Posts Tagged ‘winter weddings’

Sep
04
Christy + Derrick: Vintage Jewel-Toned Outdoor Winter Wedding by Captured Photography by Jenny
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Captured Photography by Jenny; Floral Design: Betty Silva; Ceremony Music: Greg and Anna Karabensh and Connie McFarland; Officiant: Efraim Silva; Catering: Lori Carmichael; Reception Music: Becca Mancari 

Christy and Derrick were married outside in West Palm Beach, Fl. on January 11. The bride wore a long-sleeve gown with a lace bodice and a flowing skirt. Her hair was pulled back into a loose curly ponytail. ”My dress is incredibly special to me because not only is it my mom’s original dress, but my big sister also wore it!” Christy explained. The lace-edged veil was created by a seamstress and she carried a bouquet of plum and cranberry roses and peonies. Her best pals wore short colored dresses ranging from deep purple to navy blue, and they carried bouquets of light blue and purple hydrangeas and roses. Fun fact about the bridesmaids: they picked out their own dresses at various thrift stores. “I really wanted all the dresses to be thrifted, but its definitely a task finding dresses that fit the styles of 12 women,” Christy said. The groom and his men wore suits and vests of many colors, without jackets. They donned neck ties in various shades of blue. The couple exchanged vows in a unity ceremony outside in front of 100 guests. Christy and Derrick had one goal for their reception: make it feel like home. “Our big idea was that we wanted to bring the insides of our house to the outside,” Christy said. “Where walls couldn’t limit how many people were welcome.” They set up areas outside that acted as different spaces in a home and included a living room (cocktail lounge), a game room (checkers, anyone?), and a story fort (where guests could learn more about their love story). Many of the signs, including the guest book, were crafted by the couple. Guests received personalized mason jars, enjoyed Cuban food at wooden tables with mismatched china, and danced the night away. They indulged in a butter cream-frosted cake adorned with fruit and topped with small bird statues. “The whole day was filled with so much joy and celebration with just enough room to take breathers,” Christy said. See the full board here.

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Aug
07
Andrea + Stuart: An Intimate Colorful Destination Winter Mexico Hotel Wedding By Jorge Santiago Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Jorge Santiago PhotographyCeremony Venue: Hotel Boutique Casa OaxacaReception Venue: Hotel Azul Oaxaca

Andrea and Stuart’s ceremony and reception was held at two different locations – Hotel Boutique Casa Oaxaca and Hotel Azul Oaxaca – in Oaxaca, Mexico on December 18. ”We met at a friend’s party,” Andrea said. “We had spoken on the phone prior to that about arranging Spanish lessons [since I was a teacher], but he was so busy; it wasn’t possible. Ironically, he still hasn’t had one.” The bride wore an nontraditional red lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with long sleeves, accessorized with a braided crown updo, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. “I wanted the wedding to be unconventional, bright and colorful, encompassing Mexican traditions but still including non-traditional aspects,” Andrea said. “I also wanted it to be small and intimate with not too many guests.” Following the handwritten vows and exchanging of rings, the newlyweds processed down the city streets amongst a calenda, or parade. Notice the chinas oazaquenas? Women dancing and carrying baskets of floral arrangements on top of their heads. Plus, monos del calenda too, or giant puppets. The outdoor terrace was hung with papel picados, tables were decorated fringe ended runners, and antique stained glass centerpieces filled with roses, mums, and a hint of greenery. The main dinner dish was mole, and “the chocolate cake was delicious,” she said. In addition to a DJ, there was also a marimba band performance, which is a percusion instrument consisting of wooden bars struck with mallets. The most important lesson they learned? “Listen to what people have to say and be considerate of them but only follow it if it agrees what with is in your heart,” Andrea said.”Following a set way of doing things doesn’t have to necessarily agree with how you would like them or dream them to be on your big day either.” See the full board here.

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Jul
01
Alexis + Andrew: An Intimate Winter Oklahoma Castle Wedding By Sheradee Hurst Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Sheradee Hurst PhotographyVenue: Castle FallsDress Designer: Maggie SotteroFloral Designer: Trochta’s FlowersGroom’s Attire: Vera WangHair and Makeup Artist: Amanda Sumpter; Shoes: American EagleOfficiant: Charles Williams 

Alexis and Andrew were married at Castle Falls in Oklahoma City, Okla. on December 21. ”Andrew and I are always laughing together and couldn’t imagine spending our lives without each other,” Alexis said. “We have been so blessed that we have been able to grow up together, and even more blessed that we get to continue growing together.” The bride wore a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with a faux fur bolero, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with velvet bow tie. ”I wanted something classy and vintage-inspired, and I wanted my bouquet to look as though I went outside and picked the flowers out of a field,” she said. Despite a massive ice storm the morning of the wedding, all of 70 guests arrived safe and sound to see the couple say, “I do” in front of a fireplace. ”After the ceremony, we went outside and took pictures,” Alexis said. “The freeze made them absolutely that much more stunning.” Cocktail hour began with a hot chocolate stand complete with peppermints, marshmallows, whipped cream, and cinnamon. Plus, customized cup holders! ”Andrew and I wanted pictures displayed, so my grandpa built a frame, and we put our baby pictures on it.,” she said. “He put so much time into it, and it is something I will have forever.” Tables were decorated with all-white linens, tall mercury glass candelabra centerpieces, and “anything that revolved around natural colors and a winter theme,” Alexis said. Thought grandpa was the only one to make something? Wrong. Grandma made the naked cake decorated with fresh fruits. The Mr. and Mrs. “happily ever after” ended with a birdseed toss send-off. ”It was such a perfect and special day,” she said. “We wanted to stay and spend time with our family, but our honeymoon in Washington D.C. awaited.” See the full board here.

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Apr
28
Debra + Nick: A Romantic Red and Gray Winter South Carolina Plantation Wedding By Richard Bell Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Nathan Bell of Richard Bell PhotographyEvent Coordinator: Jessica Cruz; Venue: Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation & GardensDress Designer: Allure from Bridals by JodiHair & Makeup Artist: Generations of DesignsGroom and Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang from Men’s WearhouseBirdcage Veil: Veiled by Cha ChaHeadpiece: Tess KimShoes: Design Your PedestalRings: David S. DiamondsFloral Designer: Country & Lace FloristCeremony Musicians: Palmetto StringsOfficiant: Doug FarmerBridesmaids Dresses: Watters from Bridals by JodiCaterer: Mosaic CateringFavors: River Street SweetsDJ: River Rush EntertainmentCake: Sugar Bakeshop

Debra and Nick were married at Carriage House at Magnolia Plantations & Gardens in Charleston, S.C. on January 3. ”We knew that we wanted a special destination and Chaleston, our first weekend getaway as a couple, fit the bill,” Debra said. “We originally wanted to get married on New Year’s Eve, but we settled on January 3, 2014 — taking a gamble on the fickleness of a Southern winter.” The bride wore a sweetheart wedding gown with a ruched bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with a birdcage veil and rosette peep-toe kitten heels, while the groom wore a black suit, silver vest, and white pocket square. ”In terms of decor, we went with a rustic theme using gray, burlap, and ivory linens with pops of red,” she said. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bright bouquets of roses, berries, dusty millers, and scabiosa pods. ”A cold front rolled in the day before our wedding, dropping the temperatures from 60s to 30s,” Debra said. “Our bridal party was full of troopers because they all agreed to remain sleeveless and without coats.” The reception followed inside with candlelit centerpieces, praline favor bags, and several traditional Okinawan dances. See the full board here.

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