Tricia and Dave were married at Stone Bridge Farms in Cullman, Ala. on February 20 — a Wednesday! “It had a beautiful rustic interior, combined with a dreamy Southern landscape,” Tricia said. “Their all-inclusive service was important to us as we were planning the wedding in a different country (I was backpacking through Europe) and state (he lived in New York).” The bride wore an a-line wedding gown with lace straps, while bridesmaids wore gray dresses with illusion necklines. “I loved the little personalities in my wedding outfit,” she said. “Particularly, the yellow buttons that my mum sewed ontp [my white peacoat] the night before. . .I treasure the crocheted ensemble made by our good friend and owner of Fiction Stitches, who made the girls’ cowls, plus the cardigan and that gorgeous hooded poncho for her children, the flower girl and ring bearer.” Guests were greeted inside with a sign that said, “Yay! You’re here! If you’re feeling a little chilly, please wrap your hands around a warm cup of hot chocolate. . . Mmmm.” As Tricia walked down the aisle, everything slowed down, the door swung open, and she had the biggest grin on her face, followed by tears. “There’s a photo of my husband wiping his eye at that moment, and he still maintains to this day that he was ‘scratching it.'” Tricia said. The reception was lit with hanging mason jars and votive candles and decorated with burlap table runners and centerpieces filled with yellow ranunculuses, dahlias, roses, and succulents. The entertainment and desserts? A do-it-yourself photo booth complete with props and cupcakes!
Ali and Ben were married at Trezzi Farm Winery & Vineyards on June 22. “The site was beautiful, but not ostentatious,” Ali said. “The sliding barn doors, the long handmade wooden tables — I just loved it! I knew it was where I wanted to get married.” She walked down the aisle wearing a lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory, and carrying a vibrant wildflower bouquet, while Ben stood anxiously in his tan suit, accessorized with a navy blue tie. With the rolling hills in the background, these two said, “I do.” The reception was decorated with handmade table runners, mix ‘n’ matched place mats, coffee bean favors in drawstring bags, and paper wreaths made from old book pages. “There isn’t one single moment that sticks out more than others,” she said. “I remember. . .eating awesome food and amazing cupcakes and dancing with everyone — it was the perfect day!”
Nicole and Steven were married at Blue Hound Farm in Lewisberry, Pa. on September 7. “It was absolutely breathtaking,” Nicole said. “Our wedding day was 80 degrees and sunny. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect atmosphere.” The bride wore a lace trumpet Sophia Tolli wedding gown, accessorized with a blusher veil, while her bridesmaids wore various shades of nudes. “The most exciting party of our wedding was when Steven and I did our first look,” she said. “There was so much anticipation building up as we stood there with our eyes closed, holding dozens of balloons in front of our faces, with our bridal party and parents surrounding us. Our photographer finally said, ‘Let go!” and Steven was standing there with a huge smile on his face, white rose and card in hand, and looked as handsome as always.” The reception was held inside the barn where tables were decorated with twinkling lights overhead, and personalized thank you-notes at each place setting. Instead of table numbers, there was table songs. “When our guests heard their song play, they knew it was their turn to head to the buffet,” Nicole said. Guests were also asked to sign a corn hole set. How clever!
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
I knew I wanted something rustic and after looking at pictures of weddings held at Friedman farms, I knew this had to be our location. The grounds itself were gorgeous, but the barn gave me a blank slate and allowed me to create my vision.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. My brooch bouquet made by my mother-in-law. I saw a picture of one in a wedding blog and thought it was such a unique idea. My mother-in-law offered to make me one and she started going to estate sales to collect a variety of brooches. I love how I’m able to keep the bouquet forever!
2. Our wedding chuppah made of birch. I wanted to incorporate both religions in the wedding ceremony, and I thought a chuppah was the perfect way! Eric and his father created it from scratch, and on the wedding day, his mother and aunt picked flowers to decorate the poles.
3. Our cupcake display on a variety of glass cake plates, a birch wood stand and my favorite, a glass teacart from my mother-in-law!
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Eric and I decided to do a first look on the grounds. It was such an intimate and special moment for the two of us.
From the bride:“When Coley graduated from Trinity 10 years ago, he saw most of his economics major friends moving to New York for investment banking jobs and wasn’t that excited to follow them. He decided to hang his hat on his minor in Chinese and try his luck in Shanghai. Five years later, on the other side of the world in San Francisco, I started to get the same restless feeling and decided to ask my firm for a transfer to the most far-flung office I could think of; Shanghai. Strangely many people asked me whether I thought I was likely to meet someone while abroad. I wasn’t overly concerned about dating at the time, but I would always tell them that it seemed to me that interesting, adventurous, ambitious people came to Shanghai from all over the world and that seemed like a good start. I had no idea I would meet someone so perfect for me so quickly though. Not 3 months after I moved to Shanghai, Coley and I met through mutual friends while getting foot massages on a lazy Saturday afternoon. A few weeks later, we found ourselves at the same massive New Year’s Eve party. We danced together all night and never looked back.
Runnymede is just an amazing property, and I have always felt so lucky to have been able to spend so much time there through my life. The Rosekrans have been family friends of ours since before I was born, and I spent countless childhood Easters, Halloweens, and summer weekends running wild through those hills, climbing sculptures, and dancing late into the night in the barn. As luck would have it one of Coley’s aunts also happened to live only a few miles away, which made the area feel connected to both of us. When the Rosekrans offered to let us hold the wedding at Runnymede, it was an absolutely obvious choice. We couldn’t have asked for more on our wedding day than to share such a special place with the people that mean the most to us in the world.