Megan and David were married at Rocky River Vineyards in Charlotte, N.C. on September 28. “[It's] such a beautiful, tranquil place that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere,” Megan said. “We were so happy to find a place with this atmosphere that wasn’t too far outside the city. We wanted to have our ceremony and reception at the same location and this venue offered that opportunity as well as a place for the bridal party to get ready.” On the day of the wedding, the weather was perfect, no rain. Every bride’s dream right? Megan walked down the aisle wearing a lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline and keyhole back, carrying a do-it-yourself bouquet. “I loved all the pops of red,” she said. “Red is both of our favorite color, so I was excited to use lots of [it] in our wedding — my shoes, David’s tie, bridesmaid dresses, etc.” Her favorite moment? The first look. “I was so nervous all day up until the moment we saw each other,” Megan said. “It was such a special part of the day to have some time with just the two of us.”
Tayler and Alex were married at Desert Botanical Garden in Tempe, Az. on November 16. Surrounded by nature, the couple chose to do a first look before the ceremony. They both got teary-eyed as they opened their eyes to see each other — she wearing a lace wedding gown, accessorized with a DIY floral sash, and he wearing a gray tuxedo and patterned yellow tie. Surprisingly, they went went comfy shoes, TOMS and Converse! Guests were greeted with a sign that said, “Friends of the bride, friends of the groom, sit together, there is plenty of room,” and “No one is too old for fairytales, welcome to our happily ever after.” The reception pavilion was lit with hanging lantern stars overhead, tables were decorated with baby’s breath, hydrangea, and rose centerpieces in mason jars, and burlap runners, most which were handmade by the bride, mother, and sister.
Madeline and Nick were married at Wilson Vineyards in Clarksburg, Calif. on July 27. “We were looking for a rustic feeling, yet somewhere that guests could come dressed up and feel like they were at an elegant event,” Madeline said. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look — just wait until you see the groom’s facial expression, so happy! The bride walked down the aisle wearing a lace wedding gown, accessorized with an all-white bouquet, whereas, her bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses, accessorized with yellow bouquets. “Our ceremony illustrated our love for one another and for our community,” she said. “And we had a blast with the BBQ and apple pie dessert at our reception.” The best moment of the day? Nick picking Madeline and holding her up in the air during the song “Time of My Life” like Patrick Swayze did to Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing.
Megan and Christopher were married on the bride’s farm near Starved Rock State Park, Ill. “We looked at a few different places, but when we were finally ready to make a decision, I knew I wanted to get married where I grew up, where we fell in love and where Christopher proposed,” Megan said. “It now means even more to us.” The bride wore a one-shoulder Lazaro ruffled wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls. “The genuine shock and excitement when Christopher saw me for the first time that day literally took his breath away,” she said. “It was more amazing than I ever dreamed.” The ceremony took place under a big oak tree decorated with ribbons and paper lanterns. Guest sat in wooden pews and kept cool with umbrellas while the couple exchanged handwritten vows. As they recessed down the aisle, a flute ensemble played as confetti was thrown. Cocktails were served in mason jars, vintage couches served as comfy seats, and lanterns lit the entire backyard. The tented reception featured a family photo display, table numbers wrapped in twine, and the cake atop a tree stump!
Brandy and Brock were married at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, Calif. on August 10. A large part of their wedding was completely homemade — from the wooden signs that said, “God gave me you” (from the Blake Shelton country song) and wooden boxes used for centerpieces to the intricately stitched quilt signed by each guest and popsicle sticks written with date night suggestions. That wasn’t all! Since the groom is a pilot, he folded over 150 paper airplanes for guests to throw as they walked down the aisle as husband and wife. Keep in mind that the bride was wearing her mother’s veil too. In lieu of a traditional cake, mini pocket pies were served as desserts and salted caramels were given out as favors.