We are so excited to introduce our Featured Couple series! Every few months, we will introduce you all to one of our incredible newlywed couples and talk about the wedding, the flowers, and, of course, the frames! To start us off, we have the lovely Alyssa and Eric Decker, soulmates who tied the knot last October.
Alyssa and Eric both work for St. Luke’s University Health Network, and met after being paired during field hockey training. This athletic duo still runs together as a way to decompress, even running 6 miles a day for over 100 days in the spring of 2020 (can you say “couple goals”?). After two years of falling in love, Eric popped the question in one of the most romantic settings we can think of- ice skating at the Rockefeller Center in New York City, while an acoustic version of the song “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and Beyonce played. They had spent the day in the city, wandering the Museum of Natural History and taking in the sights through love drenched eyes. They closed the night with dinner on the ice and a gorgeous ring on Alyssa’s finger. Alyssa tells us she was hopeful that the proposal would be that day, but wasn’t sure when it would be. She says she found the whole day and evening “magical”- honestly, so do we!
Just like their proposal, the Deckers’ wedding was a show of romance. Choosing the Historic Acres of Hershey as their venue was easy the moment they saw the Pavillion, with its exposed wood beams and crystal chandeliers. With folding glass doors and a view of the pond, the Pavilion turned out to be “the perfect mixture of rustic elegance” that Alyssa was hoping for. The day was perfect, filled with joy, dancing, and great love. Our bride remembers her two minute walk down the aisle, watching the man about to be her husband react to her dress, while family and friends looked on with smiling anticipation. The Wedding Strings Quartets’ instrumental version of “Tale as Old as Time” played via Youtube as the bridal party started to walk down the aisle, ensuring happy tears every time Alyssa watches Beauty and the Beast. Eric remembers their first dance as one of his favorite moments, loving how every eye was on the two of them as they held each other close.
No wedding is complete without flowers, in our humble opinion, and Alyssa had plenty of blooms to help her wedding day be as lovely as possible. She found Sarah Klunk and her business, Sarah’s Floral Designs (@sarahsfloraldesigns on Instagram), through the venue. Alyssa could not have been happier to have her handling the florals. Alyssa initially thought she wanted a burgundy and burnt orange bouquet, and allowed Sarah to take the lead on the design. When she saw a more neutral toned bouquet design on Pinterest, Alyssa sent it over and Sarah easily made her new dreams come true with a bouquet featuring bunny tails (Alyssa’s favorite detail, and one of ours, too!), delicate blush roses and carnations, baby’s breath, and spiral eucalyptus. Sarah was happy to work with Alyssa and help create more magic for her big day.
When it came to persevering Sarah’s beautiful work, Alyssa turned to a friend, who led her to us! This friend raved about our amazing team and the work we do (thank you, friend!). Our shop owner, Amelia, was thrilled to help Alyssa through the process, which turned into a fully bespoke set of designs in custom ordered frames.
The frames were all in a white washed barn wood style, complementing the light and neutral tones of the flowers perfectly. Wanting to ensure that they could fully enjoy each bloom as a keepsake from the wedding, this couple ordered designs showcasing flowers from their groomsmen, bridesmaids, and Eric’s parents, all in various sizes. They worked with a calligrapher to have a handwritten background created for Alyssa’s preserved bridal bouquet in the largest frame, a classic 16”x20”.
For Eric, they had his boutonniere framed with their wedding date, October 23, 2020, written underneath. This is housed in the most precious small, square frame, measurements 6 inches by 6 inches. Alyssa chose a custom medium frame option to showcase the flowers held by her bridesmaids while standing with her, a, 11”x14”. The boutonnieres the groomsmen wore are forever clustered together in one medium, 12”x12” square frame. The nosegay and boutonniere worn by Eric’s mother and father, respectively, were lovingly designed to sit next to one another in another square frame, this one slightly smaller than the groomsmen’s frame, at 10”x10”. When together on a gallery wall, these stunning, lasting designs make for a perfect way for Alyssa and Eric to sit back and recall the happiest day of their lives.
We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Alyssa and Eric as much as we have! We were so excited to work with her on finding the best way to create a wedding keepsake that she and her husband can enjoy for years to come. We also want to acknowledge once more the beautiful work of Sarah Klunk! She provided us with incredible blooms, clearly arranged with care for our wonderful couple. Thank you so much to the Deckers for answering our questions, letting us in on their love, and for finding and choosing us!