Stefy and Shawn's really wanted to have a rustic barn wedding. They envisioned a day overflowing with personal touches. Of course that means lots and lots of DIY wedding projects.
So, prepare yourself for oddlesf lovely twine, burlap and lace DIY projects. You can see every last detail of this charming rustic fall wedding in the full gallery here. Allcaptured by Danielle Coons Photography.
Let an outdoor venue do the work
The design theme for our invites came pretty quickly, since we were getting married in Pennsylvania in a barn setting, why not incorporate the Pennsylvania Dutch Hex artwork into our wedding. Hex art, if you’re not familiar with it, are those hand painted signs you typically see hung on the peaks of barns in Pennsylvania. For the ceremony itself, we decided long ago that we wanted to be married outside using the backdrop of our venue, and the fall colors do all the work for us. The site we site we chose was called the narrows at Fiddle Lake Farm. We picked up some potted mums and pumpkins to fill out the scene. Buying mums and pumpkins in October is not only super convenient, but also super cheap.
New Venue: Fiddle lake farm
As I had mentioned, Fiddle Lake Farm was a brand new venue, the day of our visit they were setting up for the second or third wedding ever held there. When we arrived we were greeted by Pam Benson with one of the most welcome and inviting smiles you’ll find. The barn itself is located on top of a hill with amazing views of all the surrounding mountains. There was a lot of positive energy abound, and we knew right away that this was the place. Funny thing happened that weekend, I saw pictures my neighbor posted on Facebook of a wedding they went to that weekend, and it was the wedding they were setting up at Fiddle Lake Farm during our visit! It seemed as if the stars were aligned and this little coincidence helped concrete our decision to have our wedding at Fiddle Lake Farm.
Using recycled wine bottles as wedding centerpieces is not only eco-friendly, but they really do look very cute. To add a little something something, you can wrap them in twine or burlap and lace. To learn exactly how to do that you click here to learn how to DIY yarn bottles.
Keep your food local and regional
After the venue, came the food. Here’s where we didn’t want to skip a beat. We knew most of our guests would be traveling a couple of hours to get to the venue, and we didn’t want to disappoint them with the same ol’ same ol’ wedding food. We wanted to put a real emphasis on the region, and what better way to do that than with great food, and drink. Since we were having a fall wedding, Kevin from 14 Acre Farm came up with a seasonal menu, with practically all the items coming right off of his farm, and the items he didn’t have, he sourced from other regional farms. Another big hit was dessert, we decided to forgo the wedding cake, and went with fresh baked pies, served ala mode with what else, locally made ice cream from Blue Ribbon Diary in Exeter, PA.