- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
So we chose The Barn at Fallingwater–as beautiful and amazing and wonderful as the reception space is–mainly for the ceremony site. I had a mission during our venue search:
I wanted to get married in the woods.
There were some other beautiful venues that we vistited that were just as rustic and professionaly run, but I was met with blank stares when I told them my vision of not only getting married outside, but having our ceremony under tress. One vendor told me I was their first bride ever to say anything like that and asked me why.
Well….my man and I aren’t religious people. But I grew up spending most of my childhood in the mile of woods behind my parents house. We technically lived across the streets from the Pittsburgh city limits, but didn’t live in a very crowded part of town. My sisters are 5+ years older than me and there were no other kids my age on the street, so I spent most of my time with my dogs and my backpack and my vivid imagination in the woods. Before I could drive, it was my sanctuary, where I ran whenever I fought with my siblings or parents or friends, or whenever I couldn’t deal with the death of a loved one or pet.
As I got older, anytime I would go hiking or camping, I felt peaceful there. Though I’m not religious, being in nature has been the only place in my life where I find my mind coming back to my own sense of spitituality. So the biggest, most ceremonial event in my life? It was the only thing that made sense.
So visiting the barn last April, and walking 50 yards behind the barn into a clearing surrounded by tall Hemlock trees? There was no contest. Our rustic, very DIY wedding had a home!
That sign took hours. 😉
My parents waiting for me at the top of the path
We arrived at the barn Friday morning and were decorating all day. Saturday AM we did the finishing touches. I had a vague idea of what to do with the ceremony area, but nothing concrete. My sisters decorated it themselves and I refused to see it before walking down the aisle so that I could be surprised!
(Next three are non-pro…the bee won’t accept these two pro ones!)
Our beautiful DIY benches that were sold to the venue after our wedding 🙂
My adorable nephew. (I have a fear of children in suits–I can’t explain it, but it really freaks me out! Suspenders and a fedora, though? Done!)
Our sweetheart of a flower girl insisted on waiting for my parents and me…so she was rescued by her big brother!
Husband’s uncle sang our processional songs….January Wedding by the Avett Brothers and First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
We forgot to rehearse handing off the rings…I ended up with my own, so we had to switch. 🙂
My groom cried a bit more than I did…so he was still in the middle of regaining his composure here!