Posts Tagged ‘farm’

Jessica + Matthew: Whimsical Eastern Shore Wedding by Hudson Nichols Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

As the weather warms up, we can’t help but daydream about the most idyllic places on the planet to spend the summer months.  You know, coastal spots with harsh winters that become completely alive with gorgeous foliage, visitors, and cool water lapping up on the- for a brief few months- warm sandy shores.  Jessica and Matthew’s May wedding transports us to such a spot- Trappe, Maryland, where they married on a sunny day at their family farm.  We’re completely taken by the entire event, from their easy-breezy style to the pops of whimsical, vibrant color. And it doesn’t seem that it could have been captured more perfectly than it was in these sunlit photos by Hudson Nichols Photography.

Jessica glowed in an organza Badgley Mischka gown, and had her long curls sideswept in a pretty low-do.  Much like the rest of the event, she emanated an effortless beauty.  The florals, with pops of color inspired by a desert sunset, were sourced from a local farm.  The bride lended her creative touch to many of the day’s details, designing the romantic country wedding of their dreams in a place they both hold dear in their hearts.   

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French Blue Beauty in Virginia by Elisa B Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

It’s only Tuesday and I already feel completely spoiled with farm-inspired beauty.  Tyler and Kira married this past June at a spacious private estate in Charlottesville, Virginia. They envisioned a simple, elegant day adorned with fresh herbs and seasonal blossoms in a palette of French blue, violet, green, yellow, and cream. Although these pure and positively lovely photos by Elisa B Photography make everything look effortless, the weather that day provided plenty of drama…

Charlottesville and the surrounding area experienced massive winds and heavy storms the night before.  Kira says, ‘We woke up to a wedding day with no power and roadways blocked by storm-ravaged trees. Tyler, his groomsmen, and friends worked for hours to cut down trees so that guests could access the reception venue! The entire event ran off of three generators (just barely, but it worked). Even the hair stylist had to improvise due to no electricity!’

Floral and event designer, Beehive Events, described the day as ‘dressed up rustic’ and the fresh palette couldn’t have been more charming or fitting of an East Coast farm-style wedding.  I’m perfectly smitten with those wild, organic centerpieces! 

After a morning of unexpected events and a sweet ceremony, the couple celebrated with their guests under a dream tent on the lush Virginia landscape.

Super big congratulations to Tyler & Kira!

Photos by Elisa B Photography

Bridal Gown by Marisa

Florals by Beehive Events

Hair Styling by Jackie from Bon Hair

Venue: Private Estate


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DIY Wednesday: September Harvest Table
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself, Reception

By: Mary Swenson

A late-summer table setting can be one of the most striking all year – just take a stroll through your local farmer’s market to witness the vibrant palette of in-season produce and flowers! We did just that, and left with an armful of goodies that we used to create a colorful, rambling centerpiece well-suited for a casual rehearsal dinner or farm-style reception. Step One. To start, we popped potted heads of cabbage and kale into baskets, which became the base of the centerpiece.

Step Two. Then we gathered clear jars in various sizes and used them as vases for a few floppy purple dahlias, and spread them out among the baskets.Stpe Three. After the main part of the centerpiece was complete, we added the beautiful seasonal produce. We started by putting the largest pieces – in this case, the gorgeous purple kohlrabi – down first.

Step Four.  The heirloom tomatoes were placed next, and finally colorful little radishes were tucked into the remaining spaces. Step Five.  In keeping with the harvest theme, we pickled green tomatoes and set one at each guest seat. Late summer and early fall are the perfect time of year for canning and pickling, making them perfect favors.

There you have it – a vibrant centerpiece that celebrates the seasonal bounty of your area!

Photos and Concept by Mary Swenson


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Sweet Summer Love
Posted by Kate. Filed under Do It Yourself, Wedding Cakes

Your Tuesday is about to get a little sweeter…

The fabulous Chelsea Fuss made this darling, strawberry wedding cake… and she gave us the full how-to!  Isn’t it so sweet and summery?  Perfect for a rustic, farm wedding.  See how she did it here.

Photo & Styling by Chelsea Fuss

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