One search for "weddings" on Pinterest and you're sure to find lists and lists of "wedding must-haves" or "mistakes not to make"... and while some of the advice is genuinely helpful, any reference to the wedding "rules" would send some couples running in the other direction. We LOVE weddings that break the rules, embrace history and exude personality, and this Poconos wedding from Redfield Photo certainly fits the bill. Jane + Brandon's Wedding at Tall Timber Barn was made up of meaningful, thoughtful details that told their love story from start to finish. Full of laughter, tears (and an astronaut helmet!), this day is one we won't forget.
From the bride: Brandon and I both come from creative stock (his mom's a dancer, my parents are both classical musicians), so the little details and what they represented really mattered to us. We started out wanting to keep it simple, but ended up making pretty much everything and dragging our best friends and family into it, too. I learned to do a lot of things I didn't know how to do before (Wood carving? No big deal!). A few days before the wedding, it basically became a craft fair in the woods - a few days of summer camp full of DIY, painting, tying, punctuated by karaoke and beer pong and family chats. It was a blast. It helped that the owners of the barn, Mia and Ralph, were awesome and game for making the day what we envisioned. We really just wanted a big ol' party in the woods with all the people we love, and as many of the things we like, as possible.
We wanted to avoid lavish, honor our family and friends, and make it fun and romantic and special for everyone. When we found Tall Timber Barn in the Poconos amongst all the beautiful tall trees, next to an old abandoned resort rumored to be haunted, 15 minutes bus ride from a local casino for an after party, we were sold. We wanted a family dinner outside in the clearing with eclectic table settings, lots of flowers and vases, games, and sunshine, followed by a dance party in the barn with glow sticks and animal masks, lots of things to see and eat, and lots of laughter and bourbon.
Brandon and I both wanted to honor our families' journeys. Brandon's family hails from Hawaii, and my parents and I are from China, so we wanted to make sure we took pieces of our cultures we loved and brought them into our wedding. Both our families have gone through a lot to get to celebrate together and we felt so deeply grateful. That was probably the best thing about the wedding - the realization that whatever was in the past and whatever will be in the future, we were together to celebrate all the great things in life - love, friendship, laughter. We had a traditional Hawaiian lei ceremony officiated by Brandon's uncle Juan, who came all the way from Honolulu to join us. During the ceremony Juan talked about the how we can find the divine in our love for each other and the serendipity of the day, and it was beautiful.
My parents are both musicians, and my brother and I were forced as children of musicians to learn (albeit rather poorly in my case). Growing up, we used to perform as a family together at retirement homes, so we brought the band back together for a big show, my parents and I on violin and my brother on piano. My dad also plays a host of Chinese folk instruments, and he busted out some mean solos on the Er Hu, a 2 stringed instrument traditionally used in Chinese theatre. Everyone started stomping the floor on the beat and hollering - it was awesome.
Vendors: Venue: Tall Timber Barn | Florist: Bloominous | Videographer: Mint Wedding Cinematography | Rentals: Forget-Me-Not Vintage | Hair and Makeup: True Beauty Marks | DJ: Joe O'Malley DJ | Caterer: 14 Acre Farm | Wedding Dress Designer: Sarah Seven | Brides Shoes: Chelsea Crew | Bridesmaid Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Groom's Suit: Bonobos chinos, Pronto Blue vest, Tie Bar tie | Paper goods: DIY | Photography: Redfield Photography