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?
Tory and Kyle were married at Movie Colony Hotel in Palm Springs, California on February 22. “It had such an intimate setting,” Tory said. “We hoped our guests would gather the whole wedding weekend (and they did, we booked the entire hotel!).” The bride wore a strapless taupe wedding dress with soutache flowers over the bodice and skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, dark gray vest and pants, accessorized with a patterned bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of cala lillies, succulents, craspedia balls, green tricks, berries, and dusty millers. “We stuck with neutral greens and 0ff-white with pops of retro teal and orange,” she said. The ceremony took place against a fabric ribbon backdrop where both said their own vows. “It was more special than we could have ever imagined,” Tory said. “What seemed like a formality and a small part of the whole planning process was definitely my favorite part of the day.” The reception took place surrounding the pool lit with bistro bulbs. Tables werer decorated with lace runners, burlap napkins, and music-themed names. “Personal touches included our guitar guest book and our favorite burger spot catering,” she said. Guests were even encouraged to upload their pictures to Instagram as long as they used the hashtag #blacksmithe222. The newlyweds best advice? “Only surround yourself with people who make this a fun experience for you and your groom,” Tory said. “It’s the one day it can be your way or the highway. You want to look back and have only positive feelings about the day. Protect the process and enjoy the ride by making sure you love your vendors!”
Kelsey and James were married at Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada on January 25. “I loved the SLCC because it had the ability to host a family style meal and a killer dance party all under one roof,” Kelsey said. “No really, it was actually THE best of ALL TIME. It didn’t hurt that it allowed the beautiful outside landscape of Whistler to be experienced within the floor-t0-ceiling windows too. We intentionally didn’t have a color scheme. I wanted it to feel light, rustic, and natural with a hint of glamorous sparkle.” The bride wore a v-neck satin wedding gown, accessorized with a faux fur coat and Ugg boots, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, berries, and ferns. “Our ceremony, most people joke about getting through it to make it to the reception, but ours felt important and special,” she said.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.” All 120 guests stood in a close circle, except for parents and grandparents, who sat atop cushioned wooden tree stumps, as the newlyweds shared their first kiss! Reception tables were decorated with an assortment of breads and spreads, wine bottles, and candlelit mercury glass votives. Plus, string cafe lights were hung behind the head table as a stunning backdrop!
Katie and Kevin were married in a traditional church ceremony at the Chapel of our Lady followed by a reception at the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco, Calif. on March 21. “It was actually the first (and only) place that Kevin and I looked at,” Katie said. “We walked into the Chapel of our Lady and immediately fell in love with the gorgeous beams above us and the stunning glass window behind the altar. It was where we wanted to get married without a doubt. After we toured the Golden Gate Club, with the amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, we were completely sold.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with off-the-shoulder capped sleeves, accessorized with a finger-tip length veil in her loose half-up/half-down curls, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white tie. “The way the chapel looked when the doors opened for me to walk down the aisle, seeing it packed with our loved ones, the bridal party all lined up in the front, and the smile on Kevin’s face made for an absolutely perfect moment,” she said. Following the intimate nuptials, guests traveled to the reception complete with buffet dinner stations like a Cheese and Nacho bar, tables decorated with chevron runners, and glass centerpieces filled with hydrangeas, greenery, and fiddle heads. The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “The speeches!” Katie said. “They were the perfect combination of touching memories, hilarious anecdotes, and well wishes. My dad’s in particular was supremely heartwarming.”
Kelly and Tom were married at Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills, Calif. on February 8. “Not only was our venue located on a beautiful garden making, but also it was large enough for everyone to fit comfortably,” Kelly said. “So many other venues we’d seen had advertised maximum capacity at a number far greater than what I believed could actually fit. It also had a rain plan (it was winter, after all), and in my opinion, didn’t overcharge us.” The bride wore a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with a chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a gold tie. Bridesmaids wore long satin gray dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and calla lilies. “The moment right before I walked down the aisle, my dad whispered, ‘You’ve made the right choice. Many marriages fail because they didn’t make the right choice. You did, kiddo,’” she said. “And that’s when this poised go-get-’em bride lost it.” After the vows were said and done, the newlyweds kissed! Notice the fist pump? The reception followed inside the ballroom decorated with rhinestone vase centerpieces atop mirrors, picture frame numbers, and floating candles. The most sentimental details of all? “The nods to mom,” Kelly said. “I incorporated the day to feel the presence of my mom, who passed away when I was 14. They included, fastening her wedding ring to my bouquet, taking our vows in the rose garden like the one she nurtured, having her carrot cake recipe as a layer of our wedding cake . . . and playing the song ‘When I’m 64′ by the Beatles as my parents did at their wedding.”