This simple, DIY inspired Pennsylvania farm wedding is pretty much too cute for words! I’m loving all the handcrafted goodness from the signs to the floral arrangements. Sent to us by Seth Snider Photography, this wedding is sure to get your little wheels turning in DIY department! To see even more of this sweet, farm affair, hop on over to the gallery.
A brief story about us: After meeting in Australia and becoming good friends, we decided to date. About a year later we broke up since Jeremy wanted to move to Indonesia and I…. didn’t. A few months later we were still keeping in touch quite frequently but were not officially back together. I was still in Australia but Jeremy was back home in Florida. In October he totally surprised me in Australia with a ring. I didn’t even know he was in the country untilI saw him walking towards me with a little black box in his hand! The best part was he got me the ring I really wanted-my grandmother’s!!
Since I am from a small town in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and he is from Jacksonville, Florida, we had some decision making to do with where the wedding would be. We decided on May 1st in Strasburg, Pennsylvania on my family’s farm. The setting was perfect for us! We had the ceremony under a white tent and then the reception in the barn.
First was finding a dress. My favorite part about the Mikaella bridal dress from In White were the pockets. Lip gloss and tissues were always with me! One thing I new I wanted was a bird cage veil, which I also foundat In White.
We didn’t want to do everything the typical way but still wanted to enjoy a traditional wedding. I had so many ideas going through my head. I wasn’t really sure how it would all unfold. We went for a touch of the vintage look mixed with the country, maybe even a little shabby chic. Using things that we already had, could borrow, or do ourselves was the key to making our day unique for less. From potting planters, to making table runners and making signs with old barn wood, there was lots of wedding prep to be done. During the cocktail hour there were vintage couches and chairs from my mom and grandmother set up in the yard. Guests were able to enjoy some wine or sangria in the lounge area oraround a high top table. Rather than doing the traditional table numbers, we bought wooden letters and painted them white. Our seating charts were in pictures frames that were hung on the outside of the barn next to the entrance door. This was a lot simpler than doing escort cards. A florist made our bouquets but we took care of all the reception flowers ourselves. Down the center of the rectangle tables we used mason jars, antique milk glass and other neat vases that I found at thrift stores. Each was either stuffed full of flowers or only had one or 2 stems for a simple look. One of my favorite features was the mirrored wall behind the head table, it really added depth and character to the barn. Instead of having a slide show with pictures of Jeremy and I from little on up, we took professional portraits of us and our family, from when we were little, and hung them on a wall. Guests were able to enjoy them through out the nightand especially as they waited in line for the receiving line and dessert buffet. We hung fabric with twinkle lights from the ceiling beams and used curly willow branches where ever we could.
Jeremy and I actually saw each other before and did all of our pictures and bridal party pictures before the wedding. It made the actually ceremony so much more relaxing! Jeremy’s Dad officiated the ceremony with a very personal message full of love, humor, and wisdom! Everyone made it on time, including the best man who flew in that morning from Florida! The food in the buffet was delicious, and the dance floor was hopping!
Photography: Seth Snider Photography / Bridal Gown: In White / Caterer: Sei Catering / Tent, table and chair rental: Hess Tent Rental / Cake: Bird-in-Hand Bakery / Hair: Creative Hair Desgin / Flowers: Herr’s Flowers / Men’s Attire: Jos. A. Banks and The Tiebar / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Paper: Julia’s Poppies