I was head over heels for today’s utterly lovely wedding from the very first image. From the bright and beautiful native Australian blooms, to the romantic ceremony under a giant oak tree, and the unique backdrop of an inner city farm trimmed with bunting and twinkly string lights; it is the perfect mix of vintage glamour and rustic charm…..
I will let lovely bride Amy tell you all about it….. “We would describe our wedding as country meets the city. Aaron grew up on a farm in Northern Victoria and Amy in metropolitan Melbourne and we wanted a wedding that reflected who were are as a couple and the bringing together of our lives. The Collingwood Children’s Farm suited this perfectly – a little country oasis just on the outskirts of Melbourne’s CBD. From our venue through to our invites, styling and decor, a rustic theme with pops of colour (such as our bunting and the native Australian flowers) came through.
We have a diverse group of very close friends which lead us to have a bridal party of 14 🙂 But each played an important part of our day and it was so wonderful to surrounded by all the people in the world who are important to us.”
“One of our groomsmen made a personalised directions sign for the entrance of the venue which pointed to the ceremony, and reception!”
“Our florist was Ame from Raven and the Rose, who we discovered through our photographer. The brief we gave her was Australian natives with a pop of colour, and unstructured bouquets with a feature of King Proteas…… She absolutely nailed it!”
“Our ceremony was held outdoors, under the big oak tree along the Yarra River path near the Collingwood Children’s Farm. The feel we wanted for our ceremony was a relaxed vibe. The Collingwood Children’s farm decorated the area with rustic/vintage feel including native flowers in glass jars, registary table with white lace table cloth and a pop-up bar including drinks iced in an old wheelbarrow.”
“My dress was by Justin Alexander, style 8792. I sourced it from Fairytales Bridal in Moonee Ponds. It was elegant and gorgeous and I loved that it wasn’t pure white!
It was the first one I tried on and I purchased it that same day after only trying on 2 others! Before I went shopping I didn’t really know what I was looking for, all I knew was that I didn’t want strapless.”
“We chose our celebrant, Julia Doevan, for her warm and bubbly personality – we felt as though a great fit the both of us. She made the experience unique, interjecting our personal story along with the formalities required. We were also really lucky that she let us have one of our groomsmen announce us as husband and wife!”
” I went for a bit of a vintage look for my hair, and kept my make up natural and feminine.”
“We had 7 bridesmaids!!! Who we allowed to chose their own dresses – Wwe wanted them to be comfortable and really enjoy what they were wearing. Our only specifications were no maxi lengths and no strapless. “
“Our reception was held in the Collingwood Children’s Farm Barn. This is a working barn during the day and was transformed for our event with 10 long harvester style tables, decorated with Australian natives. We kept the decorations quite simple for the rest of the barn, with the bunting being the main feature.”
“We had a rustic ladder with names as our table planner.”
“We wanted to promote socialising and a relaxed feel as much as possible, so we had both the entree and the dessert served in Jars so people could pick one up and still move around, rather than being restricted to their tables. The mains were served on share plates in the middle of the table, again to promote a relaxed environment that was easy to socialise in. We’re both big foodies and we absolutely loved the decadent spread that the farm put on for us – no one was going hungry!”
“The maid of honour made our cake, which was incredibly special. She and her husband flew to Australia (they live in England) and she made the cake in the week leading up to the reception (she has a blog and business called Dessert First )
The cake was a ‘naked’ cake, topped with blooms by Raven and the Rose to match our bouquets. It was lemon and raspberry flavoured – lemon sponge with raspberry cheesecake layers with lemon buttercream, finished with a white chocolate ganache drip.”
“We selected to have a 5-piece ensemble from Lark Music, who felt the mood and played different sets depending on what stage we were up to for the evening. We had seen lark at a friends wedding and knew they were the band for us – upbeat, and funky, not to mention great at the classics!
