Abby and Kyle were married at Kelley Agricultural Historical Museum in Sharpsville, Ind. on August 31. “We really wanted an outdoor venue that also offered an indoor space in case of inclement weather,” Abby said. “At the time, barns were a popular venue choice, and we had a hard time finding one that was both unique and available. A date opened up at our venue, and we toured on a windy March day. It was rustic, historic to the area, and had an awesome loft area. The barn itself was reconstructed as it would have been 100 years ago.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Nina peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece taupe suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, craspedia, berries, and seeded eucalyptus. Guests were greeted with rays of sunshine rather than rain! Programs featured the itinerary on the front and fun facts on the back. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 200 witnessing. “The moment after we walked back down the aisle, we were hidden behind a pine tree for a few seconds,” she said. “We hugged and kissed, and we both looked at each other like, ‘now what?’ and laughed. Then, our family and friends came to us one-by-one, and it just felt like the happiest, most complete time of my life.” Cocktail hour began followed the reception shortly thereafter. “We are both Purdue graduates, and we really wanted to incorporate our time there,” Abby said. “Purdue has a classic bar called Harry’s. We had signature Harry’s plastic cups, popcorn bags (and a popcorn machine), and a Harry’s sign, kindly created by a bridesmaid. We served Indiana wine and beer from local breweries too.” Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices, peanuts, and old-fashion Coca-Cola bottles, which also served double-duty as favors, surrounded by folding padded chairs. A two-tiered cake was cut and served concluding a buffet dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “The experience goes by so fast,” she said. “Don’t sweat the small stuff. You may spend a lot of time agonizing over the details and before you know it, you’re at the airport leaving for paradise. Enjoy the extra time with everyone. For most, planning your wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. Make the most of it!” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia.
Denise and Jason were married at Gary’s Loft in New York, N.Y. on August 9. “This was the first and only venue we visited,” Denise said. “As soon as we stepped off of the elevator, we knew. It’s just this beautiful all-white loft. It was a blank canvas to really play with and make the space our own. And then, to look up and see the Empire State Building through the skylights was just more than we could dream.” The bride wore a custom-made lace sheath wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and a pair of Christian Louboutin peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short black dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of baby’s breath.
The couple opted for a first look beforehand to calm any nervous jitters. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 72 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, milk glass vase and vessel centerpieces, and mercury glass votive candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “We really loved the seating chart,” she said. “Our layout was an L shape, and we were able to have two long sections with all the tables connected. We loved getting to mix all of our family and friends together. It became one large family. Fun fact: Jason surprised Denise by performing two songs! The first song was “When You Say Nothing At All” and the second song was handwritten personally. “We absolutely loved having music throughout the entire night,” Denise said. “It really helped transition the spaces and also kept the mood lively and fun. We had a string trio for the ceremony on the roof, and they played a mix of classic and current music before the ceremony and during cocktail hour. Then, we had an amazing French jazz band (Jason proposed to me in Paris and many of our first dates were to jazz clubs in the city, so it was a little nod to our journey together). Finally, everyone headed back up to the roof after dinner, where we had a DJ and danced the night away!”
Multiple two-tiered buttercream-frosted cakes were cut for dessert. “The milk glass vases, dishes, and cake stands were another favorite detail,” she said. “I had collected a few pieces here and there and really loved their look. So, we decided to incorporate them into the decor for the wedding. Well, thanks to our family, friends, and two summers of visiting many, many flea markets, we had more than enough pieces for every flower arrangement and dessert. After the wedding, we used them to decorate the tops of our kitchen cupboards. Everyday, we have a special reminder of our wedding.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “We highly recommend a day-of coordinator,” Denise said. “It was so nice to not have any family or friends running around or stressing, but instead, getting to really enjoy the entire wedding and activities. It was a relief to have someone there who knew our vision and made sure everything went as smooth as possible. Something is bound to happen that wasn’t planned for, or something will get missed. It put us at ease knowing we had someone there to take care of it.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Thailand.
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.
