Real Wedding | Katie + Jeff

If you’ve been dreaming of a romantic garden party wedding, today’s Real Wedding is sure to inspire. Katie and Jeff said “I Do” in the gorgeous formal gardens at her family home. Then the celebration continued at a local hunt club, where the reception tent was transformed into a magical setting, thanks to a fabric draped interior and chandelier lighting. Most magical of all was the bride herself, absolutely stunning in a strapless gown, adorned with beautiful fabric roses, reminiscent of the amazing atmosphere in which they celebrated. How perfect!

Katie + Jeff | July 16, 2011 | Gates Mills, Ohio

The ceremony

Our ceremony was held in my parents’ formal garden. We had a large outdoor tent that sat in my parents yard, right in front of the garden.

The reception

The reception was held at the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club. We had a large outdoor tent outside of the terrace. They truly transformed this tent into a beautiful room.

How Katie found her dream wedding dress

I started my dress search with a lace mermaid-style dress in mind. I ended up purchasing a dress that was entirely different than what I was looking for!

How Katie felt in her wedding dress

When I was in my wedding dress, I felt beautiful, extraordinary and amazing!!!

 Why Katie decided to sell her wedding dress

I decided to sell my wedding dress so another bride could feel as magical as I did on my wedding day.  

Katie’s wedding dress: Amsale, Blue Label Bijou  /  Photography: Jessica Johnston