"I traded my white dress for white jeans and 200 hundred guests for 13, but getting married on the family farm was a dream come true."
Most people run away to elope but we ran home. When the pandemic hit, my fiancé looked at me and said, “let’s get married on our date, no matter what.” We decided to keep our date as it is my late-grandmother’s birthday and I have her diamond in my ring. As for the venue, we chose my fiancé’s family farm, which is where we met and 6 years later he proposed. At the time eloping sounded easy and simple until I got a call that my dress will not be ready in time. No problem we thought.. until the courthouse closed and getting a marriage license was out of the picture.
Two months later, our wedding week swiftly approached and we got news that the courthouse had reopened and we could get our marriage license. We phoned our family to get their blessing and they jumped into action.
We drove 6 hours north with 5 days left to get married. My soon to be Father-in-Law and Brother-in-Law built a pergola for the pond with a matching arch. Tractors were working overtime to cut the grass and my fiancé even jumped in the pond to pull cat tails. With just 5 days to go, we found a photographer, Lauren Alisse Photography, a rental company, Tin Roof Farmhouse, a wedding coordinator, Lexi Winblad with Alluring Events, a bouquet from G Rossi Florist and a cake from Divine Desserts.
The wedding industry truly pulled through for us and it was beautiful. The morning of I wrote my vows with a cup of coffee in complete glorious silence (highly recommend). I was able to get my hair and makeup done by Polished by Paigey and enjoy a glass of rose in the afternoon.
My girls weren’t there to join me but there is something so special in soaking in the moment alone. They did, however, surprise me with a sweet video of them, from all over the country, sending us love.
The wedding festivities started off with private vows and a first look. After an intimate first look, we enjoyed a sweet ceremony with just our parents and siblings where our dog jumped in the pond and swam in the background. We then played yard games with burgers on the grill. We had dinner with our two immediate families and it was a moment we will forever soak in.
After cutting into our delicious $35 cake, we danced barefoot in the lawn for our first dance. The night ended with a sunset on the pond and laughter with the people that mean the most to us. Next year, on our one year anniversary, I will wear my dress and we will celebrate with our original guest list but for some reason, we can’t help but think that this was the wedding of our dreams.