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.”
Kabri and Jora were married at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, N.Y. in front of 80 of their closest family and friends, traveling from over 14 states, on September 28. “The grounds gave us the connection we wanted to nature and the outdoors,” Kabri said. “There was a big tree that we could use as the centerpiece of our ceremony, and the open-air pavilion looked out onto the vineyard for the reception.” The color scheme incorporated red, oranges, and purples or “mountain sunset.” “We wanted to evoke the beauty of fall,” she said. As guests arrived, they were greeted with a chalkboard sign that quoted Robert Mondavi, “Wine to me is the passion, it’s friends and family, it’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit.” The nuptials began shortly after they chose a seat not a side. To symbolize their unity, the two nail a bottle of wine and love letters inside a wooden box to be open on their fifth anniversary.”While the sun was setting over the vineyard, Jora and I rose and gave the first toast of the evening. . . we wanted to share our appreciation for their fervent desire to celebrate our marriage,” Kabri said. The newlyweds’ favorite part? The food! “The farm-to-table menu that we created with our caterer exhibited the season’s and region’s local and delicious produce. It was definitely the highlight,” she said.
Amy and Rocky were married at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif. on November 29. “The inspiration behind the day was of course to become husband and wife and to share the happy moment with our close friends and family,” Amy said. “What we wanted to create for our guests was a beautiful day that they would remember and cherish for as long as we would. We didn’t want to follow any of the standard wedding ‘recipes’ that we had seen in past weddings we had attended. We did this by incorporating our tastes and preferences with all of the suggestions and expertise that our vendors gave us.” Prior to the ceremony the bride and her ‘maids got ready in patterned floral kimono robes and matching glitter TOMS. Portraits were taken in the amphitheater where musical artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, ZZ Top, Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Callait, and Justin Bieber have performed. Amy wore a sweetheart lace wedding gown, accessorized with a birdcage veil. Did you know she also wore a red wedding dress too? Bridesmaids were blushing in dress in various fabrics, styles, and lengths with do-it-yourself bouquets filled with roses, gerbera daisies, and baby’s breath. Following the sunset nuptials, the newlyweds proceeded to the grapevines to share a few peaceful moments to themselves before the reception. Inside, guests were escorted to their seats with wine corks, while tables were decorated with candles and the ceiling with paper lanterns. A photo booth was nearby for them to leave a photo as well as their well wishes before the night was over too.
Danielle and Rich were married at Brooklyn Winery in Brooklyn, N.Y. on August 18. “I had gone to Brooklyn Winery with a girlfriend one day, and they were hosting a wedding and thought, ‘Wow, what a different and interesting venue,’” Danielle said. “After we became engaged, we went to check it out more, and the place felt like it took our personalities and created an event space with it! The materials they use, their approach with food and wine, the decor — everything felt so natural to us!” Danielle walked down the aisle wearing a sweetheart lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline to a string trio playing an unchained melody, while Rich stood waiting patiently wearing a classic black tuxedo and gray tie. Fun fact: They were married by the bride’s sister! “I definitely didn’t think I would cry but just the feeling of so much love and support with our closest family and friends being there made me melt,” she said. Above, hung cafe lights and garland, and below on banquet tables, was vintage china and sprigs of rosemary at each place setting. “We chose to have a dessert bar featuring our favorite Brooklyn vendors,” Danielle said. “We picked mini doughnuts from Dough based in Clinton Hill and insanely delicious pies from Butter & Scotch. We served them out with kraft take out boxes stamped with our initials and wedding date.” Their first dance? Chris Cornell’s cover song to Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You.”