August 1, 2013
For the three of you who read our blog that we don’t know, here’s some old news for you. We’re getting married! Soon!
The whole event will happen on “our” farm this October, and we’re taking DIY to the extreme. Mostly because we want to share our farm life with our friends and family who haven’t visited us yet, but also because we don’t have a ton of money to throw at a wedding.
In Philadelphia, I was a floral designer and a partner in a floral and event design company. Thomas, being a culinary wizard with catering experience, is also no stranger to an event. So when Thomas proposed to me many months ago (mmm, hmmm, I still got it), knotting a loop of baling twine to my finger, I obviously said yes, and we began planning the cheapest, grandest wedding two broke farmers could imagine.
The wedding will be on the farm. We already pay to rent the farm, so there is no additional facility rental. Ideally we could have the reception in the barn, but we wanted a harvest wedding, and barns are full of hay by October. So we’re renting a big tent, and filling it with friends, family, food and flowers. Oh, and booze.
Since we moved up here to farm, we’re trying out our farming skills on our guests. We plan to raise almost every bite of food our guests eat. We’re also doing the flowers, and building farmhouse tables for everyone to sit around. Here are a few of the details that are in progress. The wedding may hijack the blog for a couple of months, but for some inexplicable reason, people seem to like reading about other people’s weddings.
Without sharing too many details, pork and chicken from the pasture and kale and pumpkin from the garden will be heavily featured. The pigs are on track for their harvest date, and we’re will soon be starting a batch of broiler chickens as well. Our first round is going well. They have a reputation for being dirty, lazy, monster birds, but we are finding them easy to maintain on pasture. So far.
We are most excited about our tables for the wedding. We love the look and feel of eating at long farmhouse tables, but they are big and heavy, and thus expensive to rent. Since we have a source of free wooden pallets and a group of handy friends, we are making all of our tables as well. We will do a post just on the tables very soon with step by step plans. The prototype turned out pretty well, even in its unfinished state. I am excited to repurpose them into pig houses and chicken coops. But I suppose we’ll build them and eat off of them first.
We are grateful to have so many friends who have offered to come and help us between now and October. We feel blessed to have found each other, and to have found a way to start scratching out this new farm life together. And we feel fortunate to live in New York state, where we can just get married without any qualifications, like any other hardworking farmers.