Rustic Missouri Farm Wedding
November 6, 2014
RusticBackyardSpring Weddings
When Katie Saeger Events is behind the planning and design helm, pretty things are bound to unfold my dears. A kind of pretty that has a powerful love behind it, like this beautifully rooted and spiritual family farm fete. It's a little bit of rustic, a little bit of romance, dotted with a sage-y mint and simple white blooms that pack a punch. The proof is in every lovely capture from Lisa Hessel Photography.
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From the beautiful Bride...I met Joel almost 5 years ago, my first weekend in Columbia, Missouri after arriving to Mizzou for my undergrad. He was my older brother's friend and in a friend group and campus ministry that I became very involved in. From the first time I met him, I was drawn to his outgoing personality and the ability he had to make everything more fun. He quickly became one of my best friends at Mizzou and after 2 years of being good friends (and some big realizations and a near death experience on a plane) we finally started dating. Once we started dating, it didn't take us too long to realize we wanted to spend our lives together. Joel makes me laugh more than anyone, he entertains me to no end, and he is incredibly thoughtful, gentle, and caring of every person in his life. He also has this ability to befriend literally every type of person.

We got married May 3, 2014 in Hermann, MO on my family's farm. I grew up in St. Louis, but my family has had this farm for many, many years. We grew up going frequently to hunt, fish, play games, and spend time together. "The Farm" has become a huge part of my life and I always dreamed of getting married there. It was incredible to have that become a reality, and we are so thankful to everyone who made that happen, especially my mom and our wedding planner, Katie Saeger. (And my dad for cutting the grass so beautifully!) The ceremony was on a hillside and Joel's dad, Dave, officiated. It was personal and intimate, we wanted it to feel more like a time of worship than a wedding. My brother led everyone in some hymns and the whole ceremony felt so surreal. We had the reception in a big tent, with twinkling lights and a live band who just added so much to the overall ambiance of the night. It was an unbelievable day and words really don't do justice to the amount of love and support we received from our family and friends. Truly, a day we will never forget!

From Katie Saeger Events...The Farm was a dream location for the bride and her mother and we worked so closely together to make sure every little detail reflected their love for each other and their families for that weekend. The hills of wine country in Hermann, Missouri made for a really picturesque backdrop for the ceremony and reception with rolling hills as the backdrop as guests entered "the Farm" and a beautiful tent that awaited them after the ceremony. Amanda and Joel wanted a very inviting and warm feel to the day with some beautiful classic and rustic touches like the beautiful bud vases hand collected by our florist Hermann Florist and the soft lace and burlap runners accented with beautiful white and green florals. One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing Amanda and her Dad walk down the aisle towards Joel. Not having a first look was very important to Amanda and Joel, and watching them both as they saw each other for the first time walking down that aisle was such a beautiful and heartfelt moment for everyone watching. The beautiful photography by Lisa Hessel and the video from Chris Olson really captured how deep Amanda & Joel's love is for each other, and the love that surrounds them with their family and friends.

How to make the signature drink:
2 Tbsp jam
2 Tbsp Bourbon
1 Tbsp Triple sec
Orange segments
Splash of club soda