It’s time for another Wedding Wednesday, lovelies and that means one soiree after another of some serious pretty. I’m talking everything from fab outdoor affairs to sweet vineyard parties and we’re kicking it all off with a Pennsylvania farm fête that is the literal definition of amazing. From the cute as can be bride and groom to the gorgeous vintage touches to the stunning images captured by Wren & Field Photography, there’s just no better way to start the day. See so much more in the gallery.
From the Bride… From the moment we got engaged, James and I knew we wanted a big wedding bursting with small touches. We both have a lot of family and even more friends, so we needed a venue that could accommodate over 200 guests without losing a sense of intimacy and detail. The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm was absolutely ideal for us. The playwright George Kauffman of “You Can’t Take It With You” and “The Man Who Came to Dinner” fame used to own the property, and it’s now maintained as a bed and breakfast tucked away behind trees and meadows. From the moment we stepped foot on the property, we fell in love with its quirky yet immaculate upkeep. It was a place we could enhance with small details without needing to completely transform it. The gardens and patio handily transitioned between our rehearsal dinner, wedding, and brunch festivities.
The key word in planning our wedding was “celebration.” We wanted each design element to boost the energy and joyousness of the occasion, so we stuck to themes that were bright, natural, and comfortable. The sail-cloth tent was an easy pick as standing beneath it was pure magic. We picked a palette of blues and oranges for colors because they’re our favorite and pop so vibrantly next to one another. We loved the idea of using straw bales as seating at the cocktail hour because it was practical, cost-effective, and played on the farm-esque setting of Barley Sheaf. At dinner, we opted for family style catering so that guests would have to share with each other and have more interaction as a table. Our table arrangements featured a Lazy Susan to help with passing food, which was a really fun element and got everyone talking. We loved the mismatched china and glasses for the place settings, which we described as “raiding Grandma’s china closet.”
Beyond the design details, we also spent a lot of time thinking about the people-details. Late June in Bucks County, PA is often hot and humid, so we elected to keep the groomsmen’s attire light and breathable: linen pants, white shirts, ties but no jackets. We offered guests fans during the ceremony to keep cool and to take as keepsakes. Our favorite people-detail was “James ad Holly Trivia” adorning each place setting. We devised ten different trivia questions inspired by our hobbies, home life, and travel, and guests worked together to learn all the answers. Neither James nor I have ever experienced such intense joy as we did on our wedding day. There was an electric energy coursing through the entire weekend, and to be at the center of so much delight, love, and celebration was a tremendous gift. We are eternally grateful to Barley Sheaf Farm, our incomparable wedding planner Cindi Olsman, and all of family and friends for pulling together for the party of a lifetime!
Wedding Photography: Wren & Field Photography / Venue + Catering: The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm in Holicong, Pennsylvania / Wedding Planner: Cindi Olsman / Floral + Event Design: Murphy & Klein Floral Studio / Wedding Cake: Felix’s Caketeria / Music: “Encore” from Philly Event Group / Tenting: Eventquip / Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones / Bride’s Headpiece + Brooch: handmade by Sarah Laskow / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lela Rose / Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse / Calligrapher + Chalk Board Seating Chart: Kathleen Turnure of Elegant Hand Calligraphy