Real Wedding Inspiration: Gwen & Kevin

As soon as I heard Pennsylvania, farm and goats I knew this would be an unforgettable wedding. I was so right. This October I had the privilege of attending a beautiful fall wedding on the coveted farmlands near Newport, Pennsylvania. I had never met Gwen and Kevin (I went with one of their guests), the bride and groom, but I feel I really got to know them through the personal details of their intimate wedding. The ceremony took place inside the home of close friends–a farm house and converted church. Being so far from town, and therefore most people’s hotels, the couple arranged buses to get the guests to and from the wedding–a nice touch especially for those who took advantage of the open bar.  There were so many beautiful details that brought this wedding to life, but nothing was more lovely than the natural, stunning fall backdrop, except of course the couple.

I asked Gwen to share her wedding inspiration. Here is what she said.

I really wanted to incorporate a lot of local culture and fare into the wedding, so I chose as many vendors as possible from my county and no more than 30 miles away.  I chose my colors, because I really didn’t want to have “fall” colors even though my favorite color is orange!  I really chose the colors of blue, green, and purple, because when complimented with golds/bronzes, are the other fall colors…blue sky, last remaining greens, and the odd tree that turns purple rather than red.

More details I love

The best man: Kevin’s best man was actually a best woman. The “Best Dudette” held a special bouquet featuring the wedding’s blue and purple color palette.

Best Dudette

The wedding took place at a beautifully renovated church, now home to the couple’s friends. Guests were asked to take their shoes off for the ceremony; a good idea considering the rains earlier that week had made the ground a muddy mess. The bride, groom and most of the guests chose to wear boots, which actually seemed to fit their personalities and added to the authenticity of the wedding. I, of course, did not get the memo but luckily wore flats. Lesson: always pack boots for a farm wedding.

I love the natural lighting, rugged wood floors and simple decorations adorning the ceremonial space. The chalkboard with the proceedings is a cute alternative to individual pamphlets.

Wedding Alter and Harp

The groomsmen chose either blue or purple for their wedding attire. The boutonnieres were each unique creations that complemented the overall color theme. I loved the flowers chosen for the bouquets, especially the hydrangeas–their color diversity and fullness making them popular choices for weddings these days.

Groomsmen and Flowers

The ceremony had its very own British Invasion. Friends of the bride wore Union Jack socks and spoke lines from the Beatles “All You Need is Love” for one of the readings. Needless to say, the ceremony was what one might call “alternative.” I always love it when couples plan something unique for their ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony

After the ceremony, guests put their shoes on and headed outside to the reception tent. An old window frame directed people to their table. The couple now live on the bride’s family goat farm where they sell goat milk. So the favors were soap bars made from their milk!

The meal was buffet style and included whoopie pies made at a local store. Like the rest of the wedding, the bridal cake was simple with a rustic topper. The groom’s cake, designed to look like a Chicago deep dish pizza in honor of the groom’s hometown, definitely stood out.

Wedding Reception

As darkness descended, guests were treated to the romantic glow of flickering candles. The reception lasted long into the night as guests took full advantage of fun party music courtesy of the deejay. Just when we thought the night was over, someone came out with a huge dish of nachos so we could regain the calories we burnt off from dancing. Awesome.

The next morning, we visited the couple’s new home: the infamous goat farm. It was a beautiful day to make new friends!


Thank you Kevin and Gwen for your hospitality and for letting me feature your wedding! I wish you all the best.


Photographer: Grace Lightner
Location: Jake and Louise Warner’s House, Newport, PA
Florist/Day-of-Coordinator: Megan Gantt
Caterer: Patty Armbrust and Company
Cake Maker: SweeTreats
Dress Designer: Christina Wu (bought at Tara’s Bridal)

DJ: DJ Jukebox Hits
Whoopie Pies:
Bread: YeeHaw Farms (This is actually a family from Gwen’s 4-H club)

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