Brittany Franklin And Brian Shimansky Wed In Dripping Springs
By Eleanora Leeper Morrison
Photography by The Bird & The Bear
It was a Big Apple romance straight from the movies for these two adventure-seeking souls with rural roots who crossed paths in the Manhattan metropolis. After six and a half years of courtship, ballerina and boutique fitness instructor Brittany Franklin of San Antonio, daughter of Susan and Aubra Franklin, found her forever love in international male model Brian Shimansky of West Caldwell, New Jersey, son of Diane and John Shimansky Jr. They tied the knot in Dripping Springs, Texas.
With a love that blossomed around a passion for the outdoors and a mutual spirit of discovery, it seemed only fitting that the couple selected the rustically elegant Camp Lucy as the venue for their big day. The ceremony took place on the property in the restored Ian’s Chapel. The bride was accompanied by her seven attendants with her two younger sisters Brianna and Brooke Franklin as her Maids of Honor, followed by Ashley Rutkowski, Kate Bowers, Lauren Reinhertz, Leah Clark and Gina Fulginiti. The groom was accompanied by his eight attendants: his two brothers John and Scott Shimansky were his Best Men, followed by Robert Alex, Christian Anderson, Andrew Brown, John DeRosa III, Brett Franklin and Travis Schwamb. Donald Braswell, a family friend of the Franklin’s and an America’s Got Talent finalist, sang for both the processional of the families and the couple’s communion during the nuptials.
The bride and groom’s love of rustic elements inspired the coloration and floral themes of the evening. Hues of blush, pops of burgundy, shades of blue and free-flowing greenery were all used to convey a sense of wild sophistication amidst the strength of the venue’s wooden beams, floor, and iron chandeliers. The florals were designed by Whim Florals, while Lynn Huntress and Ernesto Bustamante helmed the event coordination.
The reception at The Events Hall at Ian’s Chapel was a pre-dinner and dancing cocktail hour at the open pavilion. The programmed reception for 120 guests included a seated dinner, entertaining toasts and stage-ready first dances that included a Foxtrot to Michael Buble’s Feeling Good, choreographed by Danielle Quisenberry and performed by the newlyweds Brittany and Brian Shimansky. The father-daughter Viennese waltz to Daddy’s Girl was choreographed by Holly Simkaitis and performed by Aubra Franklin and Brittany Shimansky.
The bridal couple designed the sweetheart table upon which they shared their first meal, and the groom handcrafted it. The table was constructed of single slabs of black walnut wood from northern New Jersey and rested on vintage, industrial iron legs stamped New York, NY. Brian built the table at the Irvington Boat Club in Irvington, New York, and the final coats of wax were applied in San Antonio.
Cakes by Cathy Young in San Antonio made both the bride’s and groom’s cakes and each rested on top of cherry wood stands that were made by the groom to compliment and support their design. Friends and family danced the night away to the sounds of Blind Date from Austin, and then saw the couple out as guests tossed white rose petals and offered well-wishes for their greatest adventure of all: their happily ever after.
The bride, who graduated from Baruch College in New York City, where she studied Business Management and Entrepreneurship, is an instructor and the northeast regional manager for Flybarre. The groom is currently the face of Versace Eros & Eros Pour Femme fragrances as a model. He also designs and builds custom furniture inspired by both his New England surroundings and the interiors he encounters around the world on his modeling jobs. His work can be seen at ShimanskyDesign.com. The couple honeymooned in Portugal, and are currently on an open-ended tour of Europe for Brian’s modeling career. Upon returning from their travel abroad, the couple will reside in Austin.