Though the popular YouTube singer-songwriter is used to being on camera, Megan Nicole Flores wasn’t expecting this particular role. While in New York City performing a character part in the first feature film of her boyfriend Cooper Green’s production company, she was asked to take part in one final scene. While Megan thought to herself that the addition wasn’t necessary for the story, she obliged. She sat on a bench in Central Park and acted out the scene. On the second take, Cooper appeared and got down on one knee. “I couldn’t believe the moment was happening,” she remembers. “I thought we were shooting for the movie, but instead had one of the happiest moments of my life on video.”
The couple decided there was no need to have a long engagement and began planning their nuptials for just a few months later. Megan and Cooper knew they wanted an outdoor venue with an intimate feel. Upon visiting a private hilltop property situated right above a vineyard in the California valley, they knew it was the ideal place to host their 100 guests. “It felt like a really, really nice backyard with a stunning view,” illustrates the bride.
Since there was such a short time frame to make all the arrangements, the couple worked alongside Megan’s mother and sister to make decisions. “As you begin planning, you realize just how many little things there are to lock in!” the bride asserts. “It was cool to look out at the wedding the day of and know that each thing was a part of my vision, and I’m grateful for the people who helped bring that to life,” says Megan.
The setting of the ceremony was naturally beautiful and required minimal decoration. “We thought to just let it speak for itself,” admits the bride, who settled on a color palette of soft pinks and other muted hues. A dark wooden arbor with a single glistening chandelier and white translucent drapes designated the spot for the vow exchange. Megan stunned as she made her grand entrance wearing a feminine ball gown with a lace bodice and a full tulle skirt. Her bridal bouquet was a snowy mixture of hydrangeas, dahlias, lisianthus blossoms, roses, and peonies. “I’ve never seen someone so beautiful,” Cooper confesses. The bridal party wore complementing gowns in soft shades of their own choosing and all, except the maid of honor, donned wrist corsages.
Though the couple are both songwriters and share many things through music, they say there are intimate life moments they elect to keep to themselves, and thus decided to keep the service traditional. There was one important requested detail, however. Megan and Cooper wanted to share in communion together. The officiant asked attendees to quietly pray, while a pianist and violinist lightly played, and the couple performed the precious religious custom. “It was a great breather for us, to just look at each other and take in what was happening,” remembers Megan. At the conclusion, a DJ played “Shine On” by The Kooks – the duo’s favorite band – signaling the newlyweds to walk up the aisle and lead the way to the reception space.
The muted color scheme continued, with blush, green, and accents of gold implemented in décor elements throughout. Lush garland centerpieces bedecked long tables, whilst round tables showcased shorter floral arrangements in different shades of pink. A seating area with mismatched vintage furniture tied in the whimsy of the mismatched china on tables, and the ceremony section was repurposed to become a game corner. “It felt so romantic and fun,” muses the bride. “My favorite detail of the reception was something we didn’t plan… as the sun set, a soft fog settled in around us and it was truly magical.”
As night fell, a specialty-coffee station was set up as a nod to Cooper, who enjoys roasting his own beans. Revelers enjoyed the pick-me-up, which was offered with fresh handmade donuts, and continued to dance beneath the stars. “We had a lot of people come up to us and say they were having a blast with the others at their tables,” mentions the groom, who shares that he and Megan actually enjoyed piecing together the seating chart. “We really wanted the wedding to be fun for everybody there, so it was great mixing and matching our friends together, having worlds collide.”
Megan admits that she took a moment to heed excellent advice she had been given: to take it all in. “I did this over dinner; I just took a breath and looked out at all the faces of people who came to celebrate with us,” she says. Cooper agrees, describing the scene as one out of a movie: “It was surreal.”