Bloomsbury Farm: A Weekday Wedding
In early January, we received a call from Bloomsbury Farm regarding our availability for October 5th, a Thursday, for a couple living in China. A Thursday wedding, sign us up! Not to mention a guest list of folks traveling from across the globe -- these are the weddings we dream about. We've scouted Bloomsbury Farm for three years and we finally hosted our first wedding! Every time I pull in the gates of the farm, I breathe a little easier and life just slows down. This place is magical.
Planning commenced with a 14-hour delay from email-to-email. The time difference certainly tested our ability to plan on limited communication. Abby and Simon trusted us, who were merely strangers to them, based on the advice and recommendation of Bloomsbury Farm. We're so thankful they did!
When we finally had the opportunity to meet with Abby and Simon, we were well into our planning. In late-July they visited from China while they were on summer holiday from school -- they both teach English. Simon is actually a kindergarten teacher! These two are well-traveled, kind humans that have a soul for giving back.
By far, this was the most intimate wedding we hosted in 2017! Abby and Simon decided against a big bridal party and kept it simple with a VIP guest list. Abby's dearest friends were able to enjoy mimosas and breakfast stress-free while the sun glared into the loft at Bloomsbury Farm.
Our VIP guest list included 75 friends and family from all over the world. We hosted an early evening ceremony at 3:45 PM that extended into a late-night party ending around midnight. We love to mingle during cocktail hour and learn about our clients. Abby and Simon have lived in so many different countries and already lived more than most adults I know -- these two are under 30! We loved hearing all the stories about these two and how they met.
Abby selected fall-inspired florals and rentals that complimented the farm perfectly. With rustic benches for ceremony seating and bistro chairs paired with our Lucy Farm Tables, guests enjoyed a casual and comfortable design.
We got lucky with incredible fall weather and were able to forgo the tent! Guests enjoyed an al fresco dinner with bistro lights, a fire pit and dancing under the pavilion. We loved that there were no fussy linens, no tall centerpieces, just simple place settings and greenery.
When I think about what makes this wedding so different from all the other weddings we've planned, it's two simple things. One, the couple didn't fuss about details that didn't matter. We didn't agonize over the design, the layouts, the weather. We planned it and we executed. In short, they let go and we were able to be the experts they hired. And, frankly, it was absolutely flawless. Second, the size. I love a big wedding, but hosting a small, intimate wedding gives guests a chance to really be apart of the day. Abby and Simon were able to talk to every single guest. Throughout the planning, they made decisive decisions and continued to reference what they wanted to help make those decisions.
Simple lessons learned to help our future clients make those tough decisions about the guest list and all the micro details that make the big picture come to life!
Photography / Abigail Malone