Katelyn and Matt were married at Chicago Illuminating Company in Chicago, Ill. on September 6. “When Matt and I walked into our venue for the first time, both of our hearts started pounding,” Katelyn said. “The venue was modern and nontraditional but very elegant. I think we just knew it was the right venue for us, but the fact that we could have everything on sight, and there was a gorgeous, ivy courtyard definitely helped.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Badgley Mischka open-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. “My veil was previously worn by two of my cousinss, who were also bridesmaids,” she said. “And around my bouquet, I carried a charm with a picture of my nana and pop pop, who were nable to be there with us on the wedding day.” Bridesmaids wore long gray one-shoulder chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranuncluses, hydrangeas, silver brunia balls, and dusty miller. Before the ceremony, the couple did not opt for a first look. “I decided do to one with my dad,” Katelyn said. “My dad and I have been very close, and I knew it would be very emotional for both of us when he saw me for the first time,” she said. “For me, seeing his face when he walked into the room and saw his ‘little girl’ as a bride was one of the best moments of the day.” Guests were greeted inside the loft with ceiling heights ranging from 15 feet to 50 feet. Aisles were lined with floating candles in staggered vases, tall altar arrangements, and fabric delicately draped across the windows for the backdrop. “The other moment I can’t stop thinking about is coming around the corner and seeing Matt for the first time as I walked down the aisle,” Katelyn said. “It immediately felt like we were the only two people in the room. I couldn’t stop smiling and barely kept myself from crying! After months of planning and hours of getting ready, it was such a rush of emotions to see him and finally get to marry him.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began as the entire wedding party wandered outside to take portraits by Lake Michigan. The reception followed shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens, gray napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles, surrounded by chiavari chairs. After dinner, a three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served. Bonus: a late-night snack from The Slide Ride food truck. The newlyweds’ best advice? “During the reception, take a moment to step back with your new spouse and look around,” she said. “Look at all your hard work you put into planning this amazing day and look at all the people, who have come to celebrate you two and love you both.”
Halona and Robert were married at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. on July 13. “The Four Seasons is very private, and they don’t have a casino inside the hotel,” Halona said. “But what made me know this was the perfect venue is there highly-rated staff and wedding coordinators. They are definitely five-star and are amazing at making sure you have the wedding of your dreams.” The bride wore a strapless tulle fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and pair of Badgley Mischka peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a matching bow tie and vest. Bridesmaids wore long pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hydrangeas. “We had rehearsed in an empty room, and I had not seen my decor yet,” she said. “So, the moment when the doors opened to the ceremony and reception were beyond breathtaking and a moment I will never forget.” Aisles were lined with floating candles in glass pillars to create a romantic ambience, and a unity candle was placed at the altar in loving memory of a lost one. It said, “This light shines as a symbol of a life and love remembered.” Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Not a single guest could resist taking a snapshot during the recessional. They found their seats via a mirror featuring assignments. Tables were decorated with rosette linens, tall candelabra centerpieces, glitter numbers, and crystal votive candles. “The food was delicious,” Halona said. Not to mention the five-tiered cake was suspended hanging from the ceiling! Extra entertainment, outside of the dance floor, was a photo booth complete with props. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Find an wedding planner that knows different venues and can see your vision miles away,” she said. “Our wedding was a destination wedding, and I read a lot of reviews before I chose Andrea Eppolito to coordinate my wedding. When I say she is great at what she does, I mean it. I was totally blown away . . . it was everything I had dreamed of and more.”
Jamie and Kevin were married at Ernest Hemingway House and Museum in Key West, Fla. on April 5. “They had the pleasure of getting married in the beautiful home of the author and journalist Ernest Hemingway, famous novelist and nobel prize and pulitzer prize winner of ‘The Old Man and the Sea’,” Claudia Cebrian of Clau Photography Fine Art said. “The location gifted the couple with history and converted their union into a very special moment for all.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with a single bloom in her curly updo, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short and long green chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, calla lilies, stephanotis. “The bouquets were in pastel tones of white, cream, baby pink, and fuchsia added a touch of color,” she said. The ceremony took place outside in the garden underneath a pergola. Dinner and dancing began after the vows. Guests were welcomed with none other than a display with a vintage typewriter, books, and cigar boxes. Plus, a palm tree picture frame with the quote, “Palm trees and summer air, your love will always take me there,” that served double-duty as the book of well wishes and advice. Tables were decorated with white linens, lace runners, mercury glass centerpieces and candles, and thank-you favor boxes attached with a key at each place setting. At the end of the night, the reception was lit with paper lanterns, the three-tiered cake was cut, served, and devoured, and smiles, tears, and laughter could be seen and heard all around.
Claire and Robin were married at the Spetses Amphitheatre followed by a reception at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel in Spetses, Greece on June 8. The decision to wed at this particular location was an easy one for the couple. “We had visited the Poseidonion Grand Hotel on Spetses several times over the two years before,” Claire explained.” We adore the beauty of the island and the hotel is so classically beautiful, when Robin proposed we both instantly knew where to spend our magical day.” The bride looked beautiful in a flowy gown with a plunging v-neck. The dress featured a sheer lace back and short sleeves, as well as jeweled detailing at the waistline. She wore her hair in a tightly-curled updo and carried a bouquet of white roses. The groom looked dapper in a gray suit and ditched the tie for a more casual look. 85 guests looked on as Claire and Robin exchanged vows in the amphitheatre. After they became husband and wife, everyone moved to the outdoor patio at the hotel. The reception featured round tables with white linens and glass vase centerpieces filled with greenery. Friends and family enjoyed an 8-course classic Greek meal. While Claire and Robin were the guests of honor they certainly made their guests feel special. “We wrote personal letters to all our guests sharing why they mean so much to us.” How thoughtful! As for their fairytale ending? The couple enjoyed a horse-pulled carriage ride along the water, and that wasn’t even Claire’s favorite part. “Seeing my husband’s face as i walked down the aisle and seeing how happy he was,” Claire said. “Knowing my best friend and soulmate was to become my husband.”
Jenelle and David were married on at Juliette Chapel & Events in Dahlonega, Ga. on March 28. “We wanted something that our family from Michigan would never see up north,” Jenelle said. “The Juliette Chapel & Events was right in the middle of a beautiful mountain town, full of charm and personality. When we pulled up and saw that we would have room for both an outdoor and indoor setting, we got this overwhelming feeling of a romantic yet rustic atmosphere.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a black tie. Bridesmaids wore long gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. “The days leading up to the wedding the forecast was grim and expected to rain all day, which it pretty much did,” she said. “But I look back and think about how fun we had, between standing with my bridesmaids with their purple umbrellas and funny poses to walking across the patio with my husband to take pictures under our clear umbrella, it was perfect.” Following the intimate ceremony, 85 guests found their seats via vintage key escort cards. Tables were decorated with white linens, hydrangea centerpieces, votive candles, and mint favor bags. The newlyweds’ favorite detail? “Our cake was AMAZING!” Jenelle said. “It was literally the best cake I have ever had. Our decorator surprised David with a groom’s cake and catered to my gluten-free/dairy-free needs.”