Pennsylvania Handmade Wedding by Alison Conklin Photography
October 27, 2010
Mid Atlantic
DIY Inspired

How adorable is this next couple? And it's not just because the groom's beard rivals that of my husband. They were married at the bride's parents' home...the very same place where the groom picked her up for their first date! Their wedding, captured by Alison Conklin, was the ultimate handmade soiree. The bride, along with her mom and sisters, not only arranged the flowers themselves but grew most of them too. A summer farm wedding wouldn't be complete without strawberry shortcake and locally-grown comfort food. Everything else from the cake topper to the sangria was handmade!  Here is a little taste but for buckets of inspiration check out the full gallery!

Pennsylvania DIY Wedding I

Pennsylvania DIY Wedding II

Pennsylvania DIY Wedding III

More DIY details in the full gallery!

And before we let you get away too fast, we HAD to share this awesome video that Evan Scott crafted for the couple. You can really see how all of that gorgeousness came to life. Evan is an awesome cinematographer and he approached this wedding with the same charm and style that was captured in the photographs. Love, love, love.

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We decided to have the wedding at my parents farm in Kempton, PA, because it's absolutely beautiful in the summertime (when everything is lush and green!) and it's special to me and Josh -it' s where he picked me up for our first date. Although I loved the idea of an outdoor wedding, I wanted to have a "plan b" in case of rain, so we ended up cleaning out the barn to use for the ceremony (and reception in case of rain). We hung an old, ornate headboard above the "alter" and the barn shelves were lined with an old blue glass bottle collection I bought at a yard sale last spring.

The women in my family are pretty into gardening, so we grew most of the flowers ourselves, and my mom, sisters and I arranged them for the bouquets and centerpieces.

I ended up finding a caterer who also happens to be a farmer with his own CSA, so the menu was guaranteed to be fresh and seasonal. We decided to do small portions of summer-y comfort food, and since we're both not big fans of cake, we had strawberry shortcake for dessert. Even though I didn't care to do the traditional cake-cutting ceremony, I had my caterer make a small shortcake just to display the cake topper I made. We also served homemade sangria.

Photography: Alison Conklin Photography / Location: Private Farm in Kempton, PA / Florals: DIY by the women in the family / Caterer: 14 Acre Farm / Band: The Great Unknown / Videography: Evan Scott / Bride's Dress: Nicole Miller