From the Bride...Instead of making ourselves crazy over every detail, we consciously chose vendors and venues that expressed our shared wedding vision. So, before we were even engaged, we booked Terrain at Styer's because it celebrates the beauty of nature, providing the perfect backdrop for our relaxed and romantic ceremony and reception. Matt & Melissa, from ryan jane co., and their infinite wisdom of visual styling, converted Terrain's gorgeous retail space into a dream setting for our nuptials. As a tribute to Styer's, the nursery site for Terrain, my bouquet (also by ryan jane co.) featured peonies as did our simple table arrangements.
As we did with our venue, we only looked at one photographer. I love Style Me Pretty and visit the site often for inspiration. When I came across the summer wedding inspiration (July 22, 2010) post, I immediately emailed Krystal Mann and asked if she was booked on May 21, 2011. Thankfully (and perhaps due to the rapture?) she was not already booked so we snatched her up! As you can see, she was the perfect photographer to capture all the beauty, romance, and love from our wedding.
At 6PM, guests with champagne in hand gathered at an Indian temple in the heart of Terrain's lush grounds to bear witness to our marriage. My father officiated and his deeply personal and humorous delivery struck a perfect balance, setting the tone for the rest of the evening's events. Following the ceremony, the cocktail hour featured seasonal hors d'oeuvres and our selection of wines and beers (TIP: if your venue allows you to BYOB, do it!). Who doesn't love a Hoegaarden with curry quinoa cakes in the evening? As if that wasn't enough, our friend Haley Harmon of Don't Eat the Paintings created a beautiful watercolor painting of our signature cocktail called "Pucker Up" featuring lemonade, pomegranate, and lavender-infused vodka made by my sister, Hannah.
Another reason we booked Terrain (maybe the main reason) is the food. The philosophy of Terrain's café and Executive Chef Keith Rudolph is to create menus featuring seasonal ingredients from local farmers. To keep it casual, we opted for a buffet-style dinner, served in the greenhouse-inspired café. Dining under hanging flowers, vines and twinkling garden lights was as delicious as it was romantic. After dinner, the party moved outside to the café terrace for dessert and dancing under the stars. In 2010, I started a baking company, coco love homemade, so we created a delectable dessert buffet featuring coco love whoopies, cookies, and button pies. Friends also pitched in and baked their favorites to help round out the selection (it was my wedding day after all!). Before we met, Jonathan and I both collected vintage cake stands and plates. We used our best cake stands and created some new of our own to display all the treats. Jonathan curated the festive installation inside Terrain's 'mushroom hut' using this collection. We couldn't imagine having an outdoor space like the café terrace without allowing guests to make s'mores over a glowing fire pit, under a starry sky.
Wedding Photographer: Krystal Mann / Bouquet + Floral Styling: ryan jane co. or email: email@example.com / Desserts: Coco love homemade / Venue + Catering: Terrain at Styers / Signature Cocktail Painting: Haley Harmon, Don't Eat the Paintings / DIY Cake Stand How-To: Design*Sponge / Ceremony Dress: Vintage / Alterations: Alterations by Maria / Ceremony Shoes: Nina Shoes / Ceremony Earrings: Oyeloria / Love Ring (a gift from her sister): Wire Name Mike / Wedding Bands (bride & groom have matching bands made from street cleaning bristles): Peg Fetter / Bridal Head Piece: Amy Nesbit / Groom's Attire: Custom / Suspenders: Dapper Dean / Vest: Urban Outfitters / Bride's Shoes: Vintage / Reception Dress: French Connection / Reception Shoes: Aldo Shoes