Mrs. Austyn Morss started working for Deer Run Winery as the Event Coordinator in 2020. At the time she was Miss Austyn Simmons, engaged with plans to marry in May 2021 after her 2020 wedding had been postponed due to the shutdown. During the pandemic her venue went through a change of ownership. The new owners assured Austyn and her fiancé, Patrick, they would honor the deposit paid to the previous owner and the couple looked forward to holding their wedding in May of 2021. Unfortunately, due to legal issues with the venue, Austyn and Patrick were informed their venue was unable to host their wedding as scheduled in May 2021. This left Austyn, an event coordinator who had planned and assisted hundreds of brides over the years, extremely frustrated; again, she was being told she needed to postpone her wedding another year. Feeling that she and her fiancé were ready to get married, even if it was a small gathering, they decided to hold a small wedding in the vineyard at Deer Run Winery.
So, what does it look like when an event coordinator gets married? For this gal and her groom, their open-air ceremony followed by cocktail reception in the vineyard was nothing short of magical. Her wedding day began at home where she was met by her make-up artist/hairstylist and photographer. The bride wore a gorgeous Allure strapless damask bridal gown with a sweep train, and she arrived at Deer Run Winery in style in her father’s convertible BMW. Austyn carried a bouquet of white calla lilies as we assisted her into the golf cart before Scott drove her into the vineyard out of sight of the guests.
Once Austyn was in place, in a row of Traminette vines on the arm of her father, instrumental music began to play and the maid of honor, her childhood best friend, walked out from the row of vines and took her place to the left of the arbor. The sun shone brightly in the sky that Sunday afternoon and it became Austyn’s moment; it was finally her turn to be the bride walking down the aisle. A breeze lifted her veil as she emerged from the vines to see the familiar faces of her closest friends and family and there waiting for her was Patrick, the man she fell in love with, the man whom she was dedicating her future to. Patrick stood straight and tall, a brawny man of more than 6 feet; he wore his grandfather’s vintage custom tuxedo made in 1919. The two exchanged vows and celebrations ensued in the vineyard immediately following the ceremony.
Tables topped with white hydrangeas and draped with white linen that flowed in the breeze dotted the vineyard’s headlands. The buffet tables were filled with a spread of finger foods and charcuterie. A portable bar was set up to serve the guests and while the couple celebrated their toast with a bottle of Dom Perignon, the guests toasted with a specialty lemonade lavender brandy cocktail topped off with a scoop of lemon sorbet. The dessert table, set against the backdrop of the vineyard, showcased glistening mini fruit tartlets and a modestly garnished almond cake with raspberry filling. The two-tier wedding cake was decorated in pristine white, crowned with white roses and a custom cake topper prominently displaying the newlywed’s name. After an hour or so of mingling, the couple and their family took photos in the vineyard and by the pond. They continued celebrations that evening at Patrick’s family’s country estate with fireworks, an enormous bonfire, and more food and drink.
Sometimes when the original plan doesn’t work out, the alternative can be even greater. The couple is hopeful that by 2022 the legal issues with their original venue will be cleared up and they plan to celebrate with their full guest list next year. In Austyn’s case, for having assisted so many brides in her career, she deserves two weddings! Her vineyard wedding at Deer Run Winery was intimate and “rustic-chic”. Now, in true Event Coordinator fashion, she can get to work planning next year’s wedding!
Florals: Genesee Valley Florist
Wedding Cake: Sweet Solutions
Wedding Gown: Heart to Heart Bride
Venue: Deer Run Winery
Hair Stylist / Make up Artist: Danielle Willardson
Photographer: LeNovel Photography
Caterer: Simply Crepes & Wegmans
I am the winemaker's wife. Scott and I married in 2014 and I transitioned from a hospitality manager to a grape farmer's wife, event coordinator and blog author.