Lynman and Jonathan were married at The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Conn on August 30. “We met in New Hampshire and are both from the East Coast, and we initially wanted to have our wedding in Vermont,” Lynman said. “But once we started looking at venues there, we realized we wanted something more accessible (since we were traveling from Singapore and having friends coming in from around the country). Hence why, we started looking at places around the tri-state area. Once I saw pictures of the carousel all lit up inside the vintage wooden building right on the beach, we were sold.” The bride wore a custom-made sheath wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, jeweled sash, and a pair of sandals, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. “The floral crown was a crowd favorite,” she said. “I couldn’t decided between a veil or a floral crown, so I decided to do both. Our florist, Jennifer, did such a good job. Everyone complimented me on it, and it kind of set the tone for the whole day that it was going to just be a fun party on the beach. It was perfect for the wedding–laid-back, bohemian and whimsical, a little different with just a touch of unexpected flare.” Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, astilbe, dahlias, berries, and succulents. “We really wanted to incorporate my culture into the ceremony with tea, especially since most of my family is in Hong Kong and couldn’t make it,” Lynman said. “It was great to be able to share that part of my heritage with Jon’s side. My cousin hosted it and Jon’s brother translated, which made it even more memorable.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. “It’s hard to pin down one moment, but while planning the day, we slotted in a 15-minute period after the hoopla–after the ceremony and pictures–and before our entrance where we got to hang out, just the two of us, as a married couple for the first time,” she said. “We just had some whiskey and took it all in, watching everyone from a distance. It was a nice, if temporary, moment of peace and quiet during a crazy but hectic day.” Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, postcard names, and mercury glass votive candles, surrounded by upholstered chairs. In lieu of a traditional guest book, a globe was signed. The newlyweds’ best advice? “We wanted 10 years from now to look back and say that we had a blast with everyone we loved,” Lynman said. “Our officiant quoted Rihanna, we had corn hole on the beach, an open bar, and we had dance offs and ice cream sandwiches and people laughing and crying. All the details that you can obsess over, and the things you feel like you HAVE to do don’t matter because no one will remember that. Focus on what makes you happy as a couple.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Amsterdam.
Jennifer and Caroline were married at The Vintager Inn in New Kent, Va. on September 20. “We were looking for a rustic venue somewhere in between Northern Virginia and Raleigh, North Carolina where most of our guests were coming from,” Jennifer said. “Our awesome wedding planner, Allison Barnes, found The Vintager Inn. It was not only in the perfect location, about halfway, but also it had everything and more that we were looking for. The landscape and scenery were amazing, and we knew this was something that our family and friends would love. We also knew with good weather that this would be an unforgettable place. The main barn opened up to this picture-perfect view at sunset. Our guests are still raving about it.” One bride wore a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the other bride wore a halter v-neck wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a braided updo. Both wore matching orange Converse tennis shoes! Bridesmaids wore short chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. Groomsmen wore white button-up shirts and dark gray pants, accessorized with a tie and suspenders. All 150 guests were greeted with a tandem bicycle directing the way. “Our ceremony was extremely unique to us,” she said. “We wrote the ceremony and had one of our best friends marry us (she did an amazing job for someone that had never done this before). The script was filled with love and laughter. We took turns sharing some of the things that made us fall in love with each other (all things sweet and hilarious) followed by the hand unity, our vows, and a kiss.” Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. “We did a fiesta theme for cocktail hour, including a mariachi band, taco bar with tequila shots, and passed taquitos and mini tacos.” Tables were decorated with gray linens, orange napkins, mason jar centerpieces, vintage bottles filled with paper hearts, and pictures from throughout their relationship, surrounded by black chiavari chairs. “There are so many but the moments that stuck out the most were our first look, our guests arriving as we secretly looked on, and realizing later that evening that we were actually married,” Jennifer said. In lieu of a cake, there was cake pops and cupcakes served concluding dinner. Fun fact: they were also favors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t worry about making other people happy that day,” she said. “The day is about you and to celebrate the love between you and your partner. As long as you two are happy and everyone sees that, everyone will be happy that day too.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of glow sticks, and jetted off to their honeymoon in Aruba.