If you grew up visiting local pumpkin patches in the fall, today’s wedding at Simmons Farm is sure to give you all.the.feels. Paula grew up a farmer’s daughter and had always dreamed of getting married in the fields. A rainy day thwarted the outdoor plans, but some last minute action by Pittsburgh wedding planner Wanderlust Weddings and Events as well as the couple’s other vendors meant nothing was going to ruin Paula and Zach’s special day. The crew completely transformed the family’s greenhouse into a lush garden oasis full of seasonal fall vibes. A color palette of muted blue and gray was livened up by white pumpkins and fresh greenery galore. Corn stalks gave the style a golden glow, while a mix of farm tables from Penn Rustics Rentals and pretty linens provided variety. All of the pumpkins used throughout the decor were grown on Paula’s family farm, adding to the homespun, heartfelt vibe. Vintage brass candlesticks and other pieces from Vintage Alley Rentals and calligraphy mirror signs from Purple Wagon Designs rounded out our favorite details. Every last farm-grown element was beautifully captured by Ryan Zarichnak Photography.
About the Couple
I have always known Zach through mutual friends, but we ran into each other in 2015 and we hit it off! We were together for over a year before getting engaged but I knew from day one that he was the one.
In October 2016, we were on hayride driven by my dad on my family’s farm, for what I thought was my cousin’s first birthday. When we rounded a bend to our field, Zach got on one knee and written on the hillside with pumpkins was “Will You Marry Me?” It was wonderful to have my family there but the surprises didn’t stop there. Zach then planned an engagement party that night and all his family and our friends were there under the farm pavilion to celebrate with us!
About the Wedding
As a farmer’s daughter, I had always dreamed of a beautiful, flower field ceremony and stunning farm landscape pictures. Unfortunately, the non-stop rain called for a change of plans! Last minute decisions were made to move the ceremony inside the greenhouse, where the reception was to be held, and it actually turned out to be a beautiful and intimate setting with all our family and friends!
The look I was going for was an elegant fall wedding. I wanted to incorporate natural elements from the farm to soften the greenhouse. Different shades of muted blues and grays with pops of gold contrasted the silver piping of the greenhouse. My main focus was greenery and natural floral, with varieties of eucalyptus and succulents intermixed with white and blue pumpkins. To tie in the fall and balance the cool tones, corn stalks were used, pulling in warmer colors and completing the gold elements. A mixture of farm and round tables with linens gave a soft, rustic flare.
Guest seating arrangements and favors were miniature white pumpkins, grown on the family farm. Some centerpieces had blue/gray pumpkins with flower arrangements in them. White pumpkins were used throughout all the tables.
Even though the day didn’t go exactly as planned, my family’s greenhouse has never looked so incredible and there was so much love and support pouring down on Zach and me from our close family and friends!
We arrived at the farm two hours before the ceremony. The plan was to take some pictures. With the never ending rain, we were stuck in our family camper to stay dry and out of sight as guest arrived. I was trying to forget about the rain but yet I was still holding back tears. Then, all of a sudden, my bridesmaids broke out in song, singing “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette.
By the end of the song, everyone was dancing and laughing. It made me realize the day couldn’t be ruined by the rain anymore! The day was about being surrounding by my family and friends that loved us! It was going to be a great day! It was a moment I will never forget and will cherish forever!