Christina and Kyle were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic followed by a reception at Triunfo Creek Vineyards in Agoura Hills, Calif. on August 16. “We knew that Triunfo Creek Vineyards was over venue right when we drove onto the property,” Christina said. “Kyle is from Seattle, and I’m from Minnesota. We both knew that we wanted a rustic, cozy, and cabin-like vibe for our wedding day, and it was all of those things and more. When we were at the venue for the first time, we both felt this magic and excitement on the property that we knew our family and friends would be able to feel as well.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of boots, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short blush chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, astilbes, dahlias, and seeded eucalyptus. Guests were encouraged to choose a seat and not a side when they arrived for the ceremony. “Kyle and I come from a very musical family, and his brother sang and performed a beautiful song that they put their own twist on for us,” she said. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began with none other than hors d’ouevres such as cheese and meats and of course, wines. “We had giant Jenga, corn hole (each set had a Minnesota and Washington state border decal, which was cool), and beer pong. People played those all day and night.” The reception followed shortly thereafter in the lawn. Tables were decorated with white linens, gold centerpieces, wooden numbers, and votive candles, surrouned by cross-back chairs. “Right as the sun was going down, the sky had this purplish-blue glow, and the lights draped over the tables were twinkling against the sky gorgeously, and it was such a magical moment where my dad was about to give his speech,” Christina said. “I just got to look over the crowd, who had made the trip from Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Chicago, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Colorado, and China. It was such an amazing and overwhelming feeling having all of them in the same place to celebrate with us.” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was served for dessert concluding dinner in addition to an assortment of other sweets. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Find a venue you love, and a good wedding planner,” she said. “Everything else will fall into place organically. Make a checklist of everything you need to do and focus on getting one thing done at a time. It will feel like a never ending process if you are trying to do it all at once.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Hawaii.
Erica and Michael were married at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, Calif. on May 3. “It’s spectacular views had particular significance for us because we could see Stanford’s campus, where we first met,” Erica said. The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, ivory sash, and a pair of Jimmy Choo peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, peonies, Queen Anne’s lace, freesias, and green trick dianthus. “My grandmother wore a lucky dime in her shoe on her wedding day in 1948,” she said. “I kept this dime in a tiny box with the inscription, ‘something borrowed, something blue, and a piece of silver in your shoe.’ In keeping with the tradition, my mom wore this same dime in her shoe when she was married. She kept this dime in a vintage box for years, hoping that one day, I would be able to wear it as well.” Guests were greeted with cucumber ginger sprtizers to beat the spring heat. “Our ceremony was held at a hilltop overlooking the Bay Area, and we were fortunate to have amazing weather with a clear scene stretching from San Francisco to Palo Alto,” Erica said. “Walking down the aisle, seeing our family and friends, and listening to a very personal processional recorded and arranged by Michael, was a moment we will never forget.” Once the vows were sealed with a kiss underneath an arch, it was official! Cocktail hour began with none other than hors d’ouevres such as cheese. The reception took place underneath the pavilion. Tables were decorated with white linens, sage green napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles. Bonus: freshly-baked loaves of bread and olive oils. “Even my dad toasted about how he never thought anyone could love his daughter as much as he did, until Michael came along,” she said. “And watching a tear form in many of the other dad’s eyes in the audience.” After dinner, a mini cake was cut, but not served because there was an assortment of cupcakes instead. The dance floor was packed until the end of the night. “We wavede goodbye to everyone with Tony Bennett’s, ‘I Left My Heart in San Francscio,’ playing in the background,” Erica said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Get a great wedding planner!” she said.
Lindsay and Matthew were married at Silver Fork Winery in Morganton, N.C. on June 21. “The view of the mountains, the rolling hills, and the grape vines, the big oak tree — it was all amazing!” Lindsay said. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a pair of comfy flats, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, thistles, dusty millers, and berries. “We weren’t going to have our dog, Sophie, at the wedding because she can be a little party shy sometimes,” she said. “But she came to the rehearsal on Friday evening and behaved so well, everyone convinced us to let her come, so we caved. During the ceremony, while we were exchanging our rings, I think she finally realized it was me in that long, white wedding gown, and she came over and started jumping on me. I tried to ignore her. Then, she started jumping on Matt too. Apparently, she was giving us two paws up!” The reception was held underneath a pole tent. Tables were decorated with wooden box centerpieces, vintage plates, lavender sprig-wrapped napkins, and of course, bottles of wine. “We had song requests from our RSVP cards for the homemade playlist,” Lindsay said. “It was fun to see what everyone picked, and we truly got a little bit of everything. I think it made everyone more enthusiastic about participating in dancing because our dance floor was full almost all night.” The dessert? Carrot cake and cupcakes. Yum! “It was my mother’s recipe, and I always made them make it for my birthdays growing up. It was special to have it at another celebration in my life.”
Kelsey and Justin were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Catholic in Warren, Va. followed by a reception at Morais Vineyards and Winery in Bealeton, Va. on October 26. “We knew we wanted to have a big wedding with a small feel, so finding a quaint Virginia winery with a room to fill our 200+ guest list was a challenge,” Kelsey said. “We ended up with about 165 and it was a perfect fit.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while her ‘maids donned taupe chiffon floor-length halter dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, succulents, and berries. The groom wore a black three-piece suit, accessorized with a striped tie. “After not seeing my husband all day and overcoming and almost dress fiasco that caused me to be 15 minutes late to our ceremony, I could not wait to walk down the aisle,” she said. Guests were escorted to their seats with mason jars. A chalkboard sign displayed, “Bring your jar to your seat and we’ll bring you something good to eat. Tables were surrounded by gold chiavari chairs, covered in neutral linens and napkins, and decorated with glass centerpieces and wooden numbers. Following dinner and dancing, a three-tiered buttercream frosted cake was served. The newlyweds’ best advice for engaged couples, who will soon tie the knot? “Just do what feels right to you and don’t stress out trying to out-do the person before you,” Kelsey said. “Every wedding is perfectly unique.”
Sydney and Matt were married at Bernardo Winery in San Diego, Calif. on April 19. “It was very unique,” Sydney said. “It is the oldest working winery in San Diego and had so many beautiful backdrops that it made decorating easy. We absolutely loved the rustic feel it had too.” The bride wore a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a white tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder pink chiffon dresses and carried do-it-yourself bouquets of hydrangeas and baby’s breath. “The moment I saw my emotional groom standing at the end of the aisle,” she said. “It is one of the images I will never forget, and I just could not wait to be his wife. The whole ceremony was filled with so much love, and it meant so much to me to see how happy everyone was for us.” Guests were escorted to their assigned tables via a chalkboard. Tables were decorated with burlap runners, numbers stamped on, succulent centerpieces, and homemade cookies in favor bags that said, “One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats” at each place setting. “My grandma’s helped me make them a couple nights before the wedding,” Sydney said. “The recipe was on the back.”