• {Real Wedding} Sara & Joe: DIY Autumn Wedding at the Bride’s Parents’ Maryland Home

    There are a lot of weddings that I feature that I wish I could have attended as a guest because they look so lovely and fun, but today’s wedding is one I was actually invited to but couldn’t attend.  I’ve known Joey for forever – he was my brother’s best friend growing up.  Making the trip to Maryland from LA with an 11 month old, alone while my husband was in Romania filming Hatfields & McCoys, was not something I could make happen, so I missed Joey & Sara’s wedding.  I sure did miss out on one gorgeous and fun fall wedding.  I’m honored to get to share it with you today.  Oh, and I featured their adorable proposal story here, and their engagement photos here.

    autumn maryland wedding with fall details | photos by Kate Haus
    autumn maryland wedding with fall details | photos by Kate Haus
    {advice for planning couples}
    Things will “go wrong.” Before we left my parents’ house for the ceremony we couldn’t find our wedding bands.  My mom and I tore through the house for 5 minutes and then realized we were going to be late if we kept looking.  My maid of honor immediately offered her band (it fit perfectly!) and Joe borrowed one of his groomsmen’s rings.  It turned out to be an ongoing source of laughs throughout the ceremony, as our friends’ rings were “re-blessed” and as we exchanged their rings.  I’m actually glad that it happened, as it made us laugh the whole day through and continues to be a story re-told.

    autumn maryland wedding with fall details | photos by Kate Haus
    autumn maryland wedding with fall details | photos by Kate Haus
    {your wedding style}
    We went for a backyard-fall theme.  For the centerpieces and decorations, we used a variety of small gourds and orange/white pumpkins, candles and wildflowers.  For the name cards, we wrote guests’ name and table table number on small brown paper sleeves filled with candy corn.  We were excited to include mini maple syrup in jars as our favors, as my family has a history of working in the maple camps in Pennsylvania.
    autumn maryland wedding with fall details | photos by Kate Haus
    autumn maryland wedding with fall details | photos by Kate Haus
    {a favorite moment from the day}
    Joe told me from the time we got engaged that he would prefer not to have cake smashed in his face.  I prodded a bit, but in the end, we agreed to politely serve each other our first bites.  How SURPRISED was I when he gave me a perfect wedding present –  smashing the cake in my face!  I smashed back, pretty dramatically.  It was one of my favorite moments of the day.
    autumn maryland wedding with fall details | photos by Kate Haus
    {What made your wedding YOU?}
    Throughout the whole process, from the engagement on, we were humbled by the love and generosity that we experienced from our family, wedding party and friends.  We had so much help from both sides of the family and friends, from building the invitations to assembling the centerpieces to creating hotel bags.  Everything was made easier and fun with the help and support of our loved ones, and we will always be grateful for every ounce of help that we received.  

    I especially love Sara’s dramatic, yet simple bridal bouquet.  I think it tops off her bridal style perfectly.  I think fall weddings are my favorite, and I just love the cozy feeling I get from the stunning photos by Kate Haus Photography.  Do you love fall weddings as much as me?  What’s your favorite detail from Sara & Joe’s wedding?  And congrats to this sweet couple as they approach their one year anniversary!  Thanks for letting me share your day.

    {Vendors} Photographer: Kate Haus Photography / Caterer for food and whoopie pies: Absolutely Perfect Catering / Wedding cake: Caroline’s Cakes / DJ: Jami Grandt of Absolute Entertainment / Videographer: Bill Bowen of Suburban Media Group / Flowers (bouquets and boutonnieres): Monica’s Floral Designs, (our centerpieces and flowers by the cake were arranged by a very generous group of friends!) / Favors: Wagner’s Maple Syrup Camp / Tent: Loane Brothers, Inc. / Attire: Bridal gown from The Bridal Boutique, bridesmaids’ dresses from J. Crew / Etsy Artists:  hairpiece from MillieICaro, Mother of the Bride / Mother of the Groom / bridesmaid jewelry dishes from Say Your Piece, a custom bracelet for my Mom from Stacie Jewelry, Groomsmen’s cufflinks from Bixler & Johnson.

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    1. Posted Sep 26 at 8:11 am | Permalink

      Love the colors!!

    2. Posted Sep 26 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      Thank you for sharing all this beautiful photos and details of your wedding day! We wish you a happy life

    3. Posted Sep 27 at 7:56 am | Permalink

      Love the bright bouquets – beautiful day!

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