The Red Pheasant Wedding by Katie Pietrowski Photography
October 28, 2011
New England

I'm pretty sure that this is the sweetest and coolest garden themed DIY wedding of all time. First off, how amazing is the location? The bride's family owns the restaurant, a 200 year old converted barn, that's been in business for over thirty years on Cape Cod. Both the gorgeous coral napkins and the mini mercury glass votives were made especially for the bride by her colleagues in India. Her mom grew most of the flowers that were arranged to look "wild" and the bride, along with help from her sister, made all the save the dates, place cards and invites. They even embossed the invites with gold wax. Ladies and gentlemen, I think we found the next Martha! Oh, and if that wasn't enough, she then slipped on the most perfect dress and did not let the threat of hurricane Irene ruin her day at all. Katie Pietrowski Photography snapped gorgeous image after gorgeous image and trust me when I say, you definitely want to spend a little time in the full gallery this morning! And make sure to check back because we're bringing you more gorgeous garden inspiration all afternoon...









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And while you're here, don't miss out on this adorable stop motion video by Katie Pietrowski Photography!

From the Bride...Steve and I wanted to have a small wedding, that felt personal and true to who we are.  We decided to have the wedding at my parent's restaurant, in the building where I grew up.  My grandfather and dad started the restaurant and it felt like the perfect place to have our wedding.  Having grown up in a restaurant, I love food, as does Steve.  We both felt that the food was an important part of the evening- and knew it would be amazing at the restaurant.  The big thing was making sure my dad wouldn't be in the kitchen, and would be enjoying the night!  We had a raw bar during cocktail hour with delicious Cape Cod oysters.

As a textile and home product designer, I wanted to add a few small touches to the night.  I travel to India for my work, and the people I work with there are really amazing.  They all wanted to help me in any way they could.  I decided to have napkins made on a cotton-slub fabric in 3 shades of coral, each with a different hemstitch detail.  I was also able to have mercury glass votives made, which worked really well with the small vases of flowers. My mom helped track down lots of vintage hollow stem wine glasses for the flowers.  She found them at thrift stores, and it was really an affordable option as none of them cost more than $1 a piece.  My mom grew a lot of flowers in her garden, and we supplemented those with loose dahlia flowers from Meredith Fancy. We wanted to keep things fairly simple, and easy to put together the day before the wedding.  We added in table number to some of the vases that were purchased from BHLDN.  We also got my bouquet from Meredith Fancy.  I had found inspiration images for my bouquet on design sponge’s 'we like it wild' posts by studio choo.  Overall I wanted the flowers to feel like wild flowers.

The finishing touch for decorating the restaurant was papel picado banners.  I had seen them in the lovely bridal boutique, and my boss’s daughter had ordered them for her wedding as well.  I loved that they could be personalized, and added a light airy feeling to the restaurant. I designed the save the dates, invitations, and place cards.  I hand-painted some of the text and scanned it into the computer.  Steve helped me cut everything, and my mom helped me assemble.  My older sister Grace is very crafty (she has a blog and taught me how to use a glue gun for sealing wax.  We used baker’s twine around a piece of craft paper and sealed it all with gold wax embossed with an A.  The most time consuming part was hand painting all of the addresses, but I love how it all came out in the end.

I wanted a wedding dress where I still felt like myself- romantic, yet modern.  We wanted a somewhat casual wedding, and I found the perfect dress at Tibi, and then found an amazing pair of Miu Miu shoes.  My amazing friend Sarah Laskow made my headpiece and sash.  She is a very talented embellishment designer currently working at Alice and Olivia.

Our wedding, despite being threatened by Hurricane Irene, was a perfect day.  It had the personal touches we had hoped for, and the things we hadn’t gotten to we didn’t notice.  We felt so happy to celebrate our relationship with our friends and family, and we knew those that couldn’t make it were there in spirit.

Wedding Photography: Katie Pietrowski Photography / Wedding Cinematography: Katie & Hillary of Katie Pietrowski Photography / Flowers: Meredith Fancy / Ceremony + Reception Location: The Red Pheasant / Invitations: DIY / Bride's Shoes: Miu Miu / Wedding Dress: Tibi / Rings: Sam Abbay of New York Wedding Ring / Band: Jeff Lowe Band / Paper Banners: Mexican Sugar Skull