Rachel and Quentin were married in a traditional church ceremony at Edinbrook Baptist followed by a reception at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park, Minn. on January 4. “It is only a few blocks away from each of our family’s homes, and a few minutes drive from the church,” Rachel said. “When I was young, my family would go to Easter brunch here every year, and I always loved it. I thought there would be no way I could afford to get married at a golf course, but our modest food menu put it right our price range.” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, jeweled headband and sash, and a pair of t-strap high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and dusty millers. Guests were greeted with a non-tradtional card box and guest book — a birdcage and globe! Everyone was asked to sign on destination spots for the “future world travelers.” Fun fact: the ceremony was officiated by Quentin’s uncle. Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official with almost 250 witnessing. Pine cones served doublt-duty as escort cards. Tables were decorated white linens, gold runners, mason jar centerpieces, animal numbers, and votive candles. “We printed off sketched pictures of animals so each table was a different one,” she said. “They looked really cute on the tables. We are so into animals, we already have three pets together and are planning our future pet family! The best part was that we announced that for any clinking of glasses, we weren’t going to kiss unless that table made their animal sound. When we first announced this, people started practicing their animal sounds. It was hilarious! It was so much fun hearing the animal sounds all night whenever anyone wanted us to kiss.” Breakfast was served for dinner and chocolate chip cookies instead of cake. “These are our favorite things, and we knew we had to have them,” Rachel said. The dance floor playlist was handpicked too. “I didn’t want to do anything except dance because it was all of my songs,” she said. “It’s cheesy! But in the middle of the party, the floor magically cleared and my husband and I danced to the Selena Gomez version of ‘Let It Go.’ We had just seen Frozen a few days earlier, and I was obsessed (even more than everyone else because, hello, I was a winter bride!). I love the snow and couldn’t believe there was a movie that celebrated it in such a great way. It was the best celebrating our beautiful new marriage in the -30 degree weather.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t get caught up in the things that the industry says you need,” Rachel said. “Make your wedding all about you and have it whatever way you want it. We had a ton of personal details and that’s what made the day so fun. We weren’t worrying about our wedding being perfect or ideal for anyone but us.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to Oregon for their mini-moon!
Elizabeth and Andrew were married in a traditional church ceremony at Westinster Presbyterian followed by a reception at Legare Waring House in Charleston, S.C. on January 4. The bride wore a v-neck lace a-line wedding gown with long-sleeves, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, and a pair of glitter Jimmy Choo peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids (all 17 of them!) wore long neutral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, tulips, Queen Anne’s lace, and ferns. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. It took place at four o’clock surrounded by family and friends witnessing. Even the Christmas tree was still lit! Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Guests were greeted to the historic home though an avenue of moss-draped oak trees. The reception took place in a clear frame tent surrounded by almost 80 acres of gardens. Tables were decorated with white linens, pillar candle centerpieces atop gold charger plates, and folding padded chairs. Did you notice the black and white checkered dance floor they performed dances on? And not to mention the string lights hanging from the ceiling! Following a buffet dinner, the four-tiered square cake was cut and served. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited amongst a sea of petals.
Talia and Clayton were married in a traditional church ceremony at Heinz Memorial followed by a reception at LeMont in Lemont, Pa. on May 31. The bride wore a sweetheart silk mermaid wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled sash, and a pair of Betsy Johnson high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accesorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long neutral chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. Inside the chapel’s red front doors were vaulted ceilings lined with stained glass chancel windows. Fun fact: It was a family tradition to get hitched here! Talia was escorted down the aisle by her teary-eyed father and up the aisle by her googly-eyed husband Clayton. Afterwards, the newlyweds decided to take a stroll through University of Pittsburgh’s campus for portraits since they opted out of a first look. They also made a stop at Mount Washington, which is an incline platform running the entire length of Grandview Avenue, for a few scenic views of the skyline. Meanwhile, guests enjoyed cocktail hour. Escort cards featured hand-scripted font similar to the invitations and ceremony programs too. Notice a theme? Tables were decorated with white linens, silver-rimmed charger plates, tall blossiming branches centerpieces, and wine bottle numbers. The cake was cut with “I do” and “Me too” forks, and boxes of cookies were given out as favors at the end of the night.
Julia and Paul were married in a traditional church ceremony at Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Faith Community followed by a reception at Dove Canyon Courtyard in Dove Canyon, Calif. on October 26. “When we first drove up to it, I said no way because it is in the back of a strip mall and didn’t look appealing,” Julia said. “My fiance said we were already there, so we had to go in. As soon as we walked into the courtyard, I knew it was the place! It just felt so magical with all the twinkle lights everywhere. Truly like a dream.” The bride wore a custom-made lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of sparkly peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas, cala lillies, and roses. “I wish I could wear my dress everyday,” she said. “Walking down the aisle and seeing my soon-to-be husband for the first time [was most memorable]. We didn’t do a first look, so it was the first time that day that we saw each other. I have never been filled with so much joy in my life. It was an incredible feeling.” Cocktail hour began with an assortment of libations, including a signature Lychee martini. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow napkins, and a CD at each place setting, which also served double-duty as favors. In lieu of cake, there was lots and lots of cupcakes. Yum! The newlywed’s best advice? “Take some time to do things together during the planning process that have nothing to do with the wedding,” Julia said. “It can become very stressful and overwhelming at times. You need to take some time to breathe and remember what it is really all about. Don’t get too caught up in all the minor details that you lose sight of that.”
Ashlee and Jacob were married at Matthews Manor in Springville, Ala. on November 3. “It was perfect,” Ashlee said. “I always wanted an outdoor wedding, and Micah’s Meadow was beautiful for that. I also loved that Grace Hall was there too, so guests didn’t have to travel.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with sparkly flats, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie and polka dot socks. Bridesmaids wore satin ivory dresses and carried wildflower bouquets. “The walk back down the aisle, it felt so amazing to escape the spotlight and be close to my husband,” she said. “He swept me off my feet (literally!) and put me in the horse-drawn carriage that awaited us.” Of course, there was a “Just Married” sign on the back for all to see. Most of the reception details were handmade by Ashlee, including the centerpieces and jars of honey. “At the end of the day I would have done it all over again,” Ashlee said. “I loved every part of my wedding day. It was truly a fairytale. I owe it all to my mother! While I thought I had a lot of good ideas, it was her timeless class and wisdom that kept us focused and on budget. Looking back I’m glad we collaborated our own ideas and kept it simple and natural.”