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Cara + Andrew’s Modern Farm Wedding Part II

Continuing with Andrew and Cara’s modern, handmade Vermont wedding shot by Orchard Cove Photography

Cara and Andrew's Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography
Cara and Andrew's Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography
Cara and Andrew's Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography
Cara and Andrew's Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography
Cupcakes-
We brought a bit of Somerville. Our friend picked up our cupcakes from Kickass Cupcakes! We chose three delicious flavors and the price was very reasonable.

Cara and Andrew's Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography
Cara and Andrew's Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography

My absolute favorite thing we chose to do was the table numbers for our centerpieces. We designed dust jackets using photos we had taken on vacations together. We asked friends and family to write in the books. They wrote and drew some wonderful things. Having them at the tables allowed people to spend some time with them and give them something to do when they weren’t eating, drinking talking or dancing. We now have these wonderful little time-capsules from our reception that we are keeping along with our photos.
Cara and Andrew's Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography
Cara and Andrew's Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography
There is so much cuteness in this last image. Cara’s wedding dress converts into a short dress, perfect for dancing, and Andrew’s niece is wearing a kilt made from the same tartan as his tie. Adorable to say the least.
Cara and Andrew's Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography

Venues
Andrew is from Vermont. His parents have lived there for thirty years. When we decided to get married in the church he grew up attending, it just made sense. Andrew’s parents are best friends with the Reverend and Deacons in the church.

We really lucked into the Amee Farm in Pittsfield, Vermont. I did lots of internet searches and came across it. We knew right away when we saw the house that it was the perfect place to throw a big family party. It was really intimate and felt authentically Vermont. They are very sweet and helpful and helped us with a lot of the logistics for the weekend.

Flowers
Liz connected us to Trish from the Pittsfield Garden Center. Trish is amazing. We talked about the color palette and showed her the design of everything she just arrived on the day of with these gorgeous table flowers and bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages.

Photographer
Amanda Herzberger of Orchard Cove is an amazing talent and a really wonderful person. We were so lucky to have her photograph our wedding. She was so sweet and unassuming. She was somehow able to photograph every person at the wedding. Not just get their picture, but create the most wonderful portraits. She captured some really beautiful moments.
www.orchardcovephotography.com/

Advice:
Stick to your budget in the beginning. Because in the end you will be choosing whether you want to spend time or money on things. Make a moodboard, lookbook stylesheet; whatever you call it. Giving talented vendors, designers and artists a visual guide for your taste and the tone and mood allows you to give them direction and artistic freedom — freeing them to create something more beautiful and unique than you could have imagined.

Big thanks to Amanda from Orchard Cove Photography and Cara for sharing your wedding day with us today! You can see part I from this wedding here.

Cara + Andrew’s Modern Farm Wedding

This handmade wedding is so much fun! Cara and Andrew made almost everything themselves, from their programs to music, they handled it all. Thanks to the talented Amanda from Orchard Cove Photography for sharing their images with us today!

A little bit from the bride, Cara:

We started the process of planning everything with guest list and budget and worked from there. We also made a list of the things we thought we could do ourselves and made a timeline. It was decided that we would do our own music and DJ station. Andrew is an audio engineer and musician. I would design the invites, programs, place cards. Because the place cards doubled as the favors I wanted to spend some time designing them to make them special. Each place card was an envelope with a card explaining that we had given money to Oxfam in our guests’ honor.

Cara and Andrew's Handmade Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography
Cara and Andrew's Handmade Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography
Cara and Andrew's Handmade Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography
Cara and Andrew's Handmade Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography
Cara and Andrew's Handmade Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography
Cara and Andrew's Handmade Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography
Cara and Andrew's Handmade Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography
Cara and Andrew's Handmade Vermont Farm Wedding by Orchard Cove Photography

Clothes
My dress came randomly from a little boutique in San Francisco called Haute Bride.

