Aug
28
Lauren + Anthony: Green and Purple Italian-Inspired Arizona Wedding by Jillian Ryan Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Photo: Jillian Ryan Photography; Venue: Cibo Urban Pizzeria Cafe; Dress Designer: Galina from David’s Bridal; Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal; Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Macy’s; Hair Stylist: Jennifer Dew; Makeup Artist: Stephanie Neilheisel; Officiant: Jerry Laurmann

Lauren and Anthony were married at Cibo Urban Pizzeria Cafe in Phoenix, Arizona on April 6. The bride wore a strapless dress with a ruched bodice and a green and purple embroidered sash, her hair in relaxed curls. She carried a bouquet of succulents, mums, baby’s breath and assorted greenery. Her ‘maids donned green floor-length strapless dresses and held bouquets filled with baby’s breath, mums, and daisies. The groom looked dapper in a purple-checkered button-up, paisley tie, and gray vest. His men wore green-checkered button-up shirts with khaki pants. The reason for all the green and purple? “Choosing colors was hard for me, but we decided on purple for our football team back home (The Ravens) and green is Anthony’s favorite color,” Lauren said. The intimate crowd of 75 guests gathered outside to watch Lauren and Anthony exchange their vows, which she says took them just 4 minutes. “That gave us more time to party,” she said. Guests headed off to the outdoor reception at the restaurant where a picture frame doubled as a seating chart, leading them to their seats. Colorful streamers decorated the outdoor area, and guests sat at banquet tables with cafe chairs and wire table numbers, which the bride’s brother made. “We both come from Italian families so we wanted to include that culture in a little bit, with Italian desserts, music, and the dinner,” Lauren said. After enjoying the Italian fare (pizza and pasta, yum!) the guests took advantage of the photo booth, indulged in a two-tiered cake with butter cream frosting, and took home personalized candles as a favor. “Our families mesh so well together, so it was just a big party all day,” Lauren recalled. “Our wedding was intimate, dreamy and so perfect, it could not have gone any better.” See the full board here.

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Aug
27
Neely + Karl: Romantic Springtime Southern Barn Wedding by Freshly Bold Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Freshly Bold Photography; Floral Design: Flowers by the Shore; Groom’s Attire: Francia’s; Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids;  Ceremony Music: The Jimmy Lumpkin Band; Rentals: SOHO Events and Rentals; Catering: Naman’s Catering; Cake: Couture Cakes; Venue: Private Barn; Hair: Rachel Spencer;  Makeup: Jerri Majors

Neely and Karl were married at a private barn in Silverhill, Ala. on April 26. “I wanted the theme of my wedding to be romantic, in every sense of the word!” Neely said. “I wanted a very intimate, vintage, traditional feel to the whole night!” The bride stunned in a fitted strapless lace gown and wore her chestnut brown hair in an intricate updo. She opted for minimal jewelry and carried a bouquet of light pink and white garden roses. Her ‘maids matched the romantic vibe perfectly in flowing floor-length blush-colored gowns with various necklines. The groom and his men donned gray three-piece suits, the groom differentiated himself by opting for a light blue vest and necktie, while the groomsmen went with white. ” The whole wedding, ceremony and reception were outdoors,” Neely said. “The ceremony itself was relaxed and traditional, performed by my granddaddy.” Guests sat in folding chairs, beside a lake, and watched Neely and Karl tie the knot. Afterwards, they walked up the hill to the reception, which was in a private barn. Guests were encouraged to sign a wooden table along with a guestbook. The couple added many personal touches such as a family photo display and a cute dessert display. Rustic touches such as whimsical handwritten signs, mason jar flower holders, and bales of hay decorated the barn. They even had outdoor string lights, so guests could celebrate long after the sun set. “The whole day I would describe as relaxed, romantic, full of sentiment and love,” Neely said. “I wanted to spend the morning with my favorite people, and that’s exactly what I did.” The couple cut a three-tiered cake adorned with flowers and were sent off into married life with sparklers. Despite the gorgeous details and romantic aesthetic, it wasn’t the most important part for Neely.  ”At the end of the day, if you are married to the love of your life, then it was a perfect day!” Neely said. See the full board here.

