All details of our bride Chelsea’s wedding were picture-perfect to start; her nuptials were to take place at her family’s Christmas tree farm (Maple Row Farm in Easton!), and she was wearing a gorgeous Anne Barge gown…so it only makes sense that her September 2015 wedding was featured on The Knot!
Chelsea Edwards (27 and a finance analyst at Boeing) and Andrew Wohl (32 and a regional VP at AXA) returned to their hometown of Easton, Connecticut, for their fall nuptials at Chelsea’s family’s Christmas tree farm. “The farm has been in my family since the 1700s, and the house I grew up in is across the street. My parents were also married there, so it was a pretty easy choice,” Chelsea says. Playing off the farm’s warm country vibe, the couple opted for a rustic-chic aesthetic, complete with burlap, chalkboards, wine barrels and handcrafted details. After a first look on the farm, Chelsea and Andrew said their “I dos” under a tall oak tree situated atop a grassy knoll overlooking the expansive property. Lavender, purple and gray ribbons hung from the branches, providing a whimsical backdrop for the affair, while an archway made from the barn’s original doors helped transform the outdoor space into a romantic, natural chapel. The couple asked a close friend to officiate the ceremony, and they shared vows they’d written themselves. “It meant a lot to us to have someone marry us who really knows us as individuals and as a couple,” Chelsea says. “He did an amazing job and had everyone laughing or crying the whole time.” After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed cocktail hour outdoors. Signature cocktails (such as cucumber-vodka lemonade and dark and stormy), flatbreads and passed appetizers were served alongside live music by Dexter Lake Club Band, which got guests in the mood to party. Guests were then ushered into a sailcloth tent for the reception. Birch logs bearing calligraphed escort cards led Chelsea and Andrew’s friends and family members to their seats, where they enjoyed a traditional sit-down dinner and an assortment of cupcakes and homemade desserts. Carrie Wilcox Floral Design brought the spacious tent to life with three centerpieces, including fresh florals arranged in Longaberger baskets, clusters of jars displayed atop tree-trunk slices and birch vases filled with lush tree branches and surrounded small bouquets of bright flowers. Customized napkins were placed at each seat and shared the history of the farm with guests. After dinner, guests headed to the dance floor, where Dexter Lake Club Band kept the upbeat tunes pumping all night. A tip from Chelsea and Andrew: “Try to have as much fun planning the wedding as possible because your actual wedding day goes by in a flash. When making decisions, remember that it’s your day. Think about what will make you happy—not everyone else. People will be critiquing you and criticizing your wedding no matter what you do, so you might as well make it what you want it to be.” —Libby MacCarthy