We had two of the members of our bridal party choreograph our first dance to the song ‘ love is in the air’ and we had so much fun performing it for everyone! After this everyone danced the night away!”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Try to keep perspective – it’s so easy to get caught up in the hype! We remembered it is our day, and we tried not to get too caught up in the little details as the most important thing was that we got to share this special day with not just each other, but all of the people who are really important to us.
To help create your perfect day whilst sticking to your budget, pick the details you can’t imagine your day without and go for them, but also decide upon those things that you are willing to compromise on. For us, we really wanted beautiful food, a live band and a great photographer, and we spent extra money on all of these things. We were able to afford these things as we were willing to sacrifice favors, wedding cars and an immediate honeymoon overseas.”
“Instead of a guest book, we had a finger print tree which we loved! and its now framed and hung in our lounge room.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“Our photographer was Pierre Curry and he was AMAZING! He takes beautiful candid shots and you hardly even realise he’s there. He was also instrumental in creating the wedding. After the venue, Pierre was the next vendor we chose, and he and his wife Lucie provided lots of suggestions helping us find other vendors, particularly our florist – Ame of Raven and the Rose.”
I just love that last picture – the glamour against the rustic background is just so cool! Hugs and huge congratulations to beautiful bride Amy and her dapper hubby Aaron. Plus big thanks to them, and to their wonderful photographer Pierre Curry who captured their charming day so perfectly and allowed me to share it with you here on Chic Vintage Brides. Do pop across to Pierre’e website www.pierrecurry.com to see more of his work, and follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.
Deep red hues and a hint of gothic romance combine in today’s dramatic editorial to create an elopement perfect for Halloween. Hauntingly beautiful with an Edwardian inspired bride, a riverside ceremony and a sweetheart table set within a woodland ruin; it is sure to give you goosebumps for all the right reasons…..
Here’s a few words about the inspiration behind this vision from Lauren of Swoon Soiree….. “This shoot was inspired by the Cardinal bird and the laws of attraction. The brighter red the male bird, the stronger a mate he will be. I wanted this shoot to be about a deep romance, a strong courtship, and slightly reminiscent of a time past
The setting is The Mill At Fine Creek. This used to be an old grits mill alongside a creek. It has since been turned into a venue but the old mill and creek still stand. We selected bright red colours and luxe details to showcase the elements of the attention demanding cardinal. The tablescape was draped in satin and velvet, linens. The plates were stacked using natural elements, copper, stone, and glass. The menu cards were handwritten and accented with a wax seal, and the black flatware and taper candles tied it all together. The cake is hand painted and was set in the window of the old mill. We really wanted the set to look intimate but bold. We played with textures keeping them organic and cohesive.
The altar is actually on a rock in the middle of the creek. I didn’t want the feeling of the altar to be too heavy. I wanted it to blend in with the natural beauty of scenery. The dress and the jewelry are authentic vintage pieces. The jewelry is gold and opal. Diamonds just seemed a little too modern. The boutonnière is more of an art piece. The florist Black Iris Floral Events used copper pieces to create more of a statement. This again ties back to being the most impressive cardinal.
Through the entire process I kept coming back to a quote I had seen. I wanted the shoot to feel intense, bold, and slightly risky. The quote reads: “You were a risk, a mystery, and the most certain thing I had ever known.” – Beau Taplin.”
Oh isn’t it gorgeous?? I love the deep red of the florals, and that wedding cake is just perfection – who knew black could look so pretty? A huge thankyou to to all of the wedding professionals and creatives who lent their time and talents and especially to The Pinwheel Collective for capturing every detail and letting me share them with you here. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of their work do pop across to their website at www.pinwheelcollective.com.
6 years into blogging, and seeing the latest wedding dress designs sashay down the catwalk is still just as exciting as it was the very first year! Every October, when NYBFW rolls around and bridal designers from all over the world descend on New York to unveil their latest collections, I wait with baited breath. And every year my heart skips a beat at my first glimpse! But never more so than at the exquisite offerings for 2018, and today I am sharing one of the very best; ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ from Lihi Hod…..