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Aug
26
Heather + Joey: Turquoise & Orange Springtime Pennsylvania Wedding by Kristen Wynn Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photo: Kristen Wynn Photography; Venue: The Atrium; Bride’s Gown: Demetrios from Macy’s; Shoes: Pour La Victoire; Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein from Men’s Wearhouse; Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm from Bridal Beginning; Hair: Chele Opitz of Amy’s Hair Styling; Floral Design by T&J Floral; Invitations: MagnetStreet; Ceremony Music: Red Hot Chameleon Entertainment;  Catering: Fairground Market; Popcorn: Pittsburgh Popcorn Company; Cake: Autumn’s Cakes; Bride’s Veil: Frills Ltd.; Makeup: Megan Yudin; Officiant: John Antoline

Heather and Joey were married at The Atrium in Prospect, PA on May 24. “The Atrium was the perfect fit,” Heather said. “It was bright white, which we knew would make our colors pop, and the all glass atrium that was part of the building really brought in the outdoor feel.” The bride donned a strapless mermaid gown with a ruffled skirt and colored snakeskin peep toe pumps. She opted for a curly up-do and carried a bouquet with baby’s breath, garden and spray roses, carnations, and pin cushion proteas. The groom and his men looked dashing in gray three-piece suits. The groom wore an orange vest and necktie, while his men were outfitted in white. The bridesmaids stood out in bright turquoise one-shoulder floor-length chiffon gowns. “We built everything around our favorite colors – blue and orange,” Heather said. “The blue evolved into turquoise when we decided to go for a ‘tropical’ feel but without the sand and shells. We LOVE the Caribbean, so it was only fitting to incorporate that color scheme into our day.” After the reception, guests dined in an all-glass Atrium, allowing a lot of natural light to flow in. They outfitted the gazebo with blue and orange paper decor and had a photo booth with props for guests to document their night. Guests enjoyed a three-tiered cake decorated with blue and orange flowers, and munched on popcorn as well! The most special part of the big day? “My grandma wasn’t able to attend due to her health, so we actually FaceTimed the wedding so she could be a part of the big day,” Heather said. ” It was a great moment, and we’re so blessed that technology allowed her to be there.” How adorable? See the full board here.

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Aug
25
Maria + Darren: Elegant Summer California Inn Wedding by Sisterlee Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photo: Sisterlee Photography; Ceremony Venue: St. Francis of Assisi Chapel at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa; Reception Venue: The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa; Rentals: Elegant Designs Speciality Linens Reception Music: Woody DiazCake: Baker’s Oven; Bride’s Gown: Matthew Christopher ; Bridal Salon:  Mon Amie Bridal Salon; Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss; Groomsmen’s Attire:  Friar Tux Shop;Hair: Bri Gardea;  Makeup: Michelle Dietl; Floral Design: Blooming View; Wedding Planning: Karen Omana of J and J Wedding Events

Maria and Darren were married at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel in Riverside, Calif. on June 14. “We met nineteen years ago when we were 12 years old,” Maria said. “I was the one who chased him! I remember telling my older brother’s best friend that I loved Darren and was going to marry him.” The bride flattered in a fitted strapless lace gown and cathedral-length veil. Her wavy locks were clipped back with a sparkly hair pin and she opted for a simple necklace and earrings. She carried a classic bouquet of white peonies. The groom wore a black suit with a patterned neck tie and a white peony boutonniere. Her ‘maids wore bright red chiffon floor-length strapless dresses and carried bouquets of white peonies and roses. “Since my bridesmaids dresses were so bright and fun, I didn’t want to over do it with accent colors,” Maria said. The groomsmen were outfitted in gray three-piece suits, patterned ties, and calla lily boutonnieres. A reception followed the traditional church ceremony in the music room at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. Guests sat in chiavari chairs at round tables with tall floral centerpieces. “I kept the linens and flowers very simple; all ivory,” Maria said. ” I tied in the theme of my lace wedding dress to the cake, votive candles and all the bouquets were wrapped in lace.” After dinner, guests indulged in an all-white tiered cake topped with white peonies, of course! “I really wanted to keep it traditional yet contemporary at the same time,” Maria said. She definitely succeeded, and even managed to gather her all of her guests together to take a group photo! See the full board here.

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