Lisa Katzen and Ted Falzarano were in search of a farm or barn-like setting for their wedding. As soon as they visited the Chimney Hill Estate in Lambertville, they knew that they had found the place for their special day on September 7, 2013. “I wanted rustic, I wanted vintage, I didn’t want it in a ballroom because it’s just not me,” says Lisa, who had grown up attending antique auctions and scouring vintage shops with her parents. For the Katzen family, antiquing is “in the blood.”
The couple actually first met at an antique auction in 2008. Lisa was looking for unique pieces for her furniture and trinket shop. Ted was working a side job catering the auction, and slipped Lisa some free food. At the time, Lisa had a boyfriend, and Ted had yet to finalize his divorce. It wasn’t for another year until they crossed paths again—at the same auction—but this second time, both were single.
Wedding planner Danielle Rothweiler at Rothweiler Event Design explains that barn weddings can be trickier to arrange than a traditional ballroom wedding, but allow “so much more creative control.” To offset costs, Lisa relied on her own ingenuity, vintage taste and crafty DIY friends and family to piece together their special day. Wholesale flowers delivered fresh allowed Lisa to create her own designs and bouquet, while saving a bundle on florist costs. Light-blue Ball jars wrapped in pieces of burlap and tiny, turn-of-the-century medicine bottles functioned as flower vases. “We wanted each one to be different,” Lisa says. “We didn’t want tables to match. Because we used long farm tables, we wanted some low centerpieces and some high ones. It looked very farm fresh and kind of country.”
Lisa sported a 1950s cocktail dress with off-white flocked fabric over yellow tulle, ordered from Etsy, as her wedding gown, and Ted and his son wore matching suits. The yellow theme was prominent throughout the rustic early fall wedding, from ribbons on the bouquet to napkins on the farm tables. The three-layered cake played with textures, alternating off-white and yellow with a simple cake topper, handmade from vintage items purchased at Parcel in Montclair.
With plans for a honeymoon to Italy in 2015, they are now at home in Milton, Delaware.