Stephanie and Mark were married at the Historic Fifth Street School in Las Vegas, Nev. on September 21. “I had my heart set on another venue,” Stephanie said. “We threw this one in mostly because my mom had gone to school there when it was the only elementary school in town, and we wanted to check out the renovation. When we walked in I teared up, feeling like this was absolutely the place. But I had been so obsessed with my first choice, I felt like we couldn’t commit to the school yet. When we walked back into the other place, neither of us felt anything. It was just a place. We looked at each other and said, ‘Historic Fifth Street School it is.’” The bride wore an a-line tulle wedding gown with a satin halter bodice, while the groom wore a dark gray vest, white button-up shirt, and khaki pants. Before the evening ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “I remember there were happy tears and mostly laughter,” she said. “The ceremony involved all of our family and friends, allowing people to get up and give advice or tell stories to show their support of our union. It was important to us to have them be a part of our wedding.” Following, a “this way to more food and cool breezes” sign directed guests to the reception decorated with wooden tables, turquoise runners, and floating candle centerpieces with yellow pincushion proteas. “Bistro lights were the only detail I insisted on,” Stephanie said. “The space practically demanded it.” Dinner and dancing continued throughout the night, even a photo booth provided some entertainment too! The favors? A deck of playing cards. How fun is that?
Kathy and Basil were married at Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago, Ill. on September 14. Fun fact: It was America’s first theatre built for showing the sky’s limits! The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a bouquet of all-white orchids, roses, and ranunculuses, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a polka dot bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short sequin black dresses, accessorized with yellow Pashmina shawls. Plus, even their pup made it into the mix for a few portraits on the terrace! “With stunning panoramic views of Chicago as the backdrop, my amazing bride and groom were married,” Stevi and Matt Savage said, the photographers. “They also incorporated some Palestinian traditions into the reception.” Notice Kathy’s henna on her hands and forearms? Guests enjoyed the newlyweds’ grand entrance complete with a #selfie moment. Tables were surrounded with cross-back chairs, decorated with gray linens, glass dinnerware and flatware, mercury glass votive candles, and single stem sunflowers. The dessert display featured a three-tiered square monogrammed cake, souffles, macarons, and more, and by the end of the night, a surprise fireworks display went off! Boom.
Marci and Paul were married at Chamard Vineyards in Clinton, Conn. “As we started to plan we noticed a theme coming together,” Marci said. “A celebration of Connecticut! When I first moved to Connecticut, I thought it was only temporary, a stop on the way to wherever else I was going, but it grows on you. No place has quite the combination of city and country, the ocean and the woods, the well-to-do and the down-to-earth. Best of all – it is the place where Paul and I met each other and have so many great memories.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a gray sash and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped yellow tie and bulldog cufflinks. The outdoor ceremony included a unity candle and a bubble processional. Guests enjoyed sipping on signature cocktails and eating hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour as they wrote down their best advice for the newlyweds on questionnaire cards. Inside the tented reception, tables were decorated with centerpieces of peonies, dahlias, and scabiosa pods, chalkboard table numbers, and burlap runners. Notice the star on the ceiling? Bottles of wine were given out as favors and had a tag that said, “Love is like a fine wine, it only gets better with time,” and buckets were filled with s’mores bags to roast over an open fire. Yum!
Maggie and Matt were married at the bride’s parent’s home in Waupaca, Wis. on June 23. The bride wore a v-neck a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of lace TOMS shoes, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, khaki pants, suspenders, accessorized with a checkered bow tie. Even their dog, Lunchbox, had a matching one! Bridesmaids wore handsewn vintage-inspired floral dresses from Etsy and carried organic daisy, billy ball, and greenery bouquets. Guests were greeted with wooden sign posts that directed them to either take a short walk or golf cart ride up the hill to the ceremony. Maggie was escorted down the aisle with both her mother and father as a guitar was played and the best part? The newlyweds’ priceless reactions once they were announced husband and wife! The reception followed inside the barn decorated with bunting banners, blue mason jars, mix ‘n’ matched china, and vegetarian fare such as black bean and roasted pepper frittatas with warm mango vinaigrette. Bonus: the cake had M&M’s on it.
Natalie and Douglas were married at Holimont Ski Resort in Ellicottville, N.Y. on September 1. “Holimont is a private ski resort, near the area we got engaged,” Natalie said. “From having the entire space to getting married at the top of the mountain (ferrying guests to the ceremony via chairlifts) to the gorgeous woodwork and floor to ceiling windows inside, we absolutely adored the overall flow.” The bride wore a sweetheart beaded bodice wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a feather hair pin in her updo and a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with an argyle tie. Bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids wore gray chiffon and cream lace dresses and carried dried flower arrangements. The vows took place in a traditional handfasting unity, but the processional and recessional music choices were super fun, including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The newlyweds’ favorite part of the reception? “The menu — British/American fusion — passed canapes, Pimm’s cocktail toast, five-course tasting, mini cupcakes in a variety of flavors, and s’mores bar,” she said. “Our favors were custom koozies, and a caricature artist too!”