An Effortlessly Elegant, Organic Wedding at Breaux Vineyards
I loved walking with Jenn and John through the wedding planning process because they did not feel bound by rules of tradition or what others may expect of them. Instead they distilled their wedding vision down to what was most uniquely them, and what would make their guests feel welcomed and loved.
When Jenn and John spoke about their wedding, it was clear their priorities were a beautiful setting with incredible, seasonal food, and breathtaking flowers. One thing I admire about them is that while they have exquisite style and taste, they know how to edit their ideas so that each element serves a purpose.
Jenn and John selected invitations from Paper Culture but, rather than narrowing their invitation to one style, she selected three designs and sent each guest the style that best represented them.
Jenn worked closely with Porter and Ives to design floral arrangements that would be the focal point of their wedding design. To complement the organic, luxe florals, we met up for a day of hand-dyeing cotton gauze napkins and cheesecloth table runners. We worked with texture and various hues to create a table setting that took every-day elements and elevated them to a stylish, intentional presentation.
Flowers were the major investment and focal point of the decor scheme. Everything else had to create a backdrop for the flowers. This meant the gray linens, muted blush napkins and china needed to draw out the beauty of the flowers. For example, at one point we considered a blush sequin tablecloth but the sparkle from the tablecloth would have upstaged the florals so we opted for a neutral textured tablecloth. The upside to this was the money saved on linens freed up more of their budget for flowers.
Jenn and John’s thoughtfulness also carried over to gifts. John gifted Jenn a Chloe’ bag and personalized championship wrestling belts for his groomsmen whom he has known since childhood.
Guests enjoyed a seasonal, early summer menu from Grandale Restaurant accompanied by wines from Breaux Vineyards. A buttercream cake by Catherine George Cakes accented with gold leaf completed the effortless elegance of their wedding. Beth Trenti of Porter and Ives accented it with fresh garden roses to make for a show stopping finale.
With their priority of making their guests feel welcomed and loved, each aspect of the wedding day revolved around guest comfort. Servers offered strawberry-basil lemonade as guests arrived for the ceremony. The ceremony set up was pivoted to prevent guests from looking into the sun while Jenn and John said their vows. Knowing their guests would prefer mixed drinks, they designed their bar selections around favorite mixed drinks.
The evening was designed to allow guests as much time to converse and interact so we avoided too much of a schedule. Toasts came at the end of dinner so that guests had the rest of the evening to mingle and chat.
How to Follow Jenn and John's Example
Know your priorities. Define what is essential to you as a couple on your wedding day. Don’t let Pinterest or other weddings you may attend add to those priorities. If you see something you love, put it through the filter of what matters most to you.
Jenn and John were a dream to work with because it was a true partnership where they had a gorgeous vision and were open to suggestions from their creative team. Jenn and John’s wedding was one of those days where the entire team was in awe of how beautifully everything came together and felt united in giving them the best day possible.
It is wonderful to hear Jenn’s point of view as she shared it with Magnolia Rouge (where this wedding was first published):
Magnolia Rouge: What advice would you give to a couple planning their wedding?
Jenn: Find some great vendors that mesh well with you and your fiancé, give them a direction, and trust that they will get you there. We were so lucky to have met everyone that we did. Weddings and the planning that lead up to it is not our specialty. However, there are lots of people out there who are so if you find the right ones and let them work their magic, the entire process will be so much more enjoyable and less stressful and you will be able to enjoy your actual wedding day.
Thank you again Jenn and John for the privilege of being part of your wedding!
Here is their full wedding gallery so you can see all the beauty!
Venue: Breaux Vineyards
Photographer: Kate Ignatowski
Videographer: DP Weddings
Event Planner/Coordinator: A. Griffin Events
Florist: Beth Trenti of Porter and Ives
Catering: Grandale Restaurant
Bride's Dress: Hayley Paige
Hair Stylist: Tress Hair Company
Make Up: Susan Lim
Baker: Catherine George Cake
Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo
DJ: Incredible DJs
Calligraphy: Plain Jane Made It