Taylor Dougherty had been begging her boyfriend Lucas Beyl for a puppy for months. He finally found the perfect one and, on a June afternoon, he picked up Heidi, a "mixed-breed German Shepherd who is angry at the world and only loves her parents" — and a diamond ring. He waited for Taylor to pull into their rooftop parking garage, where he proposed with the new pup in tow. "Lucas couldn't keep the ring in his pocket any longer," gushes Taylor.
Taylor and Lucas returned to their home state of Pennsylvania to gather with 100 guests on a friend's countryside farm for a whimsical and intimate wedding. In fact, it was because of friends' and family members' efforts — from donating space to collecting vintage décor — that the couple's May 18, 2013 nuptials came to life. "We had all of the people that we love gathered together in such a beautiful place to help us celebrate our love," Taylor says. "It could not have been more perfect."
"Our venue is probably the most beautiful place we had both ever seen," the bride says about Hopeland Farm, a family friend's property lent to the couple for the week of their wedding. With multiple houses, barns, and even a lake, the land provided enough space for the couple to get ready, plus host their ceremony and reception all in one place.
Taylor chose a Watters wedding gown with a slight sweetheart neckline and a beaded waistband. She paired it with a scalloped lace-edge veil borrowed from a friend.
"I loved my dress because of all the lace and the classic, timeless details," says Taylor. The bride's lavender Seychelles sandals added another feminine detail to her ensemble, as did her fuchsia toenails.
The groom looked dashing in a classic black tuxedo and white tie, finished off with a white rose boutonniere. "Lucas doesn't love dressing up, so we kept it simple," Taylor explains.
Bridesmaids donned mint dresses from J. Crew in a variety of styles that flattered each woman's figure. "I liked that thee dresses were simple and didn't scream 'bridesmaid,'" Taylor says.
Taylor gave a local artist free reign to design the couple's floral arrangements, including the bride's bouquet. The result? A blend of peach, pink, and ivory roses and peonies.
The father of the groom handmade wooden signs directing guests to the ceremony, reception and, of course, the bar.
A banjo player strummed "lively, happy, folk music," for the ceremony, Taylor says.
Taylor and Lucas exchanged vows on a lawn that leads to a pond. When a light drizzle began to fall, guests simply opened up their umbrellas and the ceremony continued. "The rain was actually very romantic!" Taylor says.
Before the couple joined guests at their reception, Taylor swapped her veil for a floral crown made of the tiniest purple-and-white blooms. She topped her gown with a vintage-inspired scalloped cape.
The whimsy reception was held in a peaked tent, illuminated by a collection of white paper lanterns that cast a soft, romantic glow.
Round tables were topped with burlap runners and a collection of vintage and handmade décor assembled by friends and family. "My dad scrounged up the wood for the centerpieces," Taylor says, while the groom's mother and grandmother provided mismatched glass jars and vases to be filled with vibrant blooms.
Taylor's mother and a bridesmaid made homemade jelly for the couple's favors finished off with a cute bird tag.
Lucas' mother and grandmother collected vintage china, which was used to serve both the main course and dessert. "We're so grateful for all the help we had!" Taylor says.
Two teal-colored birds in a raffia nest sat atop Taylor and Lucas' maple-and-vanilla wedding cake.
A wooden slab served as a rustic stand for the three-tiered cake, while silverware was set out in jars wrapped with raffia and white lace.
A DJ played tunes inside a barn used for the couple's dance floor. Lucas and Taylor took a spin to "When I Say I Do" by Clint Black.
After their honeymoon in Hawaii, Taylor and Lucas returned home to their dog, and another furry addition to their family. Looking back on their eclectic and romantic big day, Taylor has this advice for brides-to-be: "Planning can get overwhelming, so just make one decision at a time. Don't get caught up in color combinations and themes — everything will come together if you love each individual piece!"
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hopeland Farm || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters || Shoes: Seychelles || Hair: Tangles Salon || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew || Groom's Suit: Men's Wearhouse || Wedding Bands: Diamond Cutters International, Queen of Heirs || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Macy's || Ring Bearer's Attire: Macy's || Florist: Angie Hohenadel || Invitations & Paper Goods: Charles Beyl Illustration || Music: Ceremony - Jordan Rast, Reception - Andrew Yeager || Cake: Creative Cakes and Candy || Photography: Jacquelyne Mae Photography