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modern harvest wedding by mike olbinski

Today’s wedding is one of those that I could just look at for hours.  The style, the colors, the venue, the dreamy images by Mike Olbinski…it’s just such a beauty.  Not to mention all of the personal touches. Oh, and the bride’s gown is so unique and stunning – I’m crazy over her bridal style.

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We set out to break all the rules. Reinvent the wedding and plan something that was perfectly ‘us.’ But sometimes we weren’t really sure who ‘us’ was. And most of time we had very different ideas about what this ‘us’ wedding looked like. I think once we dropped this ideal we released ourselves from a lot of pressure and a big identity crisis. Looking back our wedding was a reflection of ‘us’, but it was also a reflection of our families and friends. Which was even better.

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modern harvest wedding by mike olbinskimodern harvest wedding by mike olbinski modern harvest wedding by mike olbinski We didn’t do any fresh flowers (expect for the gentlemen, they had calla lilies on their lapels). For centerpieces and decor we surrounded tall stalks of wheat with fall fruits and vegetables. We borrowed all shapes and size of  low urns and filled in everything but the fruit. Then the morning of the wedding we filled in the perishable fruits like grapes and cranberries. They were stunning. And placed in the middle of long tables, they pulled together the look of a wedding feast. 

modern harvest wedding by mike olbinski

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What made our wedding ‘us’ was the wedding feast. My dad and I run a small artisan flour mill called Hayden Flour Mills. So our life revolves around the seasons of harvest and is deeply rooted in the local food community. Naturally, the wedding feast was born out of these relationships. The pork came from a small local butcher, a local baker made loaves of bread that looked like wheat stalks and could be easily broken and shared, and everything was served family style. 

It was our dream that people would gather around the table and truly celebrate in rustic extravagance. It was a memorable meal, at least my husband and I thought so!

I love the idea of a wedding feast. To put so much thought into the food that you and your loved ones will eat, to make your wedding like a harvest and the meal a feast sounds like the perfect way to celebrate your marriage.  And you can read more from the bride about their wedding meal here.  And check out the gallery for even more.

{Vendors} Photography: Mike Oblinski / Venue: The Icehouse / Dress: Delicia by Pronovias purchased at Schaffer’s Bridal / Shoes: Anthropologie (no longer available but these are similar) / Jewelry: Borrowed from my Aunt and Mom and  Hair Piece from Pippa Tree Vintage on Etsy / Bridesmaids dresses from BCBG / Hair by Helena Fortuna of Sachi Salon / Catering: Robbie Tutlewski, chef at Pane Bianco / Appetizers by Payton Curry at The Brat Haus / Invitations:  Moriah Rees (the bride’s sister) is a papercut artist. So she designed an original piece and then we ran 150 pieces of paper through a papercutting printer.

Mike Olbinski is a handpicked member of our Lovely Vendor Guide.  If you would like to be considered for our guide, apply here.

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