I have - mine! It was a magical day, complete with a canine bridesmaid, sliced watermelon and a whopping late-night rainstorm that had us all dancing on water. We set up a big tent in the yard, sourced much of the food and drink locally, we enlisted the help of some of our food superstars for potluck salads and sides, filled a canoe with ice for drinks (an idea from Laura and Vance's HOMEGROWN wedding in 2008), there were games on the grass for kids (big and little ones), and a kickin' soundtrack built using the music collection at home.
^^That's our dog, Iris. The rest, I'll leave to your imaginations.
A sampling of the menu and contributions from the program:
Fried chicken from: Fat Rooster Farm, South Royalton, VT prepared by the bride and her Aunt Alberta
Pulled pork sandwiches
Simple sliced tomatoes from: Long wind Farm, East Thetford, VT
Vegetable sides: Collard Greens by Mina, Broiled portabello mushrooms by Jenna, grilled veggies and cole slaw by Cathy
Pasta salads from Jen, Anna and Laura
Potato salads from Hilde and Amanda
Green salad from Glenda and Cedar Circle Farm, East Thetford, VT
Farro salad from Carolyn, the Hanover Food Co-op and Cedar Circle Farm, East Thetford, VT
Rhubarb cobblers, cake & sauces by Mom, Jan and Dianne
Vanilla ice cream from Strafford Organic Creamery, Strafford, VT
Wine and beer came through dear friends with good connections - the Harpoon beer was brewed in VT, too!
Floral design and direction by Matron of Honor, Jen. Bridal bouquet by St. Sue, with lots of help from Kathy and Amy
Photographer: The unparalleled Duncan Wilder Johnson
Sound system provided by our favorite tour manager, Brendon Downey. Dirty Projectors can have him back now.
Emcee: Scott Kradolfer - a real, working Hollywood actor and dear friend!!
The soundtrack for the evening came entirely from our music collection and was assembled by the groom.
I'll post some of the playlist soon, but it ran the gamut from Frank Sinatra and Aretha to Tone Loc and The Hawaii Five-O theme song to The Dead and Zeppelin. Good times!
Have you been to - or had your own - HOMEGROWN wedding? I want to hear about it!