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.
Allison and Brycen were married at Rivermill Event Centre in Columbus, Ga. on March 22. The historic renovated cotton mill had such a rustic feel and beautiful views of the Chattahoochee, according to the bride. She wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with Converse tennis shoes. Before the ceremony, the couple opted to do a first look with handwritten letters that they read out loud to one another. Fun fact: Allison carried a Bible that was over 100-years-old in lieu of a bouquet. It’s been passed down in her family for generations. How unique! The reception tables was decorated with blue linens and rose, daisy, and anemone centerpieces accented with greenery. A romantic flare was added with lots of candles surrounding too. Guests enjoyed posing with props in the photo booth and received the strips as favors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t over think and never let anyone make you second guess your decisions,” Allison said. “It’s YOUR wedding day.”
Lauren and Patrick were married in a traditional church ceremony at Historic St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church followed by an indoor reception at the Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, Penn. on November 30. “When we saw the photos online, we felt immediately drawn to the warmth (literally, there is a working fireplace) and coziness of the ballroom,” Lauren said. “We loved all of the intricate details like the hanging chandeliers and exposed beams and bricks.” The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory sash and her mom’s chapel-length wedding veil from 1979, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a navy blue tie to match the bridesmaids long satin dresses. “To wear something old, beautiful, and borrowed meant the world to me,” she said. “Hopefully, it will bring us good luck since my parents have been married for 34 years.” Before the ceremony, the couple chose to have a first look. “The significance of that moment felt like we were the only two people in the world,” Lauren said. Following the nuptials, the bridal party was escorted to the reception on a trolley. “Pat and I bonded early on in our relationship over our love of literature,” she said. “Though our [tastes] of course differ greatly, we wanted to incorporate that theme in our decor.” Centerpieces included old books stacked atop each other, pictures of authors, and favorite quotes.