Katie and Christopher were married in a ceremony at Dimnent Memorial Chapel followed by a reception at Baker Events by Gilmore in Holland, Mich. on August 1. “Dimnent Memorial Chapel is breathtakingly beautiful,” Katie said. “We loved the detailed architecture of the building, and the elegant stained glass windows that surround the chapel from every side.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, and a pair of wedges, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short orange silk taffeta dresses and carried bouquets of roses, gerber daises, succulents, and silver brunia balls. The couple opted for a first look beforehand to calm any nervous jitters. “We wrote our own vows to each other, and it was the most heartfelt, intimate, and tender moment that we shared with each other,” she said. “A lot of tears were shed during the exchanging of vows, and it was the best part of our wedding day.” Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 135 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception inside the renovated warehouse. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, mason jar centerpieces, and mercury glass votive candles, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “We incorporated a lot of small details into the day that meant a lot to us,” Katie said. “I carried my grandmother’s handkerchief in her memory, and the picnic basket that collected cards at the reception had belonged to Christopher’s grandparents. The party favors of chocolate-covered cherries was a nod to the groom’s hometown of Traverse City.” For extra entertainment, the newlywed shoe game was played. A three-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. “The food at our reception was AMAZING!” she said. “We followed our taste buds and went with some non-traditional food selections. We do not regret it.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do what feels like you and your fiance,” Katie said. “Get inspired by wedding magazines, blogs, and the internet but do not get hung up on trying to replicate someone else’s wedding day. You’ll rob yourself of so much joy on your special day if you spend too much time and energy comparing your wedding to what you’ve been elsewhere.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Hawaii.
Jennifer and Caroline were married at The Vintager Inn in New Kent, Va. on September 20. “We were looking for a rustic venue somewhere in between Northern Virginia and Raleigh, North Carolina where most of our guests were coming from,” Jennifer said. “Our awesome wedding planner, Allison Barnes, found The Vintager Inn. It was not only in the perfect location, about halfway, but also it had everything and more that we were looking for. The landscape and scenery were amazing, and we knew this was something that our family and friends would love. We also knew with good weather that this would be an unforgettable place. The main barn opened up to this picture-perfect view at sunset. Our guests are still raving about it.” One bride wore a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the other bride wore a halter v-neck wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a braided updo. Both wore matching orange Converse tennis shoes! Bridesmaids wore short chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. Groomsmen wore white button-up shirts and dark gray pants, accessorized with a tie and suspenders. All 150 guests were greeted with a tandem bicycle directing the way. “Our ceremony was extremely unique to us,” she said. “We wrote the ceremony and had one of our best friends marry us (she did an amazing job for someone that had never done this before). The script was filled with love and laughter. We took turns sharing some of the things that made us fall in love with each other (all things sweet and hilarious) followed by the hand unity, our vows, and a kiss.” Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. “We did a fiesta theme for cocktail hour, including a mariachi band, taco bar with tequila shots, and passed taquitos and mini tacos.” Tables were decorated with gray linens, orange napkins, mason jar centerpieces, vintage bottles filled with paper hearts, and pictures from throughout their relationship, surrounded by black chiavari chairs. “There are so many but the moments that stuck out the most were our first look, our guests arriving as we secretly looked on, and realizing later that evening that we were actually married,” Jennifer said. In lieu of a cake, there was cake pops and cupcakes served concluding dinner. Fun fact: they were also favors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t worry about making other people happy that day,” she said. “The day is about you and to celebrate the love between you and your partner. As long as you two are happy and everyone sees that, everyone will be happy that day too.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of glow sticks, and jetted off to their honeymoon in Aruba.