http://www.hautebride.com/salon/

I went home for Christmas and met my parents in the Bay Area. The dress is a Caroline Devillo. Its end of season, right off the rack. I went to one store and tried on five dresses. This was dress number four. I walked in there with pictures of tea length dresses, so I was surprised when this long A-line column dress was pulled out of the rack. I put it on and it was just the color I wanted and if fit so well. And then the sales girl showed me its special feature. The skirt came off at the knee. I totally feel in love and my mom and I bought it right away. I found a wonderful, sweet seamstress locally who altered the dress to fit me perfectly. I brought her a few yards of fabric and she made my sash too.

http://www.alterationsbyviolette.com/

Andrew’s suit is from Banana Republic and his tie was ordered from a shop in Scotland. His parents had been there a few years earlier and bought a two-year old’s kilt in the old Sutherland tartan. Andrew’s niece was wearing that kilt as our flower girl. The tie is made from the exact same tartan.

Check back in a few for part II of this creative and crafty wedding!






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Sponsor Introduction: Wedding Photographers

I just want to give a huge shoutout to my lovely sponsors who make Ruffled possible! Each advertiser is hand picked based on readers’ taste, style and needs, so you can imagine how proud I am to have them on board. All of them travel, but I thought it would be helpful to local brides to see where they are based out of. We’re going to start by introducing our photographers (in no particular order) and they’re going to tell us a little bit about themselves:

Angela Burke Photography Seattle Washington
One Thousand Words Photography
Location: Seattle, Washington

One Thousand Words Photography is us – Angie and Ashley. We met on the first day of art school and bonded over a deep love of photography and pretty dresses. Neither of us planned to become wedding photographers and can hardly believe our good fortune! We’re passionate about art and about relationships – so we’re pretty much in the perfect line of work. My pulse still races at the outpouring of love and hope and magic that happen at a wedding. Ashley can manage tack sharp focus with tears streaming down her face during the vows (I’ve seen it). We adore all things vintage and gorgeous . . . and ruffled. :)

Ann Arbor Michigan Wedding Photographer Nicole Ladonne
Nicole Ladonne Photography
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I know how important photographs can be to a person, a family or a couple. I spent most of the big events in my own life behind a lens, and have organized my mothers’ photos more times than I can remember! In my work, I strive to capture the personalities and natural timing of my subjects. I care a lot about what I do, and I hope that it reflects in my photographs.

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Caroline Ghetes Photography
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

I started my photography business in January of 2007. I would describe my photographic style, documenting spontaneous moments with an editorial flair. I have recently been injecting eco-friendly practices in running my business and in my personal life as well. I am learning everyday as far as what I can do to be less wasteful and teach my family the same thing. I lived in Chicago until I was 18, then Phoenix for 8 years, and now Charlotte since May of 2008. I still miss Chicago and I think it is the best city in the whole wide world. I’d still like to move back. If only I can convince my husband. I feel incredibly lucky that I get to document the love between two people on the most important day of their lives. Many a times, I have caught myself crying behind my viewfinder when snapping shots or in front of my computer screen when editing a perfectly caught moment. And every time, I remember why I love my job so much and that it is my calling.

Caroline is also doing a Free Wedding Photography Giveaway – click here for details.

Photomuse Wedding Photography Brooklyn New York
Photomuse
Location: Brooklyn, New York

It is especially important to be true to oneself in a world where images, ideas, and technology change so rapidly. By being able to articulate my goals as an artist and by continuing to challenge myself with new techniques and knowledge, I ensure that my photographic work harmonizes with who I am as a person. I have a Fine Arts background and a degree in Photography from Pratt Institute, and I strive to incorporate a rich history of the arts into my photographic work. I work each wedding with a fresh outlook and treats each couple individually, always striving to photograph each wedding in a new and exciting way. My wedding day approach is thoughtful and caring, staying sensitive to the day’s flow and never intruding. 

Sarah E. Evans Wedding Photography Texas
Sarah E. Evans Photography
Location: East Texas

Sarah e. Evans Photography provides Modern Vintage Photography with a Southern Twist. With her business based in East Texas, she covers much of the Southeast Texas area and is available for travel. Living in the Oldest town in Texas helps to inspire and define her style of photography and allows her to keep things funky, fresh, and unique. 

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