On their first date, Alexx Poston and Patrick Taylor remember having an easy conversation and immediate comfort with one another. “We’ve been talking and losing track of time ever since,” smiles Alexx. When the time was right, Patrick planned a proposal with the help of his beloved’s close friends. Thinking she was going on a girls trip to Big Bear, California, Alexx arrived to see her friends and family at the “beautifully decorated” cabin. “I turned around stunned, and Patrick was on his knee.”
When planning their wedding, the pair looked to their wedding planner Erika for the most advice. “I was surprised by the sheer amount of options that exist for every little decision point – fonts, flavors, textures, sizes. It was mind boggling how many versions of everything there were,” confirms the bride. Together, they settled on a bohemian-chic design scheme in a fall color palette of blush, orange, teal, and ivory to capture the beauty, elegance, and brightness of the joyous occasion.
The nuptials took place in a gorgeous outdoor garden venue with a naturally exquisite backdrop that allowed for three distinct spaces as the pair wanted their guests to enjoy the comforts of staying in one place for the duration of the wedding date. Thankfully, the early autumn weather was absolutely perfect for the celebration.
“Throw out the rules if you want to and make choices that reflect your union, style, and the experience you want to remember.”
A heartfelt ceremony took place beneath the trees, as instrumental versions of songs by artists including Nas and Nicki Minaj provided the soundtrack for the processional. Following a vow exchange officiated by the father of the bride, Alexx and Patrick took part in the jumping of the broom. “During slavery in the United States, enslaved people would jump over the broom to marry since they could not legally wed,” Alexx describes of the important tradition they carried on as a tribute to their ancestors.
For the reception, friends and family found their seats beneath a tent at either long wooden tables or round tables strewn with white linens. Vibrant centerpieces comprised of orange, yellow, peach, and teal florals accented with greenery decorated tablescapes, and place settings showcased gilt chargers, colorful menus nestled inside teal napkins, and minimalistic place cards that detailed each guest’s entrée selection for dinner.
Since the bride and groom prefer pie to wedding cake, slices of a three-tier pie, mini pies, and pie pops were offered to their guests to keep energy up for a night of dancing and revelry. “They were gone so fast!” remembers the bride, who encourages other couples to make the wedding day their own. “Throw out the rules if you want to and make choices that reflect your union, style, and the experience you want to remember.”