Meagan and Joe were married on a crisp October day at a private venue, Royals Farm, in Torrington, Connecticut.
I remember the first interaction I had with these two. At the time they started planning, they were living out of state and were stuck on choosing a venue. They had an idea of what they wanted but were struggling to the find perfect fit. They knew they wanted a fall wedding with an outdoor ceremony space and an outdoor cocktail hour. They wanted to be the only wedding on the property with an option for a bonfire and s’mores. Fall foliage (weather pending) was also ideal!
I went to work straight away on trying to find those “hidden gem” venues that aren’t always listed on the first page of The Knot or WeddingWire. Royals Farm happened to be one of the venues that I thought would be a great fit for them. It featured a rustic, open air barn, tons of space for outdoor cocktail hour with a panoramic view of fall foliage, and a beautiful ceremony space complete with a rock wall fountain. And the biggest bonus was they had multiple fall Saturdays we could choose from!
Once the venue and date were set, these two continued the planning on their own until about 8 weeks out when I stepped back in to pull together the final details. We set up another site visit at the venue to go over the specifics: where Meagan would enter for the ceremony, overall venue layout (bar placements, cocktail hour configuration, table layouts, etc.), what time vendors had access to the space, who would take home the cards & gifts, all of the things that contribute to a smooth running day.
Fall began to creep in and soon enough, their wedding weekend had arrived. Friday night’s rehearsal and rehearsal dinner were hosted at Butchers & Bakers in Farmington, CT. This is one of my favorite spots for Sunday brunch so I was excited that they chose this location!
Saturday began with hair and makeup for the ladies at the Farmington Inn. Meagan and Joe each got ready separately before arriving to Royals Farm to share their First Look. Their photographer, Kevin Kelley, chose a spot behind a quintessential New England, red paneled barn for the couple to enjoy this moment. All of my couples that choose to do a First Look always comment how glad they are they did it. It’s seriously amazing to watch from afar – I can visibly see the excitement, nervousness and anticipation in their bodies before they get to see and hold each other. Everything melts away after that and they get to enjoy the rest of the day in a more relaxed state. Plus, it truly is one of the only times throughout the entire day that the couple gets to be alone and just be with one another!
After their First Look, they joined the rest of their bridal party and family for extended portraits before guests started arriving. I always like to have the bride tucked away about 30 minutes before the ceremony so she can make her grand entrance for all of the guests during the ceremony.
Sage Hill Florals styled the beautiful wedding arbor with colorful flowers and Royals Farm accentuated the space with some of their rustic details. The stage was set for Meagan’s entrance! Her grandfather was their officiant which made their ceremony even more personal for them.
Cocktail hour immediately followed the ceremony. Guests were treated to an array of autumn-inspired passed appetizers (the pumpkin raviolis were my favorite!) and a large harvest grazing table. Guests roamed the large property and played lawn games while we still had some sunlight.
When the reception began, the bridal party were all introduced to Hall & Oates “You Make My Dreams Come True” and danced their way into the barn. Meagan and Joe were the last to enter and went right into their First Dance to Louie Armstrong’s “La Vie en Rose.” We had a few toasts before dinner was served!
Guests dined at tables adorned in jewel tones with colorful floral displays. At each place setting was a traditional Lithuanian beverage, Krupnikas, which served as their favors. I’m not sure how many of these actually made it out of the barn – I think most people toasted the couple with this unique (and delicious) cocktail!
After the sun went down, the temperatures got pretty chilly! Guests had to dance all night to stay warm or indulge in a s’more (or two!) by the bonfire. No one seemed to mind the temperature shift – everyone was having too much fun celebrating this beautiful pair!
Meagan and Joe – thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day. I hope you two are loving life as a married couple.
Planner: Alyssa Jean Signature Events
Venue: Royals Farm
Catering: David Alan Hospitality Group
Photography: Kevin Kelley
Florist: Sage Hill Florals
DJ & Drape: Vivid Events
Beauty: Simply Gorgeous by Erin
Dress: Majesty Bridal
Rentals: Tents Unlimited
Rehearsal Dinner: Butchers & Bakers