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Some little girls spend a good portion of childhood dreaming about their fairytale wedding — from the perfect gown to the one waiting to greet them at the end of the aisle. Surprisingly, this was not the case for today’s stunning bride. After looking through the images from Sara and James’ magical rustic affair, I have to say I was a bit shocked upon learning that Sara had never anticipated on having the wedding of her dreams! So, how did these two manage to execute the most breathtakingly romantic event that not only stole their guests’ hearts, but blew them away, as well? Let’s just hear the story from the bride herself!
Every girl dreams of her fairytale wedding — except this girl. My husband and I dreamed of adventure and travel and amazing new foods. We agreed that our dream wedding would be the two of us running off to Hawaii to exchange vows privately before jumping off a waterfall. However, as my mother’s only daughter, I could not shatter her dream of hosting my fairytale wedding. So, the planning began with the decision of where our wedding would take place. My family was from New Jersey, and my husband’s family was from Boston. For my husband and I, there was no debate — it had to be Boston. The city he grew up in, the one I fell in love in and our home together for the past six years.
Inside the city limits, we had few options on our do-it-yourself budget. So, we expanded our search into looking for somewhere that had the historic presence of our beloved city, but the nature we often escaped to on our many adventures. We found what we were looking for at The Codman Estate in Lincoln, MA. The federal-style mansion and carriage house had the historical feeling of home, while the beautiful gardens provided the natural backdrop we longed for.
The ceremony was held in the Italian garden, where stone steps lead down into a cozy flower-filled garden divided by a long, beautiful reflecting pool. We kept the decorations simple, allowing the natural beauty of the property to speak for itself. Hand-painted signs directed guests from the ceremony to the reception site at the carriage house.
We found the perfect balance of indoor comfort with scenic sunset views by tenting the seating area just outside the carriage house, where the bar and dance floor kept our guests entertained for hours. Our wedding colors of yellow and grey added accents without overwhelming the distinguished elegance of the property. We achieved a rustic, vintage feel by converting an old train case into a card box and creating centerpieces of burlap runners with mason jars tied with twine. We kept it fun with signature cocktails and a homemade photo booth crafted by my dad.
There was no single moment of that day that outshines the rest — more like listening to your favorite song, as every minute was as beautiful as the last. No words could truly explain the excitement I had walking down the aisle along the reflecting pool with rays of sunlight warming my face. No words for the love that surrounded us upon entering our reception. No words for the exhausted content we felt sitting on the ground in our wedding attire, resting our heads against one another as our special day faded into a perfect memory. The realization that the wedding we never dreamed of was everything we could have ever wanted.
Dress: Mori Lee purchased at Manhattan Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Tuxedos: BLACK by Vera Wang at Men’s Wearhouse / Venue: The Codman Estate in Lincoln, MA / Florals: Whole Foods Market / Music: Unique Sounds DJ Services / Catering: Tastings Caterers / Beverages: Gordon’s Fine Wines and Liquors
Last week, we shared all of the exciting planning details that went into Morgan and Young’s rustic chic wedding. Today, we’re changing gears a bit and giving you the inside scoop on a perfectly pastel Dallas wedding that is sure to steal your heart! When you read Allison and Albino’s love story and compare it to the stunning photos from their multicultural wedding, you’ll see that these two are undeniably a match made in heaven! The teal and orange-accented decor, the succulent plants that adorned each reception table — I just know you’ll swoon over every last detail! So, without further ado, let’s hear the full story from the bride herself!
My husband and I met during college in Kansas. We were both social work majors and the school was small enough that we knew everyone on campus. We were casual friends for three and a half years before we ever had a thought about each other in a romantic way. We started enjoying each other’s company more when we would take late-night bike rides to a donut shop and would sit and talk about social work until early in the morning. Soon after, we graduated college and both decided to move to Texas. My husband is originally from San Antonio, but I wanted to gain a more diverse experience in my career in Texas. We settled in Austin, where we both worked as AmeriCorps members for Communities in Schools of Central Texas.
This church is very special to me. I started visiting and getting to know people there while I was in school in Kansas. It is a Spanish-speaking church, and although I did not know Spanish, they welcomed me and it became one of my favorite places. When planning the wedding, we realized this was the perfect spot because it was halfway between my family in Kansas and my husband’s family in San Antonio. Not only this, but it held special meaning to the two of us and the pastor was very excited to have our wedding there because they recently built a new church. It was difficult to plan a wedding in a different city where you have no family, but we wouldn’t have changed our location for anything.