After starting her label in 2010 and winning “Best Wedding Dress Designer in Israel” not once but twice (in 2014 and 2016), Lihi Hod has fast established a name in the bridal industry for chic and unique wedding dresses, that combine timeless elegance inspired by the past with the nonchalant attitude of the present. And her 2018 collection is no different.
Inspired by simplicity, the ultimate form of sophistication and elegance, Lihi Hod designed her new collection “A Whiter Shade of Pale”. An insulated capsule with no recollection of time and place; each gown exudes femininity in its purest form. Featuring dramatic necklines, stunning silhouettes and striking design details and delicate laces, she has created timeless pieces that go beyond the boundaries of time and place yet reflect Hod’s meticulous craftsmanship.
Aren’t they all divine?? It’s almost impossible to pick a favourite….. but the cap sleeves and neck detail of Celia might just be the one for me… although I also love the lace and silhouette of Luna! If you would like to see more from this fabulous designer you can see her 2017 collection, ‘Maison Des Rêves’, right here on Chic Vintage Brides. Or pop over to the Lihi Hod website at www.lihihod.com and be sure to stay up to date with all the latest news, trunk shows and collections by following her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
It is my absolute favourite time of year! Not only is it officially the start of Fall and the countdown to the holiday season, but also last week was New York Bridal Fashion Week – the week when the wedding world gathers in New York to see the latest bridal collections unveiled. And whilst I was unable to attend this year (being busy moving house instead) my inbox has been brimming ever since with the most beautiful wedding dresses for 2018. Sadly it isn’t possible for me to share EVERY collection with you, I will however be publishing a few of my favourites, those that delighted and beguiled me most, including (as I have in past years) a few new names alongside the finest and most vintage inspired I can find. Which brings me today’s stunning offering from Reem Acra…..
Renowned international designer Reem Acra is known for her breathtaking collections that combine tradition with a modern aesthetic, and has lead the way by continuously redefining bridal boundaries since her first collection in 1997. In her 20 years in the industry she has established herself as a favourite with brides and blogger alike with her detailed and innovative couture designs – and her impeccably styled shows!
For her 2018 collection, which was inspired by the words “We are protected. The spirit of saints,”Acra invited the wedding world to The New York Public Library, a setting that with its grandiose columns, marble tiling and cavernous ceilings, was a sight to behold itself and was worthy of her regal gowns. Ethereal touches such as baby’s breath crowns, garlands and bouquets completed the sublime show….
Isn’t the whole look just heavenly?? I love the romantic twist on the flower crown! If you would like to see more from this fabulous designer pop over to the Reem Acra website at www.reemacra.com and be sure to stay up to date with all the latest news, trunk shows and collections by following her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
Or if its more collections for 2018 you’re yearning for, then ‘Morning Mist’ from Katya Katya Shehurina is for you! And don’t forget to check back here in a few hours, and over the coming weeks, when I will be sharing more including the latest from new favourite of mine Lihi Hod.
Few names evoke the idea of vintage elegance quite like Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy, so when David’s Bridal unveils an exclusive new bridal and bridesmaid collection by a designer who dressed both, you just know it is going to be something special! And today’s inspiration shoot from the talented ladies of Aisle Society captures the regal opulence and timeless elegance of the latest designs from Oleg Cassini perfectly…..
And luckily we have the lovely Aisle Society ladies on hand to talk us through every detail…. “Our inspiration evolved from the designer himself. Oleg Cassini is a celebrity designer who is known for dressing icons like Jackie O and Grace Kelly. As the queen of timeless elegance, we were inspired by Grace Kelly, and envisioned the romance of “Grace Kelly in the Hamptons” captured beautifully on film.
The venue, Seven Springs, is a picturesque historical estate just outside of Richmond, Virginia. Built in 1732, the manor has a rich history, included a stay by George Washington himself. Seven Springs is also home to a flock of heritage breed Hog Island sheep, who make an appearance at events for animal lovers.
