Are you ready for summer, because we are! Ina and Zack’s wedding on a friend’s organic farm is sure to whet your appetite for barbecue and camping and dancing under the stars…
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The amount of wedding-related resources available to couples is overwhelming. It can be paralyzing. Most people seem to stockpile a mountain of ideas first and then piece together their vision from their favorite parts. Our best ideas came from introspection first and deciding what we wanted before setting out to find inspiration.
Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? We wanted a casual, outdoor setting that was beautiful and would allow us to party throughout the night. We specifically wanted a venue that could handle both events without a fuss so our guests could enjoy themselves. A childhood friend’s family owns an incredible organic farm near her hometown – it was the perfect blend of scenery, delicious local food and no curfew! Full Belly Farms exceeded every expectation. The farm’s magnificent walnut-tree orchard provided shade during the day and let us see the stars as we celebrated through the night.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Hey! What about the groom!? Make it yours. Keep it fun.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Recruit your friends to participate in the planning and even the wedding itself. It may seem like an imposition, but people enjoy contributing to the success of a great party. Aside from that, prioritize the photography. Besides the rings and certificate, your photos are the only things of substance you get to keep.
“Our approach to the entire wedding was to only include elements that were important to us. No expectations, traditions or conventions were included if we could not connect with them. The ceremony reflected that.”
Your ceremony in three words. Sincere, Comfortable, Festive.
Who officiated your ceremony? We knew instantly that we wanted our friend Beau to officiate. He’s genuine, well-spoken and absolutely hilarious. He’s also incredibly generous. Beau flew half-way around the world to join us before jumping back on another international flight the next day. We could not be more grateful. He was amazing.
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? Nope. That’s not for us.
What was your ceremony music? Another great friend, Michael, graced us with his incredible guitar talents. He played a wonderful rendition of Led Zeppelin’s Bron-Yr-Aur.
What were your ceremony readings? Our close friend, Gabe, shared a secular passage from Kurt Vonnegut’s book A Man Without a Country. Essentially, it summed up our feelings: “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.” Her delivery was perfect.
What were your vows like? Honest, unconventional, not fluffy, but meaningful. We first shared our vows with each other the morning of the wedding privately. It relieved some of the pressure so that we could actually enjoy the ceremony.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? We loved that our close friends participated in every aspect. It was real and relaxed.
“How would I describe our reception? The largest party we have ever thrown!”
What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance? “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne.
What was your wedding menu? Our menu was hand-crafted by the incredibly talented and flexible team at Full Belly Farms built mainly on the produce they grow on their farm. Local, fresh, in-season and immensely delicious.
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Most of our guests camped on the farm with us. People literally danced to their heart’s content, walked a few hundred yards down a candle-lit pathway to a cozy tent under the stars and fell asleep.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? We bought the largest box of the longest duration sparklers we could legally buy. The childlike joy on everyone’s faces as we all ran through the orchard was priceless.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Can we do it again? Please tell us we can! Even after a few small hiccups we would not change a thing.