Lest everyone think I’ve become a wedding designer in all of my spare time, I should share that I really don’t “do” weddings. A few months ago, a dear friend of mine called to tell me her daughter (and former youth student in our ministry) was engaged. This led to her asking if I would decorate for the wedding they would be hosting at their farm. There was no way I could say no. Her wedding was scheduled for the weekend right after the Lucketts Antique Market, so I knew May would be insane for me, but it was all worth it.
I have a long history with their property. When they first bought it, my husband was working on his degree, so we were living in his parent’s basement. (It was actually a really nice set-up and not as bad as it sounds!)To prevent cabin fever, I spent most Saturdays at their new farm…cleaning out the junk-filled barns, painting rooms, mudding dry wall, cleaning windows, anything and everything. My husband and I also “farm-sat” for them often and even spent one Christmas there. This place was the ultimate fixer-upper and this was the best family to do it. Engineering-minded guys, creative girls and the entire family of six had a sense of adventure and a work ethic to make it all happen, so their home has been a very literal labor of love. The wedding of their oldest daughter became a good excuse to fully clean out the “long barn”, which was formerly a “grease pit” and remodel the exterior of the 1908 homestead. The tired brick facade added sometime around the 1960′s was replaced with new windows and beautiful stonework. They did all of the work themselves and their children even designed and built the portico over the front door. The front of the house became the perfect backdrop for the ceremony.
The centerpieces were made using ironstone, silver and china from my home and theirs. I mixed and matched it on each table to have one large, one medium and one small piece. For example…I would have a large silver champagne bucket, an ironstone creamer on a stone pedestal and a teacup. The florist arranged flowers in the largest piece on each table and the others were filled with wild flowers and loose blooms at the last minute. The flower arrangements were a mix of ”store bought” flowers and hand-picked “weeds.” Small green apples, votive candles and a sheet music “doily” visually filled out each centerpiece. The overall look was pretty, but had the home-spun quality the bride wanted.