Katelyn and Michael

Augusta, New Jersey



Photography | The Fox And The Hare Photography | @foxandharephoto

Venue | The Conservatory at Sussex Country Fairgrounds

Apparel | Essense of Australia | @essenseofaustralia

Bridesmaids Dresses | Birdy Grey | @birdygrey

Men’s Attire | Generation Tux @generationtux

DJ | Elite Entertainment

From the Photographer

Katelyn and Michael chose the Conservatory at Sussex County Fairgrounds for their October wedding. The first chill of the season was in the air, but overall they had the most gorgeous day. The Sussex County Fairgrounds have a pretty casual vibe, which is what this couple wanted. They envisioned a nice fall day with pops of color from the trees. Bridesmaids wore Cabernet colored dresses and the groomsmen wore black to offset the groom’s navy blue suit. Katelyn looked stunning in her Essense of Australia wedding dress.


A beautiful sunset beckoned guests to have a seat near the patio gazebo as Katelyn made her way down the aisle. They shared a beautiful outdoor ceremony, officiated by the groom’s stepfather. This was a sweet, personal touch because he knew Katelyn and Michael so well. After the ceremony, we whisked them away to the open fields where the sun was almost set. Post-ceremony is a wonderful moment to take some alone time together. We don’t like to give TOO much instruction for posing during this time, and just let you be together. However, we couldn’t resist a good veil toss in breeze!


Welcoming the Colder Months

The claim to fame at Sussex County Fairgrounds is the open reception space. Tables were set with lots of candles and fairy lights. Cranberries and rosemary floated inside each candle votive. Encouraging the warmth and coziness of the colder, on-coming winter months. The space felt open but intimate and inviting. Furthermore, everyone had a blast on the dance-floor thanks to Elite Entertainment! Congratulations again to Katelyn & Michael!

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

The inspiration behind our wedding day was really the season and the Conservatory itself. Autumn in NJ is full of beautiful colors and the Conservatory’s grounds and large glass windows inside allowed the space to be filled with the natural beauty of the foliage and garden.


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

The ceremony was held in front of a beautiful white gazebo in the garden so there wasn’t much decorating needed as the site was beautiful! We supplied the center pieces, but our caterer was absolutely wonderful in supplying additional decor. My parents had a couple of birch tree in their yard since I was a kid and my dad had to remove them due to age, but we were able to save large parts of the limbs and used these to create the centerpieces with vases filled with cranberries, rosemary, and floating candles.


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

The flowers used in my bridal and bridesmaid’s bouquet’s were all white or light green. They were a mix of roses, ranunculus, hydrangeas, star of bethlehem, veronicas, ruscus, parvifolia and dusty miller. I chose these colors because I didn’t want anything to clash with what our bridal party was wearing, but they were fresh and smelled amazing!


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

Our signature drinks were something we put a lot of thought and work into. Between taste testing, deciding how to serve them, and creating the signage, it was definitely the one aspect of our wedding that showed both of our tastes. We also did a similar scenario for our favors by doing spices. I chose something a little sweeter and Mike chose something savory so we were both represented.


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

The goal of our wedding day was to not only look our best, but feel our best. I chose a dress that I thought looked good, had some drama, but I was ultimately comfortable in. I wanted my makeup to look fresh and I honestly didn’t want to worry about my hair all night so I decided on a braid. I borrowed my mom’s emerald jewelry and wore sandals for my ceremony. Mike picked a brighter blue suit to stand out from the groomsmen, burgundy tie, and brown leather shoes. His groomsmen and him all got socks with Avenger’s characters on them as a secret matching detail.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Mike and I met at work where we sat next to each other during training and clicked pretty instantly. We were together almost 5 year and Mike proposed to me on a Friday night in April over a fire in our backyard. It was pretty romantic.


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

Our first look was the most anticipated moment of our wedding day as we hadn’t seen each other since the night before and had been apart all morning getting ready. Also, we had been planning this event for other a year so we were both full of nerves of how it was going to pan out, so I think we also wanted the comfort in seeing each other for reassurance.


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Definitely plan together! It can be very stressful and leaning on each other is so important and if you’re both making decisions together, I feel like your wedding will be sure to reflect both of your tastes and personalities.