The gowns were the stars of the show, with dreamy pale pink lace, retro silhouettes, and impeccable beading as some of the highlights. With breath-taking cathedral veils and the perfect red lip, the brides showcased a timeless elegance that would have made Grace proud!”
Ending off the celebration was a retro caravan bar that featured scrumptious champagne accoutrements selections like lush blackberries, fragrant rosemary and a dash of pear juice. The caravan served as the perfect bridge to yesteryear while showcasing modern amenities and stylings. The day was complete with a champagne toast and a cuddle with Cupid, one of Seven Springs’ sheep!”
“At the reception, we designed a romantic table for two, complete with sweetheart settee for the newlyweds. For the tablescape, we took our inspiration straight from Grace Kelly in a scene in High Society, where she is with a model boat of the boat, True Love. As the perfect nautical touch and nod to the film, the highlight of the decor is the model boat, floating on a bed of greenery, with “Darling, let’s be adventurers” in calligraphy adorning the sail. Heirloom glassware and silverware add to the chic timelessness, while hand-lettered mussel place cards give an added touch of whimsy.”
As a designer for Grace Kelly and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Oleg Cassini is known for creating some of the most memorable moments in fashion history, and so I can only imagine how special it would be to walk down the aisle in one of of his creations [does this make it seem like he’s still alive and designing? He is not, sadly, but his legacy lives on in his namesake collections at David’s Bridal]! To me his dresses embody the glamour of American royalty with timeless silhouettes and lavish adornments. Apparently the designer once said that designing a wedding dress is “perhaps the most special task,” and the collection that bears his name reflects this devotion to detail with each gown crafted of the most luxurious fabrics, appliqués, and beadwork; simply perfect for the bride with an eye for elegance. The new and exclusive Oleg Cassini bridesmaid collection launched in stores and online at www.davidsbridal.com last week.
Vintage inspired gowns and a celebration of friendship, combined with an abundance of lush greenery infused florals, create a refined bridal vision against a rustic backdrop in today’s stylish bridal editorial. With not one but three distinct bridal looks, and its pretty palette of cool greens and blues giving a nod to Winter, it is sure to inspire…..
Photographer Levana Melamed and Victoria from Copper & Sage shared….“Time to pop the champagne! There are so many reasons to celebrate in life, but there’s one very special relationship that rarely gets its due in the world of event design. Our concept was to create and capture an atmosphere that highlights the beauty of friendship. We wanted to design an elegant yet unique look, with unexpected twists in color, while showcase three gal pals enjoying fun, laughter, and glass of bubbly together.
Shenango Pines Farm set the scene with it’s rolling hills and lush scenery. The rustic backdrop contrasted nicely with the other classic elements and created a the perfect basis the design. This shoot features not one, not two, but three amazing wedding dresses from Blanc de Blanc Bridal with styling by Face By Grace. While every dress is a different style, they complement each other in a understated way. This really lets the personality of each woman radiate throughout the vignette. We kept a neutral color palette with added pops of color among natural looking bouquets from Karrie Hlista Designs. The floral’s seem as though they were plucked straight from the wilderness and add some drama to the over all appearance. We paired these details with some elegant furniture pieces from Copper & Sage Vintage Rentals which created a more laid-back lounge-like feel to add that extra perfect touch of vintage which completed the vision which was capture through Levana’s lens.
Our efforts resulted in an amazing experience with newfound friends showcasing the beautiful work of every vendor involved. I hope you enjoy our wild champagne chic day as much as we did!”
Oh its all so heavenly! A huge thankyou to the lovely Levana Melamed for capturing all the gorgeousness today, and to all of the wedding professionals and creatives who lent their time and talents. If you love Levana’s art style of photography and would like to see more of her work do pop across to her website at levanamelamed.com, and don’t forget to follow her on Facebook and Instagram!
