Where it all started…
From the way their relationship began, it’s hard to believe that it would end with a fairytale wedding in the fall. Brittlyn and Brandon met when they both attended the University of South Dakota, and although their dorm rooms were near each other, Brittlyn wasn’t too interested in Brandon at the start. On their wedding website they talk about how Brittlyn would rather play on her phone than talk to Brandon, and Brandon was too shy to take things any further. But little did they know at the time, they shared some common interests such as a love of sports and the midwest, and these interests are what initially took them from dorm room neighbors to friends. Once they got past that initial hurdle they realized they truly were compatible with each other, and the rest is history. They become inseparable, and Brandon’s thoughtful proposal in the Botanical Gardens in St. Louis sealed the deal; the two began planning their wedding for September of 2018.
The Wedding Planning…
They knew they wanted to keep their wedding simple, so they opted to skip out on an expensive cake and they also decided to forgo table favors. Instead, they place favors in the hotel rooms of out of town guests (a thoughtful gesture that I’m sure their guests appreciated!) They did, however, decide to make one splurge: they hired a wedding planner, Jordan, of Ever After Planning. They waited to hire her until a few months into their planning, and they said they were so thankful they made room in their budget to do so. Anyone who’s planned a wedding knows it can be stressful, and I know firsthand that hiring a fantastic wedding planner like Jordan takes away so much of that stress so that the couple can relax and enjoy their day. I often tell people that the best money we spent on our wedding was for Ever After Planning, and I mean it.
Brittlyn and Brandon’s vision for their wedding was to have a simple yet elegant ceremony; they chose a color scheme of forest green, white, and blush with pops of glitter to add a fun element. These colors were represented in the champagne dresses that the bridesmaids wore, which complimented the champagne ties and pocket squares on the men. Additionally, the groomsmen wore navy suits with brown shoes.
Brittlyn’s wedding dress, a stunning design by Enzoani which was purchased at Savy’s Chic Bridal Boutique in Dixon, IL, was a full-length, mermaid-style gown with a sheer lace bodice and a sweetheart neckline. The spaghetti straps were embellished with stones, and the beautiful lace detailing trailed down into an illusion lace train.
She wore her long blonde hair half up and loosely curled (hair by Jaimie Monk) and her makeup was simple yet complimented the look perfectly (makeup by Maggie Love).
In addition to wedding planning, Jordan is also a Chicago florist and was given the opportunity to design the flowers for this event. Brittlyn’s flowers contained tons of greenery and both ivory and blush blooms, and these same flowers were used to dress up their wedding cake. Jordan used locally-grown Dahlias, and fragrant garden roses. Brittlyn said she was “blown away” by the flowers the first time she saw them, and that they definitely “exceeded her expectations”.
Although these aren’t traditional fall colors, the wedding was held at the beginning of September and these light and airy colors flattered both the weather and the green backdrop of their Deer Valley Golf Course venue. In addition to the stunning background, they chose the Deer Valley because it offered locations for both the ceremony and the reception, another small yet thoughtful detail for their out of town guests who may have had difficulty traveling to multiple locations.
It was the attention to detail that made this wedding work, and that also showed how much time and effort Brittlyn, Brandon, and Jordan spent planning this special day. From the blush and glitter-coated cupcakes and monogrammed cookies to the sweet thank you note the couple left at each guests’ place setting, it’s obvious that they cared deeply about their wedding and about their guests. Brittlyn’s mom surprised her with a ring pillow made from a piece of her wedding dress and a handmade garter from her grandmother. Brandon sported custom cufflinks, and their rings came from each of their grandmothers as well.
Looking back on the day, the couple says it could not have been more perfect. They stayed within their budget and yet they still had the wedding of their dreams. Much like their relationship, it started out a little rocky when the sky opened up and began to pour, but right before they were supposed to do their first look the sun came out and the weather warmed up for the rest of the day. Brittlyn remembers how much fun she had drinking champagne and getting ready with her bridesmaids, and how much it meant to have her mom and sister help her with her dress and accessories. Brandon enjoyed going out to breakfast and sharing some drinks with his groomsmen, and they both recall their intimate first look and the emotions that were felt while reading their vows. Their wedding was full of laughter (Brandon practically danced down the aisle after they said their vows!) and I’m certain Brittlyn and Brandon, and their guests, will cherish these memories forever.
When asked what advice they have for new couples just beginning the planning process, they said “take it all in during the planning period and enjoy it! It only happens once, and at the end of the day, the wedding is just ‘one’ day. The more important thing to focus on is holding tight to the moments captured during the planning process and on your special day, and celebrating that love for many many years to come.”
Congratulations, Brittlyn and Brandon, and thanks for including Ever After Planning in your special day. We hope you live happily…Ever After.
Photo credit: Photography by Jami
Wedding video: Weddings by AmyLynn
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