Sydney’s Dream Wedding Day

Sydney’s dream wedding day was planned with every detail in mind. Being very intentional with their choices, from incorporating family heirlooms, carrying on a tradition and her mom’s commitment to collecting beautiful ginger jars as decor for her special day! A color palette full of color and life but balanced out with soft tones to keep an overall classic look.

Sydney has been planning her dream wedding since she was four years old. Her vision has always remained the same. Her mother collected blue and white vases for years throughout her childhood to save them for her big day. All those beautiful blue and white vases brought the vision together beautifully!

Sydney knew exactly what she wanted when planning her big day. Her exact vision board said this “Classy, detailed, thought out, clean but textured, grand millennial, old money, bows, queen of England’s garden, Megan and Harry, elegant. The vision of the wedding was to feel classic and luxurious, but also still have that backyard garden party feel that guests wouldn’t been afraid to ditch their heels when dancing started.

The vision was built off details that were that were old, new, borrowed, and blue. When Sydney started planning her wedding it was truly a magical experience for her. The vision was carefully curated together with thoughtfulness of how the day, would not only look, but how it would feel. -Allison Francois Photography How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another? Caleb and Sydney met on the wonderful app called Tinder-hehe! It was the summer of 2020, and we happened to be in close enough in proximity to match due to Caleb being in his college town visiting during his summer internship and Sydney working retail that summer in her college town! Caleb’s pick up line to Sydney was “what’s your last name so I can give you mine?” and well he did! On June 10th, 2023 Sydney and Caleb tried the knot and he made her Mrs. Brown! Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship! The funniest thing that comes to mind is Caleb’s commitment to his apple watch on our wedding day! I remember our sweet photographer Allison approached me to let me know Caleb insisted on wearing his watch because “he was tracking his steps to win a challenge at work”- haha! But shortly after our first look, that watch was off and the photos were saved from the classic Apple Watch photo bomb! Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning. I would say our biggest hurdle was balance during wedding planning. Meaning that of course having all your wants on a wedding day seems magical but at some point you have to remind yourself that you can not have it all, and that is okay! As well, keeping the bigger picture that this is a marriage not just a wedding is a great reminder that helped us balance our journey to our wedding day! Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day? We had many family heirlooms that were apart of our wedding day. For example, in my detail photos you will see a gorgeous classic cherry red mustang. That car is my Dad’s baby and a very special car to my family. My brother used it as his get away car, so we did just the same to keep the special tradition alive. As well, another family heirloom we had present on our wedding day was my Grandpa’s coke cooler that was displayed in front of the bar. My Grandpa passed away in 2020 and was a very special person in my life so I wanted a way to represent him at my wedding, and I though having his coke cooler filled with glass cokes was so special since he was a coke lover and collected coke memorabilia. What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you? The most important part of our wedding day was the ceremony. Leading up to the wedding I knew I wanted our ceremony to really tell the story of why God created marriage and truly display our promise to each other in front of all our family and friends. During our ceremony we took communion together and took a moment to reflect on all the good God had done in our life to lead us up to this moment. What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another? The best thing we have learned together is that we are a team. Being that if we run into conflict or obstacles we keep the mindset of this is us against the problem, not us against each other. As well, another segment of us being a team is working together in day-to-day life. Meaning if I’m cooking dinner, than he’s cleaning the kitchen. Like they say- and as cheesy as it sounds, team work makes the dream work. What is your favorite thing about each other? My favorite thing about Caleb is his kind heart. From our first date Caleb was always very kind, humble, and I could tell he had a good heart. His good heart is also just not for me, but for his family and friends.

Caleb said his favorite thing about me is how driven I am. He says one of the many aspects that he was most drawn to when we first meet was how driven I was and how I had a plan. And quickly he found out that not only did I have a plan, but I had goals and did not take no as an answer. What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? My most favorite part of planning our wedding was the design aspect. Choosing colors, fonts, materials, and patterns was my entire personality for a year. I absolutely loved tying all my details together and insuring nothing passed my desk unless it had a rhyme, reason, and I felt confident it matched the overall aesthetic I had dreamed of. If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be? My one piece of advice would be to soak up every second of your wedding season. Enjoy being engaged and open that bottle of champagne. Go stroll around William Sonoma just a little longer to pretend you are in a rom-com while putting together your wedding registry. Oh, and when it comes to cake tasting…do it just because we didn’t and on our wedding day we only had the bite we served each other! What is the most honest thing you can say about love? The most honest thing I can say about love is that it truly grows you two as individuals and makes you stronger together as a team. Love takes a lot of hard work, but it’s the best feeling ever when you get to do life with your best friend!

Photographer: Allison Francois 
Videographer: Lucy Jones Photo & Film
Venue: Clayshire Castle
Dress Boutique: Blue House Bridal
Dress Designer: Essence of Australia
Makeup Artist: Abby Prather
Mens Formalwear: Louie’s Tux Shop
Film Lab: Rewind Flim Lab
Catering: Federal Fine Foods

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