By Rachel Jones | Photographs from Loren DeMarco Photography

Haley Volzer and Alex Artayet dated for nine years before he popped the question in St. Croix, but it only took five months to plan the big day! The outdoor celebration at Morning Glory Inn inevitably grew into a garden party-themed occasion. In the midst of loved ones and gorgeous flowers, Haley and Alex exchanged personal vows before the relaxed reception. Three themed food stations kept dinner fun, as guests enjoyed a Pittsburgh spread of mini Primanti-style sandwiches, pierogies, and haluski; a Labor Day picnic spread of pulled pork, mac and cheese, and fruit salad; and a deconstructed salad station to outweigh the heavier options. Refreshing John Daly cocktails served as the signature drink, and a dessert display of berry pastries, apple pies, ice cream, and chocolate and banana cream pies in shot glasses ended the night on a sweet note. “Don’t be afraid to do something nontraditional,” Haley urges. “We knew we didn’t want the typical reception with big round tables and fell in love with the laid-back feel of the Morning Glory Inn. It was such an interesting and different venue — exactly what we were looking for!” 


VENDORS
Cake & Catering: Fish Hawk Acres
Ceremony & Reception: Morning Glory Inn
Flowers: Lauren King
Entertainment: DJ Jason Kendall
Favor: Donation to Our Clubhouse
Hair: Nicole Forrest and Shannon Kelly of Posh Salon
Makeup: Aly Thompson


The couple cut into a chocolate Grand Marnier cake, topped with a hand-painted “Love” sign and fresh flowers. “It was simple and beautiful.”

The couple cut into a chocolate Grand Marnier cake, topped with a hand-painted “Love” sign and fresh flowers. “It was simple and beautiful.”

Haley’s cousin, Lauren King, assembled the bouquets of silk hydrangeas for the bride, bridal party, and parents of the bride and groom.

Haley’s cousin, Lauren King, assembled the bouquets of silk hydrangeas for the bride, bridal party, and parents of the bride and groom.

During her first wedding dress shopping trip, Haley fell in love with this gown’s keyhole back and lace details.

During her first wedding dress shopping trip, Haley fell in love with this gown’s keyhole back and lace details.

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