Nao and Kelby were among the many couples who had to reimagine their wedding plans due to the global pandemic. However, the intimate gathering of around 30 guests actually felt truer to their personalities and who they are as a couple. The pair said they were happy to have the opportunity to spend more quality time with their guests.
The couple shifted their wedding from May to November and hosted a daytime celebration. They hoped for an outdoor ceremony, but because of the unpredictable November weather, they picked their venue based, in part, on flexibility. Raspberry tones with shades of blush and marigold brought warmth to the cool weather. And, guests were welcomed to the festivities with a glass of hot apple cider. Ultimately, they exchanged vows in front of the expansive, white stone fireplace adorned with florals and flames dancing in the background.
Cocktail hour complemented the time of day with a mimosa and Bloody Mary bar and chicken and waffles. “Overall, we wanted guests to feel like they were part of something unique, and therefore, we wanted something special for each segment,” Kelby says. “Live music heightened the ceremony and the light jazz music for cocktail hour combined with good food and drink in a farmhouse setting was a dreamlike atmosphere.” The celebration continued throughout the afternoon with lunch and laughter.
Kelby says they couldn’t have done this without the help of their event coordinator. She navigated stressful, COVID-related changes and helped make their stunning wedding a reality.
NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 32
VENUE: The Farmhouse of Plainfield
PHOTOGRAPHER: Artisan Events
VIDEOGRAPHER: Something New Media
EVENT COORDINATOR: Effortless Events
GOWN: Bliss Bridal Salon
ACCESSORIES: David’s Bridal
FORMALWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Azazie
HAIR & MAKEUP: The Bridal Beauty Team
FLORAL & DÉCOR: Atmosphere Events Group
CAKE: DeEtta’s Bakery
CATERING: True Cuisine
ENTERTAINMENT: Luniks Entertainment
LIVE BAND: Armandi Music