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.”
Jill and Rich were married at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, Colo. on March 16. “Rich and I lived in downtown Chicago for years and then moved to Nederland in 2010,” Jill said. “It’s been a wonderful adventure, and a huge contrast, so we wanted our wedding to capture both of those sides – the energy of the city but the comfort of a cozy mountain town. This was the main reason we opted to have both the ceremony and reception here, especially for it’s skyline views against the backdrop of the Rockies was just perfect for us!” The bride wore a satin ball gown with an asymmetrical neckline and bow detail around the waist, accessorized with a pair of leopard print Kate Spade high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a black tie. “I approached selecting bridesmaid dresses as more of a ‘collection,'” she said. “I wanted my bridesmaids to feel like themselves and not a copy cat of each other. Each wore a unique dress in the neutral palette, but I emphasized texture through chunky jewelry.” During the ceremony, the couple chose to recite their own vows. Fun fact: The ring bearer carried antlers! “Rich and I are huge fans of Brit pop music, and we incorporated this throughout the day,” Jill said. “For example, our processional was to ‘I Love NYE’ by Badly Drawn Boy, our recessional was an instrumental of ‘Strawberry Swing’ by Coldplay, and our first dance was to ‘My Shadow’ by Keane We weren’t afraid to go outside the norm, and it felt ‘us’ as a result.” Guests were escorted to their seats via hand-drawn mini portraits, which also served double duty as favors. “While it was a time-consuming detail, drawing each individual guest made me focus solely on that person for the hour or two it took to draw them,” she said. “This made me even more excited to see them on our big day.” Tables were decorated with boxed centerpieces, wooden slice numbers, and votive candles, and a dessert display was filled with cupcakes. Our favorite flavor? S’mores.
Lauren and John were married at Crabtree’s Kittle House Restaurant and Inn in Chappaqua, N.Y. on January 17. “No matter where we decided to have it, we knew we wanted to keep it intimate with only immediate family and a couple of friends,” Lauren said. “We opted on close to home to avoid the hassle of traveling far and having to coordinate transportation for so many people. We wanted to choose a place where we knew we could create beautiful memories . . . a few Google searches later, and we stumbled upon Crabtree’s Kittle House. Immediately upon seeing the photos, I knew this would be an option for us, and sort of knew deep down this might be the place.” The bride wore a strapless satin wedding gown with a ruched bodice, accessorized with a faux fur jacket and her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a silver tie. Notice how sparkly her peep-toe platform pumps are? Following the unity candle lighting, it was official! Guests stood outside waiting patiently for the newlyweds to walk through the French doors, so they could blow bubbles. “For such a small affair such as ours, we knew the Wine Cellar Room would be perfect for dinner!” she said. “It is notorious for delicious food, which was another important factor for us as we both appreciate a good meal.” Tables were decorated with white linens, red rose centerpieces, mason jars, and a yummy fresh fruit cake. Their best advice? “Stay calm. The important thing is the marriage, which is the rest of your life, 20,000+ ‘big days’ that you have to spend with your partner and the people you love,” Lauren said.
Jessica and Marq were married at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. on February 15. “It was the architectural and design details of the sunrise room that made us know that it was the one,” Jessica said. The bride wore a v-neck tea-length wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a floral hair pin in her half-up/half-down ‘do, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Her bouquet featured an abundance of tulips and anemones with a hint of greenery. The ceremony took place outside with guests standing. “It was very non-traditional with no aisle, no chairs, and no bridal party,” she said. “Immediately after we were pronounced husband and wife, I felt so much love,” Jessica said. “It was amazing. So many tears of joy at that moment.” Yummy hors d’oeuvres were passed during cocktail hour along with flutes of champagne. The reception was lit with lantern chandeliers to create a romantic ambiance overhead each tablescape, which were decorated with uniquely patterned charger plates and navy blue escort cards, menu cards, and table numbers. For desserts, there was a three-tiered cake, macarons, chocolate-covered strawberries, and more. Never can have too many sweets, right?