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If there was ever an elopement that would make me wish for a wedding re-do, it would be this lovely little number. Why?! Because it was so much fun that I could flower it over and over again. Rose and Brian got married at City Hall in New Haven, CT, and it was really intimate and special! Shaina Lee Photography was there to capture every sweet and silly moment and I was there to flower the rest! Their genuine love for one another is on another level and is evident in every single photo. Decked out in a dreamy LuLu's gown, and adorned with a Loreta Daka Floral Boutique bouquet, the bride became a Mrs. right before our eyes! This sweet elopement just proves that city hall is where it's at. And, the details surrounding the daythe brides jacket, the blue hues, and the couples adorable poochmake it all that more magical. Take in all the pretty right here!


Rose and Brian met at a bar in the lower east side of Manhattan on an October night in their mid-twenties. Brian was the fifth wheel in his friend group of two couples, and Rose was with her best friend. Brian's friends decided to leave early, just as he ordered a whiskey-ginger ale. He happened to be standing next to Rose and asked to hang out for the rest of the time. There they learned that they both were nurses. Snapchat accounts were exchanged, and this became their only form of communication for the next year. They followed each other's lives through second-long videos on social media. Brian noticed that Rose enjoyed rock climbing and asked to join on the next occasion. They met up at a climbing gym in New Rochelle, NY and had a great time. He did not disclose however, that he had a fear of heights! For a second date, Brian asked Rose to come to New York City with him. They enjoyed Pio Pio (one of Brian's favorite restaurants), gelato, a stroll on the Highline, and a hang out sess in Brooklyn. A couple of dates later, Brian asked Rose to be his girlfriend, and thus began their love story! Brian and Rose's relationship grew from a lot of spontaneity and fun. They both were in their twenties with a sense of freedom and adventure. Three months into their relationship, they found themselves in Iceland. Apparently, Brain was trying to gauge the weather for a night of clear skies. He was hoping to tell Rose that he loved her for the first time underneath the Northern Lights. However, given that it was September, the chances of seeing them were slim. Either way, his intentions were endearing and Rose told him that she loved him too.


"Six years into our relationship, in early 2023, we started to discuss marriage and even went engagement-ring shopping. Brian was in the midst of paying off his graduate school loans and was doing it aggressively to take advantage of the student-loan payment freeze. Finally, on the day that he paid off the last cent, he also happened to buy my ring. I knew about the loan part; I didn't know about the ring part. I imagine it was a very expensive day for him! A little over one month, on Independence Day, we drove up yo one of our best friends' homes in update NY. We always have a great time with them and their two young kids. We just finished a lovely dinner on their deck, and the guys went to open up another bottle of wine. This bottle of wine happened to be a special one, because it was the one, we gifted to Brain's best friend last year to celebrate his doctorate. I thought that was fishy, as I couldn't have chosen to drink that nice bottle on an arbitrary July 1st day. Before, I knew it, Brian was behind me, down on one knee, crying—unknowingly holding the ring box upside down. Of course, I had to say, yes! We then opened up another bottle; this time champagne. It definitely felt a little surreal. The following day, we celerbated by playing 9-holes of golf at Lyman Orchards as an engaged couple." - Rose, Bride


"I think my bouquet is inspired by simple beauty, elegance, and softness. That's why I wholeheartedly trust Loreta's beautiful creativity. The only floral component of my whole ceremony will be my bouquet. I am so thrilled that Loreta has done me this honor." - Rose, Bride

specialty flowers and fillers that were utilized in these elopement arrangements were white amaranthus, salix pussy willow eucalyptus, cincera eucalyptus, pistachia, delphinium belladonna bella andes white, rose spray viviane, clematis blue pirouette, phlebodium blue star, blue thistle, spiral eucalyptus, and blue hydrangea

I hope you enjoyed this intimate elopement at City Hall in New Haven. Do you know Rose and Brian? Show the newlyweds some love, by giving this post a 'Heart' in the section below!


Photographer: Shaina Lee Photography | Floral Design: Loreta Daka | Ceremony: New Haven City Hall and County Courthouse | Portraits: Yale University | Dress: LuLu's | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groom: Suit Supply | Jewerly: Lenox Jewelers / Rumanoff's Jeweler's / Michael's Jewelers | Officiant: Tiffany Blake - Instagram: @jp_tiffanyblake | Beauty: Vibes Hair Lounge / Whitney Walker Beauty | Cake: Sweet Cupcasions | Ribbons: Emmalinhco on Etsy - Instagram: @emmalinhco | Accommodations: The Blake Hotel


Loreta Daka Carrero is a premier wedding and event floral designer serving Connecticut, New York, and Coastal New England! She specializes in timeless and spiritually curated fine art floral designs for beautiful couples and extraordinary clients.

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