Wedding Recap – Secret Garden Theme and Vision

People have been asking for wedding recaps and now that we’ve been married for just under 5 months I decided to tell some tales from Ryan and I’s June 2, 2013 wedding!

We had a short engagement – 6 months. Many people thought I wouldn’t be able to plan and execute a wedding in such a short time. But I knew exactly what I wanted. I believe that once you have a theme in mind, everything else will fall into place.

I’ve known for some time that I wanted a Secret Garden themed wedding.

The Secret Garden

Didn’t read the Frances Hodgson Burnett book? Then you and I had very different childhoodsI

As a child, I was enchanted by the book about a lonely and bitter English orphan girl who discovers the power and magic of nature and love. I was obsessed with the musical starring Daisy Eagan, Mandy Patinkin, and Rebecca Luker. The story  is both haunting and whimsical as it combines the mystery of love with the power of positivity, friendship, and nature. I had the perfect vision on how to translate the beauty of the story into our wedding day.

To me, a Secret Garden wedding was to look like a scene from a vintage countryside English manor. I wanted everything to have a soft, romantic and feminine feel. I chose white, cream, and pale shades of pink as my colors. I wanted the colors and details to evoke a whimsical fairytale.  All of the other details fell into place. The only thing missing in my mind was the venue.

I knew that I wanted to get married outside – no question! However, living in farm country, it was very hard to find a not too rustic outside location (that also didn’t take us outside of our budget). As soon as I toured Lime Spring Farm, I knew that this was the place Ryan and I would commit ourselves to each other forever.

Historic Lime Spring Farm

Lime Spring Farm is a preserved historic home built in 1720. It acted as a residence all the way up to 2004, before it turned into an event space. The white stucco buildings, beautiful gardens, brick and flagstone patios all had that beautiful shabby chic look I was pining for.




As soon as the venue was selected, a mere 16 days after getting engaged, I started shopping around for the perfect antiques to use as the table settings and decor to complete my Secret Garden wedding vision.

I now needed to find the perfect vintage pieces to set the stage. I wanted to feel like I was stepping back in time to a more grand and enchanting time. I was envisioning the Bronte sisters running through the haunted English moors, pining for a mysterious love and then returning home to a pristine sitting room to write while sipping on tea served in the prettiest of china. That is the wonderful paradox and conflict that is so well achieved in English Gothic novels – the  presence of  the romantic and powerful spirit of nature side by side with the innocent (repressed) and pure home front. Okay, don’t let me start going on a literary and feminism rant.


So, my mom and I spent weeks scouring antique stores for vintage books, vases, birdcages, knick knacks, and table runners. It was so much fun! My favorite items are the vintage typewriter, all of the vintage skeleton keys, the birdcages, and some of the truly lovely books we found like a hardback copy of Macbeth printed in 1880! Swoon!

In the end, I felt like my vision was complete. Everything from the colors, to the flowers, to the candles, was perfectly romantic and whimsical. Here is a little peek into my Secret Garden wedding. Stay tuned for more official recaps soon!


















Stay tuned for more wedding recaps next week!

xoxo katie

  • Pat (mom)

    I had so much fun helping to plan your wedding day, especially shopping for the antiques! I’m so glad you were able to have the wedding at Lime Spring Farm. It is such a beautiful and peaceful venue.

    • Really the best time of my life!!!

  • Oh my goodness, what a beautiful wedding! Plus your lipstick looks great! I am such a sucker for the deep red lipstick, very classy! I am new to the blogging world and I would love for you to follow me on my page 🙂

    • Well thank you Lauren! I love red lips too, I think it always makes you put together in any situation. I’ll be sure to check out your blog!

  • So so pretty! I love all the details – you can tell some work went into that! New follower via Bloglovin 🙂

    • Thank you Lauren! I had so much fun planning the whole wedding. xoxo

  • What a beautiful wedding theme! The movie version of The Secret Garden was one of my favorite movies growing up. I’m with you on short engagements too – ours was 5 months, and it was plenty of time to get everything done!

    • Thank you! Yes, I think I would have driven myself crazy if my engagement was any longer – changing my mind over pintrest worthy centerpieces and hair styles. I just wanted to do it! I would love to see your wedding photos – heading over to your blog now to see if I can find some 🙂

  • Your wedding looks beautiful. Congratulations! I love ‘The Secret Garden’ too, I think you did a great job of turning it into a wedding theme.

    • Thank you so much! I had so much fun planning my wedding – I could do it again!

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