Our gorgeous weddings this week have something amazing in common: they are all about the love story, not the details. Our lovely bride Sara says “the whole day felt very intimate – due in no small part to the fact that some of our very talented friends helped put it all together. A childhood friend of mine was the DJ, another our officiant, and my officemate turned dear friend Dorothée Brand of Belathée was our photographer. Our friends Matt and Emily of The Corson Building curated a wonderful assortment of food and beverages, and the save the dates, invitations and menus were created by another friend, Danielle Bellert of BDR-studio. We are so lucky to be surrounded by such gifted and generous people.” It is seriously inspiring that this couple didn’t get caught up in ‘all things wedding’, but kept it totally authentic to them, and it really shows in every aspect of their day. Which reminds me – be sure to read on for what Sara says she would do differently if she had to do it all again – it is so honest and one of my all time favorites answers!
We didn’t want anything overtly religious, and we knew we wanted to write our own vows. We wanted it to feel sentimental but also a little light hearted. And nothing too long! We took cues from a lot of friends’ and siblings’ weddings, but pretty much wrote the script on our own. We tried to combine many of our favorite features from past weddings into our day.
We’re so excited to share this beautiful wedding with you today, in conjunction with our longtime friends at Maharani Weddings! Gabrielle & Samir tied the knot in a modern celebration that combined the best of both Indian and Italian cultures, that should inspire all brides-to-be.
Just wait until you see the fireplace where they said their vows – glittering with candlelight, it is dripping in wild florals that look like they’re growing right out of the walls!
Says bride Gabrielle, “we felt surrounded by family and friends who were really happy for us, in a beautiful, intimate setting with lots of flowers and candles.”
Our pastor who married us helped. He is a family friend, and wanted to make both families feel included and involved, so his warm and inviting presence was perfect.
We wanted an intimate, romantic, warm environment for celebrating with family and friends.
The bride and groom took their first spin on the dance floor to Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud.
Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a winter wedding as cool as this one! Rachel & Dave married on their fifth anniversary at super cool members-only club The Battery in San Francisco. They incorporated romantic florals, fun nods to Dave’s Scottish heritage, and some bold, modern elements (like their acrylic stationery… and that dress!) which fit perfectly with the vibe of their luxe urban setting.
Dave wrote a cute poem on the bottom of my shoe, which was a total surprise and I loved it! Also, as one of Dave’s wedding gifts I made him a video highlighting all of our vacations together – it was something I had been putting off forever, so I think he enjoyed reliving those moments.
We wanted everything to feel comfortable and not forced, so we chose to forego a lot of the typical wedding traditions because they just weren’t us. The Scottish elements we incorporated (groom and groomsman wearing kilts, our bagpiper) were the most ‘traditional’ things we included. I did have something borrowed, something blue, a six pence, and a tartan garter from Dave.
We chose The Battery for our wedding and reception because the building and décor are stunning. Dave and I both work in construction and love history, architecture and design – The Battery has it all! The building was built after the earthquake in 1907 and sits in the middle of the city near the iconic Transamerica pyramid. The interior is modern and luxurious with rich colors, patterns and textures in each space. We were able to use three different spaces within the building for the ceremony, cocktails, dinner and reception, which gave our guests a change of scenery for each part of the day, without the hassle of traveling across the city.
Our wedding cake was one tier Lemon Zing and one tier Banana Bread Heath Bar. Dessert was included with the meal, so we didn’t find it necessary to have piece of cake for every guest. We had a small cake for cutting that served twenty-four – so those who wanted additional dessert were given a piece of cake.
We’ve got a sweet summer mountain wedding to share today! What do I love the most? The wildflowers and fresh greenery everywhere you look, especially the bride’s colorful bouquet and flower crown (and mini babies’ breath versions on the adorable flower girls). Of course I also love that they included Snippet & Ink founder Kathryn’s sister Lora’s super cute dessert truck The Bumblebee.
Bride Courtney’s incredible wildflower bouquet is made entirely from florals grown right on the property!
The mountains have always been a place of solitude and peace for me. We visit Colorado at least once a year and thought it would be so special to have a mountain wedding. When we stumbled upon the Lyons Farmette and River Bend, we knew we had found our place! A family member officiated our ceremony. We wanted someone who knew both of us very well so this was an easy choice!
Our pastor is a family member and he was able to give us a template that he usually follows for weddings. From there, we were able to personalize our special time. We chose scripture readings for both of our mothers to read during the ceremony. We also had live, acoustic music for our ceremony and reception and they played a song while my grandmother sang.
