Briannon Lepman and Brandin Cooks were destined to meet. Not only did they attend the same university, but Briannon was a cheerleader and Brandin played football. They continued dating after Brandin was drafted into the National Football League, where he now plays for the Los Angeles Rams. During an island couple’s getaway, Brandin asked his beloved to be his wife. “[He proposed] on a helicopter ride in Maui,” Briannon muses. Once they landed on a peninsula, the lovebirds were officially engaged.

While their engagement was more than a year, they only spent three months planning their nuptials. Instead of renting a grand ballroom or alfresco space for their big day, they decided to tie the knot right at home. “[We loved] having all of our family and friends in one place to have dinner and celebrate together. And our dog jumped in the pool!” the bride smiles. Once 100 attendees arrived at the Portland estate to celebrate the couple’s special occasion, the religious alfresco ceremony began. The bride and groom tied the knot in front of a wooden structure of a cross adorned with greenery as well as white and lavender blooms. Their beloved pups were also present throughout the service.

Following the vow exchange, loved ones gathered in the couple’s backyard for the modern, sophisticated reception. Guests were seated amidst the verdant pine trees that surround the setting. Envisioning a modern and clean aesthetic for the reception décor, the pair pursued an organic floral design and minimized the decorations. Each table showcased high and low centerpieces of greenery and white flowers that were complemented by glassware and subtle candlelight. White balloons floated along the pool to enhance the fun atmosphere that Briannon desired. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, the couple served treats from a popular ice cream company. They also asked their guests to support their charity instead of buying wedding gifts. “Our efforts [are] in building homes in Uganda,” she tells.

After reflecting on her special day, Briannon shares some advice for all brides and grooms. “Just try not to get overwhelmed,” she encourages. “Mostly everyone won’t remember small details but will remember their feelings.”