Brooke and Brenen had their wedding at the bride’s childhood home in June. They wanted their day to feel homely and they were inspired by the Victorian era and English country gardens.
“We met at a mutual friend’s house where we got to know each other”, Brooke explained. “I had seen him on MySpace when I was 15 or 16 and fell in love when I saw him in person. The theme for the wedding was recreating home with a touch of English garden.”
“I was inspired by Victorian and English gardens with the sage green, pale pink and white metals and furniture. I wanted our wedding to feel like something you would see at your grandma’s house. Pretty much everything at the wedding my bridesmaids and I made or I found at a goodwill or antique stores. I saved money this way but spent a lot of time looking for things and creating things.”
“Before we started planning I really wish someone would have told me about all the stress that comes with it!” she laughed. “Particularly with organising decorations and food. I wish I hadn’t gone into it thinking that everything needed to be perfect because I would have liked to have let go of that earlier! A wedding is all about two people who love each other coming together as one and that should be the most important thing.”
“My favourite part of the day was just sharing it with my husband and finally getting to this point and saying, ‘Yes we did it!’ Our ceremony was a short ride through deep thoughts and pray to light hearted jokes about childhood stories”, she explained. “Neither of us cried but through the pictures I am sure you can tell we were beaming with love.”
“Having the wedding at home saved us money. We also got the flowers from my garden and our ‘cake’ was donuts from Krispy Kreme. The biggest expense was our wonderful photographer Catalina. It was so important to us to have photos we could have for a lifetime to share and hold on to. A lot of things fade but you can always have pictures to bring you right back to a moment.”