What could possibly make a summer wedding at an apple orchard even better? How about a picnic reception? That’s exactly what Asa and Alex chose for their July wedding at The Apple Farm in Philo, California…
Asa and Alex chose to have a delicious picnic reception, complete with picnic blankets made by the couple themselves. Says the bride: We made some simple choices that helped us stick to our budget without compromising our priorities of good food in a beautiful setting. Our largest cost saving measure was deciding to have a picnic instead of a sit-down meal. By having picnic baskets and blankets, we eliminated the need to rent tables, chairs, linens and table settings, and flower arrangements. The picnic was self serve so we did not need as much staff.
Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Asa and Alex served a chocolate souffle cake from Tartine.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We wanted to find a location that prioritized what we were looking for: wonderful food set in a beautiful outdoor space. The Apple Farm’s sense of sustainable and responsible farming along with their incredible catering made them the perfect location for our wedding. We are fortunate to live in Northern California where we could count on having a clear sunny wedding day in the month of July, so we planned an all day outdoor event: a ceremony in the orchard followed by picnic and lawn games. We loved the idea of being in the orchard without electricity or running water, and The Apple Farm made that possible for us.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We let the farm itself inspire us. All of our color choices stemmed from the flowers and fruit trees found in the gardens and orchards. We wanted to make choices that would create a relaxed day of celebration with our friends and family. While planning, I found myself thinking of 19th century French paintings of croquet and garden parties: women in big sun hats and men in seersucker suits. We also wanted an energetic evening of dancing to a big brass band. The Apple Farm had the most wonderful patio where we were able to dance the night away under café string lights. Also, inspired by our first date in San Francisco at a taco truck, we ended the evening with soft tacos from a taco wagon and beer we brewed ourselves.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? I most often find myself reliving the moment of our wedding day when we exchanged our vows. We spent many hours deciding what we wanted to commit to one another. It was a wonderful feeling to speak our intentions surrounded by our close friends and family.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? To honor Alex’s father who passed away, his uncle gave a Latvian blessing that was followed by a series of Latvian trials. Traditionally during a Latvian wedding banquet, the groom and bride are tested with performing daily housekeeping activities. Usually the groom is required to chop firewood and the bride is asked to wash a dirty doll, but instead we decided that we would both test our wood chopping abilities with a wedding ax, and both washed the hands and feet of our eight-month-old niece.
Drinks: Wine, Home-Brewed Beer, Mexican Coke, Jamaican Agua Fresca, Apple Spritzer, Iced Tea, Lemonade // Hors d’Oeuvres: Oysters, Artichokes with Dipping Sauce, Buttermilk Biscuits, Deviled Eggs // Picnic Baskets: Grilled Eggplant or Grilled Lamb Sandwich with Red Pepper Mayonnaise, Pickled Red Onions and Arugula / Bright Green Beans and a Small Red Pepper filled with Basil Mayonnaise / Fresh Mint Pea Soup // Dessert: Tartine’s Chocolate Souffle Cake // Late-Night Snack: Carnitas Tacos with Roasted Pineapple Salsa and Spiced Mashed Potato Tacos
Photography: Myrtle & Marjoram / Venue, catering: The Apple Farm in Philo, California/ Bride’s dress: Vera Wang / Cowboy boots: Lucchese / Groom’s attire: Freeman’s Sporting Club / Invitation: Marginal Editions / Ceremony music: The Sazer Trio, 415-305-9846 / Reception music: Brass Monkey Brass Band / Cake: Tartine