28 Nov

Surprise proposal in Southern California | Photo by Ala Cortez of Love Ala | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82528

Morning cakies! Hope you all had the best Thanksgivings yet. We’re still in celebration mode (K, when are we not?!) which makes it the perfect time for a sweet proposal story, no? The lovely Megan Welker (recall her photos here + here) was in for quite the surprise when she thought she was heading to Malibu for work. Her guy Adam and friend/photog Ala of Love Ala, had arranged a styled shoot for Megan to model in—nothing too out of the ordinary riiiight? Wrong! Now, for both of their stories:

From Megan: Adam is the best at surprises. All throughout our relationship he’s planned surprise date days, date nights, the list goes on and on. I knew our engagement would be something planned and executed perfectly because he’s just so dang good at that stuff. He’s been really throwing me off lately, planning a date night at a nice restaurant, surprising me with stay-cations, and each time I would think “Is THIS it?”.

Surprise proposal in Southern California | Photo by Ala Cortez of Love Ala | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82528

Surprise proposal in Southern California | Photo by Ala Cortez of Love Ala | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82528

Now fast forward to November 20th, the day of my styled shoot with Ala. I got ready and drove to Malibu (where I was just the day before and complained to Adam that I had to drive all the way up there and back to Long Beach two days in a row… He probably wanted to kill me at that moment). He called me while I was driving, saying he was at work, sending me photos of things they had just got into the antique store so at that point I was like, “Okay this is really just a shoot, don’t even think about a proposal, Megan”. 

Surprise proposal in Southern California | Photo by Ala Cortez of Love Ala | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82528

Surprise proposal in Southern California | Photo by Ala Cortez of Love Ala | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82528

When I got to the park I started pretending I was making a wreath, hanging out, and enjoying the time with these ladies. They were photographing the bouquet while I was holding it when all of a sudden I heard someone walking up behind me. I turned to look and saw Adam, looking so handsome (and very nervous). I put the bouquet down and he got on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. It was the best and most surreal moment of my life. I’m so excited to marry this man!

Surprise proposal in Southern California | Photo by Ala Cortez of Love Ala | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82528

Gah, look at them all dressed up for it, too (smart guy he is!). Adam then surprised her by having her best friend show up, who made the trip down from Northern CA with her husband. They all went to Gjelina’s to celebrate.

Surprise proposal in Southern California | Photo by Ala Cortez of Love Ala | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82528

Surprise proposal in Southern California | Photo by Ala Cortez of Love Ala | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82528

Okay, now for Adam’s side of the story…

Surprise proposal in Southern California | Photo by Ala Cortez of Love Ala | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82528

Megan is the one woman in the world that no one can surprise so I knew this was going to be difficult. With Megan being a wedding photographer, her schedule can be tough so I enlisted the help of our friend Ala. I knew from several conversations Megan wanted it to be well documented and didn’t want to be holding her purse during the whole thing so I had to go through her friend to finally nail down a day that would work for both Megan and I. Originally it was supposed to be a regular photo shoot and I was going to just pop the question, but Ala enlisted the help of her friend Veronica of Willow and Jade to style the whole thing. It was going well until about 2 weeks out—she began talking to her friends and became more suspicious about the shoot, thinking this was it. This entire time I was texting her friends back and forth and they told me “She knows”. 

Surprise proposal in Southern California | Photo by Ala Cortez of Love Ala | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82528

So they pressured me to tell her I couldn’t do the shoot and she would have to do it on her own. I felt bad but knew this was the only way to offer up any surprise. She totally bought into it using the excuse I couldn’t get off work. During those two weeks I coordinated with her friends, dinner, and an overnight stay at the Palihouse Santa Monica, one of our favorite hotels. 

Surprise proposal in Southern California | Photo by Ala Cortez of Love Ala | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82528

Then the day of, I continued to call her and send photos from work playing deeper into my little white lie. I met our friends at the location a few hours early to set up the shoot with tons of vintage rugs and flowers. I then ran up a large hill to hide behind a tree for almost an hour. Ala was supposed to text me in the first 10mins to come down but next thing I know 45 minutes passed and not a word. It may be that I was making the biggest decision of my life but my heart was racing and my hands sweating. I don’t know why, it’s not like she would say no. Then finally I got the text and as quietly as possible tip-toed down the hill to my soon to be wife.

Surprise proposal in Southern California | Photo by Ala Cortez of Love Ala | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82528

As I got closer she began to turn to find me nervously shaking. I sloppily spit out my words of “I love you and want to spend the rest of my life with you”. She then set her massive bouquet down and after I asked the question she said, “Umm.. Yeah!”. Then as she kissed me she said “I knew it”. This was one of the most stressful and exciting surprises I have ever planned and couldn’t be happier to be with this woman!

*Hearts melting*. Congratulations to Megan + Adam!

