Kristena and Ryan were married outside on Grand Newport Plaza followed by a reception inside Celebrations in Costa Mesa, Calif. on November 2. Fun fact: The bride is also our very own Apple Blossom from Bridal Buds! “My husband and I fell in love with it as soon as we toured the grounds,” Kristena said. “I think the one thing about it was that it was unique, and we loved that we could have the ceremony and reception in one place without having our guests travel.” She wore a sweetheart ruffled ball gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and pair of black Badgley Mischka petal t-strap high heels, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a white tie. A favorite moment? “The first look!” she said. “When I came down the staircase and saw my husband standing there waiting for me, I was so excited. Seeing his expression was worth all the nerves and craziness up to that point.” Following the nuptials, guests were asked to fill out “We Say” advice cards, tables were decorated with black linens and red roses centerpieces, and a candy bar was filled with taffy, gummies, cake pops, and chocolates, which also doubled as favors. “It was the perfect item for them to take home with them after the night,” Kristena said.
Niki and Stephen were married at Sarchet Event Center in Platteville, Colo. on August 16. The bride wore a lace bodice a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of Badgley Mischka jeweled peep-toe pumps, while her bridesmaids wore turquoise dresses with illusion halter necklines. Their red bouquets featured roses and dahlias. Guests were greeted with a “You have my whole heart for my whole life” sign and paper fans to keep cool. During the outdoor ceremony underneath the garden’s gazebo, they combined different colored jars of sand into an hourglass to symbolize their unity. Portraits were then taken amongst the free range and prairie as the sun was minutes away from setting. Bonus: golden hour! You won’t want to miss the AMAZING sparkler send off too.
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.”
Ashley and Brian were married at Goodwood Musuem and Gardens in Tallahassee, Fla. on November 10. “It was what I always dreamed of as the venue for me — full of Southern elegance and charm — huge live oak trees and plantation house all at the same location made for a picture perfect day.” Before the ceremony, the lovebirds decided to not see each other, but to exchange letters while holding hands around the corner of the building. Ashley wore a satin fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, while Brian wore a classic black tuxedo with bow tie. Bridesmaids donned in red orange long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets featuring white roses, eucalyptuses, and dusty millers. “The flowers were absolutely stunning, combined with the hundreds of candles at the reception,” she said. Even though the church Ashley grew up attending, her mom was able to take the old doors (since they were replaced with new ones) and repurpose them at the end of the aisle. “I started crying during the ceremony, and Brian reached up and wiped the tears off my face,” she said. “It was such a sweet and precious moment.” Guests were escorted to their seats with pine cones, long banquet tables were decorated with tall floral centerpieces, and instead of a cake, there were mini shot glasses of milk and fudge striped cookies.
Veronica and Doyin were married in downtown Annapolis, Md. with harbor views of the Chesapeake Bay on March 2. The bride wore a Cinderella ball gown, accessorized with a jeweled embellishments, a black faux fur stole, and a vibrant bouquet of ruby red ranunculuses and garden roses, while bridesmaids wore long luminescent silver taffeta dresses, accessorized with bouquets of white ranunculuses and blush garden roses. You won’t believe Doyin’s facial expression as Veronica walks down the aisle of the church! Priceless. The reception was decorated with hundreds of floating candles to create a romantic ambience with blue uplighting, and family and friends were surprised at the end of the night when the newlyweds changed into traditional Nigerian attire.