I promised in my last post that I would explain why I have been so absent from this blog!! Here it is…..wait for it…wait for it…
Since the beginning of October, all 3 of our kids have gotten married in Farm Weddings, 2 of them here at Hocking Hills Farm! The first wedding in October, was that of our oldest son, Claude, who married the love of his life, Rachael, at her grandparent’s farm in Lancaster.
The second was the wedding of our Gary, to his sweet Samantha and took place here on the farm. For this wedding, Gary cleaned out the barn which they used for the reception and had an open air ceremony. Here is a picture of the ceremony site:
They set up the chairs in a circle, which really was genius!. When the ceremony was over, everyone just stood up and became the reception line. Gary and Sam just worked their way out to the end of the line! In true frugal farm fashion, this was a do it yourself wedding, with the two of them doing almost all of the work! They made the invitations and most all of the planning and we all pitched in for decorating and set up. The biggest challenge was met by Gary, who spent every weekend cleaning out the 1800’s bank barn so they could have the ceremony there! Here are some shots of it:
Here is a picture of Gary and Sam sharing their first dance…
The wedding had a television theme, and Sam used TV theme songs for her music. The maid of honor walked down to the theme from Friends, the ring bearer and flower girl-to the Simpsons. Sam was walked down the aisle by her father to the theme song from the TV show Roseanne, with the lyrics. (Honestly, I had to admit I didn’t know that song had lyrics, did you?). Here is a shot of them after it was all said and done:
I think they are about as cute a couple as can be! Don’t you?
On a breathtakingly beautiful (and HOT) day in June, our daughter, Emily was wedded to her Clayton (or as we know him, the boy she fell in love with in kindergarten)! They had their ceremony in the side yard of the Pleasant View Cottage. Here is a shot:
The seating was a mixture of kitchen chairs. Yeah, I have to admit, most of them belong to me and came out of various storage barns on the farm. (Yeah, I know I have a problem..). Emily’s brother, Gary, made the arbor the day before the wedding!! He built if from maple trees gathered on the farm. On the corners, he used grapevines to make it look as if they were used as binding to hold the arbor together. This picture doesn’t do it justice! I need to get some better ones up on Flickr!
For the reception site, they chose to use a tent. The thought was that an open tent may be a little breezier (read:cool-less hot) than the barn. The theme was more of a vintage one, with the tables being topped in burlap squares, topped with vintage books and games. There were a mixture of cobalt blue vases holding sunflowers as well. Here are a couple of shots:
Here is a close up of one of the vintage games. Very appropriate, don’tcha’ think?
Here is another shot of the overall of the reception site. Yes, that is an old cast iron clawfoot tub. It was filled with ice and used to hold a variety of beverages. We tried to have cold drinks everywhere…where ever we could fit some sort of container, it was filled with ice to hold drinks!
We made the pennants from a variety of old fabrics and burlap. The others, in the foreground were made from doilies. The tent came from Chillicothe Tents for Events. They were very reasonably priced and a delight to work with! The tables and chairs were from Personal Touch Party Rentals, who were also great!
Emily and Clayton also used the barn in their wedding, but in a little different manner! They decided to do pictures before the ceremony and used the barn as a photo op and most importantly, as the place where they saw each other for the first time before the ceremony! Here is it all decorated up for the big moment!
These weddings actually went smoothly enough that we are looking into renovating the barn and maybe doing weddings in the future. What do you think? Do you need a location for your rustic wedding? Give us a call or email us~We’d love to have you come on down to the farm and get hitched!