As Creative Directors, you can imagine that lots of art + design went into Emily & Kate’s charming fall wedding. From designing the paper goods and their own dresses to the reception details, they took the whole idea of collaboration and ran with it: Kate’s aunt baked Filipino desserts; Kate’s sister sewed napkins; Emily + her cousin designed the reception with flower market finds; Their cousins silkscreened guest bags; Emily’s brother made the E and K sign; Her other brother helped paint the escort cards…. Then, the morning of, friends + fam put it all together. What a list! And Les Loups has the photos to prove it:
A woodsy floral recipe: roses, eucalyptus, white veronica, berries, fall leaves, anemone, spray roses, and feathers.
They chose Les Loups as a photog because they wanted to be able to look back in 50 years and see joy + love in every photo. Spot on, right?
On the venue…
While visiting Kate’s mom in Delaware, we remembered reading a Facebook post about a friend’s wedding at a nearby inn, Sweetwater Farm. At that time, we weren’t necessarily looking for a “venue” but were curious to explore the area. On a whim, we went to take a look. It was very early in the morning and the thick misty fog added a definite romantic sense to the place. We walked around, taking in all the simple beauty—the landscape of giant trees enveloping the beautifully restored main house, the horses and two dogs lazily grazing on the property and, of course, the vineyard. We immediately fell in love with the interior of the barn with its gorgeous wood, high ceilings and huge windows that overlooked an incredibly picturesque ceremony area (where we later exchanged vows). We inquired about possible openings for Fall and discovered that we could book the entire property for the whole weekend—14 beautiful cottages and rooms so that our closest family and friends could spend time together. Without using too much imagination, we could already see it happening. We didn’t see the point in looking at any other venue and booked our wedding for their only available weekend.
They honored both Filipino traditions and Emily’s upbringing in Colorado throughout. Emily says, Emily grew up in Colorado and so the barn wedding fit her upbringing perfectly. Since Kate’s family is from the Philippines, we incorporated small nods to her heritage. her intricate dress was designed as a modern interpretation of a Barong Tagalog, a traditional Filipino formal dress, handmade in the province where her father was born. We created escort cards with miniature spray-painted gold pigs set on banana leaves (referencing the Filipino celebratory dish of roasted pig) and mixed homemade traditional Filipino desserts in with our wedding cake and favorite pies.
These “I’m with the bride” buttons are fab.
Congrats, E + K!
Photographer and DJ: Les Loups of the Wedding Artists Collective / Videographer: Sam Miller / Venue: Sweetwater and Grace Winery / Event Coordinator: Darby Burns, Seeds of Celebration / Table & Reception Florals: Emily & cousin Lee McCormick / Bouquets, arch, & main table garland: Matthew Muscarella, Terrain / Makeup: Rahsan Memlik (friend of brides’) / Hair: Dan Episcopo / Invitations: Designed by brides, printed at Aldine in NYC / Paper Goods: Kate / Dessert: 4 & 20 Blackbirds / Homemade Twix Bars: Bianca Bakes / Catering: Garces Catering (Beth Koenig, event planner) / Furniture + Tableware: Party Rentals / Reception Napkins: Kate’s sister / Vintage Flower Vases: Brimfield Antique Show / Kate’s Dress: Oliver Tolentino / Emily’s Dress: Designed by Emily and her cousin, Lee McCormick & made by Mika Inatome / Shoes: Kate Spade from Saks Fifth Avenue / Headpiece: Delicate Laurel Leaf