A Modern White and Gold Wedding at a Private Residence in Newport News, Virginia

Kenya Mawusi (23 and a graphic designer) and Ackerly Barnett's (24 and a private investigator and bail bondsman) all-white palette evolved from the color overload Kenya experienced while planning. "My bridesmaids kept sending me color combinations," she says. "I had daydreams of 50 million shades of colors but nothing went together—hence my choice of all white and natural." Even the guests and staff were asked to wear all white, contributing to the day's clean and minimalist vibe. The only other color in the details was gold—from Ackerly's vest and tie to the place settings and the sequined gold mini dress Kenya changed into for the reception. After the ceremony guests made their way to Kenya's family's backyard in Newport News, Virginia, where three tents housed the buffet, seating and dancing. Everyone (including Kenya and Ackerly) was able to slip away to the property's pier for romantic waterside photo-ops throughout the evening. —Meghan Overdeep