Explore Kayli and John Austin’s whimsical, floral wedding weekend at Troutbeck in Amenia, New York. This remarkable celebration, captured through both digital and 35mm film, offers a glimpse into behind-the-scenes moments and personalized details. With their hands-on approach, the couple curated an event that brimmed with thoughtful touches, including hand-crafted menus and signage. Against a picturesque “home away from home” backdrop, the vibrant garden theme harmoniously fused playfulness and sophistication.

The Venue

Troutbeck Hotel | Amenia, New York

Choosing the right venue was a top priority for the couple, and Troutbeck checked all the boxes. Nestled in Amenia within the Hudson Valley of Upstate New York, this location struck the perfect balance. It’s close enough to Long Island for accessibility yet far enough to offer an intimate weekend getaway. It’s a place where history meets romance. With multiple stunning settings and a dedicated team of experts, Troutbeck offered a central spot for all of their events.

Troutbeck Hotel main house in Amenia, NY.
Troutbeck Hotel, Amenia New York.
Welcome to Troutbeck hotel events letterboard.

The Couples Vision

A Vibrant English-Inspired Garden Party

Kayli and John Austin envisioned their wedding as a blend of an “English Garden Party” and a “Sophisticated Adult Summer Camp.” Embracing the vibrant hues of late summer in Upstate New York, their chosen color palette resonated beautifully with the historical backdrop of Troutbeck. Infusing nature’s elegance with a focus on florals, their concept artfully connected the joy of an outdoor experience to an evening of refined elegance.

The Rehearsal Dinner & Welcome Party

With Custom Welcome Bags & a Surprise Groom’s Cake

To kickstart their unforgettable wedding weekend, the couple hosted a lively rehearsal dinner and welcome party that set a warm and inviting tone. Held in The Tall Barn, the event hinted at the floral theme of the upcoming wedding while offering a relaxed blue and white backyard aesthetic. Guests received custom welcome bags, showcasing a personalized logo designed by Kayli herself. The evening seamlessly transitioned to the Pole Barn for an energetic welcome party, featuring mingling, dancing, laughter, and a surprise groom’s cake. This event marked a joyful prelude to the vibrant love-filled weekend ahead.

Bride and groom portrait on 35mm film at Troutbeck.
The Tall Barn at Troutbeck rehearsal dinner.
Rehearsal dinner at Troutbeck with long tables and wooden cross-back chairs.
Wedding rehearsal dinner at Troutbeck.
35mm film candid rehearsal dinner portrait.
Guests walking to the Pole Barn at Troutbeck for a wedding welcome party.

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Getting Ready at Troutbeck

The Girls | Manor House

The excitement of the day unfolded as the bridal party prepared in the elegant Manor House. Dressed in the cutest matching pajamas by Print Fresh, the girls got ready in style, capturing candid moments with disposable cameras while eagerly anticipating the celebration ahead. The bridesmaids’ attire mirrored the whimsical spirit of the day – mismatched, colorful dresses with summery floral patterns. The centerpiece of the occasion, the Galia Lahav Wedding Gown, was a masterpiece with 3D floral details and a corset-style bodice that fit Kayli to perfection.

Bride and bridesmaids wearing matching getting ready pajamas from Print Fresh.

The Guys | Benton House

Meanwhile, the groom and his groomsmen readied themselves in the Benton House. Exuding timeless sophistication, the men donned classic black and white ensembles. The groom opted for a Sid Mashburn suit, transitioning into a sleek J. Mueser tuxedo for the reception.

First Look Moments

Embracing the heartwarming sentiment of the day, Kayli shared a touching first look with her father before meeting John Austin on the picturesque red bridge of Troutbeck. “Pain” by The War on Drugs played softly in the background adding to the romantic ambiance. Kayli and John Austin’s smiles illuminated the moment they saw each other. With these precious memories captured, we continued our journey around the property, creating a mix of timeless portraits and candid captures.

Father-Daughter First Look

Bride & Groom First Look

Bride and groom hugging after their first look.

