JP and I had a bit of a whirlwind romance. We knew each other through work for years, being located in different states, but when I got transferred to Houston, our friendship and then relationship grew. JP worked abroad in South Korea for almost a year during our relationship, which resulted in an epic proposal on the top of a dormant volcano next to the sea. After he returned to the states, and we moved to NYC, the wedding planning started!
When we started planning the wedding, we knew that we wanted it to be a true event for all of our family and friends to be together. Seeing as I’m from the US and all of JP’s family is in the UK, this would likely be the only time we’d ever have everyone together. We wanted the environment to be relaxed and fun. We ended up landing on a more “festival” style theme with a picnic style ceremony, lawn games, song themed tables and multi-colored decor.
Searching for a venue from the US was no easy task. I stumbled upon our venue Wildwood & Eden (then called Minnehaha) on a Northern Brides post and immediately fell in love. The Tipi’s fit right into our relaxed vibe and the venue offered the flexibility to customize our big day. They even let us set up Glamping in the field behind the venue to get a true “Festival” feel.
Planning a wedding abroad was a challenge, but our venue was able to provide great recommendations for local suppliers. When we came for a visit, all of our suppliers were so accommodating, and so lovely to work with. I also had a goal to DIY a lot of the decorations and lawn games. Thankfully our friends didn’t mind me sending them dozens of packages ahead of time in preparation!
Nik Bryant Photography – Nik was an integral part of our day. Not only did he provide beautiful editorial style photos, he became a treasured guest at the wedding and a friend for years to come.
Cotton House Wedding Cakes – Gemma came highly recommended by our venue and she did not disappoint! Her passion for baking truly comes through in her delicious creations.
Louise Florist The team at Louise Florist was able to provide a bespoke set up for our flowers, and accommodated my unique bridesmaid bouquet requests with ease.
Wrea Head Hall Hotel – We booked a room at Wrea Head for the Bridal Suite. The hotel is absolutely gorgeous and we were treated like royalty during our stay.
Our day was absolutely fantastic. We could not have asked for better weather, or a better experience. Looking back, there is very little I would change. My piece of advice for others planning is that though everything on the big day might not go exactly to plan, enjoy every moment of the process. It goes by so fast.