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.”
Lauren and Carter were married in the groom’s parent’s backyard in Columbia, Mo. on September 6. “When searching for a venue, nothing felt like us,” Lauren said. “When Carter’s parents moved into their house and offered it as a venue, it fit us. It was familiar and relaxed, just what we needed.” The bride wore a vintage-inspired v-neck a-line wedding gown with capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with a pair of gold peep-toe wedges, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short peach chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, poppies, astilbes, berries, and dusty millers. “Oh man, there were so many special moments,” she said. “I guess the one that stands out the most would be after we walked down the aisle from the ceremony. Carter pulled me aside privately. I could feel the sprinkles that were thrown on us falling off of our heads and shoulders. It was really sweet.” Guests were directed to the tented reception via a wooden directional arrow. Tables were decorated with mint linens, vintage vases and vessels, books, picture frame numbers, and votive candles. “The day was perfect, and everyone who helped did an amazing job,” Lauren said. “We loved our sweets table. I have a sweet tooth, or more appropriately, sweet teeth. Anything someone could want for dessert was delicately arranged.” It featured an three-tiered ombre cake, cupcakes, mini pies, cookies, and more. The newlyweds’ best advice? “My advice to other couple’s planning their wedding would be to go slowly,” she said. “Go one step at a time and everything will come together. Also, don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Jamie and Kevin were married at Ernest Hemingway House and Museum in Key West, Fla. on April 5. “They had the pleasure of getting married in the beautiful home of the author and journalist Ernest Hemingway, famous novelist and nobel prize and pulitzer prize winner of ‘The Old Man and the Sea’,” Claudia Cebrian of Clau Photography Fine Art said. “The location gifted the couple with history and converted their union into a very special moment for all.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with a single bloom in her curly updo, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short and long green chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, calla lilies, stephanotis. “The bouquets were in pastel tones of white, cream, baby pink, and fuchsia added a touch of color,” she said. The ceremony took place outside in the garden underneath a pergola. Dinner and dancing began after the vows. Guests were welcomed with none other than a display with a vintage typewriter, books, and cigar boxes. Plus, a palm tree picture frame with the quote, “Palm trees and summer air, your love will always take me there,” that served double-duty as the book of well wishes and advice. Tables were decorated with white linens, lace runners, mercury glass centerpieces and candles, and thank-you favor boxes attached with a key at each place setting. At the end of the night, the reception was lit with paper lanterns, the three-tiered cake was cut, served, and devoured, and smiles, tears, and laughter could be seen and heard all around.
Sarah and Jay were married at Cypress Grove Estate House in Orlando, Fla. on December 22. “We loved the beautiful outdoor setting with majestic oaks overlooking a lake, and the fact that our guests could easily walk from the ceremony to the cocktail hour and then to the reception,” Sarah said. “I wanted it to be full of Southern elegance, and it was exciting to see how the details of the decorations all created that feeling too.” The bride wore a long-sleeved satin wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore one-shoulder long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and anemones. “My favorite moment was when my father walked me down the aisle, and I could see Jay’s expression as he saw me for the first time,” she said. During the ceremony, the couple lit a unity candle to symbolize the joining of two families. Guests were escorted to their seats via vintage keys. Tables were decorated with lace linen overlays, mercury glass centerpieces, votive candles, and framed numbers. The newlyweds’ best advice? “My mother and I loved planning, but when it came to the big day, the best advice I can tell other couples is to hire a day-of or event coordinator,” Sarah said. “Jocelyn was behind-the-scences making sure everything was perfect. Jay and I didn’t panic at all, but instead, we were able to just enjoy it with our closest family and friends.” In lieu of a DJ, there was a live band; plus, not to mention, a photo booth for extra entertainment. Notice the batman props?
Nicki and Chance were married at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, N.C. on June 7. “When we were looking for a venue, we wanted a place that would be sentimental to both of us and would give a Southern charm to our wedding,” Nicki said. “The Bentonville Battlefields was the perfect place because it is a reminder that love can be found in the smallest, most unexpected places. We loved that it was so close to home and had so many memories for us and our community too.” The bride wore a spaghetti strap mermaid wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls. while the groom wore a khaki three-piece suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore short netural dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias, tulips, and berries. “Once the bridesmaids and I were dressed and ready to go to the ceremony, my mom surprised me with a gift,” she said. “It was a beautiful necklace with my new initials on it. We both cried when I opened it and shared a special moment just before the wedding. It was a reminder of how much my mom loves us and supports our marriage. I loved having that assurance in my heart as I walked down the aisle.” During the ceremony, a unity candle was lit. Plus, in lieu of a traditional guest book, a Bible was signed. “Once all guests were seated, it was placed at the front,” Nicki said. “The preacher, Chance, and I also signed the Bible as a reminder that our love is a gift from God. It is a great keepsake!” The reception followed underneath a frame tent. “My favorite details were the table decorations that we used,” she said. “My mother and I decorated each table by hand. Every table was different, but they all had an antique style to them. We spent months searching stores, thrift shops, and old barns around our family farm for items that we could add. We had decorations ranging from old cigar boxes and Coke bottles to tea pots.” The dessert display had endless sweets — rainbow sprinkle cupcakes, pecan pies, and rice krispie treats. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Choose a few things to splurge on and decide on a few things that you can cut back on,” Nicki said. “It will help with your budget! As soon as we got engaged, I knew that my splurges would be my dress and my photographer. I was heppy to cut back on other details that were not as important to me. Of course, every bride’s splurges will be different but make sure you choose those up front before you get too far along in the planning process.”