Victoria & James’ beautiful wedding not only took my breath away with its romance and aristocratic elegance, but also made me more than a little homesick taking place in my home county of Somerset, England. The venue was a quintessentially English country estate (like something from Downton Abbey) affording the couple a charming country church to exchange their vows in, before celebrating in style at the stately home whose grandeur was guaranteed to wow their guests!
Stunning bride Victoria has kindly shared every detail of their day and their wedding planning experience, which as always started with finding the perfect venue! “We wanted a venue that we’d have exclusively and that all our guests could stay at afterwards. The moment we walked into Orchardleigh we loved it – there was a roaring fire, the staff were friendly, the setting was beautiful, and where possible, all the food is grown and reared on the estate.
We loved the tiny church on the estate that had no electricity and so was all candlelit, and we liked that there were lots of different areas in the house, like the billiards room and the lounge, where we had tea, coffee and cupcakes available all day.
For James, the clincher though was that the owner of the house has a helicopter which you can hire to transport you from church to the house (although it’s only 5 minutes drive away!). ” Talk about leaving the church in style!
“I was considering buying an expensive pair of shoes, but when I saw my shoes in a department store, I loved them, and they were comfy too. I did lose a few rhinestones on the photoshoot though!”
“I came across a photo of my dress on Google images, but it turned out to be on a Chinese website where the seller had been removed for copyright infringement! A friend then told me about an app called The Hunt, where I uploaded the image and within 24 hours someone had found the original dress, which was by Allure Bridals. My mum called about ten stockists before finding one that had it and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one – although I ordered it in blush instead of ivory. I can’t tell you how much I loved my dress!
I’d tried on a lot of veils, including my mum’s from her wedding, but I was running out of time and hanging all my hopes on a long, lace edged one I’d ordered from someone on eBay who handmade them. It only turned up the day before we had to leave for the venue so I was pretty lucky it worked.”
“We wanted the guys to be comfortable and James was keen to wear tweed to fit in with the country manor vibe, so we found some navy tweed jackets at Cavani which we asked the boys to wear with navy chinos and a white shirt. I found ties in a similar colour to the bridesmaids’ dresses and bought some raw silk on ebay which I cut and sewed into pocket squares.”
“In the church we had gypsophilia as pew ends, and I’d bought a couple of rolls of rattan and silk ribbon and netting, which were tied to the posies on arrival.”
“Although I was originally considering a dusky purple for the bridesmaids, I couldn’t find any dresses or ties in the right colour. I started thinking about a grey-blue, and then found the dresses in Coast, in two slightly different colours and styles, which I liked the idea of. “
“As we were planning our wedding only 6 months ahead, all the local florists were booked up for our date. I really wanted fairly wild looking flowers and after a lot of searching I came across Lucy Anna Flowers. I collected lots of images on Pinterest and then spoke to Lucy, who helped to refine my many ideas! I really wanted peonies but otherwise I was open to whatever Lucy thought as long as the style was quite unstructured. I wanted a teardrop bouquet of mostly cream and nude, with a little bit of dusty blue to highlight the bridesmaids’ dresses. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were similar to mine and had trailing ribbon, which I loved.”
“We’d only told the ushers about the helicopter, so the rest of the guests were pretty surprised when they heard a helicopter hovering overhead as we were doing confetti!”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Be more explicit than you think you need to be with instructions! My brother and dad parked outside the front of the venue, the gypsophilia pew ends got taken out of the church but got left in a car boot, and someone else wore my mum’s corsage.
Most of all though, enjoy the process, and when it comes to the day, forget all the small things that go wrong. It will truly be one of the best days of your life. “
“The table decorations were a mixture of tall candelabras intertwined with ivy, gold candlesticks, gold tealight holders, jam jars of flowers, and V&J cardboard letters from Hobbycraft which I sprayed gold. I used templates from Download & Print for all our stationery – invites, menus, table plan, order of services etc. I printed these on cream paper and stuck them onto gold card, and used a lace corner punch to add detailing.”
