Brynn and Joe's wedding at Brynn's family home was a breath of sweet serenity. An intimate ceremony, the couple's relationship with their guests was obviously familial - you can see in these images the laughter and relaxation that can only be found amongst a close knit group of people. The theme of their wedding is such a beautiful reflection of the couple, embracing of nature with personal details to help give that extra shine. Oh, and 100% locally sourced flowers? No problem!
Dana Zarin Photography provided these beautiful images with a collection of nature shots that this couple so obviously loves. We again find ourselves grateful to have a relationship with such a talented photographer!
Check it out, below!
Brynn's lovely fall bouquet was a collection of dahlias, ranunculus, dusty miller, berries, and greenery for a full, lush look.
Brynn's bridesmaids carried similar bouquets to her own. We are in love with the more casual feel with their short purple dresses and cardigans.
The guys went for classic throwback look with suspenders and bow-ties. Lookin' good, fellas!
How could we leave a moment this sweet out? Joe's reaction to Brynn's beauty at their First Look is one for the books - we'd be lying if we said we didn't tear up a little bit.
Brynn and Joe's ceremony space was jaw-droppingly beautiful. Surrounded by the lush canopy of the trees, the natural dirt floor, the wood-stump benches - the connection to nature is incredible. We chose the term 'serenity' in our description - can you see why?
We didn't want to distract from the natural look of the couple's ceremony space, but the pops of bright yellow in the aisle arrangements lead the guests' eyes right to the altar.
We flanked the altar with two arrangements of yellow dahlias, lisianthus, thistle, dahlias, berries, Queen Anne's Lace and some foraged greens from the forest around us.
Brynn had the base of this heart wreath for us to use. We decorated with foliage, bittersweet and greens as a subtle backdrop for the couple's ceremony. The neutral tones helped this piece blend in with the tree, while the berries gave just enough color to be visible to guests
This shot is honestly breath-taking. This aisle for the wedding ceremony looks like something out of a dream - such an amazing memory being made here!
We love the way the bridal party comes into focus through the winding trail. We can't get over this natural aisle!
Brynn and Joe's reception space was just as magical as their ceremony. String lights were wound around this tree and branches, as well as the bordering areas for a romantic setting. Hanging lanterns added to the glowing light and continued the rustic theme.
Brynn provided vintage bottles for us to construct her centerpieces with. We filled them with bright dahlias, roses, greenery, thistle, hydrangea and eucalyptus. The table numbers were creatively displayed with frames of the couple from their National Park adventures together.
This sweet little cake wit the golden deer cake topper was the perfect finale for Brynn and Joe's woodland wedding.
Congratulations, Brynn and Joe! Wishing you all the best! XOXO
Brynn's Bride Diaries
What was the most standout, "Wow!" moment of your wedding day?
I think the biggest "wow" moment of the day was when I walked into the ceremony site with my Dad to take my walk down the aisle. That moment is obviously always a very significant moment on your wedding day but I was in complete awe of how the flowers and aisle decor brought my vision for my ceremony space to life. We chose to be married in front of the oldest tree in the woods on my parents' property and how everything came together in that space was incredible. Since it was mid- October the leaves were falling all around us as we said our vows and it was like something out of a movie.
We know things don't always go as planned...Were there any entertaining wedding bloopers?
There was really only one and it involved a guest and the bathroom so I'll spare everyone those details.
(Note from staff : OMG!)
Any wedding toasts that made you laugh til you cried? Cry your eyes out? Gasp in shock?
All of our wedding toasts were amazing and I cried and laughed during all of them. Our best man's speech was definitely one of the highlights of the day.
We don't judge! Did you have any Bridezilla moments of weakness?
No bridezilla moments for me. I think I was too exhausted and had lost my voice after battling a cold for two weeks leading up to the wedding so I didn't have the energy to have any freak outs. And really nothing major went wrong and I had a great team of people making sure everything went smoothly the day of.
Did you have a wedding planner? If so, what did he/she do to make your day run smoother? Did they fulfill your expectations?
We did not have a wedding planner other than myself. I pretty much took care of every detail and my husband and I spent almost every weekend of our engagement working on all the DIY projects we incorporated to personalize our wedding day. We had a few family friends plus three of my students help oversee that everything went smoothly the day of and they were incredible in making sure that I was bothered by nothing and no one!
Cake or cupcakes? What was the flavor and theme?
We had a small cake for cutting that was a raspberry pound cake with buttercream frosting and also had a dessert spread with chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, apple, pecan and pumpkin pies, cheesecake and cookies for our guests. Plus a gourmet popcorn bar! There was definitely not a shortage of desserts!
We always try to bring your floral dreams to life...did we succeed? In what ways? Is there any room for improvement?
The flowers met all of my expectations and more. From the ceremony decor complementing the natural beauty of our setting in the woods to the bridal party flowers and centerpieces in my vintage bottles, everything was beyond what I could have imagined. I received so many compliments on the flowers. It meant a lot to me for my wedding flowers to be sourced locally and I could not have imagined the quality that we were able to get in doing so.
What song really got the party started?
I don't remember what the first song played was but that's when the party started and it kept going late into the night. Music has been a huge part of me and my husband's relationship and he spent a lot of time creating our wedding playlists and took a lot of pride in that wedding planning duty. Our friend Kevin Reardon was the DJ for the night and did an incredible job keeping everything flowing and everyone had a blast.
Who were your vendors?
Catering- Rode's Catering
Bakery- Sweetsboro Pastry Shoppe
Dress- Allure Bridals
Hair and Makeup- The Cuckoo's Nest
Entertainment- Kevin Reardon
Any other vendors you would like to credit?
I hope your wedding was exactly as you imagined it would be, but are there any details that went above and beyond your expectations? Anything you wish you would've done differently?
It sounds cliche but pretty much every aspect of our day went above and beyond our expectations and was just as we had hoped it would be. My husband and I truly invested so much into making sure that our wedding day was the perfect reflection of us and our relationship and I think we were really were successful in accomplishing that.