Lush Walnut Grove Wedding – Megan & Brett
Megan and Brett’s journey has been one of exploring (they love to travel!), and embracing the moment, whatever it brings. Early on in their relationship, Megan took a leap of faith and joined Brett on a work trip to Ireland. It was on that trip that she realised Brett was the one she wanted to spend her life with. When Brett proposed to Megan, high winds forced him to abandon his plan to pop the question on a gondola ride. He waited to ask on a different day, and as luck would have it, a rainbow came out, making the moment even more special. And as they say… rain on your wedding day is good luck too! Their ceremony saw some showers, but it didn’t stop these two from having the best day ever. Their Walnut Grove wedding featured a neutral colour palette of navy, grey, whites and greens, which complimented the outdoor surroundings. Their ceremony took place surrounded by lush green trees, and the decor featured signage made by a friend of the bride’s. During cocktail hour, guests sipped “his” and “hers” cocktails and some custom labeled beers featuring photos of the couple. Their reception table numbers were a shout out to each of the many places the couple has traveled together.
Brett claims that he first saw Megan’s my profile on JSwipe, which is a dating app for Jewish singles. He says that he “swiped right” but she says that she doesn’t ever remember seeing his profile on there. Instead, she remember seeing one of the young doctors from work on there, and of course felt the need to tease him about it when she saw him at work that week. It just so happens that as they were sitting at the nurses station together, he got a text from Brett about a patient… and the rest is history. He immediately said he wanted to set Brett and Megan up on a date. She jokingly (well sort of seriously!) said that she had a personal policy that she doesn’t date doctors and brushed the whole thing off. Well, it wasn’t that easy, because he was extremely persistent about them going out, so she finally agreed. Brett and her went bowling on their first date and the rest is history!
They were both working on Valentine’s Day of 2018 (that’s the life of a doctor and nurse!), so he told Megan that he wanted to take her on a gondola ride through the canals of Naples in Long Beach so they could do something to celebrate. He said that after the gondola ride, he had planned for them to meet up with his good friend Joseph and his fiancee at a local restaurant featuring beer from Joe’s brewery. The morning of the proposal, Brett received a call from the gondola company saying they had to cancel because of high winds. Little did Megan know that Brett was planning on proposing to her on the gondola by having a message in a bottle waiting for her along their ride. That morning, Brett and Megan had planned to go to the gym together, like they always do, but with the weather being gloomy, she said to him that she felt like staying at home instead. Brett INSISTED that they went to the gym that morning, which she thought was very unlike him. Little did she know that Brett spent an entire hour in the locker room at the gym revising his proposal plans with the photographer he had hired to capture the whole thing! Brett then told her that they would re-schedule the gondola ride but that his friends wanted to walk around the canals with them to see the beautiful houses since they had never been before. That afternoon, as they were driving to Long Beach, it started to sprinkle. They arrived in Naples, parked by the main fountain, and Brett told Megan that they had to walk over the bridge they were parked by since his friends were on the other side of the bridge. At the top of the bridge, overlooking the beautiful canal, Brett got down on one knee and asked her to marry him! Just as he proposed, a beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky!
This happy couple really wanted a wedding that would look timeless, clean, and modern with a touch of rustic elegance. They always knew that the groom and groomsmen would be in grey and navy blue seemed to be the perfect colour to compliment that. They chose their venue because of its natural beauty. It was important to them to have both the ceremony and reception outdoors. They had been searching for venues for a little while when Brett remembered that his cousin got married at a beautiful outdoor venue a few years ago, and that it seemed like a place Megan would like. As soon as they drove up to the location, Megan knew it was “it”.
They wanted a venue where people would feel comfortable, relaxed, and able to have fun. They knew that they were going to have a large wedding, so finding a venue that would fit all of their guests and not feel cramped was a challenge. Walnut Grove was the perfect fit since people could wander the farm and had plenty of space to spread out. One of Megan’s favourite parts was that they were able to have a fire pit for s’mores and space to play lawn games like corn hole and Jenga.
