A Black-Tie Wedding in Sea Island, GA

Though they both grew up in Virginia and moved to the same Manhattan neighborhood as adults, Laird and Ross would never have met if not for a football game. "We were at a neighborhood bar in the West Village, and there was a UVA game on," says Ross, 29, a financial analyst. "We noticed we were both cheering for the same plays, so we struck up a conversation."

Two years later, Ross proposed, and the two began planning a wedding in Sea Island, Georgia, a Lowcountry resort known for its five miles of beaches, weekly bingo nights, and presidential honeymooners. (George and Barbara Bush had theirs on the island in 1945.) "My family has been vacationing there around the same time every August since I was young, so even the week we married had significance," says Laird, 30, a marketing and special-events manager for Tory Burch. "I wanted to share the experience with everyone we love."

more