A RUSTIC FARM WEDDING AT WOODSEDGE FARM BY MONIKA DE MYER
After swiping right on Tinder, Melissa and Christopher met in Manhattan’s East Village at The Cube–a sculpture located in Astor Place. The two hit it off and their conversation flowed so effortlessly, they even walked in circles around the East Village, passing their destination several times. About six years later on January 19, 2019, Melissa and Christopher planned to revisit some of their favorite bars and restaurants from when they first started dating. Despite the state of emergency for an impending snowstorm, Christopher was adamant they stick with their plan. After parking in the East Village, they walked by The Cube and Chris proposed. “I was in complete shock and immediately started sobbing happy tears,” Melissa reminisced.
For their late October wedding, Melissa and Christopher wanted their special day to have an intimate, romantic, and welcoming vibe. They incorporated vintage touches and paired hunter green with muted blush and cream hues. Continue reading below for more details from this couple’s rustic farm wedding at WoodsEdge Farm captured through the lens of Monika de Myer.
“Our wedding was surreal. After all of the planning and uncertainty about whether we’d be able to even have our wedding, we couldn’t believe it was happening. It almost felt like we were at someone else’s wedding. We were so happy with how everything came together that day to bring our vision to life. A perfect day.”
When Melissa and Christopher first got engaged, it was just the two of them in that moment. It was only fitting they shared a moment privately with a first look before their ceremony.
WoodsEdge Farm was the first venue Melissa and Christopher visited, and after looking at several other locations, nothing compared. They always loved the idea of having their wedding in a barn, but once they met the owners, Amy and Brent, and saw the llamas surrounding the barn, they knew they had found their dream locale. The couple wed outdoors amongst nature under an oak tree with Melissa’s older brother officiating.
During the ceremony, Melissa and Christopher planted an olive tree before they exchanged vows. They collected dirt from their childhood homes and poured them together into a pot. The olive plant, symbolizing peace, hope, and love (and also a nod to their dog), now resides in their living room and is a constant reminder of their wedding day.
The couple was inspired by the structure of WoodsEdge Farm, as well as the strung lights and beautiful wood farm tables. The semi-blank canvas allowed them to choose décor that fit their vintage, intimate, and rustic aesthetic. The reception featured greenery and candlelight over delicate lace and sheer table runners, along with eclectic adornments of vintage photo frames, repurposed windows, and lanterns.
Passed hors d’oeuvres and a mac and cheese station were available for guests to snack on during cocktail hour. Dinner began with a kale Caesar salad, followed by wild mushroom risotto, and braised short ribs, and roasted chicken for the main entrée. “Choosing the food for the wedding was our absolute favorite part of planning. We worked closely with the caterer to design a menu of the foods we loved executed in a way that would impress our guests,” the couple raved.
Ceremony and Reception Location: WoodsEdge Farm / Caterer: Harvest Catering / Officiant: Matthew Craig / Photographer: Monika de Myer / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Gina Corso / Reception Entertainment: Paul Anthony Entertainment / Photo Booth: Oh Snap That / Floral Designer: Dahlia Florals / Wedding Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Invitations: Minted / Hair Stylist: Alicia Garavaglia / Makeup Artists: Michelle Elise Artistry and Allison C Beauty / Honeymoon Location: Excellence Playa Mujeres, Mexico