“I had seen a couple of ‘lace’ cakes at a wedding fair, and when I spoke to my sister-in-law’s friend, Holly, who has her own wedding cake business, she was up to the challenge and absolutely nailed the decoration – I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful cake. We had three tiers, Victoria sponge, lemon and chocolate.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“For me, the photos were really important – you spend so much time planning for one day, you want to make the memories last. I’m a part time wedding photographer and found Anne on Facebook while looking for photographers whose styles I admired (she prefers natural light, like myself). Shortly after we’d got engaged she’d posted a photo from a European wedding and I asked whether she’d be back again the following summer. Amazingly, the dates worked out and we flew her over from the Netherlands, where she was visiting family. We love Anne’s unobtrusive style, and the way in her more directed shots, the couple is often secondary to nature. Her photos are classic and beautiful.”
Wasn’t their day just exquisite?? And how magnificent was their venue – see what I mean about it being like something from Downton Abbey! As always a heartfelt thankyou to the happy couple, Victoria & James, and to their photographer Anne Paar for capturing the romance and beauty of their day so flawlessly! If, like me, you are completely in love with Anne’s stunning style of photography be sure to pop over to her website www.annepaarphotography.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
What do you get when you mix a bit of Mad Men, a dash of mid century modern and a whole lot of Pan Am nostalgia? You get a first class ticket to glamour! With a tea length wedding dress, vintage details galore and a fun Pan Am inspired palette of jetway blue and sunshine yellow, today’s wedding styled shoot is a creative vision of 1950s charm…..
Photographer Marisa of Peterson Design & Photography is here to talk us through every detail of and the inspiration behind this step back in time…. “IN an era where “stewardesses” were required to speak three languages, guests dressed up in their Sunday best to drink gin martinis on the upper deck while dining on a five-course meal and travel was at its finest… a time that we tried to capture with this elegant, yet colorful styled shoot.
Our backdrop is The Pan Am Experience within the Air Hollywood studio in Los Angeles. An aviation movie studio that has thoughtfully recreated an original Pan American 747 jet plane to it’s original glory. Everything from the wallpaper, beverage carts to the spiral staircase is original Pan Am swagger.
The bride is decked out in a lovely, ankle length, mid-century inspired wedding gown by Dolly Couture. The groom is outfitted in a perfect Don Draper-esk charcoal grey suit by The Black Tux. The bride’s subtle, winged eyes and crimson lips painted on by PAGE Beauty along with her up-do classic french twist pays an homage to vintage glamour and style while still be relatable and youthful. The 1960’s jet set style continues on in our couple’s vintage honeymoon outfits complete with a festive, hand-made yellow beret by The Feathered Head.
Our paper goods by GoGo Snap Vintage Stationary paid homage to the rich Pan Am heritage, while still being modern with clean type, pearlescent papers and a 3D pop up invitation that added whimsy and interest. Whilst the plucky yellow and white modern cake by Superfine Bakery was adorned with sparkling sputnik stir sticks from California Lustre. To add some natural elements to the shoot, florals by FlowerDuet decorated our greenery and added pops of texture and softness.
Our Wedding table was styled with authentic Pan Am colors, jetway blue and galaxy gold, and places set with a mix of original Pan Am porcelain china, gold chargers and stemware from Classic Party Rentals. All this goodness is perched on Azure Geo tablecloths by Luxe Linens. And no swinging mid-century pad is complete with out a teal sofa and groovy coffee and end table by Circa Rentals.
We hoped you enjoyed this magical journey back in time through the images of Peterson Design & Photography with planning and styling by Events by Holly Gray. “
Did you see Katheryn and Andy’s romantic rustic wedding? I found how they infused their day with two distinct styles so inspiring – the way they seamlessly married together Katheryn’s elegance with Andy’s modern day cowboy had me completely smitten. So we have them to thank really for today’s rather gorgeous inspiration board! Because loving their polished take on rustic, I wanted to design a board that re-interpreted the mix of styles to create a romantic Fall wedding with the same elegant, country chic…..I hope you love it as much as I do!