Newlywed Portraits

The Love Story | Kayli & John Austin

Kayli and John Austin’s story began with a spontaneous trip from D.C. to Atlanta music for a music festival in September 2017. Little did Kayli know, she’d meet her future husband there. They hung out as friends that weekend, and although they didn’t start dating right away, they kept in touch. Fast forward to November, when John Austin visited D.C. and things started to click. Four years later, in February 2021, John Austin popped the question at Kayli’s family home in Key Largo. With a bit of scheming involving her brother and dad, he pulled off the perfect proposal by the water.

A Whimsical Wedding Party

Mismatched Floral Bridesmaid Dresses & Classic Black Groomsmen Attire

The wedding party embodied the lively floral garden theme. Each bridesmaid’s dress celebrated her individuality while contributing to an enchanting collective tapestry of colors and patterns. This diverse ensemble came together with a delightful summery flair, enhanced by Kayli’s radiant red hair. Against the lush backdrop of Troutbeck, they were the essence of a luxury English garden party. Beyond their impeccable appearance, the group’s infectious energy made them an absolute joy to collaborate with.

Bridal party portrait with mismatched vibrant pink and blue floral bridesmaid dresses.

The Outdoor Ceremony

The Walled Garden

The Walled Garden set the perfect scene for the ceremony. The aisle was lined with vibrant floral arrangements, leading to a stunning freestanding floral arch crafted by the talented Abby from Hellabloom. Despite the sweltering heat, the atmosphere was charged with romance, authenticity, and emotion. The couple’s path to the altar was unique, having officially wed the Wednesday prior at a charming stone church in Kayli’s hometown. This allowed them to truly savor and exchange personal vows during their outdoor Troutbeck ceremony. The moment was deeply moving, especially as John Austin recited his heartfelt vows to Kayli – even I was teary-eyed. Choosing “Lovely Day” as their recessional song, a track filled with cherished memories, was the perfect way to conclude this touching ceremony.

Outdoor wedding ceremony in The Walled Garden at Troutbeck with vibrant florals.

Cocktail Hour

The Main House

The cocktail hour seamlessly flowed between the main house and the charming back patio. Guests savored delectable passed appetizers while soaking in the tunes of a live band. The first floor of Troutbeck buzzed with cheerful mingling and laughter as everyone enjoyed this vibrant transition between ceremony and reception.

The Floral-Filled Reception

The Troutbeck Ballroom

The reception unfolded in a vibrant ballroom bursting with colorful florals. Soft, romantic lighting added an inviting aura to the space, setting the stage for a magical evening. The centerpiece of the night, a stunning hanging floral installation above the tables, transported guests to a dreamlike world. This visual masterpiece reflected the couple’s creative vision and the florist’s artistry. Every detail, even down to the personalized napkins featuring the Troutbeck logo, showcased the couple’s dedication to a visually stunning and deeply meaningful celebration. While the evening was enriched with a romantic first dance and heartfelt toasts, the dance floor stole the spotlight, keeping the energy alive all night. Kayli’s outfit change and the couple’s library photoshoot were just a few of the many highlights of this gorgeous wedding at Troutbeck.

Wedding band playing in a ballroom.
Bride and groom flash photos in the Troutbeck library.
Venue: Troutbeck || Coordinator: Wedding Planning Plus || Bride Outfit Designer: Cult Gaia || Jewelry: Lizzie Fortunato || Shoes: Inez || Hair: Alexxa Antoniato || Makeup: Jen Lupis || Groom Outfit Designer: Sid Mashburn || Jewelry: Rolex || Groom’s Shoes: Sid Mashburn || Engagement Ring: J.C. Grant Company || Wedding Bands: London Jeweler’s TWO || Floral Design: Hellabloom
Invitations: Allison Vaz Designs || Music: LNJ Tech || Catering: Troutbeck || Cake: Tortafina  || Rentals: Troutbeck || Welcome Bags: Promo Kings || Videography: Lola Vision Video for The Pros
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