Just off the coast of Riviera Maya, Mexico, in July 2009, Anna and Trent went for a swim and soon found themselves a good distance from the shore. “We’re out in the middle of the ocean, and Trent pulls out a ring and asks me to marry him,” Anna recalls. That evening after Anna’s shock wore off, the couple celebrated with friends who had traveled with them to the tropical destination, along with Anna’s parents, who arrived just in time for the blissful celebration.

    With the help of wedding planner Michael Nolte, the couple chose to wed at Ascension Catholic Church in May, with spring’s enjoyable temperatures playing a significant role in their decision. Calligraphy on the invitation envelopes and escort cards was by Michael Sull, one of four White House calligraphers. Eight bridesmaids wore floral ball gowns by designer Tony Bowls, and the bride wore a one-of-a-kind design by Stephen Yearick that included white silk organza studded with 9,000 crystals and a detachable, 9-foot train.

    Guests enjoyed a cocktail party around the pool of the bride’s parents’ home before entering a tented pavilion in the rear yard for the reception. A highlight was the 6-foot-tall cake created by celebrity cake designer Mike Elder (three-time winner of The Great Cake Off) and inspired by Fabergé egg enameling.

    At the conclusion of the reception, guests transferred to a four-car garage that had been transformed into a ‘hopping nightclub,’ complete with sliders, toasted ravioli and a candy bar. “My bridesmaids and I changed into little cocktail dresses, and Trent, into an all-white tux,” Anna remembers. “We danced into the wee hours of the morning—it was so much fun!”

    The newlyweds returned to Riviera Maya for their honeymoon for some reminiscing and relaxation at the luxurious Secrets Maroma Beach. LN



Berrybridge, Marie Brauer

    In spring, anything goes—especially when the bride keeps in mind the events of her special day. Vera Wang, for instance, is just over-the-top gorgeous with light, flowing feminine fabrics. She uses organza and layers of light lace, with different laces showing through many layers.


    Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, Marianne Moore

    A lovely thing to do for spring is a brunch wedding. With mimosa and Bloody Mary stations, floral arrangements and decor, and the terrace doors left open, a spring reception transports guests into a garden setting.


Festive Atmospheres, Frankie Peltiere

    Spring is my favorite season for flowers because there are so many varieties and colors available. I recommend having vases of the same variety of flower for the biggest visual impact. Nothing is more classic and chic than a vase filled with French tulips. My favorite color combination is mix of plum with champagne-colored flowers.


Lubeley’s, Helen Lubeley

    In spring, everything blossoms and color explodes, and spring wedding cakes reflect that. After the dark colors of fall and winter, we get into the softer colors of spring, which are feminine, soft and happy. The cake follows the wedding’s theme, and if it’s four-tiered and the color is lavender, one of the middle tiers might be solid lavender with a lovely white scroll design and the remaining tiers, white with lavender accents.