This Couple Threw a Plant-Filled Wedding in Sunny Newport Beach
Before meeting Brooke for the first time, Dalton met her parents. They were so impressed by him that they encouraged their daughter to look him up, since the two were attending Brigham Young University at the same time. After a few months, Brooke's sister encouraged her to make a move, so she worked up the courage to ask Dalton to a concert. He said yes and took things a step further by treating her to dinner beforehand. Six months later they started dating seriously.
A few months after that, Dalton knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Brooke. The two had spent four months apart, while Brooke completed an international internship, and immediately upon her return, Dalton surprised her at the airport and whisked her away to his hometown in Seattle. She spent the week exploring where Dalton grew up and getting to know his roots. Towards the end of their trip, he planned a day trip to the Olympic Peninsula where he asked Brooke to marry him during a beach-front picnic.
Four months later, on the second day of 2019, the couple hosted around 300 guests in Newport Beach, California, for a simple ceremony at The Newport Beach Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and elegant reception at Franciscan Gardens. Their big day was filled with fresh flowers and natural greenery, both of which informed their green-and-mauve color palette. "It wasn't overbearing, but it was beautiful," remembers Brooke. "It was somewhere you wanted to be and to stay."
Invites to Newport
The couple gave guests a preview of their colorful Californian ceremony with loosely scripted invitations packaged in bright purple envelopes.
The Biggest Ball Gown
Going into wedding dress shopping, Brooke was adamant that she was not interested in a ball gown—but when a Justin Alexander gown in the window at The Perfect Dress caught her eye, things quickly changed. "It was just perfect and coincidentally the biggest ball gown in their store," she said. "This one was just magical. It was simple but elegant and I loved everything about it."
The bride kept her jewelry simple, wearing earrings, a bracelet, and her wedding ring. "My bracelet was my grandmother's. My sister and I both wore bracelets from our mother's mom, who we call Nana, on our wedding days," said Brooke. "It was very special and I was so grateful for how prominently it was featured in many of our photos."
Dalton wore a Hugo Boss suit for the couple's ceremony; he paired his ensemble with a deep mauve tie and pocket square with a floral pattern.
The sweet peas that Posey Pop used in both Brooke's bouquet and other arrangements ended up having a special meaning: They were a favorite of both the groom's grandmother and the bride's great-grandmother. "It was a sweet gesture that made it feel like these special women were with us all day," remembers Brooke.
"The color I felt the most strongly about getting in the palette was green," explains Brooke. The bride worked with Posey Pop and her planning team, Amorology, to integrate greenery vines, leafy potted plants, and more lush green-themed flora throughout the entire event.
Shade of Mauve
Brooke asked her bridesmaids—her sister, two sisters-in-law, and a good friend from college—to choose their own dresses. The only requirement? That the gowns fell within the mauve color spectrum.
The Best Men
Dalton's groomsmen consisted of his two close friends from Brigham Young University; they donned classic black suits for the occassion.
The couple's ceremony took place at the Newport Beach Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on a warm and sunny day in Southern California. The service was religious and incorporated traditions from the church they are both so actively involved in. Their officiant was a family friend who gave beautiful advice to the duo before pronouncing them husband and wife.
Flowers for All
The couple chose to have a flowing reception at the Franciscan Gardens so guest could walk around, eat, and dance as they pleased. "Our amazing vendors transformed both the inside and outside of Franciscan Gardens and turned it into a fairy-tale wedding venue that naturally flowed and kept the spirit of the event going from beginning to end," notes the bride.
Inside, the couple set up a custom flower cart, designed by The Dainty Lion, where attendees could make boutonnières, bouquets, headbands, or hair clips to take home.
A cozy lounge, made up of on-palette mauve, jade, and cream velvet couches and chairs, defined a corner of the interior.
They also offered custom handkerchiefs to guests; they were embroidered with daisies, flowers, and leaves. "One of my all-time favorite movies is You've Got Mail. In it, Meg Ryan has a handkerchief embroidered with daisies, which she describes as "the friendliest flower." I also take after my father—I am a major crier! So being able to find a way to incorporate this very special movie into the wedding, embrace something that is very much a part of who I am, and provide something that friends and families could actually use was great," explains Brooke.
Brooke's Favorite Quote
One of Brooke's all-time favorite quotes—which just so happens to be something that Dalton once said—was displayed prominently on a brick wall inside the venue: "My favorite flowers are the kind that make her happy."
Outside, an elegant al fresco dinner setup awaited the couple and their guests. Two long tables were positioned under a dramatic pergola, draped with foliage and statement floral arrangements. The central stations were flanked by more rectangular tables.
The reception was lit by hanging rattan lanterns that gave the outdoor scene a romantic twinkle.
Potted Place Settings
Each guest's place was marked with a personalized potted plant.
Mixes of mauve, burgundy, cream, and peach roses were placed in gold vessels and situated on each elongated tabletop.
A Floral Feast
White-and-gold cutlery and wine-colored bread plates added modern touches to the romantic tablescapes, which were draped in florals and greenery.
Photography, Sposto Photography
Location, Newport Beach Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (ceremony), San Juan Capistrano Mission (portraits), Franciscan Gardens (reception)
Event Planning, Amorology
Catering, 24 Carrots
Videography, Current Films
Stationery, Lynn + Lou Paper Co.
Day-of paper and signage, Creative Clique
Calligraphy, Design by Laney
Cake, Sweet and Saucy
Music, Dart Collective
Groom's attire, Hugo Boss
Groom's accessories, BHLDN (tie and pocket square)
Hair and Makeup, Danielle Ryan
Watering can station, Backup Backdrops
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