A Whimsical Blue Destination Wedding on a Farm in Pennsylvania
It isn't every day that a simple hello spurs a lifelong conversation, but that's what happened for this couple. The two were introduced at a birthday party. "From the moment we met, Jayme was so easy to talk to," says Chris. "We have similar opinions about art and design, so we hit it off right away." Jayme, an art director at Martha Stewart Weddings, made such an impression on Chris that the next day, "I called my friends and family to tell them about her," he recalls. Three years later, the conversation that had started out so casually turned to amore meaningful topic: marriage. And moments after Jayme accepted Chris's heartfelt proposal, he was back on the phone once again -- this time, to share the big news.
The Wedding Location
"The couple decided to marry close to Jayme's hometown of Hanover, Pennsylvania. On a day trip to scout locations, they fell in love with the first place they visited: Lauxmont Farms, a 1,400-acre working organic farm perched atop the Susquehanna River in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. The sprawling property boasts a sunken poolside patio for exchanging vows and a domed rotunda for the reception. Jayme was immediately drawn to the rotunda's striped ceiling, which inspired the wedding's aqua-striped theme.
The invitations, which Jayme bound and designed herself, were a series of miniature books -- A Wedding Celebration, Area Highlights, and Travel Guide -- encased in a linen pouch. Program information was printed on perforated business-card stock. Jayme designed and printed save-the-dates in a letterpress class and tucked them into sleeves with artfully punched holes. Invitation envelopes were calligraphed in blue, and the couple's wedding date was printed on the inner flap.
Jayme and her father, George Smith, walk under a canopy of trees toward family, friends, and the waiting groom. Colorful rosettes hang on shepherd's hooks, and large urns spill over with spirea as a string quartet provides background music.
The Beautiful Bride
The bride's fingertip-length veil from Suzanne Couture Millinery complements her Jenny Packham dress.
The bride's elegant bouquet of dogwood and bleeding hearts tied with blue ribbon rests on a porch rail.
The Wedding Party
The newlyweds pose with their wedding party, which includes Jayme's sister, Melissa Dudlick (next to Jayme), and Chris's brother, Sean Murray (beside Chris).
Florist Livia Cetti of the Green Vase made boutonnieres from single stems of love in a mist wrapped in pale-green ribbon.
Jayme had her bridesmaids pin these fabric flowers, which reflect the couple's aqua and white color scheme, to their sashes.
The Ring Bearer
Jayme's nephew, Graham Dudlick, bears the rings with pride.
The Ring Pillow
Jayme sewed the ring pillow herself and topped it with a striped fabric rosette that matches their palette.
Guests shower the newly married couple with biodegradable white confetti from Artistry in Motion that adds a touch of whimsy to the ceremony.
A photo captures the newlyweds with their families (left to right): Richard and Marlene Murray, Chris and Jayme, and Diane and George Smith.
A Four-Legged Friend
An equestrian on horseback is an unconventional parking attendant.
Having just three special drinks -- a mudslide, a Tom Collins, and a blackberry sour -- made life easy on the bartender and fickle sippers.
Florist Livia Cetti (left) and a friend enjoy the cocktail hour.
At the reception, the striped ceiling, playful rosettes, and organic centerpieces come together in the light-filled rotunda.
Seating arrangements are pinned to a board covered in the same linen used to make the bridesmaids' flowers.
Centerpieces made from hydrangeas, dogwood, spirea, roses, and fern are placed on mats made from the same paper as the invitations.
The unique menu reflects the couple's first year of dating, during which time they never went to the same restaurant twice. "We wanted our guests to try a little bit of everything," explains Jayme.
Table Numbers and Photo-Booth Tickets
Vintage plaster numbers, removed from old signs, were purchased from Aria, an antiques store in San Francisco; the whimsical seating cards include floor plans of the two reception rooms as well as tickets to a vintage black-and-white photo booth.
The lovebirds dance to Johnny Cash's "Rose of My Heart."
A Guest's Speech
The bride and groom listen to a heartfelt speech.
A snapshot from the photo booth peeks out from Jayme's brother's pocket.
The Guest Book
Guests are asked to leave copies of their photo-booth snaps -- and a note for the couple -- behind.
A gorgeous five-tier cake offers three flavors for the wedding guests.
Guests were given boxes of the couple's favorite treats: caramel-coated marshmallows, gummy grapefruits, and monogrammed candies from Papabubble.
The Getaway Carriage
Jayme and Chris hit the road in a decked-out antique carriage.
Looking in on the Party
A vibrant collection of rosettes hangs above guests in the rotunda's dome.
Location: Lauxmont Farms
Wedding Gown: Jenny Packham
Veil: Suzanne Couture Millinery
Florist: The Green Vase
Hair: Trends Studio Hair Designs, 717-464-1300
Transportation: Elite Coach
Ceremony Music: Cantabile string quartet
Reception Music: Bill Harkleroad, Complete Music Disc Jockey Service
Photobooth: Classic Photo Booth
Day-of Planner: Betsy Kohr Designs
Cake: Karen Rodkey Cakes