Simone and Jamal were married at Casa Feliz in Winter Park, Fla. on October 4. “The venue is beautiful on it’s own, but then you decorate it with a couple as gorgeous as Simone and Jamal, and it really can’t get much better for a photographer,” Rachel Bolen of Thirteenth Moon Photography LLC wrote on her blog. “When we met Simone last year, she was so nervous about everything. All I wanted to do was hug her and tell her that all of the planning would get easier. She wanted to incorporate a lof of DIY details into her wedding day and really pull together a rustic elegance that the venue just really highlighted.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, birdcage veil, pink sash, and a pair of Betsey Johnson jeweled bow peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of gaden roses, hydrangeas, and berries. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “welcome to our wedding.” The ceremony took place outside in the restored Spanish-inspired farmhouse’s front lawn. The brick sidewalk’s aisles were lined with lanterns filled with pillar candles. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Plus, a fist pump. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter in the courtyard strung with cafe lights. Tables were decorated with navy blue linens, gold charger plates, white napkins, picture frame numbers, and boxes, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. In lieu of a traditional guest book, a globe was signed with well-wishes. Dinner and dancing concluded with a three-tiered fondant-covered cake and “flamin’ s’mores.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of bubbles.
Kristin and Conan were married at Memorial Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 31. “It’s a beautiful historic building by one of our favorite architects Samuel Hannaford,” Kristin said. “The building has so much character and charm. Once we saw it for the first time, that was it!” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a light gray three-piece suit, accessorized with solid tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short blush dresses and carried bouquets of roses. “Overall, our wedding was filled with so much joy and love,” she said.”Really the entire day was magical, but if I had to pick one moment, it would probably be the ceremony.” It took place on the stage of the performance theatre. Guests sat in rows of red velvet padded chairs and listened to the acoustically perfect cello play as Kristin walked down the aisle to a mashup of Wanger’s “Bridal Chorus” and Bob Marley’s “Stir it Up.” “We had a knot tying ritual to reflect how I grew up boating and Conan fishing,” Kristin said. “We also wrote our own vows.” The reception followed in the Parkview Room. “It was all very DIY,” she said. “I really enjoyed how all of our signage . . the flowers, and invitations came out as well.” Tables were decorated with thrifted mercury glass vases, postcard names, and pieces of rosemary at each place setting. The favors? Homemade custom blend spices. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Stay organized and put lots of time and effort into your wedding to really make a reflection of you as a couple,” Kristin said. “Don’t worry about all the small things, as they’re not that important in the grand scheme. Just relax.”