Brittany and Darin

Dublin, Pennsylvania

 

 

Photography | Nellie M Photography | @nelliemphoto

Venue | Pearl S Buck Estate

Floral Designer | B’s Events and Floral Design | @bseventsandfloral

Gown Salon | RK Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses | Birdy Grey @birdygrey

Men’s Attire | The Black Tux | @theblacktux

Beauty | Blake Bobo Beauty

Bakery | The Novel Baker | @thenovelbaker

Caterer | Jamie Hollander Catering

From the Photographer

Brittany and Darin have been together for years! They finally got engaged and planned an intimate wedding with their family and friends. The day was filled with tears and laughter as the two joined their lives together. One of my favorite moments was them exchanging gifts – they both got each other something with the coordinates of their wedding on it. I loved how in sync they were.

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

Fall is our favorite season, so when it was time to pick a wedding date we knew exactly the time of year we wanted! We both prefer more earthy colors, so we chose deep fall colors such as navy, burgundy, evergreen, and burnt orange for our color scheme. Our overall theme was stylish bohemian mixed with modern industrial. I think we ultimately chose a look and feel that resonates with our personal styles in life and in our home, as that felt the most natural for us. We also knew we wanted to have an outdoor ceremony, and after viewing our venue we knew it was perfect for us and our style.

 

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

Our decor was modern industrial but it had a subtle rustic feel as well. We wanted to tie in with the natural, outdoor feel of the venue but elevate the look a bit with lots of industrial accents (lots of gold metal). We love geometric art. In fact, most of the artwork in our home is geometric in shape. This held true for our wedding decor as well. Our arch was a beautiful hexagon shape made of wood, and we had geometric candle holders scattered about our reception. Another big decor theme for us was lanterns- all of our centerpieces were based around lanterns with florals flowing out of them. We worked with our florist, who is also an event designer, to ultimately bring our vision to life!

 

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?

Our florals were a big part of our day. We knew we wanted more earthy, whimsical looking arrangements to go with the free-spirited nature of our wedding. Our ceremony was facing a garden, so our florist did a great job balancing the existing floral colors around the grounds with the colors of each bouquet and boutonnière. We lined the ceremony aisle with small arrangements hanging on shepherd hooks, and had an asymmetrical arrangement hanging from our arch. Our reception centerpieces had florals elegantly flowing outside of the gold lanterns. We knew we wanted some wooden or earthy elements within our florals, so we incorporated some magnolia leaves (which has a personal significance for the bride), as well as lotus pods. The vibrant fall colors mixed with these earthy elements paired so beautifully with the overall feel of the venue.

 

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

We personalized our day in a few ways! We had a memorial table for those that couldn’t be with us, with a sign that read “Wish You Were Here”. We both enjoy whiskey, so our specialty drink was a fall-themed apple cider whiskey cocktail named after our beloved cat, Luna. We have unique music tastes, so we booked a local producer and friend of ours as our DJ, who kept the party going with some personal favorites for us and our guests.

 

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

I (the bride) knew I wanted something a bit free-spirited feeling, as that made the most sense for my style and personality. I knew I wanted a long sleeve lace dress, and I found just that at RK Bridal in New York City. The bell sleeves was an unexpected flair that I fell in love with- it just felt so fun! For the groom (Darin), we went with a classic navy suit from The Black Tux, with a burgundy tie.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

In January 2012, during our freshman year in art school, we met in the hallway of our dorm building in the form of a passing glance and a smile. You could say we shared a spark that left us both excited to formally meet again. After a month or two of spending time together it was clear that we had found something in each other that we could not be without. On May 14th, 2012 we began dating and looked forward to our move to New York City, where we planned to finish our Bachelors’ degree, later graduating in 2015.

 

More than seven years later, we have continued to choose each other every day, for better or for worse. We’ve grown up together and shared countless memories, experiences, laughs, and so much more. Brooklyn Bridge Park has always been a special place for us, and we’ve shared many memories there throughout our years in the city. Coincidentally, we always end up there at sunset, either walking along the promenade or lying in the grass watching the sun go down. When it was time to propose, Darin knew this was the perfect place to do it. As we watched the sunset over the skyline, and the city lights began to come to life, Darin popped the question. It was truly the most magical proposal.

 

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

Our ceremony was the most special part of our day for sure. We read our own vows, so it was very emotional. The feeling we had while standing up there, holding hands and looking into each others eyes just moments before becoming husband and wife, was super beautiful and powerful and something we can’t really describe. The emotions felt up there is something we’ll always remember. The private moment right after exiting our ceremony were very special too, along with the “first kiss after the married kiss”. I remember saying “We did it!!!” and how relieved, accomplished and loved we felt in that moment.

 

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

The biggest rule of thumb for us during wedding planning was not doing things out of obligation. Whether that goes for the guest list, the dinner, anything! We really broke “the rules” and did things our own way, and we’re so happy we did. In doing so, we really made our wedding day our own and it couldn’t have been more beautiful.