A Lush Green Wedding at Old Stone Chapel in St. Charles, Missouri

Inspired by their Hawaiian heritage, Brooke Branco (26 and a registered nurse) and Bradley Branco (25 and a health and safety coordinator) incorporate

Inspired by their Hawaiian heritage, Brooke Branco (26 and a registered nurse) and Bradley Branco (25 and a health and safety coordinator) incorporated bamboo details and wore traditional Hawaiian lei for their lush, green wedding. The day started in a rustic restored stone chapel that was attached to the reception venue, which the couple loved because it made the day easy for their guests, especially with so many coming in from out of town. “The chapel was beautiful with exposed stone and wooden trusses with a very intimate feel,” Brooke says. “Our ceremony was the best part of our day. It truly was everything we dreamed of." Afterward, guests were greeted with green and ivory escort cards and baby bamboo-plant wedding favors—an idea we love. Wanting to match the green color palette and bamboo plants, the couple created hydrangea, rose and hypericum bouquets for the bridesmaids that really popped against their light gray Alfred Angelo dresses. Another highlight was the amazing custom-made stationery designed by the maid of honor. The invitations were printed on ivory paper with bamboo detailing that set the tone for the entire soiree. We also love the three white buttercream-frosted cakes. The textured buttercream and green rose toppers perfectly complemented the chic wedding. There are so many details we love. See them all, beautifully captured by Ginger Weseloh from Creative Event Studio, below.

Brooke’s maid of honor is a brilliant graphic designer as a hobby and created all the stationery for the wedding. The invitations were printed on ivory paper with green bamboo decorations. Brooke, with the help of her bridesmaids, stamped and stuffed every one into gray envelopes.
The bridesmaids wore Alfred Angelo one-shoulder, floor-length, light grey chiffon dresses. Brooke loved the neutral color of the stunning dresses and how it made the green bouquets really pop.
The bridesmaids carried lush green hydrangeas, roses, hypericum berries in their lush bouquets from Petals and Bells. Brooke and Brad loved how the flowers popped against the neutral gray bridesmaid dresses.
“The ceremony was in a restored chapel attached to the reception venue,” Brooke says. “The chapel was beautiful with exposed stone and wooden trusses with a very intimate feel. Our ceremony was the best part of our day. We had a live musician, Kevin Babb, who sang and played the guitar during our ceremony. It truly was everything we dreamed of.”
After Brooke and Brad shared their first kiss, they took their first steps to “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by the Darkness. “We wanted our ceremony to be something to be remember,” Brooke says. “It absolutely will live forever in our hearts. It was perfect.”
Inspired by a bamboo plant they’ve had since they bought their first house together, Brooke and Brad had bamboo details throughout their wedding. Each guest went home with baby bamboo plants. The simple bamboo-adorned escort cards, made by the maid of honor, were displayed in wooden boxes.
Instead of one traditional wedding cake, Brooke and Brad enjoyed three white buttercream-decorated wedding cakes. We love the texture on each tier! Each cake was topped with green roses and baby’s breath for a little added romance. One cake was a spice cake with cream-cheese icing, another was vanilla cake with strawberry filling and the last was chocolate cake with Bavarian cream icing.
“My wedding dress was custom-made from a small shop called Kaye Nicole Couture,” Brooke says. “It was all lace and they added a beaded belt for me; the style was strapless with a slight fit-and-flare. I wore a long, romantic floor-length veil with a simple cut edge. The two ladies, Angie and Cyndi, were a treat to work with.”