A Nature-Inspired, Spring Wedding at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, New York

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, New York, couldn't have been a more fitting setting for Lauren Berg (28 and senior marketing manager at Rent the Runway) and Will Joseph’s (28 and director of catering at Carnegie Hall) spring wedding. Having grown up surrounded by nature, saying “I do” among lush greenery and freshly bloomed flowers felt natural. “It’s an amazing escape from the city and only a mile away from where Will and I live,” Lauren says. “We loved the idea of being able to host our friends and family members in our neighborhood in Brooklyn and celebrate in a venue full of greenery and beautiful spring colors nearby.” With the help of Laura Leonard of Lyndsey Hamilton Events, Lauren and Will pulled off an elegant event that was sophisticated without feeling stuffy. “It was important to me that the environment feel inviting and not uptight, without losing that refined aesthetic,” Lauren says. With a warm secret garden as the inspiration for the decor, the couple selected a palette of soft cream, white, sage green and pale pink and purple hues to bring their vision to life and let the florists at FleursBella work their magic. The evening affair kicked off with a ceremony in the gardens, where the couple exchanged vows under a birch chuppah draped ornately with vines and full blush and white flowers. An outdoor cocktail followed, where guests enjoyed signature drinks and inspired eats, like locally made pickles (Lauren’s favorite food), while taking in the stunning views. For the reception, the Palm House was transformed into a whimsical oasis. Tables were topped with cascading arrangements of fresh white and purple blooms, with warm candlelight, chandeliers and mercury glass accents casting a warm, romantic glow over the room. “One of my favorite details was the escort card display,” Lauren says. “My florist created a living wall, blooming with succulents and moss. The cards were arranged within various frames; I’d never seen anything like it.” Lavender laid at each table setting heightened the garden-inspired vibe, while watercolor table numbers injected a playful note into the sophisticated decor. A live band cranked out Motown and funk jams, keeping the dance floor packed; after the last song, Lauren and Will moved the party next door, where a DJ spun until the wee hours. A tip from Lauren: “If your budget allows, hire a planner or a day-of coordinator. It was incredibly helpful to have someone else to handle all the details and coordinate with all the vendors, so that once the wedding day came, I could just have fun. I’d also suggest taking time during dinner to say hi to all your guests, especially the family members and friends who won’t be joining you on the dance floor. I wish I had gotten the chance to talk to more of the people who had come to celebrate with us.”