Back in March, I was fortunate enough to attend Alison Howard’s REFINE Workshop for wedding planners. I had a wonderful time, learned more than my brain could process in two days, and made some fantastic new friends – wedding planners from all over the country! We have kept in touch, via the magic of Facebook, and it’s been fantastic. Lindsay had the genius idea of an inspiration Board Challenge. So, here we are. A lovely group of female entrepreneurs supporting, challenging, and sharing with one another. It’s a little bit of magic, I think.
For the next few weeks, I’m going to be featuring a variety of inspiration boards created by our merry band of wedding planners. I am so excited to share this new feature with y’all, and for you to all get to know these ladies that I love! If they are in your area, check them out!
Continuing in our new Wedding Inspiration Series, this week our theme is Farm to Table!
Definition: (courtesy of about.com) Farm-to-table is a phrase that can mean different things to different people. At its heart, however, farm-to-table means that the food on the table came directly from a specific farm. Sometimes this means the table is actually at the farm and cooks or chefs prepare and serve the food at the farm (even in the field). Other times the use of farm-to-table emphasizes a direct relationship between a farm and a restaurant or store. It can also refer more loosely to farmers markets, CSAs, and other venues where people can buy food directly from growers. Anyone using the phrase farm-to-table should be able to name the specific farm(s) from which they are sourcing.
What does this mean for wedding inspiration? This wedding theme is for all the foodies out there! While it doesn’t technically need to have a farm as it’s venue, this theme is all about using what is naturally existing in the space. Less to buy, less to waste, and most of all, knowing from where all your materials (not just the food) are sourced.
Here’s my inspiration board. Click through to my matching Pinterest board for photo sources, and to get a better look at that awesome carrot & tulip centerpiece:
Here’s the inspiration board of Graciela Rosario of Graceful Event Planning in Boston, MA:
Lindsay Bishop, of Lindsay Bishop Events in Tucson, Arizona was inspired to create this board:
Cheryl Sullivan of Cheryl Sullivan Events in Huntington, West Virginia took the local aspect to heart and created an inspiration board that features that are unique to West Virginia. Her board uses photos from actual weddings that she herself has planned. Awesome!
Meg Cameron, intern at Alison Howard Events in San Diego, California was very inspired by a specific venue for her inspiration board. Meg says, “When farm to table was announced as the next inspiration board challenge, I instantly thought of Bear Flag Farm and the gorgeous lavender fields there. I knew that the Bear Flag Farm had to be the setting for my farm to table wedding and the starting point for my inspiration board. From there I decided that fresh peaches, blueberries and grapes would harmonize with the lavender setting nicely. There would be lavender garnished drinks during cocktail hour and fresh fruits and vegetables gracing the reception tables. Farm fresh peaches would act as escort card favors and an array of antique china would serve as place settings. Dinner would be served outside with ambient light provided by rustic, but elegant hanging light bulbs. And lastly, the wedding cake would be left deconstructed to show off the fresh fruit flavors inside. Yum!”
So, Brideys – what’s your take on a Farm-to-Table Wedding? Anyone currently planning one? I would personally LOVE to be a guest at a Farm-to-Table Wedding!
What would be on your menu for a Farm-to-Table wedding? Let’s hear from you in the comments!
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