A Sentimental, Flower-Focused Wedding at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri

For their June nuptials, a picturesque venue was at the top of Brittany Nicklas (26 and a teacher) and Jacob Keeney’s (25 and a US Army officer) priority list, along with one another warm-weather necessity. “We got to enjoy the beauty of Big Cedar Lodge while also enjoying the air conditioning,” Brittany says of preceding their rustic reception with a ceremony at the on-site chapel. Another must-have: daisies—and lots of them. “Daisies were my GrandLu’s favorite flower. I wanted it to feel like she was present,” Brittany says of the nod to her late grandmother. Gerbera daisies and vibrant sunflowers played up the lush, Secret Garden–inspired design. A decadent display of homemade rhubarb and apple pies was accompanied by one sentimental Italian cream cake. “Jacob is an amazing baker—no one could re-create my GrandLu’s cream cake recipe until he came along,” Brittany says. “We plan to make it together on our wedding anniversary.”