Working at a café allows me the opportunity to meet a lot of people. John, Claire and I know a bunch of people in common so when they came in to the café one day, I approached them and asked if I could share about their wedding! I was so happy that they said yes. Take a peak at the simple approach to their wedding. To start you off here is a little background info about them.
Jon and Claire met while in High School. They didn’t know each other that well and a few years later at a music festival in Illinois they reconnected. That following autumn they wrote letters back and forth to one another and by wintertime they were falling in love . This photos above and below are important because they had their first conversation about their love on the same bridge.
They decided to move closer to one another and they both moved to Philadelphia around the same time to pursue their degrees. Two years after they reconnected in Illinois they were back in the same spot and Jon asked Claire to marry him down by a pond at dusk. He actually didn’t intend to propose then and was without the ring, but he knew it was the right time regardless. They spent the next year being engaged and planning their whole wedding together.
Claire’s grandmother came across her dress online at a low-cost in an estate sale. It is 30’s style and didn’t need any alterations it fit her perfectly!
For her flowers Claire wanted whimsical bouquets which would drape over her arms & in baskets for her bridesmaids. She went to Lancaster Central Market to look at flowers and talked to the stand owner about what flowers she was interested in. Flowers and sprigs such as thistle, branches, daisies, Queen Anne’s Lace, craspedia, wheat, and many more. Claire chose her favorite flowers from buckets that the stand owner had picked the day before the wedding. Her grandmother put the flower baskets together and the centerpieces for the reception were made her my mother-in-law.
For colors they began with golden-yellow and navy blue which are their favorite shades. It then blossomed into more of a rainbow of colors. Each of the bridesmaids chose a floral patter and the bouquets were pink, yellow, purple, white and brown. It became as Claire said, “quite garden-party-esque.”
The Bridesmaid’s dresses were all made by a friend of the bride. Neither the bride nor her maids were interested in jewelry so no one wore any. Very natural.
The groom, groomsmen, and family men all wore several sprigs of yellow craspedia.
Claire has always wanted to get married in a yellow barn. Her dream came true when they picked The Bausman Farm in Lancaster. They had both the ceremony and reception there.
Claire and Jon did everything for the wedding themselves with a bit of help from an “unofficial” wedding coördinator along the way who was a friend of the bride’s family. Her maid of honor, friends and neighbors helped out immensely by offering to help with sign making and the wedding favors. Claire made the guest book, name place cards, the program as well as the save the dates. They did not have any professionals involved with their wedding, just a bunch of people who care about that couple (which is clear in the photos!)
A very special part of the ceremony was when The Innocence Mission played during the processional and recessional because they are Claire’s favorite band. She was overjoyed to have them their at her wedding.
The food for the reception was made by their good friend and neighbor, according to Claire, “What a splendid feast we had. Curried quinoa, salads, boeuf bourguignon, rice, vegetable penne pasta, chicken marsala. The head table was served, everyone else served themselves.”
“A good friend and neighbor, Ned Bustard (worldsendimages.com.) designed our invitations! Jon loves pheasants, which fit perfectly with the farm theme. We love how Victorian they looked.” notes Claire.
For favors they had German Springerle Cookies, made by Claire’s dear friend from The Springerle House.
Are you currently, or have you in the past, put together your own wedding? Any tips?
Which part of Jon and Claire’s is your favorite? I think mine is the wall of birds as place cards!