Advice + Tips
From the bride: My husband and I luckily have a very similar style so our details felt very genuine to both of us. And when trying to make that feel natural in the setting we chose to be married in which very much contrasted with our style (in a wedding venue perspective at least) we knew exactly what we needed to create. With the farm offering a natural and expansive setting, the details needed to be an anchor and give structure to the event and guide our guests and vendors to meet us at our vision and paper was where we had the utmost control of execution.
We wanted to take classic, clean, elegance and stick it in the middle of a soybean field so we relied heavily on the details like our invitations and signage in particular, to give the look we wanted and to juxtapose with the landscape around us. From the day the save the dates went out, I knew our guests would have an idea of what to expect without ever knowing what they were getting into all the way out in Brown County, Ohio.
The wedding took place on a family farm in Brown County on a day with a severe wind advisory which would have normally meant disaster for an outdoor celebration. The ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception were to take place on the property with the night ending in a tented reception. From Lindsey Baer, the wedding planner: Guests were transported by horse-drawn carriages from the pond where the ceremony would take place down a mile-long dirt road to the dinner site. The ceremony took place as planned with some gorgeous photos of the bride’s veil whipping in the wind. During the ceremony, we flipped a working barn into a cocktail reception space. Bars went up we dropped the string quartet in front of the tractors, swept the floors as best we could, and it was show time! Guests LOVED the space. Everyone thought it was the original plan. They cocktailed amongst the giant farm equipment and loved the juxtaposition of the classical musical in front of the power tools.
After the reception, as guests were boarding the first shuttles to depart, temps had dropped and there was some freezing rain but no one seemed to mind. Hearts were warm after a delicious meal and some very energetic dancing from the fantastic sounds of The Stingers.
From the bride: It is really hard to pick a favorite, but I just loved my invite so much. After years of loving and cherishing and analyzing every invite I had received, I finally got to create ours and thinking about it even while writing this makes me very emotional. Every detail included and every detail omitted was thought about deeply before I went to my appointments to create them. Similarly to any note I had sent, I wanted each part of this invite to have intent and to mean something, from the envelope and addressing, to the painted edges, to the font choices. It was the best 300 envelopes I had ever licked and mailed. And with Poeme by our side, we nailed it.
From the planner: As the wedding colors were black and gold, we placed a rush order of clear umbrellas trimmed in black and gold mylar “space blankets” for guests so they would be cozy on their trek to dinner – and still look chic. We added gold lamé linens and tons of candles in the cocktail tent, which may sound scary, but gave off the warmest coziest glow through clear tent walls as guests approached.
As the bride and groom were departing, the new Mrs. said in passing “I heard you almost canceled the wedding today?!? Is that true?” I said “Yes, five different times!” But, somehow, we prevailed and truly no one was the wiser.