Interior Designer Amy Berry Looks Back on Her Wedding Day
Amore was in the air the night interior designer Amy Berry crossed paths with Streeter Berry in Italy. Amy was studying abroad in Florence while Streeter was working in London. Both Dallas natives and University of Texas Longhorns, the pair had many friends in common but sparked interest when Streeter spent a weekend among Amy’s same social circle in Florence. “So we were kind of best friends first,” she says.
Friendship developed into a relationship that ended with Streeter on one knee at Amy’s apartment. “We were both all over the place [career wise] and dated long-distance for two years. He came back to Dallas and maybe a month later proposed,” Amy laughs. She was just 22 at the time but mentions, “the best part about being a young bride was we were married for five years before kids showed up. I love that we began our relationship as best friends, so being married that young just worked.”
While engaged, they bought a house in Dallas, excited to settle down in the same city together. Soon after, Streeter’s company asked the young couple to move to London. Delaying a honeymoon, the Berrys moved to the U.K. just four days after “I do.” While the move created a wedding whirlwind, Amy began pursuing interior design at Inchbald School of Design—a dream career she initially never thought of as an option. Her eponymous design business is now known for blending modern touches with European and Southern elements—an aesthetic we see hints of looking back on her wedding day.
Amy and Streeter said “I do” at Highland Park Presbyterian Church and hosted a reception at Union Station. “In retrospect, there are a lot of things we did for the wedding that I still really love, design-wise,” Amy says about her garden-inspired reception. She filled the grandiose space with trees placed in soft gray treillage planters, an element she recently used designing a study for the Dallas Decorator’s Showhouse. Alongside the natural greenery, Amy preferred green and white floral (with a strict ‘no roses’ policy) and a large, custom white dance floor decorated with little stars and the couple’s monogram. “We wanted it to feel beautiful, but simple and fitting to our age,” she says. Amy’s bridesmaids wore silky navy dresses, a subtle complement to her antique sapphire engagement ring inherited from Streeter’s grandmother. The bridesmaids immediately selected Amy’s Monique Lhuillier gown at Warren Barrón, and after a second visit, Amy was similarly convinced.
The couple selected their venue so all 500 of their guests could celebrate together in the same room—an inclusive attitude carried throughout the couple’s wedding day. “Because we were young and the first of our friends to get married, we tailored fun details for our friends,” she says. “We wanted to personalize it to lighten the mood.” For example, two sets of invitations from Mr. Boddington were sent—one set to older guests and the other to their young friends. The friends’ invitation included witty extras like, “Black tie optional, mustaches preferred.” This was among many hilarious wedding details Amy and Streeter set up for their wedding party. “We just had a sense of humor about it,” she says. At the reception, the couple served “Hummers,” essentially spiked milkshakes inspired by a favorite spot in Harbor Springs, Michigan, where Streeter spent his summers growing up. “To us, it was most important everyone was there together having fun,” Amy says.
Once they’d settled into English life following their post-nuptials move, the pair took a delayed honeymoon back to where it all started—Florence, Italy. They spent the first half of their trip revisiting favorites from their Italian meet-cute, like 4Leoni, and then traveled up to Tuscany for the remainder of the honeymoon.
Looking back on her wedding day, Amy says she would not change a thing. “I am really decisive and know what I like, which carries over well into what I do every day,” Amy says about remaining true to your taste. She recommends that brides embody a similar confidence: “Just like designing your home, it’s easy to let all the decisions overwhelm you. At the end of the day, do what you want to do without becoming paralyzed by the concept. Enjoy the process—but it’s easier said than done.”
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