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Moody, Vintage, and Romantic Wedding Style: Mr. and Mrs. Hamling

Written By Samantha ritchie 01 May 2019

I’m so excited to feature one of my FAVORITE weddings from last fall! The beautiful bride and groom were Colin and Aley Hamling, and they got married on October 6th, 2018. The wedding was held at Lowell Park in Dixon, IL and the reception was at the Post House, which is a super cool, old post office in Dixon.

Moody, Vintage, and Romantic Wedding Style: Mr. and Mrs. Hamling

I’m so excited to feature one of my FAVORITE weddings from last fall! The beautiful bride and groom were Colin and Aley Hamling, and they got married on October 6th, 2018. The wedding was held at Lowell Park in Dixon, IL and the reception was at the Post House, which is a super cool, old post office in Dixon.

Colin is actually my stepbrother, so it’s always fun to “work” with a close family member or friend! I went to school with both Colin and Aley, and my dad and Colin’s mom started dating shortly after we graduated. Colin and Aley are high school sweethearts. :)

bride and florist

Friends, let me tell you… I LOVE when a bride has a super clear vision for what she wants for her wedding. Aley was a prime example of that. She showed me a couple of pictures she liked and then we started brainstorming types of flowers. Her style ended up being a really moody, vintage, romantic feel. What’s not to love?! We collected blooms and foliages that had a woodland type of vibe (think ferns, berries, succulents, chocolate lace flowers, and grasses). We mixed them with more romantic pieces, like garden roses, dahlias, and anemone. Aley loves a vintage look, so she spent a ton of time looking for old silver and brass water pitchers for her centerpieces. She paired them with marble tile and black candles with gold candle holders. It was absolutely STUNNING.

moody and romantic flower arrangement
moody and romantic table arrangement

When working with Aley and Colin, we made sure to take into account what flowers are in season. Since they got married in October, dahlias, mums, amaranthus, and lots of different foliages were great, in-season options. If you’re curious about making substitutions and considering flowers that are actually IN SEASON during the time of your wedding, be sure to read my blog post on that HERE.

bride and bridesmaids holding bouquets

As I mentioned, I absolutely love when a bride has a clear vision for what they want their style and vibe to be like. So, the inspiration behind these creations was based on photos that Aley had picked out herself! Usually, during the consultation process, brides will show me photos of what they like. After that, we get more specific. I ask questions such as:

  • “What do you love about this one?”
    • Is it the style? The shape? The colors? The types of flowers?

From there, I piece together a proposal based on the bride’s favorite features. I also help offer some suggestions on different flowers that will help tie it all together. This part of my job is SO MUCH FUN.

bride and groom ceremony backdrop

The ceremony backdrop was sooo unique. We used our rentable geo arch to create this amazing, towering arrangement that just fit their style so perfectly. It also made for a breathtaking photo op. :)

bride and groom sitting at reception table

For the reception backdrop, we hung Italian Ruscus greenery behind them. How pretty is that?!


I’m absolutely obsessed with all of the different colors and textures we used for Colin and Aley. When you have tons of variety in a bouquet, it just makes it that much more fun and interesting! From the flowers to the marble to the vintage brass, this moody and vintage style totally reflected Aley’s personality… that’s the overall goal, right?!

moody and romantic wedding flowers and accessories

It was such a beautiful day and I’m so glad we have AMAZING photos to continue to admire for years to come. :) If you’re in the wedding planning process, I hope this gave you a little inspiration! If you’re ready to chat about your floral needs, I’d love to help you out! Click the Contact button and let's chat!

bride with large bouquet