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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.

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Photography: Adrian Tamblin Photography | Venue: The Wheeler Ranch | Event Planner: Glenda Purdy | Dress Store: Wine Country Bride | Shoes: Converse | Bridesmaid Dresses: Target | Floral Designer: Sequoia Floral International | Rentals: Big 4 Party Rentals | Caterer: Socorro Rentaria | Cake: Catherine Fiorello  

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Reagan and Dan were married in a traditional church ceremony at Hamilton College followed by a reception at Harding Farm in Clinton, N.Y. on June 28. “There’s always something special about stepping back into the place where you first fell in love,” Christopher Szulwach, the photographer, said. “That’s exactly why these two traveled back to their alma mater from Washington, D.C. The beautiful chapel (the oldest of its style in the United States), and the Hamilton College’s campus was the perfect place to gather family and friends for the ceremony because of its rich history.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of pointe shoes, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a heart patterened tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of sunflowers wrapped in twine. Once the glass was broken, shouts of “mazel tov”  could be heard, near and far. “Everyone then made the short, mile and half, trip to Harding Farm for the tented reception,” he said. A chalkboard sign directed them to “find a photo to find your table.” Tables were decoated with checkered linens, mason jar centerpieces, and origami folded napkins at each place setting. “The big day was full of personal touches: sunflowers everywhere in memory of Reagan’s father and her special memories planting them with him each year as a child, Dan’s tie tack, which was passed down to him from his father, who is also no longer with us, Reagan’s bouquet was wrapped in one of her father’s old ties, the custom embroidery in Dan’s suit, and the fun selection of pies instead of cake,” Christopher Szulwach, the photographer, said. “Now, this is a wedding I would call classicly trendy!”

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Photography: The Story Photography | Ceremony Venue: Hamilton College | Reception Venue: Harding Farm | Event Planner: MLH Events | Dress Designer: Marisa Bridals from Julie Allen Bridals | Shoes: Chloe | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Knot Standard | Hair Stylist: Gianni Lauryn Hair Salon | Makeup Artist: Makeup Artistry by Monica Caplan | Floral Designer: The Clinton Florist | Caterer: A Moveable Feast by O’Connors | Cake: The Dessert Booth | DJ: Select Receptions by CNY Select DJs

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Caity and Bryan were married at the Las Vegas Country Club in Las Vegas, Nev. on April 4. “As soon as I walked out onto the terrace, I knew it was the one,” Caity said. “The view, the stained concrete, and the amazing backdrop!” The bride wore a lace mermaid wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a tan vest and pants, blue bow tie, and black Converse tennis shoes. Bridesmaid dresses were handmade! Not to mention they’re oh-so elegant. Guests choose a seat not a side when they arrived to the ceremony. “We really wanted a neutral and natural look, so we went with a lot of champagne and ivory with a touch of yellow,” she said. “The sunflowers I had my florist put down the aisle made the perfect frame for my husband and I ” to say our “I do’s.” Plenty of lawn games were played during cocktail hour. “My biggest fear was everyone getting bored or being upset while we were taking pictures  . . . we provided giant Jenga, corn hole, and a photobooth,” Caity said. Props such as lips, mustaches, heart-shaped sunglasses, and “Run!” and “Good Luck!” quote boxes were absolute favorites. The outdoor reception twinkled with a chandelier and string lights overhead, tables decorated with mason jar centerpieces, and a mini bundt cake was served instead of a traditional tiered one.

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Photography: Jenna Ebert Photography | Venue: Las Vegas Country Club | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero from Bowties Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Event Planner: Selena Stem | Bridesmaid Dresses: Juanita Chitay | Hair Stylist: Salon Salon | Floral Designer: Ann Leonardo | DJ: Perfect Vision Entertainment

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