An unexpected color palette can make a real style statement, and so when creating this fall wedding inspiration board I chose shades of blue in place of the more traditional yellows, oranges and reds associated with the season. From pale icy blues, to dark dusky hues, blue contrasts so beautifully with the shades of brown that are so abundant at this time of year. Add a splash of brass or gold for a hint of age and luxury, and you have a palette that is both dramatic and utterly romantic.
Whilst this board is most definitely designed for an elegant wedding, I layered some rustic charm and a nod to the wild west with that gorgeous stationery suite and the introduction of a simple wood cake stand, a vintage leather ring box and that vintage truck – the perfect way to make your exit if ever I saw one!
When it comes to settings and venues, this would be surprisingly versatile! Layer rustic details and fabrics for a hotel or estate wedding, or add candles, rich fabrics, lush florals and elegant vintage details to a barn or outdoor wedding. Be it mountainside, overlooking a lake, or in the middle of nowhere; the most important thing to re-creating this look is to be surrounded by nature.
If this inspiration board has you dreaming of a rustic chic Fall wedding, you might want to take a peek at this barn wedding inspiration board in a similar color palette. Or if you love the style but blue isn’t your color, you will love this greenery filled beauty. Or should you be after more fall wedding color ideas, then be sure to check out this top 10!
Katheryn and Andy’s romantic outdoor wedding is a beautiful celebration full of Texas romance. The bride and groom met in Boston, and were eager to share elements of the Lone Star State with their guests. The setting was on the bride’s family property in Fayetteville, and along with their planner the couple did such an amazing job of transforming this already beautiful location into a dream venue. From the outdoor ceremony under a huge oak tree to the elegant marquee reception, this event is sure to inspire your to personalize your own wedding with a hint of family history……
Loving the idea of getting married on a family property? I am going to let bride Katheryn tell you all about it….. “I knew I always wanted to get married on my parent’s farm in Fayetteville, Texas. The place is so special as we always spent the holidays there. We also wanted to get married in a place that no one had gotten married in before, it was completely ours! We were so lucky my parents were willing and happy to make it happen. It definitely ended up being more challenging than we anticipated as it needed to be outfitted for a wedding and reception, including caterers, a band, etc. It was significantly more work than if we had chosen a venue equipped for a wedding, but it was well-worth it and we wouldn’t do it any other way. Andy and I had dreamed of an outdoor ceremony with the Texas landscape as the backdrop. Andy is from Boston, but has always considered himself a cowboy. Our vision for the wedding was classic, simple, elegant, timeless, and natural. We wanted to highlight the beauty of the farm and chose the color scheme of green and white, which hints of blush and lavender. Everything was natural, our centrepieces consisted of succulents, lavender, rosemary, and other natural flowers.
We would like to give a special thank you to my mother, Janine Koch, who made all of our wedding dreams come true. It is a great challenge to put on a wedding at your own property, not to mention in the Texas farmland! She worked diligently with the wedding planner to find local vendors and vendors who were willing to travel multiple hours outside of Houston and Austin to bring our vision to life. Our wedding would not have been nearly as spectacular without you – we love you!”
“We loved our invitations and signage that was beautifully crafted by Papellerie in Houston, TX. The design was gorgeous, and the best part was the map of the area showing where the farm was, the hotels, welcome party venue, etc. They also created a wedding crest for us (consisting of an A and a K within bluebonnets), which we loved so much we have ended up using it in other aspects of our life! For example, Andy’s mom had it carved in metal and placed above our bed.”
“For the bridesmaids, I loved the idea of each bridesmaid wearing a different dress in a slightly different color within the blush pallet. I knew I wouldn’t be able to decide on one dress and I thought this would look more unique. My bridesmaids got their dresses from all different stores and checked with me before purchasing – it definitely took more time and effort than picking the dresses out for them, but I think it was well worth it!”
