Decor inspiration and good times at a rustic barn wedding in Upstate New York, outside of Buffalo. If you missed our ceremony, first look pics and wedding “prep”, check out wedding blog post Part I. My dad and Steve put planks of wood together and then stained it to make this sign. And then our dear neighbor across the street painted lettering onto it.
What I learned while being engaged is that when you are planning a wedding, the number one question people will ask you is “what are your wedding colors?” For the longest time, I was like what does that even meeeean? I don’t know! (This was during my I detest wedding planning phase). But soon I came to realize that mostly this means what color flowers will you have and what color will your bridesmaid dresses be. I took to Pinterest and started looking at unique color combos for weddings (because seriously, how did people plan weddings BEFORE Pinterest?!?! I would have been completely lost.)
I found an article literally titled ‘unique color combinations for weddings you never would have thought’ of and paging through this article, as soon as I saw it, I knew immediately. Sage. Peach. And Merlot. It was described as the “perfect color combo for a rustic wedding or a late summer wedding”. Um, hello! I had both! SOLD. Plus, I relished the fact that all my colors were food and drink and annoyingly pointed that fun fact out to everyone who asked :). Since sage was one of our colors, we placed sage leaves on each of the place cards. My dad had the frame and nailed rows of twine to hang in the middle.Our barn venue was super cool. It’s an old barn from the 1800s that was restored in the last few years for weddings and events.Also, how cool are our photographers for thinking of this for our ring shot?!
We decided we wanted to do a photo booth for our wedding after we had so much fun with the one at our cousin’s wedding earlier in the year. We were going to hire our DJ to do it until I realized 1. We didn’t feel like paying for one more thing. and 2. Their modern looking booth would totally clash with our theme and decor. So I took to Pinterest once more and looked for DIY photo booth inspiration. My Dad did all the chalkboard signs for us and he built the wooden pallet for the backdrop, which we adorned with a handful of flower bouquets. We also loved the idea of a photo booth because then we could have a photo guest book where our guests could leave a goofy pic along with their best wishes. Another great way to hold onto memories.
K. Let’s talk food. For obvious reasons, it was important to me that we had a kick-ass menu that was unique and representative of what was in-season, fresh and local.
Here was the cocktail hour line-up:
- Spicy Ahi-Tuna Ceviche in spring roll cone with sesame seeds and crystallized wasabi garnish
- Bourbon glazed pork belly on steamed buns with Apple-Pear Chutney and finished with aged balsamic vinegar and micro amaranth
- Red Lentil Hummus with petite vegetables in individual portions
- Roasted Peach and Ricotta Crostini with fresh mint and honey
We served dinner family style. Think large platters of food passed between guests. It was fun, kept it casual and went with the whole wedding vibe we were going for.
On the menu:
- Eden Valley Farms Organic Garden Salad of just picked Baby greens, shaved Watermelon Radish, Golden Beets, Heirloom Carrots, Honey Goat Cheese and toasted sunflower seeds with a White Balsamic-Thyme Vinaigrette
- Beefsteak Tomato served with fresh basil, hand-stretched Mozzarella cheese, extra virgin olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, finished with salt and fresh cracked pepper
- Herb crusted cod served over roasted corn puree with lemon buerre blanc and micro greens salad
- Fennel and Cabernet Braised Prime Beef Short-ribs accompanied with a warm Porcini Cream Sauce
- Black-Eye Pea & Quinoa Salad with Roasted Red pepper, sweet summer corn finished with Sweet Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette
- Weiss Farms Russet Smashed Potato seasoned with Roasted Garlic; fresh whole milk sour cream and English style butter
- Late Summer Roasted Vegetable Platter with Red Onion, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Portobello Mushrooms & Mini Sweet Peppers
We did a pie cutting. It was slightly awkward and messy. Perhaps we should have had a plan of attack. Practiced how one executes a flawless, cute pie tasting between bride and groom. We didn’t. Instead we laughed at each other the entire time for not knowing what to do. Later to find out all Steve could think about is how to prevent getting mixed berry pie on my wedding dress. 🙂
Net net: Pies are delicious. They should be at all weddings. Except if you ask my grandfather. He will tell you he wanted cake. Sorry, Gramps. Of course, we chose food for our favors too. Steve’s company made hand decorated heart cookies (made with fruit and vegetable based dyes!) with our initials on them. And we scored these super cute cookie bags on Etsy. Our first dance was I’ll Look After You by The Fray. It was “our song” during college and seemed only appropriate.Father daughter dance was Father & Daughter by Paul Simon, since I grew up listening to Simon’s Graceland album with my Dad.The venue was extra magical at sunset. Peeps played horseshoes. And our photographers grabbed us for a quick sunset photo shoot. Once it got dark, the party really started.We danced all the wedding dances like the Cupid Shuffle… Footloose (yes, those are my bridal Toms)…Running man…There were cowboy hats…Break dancing…Dance-Offs…And of course…SHOUT…. And we ended with a little karaoke of my favorite song…Don’t Stop Believing.
The night closed out with a sparkler send off where we ran through two rows of sparklers. Above is my this is fun/please don’t burn me face.
Well, that’s all she wrote folks. It was such a fun day and night. I can’t wait until we get the video to relive it all again!!
Thanks for all your sweet wishes and congrats you’ve left over the last few weeks. It means so much. xoxo
Venue: Hayloft in the Grove. Photography: Nickel City Studios. Dress: Ceremony Boston – Claire Pettibone. Shoes, Jewelry & Clutch: BHLDN. Flowers: Costamanga Design. Catering: Private Knives Catering. Pies: Carriage Trade Pastries. Favors: Fancypants Baking Company. Hair & Makeup: Groom Service. Bridesmaids: J Crew. Groomsmen: Banana Republic. Groom: Suit Supply. Rings: Sophie Hughes Jewelry. Musicians: Buffalo Strings DJ: Toy Bros
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