Most couples planning a wedding together tend not to see eye-to-eye on every single detail\u2014not so for fashion designer Katie Ermilio and her now-husband Tylee Abbott, who got married on June 10, 2017. The New York-based newlyweds were on the same page from the start, beginning with hosting the event in rural Pennsylvania, where they both happened to have grown up, less than 10 miles apart from each other. That they would host the party on Tylee\u2019s grandmother\u2019s thoroughbred horse farm was practically a given; \u201cWe\u2019re lucky because we have similar tastes, and our vision was always aligned,\u201d Katie says. That vision included an event that felt both formal and relaxed, with an aesthetic inspired by an English countryside garden. \u201cWe started with the flowers, and just built around that,\u201d says Tylee, the vice president of American art at Christie\u2019s. \u201cWe wanted something classic, clean, and fresh\u2014perfect for spring.\u201d Despite having 280 guests, the couple wanted the event to feel intimate, which they achieved with a mix of round and banquet tables. \u201cWe loved that it felt like a bunch of friends and family getting together for a big, fun dinner,\u201d Tylee says. HOW THEY METKatie and Tylee actually met for the first time as preschoolers, growing up in rural Pennsylvania. But it wasn\u2019t until January 2013 that they reconnected through a good, old-fashioned set up\u2014only Katie had no idea a fix-up was taking place. The two met for dinner at Lovely Day in New York\u2019s Nolita neighborhood, with a mutual friend and Tylee\u2019s brother\u2019s girlfriend in attendance. \u201cI\u2019d met Tylee\u2019s brother and they look alike, so I thought she was Tylee\u2019s girlfriend,\u201d Katie says. \u201cI was a little perplexed as to why he was spending so much time talking to me.\u201d Tylee, on the other hand, was smitten from the start. \u201cI was pretty enamored,\u201d he recalls. \u201cShe was a bundle of energy.\u201d Tylee got Katie\u2019s number, and proceeded to pursue her without much success. Katie cancelled a few times because she was busy running her namesake fashion line, but they finally went on that date. Within a year, they were living together. THE PROPOSALTylee had planned to propose to Katie during the summer of 2016 on his parent\u2019s ranch in Montana\u2014but another brother (he has three!) had the same idea for his girlfriend, and beat him to it. Instead, Tylee planned a getaway to the ranch over Labor Day weekend instead. Upon arriving, he rushed Katie down to the pond to have a picnic and go fly-fishing. \u201cAs she was trying to fish, I got the ring out and proposed at the edge of the water,\u201d says Tylee, who captured the whole thing on a video camera he had set up. Except for his brother and his fianc\u00e9 \u2014who showed up from their home in nearby Bozeman just after the proposal\u2014nobody knew about the engagement until after they returned to New York. \u201cOnce you start telling everyone, it becomes all these calls and texts and we just wanted to bask in the afterglow for a minute,\u201d Katie recalls. \u201cTo this day, my little sister has not forgiven me.\u201d Though they\u2019d never explicitly discussed engagement rings, Tylee knew what Katie wanted from a trip to London years ago. \u201cI took her window shopping to see what she would point out, and a three-stone ring was it,\u201d he says. No surprise, since Katie and Tylee\u2019s moms both have three-stone engagement rings (sapphires on either side of a diamond). \u201cI thought it\u2019d be nice to share in that tradition,\u201d she says. Katie is good friends with jewelry designer Candace Pool Neistat of Finn, and Tylee turned to her for help. \u201cShe worked her magic and made it special and unique,\u201d he says of the yellow gold ring with three diamonds. Candace also made the couple's wedding bands, as well as the diamond studs that Tylee gave to Katie the morning of their wedding.THE REHEARSAL DINNERSince the couple was engaged in Montana, they wanted to incorporate some Western elements into their rehearsal dinner, which was held inside the barn at Katie\u2019s parent\u2019s farm. The dress code called for blue jeans, button-downs, and cowboy boots, and Katie wore one of her own designs\u2014an off-the-shoulder dress with puffed sleeves paired with Tabitha Simmons white eyelet shoes.About 90 people attended the dinner\u2014where grilled quail, pepper butter-poached halibut, spring pea risotto, and ice pops for dessert were served. After dinner, the event was opened up to all other guests for some live country and rock music. \u201cLike the rest of the weekend, the rehearsal dinner was mellow and relaxed,\u201d Katie says.THE DRESSBetween running a business and planning a wedding, Katie still found time to design her own gown, though she didn\u2019t actually make it until a month out). \u201cIt was challenging, because as a designer, you can really do anything,\u201d she says. \u201cI had always envisioned being married in long sleeves, so that was all I knew. I sketched the first thing that came to mind, and just ran with it.