With help from Amanda Diamondstein-Cieplinska of Stellina Events, the bride's mother, Mary, and stepfather, James (they run a catering company together), Madeleine and Tora planned their dream wedding in just under five months. Set in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, they chose the bride's grandparents' farm as their wedding location.
As a child growing up in Japan, Madeleine would journey to the farm during the summertime; her fond memories of the time spent together with her grandparents played a big part in the decision to hold the wedding there. Years later, on a trip back to Kentucky for Thanksgiving, the couple viewed Madeleine's grandparents' wedding announcement describing their modest wartime nuptials. Detailing the simple cake and tea served after the ceremony and the minimal bridal party, the darling and intimate sensibility also influenced the couple's wedding.