It’s always a wonderful day when we get to share our real couples with you! Today we are sharing the gorgeous wedding of Amanda & Alex. These two tied the knot last September at The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in a stunning event of white florals and lots of natural greenery.
This venue is one of our all time favorites. Let’s dive in!
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Wedding
Working with Amanda and Alex was a dream. Amanda was always calm, cool and collected and she knew exactly what she wanted.
From our bride, Amanda:
When we first met, Alex was living in Park Slope right near Prospect Park. One of our first dates was at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and it was just such a magical place. I remember getting to the subway at the end of the day and being sad to leave him to go home.
Since then, BBG has been the location for many things for us – beautiful weekend excursions, day trips with our families for events like Mother’s Day. When it came time to pick a venue I really couldn’t have pictured our wedding being anywhere else. On a more tactical side – we really wanted an outdoor ceremony and we weren’t interested in a venue that felt super traditional. Being able to choose a ceremony spot anywhere in the garden, the tall glass ceilings of the Palm House for the reception, and the service from Patina really ticked all our boxes.
Amanda & Alex both started off their wedding day at The William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn, NY.
This gorgeous property is also very special venue for The Union Studio and an ultra chic wedding venue. The Williamsburg neighborhood it’s in is packed with amazing restaurants and hotels – we can spend days there!
Amanda and her maids enjoyed getting ready in a WVH king suite with a view while Alex and his Groomsmen after getting ready enjoyed the iconic Mr. Dips before heading over to Brooklyn Botanic Gardens for their first look.
Organic Garden Wedding Florals
The garden ceremony was perfect under a chuppah of beautiful blooms designed by Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design. The white florals & organic greenery complimented the surroundings perfectly. We will never get over how perfect a Brooklyn Botanic Garden wedding is!
If we had to choose a favorite element, it would definitely have to be the escort card display. Rebecca Shepherd designed the most beautiful box to hold each seating assignment adorned with moss and florals. Almost a miniature garden just for escort cards!
Moving in to the reception, you could not imagine a more romantic garden setting. The curved ceiling windows of the Palm House are so incredible and filled with the crisp white table linens and organic floral centerpieces, it was like stepping into a dream. Guests danced the night away in their own private oasis.
From the bride:
One of the best decisions we made was hiring a band. Alex and I aren’t super formal and we love to dance and have fun. It was SO important for us to maximize the time our guests spent on the dance floor and that the music was exciting enough that they never wanted to sit down.
Planning a Meaningful Wedding
We always love to ask our couples a few questions after their wedding about their experience and what they would share with couples currently planning their own nuptials!
What benefit did hiring a planner or coordinator give you while planning your wedding?
PEACE OF MIND. A project manager by trade, I’m known to get into the weeds on things. Working with The Union Studio meant I had a trusted partner and advisor who not only helped bring my vision to life (in a way that was better than I could have even imagined) but also meant I could just focus on the emotion of the day while she took care of the rest. Amanda helped to curate a wedding that felt so personal to Alex and I as a couple, it couldn’t have been more perfect.
What’s the best memory you have of Amanda or The Union Studio team (formerly byAmanda)?
Working with Amanda I always felt HEARD. The seating arrangement was an area where I really struggled, I didn’t want guests sitting for too long and Alex and I wanted a more communal feel for the reception that wouldn’t quite fit in the space with our guest count. Amanda creatively devised a seating chart and a timeline that took all my concerns into consideration and outlined recommendations to accommodate everything I was looking for in a realistic way. The entire planning process I knew I could trust she was guiding me in the right direction.
Anything else you want to convey to a future bride or groom who might read this blog post?
Enjoy the planning process as much as you can (YES it can be stressful) and the day of your wedding really be present and appreciate it. The day will fly by!
A Note from Amanda
Working with Amanda and Alex was incredibly special. We always jump at the chance for another Brooklyn Botanic Garden wedding, but working with this couple was a true pleasure. Their whole family was lovingly involved in making this vision come to life and creating a meaningful celebration. It was truly a family affair and their parents were just so very sweet.
Planning & Design | The Union Studio
Photography | John Branch IV Photography
Beauty | Beautini
Florals | Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design
Venue & Catering | Patina Events at The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Custom Day-Of Map | Bonomo Paper Co.