A Romantic Summer Wedding at New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, New York

Allison Pohl (31 and a musician) and Alistair MacRae's (39 and a musician) wedding echoed the romance of a wild garden in New York City. Their venue,

Allison Pohl (31 and a musician) and Alistair MacRae's (39 and a musician) wedding echoed the romance of a wild garden in New York City. Their venue, the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, New York, needed little decorating, so Allison and Alistair kept their design to a minimum. Instead, they focused on highlighting the garden's natural beauty with their floral design. "I wanted all the bouquets to be messy and un-manicured and wild-looking," Allison says. Her florist from Bride and Blossom created a breathtaking bridal bouquet in lavender, peach, ivory and burgundy. The loose arrangement featured roses, lisianthus and ranunculus alongside eucalyptus leaves and other leafy greens. The bridesmaids carried smaller versions of Allison's bouquet. Since they all wore floor-length dresses in different bold colors and styles, their bouquets were neutral in soft ivory and blush to match their distinct looks. Allison and Alistair's ceremony, which took place outdoors under a white pergola, was also decorated with pretty and wild flowers. Chairs on the ceremony aisle had small bouquets of lavender roses and white stock tied to them with organza ribbon, and the altar area featured tall purple and white arrangements with branches to add height to the space. There were so many pretty details at Allison and Alistair's wedding, but some of our favorites were the groomsmen's powder blue suits, which were perfect for the summer wedding. Their look was second only to Allison's simple yet stunning Suzanne Neville wedding dress. Aaron and Jillian Photography was there to capture the day.

To reflect the natural elements of their wedding, Allison and Alistair sent their guests save-the-dates printed on paper that resembled wood. Paper goods at their wedding were provided by Wedding Paper Divas.
Allison wore the Suzanne Neville "Spellbound" wedding dress. She bought the pretty, form-fitting gown from Wedding Atelier in New York City. She styled her hair in a low chignon and wore an embellished hair accessory for some sparkle.
To match the garden surroundings, Allison carried a loose bouquet in romantic shades of peach, lavender, ivory and burgundy. The flower arrangement included roses, lisianthus, ranunculus, eucalyptus leaves and other greens.
Alistair wanted something light and fun for the summer wedding, so he and his groomsmen dressed in powder blue suits and white button-up shirts. The groomsmen wore plaid lavender and blue ties and blush boutonnieres while Alistair stood out in a white vest, a baby blue tie and a white rose boutonniere.
Allison gave her bridesmaids only one rule to follow while picking out their dresses: their dresses must be floor-length. They ended up in a variety of styles and colors, ranging from cobalt blue to coral. "They all looked like goddesses," Allison says.
Allison's bridesmaids carried small bouquets of ivory and blush roses and eucalyptus leaves. The loose, neutral bouquets matched each of their dresses and echoed Allison's bouquet.
Chairs on the ceremony aisle were decorated with lavender roses and white stock flowers tied together with ivory organza ribbon.
Allison and Alistair were married outdoors under a white pergola at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, New York. Beside the altar area, tall arrangements of white hydrangeas, purple roses and branches added height and texture to the space.
The reception was held in the Garden Terrace Room at the botanical garden. The room features vaulted ceilings, ornate gold chandeliers and beautiful landscape paintings on the walls. For the reception, Allison and Alistair arranged the room with round dining tables and gold chiavari chairs surrounding the dance floor.
"We wanted short, simple, minimal centerpieces," Allison says. In keeping with the romantic garden theme, centerpieces at the reception were made up of pink roses, lavender lisianthus, purple stock, ivory hydrangeas and leafy greens.
First Dance at the New York Botanical Garden