Well, this wedding was just amazing, as I knew it would be! This will be the BIGGEST blog post ever. When Melissa & Jordan entered their decorated barn reception at Hurd Orchards Farm, Melissa kept saying “I can’t believe this is MY wedding!!”… I think that just about sums it up for everyone in attendance. They had a rustic wedding at Hurd Orchards that was a dream.
Jordan and Melissa have been a dream to work with and I am completely honored and amazed that this is my job… to photograph the wedding of such an amazing and inspiring couple! From their Fall engagement portraits to the very end of their vintage barn wedding, these two just ooze love and contentment. Their family and friends were no exception. Several people came up to me to just chat and tell me how fun the Engagement Guestbook was to look through. So flattering and so nice to feel appreciated and noticed.
Another thing people were raving about was the food! Comments like “my teenage son loved the food” and “why don’t my salads taste this good?” were heard all night long. I hope Sue and Amy from Hurd Orchards realize how much people appreciated their custom preparation, handmade, homemade approach to wedding dishes. Part of the joy in this food is that nearly every single piece was grown, prepared and cooked on location at Hurd Orchards! From the gorgeous floral arrangements to the dessert. There isn’t much more you can do to have a slow food, sustainable, locovore wedding than that!
So, I could just keep raving about all of the details, however I’ll let Melissa tell you about her dress, DJ Fine Wine and all the rest! Just too much to say!! So, without further ado, here are the teasers from the wedding… (How do I have 90 teaser images???? YIKES!)…
“We didn’t sit down and decide to make “green” choices, we simply tried to extend what is important to us in our everyday lives to the wedding; finding a combination of good people, good food and good music. We were lucky to find vendors who were already doing great things in Western New York, people who have similar tastes and a similar outlook (just like our photographer, Heather McKay!).
It started with Jordan proposing with Melissa grandmother’s wedding ring, and then Jordan buying his band from a local estate jeweler. Our wedding invitations were designed by our mutual friend Andrea, printed by our hands with help from the Western New York Book Arts Collaborative using a letterpress from the 1920’s. Many guests stayed at bed and breakfasts in the area, notably the White Farm, an 1820’s Farm House immaculately maintained by Christine Hunt.
The ceremony and reception was at Hurd Orchards, a beautiful gem run by Amy Machamer and Sue Hurd Machamer. It’s hard to find a place that will pick your wedding bouquet from their gardens an hour before the ceremony, just after baking homemade bread, while also preparing delicious local appetizers and entrees. The only culinary element that was possibly not from western New York was our cake topper, the same one used by Melissa’s parents in 1969.
The wine was from Heron Hill, a sustainable vineyard close-by on Keuka Lake and the beer was from Flying Bison, Buffalo’s first stand alone brewery since the 70’s. Our DJ, Mr. Finewine (from Jersey City’s WFMU), played soul music exclusively by way of 45 rpm throughout the night. A family friend (calligrapher) made the place settings. Another friend, Aileen (Aveen Designs) made the jewelry for the wedding party and the mothers’ of the bride and groom. Jordan wore antique mother of pearl cuff links from the Melissa’s grandfather on her mother’s side and a vintage 1910’s pocket watch from her grandfather on her father’s side.
The biggest “DIY” element, though, was certainly Melissa’s dress, which was completely designed and sewn by a dear family friend and topped off by a 1890’s Victorian locket (a wedding present from Jordan).”