Alyssa & Brice | Intimate Wedding in a Secret Garden
Alyssa and Brice had a very small, intimate wedding. There was no loud music, no bridal party, no drunk uncles. Just the two of them, their son, and a romantic evening surrounded by loved ones. Both the ceremony and reception were held at a local coffee house, which hosts a romantic and calming little patio in the back. The owner of the coffee house, Alyssa's mom, recently bought the business after the previous owner of nearly a decade decided to retire. And while this is easily one of the cutest local shops I've ever seen, the back garden is the real show stopper. From the brick flooring, to the leafy vine covered walls, to the cluster of vines growing in the middle of this beautiful fully enclosed area, this wedding will give you secret garden vibes for sure!
Because they planned this wedding so quickly, there were a lot of personal touches that added to intimacy of this wedding. Like the perfume Alyssa wore; Chanel No. 5 is the perfume her grandmother wore on her wedding day. Her brother picked up some earrings for her so she would have something blue, and the cupcakes were made with the secret family recipe! The necklace Alyssa wore has a really sweet story:
"My grandpa had the necklace made for my grandma when they got married, and then they had the same necklace made for each of their 5 daughters when they got married."
Planned in a month's time, this celebration of love and laughter came together so perfectly. As a fairly new home owner, and myself about to become a new home owner at the time of this wedding, I was so excited to see Alyssa's rustic farmhouse. And it did not disappoint! Beautiful craftsmanship paired with her eye for interior design made for a lovely home. Perfect for all the getting ready photos!
Since it was a small, intimate wedding, there was no bridal party. That being said, Alyssa's best friend, Karishma, was there to help with any and everything we needed. She was the dress fluffer, the mimosa drinker, and the - "LEROY! What are you doing? Get out of the picture!!"
We went to a park just down the road from the coffee house for the First Look and bridal portraits. This is one of my absolute favorite places to go for any session. So when Alyssa suggested it for portraits, I was really, really excited.
"We didn’t really have time to send out invitations, we planned our entire wedding in less than a month so we just called the people we wanted there"
"We didn’t really have a scheme or wedding theme, but I’ve always gravitated towards the really romantic intimate weddings. The garden set the perfect background, so we kept everything else really simple. I love rose gold so we incorporated a few touches throughout the decor, but tried not to go overboard."
"Planning a wedding in a month definitely rules out a lot of options. I bought my dress off the rack, and it happened to fit perfectly. All the other decisions were made quickly too, but luckily the venue was stunning so we didn’t need to workout a ton of small details. Our families were amazing and helped with everything from setup to food."
Dress - Becker's Bridal Outlet
Bridal Accessories - Family
Groom's Attire - Younkers
Wedding Planner/Decorator - DIY
Hair & Makeup - Viaggio Salon/Spa
Caterer - Saucy Dogs
Florist - Blossom Shop
Cupcakes - Family
DJ - Brother/Spotify
Advice from the bride
"Decide what things are really important to you and revolve the rest of your day around that. We wanted a beautiful setting and our closest family and friends to be there; once those things were settled we didn’t really need to stress about tiny little details."