Allerton Mansion has a bit of magic about it when it comes to weddings and wedding photography. It makes a perfect place to have an outdoor spring wedding. There are so many wonderful nook and crannies throughout the gardens on the property that it is certainly a photographer’s dream! It is also one of our favorite venues to decorate for weddings and receptions.
The Sunken Garden
It was a glorious day for Nick and Stephanie’s outdoor spring wedding last May 18, 2019, which was held in the Sunken Garden. The large white wall at the top of the steps was flanked by double urn centerpieces which contained bright spring blooms. Stephanie loves peonies so we were able to get the beautiful Coral Charm peony to use and mix with lush garden roses in sherbet shades to create a lovely bridal bouquet for her.
The groom and groomsmen wore blue suits with pink ties. The blue of the suits was the perfect complement against the bright spring wedding flowers. We used a soft pink ranunculus for the boutonniere which matched Nick’s tie perfectly.
The grounds of Allerton Mansion are reminiscent of an English Country Manor and we love how Sara Gardner Photography used the space to capture these beautiful images.
The ivy covered garden walls at first glance resembles an espalier tree trained against the wall.
How They Met
This happy couple first met each other on their first day of college. Stephanie came up and sat down beside Nick as he was sitting alone waiting on his friends. That’s all it took and they started dating a week later!
We asked them if they had a favorite memory of their special day. They answered us: “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.”
Wedding Planning Advice
We asked the couple to share some advice for wedding planning and they responded accordingly; ” Take your time and be diligent. We were engaged for two years, yet it still felt like just barely enough time. Don’t procrastinate meeting with vendors and locations because the sooner you can get them booked the less stressful your day will be. Enjoy every moment as you go! However disregard the little mistakes. Finally, celebrate every happy accomplishment along the way.”
The reception was held at The Refinery in Champaign. The couple personalized their reception with favorite board games set out for their guests to play. The centerpieces contained spring flowers artfully arranged into gold compote bowls. We also designed florals to place on tall gold stands therefore adding an upscale feel to the ballroom.
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