Holly and Jacob were married on June 1 at Jacob’s family farm in Plymouth, Connecticut. The ceremony, cocktail hour and reception each took place on a different section of the farm. The family worked hard to clear out a space within a Christmas tree patch for the ceremony, the cocktail hour took place on the expansive front lawn complete with lawn games overlooking a small pond and the reception was held underneath a tent in the back part of the property.
Holly had reached out to me a couple months before her wedding knowing she was going to need some help bringing all of the final details together and for someone to ensure all her planning was executed properly on the big day. When I saw she was also marrying into a Johnson family, I knew we were meant to work together!
Holly was one of the most organized and detail-oriented brides I have ever worked with. She literally thought of every little detail from the décor (she not only had escort cards but also created place cards to assign each guest to a seat!) to the overall set-up of the property. I came on board about 6 weeks before the wedding day and met with Holly, her family and the catering team at the farm to start discussing logistics. At-home weddings require more thought and care because we are literally turning a residential property into a venue for the day.
We reviewed everything from staging for the ceremony, catering prep areas, water access for the portable restrooms, power grids, tent location and lay out, parking logistics for guests, and started to put together our timeline for the day.
After several more weeks of planning, her big day was here! Holly got ready with her bridesmaids at home and Jacob and his groomsmen were at the farm in the morning taking care of some final set-up details. They had one of the largest bridal parties I have ever worked with – 12 bridesmaids and 12 groomsmen plus flower girls and ring bearers!
The couple decided to forgo doing a First Look and instead opted for a First Touch. Holly and Jacob were each brought out separately and set on different sides of a barn door where they then reached out and held each other’s hands while reading hand written notes they each wrote for one another. It was a truly beautiful moment in their day and something they will both cherish forever.
Two musicians greeted guests with live music before the ceremony began. Our ceremony set-up was one of my favorites as it was so unique to them. The area where the ceremony was held once housed a Christmas tree farm. Nestled in the trees were rows of real church pews that Holly and Jacob picked up to use for their wedding day. Our processional began with a church hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and Holly was escorted down the aisle by her father to Canon in D.
After the couple exchanged their vows, guests were directed to the front lawn for cocktail hour. We had the coolest bar set-up – they had an old log cabin trailer that we converted into a bar! The bartenders were set up inside and served guests beer, wine and a signature cocktail (Mojitos!) through the windows. Games were set up across the lawn and the catering team set out an array of cheese, vegetables and meats on traditional rustic farm tables. Holly had so many personal touches throughout cocktail hour – a table with a “Meet Our Bridal Party” sign, a memorial table, custom signage, and not to mention – the farm had animals so guests could go over and meet the donkeys! Holly and Jacob spent this time taking pictures all over the property.
Once cocktail hour concluded, we directed guests to the back part of the farm where the reception tent was set up. We also transitioned the bar from the log cabin trailer to an old horse stable! In the weeks leading up to the wedding, the family worked hard to clear out the stables. They had guest comfort in mind and created a paved pathway and bartenders served beverages over the stall doors! Does it get any more rustic than that?!
They decided to forgo traditional bridal party introductions and only they were announced. The new Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Johnson then made their way into the tent to share their first dance. We had a few different toasts from the Best Man and our dual Maids of Honor before dinner service began.
Dinner was served buffet-style and guests were treated to a variety of options from a carving station, stuffed sole, all the way down to comfort foods like macaroni and cheese. Before our dance floor officially opened up for the evening, Holly shared a dance with her father and Jacob with his mother. Our playlist for the evening was almost entirely all country music (hand-crafted by Holly herself).
While guests were dancing the night away, dessert was served. The couple had a cookie station (which also doubled as favors!), three flavors of homemade pies displayed on rustic ladders and of course, a traditional wedding cake.
We ended the evening with a sparkler send-off before Holly & Jacob drove off in their vintage car and departed for their honeymoon. I had so much fun working with these two and their families. They truly were such a sweet couple and Holly was so organized, she made my job easy! I wish these two the best in this next chapter of their lives together.
Planning: Alyssa Jean Signature Events
Venue: Private Residence
Rentals: CT Rental Center
Catering: South Side Catering
Beauty: The Beauty Bar
Cake: Sweet Maria’s
Cinema: A Modern Media Productions
Photography: Mikayla Pasco
Florals: Agnew Florist