Elegant Country Wedding at Barley Sheaf Farm

Photos By: Lev Kuperman

We know wedding planning can be associated with high-stakes decisions and stressful moments putting details together, so it’s always refreshing to hear a bride say she wants her wedding day to feel like “hosting a dinner in our own garden followed by an incredibly energetic dance party.” The perfect team to bring this to reality was Lev Kuperman behind the camera and Sebesta Design in control of floral design, who both knocked it far out of the park for Joann and Chris’ wedding day.

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From the bride, Joann: Chris and I met on September 13, 2009 while waiting in line to get into a bar in NYC. We were complete strangers with no common friends and no common ties, who happened to be at the right place at the right time. Thinking back to how we met always brings a smile to our faces, so we were ecstatic when our first choice venue called to say they had September 13th open. What better way to celebrate 5 years of meeting than to get married? We appreciated that our wedding was one of the rare moments in our lives where we could have the majority of people we love under one roof. Since my family lives all the way in the Philippines, we asked our immediate families and closest friends to stay at the Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm. It was a lot of fun to call the Inn our home for the weekend along with the special people in our lives. Our vision was to celebrate our weekend entirely outdoors starting with a BBQ rehearsal dinner on the Inn’s patio and culminating with a morning after brunch. We wanted our wedding day to feel relaxed, as if we were hosting a dinner in our own garden followed by an incredibly energetic dance party.

illustrated wedding invitations - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

bride getting ready - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

navy bridesmaid dresses - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

pastel wedding bouquet - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm
Bouquet recipe: Blush cafe au lait dahlias, antique romantica cabbage spray roses, ivory lisianthus blossoms, white ranunculus, white scabiosa and small blue green echeveria rosettes for accents.

ceremony seating - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

ceremony processionals - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

wedding ceremony - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

wedding ceremony - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

We wanted our celebration to be simple, yet intimate and romantic. We used a lot of light colors and earthy tones to create a clean look that was both pretty and rustic. We also loved the idea of maximizing the 80+ acre property as much as we could by having separate locations for the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and after-party. Unfortunately, it rained for a few hours in the afternoon, relocating our outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour to the barn. The barn, with its wooden beams and hanging chandelier thankfully lent an even more intimate feel to our exchange of vows. We were inspired by sunset and dusk colors, string lights, greenery and wood. We used blush, peach, ivory and butter with small pops of color and gold accents for our decor and chose french blue for our bridesmaids/groomsmen attire because it’s a flattering color and one of our favorites. We did not have any DIY projects, but we sourced many items on our own. These included custom burlap runners, chalk boards, candles, jelly jars, lace ribbons for our cocktail tables and various other design items from independent sources on Etsy.

watercolor escort cards - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

tented wedding reception - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

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dahlia centerpiece - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

elegant place setting - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

We mixed round and rectangular tables for our reception with every table having a unique composition of flowers. Our florist achieved this look by using autumn clematis vine, cafe au lait dahlias, chamomile, cabbage spray roses, raspberry scabiosa, and white ranunculus as a base for both table shapes, but using different vases and adding pops of color. Round tables included rose astrantia and fresh lavender in the mix, which were arranged in gold mercury glass vases. Rectangular tables added butter stock, butter yellow freesia, queen anne’s lace and pink and purple cosmos to the base and were styled in mason jars and bottle bud vases.

sweetheart table - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

illustrated table number - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

elegant wedding centerpieces - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

unique table numbers - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

romantic wedding cake - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? 1) Have fun while tackling the various aspects of wedding planning! We were fortunate in that we were able to provide our own alcohol to the venue, so Chris and I planned personal wine tastings for two weeks in our apartment. We opened a bottle each night to taste which wines we wanted to serve at our wedding. This allowed us to add another personal touch and gave us a chance to unwind together. 2) Have a solid rain plan. Assuming it rains all day at your wedding, how will it affect every aspect of your day? Discuss it in detail with all of your vendors and use their knowledge to help create a plan you will be comfortable with. It was very important to us that we have a beautiful indoor ceremony location if things didn’t pan out and we didn’t get the sunny fall day every couple hopes for. We passed on numerous venues for this reason, and we are so glad we did. It rained for a few hours the afternoon of our wedding and plan B kicked into effect seamlessly. 3) The best part of our wedding was the unbelievable high we felt from being surrounded by family and friends under one roof with one goal in mind: to celebrate us as a couple. What better way to thank them for the impact they made in our lives than to make our wedding fun, comfortable, and easy for them? By that I mean, splurge on reliable transportation to take guests to and from your venue, ensure you have plenty of good food (people will get hungry after all that dancing and everyone appreciates a few sliders at the end of the night, trust me), have a wide selection of drinks and abundance of coffee, and try to say hi to every table during dinner. 4) Last and most importantly, know that the day will go by quickly. This is something every bride hears… but really, it’s hard to take it seriously until the day comes. Take a few minutes during your ceremony and your reception to block out everything but how you are feeling that exact moment and just take it all in. Allow yourself to be aware of and truly feel surrounded by all the love of family and friends. When I look back on our wedding, I try to relive that moment and it still gives me butterflies.

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elegant country wedding at Barley Sheaf Farm - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

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Wedding Music:
Prelude: “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley and “Wonderful Tonight,” Eric Clapton
Bride’s Processional: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Newlywed Entrance: “Where the Party At,” Nelly and Jagged Edge
First Dance: “The Way I Am,” Ingrid Michaelson
During the cocktail hour, we wanted the string quartet to play a combination of classic wedding songs, oldies, and more recent hits. Chris and I wanted everyone to be on their feet most of the evening and DJ Taiga delivered by mixing upbeat classics (Elvis, The Beatles) with our version of old school hip hop (Notorious BIG, Nelly, Yung Joc). Given that so many of our guests are close friends from high school and college, we requested songs from 1998-2007, throwbacks we knew they would love. As people were eating, romantic, folksy tunes by artists such as Jose Gonzalez and Iron and Wine played in the background.

Wedding Location: Bucks County, PA / Photographer: Lev Kuperman / Florist: Sebesta Design / Venue and Caterer: The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm / Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo / Wedding Veil: Bridal Reflections / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Earrings and Bracelet: designed by the bride’s mother / Hair and Makeup: Aleksandra and Jackie from Makeup by Aleksandra Ambrozy / Bridal Party Attire: Amsale and DKNY / Groom’s Suit: Mr. Ned / Bow Tie and Pocket Square: The Tie Bar / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Wedding Cake: The Caketeria / Favors: Bouchon Bakery chocolate chip cookies / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Musician: Elegance String Quartet / DJ: DJ Taiga of Remixologists / Wedding Invitations: Momental Designs / Officiant: James O’Brien of Journeys of the Heart / Videographer: Tree of Life Films / Transportation: Sterling Limousine

Modern Garden Wedding with a Pastel Palette

Who says garden weddings are just for the outdoors? This styled shoot from For the Love of It and Two Sisters Events shows us how easy it is to bring gorgeous floral design and lush settings inside. A tablescape with fresh fruit including cherries and peaches is just the icing on the cake!

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From the event designers, Two Sisters Events: There’s nothing better than taking two very different design inspirations and merging them into something fun and unexpected. For this Wedding Inspiration shoot by Elyse Dawn and Besty Dawn of Two Sisters Events, we took the very popular Boho trend and lightened it up by adding some structure with a pastel palette and classic, “preppy” lines and elements. The style and color palettes of weddings in the 1960s also inspired this shoot.

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wedding day makeup - photo by For the Love of It http://ruffledblog.com/modern-garden-wedding-with-a-pastel-palette

This era inspired a pastel palette, a modern Boho feel is added in the grayed-pastel shades. The bridesmaids, in their gorgeous flowing dresses from brideside.com by Joanna August, are the perfect mix for the vision. Hair and make-up artist, Tabatha Redar, gave the maids voluminous up-do’s mixed with the cat-eyes, giving a formal, yet exotic feel to the ladies. Each bridesmaid picked out her own dress style and jewelry, and they were asked to layer the jewelry on! By allowing them to pick out certain elements of their attire, each bridesmaid’s personal style comes through. In lieu of bridesmaid bouquets, floral crowns were used to add whimsy to this relaxed and fun look.

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peach place setting - photo by For the Love of It http://ruffledblog.com/modern-garden-wedding-with-a-pastel-palette

cherry wedding decor - photo by For the Love of It http://ruffledblog.com/modern-garden-wedding-with-a-pastel-palette

bride and bridesmaids - photo by For the Love of It http://ruffledblog.com/modern-garden-wedding-with-a-pastel-palette

The bride’s stunning gown is named Maracaibo by YolanCris, from Dimitra’s Bridal Couture. It’s a softer take on a mermaid gown, with layer upon layer of beautiful lace that cascades down into a flowing train. The body-hugging top is a modern take on the traditional idea of flowing Boho dresses. The lace-trimmed veil adds a more formal touch for the ceremony. The veil also picked up the Spanish vibes from the dress, giving an eclectic touch to the bridal party. The men pull formality into the day with their black tuxedos from GQ Formalwear. A mix of patterns, colors and textures in the custom bow ties and pocket squares from Peter Field relax their look, while adding to the interesting variances throughout the decor. Chez, located in the heart of downtown Chicago, was the perfect space for this inspirational shoot! In its newly renovated location Chez offers a clean, modern space that showcases any event’s decor beautifully. The juxtaposition of white brick and cement floors with flowing fabrics, warms tones, and brass accents creates a modern, but approachable atmosphere. The ceremony arch designed by Two Sisters Events picks up on the industrial feel of the space with wood and metal, the pastel florals, along with tattered ribbons and brass chains add to this electric mix of two worlds.

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single flower bouquet - photo by For the Love of It http://ruffledblog.com/modern-garden-wedding-with-a-pastel-palette

The reception table design is opulent and eclectic, sitting under flowing billows of soft drapery. Layered table clothes in muted tones are the perfect base for this table that is overflowing with a mix of sumptuous and beautiful wedding essentials. Not only are the vases for the floral arrangements mixed- and-matched in style and material, but the floral types and arrangement styles mirror this, and add to the formal, elegant, yet fun vibe of the entire event. Pops of blue from the satin napkin and bright, sweet nectarines are the perfect pop of color at each place setting. A slightly different take on a naked cake is shown with soft pink frosting between the layers of yellow cake, and topped with a large soft Dahlia.

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Shoot Location: Chicaco, IL / Photographer: For the Love of It / Event Design, Planning, and Flowers: Two Sisters Events / Venue: Chez / Wedding Dress: YolanCris “Maracaibo” via Dimitra’s Bridal Couture / Hair: St Charles Hair Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August via brideside.com / Groom’s Attire: GQ Formalwear / Wedding Cake: The Sugar Path / Rentals: M&M Special Events






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Flower-Filled Bohemian Australian Wedding

If you love the “bohemian flower child” trend that’s been going around as much as we do, this wedding will be right up your alley. I Love Wednesdays and The Style Co, two of New South Wale’s best wedding vendors, brought together Anthea and Brad’s wedding day in a most brilliant way, with plenty of bright and fun details, graphic design ideas, and some of the most incredible flowers we’ve seen so far this year.

flower-filled bohemian Australian wedding - photo by I Love Wednesdays http://ruffledblog.com/flower-filled-bohemian-australian-wedding

From the photographer, Len of I Love Wednesdays: Anthea & Brad’s wedding was a cacophony of flowers and just a crazy celebration filled with love. I love that their families were so involved in their day and how wonderfully put together their whole day was. They had just a teeny bridal party of Brad’s best friend & Anthea’s sister. They really wanted their ceremony to be relaxed and for everyone to be able to enjoy having a sip of bubbly and eating some refreshing fruit in the heat at the beautiful Lindsey House. That mood also translated to their reception at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, with every little detail thought out, and a beautiful bold colour palette to bring the fun. The wonderful ladies at The Style Co handled all the styling for the day.

Valentino wedding shoes - photo by I Love Wednesdays http://ruffledblog.com/flower-filled-bohemian-australian-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by I Love Wednesdays http://ruffledblog.com/flower-filled-bohemian-australian-wedding

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bride and groom - photo by I Love Wednesdays http://ruffledblog.com/flower-filled-bohemian-australian-wedding

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Wedding Location: Watsons Bay, NSW, Australia / Photographer: I Love Wednesdays / Event Design, Styling, and Floral Design: The Style Co / Ceremony Venue: Lindesay House / Reception Venue: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel / Hair: Ardino Salon / Makeup: Alex Divanis / Wedding Cake: Black Star Pastry / Beverage Caterers: Black & White Caterers / Ceremony & PDD Musicians: The Yellow Canvas / Reception Band: Grover / MC: Friends of the couple / Celebrant: A Perfect Ceremony / Videographer: Chasing Summer / Transportation: Rolls Royce Hire, Luxury Wedding cars, and Bendy Bus Sydney

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