrs. Tables were decorated with gray linens, pink napkins, and mini pots filled with succulents. “Steven’s brother, Michael, performed ‘Thank You’ by Led Zepplin on his guitar for our first dance,” she said. “This unique song means a lot, and we thought it was special to hear it played live. It also took some attention off of us while we were dancing, since we ran out of time to practice.”
Cristina and Anthony were married at Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, N.J. on July 5. The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown with an illusion back, accessorized with a pair of t-strap peep-toe high heels with bows, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white tie. Bridesmaids wore long peach chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, baby’s breath, and daises. Guests were greeted with fan programs that beat the heat. “Our ceremony — it felt like it was such a dream,” Cristina said. “It was so beautiful on the veranda looking out onto the Navesink River. I remember feeling pure joy at that moment. I was so excited to marry my soon-to-be husband.” Even the ring bearer carried a custom-made pillow with a calendar of the month embroidered on it. The date was highlighted in a heart. Cards were placed into a vintage suitcase, tables were decorated with centerpieces atop mirrors, and favor boxes filled with Waterford crystal glass were at each place setting. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make sure you take it all in because it goes by quickly,” she said. “Enjoy every minute!”
Devin and Eddie were married at the bride’s grandparent’s home in St. George Island, Fla. on August 3. “I have always known it was where I wanted to get married,” she said. “My family has owned it my entire life. It is my absolute favorite place in the world. There was nowhere else I would rather have been on my wedding day.” The bride wore a flower embroidered tulle wedding gown with an illusion back and capped sleeved, accessorized with a headband in her short pixie hair, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a bow tie. “After a ridiculous, rainy summer, somehow it turned out to be clear, breezy, and not too humid!” she said. “I was waiting in my room while all of our guests were arriving, and I could see everything from my second-story vantage point. I was peeking through the curtains, along with my flower girl and maid of honor, when I saw my now-husband walking down the aisle with his best man. I couldn’t even see his face because his back was to me. Somehow, it finally felt real.” They wed before 85 along the shores of the Gulf Coast. Fun fact: ceremony programs were shaped like seashells. What did the newlyweds do after they were pronounced husband and wife? Jump for joy! Literally. Famous Apalachicola oysters were served and cocktails were displayed in a canoe. Koozies served double-duty as favors! Tables were decorated with striped linens, luscious centerpieces filled with tulips, ranunculuses, and kale surrounded by starfish and sand dollars. “Our cake was beautiful AND delicious!” Devin said.