English Garden Inspired Wedding Exuding Charm

This English garden-inspired wedding officially has us in the feels.  With a classic ivory color palette made modern with hints of sage and blush, and incredible floral details at every turn by The Posh Posey it’s easy to see why.  From the alfresco garden ceremony to the incredibly chic reception, Kristina Elyse planned a day that brought this couple’s Big Day dreams to life.  You’ll fall in love with every image expertly captured in time by Liz Zimbelman, see the full day unfold in the full gallery.

From the bride… We met through mutual friends back in 2011 when we were in community college but neither of us made the first move. Fast forward to 2016, he was living in Colorado with his son and me in California. We reconnected via social media, had a long-distance relationship, and eventually, he asked me to move in with him. After two years of living together, he asked me to marry him. Our amazing wedding planner met with us to begin the process of a December 2020 wedding. We were so incredibly happy that we had Kristina Elyse, our wedding planner, in our corner and had hired her before the pandemic. When the world shut down she knew exactly what to do, almost as if this wasn’t her first time dealing with a worldwide pandemic! After we moved our date to summer 2021, she helped us redesign the entire wedding, from a winter wedding to a summer English garden-inspired wedding.

My mother is from England, and I grew up fascinated by Royal weddings: Grace Kelly, Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, Megan Markle. I knew that I wanted that traditional, royal, ethereal feel to our big day. It’s also what inspired my amazing Lily of the Valley bouquet. My florist actually made me two perfect bouquets; one for the photos and another for the ceremony! I knew I would wear ivory and I’d want my bridesmaids in ivory too (goes back to a very old tradition) so ivory was our main color. Ken wore a white jacket to contrast his groomsmen who wore traditional tuxedos. But to make it feel more ethereal and like you were in a summer English garden; we threw in hints of sage green and blush. Flowers are my love language, which is why I knew it would be our main decor/focus of our day. Our florist elevated the venue by hanging greenery from the chandeliers in the reception hall, flowers surrounding our cake table on the dance floor, and encompassing our sweetheart table with candles.

The heading on our seating chart was titled with our first dance song “Can’t Help falling in love” by Elvis Presley. The seating chart, menus, and invitations all included a wax seal. I opted for a beautiful sheath dress by Calla Blanche and added a customized overskirt for the ceremony. I added a 6-foot train with extra beading down the back for the skirt, then took it off for dancing and fun! After everything we had been through during the last two years of the pandemic, we could not thank our vendors enough for making this day so perfect and beautiful!

Photography: Liz Zimbelman Photography | Cinematography: Darin Reyes | Event Planning: Events by Kristina Elyse | Floral Design: Posh Posey | Cake: Palette Cakes | Invitations: Little Bird Paper Company | Wedding Venue: Morgan Creek Club | Beauty: Makeup by Susie | Beauty: Lea Buehler | Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals | Rentals: Shimmer & Stain | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola