Julia and Blair were married exactly 3 months (and 1 day) after their engagement. “We said, ‘I do’ just a few miles from the high school where we met, where our mothers taught and became friends, and where our officiant introduced us during a theatre production,” Julia said. Keeping with the “nostalgic, geeky, rainbow-explosion exuberance of the day,” she wore a lime green dress and carried a bouquet of tissue paper flowers. “If white isn’t your best color, and you love showing off your legs, why not do something unexpected?” she said. Following the backyard ceremony, guests were surprised to hear Julia read an old love letter from Blair during toasts. “I loved sharing this memory with our nearest and dearest,” Julia said. Centerpieces were decoupaged wine bottles and mason jars with paper pinwheels, and the dessert display featured a cake topped with My Little Pony toppers, lollipops, cake pops, and more.
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.
Elva and Bobby were married on July 20 at Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula, Calif. “My husband and I knew we wanted an outdoor, rustic venue that would capture our vision of having a whimsical, festive Mexican and Persian multicultural wedding,” Elva said. “Everything about the site was picture-perfect: its rich history, the lemon orchards, the bocce ball courts, the old buildings, the green hills, the windmills, the views, the list is endless! Being able to have a hot air balloon on site for our guests didn’t hurt either.” The traditional Persian ceremony was, for many of their guests, a first introduction to the other family’s customs, since it consisted of items that symbolized a happy marriage to them — sweets, pastries, mirrors, flowers, honey and Holy Quran. The Mexican reception decor was “bright, bold, and full of fun colors,” she said. “We incorporated papel picado, maracas, Mexican sweet bread, mini pinatas, and of course, lots of tequila in our signature drinks.”
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We loved so many things about the DoubleTree! The size of the dance floor really sealed the deal for us though. Having two large families who love to boogie, we knew that size was important. The accommodating staff and sheer convenience of the hotel aspect of the venue were huge factors in our decision as well.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
Our theme was part “life is sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two,” and part seaglass as Kevin proposed while we were hunting for seaglass. Our absolute favorite detail was an old bicycle built for two that we fully restored for the wedding so we could make our entrance ‘riding in style’. Aside from the bike, we loved incorporating DIY aspects such as banners, pinwheels, and wreaths with Z’s on them.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
By far the best part of the day for us was reading our vows to each other. We each wrote our own vows and kept them a secret until we were up on that alter. Kevin went first which completely shattered any hope of me holding it together. It was a very special moment for us and for our family and friends.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We knew the second we saw the Blatchford Hanger that it was perfect. We wanted something different, sort of a blank slate we could work with. The setting of the historical park and the nostalgic feeling around the entire area worked for us. We also loved that we could open the space up to the outdoors for dancing!
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Jason had given me a card before the wedding. Inside was a little pin with a piece of toast and jam. It was so cute, and the perfect color, so I pinned it to the bottom of my bouquet. When I walked down the aisle and saw Jason, he had pinned the matching toast and peanut butter pin to his boutonniere. It was the best moment when we saw each other and realized we both had the pins– just a little reminder how well we go together.
2. We had so much fun going around the city taking photos with the wedding party! We stopped in antique shops, candy stores, clothing boutiques, the old midway– whatever we saw that looked fun. Everyone was so wonderful, allowing us to take over their businesses for a few minutes to get some good shots. While we walked from place to place, strangers were cheering, people were clapping, cars were honking – it was so nice!
3. We had set up a blank canvas at the reception and asked all of our friends and family to paint a little something on it throughout the evening. Not knowing what the end result might be, we were left with a really amazing piece of art that now hangs proudly in our home. It’s the best reminder of our day; full of love from the ones we love.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
Our first dance! I didn’t know, but Jason had organized each place setting to have a candle with a note saying “ Please help me surprise Miquela during our first dance by lighting this candle. Each candle represents a special moment we have shared with each one of you, and I am hoping we can create ONE moment together we will never forget….” Needless to say, when we started our first dance, and I saw candle after candle light up around me, I was totally surprised and overwhelmed with emotion. It was a very surreal moment, and a memory that I will never forget.