An Americana-Inspired Wedding at Isola Farms in Groveland, Florida

This entire wedding was inspired by an funky antiques shop. Katie Kern (22 and in sales) and Austin Bowen (24 and in sales) took all the bright colors

This entire wedding was inspired by an funky antiques shop. Katie Kern (22 and in sales) and Austin Bowen (24 and in sales) took all the bright colors, vintage pieces and Americana that they loved from Junk Gypsy and made their wedding decor in just six months. "The palette was bold and bright with lots of down-home charm," Katie says. "I loved the idea of an American backyard wedding." Their reception at Isola Farms in Groveland, Florida, was designed by RW Events and filled with everything they wanted from handmade wooden tables to DIY centerpieces made from vintage boxes and canisters. Pink and orange garden roses as well as wildflowers from Flowers by Lesley topped every one and perfectly accented Katie's handmade table runners. We still can't get over is how perfectly everything matched—including the cake. The Sugar Suite baked a six-tier confection, covering every amaretto, chocolate and salted-caramel layer in turquoise fondant as well as sugar flowers and hand-painted peonies. Since line dancing brought them together, the entire night was filled with country music, and guests were not afraid to join in with their cowboy boots. See all these details and so many more Americana-inspired accents, caught by Amalie Orrange Photography, below.

“Our stationery was one of my favorite parts of the wedding. I had some big ideas in my head, and knew that we would have to get them custom designed,” Katie says. “Austin and I really wanted people to know that our wedding wasn’t going to be traditional, that it would be outdoors with a relaxed atmosphere, and that they were free to wear their cowboy boots.” The pros at Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio took care of all these details with a sweet flag-inspired banner and an awesome wood design as the background. Katie’s sister also made an illustration of the couple that was put in their suite.
Although it was mid-November, Katie's bouquet made it feel like springtime. Each part of the bright arrangement perfectly fit their palette: orange tulips, blush garden roses, pink garden roses, seeded eucalyptus and pink wax flowers.
Now these are some bold wedding shoes! To match their palette, Katie picked out a pair of turquoise cowboy boots by Liberty Black that had suede fringe along the sides and funky silver studs by the rim.
The bridesmaids definitely rocked the chic-country look! Each woman picked out her own short or tea-length dress in light blue, aqua, turquoise, teal or light blue to match their wedding colors. Of course, they all paired the look with a sweet pair of cowboy boots and a bright pink garden rose bouquet.
The bridesmaids wore different dresses, but each carried a sweet matching bouquet. Flowers by Lesley filled every arrangement with pink and orange garden roses as well as eucalyptus, greenery, wildflowers and orange ranunculus.
For an even more sentimental touch, their family friend served as the flower girl. She stood out from the bridesmaids in a bright blue lace dress with an illusion neckline. Instead of dropping flowers down the aisle, she wore this organic flower crown lined with coral roses and carried a metal sign.
Katie and Austin's ceremony beautifully highlighted the natural scenery at Isola Farms in Groveland, Florida. “It already had a darling little gate and archway that created the perfect altar,” Katie says. They let the arch serve as their main decor with a garland of eucalyptus, greenery and white hydrangeas that overflowed from the top. The service also had an extra dose of personalization since Katie’s father walked her down the aisle and then married them. (How sweet is that?)
“At the end of our ceremony, we had a special visitor run down the aisle—our sweet dog, Daisy Mae. We knew we couldn’t leave her out of the wedding,” Katie says. Daisy Mae was ready for their exit in a pink collar that perfectly matched their wedding color. Katie even carried her back down the aisle with them.
Of course, Austin and his groomsmen also wanted to add a little country to their looks. They all stepped out for a few photos in formal black tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse and black cowboy boots. The groomsmen also matched the wedding palette with bright turquoise bow ties.
With wildflowers all over the centerpieces and bouquets, Austin picked out a boutonniere that was just as natural. The pros from Flowers by Lesley wrapped yellow craspedia, red hypericum berries and a bunch of wildflowers in twine for his custom accent.
Since Katie and Austin were inspired by a funky Americana-filled store, it was no surprise that their custom invitation had a patriotic banner along the front. It even incorporated their country decor with a cool western font along the date and neutral hues. “Denise from Dogwood Blossom exceeded all my hopes and dreams for our funky, nontraditional invitations,” Katie says. “I love how personalized they were. I still pull it back out to look at it all the time.”
Of course, Katie and Austin also wanted a few bright accents to decorate the cocktail hour. So they worked with Flowers by Lesley and had orange roses, peach garden roses and greenery on every table. They were placed in vintage canisters Katie and her mom collected from antiques stores.
Nothing says patriotic like red, white and blue, and lounge furniture pulled it off beautifully. Katie and Austin chose multiple vintage pieces from RW Events and lined Isola Farms in Groveland, Florida, with luxe lounge furniture. (At one point, it also became the backdrop for their groomsmen photo.)
These vintage-style lampshades were DIY! With just yarn, fringe and ribbon, Katie made every one herself. The bold pink, blue and orange colors even matched their other decor. “They were the perfect finish to our bright-colored lounge,” she says.
We loved Katie and Austin's funky guest book display. Once again, Katie made it herself and covered a rustic wooden board with tons of photos of her and Austin. Each was placed in a bright pink or pastel frame surrounded by plastic deer mounts, roses and even a little shelf. "I love how this project turned out,” Katie says.
For their guest book, Katie and Austin asked every guest to leave them a message on this white vintage desk, which also had a vintage telephone. Their message paper was just as clever with stag illustrations that fit their country theme.
Katie definitely didn’t want to look overdone so Jasmine Doublette Hair and Makeup made sure her look was finished with a classic updo and natural-inspired makeup. It was also the perfect hairstyle for swaying around the dance floor. “Our first dance was to Joey & Rory’s 'Born to be Your Woman.' We had talked about using this for our first dance long before we were engaged,” Katie says.
After months of scouring antique stores, Katie and her mother had the perfect items to make every mismatched centerpiece. Each table was decorated with coffee cans, vintage boxes, bright glitter candlesticks and tons of flowers. Pink roses, wildflowers, orange hypericum, orange roses, pink lisianthus, pink delphiniums and yellow craspedia filled every round and square tin. But the DIY accents didn’t end there. Katie also picked up different fabrics at the same stores and made every runner for their handmade wooden tables.
Katie and Austin's decor also had a few state-inspired aspects, including license plates! Along with one from South Dakota, they also had an Indiana plate on another table and an Alabama one by the guest book display. “I love the unexpected details that we incorporated into our wedding,” Katie says. "These details are what made it ours.”
Katie and Austin loved the wood paper design on the invitation suite so much that they used the same background for their table numbers. The team at Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio made each one with a western-inspired font for some added rustic flair.
During the reception, Katie and Austin's sweetheart table was the picture of Americana. A large American flag was the backdrop for their vintage seating.
Making bright colors chic is no easy task, but Katie and Austin and the pros at Sugar Suite pulled it off. They covered five tiers of amaretto, chocolate and salted-caramel cake with turquoise fondant. The skilled team even painted two tiers with illustrations of peonies and filled the rest with cascading handmade sugar flowers. Now that’s impressive!
“Isola Farms already had some beautiful market lights hanging in the barn and above the dance floor, but I had my heart set on adding big retro Christmas lights,” Katie says. “My dad and uncles made this happen, and we were able to line-dance all night under the colorful string lights.”
Austin definitely stood out from the crowd in his suit. He stepped into the limelight for their sparkler exit in a charcoal gray suit from Men's Wearhouse with a black bow tie and classic white shirt.