My sister’s countryside wedding

MY SISTER JESSICA GOT MARRIED LAST WEEKEND! I WAS THE MAID OF HONOUR AND MY KIDS WERE THE FLOWER GIRL AND RING BOY. HERE'S HOW WE PULLED OFF THE BIG DAY IN JUST SIX-WEEKS.

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Let me preface this post by letting you all know that I’m Italian. Now, that’s important to know because a rustic, farmhouse-style wedding is not a typical Italian wedding. In fact, it’s so far from a 300+ guest count in a ballroom with a DJ and 12-course meal, that most guests on our side of the family were left confused.

Common questions from family members included: what do you wear to “this kind” of wedding; and “what do you mean you’re getting married outside?” It’ll be fine they reassured, we’ll have heaters. And it was fine – even more than that. 

Jessica and William were very fortunate that Uncle Richard owns a farm north of the city. It’s not a functional farm – there’s no livestock or harvest. Rather, it’s a restored farmhouse built in the mid-1700s on a picturesque 74-acres of land. And so it was settled, the wedding would take place in a tent at the farm.

With only six weeks ‘til the big day planning started immediately. And with no time to waste, Jess and Will hired a caterer and finalized the menu, rented a tent, tables, chairs and voila!

We hired a florist in Rosemont and while Will was busy making 25 plus rustic troft-style vessels for centerpieces, we were busy Pinning bouquets and all the ways we could fill the vases with seasonal wild flowers.

We gave guests a large warm throw, drinks were flowing, the heat was pumping and the live instrumental duet was playing. The kids wore farmhouse-chic attire and I was wearing a cashmere off the shoulder sweater from Club Monaco and a pleated metallic silver skirt from Nordstrom.

The end result was the most lovely of tent weddings in what was the most lovely of settings. And despite the cold and rain, Jessica and Will had the most perfect day. It was simple and it was rustic. But most of all, it was exactly what they pictured it to be. And it was beautiful. 

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