“I LOVED my wedding dress, it was a gorgeous lace gown by Monique Lhuillier. When I saw it for the first time in L’elite Bridal in Boston, MA, I was in love. The lace details were so delicate and intricate and it fit like a glove. I feel like most of the other dresses I tried on looked as if they were wearing me instead of me wearing the dress, but this one was different. I highly recommend her dresses for petite women! As the dress was the focal point, I decided to go with simple, satin, white pumps from J. Crew . I also wore a beautiful veil with lace details that went perfectly with the dress. I found both the veil and some perfect pearl drop earrings at L’elite Bridal and they fit my vision of simple and elegant.”
“For the groom and the groomsmen, Andy knew he wanted to wear a navy tux, with brown shoes, and a blush tie to match the bridesmaids. We were able to find all of these things at Men’s Warehouse and it worked out perfectly! Andy differentiated himself from the other men by wearing a three piece suit. Andy and his groomsmen also wore the cowboy hats they purchased on the morning of the wedding, which were perfect additions to the country backdrop.”
“Like all other things about my wedding, I absolutely loved my flowers!!! I had seen many photos on Pinterest of cascading bouquets and thought they were gorgeous, so my bouquet was cascading. The flowers consistent of different types of succulents, white and blush roses, lavender, rosemary, and these little white flowers that I can’t remember the name of! I chose these with the help of the florist, Blooming Gallery, who also did all of the decorations, centrepieces, furniture, basically the entire design of the wedding (which was fabulous!). “
“Most important to us was having the ceremony outside at the farm. There was a point when we were unsure if the farm could handle the infrastructure needed for the reception, so we were potentially going to have that at another venue, but the location of the ceremony was a deal breaker for us! Luckily we were able to have both the ceremony and the reception at the farm. Had to be on the family farm where I had always imagined it would be!”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Hire a wedding planner if you can! They are great for helping you make all kinds of decisions whether it’s what vendors to use, timeline of the big day, etc. With both Andy and I having demanding jobs, it was great to have someone who was able to organize and coordinate meetings, fittings, make up trials, etc. Go with a band if you can swing it! We thought it was soooo worth it. The band really brought the whole reception to life, it was one of our favorite parts of the entire reception.
When it comes to the guest list – quality over quantity. I remember the hours we spent pouring over the quest list. Thinking through who we should invite, who we needed to invite and who we probably shouldn’t haha. Both of our parents has their input as well. In the end, when the day finally came, all that mattered is that we were surrounded by our closest family, friends and loved ones.”
“For our favors, we gave out little jars of Texas honey along with a loose bag of black tea with our wedding crest on it. Before my parents bought the farm, it had beehives, which were used to make honey. My parents did keep up with the beekeeping, but it has provided a lot of inspiration for décor in the farmhouse, so we thought it would be a cute idea.”
“To go along with the natural, simple, and elegant theme of our wedding, we wanted our cake to be the same. We chose a white cake with a drawing of a bride and a groom standing under a tree – where the wedding ceremony occurred. Because we couldn’t decide on one flavour, we decided to go for two and chose raspberry-filled vanilla cake and chocolate cake.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“We found our photographers through our wedding planner, Chelsea Wenner of Belle of the Ball Events. She sent us a handful of popular photographers in the Houston area and Andy and I took a look at their websites to see the types of photos they took. We instantly fell in love with the photos taken by Koby & Elizabeth Brown . From looking at their galleries, we could see that they photographed mainly outdoor weddings, which was important to us, and we loved the style of their photographs. We thought they had an elegant, timeless, somewhat vintage look to them and thought they would be perfect for our wedding. They were also the BEST and captured every moment of the big day and more including a lot of pictures of the details, our guests, etc. We thought they were incredible and would chose them over and over again.”