• Amy Hammond

Jill & Austin's Sweet May Wedding at Barley Sheaf Farm

(all photos by Grace and Ardor Photography unless otherwise indicated)

When weddings first started to happen again this year, I was introduced to Jill & Austin by my friend Corinne (Sebesta Floral & Event Designs). Jill had already designed and sent her own wedding invitations, but wanted someone else to take care of their wedding day detail pieces. We worked together on place cards, a seating chart, and some signage. We created a welcome sign to politely remind everyone to turn off their phones. Jill wanted to do something unique with her seating chart but wasn't exactly sure what that looked like. We explored several options and ended up with some beautiful, free standing boards using her artwork from the invitations. These were placed in the entry to the beautiful barn & reception area. The place cards were color-coded to indicate the entree choice of each guest. These were tied to vintage champagne flutes as a favor for all of Jill & Austin's guests to keep. Everything in the reception room tied together flawlessly with the inspiration from Jill's invitation design of florals and muted sprint colors of blush, sage and taupe. The wedding day happened to be an unusually hot day in May which felt perfect for this wedding.

I was introduced to some AMAZING vendors working on Jill & Austin's big day. All of them were AMAZING! Especially the staff at Barley Sheaf Farm; from beginning to end they were professional, accommodating and the nicest venue staff I have come across. On top of that, Jill & Austin are honestly one of the sweetest couples I have ever worked with. The entire team of professionals who worked on this wedding said the same thing. This is reflected in the details shared by Jill & Austin below:

How did you and Austin meet? Aust and I went to middle school and high school together! Tell me a little about the proposal… We were living together in Philly and Aust proposed at the top of the Art Museum steps. Our parents and my brother were hiding at the top of the steps and saw the whole thing! What was the best part of the wedding planning? Best part of wedding planning for me was seeing all the plans we had worked months on come to life! Our day was seamless and so much better than we ever could have dreamed. Our outstanding team of vendors are truly to thank for it! What surprised you most about planning your wedding? I was surprised by how excited I was to get the mail every day after we had sent our invites out! Getting RSVPs was something I didn’t realize I would so look forward to! My RSVPs were pale pink envelopes so it was always a small rush of excitement when I saw one in the mailbox.

Bride and mom on wedding day

Who did you find was your best resource for planning your wedding? My Mom! I couldn’t have done it without her. She listened patiently as I debated vendors, decisions, and every small detail. You had a vision for your wedding. Did it start with the invitations you designed or something else? I’d say our vision started with a combination of the venue and flowers! Barley Sheaf just felt right when we toured it and flowers were really important to me. The vision board Corinne (Sebesta Design) put together beautifully captured what we wanted for our day. How did your stationery set the tone for your wedding day? I have a love for cards and paper goods. I believe that stationery really sets the tone for the entire wedding. It’s the first thing your guests see and it’s a tease of what the day will look like! Because of this, stationery was important to me. I was going for simple but elegant and a light and airy feel for our wedding. So I wanted the invitations to reflect this. I spent a lot of time playing with the design to ensure I achieved this look. I really enjoyed creating my own invitations.

What was your inspiration for your wedding day details? For our wedding day details we really were looking to them to tie the day together and make sure our guests had the information they needed! The welcome sign was important to us that it softly share we would prefer no phones at the ceremony. We wanted everyone to be in the moment with us! And we knew we had a fabulous photographer that would go above and beyond to capture the day. Stone Hill Paperie worded this beautifully for us and tied in elements from our invitation to make it effortless flow with the look and feel. For escort cards/signs we were looking to minimize the number of “touch” surfaces with covid. So we went with charts and name cards at the tables. Because we were doing both, I really wanted the cards at the table to be discreet but obvious to the servers what you ordered. That’s how we decided to make them color coded. This is something I’ve had a couple of friends remark on and plan to use for their day! Each meal was a different color so it made it very clear the servers what was ordered but to guests it just looked like a design feature. Each color was part of our overall color palette. Stone Hill Paperie went above and beyond to include a key for the kitchen as well! We tied the cards to vintage champagne glasses that guests could take home. The glasses were one of my favorite details of the wedding - I loved that they were all mixed at the tables and unique to each guest! It also was a fun project leading up to the wedding that got the whole family involved hunting for champagne glasses. Take us back through your wedding day; share your wedding story. Our wedding day is a blur of memories and feelings! We still can’t get past what a perfect day it was with our friends and family! During planning Austin and I had both decided we wanted to do photos prior to the wedding so we could enjoy our cocktail hour. Dinner and the reception were in Barley Sheaf’s lovely barn. In my Dad’s speech he asked for cheers from guests as he called out where all they had traveled from. I’ve thought about that moment a lot since our wedding day and am still in awe by how far people traveled to share in the moment with us. The love we felt on our day was overwhelming. We danced the night away and closed out the night with a perfect bonfire and the Jules thin crust pizza truck!

What was your first dance song? We actually struggled to pick a song! We had a couple contenders but the winner was, She’s Got This Thing About Her - Chris Young. What detail of the wedding was most important for you? Aust and I picked the top 3 most important things to us and kept this us mind while planning. In no particular order: - Photography. Besides your memories, it’s the only thing you walk away from the day with! - Venue/Food. These were one in the same for us because we knew we wanted a venue that took care of the catering for us. We wanted a beautiful setting that had an equally beautiful rain option. And then food because it was important to us that our guests love their meals! Barley Sheaf has incredible service too, which just added to the dining experience. - Flowers. I love flowers and knew from the beginning this was going to be important to me on our wedding day.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding? This is a hard question!! There are so many moments from the day - and if I could say the whole thing I would! There are two moments that stand out to me though, and Aust agrees. First, was our first look and second was my older brother marrying us. It was a very special and personal ceremony because of it.

How did you end the night? We ended with a bonfire for our after party! We had s’mores and the Jules Thin Crust pizza truck.

What advice would you give to friends getting married? Do what makes you and your significant other happy! If you’re having a great time on your wedding day, all your guests will too. Please check out some of the incredible professionals in Jill and Austin's wedding team… Ceremony & Reception Location:  The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm Photographer:  Grace & Ardor Florist:  Sebesta Designs DJ:  DJ Richie from cutting edge entertainment Hair & Make up: both by Marissa Brennan owner of Marissa Grace Artistry Dress:  Lovely Bride Philadelphia, designer: Dear Heart, dress was the Dawson Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Cake: Caketeria Bride rings : OC Tanner Food truck: Jules Thin Crust Evening Lighting by fire pit: Janet Makrancy's Weddings and Parties

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