Annie and Graeme first met at a 2008 Halloween party. "Graeme was dressed up as a UNC basketball player. I was a vampire," she recalls. "How could it not work out with a combo like that?"
The pair clicked during a first date over sushi in New York City and, just over four years later, Graeme brought Annie back to that same restaurant and reminisced about their first few months dating. "He then suggested we should go for a stroll as the city was starting to get back to normal after Hurricane Sandy," says Annie. The two took a walk through Washington Square Park before Graema finally dropped to one knee and proposed.
A year later, the pair wed in front of family and friends at Saxony Farm Polo Barn in Woodford County, Kentucky. With the help of the bride's sister, Annie and Graeme planned a fall wedding with plenty of handmade details, all of which was captured by Lyell Photography.
Annie and Graeme relocated to Los Angeles just after their engagement, so planning a wedding with a three-hour time difference was a challenge. "With my sister Sarah's help, it was very easy for Graeme and I to make just the yes or no decisions," the bride says. "But with the time difference, it was hard to work with her to finalize those details."
One decision that was a breeze? The bride's dress! "I found it in Chelsea Market at the vintage shops they set up a few times a year," Annie says of her vintage beaded silk and crinkle chiffon gown, which was first worn in the 1920s. "I knew I had to have it. It was exactly what I had envisioned."
With a vintage-inspired look in mind, Annie chose accessories that complemented her gilded -era vibe. She wore simple diamond stud earrings, retro shoes, and two family heirlooms — her grandmother's wedding band and great grandmother's French lace veil, along with a lace hair clip. She carried a delicate bouquet of white anemones.
Annie chose to only include family in her bridal party. Each important lady wore a jewel-toned dress of their own choosing, and held arrangements of anemones with thistles and hydrangeas.
Graeme wore a traditional Highland kilt in Mathieson Ancient Hunting tartan that his parents gifted him for his 18th birthday. He accessorized with a classic argyle jacket and an Alexander McQueen tie. Each of his groomsmen wore a similar tartan kilt.
They kept their ceremony aisle simple, with white flower petals along the edges. Annie arrived in a vintage car with her father, who escorted her to the altar.
Annie and Graeme exchanged vows under a wrought iron archway decorated with chandeliers and ferns.
Their reception was held in a nearby tent that was decorated with café lights and chandeliers. Rustic centerpieces of mixed flowers and artichokes decorated some tables while others were dressed up with glass pitchers filled with anemones and berries. As a nod to the groom's profession as a journalist, the couple repurposed old books as table numbers.
A mix of square wooden tables with mismatched chairs and round tables topped with white linens gave the space a homey vibe.
The couple sliced into a three-tiered bourbon ball-flavored cake for dessert, and also served mini pies homemade by the mother-of-the-bride!
"Every aspect was personalized," the bride says. And the couple, who honeymooned in Palm Springs, Bali, and Tokyo, suggest you do the same: "It's your wedding. Plan it together and make sure to incorporate both of your favorite things."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Polo Barn at Saxony Farm || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vintage || Shoes: Emmy London || Catering: South Van Events || Cake: Donut Days Bakery || Transportation: Wombles Buses || Accommodations: Hilton Lexington Downtown || Photographer: Lyell Photography || Second Shooters: Ali Macpherson; Aaron St. Clair
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