Towards the end of the night, I found a quiet spot above the dance floor in a sweet, vintage chair with a warm cup of coffee. It was between both of my grandmothers which was very special. As I looked around, I saw our closest friends and family members laughing and dancing, some were playing lawn games, gathered around the fire pit in conversation, couples were walking along the river, all below the soft glow of the twinkle lights in the mountain trees. It was such a great moment that I will always remember.
This English interfaith wedding is so stunning that it’s easy to get lost in its beautiful details (the bride’s incredible, ornate outfit! The historic mansion! That light!) What we love most about it, though, isn’t in the details at all – it’s the way combined their different faiths, cultures and backgrounds into an effortlessly stylish day. Get ready to be seriously inspired!
We decided to get married at Wrest Park after we visited the site a year before in a torrential downpour. We knew in an instant we would book it! It was the first and last place we looked at and a big tick off the list. Also, it was halfway between both our family’s homes, and an easy train ride from London for our friends.
We decided to fuse both my Hindu Gujarati heritage with the Groom’s English background and began the day with a civil ceremony. This was followed by Indian street food canapés on the library terrace, and then a traditional Hindu ceremony, with a sitar player.
Today’s bride describes her elegant and family-focused Sonoma wedding as a “resplendent gathering of family and friends on a magical summer day in the Valley of the Moon.” With families coming from all over the world, the couple beautifully blended their two cultures, Greek and Swedish, to create a stunning, musical and magical Midsummer night wedding.
We had two signature cocktails: a cucumber & basil gimlet that was inspired by a summer cocktail recipe from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson who is Swedish, and the Stockholm 75, which is a cocktail recipe from the Absinthe Brasserie & Bar in San Francisco—one of our favorite cocktail bars.
every part of their wedding day deeply personal, from the stationery suite’s hand drawn botanical details designed by one of the bride’s best friends, to the palette of white, green and gold – and wow, greenery has never looked so glamorous as at their reception! What a great fit against the backdrop of their beautiful venue, Cheekwood – and even that choice was quietly personal (its red brick is a nod to the red brick university campus were they met).
Despite their careful planning, they could still roll with the punches – when it started pouring rain and their dream outdoor reception fast became an indoor one, they say it “made the night even better than we planned!”
I have to be totally honest – I am a little bit in love with this wedding, and especially with the bride and groom themselves. The Colorado mountain backdrop, the perfect blue sky, the fantastic chandeliers of candles and greenery at the reception? All the details are seriously beautiful, but none of them outshine sweet, fun Katie & Matt.
As something old, I wore a handkerchief that has been in Matt’s family for generations. In fact I was the twelfth Gordon woman to get to wear it! Unfortunately, it got lost between the ceremony and reception. I’m so sad about that, but also so grateful I got to be part of Matt’s family custom.
The deep red of Katie’s bridesmaids dresses is such an elegant option for fall and really stands out against the greens and browns of the stunning mountain scenery. Plus, they work beautifully with Katie’s stunning blush Monique Lhuillier tulle gown with floral appliqué, and the colors in the bouquets tie it all together!
Start out budgeting by deciding what you’d be willing to compromise on and what you wouldn’t. For example, I wasn’t willing to compromise on photography or videography because those are two things that last a lifetime, so I allowed a larger portion of the budget to be allocated towards that and made the rest work within amount that remained. Also, don’t be scared to DIY some things!
Remember to have fun, even when things get stressful, and remember why you’re planning your wedding. Sometimes in the midst of it all you can lose sight of the whole purpose, and it’s good to stay focused on that and to keep your sense of fun and positivity when things get hectic.
Fun and funky. As much as we cared about the decor and what we were wearing, we just as equally wanted to make sure our reception would be a kick a** party with funky music all night long, and a great bar to keep the party going!
The driving factor in every decision was to give a personal touch to every piece of the day. We wanted everyone to feel the love and celebration in every detail.
We had a three-tiered red velvet cake as well as an assorted dessert bar with fresh fruit tartlets, classic creme brulee with housemade biscotti and New York cheesecake.
Next up in Our Best Weddings of 2017 is this dramatic forest wedding in Oregon photographed by Christy Cassano-Meyer…
I have never seen anything like this wedding – it’s part fashion editorial, part glamorously dark fairytale – one with a happy ending, of course! Louise & Cameron had their hearts set on marrying in the Pacific Northwest, where Cameron is from, but didn’t let the practicalities of a forest setting sway them from the romantic, elegant day they envisaged. This is no exaggeration – who could not only dream of a black tie forest wedding but pull it off with such style.