Intimate Green + White Inns of Aurora Wedding

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Nora + Emmett wanted to host an intimate Inns of Aurora wedding that felt more like a party. They decided to skip some of the formalities and reception traditions. They opted for no bridal party and a silent cake cutting. This allowed them the ability to simply enjoy time with their guests. The celebration felt effortless and easy-going.

As high school sweethearts, Nora + Emmett’s relationship had already stood the test of time. They stuck together through two different colleges, study abroad programs and multiple internships in different cities. All of this transition and they only broke up once—for about a day. 

See their cozy fall engagement session at Gather Greene here

Intimate Inns of Aurora Wedding

Their wedding celebration came after over a year of uncertainty and isolation during the pandemic. So creating an event focused around the people they love being together was the top priority. Family members were incorporated throughout the celebration. Guests enjoyed a relaxed and intimate day. 

Over the years, the Inns of Aurora became incredibly special to Nora + Emmett. It was quickly the obvious choice for their venue. With family living close by, the Inn had also been a staple Sunday brunch spot for years. 

Their wedding day was sunny and bright. Not a cloud in the sky. Nora wore an off shoulder Vagabond Bridal dress from Lovely Bride NYC.  Fleur de lis Floral of Skaneateles, NY used a green and white color palette to achieve the editorial look Nora wanted. White hydrangeas and roses carried an elegant feel into each space. A floral installation hung in the tent and a floral arch was the focus of the ceremony.

Inns of Aurora Dinner party on the Lake

Without a wedding party, Nora + Emmett didn’t step away from the party for long. They chose to get that extra time with their guests during cocktail hour and throughout the entire evening. A delicious meal topped off with dessert by Darling Cake sent them dancing into the night. A lighted tent on the lakeshore with all of their closest people felt magical and fun. Just the vision they had hoped for.

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