A Bright Red, Rustic Wedding at Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens in Intercourse, Pennsylvania
Lina Khong (28 and a science teacher) and Rory Byrne-Dugan (28 and a field service engineer) looked to traditional elements from Vietnamese, French, Turkish and Spanish cultures to add a personal touch to their rustic winter affair. Perhaps the most attention-grabbing detail was Lina’s deep red, two-piece gown. “I loved the idea of a red dress for a winter wedding,” she says. She even put a twist on tradition by asking her bridesmaids to wear white. “I was happy to take a risk, plus it was fun to challenge everyone’s expectations.” The couple wed under a DIY chuppah made from wood poles and hand-painted fabric covered with Buddhist symbols. The ultimate rustic detail came in the form of a DIY wood sign that served as the couple’s ceremony program. Lina created it and also addressed each invitation by hand. “I put my typography and calligraphy skills to good use,” she says. At cocktail hour, guests sipped hot mulled cider. “It’s a tradition in Rory’s family to make a huge batch of wassail for Christmas every year,” Lina says. “You just can’t beat a warm drink on a snowy winter night.” Other indulgences included a three-tier lemon and confetti cake filled with raspberry buttercream.