If you are dreaming of a unique wedding full of character and flavor that emphasizes community, a Farm to Table wedding may be perfect for you.
Farm to Table weddings emphasize what is local and in season to create a wedding that flows perfectly with your location and wedding date. Imagine a Fall wedding surrounded by changing leaves, autumn flowers such as dahlias and crysanthemums highlighting the tones of nature, a family style meal highlighted by roasted autumn vegetables, seasonal greens and crisp apple cider in the cool air. It all flows perfectly and adds character to your wedding that no one else will have. The flowers featured in your bouquet are what is blooming that week and the produce was picked just for you.
We love hosting Farm to Table weddings at our farm. It's a perfect way to tie in our love of farming with the weddings we host. There are many ways to incorporate Farm to Table in your wedding and create the character that reflects you as a couple.
Choose seasonal items in your menu.
Talk with your caterer about what produce is fresh for your wedding date and what they might be able to get locally. Carrots and leafy greens are great in both Spring and Fall and easy to work into your side dishes. Fresh tomatoes and corn will be the highlight of Summer weddings.
Appetizers are a great opportunity to highlight seasonal fare - goat cheese tarts with apples and pickled red onions were a hit at one of our September weddings. Keep it simple with cheese and fruit or crudite trays featuring seasonal produce.
Local, in season produce is picked ripe and used at it's peak which means it's full of flavor that your guests will be delighted with!
Use in season flowers for your bouquet.
If you are struggling with what colors you should use for your wedding or wanting to do something different than the last 10 weddings you've attended, using local, seasonal flowers is a great place to start. Nature drives our color palettes even if we don't realize it - that's why you see soft, romantic tones more in Spring weddings and rich, jewel hues in Fall. If you look around at what is blooming each season, you find it reflected in color palettes. Using in season flowers will provide you with a palette that blends perfectly with the season. The flowers you use are also conditioned to grow in that season, so they will hold up better in arrangements.
Using local flowers gives you access to items that don't ship well and guarantees a unique look. One of the reasons you see roses, hydrangeas, and other similar flowers in most weddings is they ship easily and are available to anyone year round. Field grown flowers like dahlias, zinnias, snapdragons, cosmos and more are best delivered within driving distance and provide unique arrangements.
Consider local vineyards or breweries for your bar.
Take a day to do some wine tasting at local vineyards as part of your wedding planning! In our area of North Georgia, there are several vineyards throughout Ellijay, Blueridge and Dahlonega. Highlight one or two selections in your bar menu for local flavor.
Signature cocktails are also a great way to highlight seasonal flavor. Fresh herbs add lots of flavor to mixed drinks. Pinterest is great for finding great cocktail recipes featuring in season fruit - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, etc. (Blueberry Belini anyone?)
Highlight seasonal fruit in your cake or dessert.
Top your wedding cake with ripe strawberries, peaches, or figs for beautiful decoration and flavor. You can get more creative and add on pies, cobblers, tarts and more that really highlight the flavor of the fruit. Hand out local fried apple pies to guests as they are dancing the night away in the Fall. During the summer, cool off guests during cocktail hour with fresh fruit popsicles or homemade strawberry ice cream.
Gift Farm Fresh favors to your guests.
Soap, lotion, jams, honey, syrup - there are so many options to be found at local farms and Farmer's Markets that will highlight what the community can offer to your guests. Unique items that guests can use or eat are the least likely favors to be forgotten. Share mini jars of local honey in the summer, apple butter in the fall or handmade goat milk soap year round. Add a customized label or stamp, stack them up in crates or place at each setting to fill out your tablescape.
Creating a Farm to Table wedding is a great way to welcome your guests to your wedding and highlight the importance of community. We love to build on the warmth a Farm to Table wedding inspires by serving a portion of the meal family style to start conversations as guests share food. There are so many ways to build on the intimate feeling of a Farm to Table wedding like sharing seeds with guests to start their own garden, using a tree planting as part of your ceremony, highlighting an illustrated map of where the local produce came from at the sign in table and more.
We would love to hear about any ideas you incorporate in your wedding or share some thought starters with you - just leave a comment below!
Find out more about our Farm to Table weddings here.
In all the wedding planning decisions, it’s easy to forget about the core purpose of a wedding. You are running around deciding which style of bridesmaid dress will flatter everyone of your bridesmaids, fielding menu requests from everyone and your uncle (gluten free, vegetarian, doesn’t like cheese, and can you put the carrots on the side of the salad?), trying to understand the difference in using local, seasonal, pesticide free flowers vs what you can get easily, year round and you haven’t even had the cake tasting yet. It’s not uncommon for talks of your vows to get pushed to the end. Then your scrambling, finding out your fiancé thought you were writing vows and you thought you would just use traditional vows, trying to figure out if your faith requires certain types of vows and wondering once again why you can’t just elope.
First step is to sit down with your fiance and talk about how you want to handle your vows. Do you have specific requirements for your faith? Do you want to use traditional vows? Do you want to write your own? Or maybe just tweak traditional vows a little?
If you do decide to write your own vows, make sure you set a framework. Will you be writing your vows together or separately? Even if you each write on your own, talk through what you want them to look like so your vows flow. You don't want to pour hours into writing heartfelt, emotional vows and then hear your fiance recite just a couple lines back to you that you think he came up with about an hour ago...
Feel free to use traditional vows as a template or search online for some other vows to start with. There's nothing wrong with using traditional vows either. That's what my husband and I chose to do - they were the words that spoke to us about marriage and what we were committing to each other.
I, ________, take thee, ________, to be my wedded husband/wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.
The most important thing is to make sure your vows communicate what you are committing to each other. And what do you need to be reminded of 5, 10, 25 years into your marriage. Not when you're out on a romantic date, but when you are surrounded by screaming kids, dirty laundry, dirty dishes, missed deadlines, etc. - that's when you need the reminder the most!
Exchanging your vows may be a small part of the wedding time wise, but they are the center of your wedding celebration. Take a date night to talk with your fiance about how these will best reflect you as a couple!
We've had a busy spring and summer for Wedding Inspiration Styled Shoots this year! This one has a soft spot for me since it ties in with my Interior Design background. Karen Gramlich with Winey Blonde pulled everything together. Stems Atlanta created a gorgeous centerpiece and bouquet that featured several blooms from the farm including hellebores, sweet shrub, native azalea and dogwood branches. The blueprint inspired cake from Cake Envy would be a gorgeous choice for any blue and white wedding. Shannon Ford Photography captured everything in her soft, signature style.
Coordination/Planning - Winey Blonde
Venue - Pleasant Union Farm
Photography - Shannon Ford Photography
Floral - Stems Atlanta
China - The Prissy Plate Company
Linens - BBJ Linens
Stationery - Typo Boutique
Menus/Placecards - Along the Lines by KB
Rings - Union Diamond
Bridal Attire - Bride Beautiful
Cake/Desserts - Cake Envy
Hair - Hair by Tori K
Makeup - Hlee Moua Artistry
Chairs - Peachtree Tents and Events
Hi - I'm Becky Kimmons! My husband, Cale, and I are the farmers behind Pleasant Union Farm. (It may be a bit of a stretch to call myself a farmer, but I'm learning as a I go.) Our dream and journey began in our engagement and marriage and allows us to celebrate weddings with couples and families. We are learning much about farming and weddings, and my goal is to share as much as I can with you!