We have a glorious Cooperstown, NY wedding from Justin and Mary to start off your week! The details, of which there are plenty, aren't the only remarkable thing about this gorgeous celebration. Caitlin and Mike won the giveaway from Jessica's Country Flowers that we announced earlier this year! They are certainly a deserving couple and we are so happy that they were able to get the wedding of their dreams. As an extra treat, Jessica filled us in on how to get all the delicious goodies below. Pick out your favorite from the full gallery!
From Jessica of Jessica's Country Flowers...Caitlin and Mike applied for our deserving couple contest back in 2009. They were going through some family issues and struggling financially. Mike was leaving his job to go back to school full time and they were living off of one income. They are such a loving couple, devoted to their family and to each other. We couldn't of selected a more grateful and truly deserving couple.
The setting: The Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown, New York. They were married in the chapel on the grounds, Cornwallville Church. Then the reception following in the barn at the museum. The Farmer's Museum is a spectacular venue that has deep roots in New York State's rural history. The museum is set on 120 acres of pristine farm land which has been a working farm since the 1790's. The Farmer's Museum is a private, non-profit educational organization.
Caitlin had a really great inspiration board she had created for us. I used old aluminum sap buckets from my parent's sugar house to showcase some antique purple hydrangea I picked out of my gardens at 4:30 am the morning of the wedding. For her centerpieces we created three different looks. One was in wooden crates, lined with sheet moss and overflowing with seasonal flowers. The other were chocolate footed metal urns filled with antique hydrangea, garden spray roses and locally grown flowers. For a simple look, we gathered bright pink and purple salvia, fresh mint, fresh sage leaves and garden roses in various sized mason jars. Then, clustered them together on the tables. The smell of fresh herbs is intense and wonderful for a summery wedding.
We created a "family tree" with manzanita branches in tall cylinder vases and purple mokara orchids. The bride created her own DIY escort cards of flower seeds in envelopes. We strung natural twine from the two trees and then hung each escort card with a wooden clothes pin. Natural twine can be found at your local Home Depot or hardware store. We dressed the escort card table with chocolate color burlap.
Since many guests were traveling, we created cute out of town guest bags. We filled natural burlap bags with tissue paper, then added raspberry rhubarb jam from Lamothe's Sugar House, bottled water, Crunch and munch, raisinettes and lavender oatmeal soap from Goat Boy soaps. I picked up prepackaged "thank you" notes at Walmart and attached them to the handle of each bag with a wooden clothes pin.
Along with Jennifer from Cookie Creatives, we created a really awesome candy station. She hand made caramel/chocolate popcorn, sea salt caramels, homemade marshmallows, chocolate dipped pretzel rods and three different kinds of chocolate bars. We added maple lollipops and maple salt water taffy from the sugar house to the display. I also made my parents famous Maple farmhouse chocolate chip cookies and placed them in jars for guests to help themselves to. Jennifer also hand decorated sugar cookies with the couples monogram on and flowers. We displayed those in vintage wooden trays amongst all the candy jars.
For a little candlelight romance, the staff at the Farmer's Museum helped us hang green oxidized metal lanterns with real candles. We used thin copper wire to hang them from little eye hooks that were already in the wood beams. Since the ceilings were so tall, it helped to break up the space and add some drama."
Vendor Credits: Photography: Justin & Mary / Event Design, Planning and Flowers: Jessica's Country Flowers / Venue: The Farmers' Museum / Invitation Design: Darryl Norsen / Letterpress: Michael Dacey at Repeat Press / Bride's Dress: Modern Trousseau from White Dress by the Shore / Band: The Lustre Kings / Bridesmaids Necklaces: JustMade Jewelry / Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal / Head Piece: Lo Boheme / Ring Bowl: Paloma's Nest / Candy Station: Jennifer of Cookie Creatives / Cake: Duran of ABC Cakes