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 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.”

To ensure their stationery maintained a cohesive feel, Lauren and Will worked solely with Shindig Invites to create everything from the invitations to the escort cards and menus. The spring season served as the inspiration for the invitations, with Shindig creating an elaborate trifold design with watercolor vines, whimsical hand-lettering and folds that mirrored the iconic lattice gates commonly found in gardens. “We had a lot of fun with the other pieces in our invitation suite,” Lauren says. “The weekend activities card featured cute icons and had more watercolor elements in pink and green, including a map of Brooklyn that identified where each of the weekend’s activities were.”
Sophisticated and romantic, Lauren’s bridal bouquet featured full, classic blooms and textural elements in soft shades of white, cream, sage green and blush. Deep purple scabiosas, fiddleheads and succulents added depth and dimension to the breathtaking arrangement, as well as giving the bouquet a subtle modern edge.
“I didn’t want all the bridesmaids to wear the same thing, but I wanted some level of cohesion,” Lauren says. With eight bridesmaids accompanying her down the aisle, she decided it would be easiest to choose a few colors and styles. Amsale offered the variety and sophisticated aesthetic she was after. She ultimately chose two shades of pale pink and one peach floral print, and allowed the girls to choose their own silhouette. “I love how they all looked together and how the print offered a twist on the standard pink bridesmaid look,” Lauren says.
The ceremony took place in one of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s many intimate enclosures at 6:30 p.m., with Lauren and Will exchanging vows under a majestic willow tree. In addition to several Jewish customs, like the breaking of the glass and drinking wine from the family kiddush cup, the couple incorporated some of their own traditions into the ceremony for a more personalized feel. “We had each of our mothers put flowers into a common bowl filled with water to symbolize our two families coming together,” Lauren says. “And we also had our fathers pour wine from two different glasses into the kiddush cup that we drank from.”
As if the stunning garden setting wasn’t enough, FleursBella took Lauren and Will’s ceremony decor to the next level with a standout birch chuppah draped in lush green vines, ferns, hydrangeas, peonies, garden roses, eucalyptus and other seasonal blooms in shades of white, blush and cream.
While the couple kept their escort card design simple and chic with classic ivory card stock and gray hand-lettering, the display was a different story. FleursBella created a living wall with earthy moss and succulents, which they then overlaid with vintage picture frames in various shapes and sizes. The escort cards were arranged within the confines of each frame. “I had never seen anything like it,” Lauren says. “It was amazing.”
"One of my favorite parts of the wedding was a special request that I made based on my favorite food: a pickle bar," Lauren says. "It included seven varieties of pickles, which our caterer placed in various jars and barrels. We used mini chalkboards to write where each of the pickles were from—all local Brooklyn vendors. We decorated it with dill plants inside birch holders.
The secret garden theme was carried throughout the reception, with FleursBella designing textured, cascading arrangements for each table. No two centerpieces were alike, but clear-footed pedestals and elegant white and purple blooms helped create a cohesive feel. “The look was light and airy,” Lauren says. “It was stunning.” Floating candles, mercury glass accents and crystal chandeliers added to the effect, infusing the Palm House with an air of ambiance and romance.
To pay tribute to their family heritage, Lauren and Will decorated their guest book table with framed photos of their parents, grandparents and other relatives on their own wedding days. Wildflowers and ferns were sprinkled throughout, adding to the display’s garden-inspired aesthetic, while offering a way for guests to express their well-wishes for the newlyweds. “Guests could cut them as they liked and paste them into the book alongside their message,”  Lauren says.
In addition to the invitations, menus and escort cards, Shindig Invites also designed Lauren and Will’s table numbers for the reception at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, New York. Each number was painted in vibrant green watercolors onto textured ivory paper with an unfinished edge, tying in seamlessly with the overall garden-inspired theme and the fresh spring palette.
No detail was left overlooked when it came to the reception decor. While FleurBella’s lush, cascading centerpieces were the stars of the tablescapes, silver-accented dinnerware and glasses were key for injecting a luxe feel into the overall look. As a finishing touch, small bundles of fresh lavender were placed at each seat, tied to the custom-designed menus, reflecting the garden theme.
Lauren and Will passed on the traditional chicken and beef for options that packed a little more wow factor. Patina Group delivered a delicious progression of market salad with fresh apples and goat cheese and a choice of seared halibut or herb-encrusted rack of lamb with an assortment of mouthwatering sides. Dinner ended on a sweet note, with guests choosing from chocolate cake with raspberry filling or lemon madeline cake with strawberry Bavarois and mixed berries.