Dara & Jeremy’s Fun, Sweet and Kid-Friendly DIY Rustic Farm Wedding
Dara and Jeremy live in New York and they wanted to have their wedding at a reasonably priced venue within the state. A big factor they considered is that it had to provide limitless entertainment for kids especially since they knew they were going to have a lot of very young guests. Queens County Farm turned out to be just the place — there were hayrides and animal feedings to entertain everyone. A lot of personal touches and very creative DIY elements — such as a vintage comic book signature poster (LOVE this idea) and charming farm-themed escort tags on a barn door — made by family and friends also peppered the celebration, making their marriage a meaningful and incredibly fun party.
We have the always-fabulous Justine Bursoni Photography (see her previously featured work) to thank for the gorgeous images. Enjoy!
About the couple and their beautiful wedding, in the lovely Dara’s own words:
Jeremy and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I am a social worker at a public high school in Brooklyn and Jeremy is a special education teacher who teaches children with autism at a public middle school in Brooklyn. We met through an online dating website in February 2012, we got engaged in September of 2012 and were married on August 10th, 2013! Everything clicked for us right away- we are both very laid-back people but we are very dedicated to our work with children. We are both very family and friend-oriented. We both love good food and drinks and we are pretty spoiled because we are surrounded by lots of amazing restaurants and bars in our neighborhood.
Our wedding took a lot of planning, but it was worth it in the end. Our florist, Bridget from Violet and Verde, made a beautiful huppah canopy covered with flowers and made flower arrangements for the tables and the aisle chairs that were bright and summery. Our caterer, Bon Soir, was professional and took over with very little direction on the day of the event. My make-up artist, Anni from NYC Faces, did an amazing job and made me feel comfortable even though I don’t usually wear a lot of make-up. Our ceremony was officiated by my sister-in-law’s father and it felt meaningful and personal.
When planning our wedding, we wanted to get married in New York City and we wanted to be able to invite a lot of our friends and family. We thought about everything from getting married at the courthouse to renting a big house and inviting all of our friends and family for a weekend in upstate New York. In the end, we wanted to include as many friends and family as possible without breaking the bank. We also decided that we really liked the idea of getting married in New York City, where we live. The problem is that a lot of New York City venues that accommodate large groups are pricey. Jeremy is a special education teacher and he had been on field trips to The Queens County Farm Museum. We went there in the fall last year and decided it was the perfect spot- it was a really fun place to have a wedding, still within New York City, reasonably priced and they could accommodate a group of about 180 people. We had about 25 kids under the age of 10 on our guest list, so we wanted to make sure the day was fun for them. The farm provided hayrides and animal feedings which entertained the kids AND the grown-ups.
There were some DIY elements to our wedding, but to be honest, our family and friends contributed most of them. My mom created the escort tags. She used paper tags and stamped them with numbers and farm animals. She made a stand out of an old barn door that she bought for a couple of dollars on Craigslist and repainted it.
Our cake was made and decorated by three of our friends. It was a strawberry/ lemon/ almond cake with strawberry cream and it was incredibly delicious. They decorated it with strawberries, flowers and a very sweet “D + J” flag at the top.
I put together a kids’ table so all of our young guests would all have some fun stuff to do. There were farm-themed coloring books, stickers, temporary tattoos and lollipops.
Jeremy loves comic books. One of my best friends and her husband are artists and they created a vintage comic book poster for guests to sign. They removed the text from the speech bubbles so guests could write their own messages.
The party afterwards was super fun. Our DJ, James Mulry, got pretty much everyone on the dance floor from an early hour. He did an amazing transition from the hora into Jackson Five and after that it was one great song after another.
Our photographer, Justine Bursoni, did a truly amazing job and got hundreds of great shots and yet she was barely noticeable throughout the whole event. Looking back, we are indescribably pleased that we were able to share our wedding day with so many of our loved ones. Our day was a perfect balance of meaningful rituals and sentiments and straight up celebratory fun.
Parting insights and advice from the newlyweds:
I really loved our wedding day and it was everything that we wanted- a meaningful ceremony followed by a super fun party. I have to say that I didn’t enjoy the process of planning the wedding, though. It was a lot of work and very stressful. So it’s helpful to know that the time and money that went into the planning did pay off and the wedding day made it feel worth it. Also, I think people should know that it is possible to create a wedding that reflects you, but it takes conscious effort to resist some of the conventional wedding expectations that the wedding industry has in store for you!
Huge thanks Justine for sending your awesome photos my way, and congratulations Dara and Jeremy! I sincerely wish you a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂
Photographer: Justine Bursoni Photography
Second Shooter: Rima Campbell Photography
Venue: The Barn At Queens County Farm Museum
Officiant: Rabbi David Gelfand
Dress: J Crew
Shoes: Hey Lady Shoes
Veils and headpieces: Amie Noel Designs
Groom’s attire: Suit from Banana Republic, tie from Brooks Brothers
Groom’s Shoes: Converse
Jewelry: Family heirlooms and gifts
Makeup Artist: Anni Bruno of NYC Faces
Floral Designer: Bridget at Violet and Verde
Caterer: Bon Soir Catering
Groom’s ring: Fitzgerald Jewelry Store
Bride’s ring: Matsu, purchased at The Clay Pot
Invitation Designer: Sister-in-law Abigail Gelfand, printed at Paper Presentation
Cake: Made by friends: Ryan Newbanks, Siobhan Watson and decorated by Suzanne Shapiro
Guest Book: Made by friends Natasha Bowdoin and Josh Bernstein
Photo Booth: The Majestic Photo Booth Company
DJ: James Mulry
Wedding favors: The Knot
Image submission via Two Bright Lights