Real Rustic Barn Wedding: Melissa + Jordan

Posted by Jeffra on Oct 06, 2010

Melissa + Jordan

Hurd Orchards, Rochester NY

August 2010

Melissa and Jordan had  a gorgeous rustic barn wedding and reception on a family fruit farm in western New York.  It was truly simplicity at its best.  Every detail was very budget friendly and down to earth.  And the coolest part was that most details were handmade or real vintage pieces, and all food and flowers were grown on the farm.

From the Bride: “We didn’t sit down and decide to make “green” choices, we simply tried to extend what is important to us in our everyday lives to the wedding; finding a combination of good people, good food and good music. We were lucky to find vendors who were already doing great things in Western New York, people who have similar tastes and a similar outlook.

It started with Jordan proposing with my grandmother’s wedding ring, and then Jordan buying his band from a local estate jeweler. Our wedding invitations were designed by our mutual friend Andrea, printed by our hands with help from the Western New York Book Arts Collaborative using a letterpress from the 1920′s. Many guests stayed at bed and breakfasts in the area, notably the White Farm, an 1820′s Farm House immaculately maintained by Christine Hunt. The ceremony and reception was at Hurd Orchards, a beautiful gem run by Amy Machamer and Sue Hurd Machamer. It’s hard to find a place that will pick your wedding bouquet from their gardens an hour before the ceremony, just after baking homemade bread, while also preparing delicious local appetizers and entrees. The only culinary element that was possibly not from western New York was our cake topper, the same one used by my parents in 1969.

The wine was from Heron Hill, a sustainable vineyard close-by on Keuka Lake and the beer was from Flying Bison, Buffalo’s first stand alone brewery since the 70′s. Our DJ, Mr. Finewine (from Jersey City’s WFMU), played soul music exclusively by way of 45 rpm throughout the night. A family friend (calligrapher) made the place settings. Another friend, Aileen (Aveen Designs) made the jewelry for the wedding party and the mothers’ of the bride and groom. Jordan wore antique mother of pearl cuff links from my grandfather on my mother’s side and a vintage 1910′s pocket watch from my grandfather on my father’s side.

The biggest “DIY” element, though, was certainly my dress, which was completely designed and sewn by a dear family friend and topped off by a 1890′s Victorian locket, a wedding present from Jordan.”

Photography Courtesy of: McKay’s Photography

You can see a few more amazing photos from this wedding on their blog here.