Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing loads of pictures, ideas, thoughts, and things we learned while preparing for our big day at Fiddle Lake Farm. But, before I do so, I want to share a few detail pictures that capture the rustic simplicity of our day.
We were so lucky in that Fiddle Lake Farm is, by itself, filled with charm. Pam & Craig Benson have filled their lovely barn with just the right amount of antiques and chic details that we didn't have to really bring a lot with us.
We kept our tables very simple. We found our table numbers in the barn of supplies at Fiddle Lake Farm — whoever the crafty bride was that made them, I'm in love with you.
For our centerpieces, I—along with a few helpers that somehow disappeared long before I was finished—spent the day before our wedding putting together small bud vases of a variety of flowers for the guest tables.
In the center of the room, we pushed two tables together to create a farm table for our immediate family to sit at. On this table, I used Cooper cheese boxes that I had collected from my grandparents' house for our centerpieces. I lined them with garbage bags, filled with floral foam, and placed a variety of flowers into them. As you can see, the peonies didn't hold up perfectly by picture time, since they were starving for some water by then, but as someone who does nothing except kill flowers shortly after receiving them, I'm ecstatic with how these came out.
I will warn any other DIY-er that has little-to-no flower arranging experience that it's not even close to as easy as it looks. The experts make it seem effortless, but our arrangements, as simple as they were, took hours. My back hurt, my feet hurt, and it was much harder than I thought it would be. But the results, and being able to say that I made them, made the stress and pain all worth it.
With plenty of Cooper cheese boxes in my collection, we took the dip-dyed sola flowers, attached small, hand-lettered name tags to each one, and lined them up for guests to find their seats.
Outside, we had a variety of lawn games — badminton, croquet, and bocce ball — but the one I was most excited about was the custom cornhole set my brother-in-law made for us. It’s always nice to have someone handy in the family, and I’m so in love with how our little monogram design came out. We whip these things out at almost every outdoor party now, so they’ve given us a lot more than just one day of joy.
With so many different things going on — lawn games, dancing, eating, drinking, marrying — we included some signage to give people a better idea of where everything was and what to do.
I’ve saved the sweetest for last. Our dessert table. Brad and I decided to forgo a traditional wedding cake, partially because we shirked a lot of traditional things and partially because of the cost. Wedding cakes are crazy expensive.
So two days before the wedding, we took a trip to Wegman’s and bought a variety of cakes and pies: plain vanilla and chocolate, chocolate mousse, carrot cake, apple pie. If it looked good, we bought it. And at the end of the day, we spent $125 with quite a few leftovers to spare.
Once they were unboxed, no-one was the wiser. In fact, I had quite a few guests tell me that I needed to let the bakery know how amazing the dessert was. And guys, I just laughed. Because it was all from Wegman’s! This idea that, leading up to the wedding, numerous people told us was absolutely crazy, ended up being a smashing (yes—we did that too!) success.
Creatives: Photography - The Hurst’s / Venue - Fiddle Lake Farm / Flowers - Michael’s House of Flowers / Cornhole - Ryan Sherwood / Wedding Cake Topper - Wanderlove Press Co. / Cakes - Wegman’s / Signage - Fiddle Lake Farm & Wanderlove Press Co.