From the Photographer

Aubrey and Harrison’s wedding was full of love and all of the cozy feels. They tied the knot on a sunny, but unseasonable cold November day, but kept their guests warm with fleece blankets as favors handed out right before the ceremony where they had a stunning backdrop that enhanced the beauty of the garden. A 40′ head table was the showstopper at their reception under the venue’s tent. The bride, Aubrey, wore a very special pearl necklace… Every year for Christmas, her grandmother would give her a few strands to add to her necklace, 28 years of collecting these precious pieces passed until she was able to wear it at her wedding.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

The design of our wedding was inspired by the venue itself. Tyler Gardens has a romantic secret garden vibe and we absolutely fell in love with the atmosphere when we first visited the venue during an open house. We have always been attracted to the style and elegance of architectural design from the early/mid 20th century which is one of the reasons we really loved this place as the gardens were constructed in 1931. The overall design elements, attire, and vibe for our wedding were all inspired by this time-frame. The color theme included a mixture of mismatched rose gold, ivory, blush, and merlot with a huge play on mixing textures. Signage was kept simple and made on clear acrylic with white writing which perfectly complimented the mismatched textures and floral arrangements.


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

The gardens themselves are absolutely beautiful so all of the design elements were used to emphasize the original beauty of the venue. The main aspects of the decor included lots and lots of florals, greenery, candles, and signage. All signage was made by the event designer and turned out so pretty. The ceremony took place in a large tent which is positioned at the end of the gardens on the edge of a cliff. The clear walls and tall ceiling make it feel like an elegant treehouse and the pink tint during sunset couldn’t have been more perfect.


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Seeing that our venue was in a garden, of course we had to plan big with our floral arrangements. Our ceremony took place at one of the main stone walls in the garden where there is also a beautiful fountain. We wanted to add in some hanging flowers against the fountain as a ceremony backdrop and our florist absolutely blew us away with her design. She created two standing floral towers that were placed against both sides of the fountain and climbed the height of the wall from the top to the bottom. She later moved these towers inside our venue which perfectly centered the dance floor. She also designed a 40′ long centerpiece for our head table. This piece was a showstopper and really made a statement inside our reception.


The bride and bridesmaids each had their own bouquet of which followed the same theme in mixing the design colors to help create dimension yet tie all the different design elements together throughout the bridal party and wedding. The bridesmaids bouquets were later repurposed for center pieces during the reception.


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

The absolute best part about the wedding was the dance floor. All of our family and friends LOVE to party and dance so this was extremely important to us. Our DJ absolutely killed it on the dance floor for us. He had the party going right after dinner was over and the dance floor was not empty the entire night. We had so many people tell us that it was the best wedding they had ever been to and I truly believe this is because we had such an amazing dance floor.

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

To be honest, my wedding dress chose me. The dress was hanging on the mannequin next to my fitting room while I was trying on dresses and my aunt told me that i should try it on. It was completely different than anything I had ever pictured myself in but I absolutely loved all of the beading and the back took my breath away. The dress was covered in fringe-styled ivory beads from head to toe with a deep V neckline and low-cut, sheer back with buttons. It was elegant yet a perfect party dress as the beads flowed and shimmered with any movement. The dress was styled with a plain cathedral length veil, clear strap heals, a pearl necklace, and rose gold jewelry. My pearl necklace was given to me by my Nana as a family tradition and I felt so special finally being able to wear it for the first time. The groom wore a black velvet jacket with a white shirt, black pants, black shoes and black bow-tie.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met as neighbors in college. Harrison lived directly above the apartment Aubrey lived in and all the roommates between the two apartments became very good friends while living there. There is no romantic story here since we were both very young and living our best lives as college students when we first began to date. However, what makes our relationship so special is that we have gotten to experience lots of milestones together throughout our adulthood which has allowed us to grow not only as individuals but with each other as well. We dated for 7 years before getting engaged ,but the wait was well worth it. Harrison popped the question with Aubrey’s dream engagement ring at a local winery while celebrating labor day with close family. It couldn’t have been more perfect.


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The most special moment of the day was reading our vows that we had written for each other. It was no surprise that Aubrey started to cry while reading her vows but there was not a dry eye out there once Harrison started to read his.


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Planning a wedding should be fun. If you aren’t having fun, you’re not doing it right!