Meg and Brandon were married at Vinewood Plantation in Newnane, Ga. on November 16. “The stables and grounds at Vinewood Plantation had that perfect relaxed charm we were looking for,” Meg said. “I knew the day would be beautiful, even if I had no money left to spend on the decor!” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, sash, and a pair of flats, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with striped tie. “I wore my great aunt Margaret’s earrings for my ‘something blue,'” she said. “She was my mom’s favorite aunt, and I was named for her. My mom gave me the earrings years ago — they were special then, but it meant so much to include them in my wedding.” Bridesmaids wore short patterened dresses they picked out themselves and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, anemones, scabiosa pods, and succulents. “Our guests were greeted with hot apple cider upon arrival,” Meg said. “My mom made 150 felt coffee koozies and 150 of her famous caramels for cider stirrers. The handmade touches from our family and friends made us feel so loved and supported.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Of course, tears were shed! “I will never forget the look on Brandon’s face when we first saw each other,” she said. “It was such an emotional moment, even with our small audience standing 50 feet away. Planning a wedding is such a long and laborious process, but in that moment it was so clear why we were here. I was so full of joy (and relief) that the day had finally come.” The ceremony took place underneath a giant oak tree with everyone sitting in mix ‘n’ matched chairs. Afterwards, the reception was held inside the barn. Tables were decorated with burlap runners, vintage plates and goblets, and votive candles. Dinner was a traditional Southern fare, BBQ! “I loved having individual cakes on each table,” Meg said. “They served two purposes: table numbers and desserts. They were rum cakes, made using grandma Guynelle’s famous recipe. I made the bunting toppers and my mom scoured flea markets and goodwill stores for a year buying up cake stands.” For late-night snacks, s’mores could be roasted over an open fire too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan every last detail,” she said. “We loved Google docs to track everything. Then, turn it over to someone you trust and let it go.”
Melissa and Michael were married at Big Foot Country Club in Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, Wis. on August 23. The one thing about the venue that made them know it was the one was “the shabby chic elegance of the country club,” Melissa said. “The main room has high ceilings with beams and lots of light. It was the feel of an upscale barn.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown with a tiered skirt, accessorized with a sideswept ponytail, jeweled headband, flower sash, and a pair of peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a navy blue tuxedo with black trim on the lapels, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, peonies, astilbe, and greenery. Despite unexpected rain showers, the ceremony took place outside underneath wooden two doors. “My favorite moment was walking down the aisle and seeing everyone smile because they were there for us and only us,” she said. The couple performed a sand pouring to symbolize the unity of joining of two families. “We didn’t want a cookie cutter setup,” Melissa said. “We had action stations for food, no set dinner time, and tables to accompany all sizes – 18, 10, 4.” Each one was decorated differently with white linens, pastel napkins, vintage vases and vessels, and lanterns. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Go with your first instinct,” Melissa said. “Don’t second guess yourself and believe in your vision. If you do that, you will not be disappointed.”
Katy and Michael were married at Pecan Springs Ranch in Austin, Texas on August 16. The bride wore a v-neck satin a-line wedding gown with a cowl back, accessorized with a finger-tip length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of wedges, while the groom wore a light gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a bow tie and matching vest and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, and ivy vines. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Guests were greeted with signature cocktails such as “Mikey’s Something Brewed” and “Katy’s Sangria.” It would not have been a grand entrance down the aisle without two do-it-yourself wooden doors. The altar was highlighted with a vintage dresses and crystal chandelier hanging from an old oak tree. The reception followed inside the main building. Tables were decorated with galvanized metal and milk jar centerepieces surrounded by fruitwood folding chairs. Notice the Mr. and Mrs. book signs for the newlyweds? In addition to the unfrosted naked cake topped with a glitter “Love You More” quote, there was also a cookie and milk bar complete with chocolate chip, M&M’s, double-stuffed Oreos, brownies, and let’s not forget Nesquik too.
Kelly and Will were married at Brightfield Farm in Woodlawn, Tenn. on June 15. “Will and I wanted our wedding day to be a reflection of both of us,” Kelly said. “We chose to have it near Hopkinsville because we both met and started our lives together here. We wanted the location to be unique to us and immediately thought of a barn venue with a garden — something simple, shabby chic, vintage, and with a Southern feel. Once we found Brightfield Farm, we knew we found our perfect match! I remember as we drove up the long dirt driveway, I squealed to Will that I had a good feeling and that this might be the one. And it was! I did not look at another location after that.” The bride wore a lace v-neck fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls and a pair of flats, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a bow tie and suspenders. Bridesmaids wore long pink dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. “We wanted to keep the traditional vows for our wedding but wanted a meaningful unity visual,” she said. “We didn’t want to do the candle or the sand pouring, so we researched and found ‘God’s Knot’ where three strands of rope are braided together to symbolize husband, wife, and God, who make up the marriage. I made it out of rope that I painted: one pink, one sage green, and one white.” The only blooper during the ceremony? “The rings were on the ring bearer’s pillow so tight, we couldn’t get them off,” Kelly said. “The best man ended up ripping the silk tie with his teeth. Everyone clapped.” Guests were then free to play lawn games such as corn hole. Bonus: Dippin’ Dots was served to beat the heat too! Cocktail hour ended, and the reception started inside the barn. Tables were decorated with white linens, tea kettle centerpieces, tea cups, and vintage plates. Instead of a DJ, a band called The Pranksters performed. Two days later, the newlyweds jetted off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia.
Gaby and PJ were married in the bride’s parent’s backyard in Sacramento, Calif. on July 5. “We wanted a small wedding with a lot of character,” Gaby said. “The backyard was surrounded by a rustic wood fence with ivy growing up, covered in beautiful trees to shade us from the hot, hot sun, and had a built-in-bar and dance floor, and even a trampoline for the kiddos!” The bride wore a scalloped lace trumpet wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, denim vest, and khaki pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short orange dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, peonies, dahlias, and greenery. “I LOVED all of my do-it-yourself projects, but my favorite was my backdrop,” she said. “We knew we wanted to do something with my grandparent’s swing set, but it was over 9-feet tall and 12-feet wide. Our florist happened to be an old friend from high school, and she did a walking tour with me through the backyard and gave me the idea to cover it completely in fabric. I spent a very long time looking for and cutting up table cloths and old bed sheets from thrift stores. My mother-in-law sewed a very big plain white background, which we hung first (so you couldn’t see through when the wind blew), and the day before the wedding, my bridesmaids and I sat out in the 110 degree weather, got out our ladder, and started tying all of the individual pieces together. I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say that I was really nervous about this . . . but when it was complete . . . I couldn’t have been happier!” Fun fact: The ceremony also included the couple’s five-year-old son. “This was not only our special day, but his too,” Gaby said. Guests found their seats via a chalkboard window panel. Tables were decorated with vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, glasses, which served double-duty as favors, and mason jar candles. “In the middle of all the fun, everyone had gotten out on the dance floor and really started to let loose,” she said. “We went off to the back to just have a moment alone and look out at our family and friends, who had taken this journey with us. We watched them all laugh and just have fun, and then we danced too . . . very slowly and awkwardly to a rowdy song.”