Leslie & Josh’s Fun-Love-and-DIY-Filled Farm Wedding
Today I’m delighted to share a fun, laid-back and handmade detail-packed country wedding with all of you!
Leslie & Josh are both big on farm life, family ties, and, of course, each other. Their beautiful October 2011 wedding was held in one of Josh’s family’s farms, Leslie had their grandparents’ initials sewn on to her dress, the lovely couple DIY’d almost everything you see on this page, and family and friends pitched in to help set up the perfect wedding of their dreams. It was definitely a labor of love by the two of them plus their loved ones.
I couldn’t stop gazing at the photos after Adam and Kelly of One Eleven Images sent them to me and I can’t thank them enough for allowing me to share their gorgeous images with all of you!
Photographers Adam & Kelly sums up the celebration:
Leslie and Josh were so much fun to work with and theirs was one of the most detail oriented weddings we have worked on. Their entire wedding was held on the site of Josh’s grandfather’s cattle farm in western Massachusets. Everything was brought in from the tent: power, bathrooms, food, down to the hand built arch that Leslie and Josh were married under. The food was all sourced locally from Josh and his family’s cattle ranch to friends who provided the chicken and full pig roast. All hands were on deck and were working up until an hour before the ceremony getting details together and putting finishing touches on everything. Once the celebration began everything went off without a hitch. Everyone was all smiles and were were welcomed like never before. It really was one of the best weddings we worked and have yet to see as much happiness between a couple and their entire family.
Beautiful bride Leslie is here to share the sweet story of how she and Josh got together:
My husband Joshua and I were friends for more than 3 years before our relationship grew to a new level of love, a love we both had never experienced before. We met through his sister who I worked with for years. Josh and I knew all there was to know about one another before we started dating, making this transition very easy and feel so right. Joshua asked me to marry him on Christmas Eve 2010. I had asked for a pair of mittens for Christmas (the kind that was both a glove and mitten all in one). Josh had sewn the engagement ring inside the ring finger of the left glove, which I found when I was trying to put them on. It was such an exciting and memorable day. There was no doubt in either of our minds that we had most definitely found our soul mates.
We grew up in neighboring, small farming towns… Joshua actually lived and worked on a farm his whole life. Josh and I come from very close knit families, both of which are extremely supportive. When we began to plan our wedding there were three integral components that we wanted our special day to be about: our deep love for one another, our profound sense of family, and our devotion to life on the farm. Our wish was for our guests, all 280 of them, to feel at home and comfortable to celebrate right along with us. The mood and feel we were going for was laid back, good old country fun. We wanted every part of our day to represent us and tell our love story.
Leslie shares more details about their special day with us:
The date Josh and I picked for our wedding was October 1, 2011 which was Josh’s grandmother’s birthday who, sadly, had passed away before Joshua was born.
The location for our ceremony and reception also had family ties, as it was held on one of the farms that had been in Josh’s family for generations. My father and I arrived to the hayfield on a horse drawn carriage, the same carriage that Joshua’s parents used at their wedding 31 years ago. The horse, Tubby, is part of the family as he lives on the farm too. Not to be forgotten…the transportation for the bridal party, which was a wooden wagon pulled in by one of our farm’s tractors.
Josh and a couple of his friends built an arbor out of tree trunks, which is what we were married under. I made all of the bouquets and boutonnieres out of dried wheat and flowers. Around the stems I wrapped burlap and muslin, tied with raffia and jute. Our runner we made out of burlap as well, with a lace like fabric sewn on top.
Our attire went right along with the rustic, farm theme. I wore Justin Cowboy boots with a lace and satin dress designed by Wtoo which I purchased at a lovely bridal boutique Bridal Heirlooms in South Hadley, MA. Josh wore Carhartt pants and suspenders, with boots his late grandfather had worn and given to him before he passed away. We both wore cowboy hats, that I labeled Bride and Groom with brads. At the ceremony our guests sat on planks of wood placed on hay bales from that very hayfield.
The reception was in a large tent also held in the hayfield. Our escort cards were birch coasters that Josh cut from trees on the farm. Instead of numbers we used images that represented us and our wedding… wheat, cowboy boot, horse drawn carriage etc. I stamped each guests name on one side and the picture of the table they were sitting at on the other.
Joshua built a beautiful wishing well that guests could toss their cards in, as each gift was helping to make our wishes come true. This wooden wishing well sat on top of a beautiful afghan our cousin crocheted for our special day. Instead of your typical guest book, Joshua’s mother had sewn a breathtaking quilt for our guests to sign, which we would have for the rest of lives together to keep us warm and remember our special day.
Each guest was given a mini cowbell (to ring as we entered the reception tent and if they wanted us to kissJ), a small mason jar with homemade granola (the same granola I make for Josh every week) and a quart mason jar with the dry ingredients to make cookies (the same cookies that were being served for dessert). Yes, we did cookies instead of cake. Josh and I each broke a gigantic cookie that I had baked in the shape of hearts.
A family friend did a pig roast and steam ship round right there in the field and we had a caterer, Seth Mias, who cooked the rest of the food as well as the cookies that the guests ate for dessert. We had another tent set up for our guests to lounge in. We had a couch made out of hay bales, with a multitude of handmade pillows strewn about. We also had tree stumps for seats as well.
The day went without a hitch — it was the best day of our lives. We are so blessed we were able to share such a special day with all of our loved ones. It was so amazing to see all of our visions come to fruition…it was more than we had imagined it to be.
We are so honored to share the details of our wedding…none of which we could have accomplished if it wasn’t for all of the help, love and support from our families and friends. Big thanks to our photographers, One Eleven Images, and videographers, It’s a Killer Panda, for capturing all the wonderful memories in such an incredible way, a way in which when we view our pictures and video its like we are back to October 1, 2011 reliving that unbelievably amazing day in our lives all over again.
I love how Leslie and Josh were able to incorporate their love for their families seamlessly into their incredibly detailed hand-crafted wedding elements. My sincerest congratulations to the couple and a huge thank you to Adam & Kelly of One Eleven Images for the beautiful photos!
Photographer: One Eleven Images
Bride’s dress: Wtoo from Bridal Heirlooms (South Hadley MA)
Bride’s footwear: Justin Cowboy Boots
Groom’s pants: Carhartt
Caterer: Seth Mias
Videographer: It’s A Killer Panda
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