\u201d The result was a corseted, scoop-neck gown made of intertwined tiered layers of floral embroidered cotton lace and French Chantilly lace. Underneath, she wore a bodysuit made of silk corded Chantilly. \u201cMaking my own gown and my veil made me feel so connected to my wedding, I can\u2019t even explain it,\u201d recalls the bride. Even more impressive? Katie also made the dresses for her bridesmaids in a Morbido tulle flown in from Spain, as well as looks for her mother and mother-in-law. \u201cIt was so nice for everyone to be a part of our day, and in this way I could also be a part of theirs,\u201d she says. THE VENUEGetting married in Pennsylvania, near their childhood homes, was practically a given\u2014especially because Tylee\u2019s grandmother owns a beautiful thoroughbred racehorse farm where aunts, cousins, and other family members have also tied the knot. \u201cIt was a bit of a no-brainer,\u201d Tylee says. As for the ceremony, they chose St. David\u2019s Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Not only did they both go there growing up, but Tylee\u2019s parents got married there. \u201cWhen we walked in, we knew it was for us,\u201d Katie says. Adds Tylee, \u201cIt has a big chapel space that fits hundreds of people, but we chose to have the ceremony in the tiny, original church from the 1700\u2019s and just crammed everyone in.\u201d THE CEREMONYIn keeping with the English garden theme, Valley Forge Flowers transformed the church aisle into a path of delphinium, ferns, and garden-inspired blooms. Katie and Tylee didn\u2019t see each other before the ceremony, which was officiated by the church\u2019s reverend. And while the couple didn\u2019t write their own vows, they did memorize them. \u201cTylee\u2019s parents also memorized them, so we wanted to honor them by doing it, too,\u201d Katie says. After the ceremony, every guest signed a witness sheet, which is a Quaker tradition. \u201cWe\u2019ll be able to remember everyone who was there on our day,\u201d says Tylee, who wore a cutaway morninguit by Ermilio Clothiers, the bespoke suiting brand founded by Katie's grandfather. After taking a few posed photographs in the church, the newlyweds escaped in a getaway car: a dark green 1970s Mercedes 280SL Convertible, which was filled with delphinium for their drive to the reception. \u201cMy mom surprised us by putting tin cans on the car, which was cute and very old school,\u201d Tylee says. \u201cKatie and I took the long way to the reception. We drove through the town and everyone we passed on the street started cheering.\u201d Following the ceremony, the couple took family portraits, with their photographer, Meredith Heuer, who also shot the couple's wedding video. THE RECEPTIONThe wedding took place the same weekend as the Belmont Stakes horse race\u2014and given the location of the reception, it\u2019s no surprise that guests wanted to watch. The couple obliged by setting up a big-screen TV inside the barn, where the tack room had been converted into a bourbon bar with 10 different bottles on offer. After the race, which signaled the end of cocktail hour, the fun really began inside the large sailcloth tent. \u201cWe opened the dance floor early because we wanted people to basically never sit down,\u201d Katie says. Despite protests from their parents and the caterer Max Hansen, Katie and Tylee were adamant about doing a family-style dinner. \u201cIt just makes it more social and fun, and we liked the idea of everyone interacting,\u201d Tylee says. The couple picked a number of dishes they liked at the tasting \u201cwhether or not they made sense,\u201d says Katie. But the end result was a delicious mix of flavors\u2014filet mignon, pan-roasted trout, pesto gnocchi, buttermilk smashed potatoes, and broccoli rabe, to name a few.For dessert, the duo took advantage of strawberry season, and opted for a cake with lemon curd, fresh strawberries, and vanilla buttercream icing. \u201cI still have dreams about how incredible the cake was,\u201d Tylee says. \u201cOur baker from The Createrie (a local bakery that has since closed) made enough for all 280 people\u2014there was no sheet cake in the back.\u201d Katie surprised Tylee with a groom\u2019s cake made of chocolate and Nutella, and there was also an antique ice cream truck handing out all the classics. \u201cIt was cake and ice cream, like a five-year-old\u2019s birthday party,\u201d Katie jokes. The 11-piece band from Starlight Music kept everyone on their feet; \u201cThe band was incredible, and guests were getting up and singing songs with them,\u201d Tylee says. It started to wind down at around 11 p.m., but they convinced the band to stay for an extra half hour. \u201cLate in the evening, Tylee, his groomsmen, and both of our fathers dug up a bottle of Maker\u2019s Mark bourbon\u2014a family favorite\u2014they had buried a month in advance of the wedding, which is a tradition to secure good weather,\u201d says Katie, who changed into a lace slip dress with ribbon ties at the shoulder. Finally, at midnight, the newlyweds headed to The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia to rest up for a flight to Africa the following morning. THE HONEYMOONKatie and Tylee spent a little more than three weeks in Africa, with stops in South Africa, Botswana, and Mozambique. In Botswana, they stayed at Duba Plains Camp, which has just five luxury tents (and wasn\u2019t yet open at the time they booked the trip). \u201cWe fell in love with it there, and were lucky to see so much,\u201d Katie says. One highlight? Watching a pride of lions successfully hunt some warthogs. \u201cWe were fortunate to have our own guide and Jeep, so we could pick how long we followed certain animals\u2014and we stuck with the lions for hours,\u201d Tylee says. The getaway ended on a relaxing note at andBeyond Benguerra Island, off the coast of Mozambique.