Tulsa Gown – Brooklyn & Benjamin
Brooklynn and Benjamin Le Roux
27 July 2018
Poplar Grove Winery, Penticton, British Columbia. I always knew I wanted to get married in Penticton, even though I now live in New York, I have been going to Penticton since I was a little girl and for some reason, it was always so special to me. I have never loved a small town the way I love Penticton, my family and friends have shared so many memories there, and when I finally took Ben to visit Penticton, he loved it just as much as I did.
Ben and I knew we would wed on a winery because it has all the elements that we wanted, it has an outdoor space, lots of greenery, fantastic wine, and is what Penticton is famous for, wineries. Our ceremony was on the lower level of the property, on a large open grass field, with the vineyards and lake view as the backdrop!
Meghan Hemstra and Kady McCappin.
Meghan Hemstra and Kady McCappin photographed our wedding. I met Kady at Rituals of Love Bridal shop where I found my wedding dress. I was deciding between two dresses, one of them being the Bo and Luca gown that I ended up choosing, and another gown that was much more classic bridal. I remember her saying “you are a rockstar, this is your dress,” and the second she said that I knew she was right, that the Bo and Luca gown was the one. Kady and I clicked instantly; so when she told me she was also a wedding photographer with her best friend, I was quick to have them join the team. Meghan’s style of shooting was exactly what I was looking for, and it’s much more romantic and moody compared to a typical wedding photography style. I was drawn to these ladies, not only because I loved their style of shooting, but because we got along so well and really connected. Shooting with them was the dream because we got to laugh with them, cry with them and it was more a friendship than a hire which made all the photos feel much more authentic.
I wore the Tulsa Gown by Bo and Luca. The Tulsa dress was exactly what I was looking for and more. It was the first wedding dress I’ve ever tried on and now the last. The dress was just so romantic and embodied not only the theme of the wedding but my style as a whole. I think it’s easy to get wrapped up in what everyone else thinks about the dress you choose, but at the end of the day, its what makes you feel the most beautiful, and the Tulsa gown did just that. The dress was everything I was looking for, it was simple yet had so much amazing detail. It was one of a kind dress, and that’s what I was looking for, I wanted something that was super unique without being too over the top.
My bridesmaids wore the ‘Hamptons Dress” from a Vancouver label, Park & Fifth. The dress I chose was a midi length slip style dress in a mauve color. I had ten bridesmaids so it was very important for me to find a dress that fits all of them well and was a dress they could wear again. At first, when I told people I had ten bridesmaids, people thought I was crazy, but it was one of the best decisions I’ve made, and I have no regrets. I got to share this incredible journey with my ten best friends who were looking stunning in their Park and Fifth gowns.
In May 2017, the day after we moved into our first New York apartment together. Ben popped the question on our new balcony after spending the evening sipping wine, eating cheese, and watching the sunset. After finishing a bottle, or two, he asked me to grab some more wine from the kitchen and when I returned he was on his knee and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes, and I knew I would be spending the rest of my life with the man of my dreams!
The overall aesthetic of the wedding was boho chic! After choosing the Bo and Luca gown, we really formed the aesthetic around my dress. Also, the venue itself is lovely and organic, and that’s what we wanted the entire theme to follow.
My ring is designed by LA Jeweler Jessica Seaton. The ring consists of three platinum rings, an eternity band with diamonds along the front, her Callisto ring (a thick band with an inverted bezel setting), and a third split ring with two diamonds.
I found Jessica Seaton on Instagram and instantly loved her aesthetic, she was the type of designer I was looking for. Someone who created rings that no one else had, her rings are pieces of art, and that’s exactly what I was looking for.
Ben wears a thick platinum Tiffany’s band which suited his style very well.
Our gift to quest were these beautiful wood & fabric fans that were placed on each seat at the ceremony. I saw these fans from an Australian Wedding blog and fell in love with the concept. The fans were beautiful, and guests could use them all night as well as easily fit them in their suitcase, as most of our guests came from all over the world.
FLOWERS & BOUQUETS
We had Tanisha Out from Society Floral do our florals, as she understood my vision and was excited to be challenged but what I wanted to do. I asked for a natural color palette with unique arrangements that had lots of texture and shape. Some of the key florals I tried to work with were proteas, as Ben is born and raised in South Africa, so we wanted to incorporate a little bit of his home country. For inspiration, I mainly drew from floral brands I followed on social media, such as @brrch_floral, which is my favorite! Tanish really worked with me to take all of the inspiration and create something that was our own. One of the key floral arrangements was these concrete boxes that lined the aisle and were placed behind Ben and I. We wanted to do something different from the traditional archway, so we decided to change it up and create something that complimented the venue and the backdrop. I am forever grateful for Tanisha as I couldn’t have done this without her, she is truly a master at her craft, and I feel so lucky to have had her part of the team.
