Real Weddings From This Week {May 8, 2015}

Posted by Caitlin on May 12, 2015

In addition, our Real Weddings Editor is also busy featuring cute couples for our photo galleries! Each week, she’ll be sharing her favorite real weddings on Fridays at noon. Check out this roundup below:

Bright Texas Yacht Club WeddingAanchal and Manvir were married at Horseshoe Bay Resort Yacht Club in Horseshoe, Texas on November 14-15. Two days complete with both Hindu and Sikh traditions, respectively.


Photo: Jennifer Weems Photography

Purple Pennsylvania Garden Wedding – Jennifer and John were married at Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, Penn. on May 18. “We were looking for an outdoor venue,” she said. “As soon as we drove onto the property, we knew it was right.”


Photo: Ashley Bartoletti Photography

Vintage New York Homestead Wedding – Andreea and Soumit were married at Mount Gulian Historic Site in Beacon, N.Y. on September 27. Not only were guests encouraged to leave a memory for the new Mr. and Mrs. with a polaroid photo, but also to take a temporary tattoo.


Photo: Dreamlife Photos & Video

Trendy Utah Temple Wedding – Heather and Ethen were married in a ceremony at Draper LDS Temple followed by a reception at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 10. Fun fact: they are standing on a salt flat!


Photo: Tony Gambino Photography

Breathtaking Bella Collina Wedding – Catherine and George were married at Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club in San Clemente, Calif. on November 1. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Compromise is so important during the wedding planning process,” she said. “Make sure you and your spouse talk about must-haves together, and be prepared to let some things go.”


Photo: Endless Wave Studios




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Caitlin and Ryan were married in a traditional ceremony at The Olde Church of Saint Andrew followed by an indoor reception at HollyHedge Estate in New Hope, Pa. on October 19. “HollyHedge was unlike any other wedding venue we had ever been too,” Caitlin said. ‘It has a magical secluded element that really made you feel away from it all. It was the perfect mix of rustic elegance and had an old charm given it’s an 18th century estate. It has 21 acres of beautiful gardens, a historic stone barn, . . . and fieldstone house . . . The estate offers an ideal backdrop for the foliage too. It also offered a bed and breakfast on-site, both of our families and entire bridal party didn’t have to leave the property!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare weding gown with straps, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash and pair of Kate Spade peep-toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a plaid bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, and thistles. “After being pronounced husband and wife, turning around to see those there to support us,” she said. “It is a moment that we will never forget.” Everyone was escorted to their seats via small white pumpkins. “Names were attached with their table assignments,” Caitlin said. “In the center of the place cards, we had a large orange pumpkin with our names carved into it.” Tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces, lanterns, and chalkboard numbers. “I wanted everything to be really personal and simply,” she said. “We had candles everywhere along with mums spread throughout the venue. I made a few signs and offered shawls upon arrival to keep warm too. We didn’t want to limit ourselves to a strict color scheme either. Given the time of year, we used fall-inspired colors: blues, creams, oranges, and reds.” The five-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was topped with two wooden figurines, almost identical to the Mr. and Mrs. The newlyweds’ best advice? “As cliche as this sounds, don’t sweat the small stuff,” Caitlin said. “It’s a celebration, and if you enjoy it, so will your guests.”

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Photography: Ashley Bartoletti Photography | Videography: Be Films | Ceremony Venue: The Olde Church of Saint Andrew | Reception Venue/Caterer/Cake: HollyHedge Estate | Event Planner: Simply Sunshine Events | Dress Designer: Alita Graham from Kleinfeld Bridal | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair Stylist: David J. Witchell Salon | Makeup Artist: Cheryl Stuart Makeup Artistry | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Ceremony Musicians: Bob Egan Entertainment | Invitations: O’So Inviting | Floral Designer: Newtown Floral Company | Band: Around Town Entertainment 

Summer Menu Inspiration: Beverages

Posted by Alexandra on Jul 09, 2013

Summer-BeveragesPhotos (clockwise from top left): Carmen Ash Photography, Hunter McRae Photography, Christa Elyce Photography, Austin & Dara Photography, Ashley Bartoletti Photography, Mackensey Alexander Photography

With so many delicious fruits in peak season during the summer months, there are plenty of great beverage options for summer weddings. Beat the heat with any of these refreshing summertime drinks!

Sangria – wine infused with fruit, spices, sweetener and soda packs a flavorful punch.

Lemonade – it wouldn’t be summer without the season’s fresh-squeezed signature drink!

Berry Fizz – pour bubbly or sparkling water over muddled summer berries for a sweet, sparkling sip.

Peach Iced Tea – fresh summer peaches add a flavorful twist to this warm weather pick-me-up.

Mojito – swirling sprigs of cool mint make this Cuban cocktail a summertime favorite.

Sea Breeze – this cranberry-grapefruit concoction is as refreshing as the ocean air!

What will your summer wedding guests be sipping? Let us know in the comments!