Annie + Austin's Long-overdue, Beautiful Normandy Farms Wedding
It feels like an incredibly long time since I first met with Annie to discuss the wedding invitations for her marriage to Austin. We met, made a fabulous plan, designed, sent to print... and were placed on lockdown. We touched base and waited. Life happened. Sadness happened. We picked up where we left off and FINALLY we were ON! Then, hurricane Ida hit the area pretty hard. I kept wondering about Annie & Austin and their wedding. I was so relieved to hear that their wedding went off without a hitch. After a long delay and a hurricane Annie and Austin AND their guests were ready to celebrate. And celebrate they did! This has been a time where people just want to be together and party. The photos from Annie + Austin's wedding reflect that joy of being together in celebration so perfectly!
I asked Annie and Austin about their amazing wedding day. Read on to learn more about this resilient couple and some incredible advice they have for other engaged friends planning a wedding.
What did you want your wedding to feel like? We wanted our wedding to feel charming, with rustic and earthy elements and a focus on florals and greenery to reflect a sweet sense of romance and our mutual love of nature.
What was your inspiration for your wedding? The inspiration for our wedding came largely from farm and country style - given that our venue included a garden for the ceremony and a refurbished barn for the reception, we were able to draw inspiration directly from the space and incorporate decor and other details that reflected that style. What made you choose a custom stationery designer to create your wedding invitation vision? Not only did we want to support local businesses as much as we could, we also knew the value that solid relationships hold in processes as important as planning your wedding. We wanted our wedding to feel as true to ourselves as possible, and custom designs were the only real way to achieve that. Additionally, being an artist myself (Annie), it was important to me to have beautiful, handmade artwork incorporated into the invitations and stationery.
How did your stationery set the tone for your reception or wedding day? Our invitations were our guests' first real glimpse at what our wedding day would look like, so we wanted them (and the matching programs and place cards) to reflect accordingly. Amy designed a beautiful composition of watercolor florals that depicted many of the flowers used in our wedding, paired with a simple classic font for the lettering. She also helped us choose a lovely green color for the outside of the invitation that reflected one of the primary colors in our wedding. These details really helped tie the whole day together.
Take us back through your wedding day; share your wedding story. Our wedding story is a long one ("a good story to tell the kids," as they say) thanks to the pandemic - despite all the obstacles, however, it turned out beautiful. To keep it short, we had to postpone twice before finally getting our day on September 2, 2021. We ultimately decided to elope in March of 2021, with plans still in place to have the big wedding in September. When the time came, wouldn't you know it - Hurricane Ida hit the area on September 1. Because of course it did! The weather was torrential and so were our thoughts about the next day - would our guests be able to make it? Can we have our ceremony outside as planned? Can we even have this wedding at all? When we woke up the next day, the skies were clear, the sun was shining, and the ground was dry. It felt like a miracle - it was an all-around beautiful day and our wedding happened in the way we dreamed it finally would. What was your first dance song? Harvest Moon by Neil Young
What was your favorite moment from your wedding? This is a tough one! There were so many amazing moments on that day. From Annie: One of my favorite moments from our wedding was the exchange of our vows. We chose to write our own vows, and it was so incredibly special. Our words beautifully reflected the love, admiration, and commitment we have for one another. Both of us even referenced a saying that we tell each other often, not having read each other's vows beforehand, and it felt like magic!
From Austin: Some of my favorite moments from our wedding were the first look, Cooper (our dog) walking down the aisle, Annie singing to me (this was a surprise and happened during cocktail hour - I (Annie) had rehearsed with the guitarist to sing "Love Me Tender" in the style of Norah Jones), and our first dance.
How did you end the night? Did you have an after-party? Yes! We got changed into comfy clothes and gathered in a private room and lounge adjacent to the hotel bar (which was part of the venue - this was so convenient for guests and made for smooth transitions all day and night). Many of our family and friends joined us for some night caps, yummy snacks, and reminiscing about the day. It was an awesome way to wind down while still enjoying the excitement of wedding day bliss.
What surprised you most about planning your wedding? Simply the number of details it takes to pull together such an event! It gave us a great appreciation for the responsibility that wedding planners have in their jobs. If it weren't for online checklists, reminders from the venue staff, and help from family and friends, we never could have pulled it off the way we did!
What advice would you give your friends getting married? Two major pieces of advice here:
If you are planning the wedding yourself, lean on others for help!! It is an overwhelming process, but having family and friends (especially ones that have recently gone through it) pitch in makes all the difference in seeing your dream come to life. I (Annie) took on most of the planning and am notorious for not asking for help, but once I realized how valuable it is in the planning process, I wised up. Have a clear vision and share your ideas with your people from the get-go.
Don't settle for anything less than what YOU want. This isn't anyone else's wedding! It should reflect you and your relationship in a way that's special to you. In the end, this day is about you two and the love you share!
Ceremony & Reception Location: Normandy Farm
Photographer: Tyler Boye Photography
Videographer: Hitched Productions
Florist: Willow and Thistle
Hair & Make up:
Jenny Yoo Rivers Gown from BHLDN by Anthropologie