What better place for a fall wedding than on the groom’s family’s 150-year old pumpkin farm! From the red barn ceremony backdrop, to the dahlias grown by a friend, Jessica and Wallis’s Colorado wedding is rustic and sweet and we know you’re going to love it!
“We wanted to highlight the natural ease and warmth that people feel when they come to the farm,” share the couple. “We wanted to accentuate that in our wedding and celebration.”
“Coming from advertising, Wallis created all of the chalkboard signs, along with our invitations which were a combination of letterpress and screen print. Each invitation was hand printed and pressed. Our flowers were grown by a friend who grew dahlias.”
“Our wedding was held on our family farm. The Osborn family has been on the farm for over 150 years, and the farm’s main crop is pumpkins and Wallis grew up selling pumpkins. The farm opens the last weekend in September or first weekend in October, so a fall wedding was really important. We wanted the ceremony to be personal and informal and not too over-thought, and we wanted our friends and family to feel like they too were at home.”
Your ceremony in three words. Simple, Casual, Personal.
Who officiated your ceremony? Jessica’s Uncle Howie. We wanted someone who knew us both well and who would be able to keep the ceremony casual and secular.
What was your ceremony music? Processional music was performed by like acoustic guitars and local characters. We had them dress as they felt comfortable, blue jeans and flannel. We chose “If Not For You” by Bob Dylan for the Processional (which Wallis’s parents played at their own wedding), and “Everybody’s Talkin'” by Harry Nilsson for the Recessional (because Jess grew up listening to it with her parents).
What were your vows like? Because we wanted to keep the ceremony simple, we had our officiant say our vows and we agreed. Our belief was that our commitment to each other shouldn’t be evaluated on the length of public announcement; it was and is strong, without spectacle.
“From start to finish, our wedding was about celebrating our lives together. With Jess’s family coming from Boston, our shared lives in Chicago in advertising, and Wallis’s family from Colorado, this, for many, was the first time meeting everyone, and we wanted it all to feel like one big party.”
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? The photo booth. It brought everyone together and captured some really wonderful moments. Jess especially loved the photos with her mom and dad.
What was your wedding menu? BBQ!
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Cupcakes and pumpkin pie (after all, we were on a pumpkin farm).
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? In addition to the invitations and signs that Wallis designed, and the flowers that a friend grew, we also created a beer garden and we pulled hops from the farm to decorate the tables.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? It’s the imperfections that will make the day perfect. Jess’s uncle who performed the ceremony told us that. It couldn’t have been more true. Our families bonded together setting up the tables and tent decorations and while we were getting dressed, they put their own special touch on the table settings and decorations.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Make sure that you keep your mind open to new ideas from your parents. Set up a Pinterest board where your family and friends can see and add to your wedding ideas and inspiration. Our families made sure that we kept true to our roots.