When it came to their attire choices, Megan always knew that she wanted a very simple wedding dress, nothing strapless, no beading or bedazzling. Her dress was a Stella York dress that was completely modified by the amazing seamstress at the bridal salon. The original dress she had picked out had long sleeves and a very low back. The seamstress cut off the sleeves and used the extra lace and buttons to custom build the back of the dress.
Megan and Brett wanted to make sure that there was good food and plenty of alcohol and desserts at their wedding! They wanted to make sure that all of their guests were comfortable and taken care of. Megan says that they definitely chose to go a little above and beyond with desserts (they had cake, four different types of mini bars, and a s’mores station set up with a fire pit – sounds like heaven to me!!).
At the last minute, they decided to splurge on a videographer. After friends of theirs got married last October, the bride told them that she wished they had hired a professional videographer. This is something Megan had toyed with off and on, but spending a good chunk of money on it was a hard pill to swallow. After talking to their friends and family about it, they decided it was worth the splurge, and they are SO happy they did!
Megan says that her favourite part of their wedding day was their first look because she felt it was very special. It was one of the few moments during the day where it was just them (well and the photographers and videographers). Dancing the hora was definitely memorable, although she says she was TERRIFIED the entire time (it definitely made for some pretty funny pictures).
Signing the ketubah was very meaningful, especially since the doctor who set them up was there to sign in! Another good friend of Brett’s was also there to sign it. It was special because it was more intimate than their ceremony because only their immediate families and a few close friends were there.
When Megan met with the florist, she told her she wanted clean lines and only white florals with lots of greenery. They had two different kinds of table centrepieces. One was a garland and one was more of a traditional rectangular centrepiece. They used the decorations from their chuppah to also decorate their sweetheart table. The large flower arrangements that were on the wine barrels at the entrance to the ceremony were also placed on either side of the sweetheart table.
Megan’s bouquet was full of all of her favourite things… anemones, lilacs, peonies, and of course succulents.
The wedding cake came from Skiff’s Bakery. The tiered cake was a lemon poppyseed filled with raspberry jam and lemon curd – and HOW delicious does that sound?! They sneakily had a sheet cake in the back that was marble cake! Our bakery actually suggested this to us so we didn’t have to have a giant tiered cake. The wooden cake stand came from etsy and so did the cake topper. The cake topper is a stethoscope because Brett is a doctor and I am a nurse.
All of the place cards, table numbers, ceremony booklets, and signs were hand made by Megan’s childhood friend Marissa Newman, who is a graphic designer. Very early on in their relationship, Brett had invited her to join him on a work trip to Ireland and this is definitely where she fell in love with him. Ever since then, traveling has been a huge part of their relationship. They have been to 15 states and 8 countries together, so they decided to do their save the dates, place cards, and table numbers in a travel theme.
As a beautiful DIY element, Brett wrote a special note to Megan on the bottom of her shoes as her “something blue”
They had a traditional jewish ceremony. They used 2 kiddush cups, one from Brett’s grandparents, and one from Megan’s grandparents. During the ceremony, they were wrapped in a tallit that belonged to Brett’s grandfather, and their chuppah was draped in a tallit that belonged to Megan’s grandfather.
Photography: Rachel Stelter Photography // Venue: Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Farms // Floral: Vibe Florals // Videography: Love Is Wedding Videography // Wedding Cake: Skiff’s Cakes // Hair: Erica Pulido // Makeup: Cheek to Cheek Artistry // Catering: Command Performance Catering // DJ: Visions Entertainment // Invitations: By Invitation // Signage: Marissa Newman // Event Planning: Mia Bella Weddings // Guest Book Alternative: Shutterfly // String Musicians: The Tea House Music Company // Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Westlake // Wedding Dress: Stella York // Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: The Black Tux // Bride’s Shoes: Sam Edelman // Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie // Bridal Salon: Bridal Elegance Studio // Engagement & Wedding Rings: XIV Karats // Bridesmaid Jewellery: Kendra Scott // Accessories: Nordstrom // Submitted via: Matchology