From the Floral Designer

Brittany was one of those super organized brides who was a joy to work with! She and Caleb both came to the consultation and they knew just what they wanted – a lot of greens and candlelight to enhance the natural beauty of Allerton Mansion and the delightful sunken garden where the ceremony took place. In keeping with her Boho vibe, Brittany ordered a flower crown for herself and each of her 7 bridesmaids as a gift for them. She also took care to remember a special friend of two of the bridesmaids who had recently passed away by including a white rose in each of their bouquets. We created two large floral urn arrangements for the top of the wall at the sunken garden for a focal where the bride and groom stood. They chose a beautiful neutral color palette which was enhanced by copper tinting of foliage and pampas grass in the large ceremony floral pieces. Caleb and Brittany chose their close friend to officiate their wedding and helped him become a certified officiant. Even though they kept a close eye on style and decor, the overall occasion was relaxed and casual.

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

We credit ALL the inspiration/ theme for our wedding to the venue. We always loved (and still do) taking day trips there to walk around the gardens and hiking trails with our dog, Norman. So when we got engaged, we knew our first choice for venue and booked it within two weeks! For us, everything about that location is so naturally beautiful and romantic with a vintage vibe – we always feel like we are stepping back in time when we go there! We drew from everything we loved about Allerton as inspiration and went with a boho/garden style look. Lots of greenery, neutral-classic colors and very simple elements. We’re really laid back, like to make our own traditions, and wanted to feel calm on the day of. One of the things we decided to do that helped those parts of us come through was having our friend officiate the wedding. We got him ordained online and worked together to create the ceremony and readings. My husband and I also prepared our own vows, together… so that they reflected what was important to us a couple.


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

Because we LOVE our venue so so much, it was really important to us to work with the natural beauty and character of the gardens and mansion instead of dressing it up like something else. So when picking our decor for the ceremony and reception we chose pieces that would compliment the space and create a warm and relaxed atmosphere.We got really lucky and were able to rent all our decor from our florist, Fancy Florals by Nancy! We had an outdoor ceremony in Sunken Garden and chose to dress up just the alter space. Nancy used extra greenery garland to line the steps leading up to the alter and set up two gorgeous large floral planters at the top of the steps. The reception was inside the Mansion and Nancy set up all the tables and decor so beautifully! The table centerpieces had a variety of metallic candle votives and different sizes of clear hurricanes with floating candles wrapped with greenery. We did have a few DIY projects… we created different wooden signs for our guest book table, the dessert table and gifts/ card box area.


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?

The florals for our wedding ended up being SO important.. we had no idea how big a part it would play in our overall style. It elevated every part of it – from the decor to the pictures! We knew we wanted lots of greenery and a variety of white/cream ivory flowers. The floral arrangements in the planters, the bouquets and corsages all used very similar color and styles of flowers, and the boutonnières used the small pieces of greenery, but the groom’s had a small white flower. We also had flower crowns for the girls using the same greenery and small white flowers, they were so pretty! All of the florals tied together perfectly!


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

The most personalized part of our wedding was probably the reception. We wanted everyone to be able to sit where they wanted, roam about, mingle and just have fun! We had open seating, and opt’d for passed heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of a plated meal or buffet and also had pizza brought out 1 hour before the reception ended. This way, right after the ceremony people were able to get right into celebrating! We also were really happy we made the last minute decision to do a DIY polaroid guest book station. Guests used an instax mini to take an instant picture, stuck in the book using sticky corners, and wrote a message. Looking back through the album and being able to see faces next to all the nice messages (and funny snaps that people added!) was so fun. Also, our guests had a lot of fun with it and added more to it.


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

We wanted the fashion to be aligned with our boho/garden look, but still pretty, classic colors. I chose my look based on what I know makes me my best and prettiest and most natural. I did a couple hair trials and decided on half up hair style that still allowed for flowy waves and my vail/ flower crown. I specifically went to Elite on the day they were having a trunk show featuring a designer that had a boho inspired collection of dresses – I found it that day! It was strapless, ivory and had the softest and prettiest lace detail all over. The bridesmaids wore flowy, maxi dresses in Show Me The Ring Crisp from Show Me Your Mumu. While they were all the same color, they got to pick their own style dress so it wasn’t to formal or uniform and they could pick out the fit and style they felt comfortable in. The groom and groomsmen wore dusty blue suits with brown leather shoes and suspenders with white button up shirts and floral bow ties and tie. The colors looked so pretty together and overall felt exactly like what we wanted for our look.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We first met in high school! We didn’t date until many years later though. I moved back to the area after finishing college and we still knew each other and shared the same group of friends so we of course saw more of each other. The time must have been perfect because we knew quickly we were the real deal 🙂 We were together for about 4 years when he proposed, and it was perfect. He got my best friend to make plans with me and while I was out with her, he was was setting up the house. I came home that evening and was surprised the house was dark because I knew he was home. After a few moments I noticed some lights in the backyard and heard music so I made my way to the back door. When I got there he was was waiting and lead me out on to the patio where he had HUNDREDS of tea light candles scattered around and others making a pathway to the middle of the backyard in the shape of a heart. I was so surprised It took me a second to notice that just past the heart was paper lanterns spelling out will you marry me? It was the sweetest thing and so perfect… what I loved most is that it happened at our home on a random night, I was so surprised!


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

Leading up to our wedding day we were most looking forward to officially being married and the reception. However, after everything was done, the actual ceremony was the most special moment. We had our really good friend get ordained online and run the ceremony… he’s got the best personality, knows both of us really well, and is wonderful at speaking. We wanted that part of the day to be special and meaningful, but also fun and enjoyable to sit through! The ceremony was only about 20-25 minutes and he incorporated and some really funny commentary and the sweetest messages!


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

We got a few pieces of great advice from friends and family that we tried to keep in mind during planning and on the day of… the best and most helpful was: 1. Don’t sweat the small stuff or things out of your control because plans never go perfectly! (The planning, all the events, and especially on the day of, don’t let things like the weather or wedding party members being on time take away from soaking up every magical moment.) 2. If someone offers to help, take it! 3. Also ask for help… planning can get overwhelming, don’t let it make you forget to have fun though. My personal tip, would be to plan the day together and around what makes you as a couple so unique. In hindsight, we were so happy we made all the final decisions on our own, with out anyone else’s preferences or views on wedding etiquette alter what we wanted the day to be.