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

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.

Peach Floral Stationery Suite
Short Coral J.Crew Bridesmaid Dresses
One of Layne's absolute favorite aspects of the wedding was the enchanted floral design. "Susan’s Floral did an incredible job with the flowers," says Layne. "We discussed my vision for whimsical, softly colorful and multi-textured flowers extensively, and I loved the result!"
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.
The first item that Layne bought was her hair piece, a comb with a spray of pearls in a floral design. "It was an impulse purchase, but it just felt right, and it proved to inspire the rest of my choices," says Layne.
Ruffled Flower Girl Dress With Flower Crown
Brown Wood Chiavari Ceremony Chairs
Walls of windows were built around a large, rectangular open-air courtyard. "This courtyard is where the wedding ceremony took place, and 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.
Layne and Alex's First Kiss
The secret-garden-inspired wedding was filled with soft candlelight and romantic chandeliers.
Contemporary Ghost Reception Chairs
The secret-garden elements of the courtyard helped inspire the natural color palette of coral, gray and light green.
The whimsical variety of lilies, hazelnut branches, tulips, garden roses, peonies, hydrangea, 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. "I love that I was able to have photos in very different areas -- from the glamorous master bedroom and dressing room to the serious library and the modern kitchen."
Through the floral design, the couple wanted to bring nature indoors to soften all the hard wood and stone of the house.
A year earlier, Layne  had seen a picture of a cake with four tall and narrow tiers, simply frosted in natural waves of buttercream. "I never wavered from wanting to recreate this cake, but add my secret-garden flair," says Layne.
Layne and Alex's First Dance