Vintage Inspired Weddings
A Lavender Infused Rustic-Chic Wedding
KOBY BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY
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.”
Such a perfect balance of contemporary styling, vintage elegance and of course a little bit of Texas! As always a heartfelt thankyou to the happy couple, and to their photographers Elizabeth & Koby Brown for capturing their beautiful day so perfectly! If, like me, you are completely in love with their gorgeous style of photography, you can see more of it right here on CVB: like this blossom-filled Spring elopement, or this utterly captivating Boudoir shoot, and this breathtaking Fall styled shoot. Oh and this Venice elopement must be seen to be believed! Be sure to pop over to their website kobybrown.com too, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.
Or if you love this wedding and are looking for more rustic vintage inspiration for your own big day, then you might want to see Laura & Jake’s heartfelt Woodland wedding, or this colorful rustic wedding, or this butterfly filled beauty in the Australian outback. And designer Anna Campbells’ glamorous rustic affair is a wedding not to be missed!
Contributors & Credits
Photography – Koby & Elizabeth Brown // Venue – Koch Family Farm, Fayetteville, TX, (Katheryn’s parent’s farm!) // Event Planning – Chelsea Wenner, Belle of the Ball Events // Floral Design – Blooming Gallery // Stationery – Papellerie // Wedding Cake – Who Made the Cake // Rentals – Aztec Events // Linens – Blooming Gallery // Hair & Makeup – Blush & Co // Wedding Dress – Monique Lhuillier // Groom’s Attire – Men’s Warehouse // Bride’s Shoes – J. Crew // Bridesmaids Dresses – Saks Fifth Avenue, J. Crew, Nordstrom // Veil – L’elite Bridal, Boston // Catering – Diamond V // Entertainment – Memphis Train Revue // Lighting – Bright Star Productions