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Farm Weddings: Stephanie & AJ | Rustic Acres Farm, PA

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{Featured in Vol. 25}

Photographer:  Custom Portraits by Charlene

Lighting:JPC event group//Caterer:JPC Events (Jody Wimer)//Event Venue: Rustic Acres Farm//
Submitted via Two Bright Lights



My co-worker offered me several old farm windows – the glass was unfortunately busted up, so I removed all of the glass and replaced it with chicken wire.  I printed photos of AJ and I with family and friends and used tiny clothes pins to attach them to the chicken wire.  I had a photo of almost everyone in attendance!  The windows were placed throughout the venue.

I used an old screen door with homemade lavender magnets for the seating chart and we had custom koozies and diy lavender sachets for favors.  I bought cotton muslin bags and used a vintage-looking “thank you” stamp on each one.  Guests then used a tiny metal scoop to fill their own sachet throughout the evening.  Our card box was my parents’ old mailbox that my dad stripped and painted.  Then I added some white brushing to make it look antique and added some wheat and lavender.

I had a ‘Generations of Love’ display when people walked in.  I took wedding photos from both sides of parents, grandparents, and great grandparents and transferred them to wood for a rustic, nostalgic feel.


Rustic Acres Farm was a perfect fit for my vintage tastes.  We had a lavender and wheat theme accented with tin and burlap.  The colors were wisteria, grey and cameo (a dusty light pink).

Our dog, Bogey, was a huge part of our day.  He was dressed for the occasion in a collar and tie and served as the ring bearer.  We cut off the collar of a dress shirt and bought a kids clip tie!  His outfit was completed with a custom-made ring bearer pillow that he proudly wore down the aisle.


We chose to have a sweetheart table for dinner.  It was so nice to have a few quiet moments with my new husband.  It was surreal to look around and see all of our family and friends there to celebrate us.


If possible, start planning early.  I had a year and a half to plan and I feel like that was ideal.  I very rarely felt overwhelmed because I had plenty of time to think about what I wanted and plan for DIY projects.  I also recommend a venue that offers catering and design services.  Rustic Acres not only took care of our catering, but created the beautiful and unique table centerpieces and bridal party florals.  They also offered a day of coordinator (for a fee) that made sure the day went perfectly.  I highly recommend a Day of Coordinator.  Charlene also did a day of timeline that was incredibly helpful!


Keep communication as open as possible with everyone.   Namely, make sure the guys know where/when they need to get their tuxes and the day of schedule.  I made a business card size accordion schedule for the day that included cell numbers for the entire wedding party, every vendor and our Day of Coordinator and gave it to the wedding party and parents.  I made sure to check in with vendors multiple times throughout the process to make sure they had all the information (and payments!) they needed.  Don’t leave anything to chance; if you aren’t sure on something, a quick call can’t hurt.  Also be sure family members know where they need to be and when for photos.


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