Below are the descriptions of some of the floral arrangements! You may not want to know this much, but it gives you an idea of what we used and how we made everything unique.
Fresh Bridal Bouquet:
Toffee Roses, Phalaenopsis Orchid, Mini Phalaenopsis Orchid, Arctic Ice King Protea, Anthurium, Desert Yearning, Calla Lillie’s, Tropical Foliage
*Phalaenopsis Orchids and Anthurium were hand-painted
White O’Hara Roses, Toffee Roses, Bombastic Garden Spray Roses, Cappuccino Roses, Blushing Bride (Protea)
Russian Olive, White and Dusty Blue Limonium, Phlox, White Spray Carnations, White Statice, White Delphinium, White Stock
Arctic Ice Protea, Desert Yearning, White Love Eryngium, Dried Roses, Dried Hellebores, White Limonium, White Statice, White Ranunculus, Wild Queen Anne’s Lace, Baby Blue Eucalyptus, Overtime Babies Breath, White Scabiosa
We had a two-tiered open-faced cake, birthday cake flavor, with vanilla buttercream and fresh raspberry filling! The entire cake was vegan as well. For the guests, we served vegan donuts topped with a vanilla icing!
Our ceremony song was Crimson and Clover by Tommy James & The Shondells, a song that for some reason just felt perfect. Our bridal party walked down the aisle to Mystery of Love by Sufjan Stevens, a song so romantic it set the mood entirely. After photos, the bridal party made a grand entrance to Got to be Real by Cheryl Lynn. Our first dance song was to River by Leon Bridges, a song that always reminds me of when Ben and I first fell in love. My father and I danced to Godspeed by Frank Ocean, which if you listen to the lyrics was perfect for a father and daughter.
The general style of music was old school jams, lots of Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five, TLC, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, ABBA, James Brown, Fleetwood Mac, Van Morrison, Gypsy Kings, and Bob Seger.
FOOD & BEVERAGES
We did something a little unconventional and had food stations instead of buffet style or sit down! We served a mix of things from beef tenderloin, seafood paella, seared octopus, baked mini potatoes, salads, ceviche, cheese spreads, and fresh bread! Food was something that is very important to my family, so we made sure we had something for everyone and no one went hungry!
As for drinks we served Poplar Grove Wine, both red and white, along with their sister winery, Monster Winery, reds, whites, and roses. We also served draft beers, ciders, Guinness, and Stellas.
Ben and I didn’t do a honeymoon right after the wedding because we have a couple of exciting trips coming up at the end of this year and we are saving for a big Italy trip next year for our anniversary. We did, however, have the entire bridal party come out a week early to celebrate and get to know each other. Essentially we had events every day leading up to the wedding, which was one of the best things we did because everyone left feeling like a big family.
Our wedding was very unconventional is many aspects, one of them being that we didn’t have a gift registry. We did have a beautiful gold-lined box that people could leave cards in and of course people still gave gifts. Our most memorable gift was probably from our friend Debbie, who made us one of her abstract sculptures. The fact that she made this piece just for us was super special! Another gift that I got from my maid of honor and my sister was a ring that consists of two parts, which represented the two of them. Both women mean so much to me and were at my side throughout this entire process so for them to give me a ring that reminds me of both of them and how much they worked together to make all my wedding dreams come true, meant so much!
All of the speeches were the most memorable to us, we will never forget all the kind words that everyone said about us as a couple. There were a lot of tears but also a lot of laughter; we will never forget those moments.
ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE
Breathe and take it all in. The moments flash by so fast, so live in the moment, have fun, and be grateful for all the people who showed up to celebrate you. There is something so special about weddings because they bring so many people together and if you stop and look around you can see so much love and happiness in the air. Well, at least that’s how I felt at my wedding, it felt like time stopped, and suddenly I realized that all my favorite people in the world were in one place. I’ve never felt so much joy.
VENDORS & SUPPLIERS
Venue: Poplar Grove Winery
Perspective Design: Lauren Kraushar
Dress: Bo & Luca
Wedding Planner: Big Dream Okanagan (Stephanie Sielmann)
Florist: Society Floral (Tanisha Out)
Videographer: Limelight Studios
Food: Vanilla Pod Restaurant
Brides Ring: Jessica Seaton
Photographer: Meghan Hemstra