Farm Wedding: Becky & Bonnie
Becky & Bonnie tied the knot on May 25, 2014 at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Maryland, in a ceremony that blended their traditions and was full of personal, DIY touches.
With rolling hills and vintage artifacts, the Park served as a lovely backdrop for their farm wedding. The brides knew all along they wanted an outdoor wedding full of green space, at a venue that felt off the beaten path. “We fell in love with our venue the moment we saw it – the gravely path leading up to the gorgeous red barn, big trees and rolling green hills in every direction,” the brides said. “We loved that it was a real, working farm, complete with goats, chickens and pigs, and that the space is a public park, accessible for anyone to visit,” they added. Their guests came from as far as California and Singapore to celebrate with them.
Becky and Bonnie decided to keep their dresses a surprise from each other, so it wasn’t until their ‘first look’ that they saw the other’s gowns. “Seeing each other and having a moment alone before the ceremony was one of our favorite parts of the day,” they said. They asked a family friend to officiate, and in the months leading up to the wedding they worked closely with her to make sure every element in the ceremony was meaningful. They processed down the aisle to music performed by colleagues of Bonnie’s from her time in music conservatory. “We integrated pieces of each of our backgrounds into the ceremony, resulting in an awesome mash-up of both of our heritages and histories,” the brides said. They invited family and friends to read blessings, including an excerpt from The Little Prince, and each bride read the vows she’d written.
Their reception was overflowing with their favorite things: Bonnie’s homemade kettlecorn and mint lemonade, Becky’s calligraphy, table markers made from vintage travel posters of places they’d traveled alone and together, and potted herbs in place of centerpieces. They even built a mini photobooth. They served only vegan food, and beers that were local to their home states. “We danced the night away to a playlist we’d pulled together ourselves, with our favorite jams from the ’50s beyond,” they said. These brides had kept a healthy perspective during their wedding planning, reminding themselves that even if nothing went according to plan, they’d still be married. “Well, not only did we get married, but we had a dream-come-true celebration, surrounded by the people we love the most,” they said.
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.