Melissa and Michael were married at Big Foot Country Club in Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, Wis. on August 23. The one thing about the venue that made them know it was the one was “the shabby chic elegance of the country club,” Melissa said. “The main room has high ceilings with beams and lots of light. It was the feel of an upscale barn.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown with a tiered skirt, accessorized with a sideswept ponytail, jeweled headband, flower sash, and a pair of peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a navy blue tuxedo with black trim on the lapels, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, peonies, astilbe, and greenery. Despite unexpected rain showers, the ceremony took place outside underneath wooden two doors. “My favorite moment was walking down the aisle and seeing everyone smile because they were there for us and only us,” she said. The couple performed a sand pouring to symbolize the unity of joining of two families. “We didn’t want a cookie cutter setup,” Melissa said. “We had action stations for food, no set dinner time, and tables to accompany all sizes – 18, 10, 4.” Each one was decorated differently with white linens, pastel napkins, vintage vases and vessels, and lanterns. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Go with your first instinct,” Melissa said. “Don’t second guess yourself and believe in your vision. If you do that, you will not be disappointed.”
Kelly and Will were married at Brightfield Farm in Woodlawn, Tenn. on June 15. “Will and I wanted our wedding day to be a reflection of both of us,” Kelly said. “We chose to have it near Hopkinsville because we both met and started our lives together here. We wanted the location to be unique to us and immediately thought of a barn venue with a garden — something simple, shabby chic, vintage, and with a Southern feel. Once we found Brightfield Farm, we knew we found our perfect match! I remember as we drove up the long dirt driveway, I squealed to Will that I had a good feeling and that this might be the one. And it was! I did not look at another location after that.” The bride wore a lace v-neck fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls and a pair of flats, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a bow tie and suspenders. Bridesmaids wore long pink dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. “We wanted to keep the traditional vows for our wedding but wanted a meaningful unity visual,” she said. “We didn’t want to do the candle or the sand pouring, so we researched and found ‘God’s Knot’ where three strands of rope are braided together to symbolize husband, wife, and God, who make up the marriage. I made it out of rope that I painted: one pink, one sage green, and one white.” The only blooper during the ceremony? “The rings were on the ring bearer’s pillow so tight, we couldn’t get them off,” Kelly said. “The best man ended up ripping the silk tie with his teeth. Everyone clapped.” Guests were then free to play lawn games such as corn hole. Bonus: Dippin’ Dots was served to beat the heat too! Cocktail hour ended, and the reception started inside the barn. Tables were decorated with white linens, tea kettle centerpieces, tea cups, and vintage plates. Instead of a DJ, a band called The Pranksters performed. Two days later, the newlyweds jetted off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia.
Jennifer and Ryan were married at L’Auberge de Sedona in Sedona, Ariz. on August 31. “We wanted a beautiful outdoor setting and that’s exactly what L’Auberge de sedona gave us,” Jennifer said. “The entire resort has stunning views. Our wedding was creekside . . . Nature was all around us.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart ball gown with a tiered, ruffled skirt, accessorized with a pearl statement necklace, ivory sash and Swarvoski studded flats, while the groom wore a three-piece light gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. “I loved the entire day, but I really cherished the time we all got to spend before the wedding laughing together and taking pictures with all of our friends,” she said. “We had so much fun, especially my bridesmaids and I.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Guests were greeted with a fruit-infused water station to beat the heat. Thankfully, there were plenty of trees for shade for the reception too! Tables were decorated with white linens, birch bark centerpieces, antique silver numbers, and engagement session pictures. In addition to cake, there was also a candy buffet. “I enjoyed picking out all the candies and designing it with the help of my mom,” Jennifer said. Everyone was encouraged to take some home in chevron “Love is Sweet” baggies. The newlyweds’ best advice? “I would tell them that if they have a vision of what they want for any aspect of their wedding day make sure they communicate that in great detail to their vendors, otherwise they may get something they were not expecting,” she said. “There will always be surprises, but not all surprises are good surprises.”
Samantha and Gibson were married at Angus Barn Pavilion in Raleigh, N.C. on July 4. “The grounds alone are simply breath taking,” Samantha said. “I have always envisioned an outdoor wedding near some body of water, and the Angus Barn definitely has it!” The venue held a special place in their heart as well. “My now husband proposed in the woods which are on the other side of the pond,” Samantha said. Talk about meant to be! The bride donned a strapless lace gown complete with a peach-colored sash. She wore her hair down in loose curls and carried a bouquet of blush roses. Her 7 ‘maids were outfitted in strapless blush chiffon gowns and carried baby’s breath bouquets. The groom opted for a more casual look in tan dress pants and matching vest, along with a cream-colored tie. His men wore navy dress pants and vests, and sported navy neckties. The couple exchanged vows by the water in front of 140 close family members and friends and had a beautiful wooden cross adorned with flowers and greenery as their backdrop. A wooden monogrammed letter acted as the guest book, and the reception tables featured white and burlap linens. Each table had blush and pink floral centerpieces set in mason jars, along with romantic candles. After dinner guests indulged in a three-tiered white cake. During the commotion of the reception, the couple was able to sneak outside for a moment alone, which ended up being their favorite part of the night. “We both feel that standing outside, watching the Brier Creek Fireworks whilst our loved ones mingled outside and boogied inside, was our favorite,” Samantha recalled. “It was the first moment that was simply ours.” Samantha’s best advice? “Remember, take some time for just the two of you, even if you think you’re being rude. It’s your day!”
Ashlyn and Brandon were married at Cathedral Oaks Event Center in Belton, Texas on April 19. “They met a few years ago while working in the nursing department at Scott and White,” Jennifer Lucia, the photographer, said. “The two have been inseparable ever since. I had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session a year ago and that’s where I got to witness firsthand the pure love these two have for one another. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with off-the-shoulder capped sleeves, accessorized with a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a tan three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long mix ‘n’ matched muted pastel chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and baby’s breath. Guests were greeted with a “Choose a seat, not a side . . .we’re all family once the knot is tied” chalkboard sign and given programs that doubled as fans to beat the heat. The ceremony took place nestled in between six-acres of oak trees. Notice the hanging crystal chandeliers and picture frames? Plus, the aisle markers boasted verses from 1 Corinthians 13. “This wedding was a mixture of fun and elegance,” she said. “Ashlyn put the decor together herself. She loved the country vintage theme.” Inside the great hall, tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces and candles atop burlap runners and lace overlays atop chiavari chairs. The newlyweds sat at their own designated sweetheart spot. “The dance floor was active the entire evening, with both families cheering loudly in joy and joining together to celebrate this couple’s unity,” Jennifer Lucia, the photographer, said. The yummiest part? The candy bar! Complete with all-you-can-eat treats.