Photographer: Ala Cortez of Love Ala / Styling: Adam Brayinder & Veronica Valencia / Florals: Veronica Valencia of Willow and Jade / Ring Box: The Mrs Box / Rugs: Vintage / Megan’s Dress (Similar): ASOS & Nasty Gal / Adam’s Blazer: Club Monaco / Button Up: Scotch and Soda / Chinos: Club Monaco / Shoes: B Store

 
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26 Nov

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Roland of Roland Faistenberger Photography photographed these two just outside Vienna, where they have spent many a summer afternoon. The area brings a lot of visitors spending time outdoors seasonally, but in the winter, when they had their intimate wedding with just fam + a few close friends, not many others were around. That turned out to be a blessing. Couple this winter scene with Roland’s ethereal style of photography, annnd we simply can’t look away.

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bride Bettina donned a flowing bohemian dress by designer Stefanie Grissmann that’s beyond pretty.

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Because there wasn’t much greenery around during the season they got tied the knot, Roland suggested bringing in vibrant flowers to stand out against the landscape. And these florals from Blumen Stieber just made the whole shoot, don’t you think?

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

This lighting!

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

Bohemian fall wedding portriats | Photo by Roland Faistenberger Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82062

And a flawless beauty look to match!

Thanks to Roland Faistenberger Photography and the bride + groom for sharing these images!

Photographer: Roland Faistenberger Photography / Location: Lobau, outside of Vienna / Flowers: Blumen Stieber / Hair & Makeup: Carina Bauer-Unzeitig of Feengleich Makeup Artistry / Paper Pieces: Papierhimmel / Dress: Stefanie Grissmann, Whatever Eye

 
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26 Nov

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Katie Rose + Jay knew they wanted their 350-guest wedding to take place at the house they’d built a year before. It was totally vacant land that they transformed together + were excited to finally share with guests. It wasn’t just a wedding, it was a celebration of life. Jay tells it, It was important for the wedding to feel grounded in our lives, our home and our land and to be a celebration of not just our union but the wonder of life itself. I was finishing 9 months of grueling cancer treatment and there was good news around that while Katie Rose was also 5-months pregnant with our first child! These very facts lent an air of celebration and praise for the life that was saved and the life that was soon to come into our world. It was the summer solstice and a day filled to the brim with light. (You can read Jay’s story here).

So much to celebrate. Thanks to AhmetZe for these shots!

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

One of the groom’s fave moments…

Katie Rose and I were both on the island in the middle of our pond, surrounded by our community and family in a semi-circle of love, the sound of June insects in the air, dogs splashing at the water’s edge, an occasional jangle of the two massive black Percheron horses shuffling their harness.   

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

How sweet is this?!

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

It turns out, these two have a super talented crew: Their friend Abe performed his song, Before The Autumn Rains, from an album Jay (who is a musician himself) produced. Jay’s sister and friend performed ‘Til Death Do Us Part, by Kasey Chambers during the ceremony, and other friends performed the old hymn I’ll Fly Away, while leading guests from the pond where the ceremony was up to the house.

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

K + J love having potlucks and gathering friends so they figured a potluck would make much more sense for their wedding meal. Everyone was welcome to participate and it helped them save on the event (their wedding was about $28k). They created a Google doc that explained that if people felt inspired they could bring a dish—no pressure—and make note of what they’d bring. About half the guests participated and it ended up being just the right amount to go around.

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

Guests were able to camp on the property or stay with friends + family in the area.

Homespun Upstate New York wedding | Photo by Ahmet Ze | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82338

The biggest hurdle was managing the uncertainty around my treatments and related outcomes. There was a good chance we would have had to reschedule depending on when certain surgeries needed to happen but it all worked out. I hope no one has to face this exact hurdle but uncertainty seems like it will always be there to some degree. My advice would be to expect things to evolve organically during the event to some degree and don’t try to visualize or plan every detail. Just create a fertile canvas and include the holy trinity (food, booze, music), work to ensure your guests are comfortable (neither cold nor hot, not being pestered by bugs, easy access to bathrooms, etc) and just let it all unfurl. People want to have fun, they want to celebrate you and generally guests will figure out a way to do that no matter what.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Jay + Katie Rose! And congrats on your newest addition too.

Photographer: AhmetZe / Second Photographers: Jess Ze & Mel Barlow / Videographer: Anna Davis Films / Venue & Planning: Bride & Groom / Day of Coordination: Kathy Johnson / Hair & Makeup: Agata Helena / Florist: Bride’s Sister Anna Hillegass, The Foundry Home Goods / Invitations: Kate Diago / Baker: Renee Baumann / Lamb & Cheese Potluck: Groom’s Sister’s Farm Bonnie View / Pizza: Skinny Pines / Officiant: James Murray / Shaman: Nadiya Nottingham / Bands: Roosevelt Dime & Emefe / Zoo: Two by Two Zoo / Sculptor: Jeremy Wolff / Rentals: Party Time Rentals / Bride’s Dress: Theia from Lovely Bride in NYC / Accessories: Lovely Bride / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Rings: Page Sargisson / Groom’s Suit:  J. Crew customized by By A Thin Thread  / Shoes: Wolverine

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