Our wedding was very unique in that we combined both our cultures and traditions into our ceremony. Our goal for the look of the wedding was to be simple and pretty. I grew up with German Mennonite heritage, and my husband was brought up with Hispanic Catholic heritage. Our ceremony was mainly in English, but certain parts were done in Spanish. We used the lasso and coins, which is a Catholic tradition, but formatted the wedding in my traditional way, along with my home pastor from Kansas to help facilitate the ceremony.
We used a variety of decorations, such as papel picados (Mexican paper flags), succulents in pinto beans and tassels made out of tissue paper. My father designed all the invitations, programs and name cards. In addition to cake, we served Mexican sweet bread called Pan Dulce and Mexican ice pops, or paletas. Our wedding was as much DIY as possible, and we used our resources to make it unique. Most importantly, however, we got married, we blended our two cultures beautifully and we got to see all of our family from near and far in the same place for such a special occasion.
I was told before my wedding day to not stress and try to stay in the moment all day long. I did my best to do this, and I feel that I remember and can look back on that day with very clear memories. Don’t stress about the small things on your wedding day — let others take care of that for you, and just relax with the people you love and enjoy the best day of your life.
Dress: Jasmine Bridal purchased at Melange Bridal Salon in Austin, TX / Cakes: Central Market / Venue: Iglesia Menonita Luz Del Evangelio in Dallas, TX
If you’re wondering which trends are all the rage in the wedding world right now, you may get a range of different opinions depending on who you ask. But, there’s one thing we can all agree on — rustic is here to stay! A few weeks ago, we brought you a Dallas wedding that incorporated this popular theme, and today we’re bringing you another rustic gem straight from D.C.! We wanted to get a sense of what went into planning this sweet soirée, so we asked the bride, Morgan, to do the honors! P.S. If these two look familiar to you, it’s no coincidence — Morgan and Young are the same gorgeous couple featured on our homepage!
Young and I are both very laid back people who love nothing more than to be surrounded by family and friends, so the idea of having a rustic/country wedding BBQ was ideal for us. When searching for ideas and flipping through magazines, I was always drawn to the photos of barn receptions. In our area, it’s hard to find a barn that can be used for events, but we were lucky enough to stumble upon Hiddencroft Vineyards, who recently acquired a barn on site. It was perfect! Clyde and Terry, the owners, had never hosted a wedding before, and coincidentally we had never thrown a wedding before, so we were able to work through the process together.
The whole event could not have been done without the help of all our family and friends. Every detail of the wedding was touched by a loved one. My mother, father and brother put in tireless hours to create the details of the wedding, including the altar, chalkboards and lanterns. Almost every decorative piece was handmade. The invitations were done by my maid of honor Christa White. My dress was almost completely changed from its original shape by the ladies at Global Bridal in Alexandria, VA. My hair and makeup was done by my friends at Avenue West Salon in Frederick, MD. Our caterer Doug is a family friend and owner of Dish Bistro in Charlestown, WV, as well as the new restaurant Domestic in Shepherdstown, WV, and he prepared all of the side dishes and bartenders for the wedding. Our good friends, Charlie and Bob, provided their award-winning Texas BBQ, which was absolutely fantastic. Our DJ was Dan from Integral DJs based out of Washington, D.C. He was awesome; we gave him a general idea of our musical interest and he ran with it. Not one bad song all night!
Our flowers came from Martin’s in Charlestown, WV; the bouquets (one of my favorite things at the wedding) were put together by Susie, a friend of my mother’s. Our floral arrangements and reception decor were put together by close family friends and my mother’s business partners, Bonnie, Cassie and Andrea at Dream House. Andrea also stepped in and acted as wedding coordinator the day of. We decided to go a different route from the traditional wedding cake and had pies made by a long time friend, Karen Harshman. They were such a hit! We also spent the night before the wedding making miniature pies at my parent’s house. My mother, MOH and even my father sat around the table pressing pie dough into mini mason jars. It’s a memory I’ll always hold on to.
Our photography and videography was done by George Street Photo & Video and turned out beautifully. They really captured the wedding the way we wanted. Last, but certainly not least, our honeymoon was set up by Jim at Perfect Honeymoons. It was a trip of a lifetime, one that will be hard to live up to! We really could not have had such a perfect wedding day without all the help from our friends and family. Having their involvement made the day all the more special.