Allerton Mansion has a bit of magic about it when it comes to weddings and wedding photography. There are so many wonderful nook and crannies throughout the gardens on the property it is certainly a photographer’s dream. It is also one of our favorite venues to decorate for weddings and receptions.
It was a glorious spring day for Nick and Stephanie’s wedding day last May 18, 2019 held in the Sunken Garden. The large white wall at the top of the steps was flanked by double urn centerpieces of bright spring blooms. Stephanie loves peonies so we were able to get the beautiful Coral Charm peony and mix with large bloomed garden roses in sherbet shades to create a lovely bridal bouquet for her.
The groom and groomsmen blue suits and pink ties were the perfect complement for the spring wedding flowers. A soft pink ranunculus boutonniere matched Nick’s tie perfectly.
The ivy covered garden walls at first glance resembles an espalier tree trained against the wall.
They met on their first day of college when Stephanie came up and sat down beside Nick as he was sitting alone waiting on his friends. They started dating a week later!
When asked if they had a favorite memory of their special day, they responded: “The ceremony for sure. It had us both tearing up because it had been a long time coming and we love each other so much. Having our friends and family there made the entire day special and one we wish we could repeat a thousand times over.”
We asked the couple to share some advice for wedding planning and this is what they said, ” Take your time and be diligent. We were engaged for two years and it still felt like just barely enough time. Don’t procrastinate meeting with vendors and locations. The sooner you can get them booked the less stressful your day will be. Enjoy every moment. Take in every little mistake and every happy accomplishment along the way.”
The reception was held at The Refinery in Champaign. The couple personalized their reception with favorite board games for their guests to play. The spring flowers were arranged in gold compote bowls and tall gold stands for the floral centerpieces at the reception.