Diana and Owen hosted their wedding at Owen’s family farm in Vermont. The colors, the details, the flowers–they’re all so beautiful. But the sweet stories that Diana shared with us make it that much more lovely! Whenever Jen Huang Photography and floral gurus, Poppies & Posies, work together on a wedding, it’s always magic. Just wait and see.
Tell us about your gown!
Because the wedding was so far away from home (California), my mom wanted to do something super special. We decided we’d meet in the Philippines to get my gown designed and made. We drove out to a small town called Lumban, famous for its centuries long tradition of embroidery (dating back to Spanish colonial times when nuns taught the craft to orphans). I gave them a drawing I had done of flowers I would like to include in the design. Two embroiderers worked on the fabric for two months before sending it to my designer in Manila.
Tell us about your big day!
We held the wedding at Owen’s family’s vacation home in Dorset, Vermont. Tucked away in the Green Mountains, it’s one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever seen, and we’ve spent so much time there with friends and family that we couldn’t imagine having it anywhere else. Owen’s mom spent an entire year getting the property ready (from leveling the ground so we would have the ideal location to place the gorgeous Sperry tent) to planting new trees and flowers in my favorite colors—everywhere.
Did you do any D-I-Y projects?
I’m an architect so I really love making things—everything! So I knew from the beginning I had to be careful to not do exactly that. I decided that paper goods would be the ONE thing that I did myself. I got a tiny home letterpress and hand-pressed each and every piece of paper for the wedding. Doing them myself allowed me to invest meaning into every element. The invitation is an illustration I drew of Beech Haven (the name of the property) and the save-the-date is an illustration of us jumping into a swimming hole just down the road. Everything else was decorated with a collection of simple wildflower silhouettes that I had been collecting on my trips up to Dorset. I left everything else to a TOO-GOOD-TO-BE-TRUE team of vendors who I will forever be grateful for.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
The ceremony was by far the most memorable moment of the day. We had been preparing the site for months. I invited my college friends up for a spring weekend to build a platform on the ceremony site (sorta my version of a bachelorette party). They cheerily toiled through a mix of rain and drizzle so that we’d have a solid and level place to stand to exchange vows. We planted wildflowers there and Owen’s dad cleared all of the dead trees. In the two weeks leading up to the wedding Owen and I built all of the benches that the guests would sit on, from wood that was harvested from the property. My man-of-honor laid the muslin for the aisle and Owen’s aunt Debbie (who we had just traveled with through India) performed the ceremony. We felt so honored to share our love with every single person who had put so much love into that day.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
Owen and I met while planning an academic conference on “Uselessness”—no joke. We were both first years in doctoral programs. We didn’t start dating until later but you can imagine how many puns we squeezed out of that story. Owen had a very elaborate plan to propose to me in the Campbell Apartment (my favorite hidden space) in Grand Central Station (my favorite building) before hopping on a train to Blue Hill at Stone Barns (my favorite restaurant), but he couldn’t wait and spontaneously proposed the day before in our cozy home. That meant he was very relaxed the next day and he had fun pointing out all of the details of the elaborately planned proposal.
Vendors: Photography: Jen Huang Photography // Floral Design: Poppies & Posies // Catering: Michael Stuart NYC // Videography: Andy Jackson, Portal Films + Link to Short Edit // Tent Rental: Sperry Tents, Vermont // Wedding Coordination: Wedding Planning Plus // Ceremony Music: Maxine Neuman // DJ: Peak Entertainment // Hair: Kerry Armstrong // Dress: Oliver Tolentino Couture // Grooms Suit: Paul Smith // Groomsmen and Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew and Anthropologie // Couples Website