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Happy mid-week my lovelies!  Today is my last post for a bit as I take a much needed vacation. I’ve got lots of lovely guest posters lined up, so keep stopping by and leave them some love!  Now for today’s wedding…

I love when bride readers submit their weddings to me – it makes me feel special to know that of all the wedding blogs they read when planning their wedding that they choose Oh Lovely Day to share it with the world. And today’s wedding is one of those farm weddings where you really wish you had been an invited guest because it is so cozy and sweet and personal.

unique and personal rustic DIY wedding on working organic farm | photos by Kella McPhee
We wanted our wedding to be a heartfelt, casual and fun celebration with all our family and friends.  Since we are CSA (community supported agriculture) members, when we found our location, a working organic farm with beautiful gardens, we were thrilled!  Especially when we learned that we could incorporate in-season produce from the farm into our menu. 
unique and personal rustic DIY wedding on working organic farm | photos by Kella McPhee
unique and personal rustic DIY wedding on working organic farm | photos by Kella McPhee
unique and personal rustic DIY wedding on working organic farm | photos by Kella McPhee
unique and personal rustic DIY wedding on working organic farm | photos by Kella McPhee
unique and personal rustic DIY wedding on working organic farm | photos by Kella McPhee
Since we spent most of our budget on the great food and our venue, we were able to save money by doing a lot of DIY projects with the help of our family and friends. We purchased mini Gerber daisies in bulk from our local supermarket and arranged them in mason jars. John’s dad hand carved birds which held our table numbers. We re-purposed antique bail jars as candle holders and we purchased invitations online and customized them with baker’s twine and kraft paper tags. We also made the kraft wedding maps, programs, and menus to match our invitations.
unique and personal rustic DIY wedding on working organic farm | photos by Kella McPhee
unique and personal rustic DIY wedding on working organic farm | photos by Kella McPhee
Another fun DIY project was making pinwheel escort cards, which we placed in antique blueberry crates from another local farm.  To keep with our theme, we gave guests honey from a local, chemical-free apiary as favors.
unique and personal rustic DIY wedding on working organic farm | photos by Kella McPhee
Since John and I both prefer pie to cake, we opted for a pie buffet, serving it with organic ice cream and sorbet from a local ice cream shop that is owned by our dear friends.  We were also able to help make the strawberry sorbet for our wedding which made it extra special!
unique and personal rustic DIY wedding on working organic farm | photos by Kella McPhee{musical choices}
Processional: “Across the Universe,” The Beatles
Recessional: “Just Like Heaven,” The Cure
First Dance: “Stay Young, Go Dancing,” Death Cab for Cutie
Pie Cutting: “My Best Friend,” Weezer
unique and personal rustic DIY wedding on working organic farm | photos by Kella McPhee

Thank you so much for sharing your wedding with me Mai & John. In case you couldn’t tell, I love love love it!  It is so personal and lovely, and is really the whole package as far as fab weddings go.  Besides marrying on an organic farm and using local food and florals, the couple also looked to etsy artists for many of their wedding details (see below for links to all of the artists).

Plus, I spy a baby goat in the background and I really go gaga over baby goats (I totally want to be one of those people one day that move to Ojai and have pigs and goats and chickens and horses and a glamourous barn, ala Reese Witherspoon).  So, what do you say?  Is your favorite detail all of those perfectly DIY’d craft paper details, or maybe the vibrant red palette, or all of the organic and locally produced touches?  I know I’d love to hear, and I bet the happy couple would love it too!
Is anyone else planning a wedding on an organic farm or planning to use only locally grown food and florals?  Because this is something I would love to see more of.

{Vendors} Venue: Inn at Fernbrook Farms / Photographer: Kella MacPhee / Hair & makeup: Duette Hair & Makeup Design / Catering, Pies & Desserts: Main Street catering / Ice Cream: The Bent Spoon / DJ – Josh T. Landow of No Macarena / Officiant: Reverend Jill Dillner / Wedding Dress: Aria / Custom Sash and alterations by Ann Hamilton Bridal NYC / Shoes: Miu Miu / Engagement ring & Groom’s Wedding Band: Brilliant Earth / Bride’s Wedding Band: Catbird / Maid of Honor’s dress: French Connection / Groom’s suit & shoes: J.Crew / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas & DIY / Honey favors – E&M Gold Beekepers, Tinton Falls, NJ  {Etsy Artists} Bride and Groom chair signs: Sophia’s Sign Boutique /  Wooden wedding signs: True Connection / Wedding Card Box: Go Rustic / Cake Topper: Better Off Wed / Hand Stamped cake forks:  For Such a Time Designs

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