To celebrate the great nuptials weâ€™ve published in 2012, here's a round-up of some of the most unique elements and details from this year's real weddings. And 2013 wonâ€™t disappoint: Weâ€™ve got weddings tons of weddingsâ€”from all over the globe with different styles and tons of ideasâ€”waiting in the wings!
Letterpress invitations were bundled in onionskin paper and twine, then slipped into hand-stitched leather envelopes for mailingâ€”calligraphy and stamps went right onto the material. Coasters branded with the coupleâ€™s initials carried the look through to the reception.
Elizabeth and Matt returned to the idyllic orange groves surrounding their alma mater in Ojai to exchange vows. They wanted to be reminded of the time they spent riding horses and snacking on fresh fruit in this very location, so they included a life-size horse-shaped topiary frame filled with hay.
Rodinâ€™s famous sculpture, "The Thinker," anchored the reception at this wedding in the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco. Tables were covered with a mix of natural linen runners and silk cloths, and low centerpieces of air plants, succulents, cymbidium orchids, hydrangea, and olive branches.
In addition to her bridal party, Lauren had what southerners refer to as a "house party"â€”close friends who help greet guests and get the party going. She asked each female to wear a jewel-toned frock, and gave them a large fabric flower pin. The bride made the blooms on her morning subway commute and sent them to the girls accompanied by heartfelt notes of thanks.