Evelyn and Neil were married at Maui Dragon Fruit Farm in Lahaina, Hawaii on May 24. “When we knew we wanted to get married in Maui, we wanted to make sure our wedding captured the atmosphere on the island,” Evelyn said. “The Maui Dragon Fruit Farm was the perfect marriage (no pun intended) between the beauty of the ocean and the majestic landscape of the island.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, drop dangling earrings, and a pair of sandals, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a white button-up shirt, no tie or bow tie, and a pair of black loafers. Bridesmaids wore short floral patterned dresses and carried bouquets of peonies and dahlias in conch shells. Guests were greeted at the ceremony with lei necklaces and encouraged to soak in the views, past the fabric-draped altar, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 45 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with lawn games and Ululani’s flavored shaved ice. “My husband and I love ping pong, so we had a ping pong table,” she said. “We decided to play for who wins the first argument. Naturally, I won.” The reception followed shortly thereafter underneath the tent lit with paper lanterns. Tables were decorated with white linens, gold charger plates, pillar candle centerpieces surrounded by branches, and mercury glass votive candles. “For many of our guests, our wedding was the first trip to Hawaii,” Evelyn said. “Manutea Nui E provided entertainment and made our wedding feel like an intimate luau.” A three-tiered fondant-covered cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. “Although we didn’t have cake toppers on the top of our cake, we had them customized for our personalities, and it added a personal touch to the decor.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “As hard as it sounds, don’t worry about all the tiny details,” she said. “Being surrounded by your closest family and friends will make the entire day so memorable. If you fret about the small stuff, you’ll miss one of the best days of your lives.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.
Sarah and Matthew were married in a ceremony at Emmanuel Episcopal Church followed by a reception at Cobbler Mountain Cellars Winery in Delaplane, Va. on October 24. “They told us if we had it Friday evening, they would close the winery to the public for us,” Sarah said. The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with lace capped sleeves, keyhole back, and silk skirt, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept updo, sash, and a pair of jeweled high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long orange chiffon dresses with illusion halter necklines and carried bouquets of calla lilies and lily grass. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 16 witnessing. The couple exited amongst a sea of lavender. Fun fact: it symbolizes devotion. “Ellie Goulding’s ‘How Long Will I Love You’ was our first dance song,” she said. “Matthew took voice lessons and spent a weekend in New York recording his own version of it at his best man’s recording studio. His best man, Barry, brought in a full band and spent hours editing. The final product was played at the reception. Barry took the wave form of Matthew’s voice singing the last line of the song and made that the cover of the CD. He also had the same image printed and framed for us too.” Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, silver charger plates atop burlap runners, tall, overflowing, centerpieces filled with string lights, assorted pumpkins and gourds, wine cork place cards, and boxed macarons, which served double-duty as favors. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlywed’s best advice? “Invite the people you really want to spend time with,” Sarah said. “Having a small reception and being able to sit at one table and have conversations with everyone was really special.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.
Jessica and David were married in a traditional church ceremony at Old South followed by a reception at the Exchange Conference Center in Boston, Mass. on September 27. “It was right on the water in the heart of Boston’s seaport district,” Jessica said. “We loved the historic architecture, style of the building, and wide open flow to the space.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a feathered skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, birdcage veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Prada t-strap high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, cala lillies, and berries. Only close family and friends, approximately 150, sat in wooden pews to witness the exchanging of vows. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began with drinks by the inner harbor. The reception took place shortly thereafter inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, navy blue napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles, surrouned by folding padded chairs. The New England-style menu for dinner. Think: lobster rolls, BBQ pork sliders, fish tacos, flank steak, and butternut squash ravioli. Yum! There were also messages in bottles at each place setting. “Each one had a special note in them for guests to open and enjoy,” she said. “I also did A LOT of the custom design work, including creating a logo and ‘branded’ feel to all detail elements to tie everything together.” A five-tiered fondant cake was cut and served for dessert in addition to whoopie pies. “Everyone loved the band,” Jessica said. “We had the best band, The Ward Eights, and they played non-stop. When it was time to wrap up, guests didn’t want to leave and chanted, ‘One more song’ for an encore. It was like being at our own private concert.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Stay organized and get everything completely finished by two weeks before your wedding date,” she said. “That way, you can handle any last minute surprises. On the day-of, make sure to just tune out any planning aspect, have fun, and enjoy every minute. You have done all the work already so there is nothing else to worry about.” At the end of the night, lobster cookie cutters were passed out as favors, and they jetted off to their honeymoon in France and Spain.