Lush green landscaping and stunning architecture set the scene for Rachel & Stuart’s outdoor garden wedding.
The ceremony was staged in the garden, which was modeled after the remains of ancient Pompeii. The bride even placed small white flowers in her hair for the occasion. This outdoor garden wedding kept the theme of the landscape through the reception as well. With outdoor weddings, you have the skeleton of the decor in the greenery, but you also have the chance of weather. Luckily for Rachel & Stuart, they had a rain plan that still allowed them to be outside for the reception. Guest tables were simply dressed in white linens with a lavender runner and single stem flowers. The couple also brought in travel elements with their place cards. Tables were labeled with cities instead of numbers. A suitcase held cards on the gift table. Continuing the outdoor garden wedding theme, the cake was topped with colorful sugar flowers.
From the photographer: My weather app had the temperature pinged at 85 degrees, but it also said that with the humidity it would feel like 95 degrees. Stuart, the groom, was wearing a tweed suit. It looked extremely charming, but it also looked like it was made to hold in the heat. Yet, when Stuart’s brother handed him a handkerchief as Rachel, the bride, was escorted down the aisle, no one even thought for a second that it was to dab away sweat. Stuart had tears running down his face. He stood in front of his family and friends, with tears of joy welling up in his eyes as he saw his beautiful bride for the first time on their wedding day.
Photographer: Jennifer Van Elk Photography//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: ASOS.com//Event Planner: AWF Events//Cake Designer: Icing on the Cake//Reception Venue: Irwin Gardens//Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasions//Hair Stylist: Leslie White//Dress Store: Marie Gabriel Couture//DJ: Midnight Express mobile DJ//Caterer: On The Spot//Floral Designer: Pomp & Bloom//Cinema and Video: Van Elk Productions with Jennifer Van Elk Photography//Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas