Trilby Glover and Ian Brennan’s Wedding Fairy-Tale

The Midsummer Night’s Dream-inspired celebration was totally magical.

Updated 05/24/18

Photo by Katherine Rose Photography

Back in January of 2011, Scream Queens actress Trilby Glover was living in L.A. in an apartment complex with a few other Australian actresses and an American actor (which she describes as “sort of like Melrose Place”). “We were lounging by the pool on a sunny winter day when a man who looked like a cross between a mad scientist and a rock star came to visit the actor who was living with us,” she says, laughing. That man was Ian Brennan, the co-creator of Glee. As he puts it, “I rocked up sans Speedos, and what I can only describe as a vision walked over and offered me her ex-boyfriend’s swim trunks.” Instead of Hollywood, the pair found themselves discussing quantum physics and multi-dimensional universes —and needless to say, Trilby was intrigued.

After five years of dating, Trilby had marriage on her mind. “We were out shopping for a new car in May of 2015, and I was in a bad mood,” she recalls. “Ian asked what was wrong, and I told him that I thought a friend of mine was mad at me—and that I wanted to get married. We’d talked about it before, but this time Ian surprised me by saying ‘Well, let’s get married!’.” He pulled over the car and told Trilby he’d loved her since he first saw her, and she realized he was proposing! “I said yes instantly, and we went straight to Tiffany’s to pick out a ring," she says. "It was hilarious because our engagement ended up being a surprise for both of us!”

The bride’s favorite color is yellow (check out her yellow diamond engagement ring below!), and she dreamed of a wedding at a villa in the south of France. But they knew a stateside wedding would be easier to manage. “I Googled ‘yellow + stone + villa’ and found Sunstone Vineyard in Santa Ynez, California,” Trilby says. “This magical place was exactly what we wanted!” They hired Beth Helmstetter to round out their vision and execute every detail—a major plus, since Trilby gave birth to the couple’s son just four months before the big day. The entire affair was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, complete with lush flowers, natural tones, and ethereal accents. Keep reading for a peek at the couple’s gorgeous September wedding, photographed by Katherine Rose—and you may even spot a celebrity of two!

Bride with daughter

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“I always wanted fairies at my wedding,” says the bride. Her niece Everliegh served as flower girl, donning a dress with fluttering wings on the back. “When I saw her walk through the vines ahead of me, it seemed like we were in a fairy tale!”

Bride solo shot

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Bride with bridesmaids

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Trilby was pregnant while she was dress shopping, adding an extra challenge to the process as she didn’t know how her body would change by the time the wedding arrived. “I was inspired by Old Hollywood stars like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn,” she says of her preference for lace, sleeves, and ball gowns. “I saw this Monique Lhuillier gown in a magazine, and was so excited when I finally saw it in person!” The dress featured a warm champagne tone, shimmering floral beading, and long illusion sleeves.

Wedding rings

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Bride's headpiece

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In addition to her yellow diamond engagement ring, the bride wore a gold crown with floral details tucked amongst her curls.

Bride with baby

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The couple’s son was dressed for the occasion, wearing a white pin-tucked onesie.

Plant arrangement

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Floral ceremony backdrop with white roses

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Dreamy arches of flowers and greenery led to the ceremony altar, which overlooked the vineyard.

Bride and groom during ceremony

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Bride and groom during vows

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Bride and groom kissing during ceremony

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A massive tree provided shade as Ian and Trilby exchanged traditional Celtic wedding vows. “The words really resonated with us, and made us feel connected to the earth,” says Trilby. The pair also shared personal vows they’d written to each another.

Bride and groom during recessional

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The couple's happy exit!

Bride and groom holding hands

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Bride and groom smiling hand in hand

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After the ceremony, Ian swapped his black Tom Ford tuxedo jacket for a white one, getting ready for the evening’s celebration.

Guests at reception tent

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The newlyweds embraced California's great weather and set up an open-air tent draped in flowing white fabric. It created the feeling of being inside an enclosed space, but guests were still able to see out to the beautiful venue's grounds.

Reception tablescape

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Table centerpiece

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Table decor

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Tables were topped with neutral linens, providing a soft backdrop for arrangements of peach and white roses. Each place setting featured a lace-edged napkin and gilded plates and flatware. Textured peach beeswax candles added a romantic glow.

Wedding Cake

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After dinner, the pair served guests flourless chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry cake.

Gwyneth Paltrow under a heat lamp

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Guests included Jack McBrayer and Gwyneth Paltrow, who warmed up beneath heat lamps as they took a break from the dance floor.

Bride and groom first dance

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“Having everyone on the dance floor was crazy,” Trilby says. “At that point, it felt like the wedding was only five minutes long—we were having so much fun that it flew by!” That said, Trilby says she hopes brides will do their best to be present: “I don’t know if anyone has ever achieved this, but it’s nice to try! Embrace what’s happening and take in every moment.”

Wedding Planner: Beth Helmstetter Events || Venue: Sunstone Vineyard || Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Hair: Kelly Demoz || Makeup: Danielle Walch || Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN || Groom's Attire: Tom Ford || Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Floral Design: Holly Flora || Paper Products: Davina Kim, Beth Helmstetter Events || Catering: Duo Events Catering || Cake: Lark Cake Shop || Music: Dart DJ || Photography: Katherine Rose and Lukas Griffin

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