Megan and Christopher were married on the bride’s farm near Starved Rock State Park, Ill. “We looked at a few different places, but when we were finally ready to make a decision, I knew I wanted to get married where I grew up, where we fell in love and where Christopher proposed,” Megan said. “It now means even more to us.” The bride wore a one-shoulder Lazaro ruffled wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls. “The genuine shock and excitement when Christopher saw me for the first time that day literally took his breath away,” she said. “It was more amazing than I ever dreamed.” The ceremony took place under a big oak tree decorated with ribbons and paper lanterns. Guest sat in wooden pews and kept cool with umbrellas while the couple exchanged handwritten vows. As they recessed down the aisle, a flute ensemble played as confetti was thrown. Cocktails were served in mason jars, vintage couches served as comfy seats, and lanterns lit the entire backyard. The tented reception featured a family photo display, table numbers wrapped in twine, and the cake atop a tree stump!
Karina and Taylor were married at the restored Spanish farmhouse Casa Feliz in Winters Park, Flor. on October 13. Pumpkins atop hay bales stating, “welcome to our wedding” greeted guests as they arrived. The bride wore a v-neck wedding gown and Mary Jane checkered print pumps whereas her ‘maids wore purple dresses and saddle pumps. Bouquets featured dahlias, calla lilies, mums, fern curls, and thistle. The outdoor ceremony and reception overlooked the golf course with twinkling cafe lights overhead. Tables were decorated with lace linens, red napkins, tea candles, and unique centerpieces — succulents with hot air balloons — while glass bulbs were filled with blooms for favors.
Ashley and Gavin were married in her grandparent’s backyard with some of their closest family and friends on September 28. Signage hung from trees behind them as they said their vows: “My mother told me to pick the very best one and you are it,” “This is where our story begins . . . ,” “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,” ” I made a wish and you came true,” and “All because two people fell in love.” As they stood their being announced husband and wife, you couldn’t help but notice the bride’s beauty in her capped-sleeve illusion lace wedding gown and birdcage veil. Bridesmaids wore an array of different blush dresses while groomsmen wore gray tuxedos. Bouquets and boutonnieres included lots of succulents, peonies, and craspedia balls. Reception tables were decorated with vintage china and tea cups as well as heirloom objects atop books. The dessert display was too sweet — cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and more!
Despite the threat of thunderstorms and rain showers, Stephanie and Scott were married in early June at Magnolia Manor near Knoxville, Tenn. The bride wore a beaded bodice and lace a-line wedding gown and accessorized with a floral wreath whereas her bridesmaids wore mix ‘n matched pink dresses. The groom wore a do-it-yourself burlap boutonniere. A white dove release ended the outdoor ceremony, and the tented reception began with lots of homemade BBQ. Vintage china, candelabras, mason jars, books, and tree bark decorated banquet tables, and crepe paper streamers hung from the ceiling. Guest enjoyed the dessert display of sweet treats, including cracker jacks, caramel apples, cake pops, and chocolate covered strawberries.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
It wasn’t one thing, it was everything! The plantation was stunning, and the on-site event contact Jessica was incredibly sweet and available to help in any way she could.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Having the ceremony set outside on the Ashley River, under giant live oak trees draped with Spanish Moss. It was simply beautiful. It ended up starting to rain hard ten minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to start, but then after five minutes, it stopped, the sky cleared, and everything got quiet.
2. The relaxing feel of the entire week leading up to wedding (we spent that week at a beach house on isle of palms with both our immediate families together) as well as the intimate feel of the wedding itself. We only had 35 guests including the bridal party. Everyone there was incredibly special to us and we got to spend time with each guest!
3. The rustic, vintage, feel of the décor. We spent a lot of time formulating a simple, but chic vision and the outdoor lounge area, the dessert display framed by a collage of antique mirrors, and the chandeliers accented by hanging mason jars filled with flowers created that perfectly!
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
For my husband, it is our first dance. We had taken a few dance lessons and had the teacher choreograph something so that people wouldn’t just be watching us sway back and forth for two minutes. He loved getting to display some hidden talents. My favorite moment was standing at the back of the lawn with my father waiting for our cue to walk down the aisle. I loved having that quiet opportunity to stand back observe the wedding and everyone dear to us before getting sucked up into it myself. It was like time stopped for a minute.