Haley and Matthew were married in a traditional church ceremony at Aldersgate United Methodist followed by a reception at Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria, Va. on January 4. “I had my sweet sixteen birthday party in the same venue, which Matthew had attended,” Haley said. “We were familiar with it and were excited to have another special event there. Our ceremony took place in the church I was baptized and grew up in and also the church where my parents were married exactly 28 years earlier. There was never a second thought about where our ceremony would be held.” The bride wore a satin fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with lace straps, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, faux fur shawl, and a pair of Mary Jane high heels, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of calla lilies, berries, tulips, and seeded eucalyptus. “Matthew and I were both overwhelmed with joy during our ceremony when we served each of our family and friends communion,” she said. “It was the most personal and intimate moments we had with each of the guests, and we will never forget that feeling of God blessing our marriage and providing us an amazing amount of support.” The reception took place inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated minimally with white linens and floating tea candles filled with cranberries and magnolia leaves. “All of our vendors were somehow related to us,” Haley said. “Our amazing photographer, Anna Grace Paulovkin, is the sister of one of our groomsmen, one of my aunts designed our invitations, another aunt helped coordinate and decorate, another aunt did the flowers, a best friend made our cake, the list goes on! We did a map theme throughout and labeled our tables by places we have visited together. This was one of my favorite details because it gave everyone a little glimpse into our lives.” In lieu of a guest book, advice was written down and placed into a vintage suitcase. A mini cake was cut and served for dessert as well as an assortment of cupcakes too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “It is your wedding, listen to the advice of others and be respectful, but in the end, it is your day,” she said. “Do what you want to do. The best advice I was given was to pay attention! I am an over-organizer, so I had delegated everything I wanted to be done to others, who I trusted very much, so that I didn’t worry about the details.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of ribbon wands.
Beth and Drew were married at Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas on October 25. “Hotel Ella is a beautiful, old Southern mansion,” Beth said. “I loved the vintage, romantic look and feel to the structure with their new modern touches. It was the perfect mix of old meets new!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled headpiece, and a pair of platform peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short and long dresses in various hues and carried bouquets of roses, seeded eucalyptus, and succulents. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look on the front porch. “The moment when the double doors opened to the ceremony with my father by my side was my favorite,” she said. “. . . and Drew waiting for me at the end of the aisle. It was magical, and I will never forget it.” The reception took place inside the ballroom hung with crystal chandeliers and draped with fabric. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall mercury glass candelabra centerpieces, and chalkboard-inspired numbers. Dinner was traditional fare, including jalapeno corn bisque and butter lettuce salad. The three-tiered cake was cut and served following the father-daughter and mother-son dances. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the planning process,” Beth said. “The actual wedding day definitely flies by so try to enjoy that time with your family, friends, and husband-to-be while you are all working together to create your dream event.” At the end of the night, they jetted off on their honeymoon to Big Sur, Calif.
Michelle and Matthew were married at Classic Oaks Ranch in Mansfield, Texas on June 28. “The overall feel of the venue was very rustic, but very classic at the same time,” Michelle said. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart ball gown, accessorized with her hair in a braided sideswept updo, feather dangling earrings, and a pair of cowboy boots, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a matching tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore short purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of calla lilies, seeded eucalyptus, thistle, and nigella. “Michelle is in school studying to become an equine veternarian, and they both are animal lovers so both of their dogs were out with them all day . . . she even intended to ride in to the ceremony on horseback, but at the last minute, the horse wouldn’t cooperate,” Lindsey Burns of Tyler + Lindsey said. “Instead, we just included her in their portraits.” The ceremony took place outside underneath the wooden pavilion with guests seated in benches. “I can’t stop thinking about when the barn doors opended and I saw Matthew waiting for me at the head of the aisle,” she said. Afterwards, the reception began in the barn. Horseshoes served as escort cards and prepared everyone for the BBQ. Yum! Tables were decorated with white linens, tall wheat centerpieces, galvanized metal tins, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting, and surrouned with bows tied aroud cross-back chairs. “They are sweet, down-to-earth, and relaxed, and the wedding was such the perfect reflection of them,” Lindsey said. “The day had a beautiful collection of personal touches that truly added so much personality.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparlers and drove off in an antique black Ford Ranger truck for their honeymoon along the entire West Coast. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Start as early as possible and seriously consider a planner,” she said. “Even if you just have someone take over in the final weeks before the big day.”
Megan and Alex were married at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Md. on August 30. “We could hold both the ceremony and reception there,” Megan said. “The garden was beautiful, hotel rooms were attached, and a bar for the after-party. Having everything in one spot was important to us.” The bride wore a v-neck ball gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Kate Spade bow pumps, while the groom wore a three-piece tan suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long green chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, calla lilies, and stock. Before guests arrived, the couple opted for a first look. The vows werre sealed with a kiss underenath the structured pergola. Programs also served double-duty as fans to beat the heat. Dinner and dancing followed in the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, ivory napkins, lantern centerpieces surrounded by wreaths, laser-cut wooden numbers, and homemade heart-shaped cookies at each place setting. “During the last song of the night, all of our family and friends lifted Alex and I into the air while singing together,” she said. “It was a really fun and surreal moment.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t wrap yourself up in all the little details,” Megan said. “They are important, but focus on the big items that will will affect everyone’s overall experience. And don’t forget to take five minutes to step back and truly appreciate having all those you love in one room at the same time. It goes by so fast!” Honeymooning took place on Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands.
Stephanie and Stephanie were married at Golf Saint-Raphaël in L’Île-Bizard, Quebec, Canada on October 5. Both brides wore a-line gowns. One bride went for a strapless dress with ruching on the skirt, while the other opted for a gown with a lace, sleeveless bodice. Their ‘maids donned a mixture of deep purple and bright orange one-shoulder dresses, while the male in the wedding party looked dapper in a gray three-piece suit with an orange tie. The ladies carried bouquets of orange and purple calla lilies and roses. Stephanie and Stephanie tied the knot outside with the beautiful fall foliage as the backdrop. An adorable ring bearer carried a suitcase with the wedding bands down a petal-strewn aisle. “Looking at each other at the top of the aisle, with everyone turning around to see us before walking down to be wed,” Stephanie recalled. “It was a very emotionally intense moment. Anticipation, excitement, happiness, love, and so much more.” The guests threw colorful paper planes at the couple as they recessed down the aisle. How creative! After the ceremony the 150 guests moved to a covered and heated patio for a cocktail hour. “Being able to hold both our ceremony and reception in the same venue was ideal for us,” Stephanie said. The reception took place inside the golf club and featured floral centerpieces that matched the bouquets, as well as decorated wine bottles. As a favor, everyone received a personalized wine bottle with both the brides’ names on it. They danced to a live band following dinner, and later indulged in a multi-tiered, rainbow-colored cake. Stephanie’s best advice for soon-to-be newlyweds? “Don’t sweat the small stuff…you’re the only ones who will notice the little things. Guest are there to be part of your day and to party it up!” We love this advice!