An Enchanted Courtyard Wedding at a Private Residence in East Wichita, Kansas
High school sweethearts Layne Alexander (24 and a teacher) and Alex Babst (26 and a systems architect) dated for seven years before getting engaged in the spot where they shared their first hug. Over the next 10 months, the couple planned their sophisticated affair, and luckily for the couple, Alex’s parents had recently bought and renovated a beautiful house in east Wichita, but they hadn’t moved in yet. "It's a house built for entertaining, with enormous rooms, high ceilings, beautiful lighting, endless wood and glass details," says Layne. Walls of windows were built around a large, rectangular, open-air courtyard, where the couple exchanged vows. "It was a dream come true to be able to have both our wedding and reception in a private home that is beautiful and grand as well as homey and intimate," says Layne. The secret-garden elements of the courtyard helped inspire the natural color palette of coral, gray and light green. Through the floral design, the couple wanted to bring nature indoors to soften all the hard wood and stone of the house. The whimsical variety of lilies, hazelnut branches, tulips, garden roses, peonies, hydrangeas, berries, orchids and ferns contrasted with private estate's clean lines. Layne was excited to not have to worry too much about decor since they were hosting the wedding in a home. "We instead focused on taking away furniture and decor so that the space would feel as open as possible," says Layne.