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.
Bride Bettina donned a flowing bohemian dress by designer Stefanie Grissmann that’s beyond pretty.
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?
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!
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.
How sweet is this?!
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.
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.
Guests were able to camp on the property or stay with friends + family in the area.
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.
Should you be on the lookout for some last minute Thanksgiving tablescape ideas, this beauty, from the ladies of Beijos Events will definitely do the trick. It’s a little boho, a whole lot cozy, and looks like the prettiest way to spend the evening wining and dining. See the rest on 100 Layer Cakelet today!
There are about a million and a half things to swoon over in these photos by Alyssia B Photography + Brooke Bakken Photography. Let’s see, there’s the luxe gold décor that takes your average autumn soiree up a notch, there’s a Jenny Packham beauty to fall in love with all over again (and again), and then there’s this set of show-stopping florals. Yeah… You get the idea!
Whoa, these florals! Flowers by Adrien combined organic harvest season florals with the femininity of garden flowers for these lush bouquets.
Wadley Farms in Utah provides just the right amount of rustic elegance for such glam details.
Alyssia says, The tablescape was in shades of blush pink, gold, and berry to give a feminine feel that we paired with the modern elements of gold foil paper goods.
A romantic side pony + a berry lip to complement her Jenny Packham gown.
When Jennifer of GWEN Studios began planning the design for this farm wedding shoot, she was immediately inspired by a local venue, The Farmer’s Daughter. From there, she visited a local American made copper pan manufacturer East Coast Tinning for inspiration on incorporating copper as a common thread throughout. She left with soufflé pans for the wedding favors, copper pots, and wooden elements to complement an array of fabulous bridal fashion + décor.
Thanks to Sarah Del Buono of Made in March for sending these images our way!
Deep saturated florals + large café au lait dahlias made up these luscious florals.
The inspiration behind the shoot came from a local venue, The Farmer’s Daughterthat I have visited many times and only dreamed of how magical a wedding could be there. To my surprise they shared the same dream, having opened their garden center to events this past year. The ceremony space they created is very private with gorgeous surrounding gardens, making it the perfect setting to exchange vows. The wide open fields, corn mazes and greenery were amazing backdrops for the bride and groom.
I added colors such as oxblood red and taupe to enhance the mood, while using touches of mixed metals for sheen. I brought in texture through brushed metallic linens, Ivory antiqued chairs; copper mercury chargers and pans, and a snakeskin handbag. I covered gold rim chargers with copper chargers and bowls lined in tin to create a unique layering effect on the table.
The bride’s first look was soft + romantic, while the second was bolder with this textured Sarah Seven dress and floral choker by Green Lion Wedding. Can we borrow this ensemble for all our holiday parties, pleeease?
Le sigh… So much talent all wrapped into one! Thanks again to Made in March + the folks below…
We’ve got a sweet giveaway for ya today. But before we get into all that, let us quickly chat about how cool MILK Books is, alright? For starters, their Photo Books + Albums are designed like a most coveted coffee table book: Hardcover bound in custom linen, the highest quality art pages, inset cover images and labels, open-flat binding, and more, all come standard in each and every one. They also arrive beautifully wrapped, ready for gifting or treasuring.
With MILK, you get the best of both print + digital. Each elegant book is easy to create by uploading your files and using their simple interface. You can even design your own pages, and tell your story with templates, text prompts, and a built in quote library to inspire your creativity. You also get unlimited video + digital versions, so you can view and download whenever you’d like. Make your book with family and friends by inviting them to work on the book online with you. Pretty cool, yes?
MILK wedding albums are created to be the ultimate keepsake. They’re designed to withstand the test of time and be passed down generations. They feature all the wonderful details as above, while the CREAM Albums have a refined satin finish perf for recounting the big day. They’re also handbound in quality leather and satin taffeta and given in an elegant presentation box. See all of MILK’s wedding products.
And now for the best part… One lucky couple will win the following photo book collection worth $1000: • Custom made CREAM Photo Album (RRP $595): An exquisitely crafted CREAM Photo Album, designed with the photos from your wedding day by their award-winning design team
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• MILK Gift Voucher gift voucher for $300
Here’s how to enter… Sign-up with MILK Books here, upload a photo of you and your fiancé(e) or tell them your story by December 14th for your chance to win.
BTW, all those who enter will receive 20% off their next purchase with MILK! Yay!