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Urban, Sustainable Farm Wedding – Dana & Paul

Dana and Paul are from Buffalo, New York and self-identify themselves as ‘hipsters,’ they are a unique pair who hosted the most incredible sustainable, urban Farm City Roots wedding!

Paul and Dana are truly best friends, and they wanted to centre their wedding day around their love, their future, and their family. Most of their guests travelled to City Roots in Columbia, South Carolina from across the country, and it was clear that the couple had only invited those most precious and dear to them. That made for an intimate event where it was clear why everyone was there; solely to celebrate this incredible couple and their marriage.

It was a beautiful day, and City Roots did not disappoint as F2T Productions served up delicious cocktails, yummy appetisers, and a stunning three-course meal. From their wildflower bouquets to a pair of socks the bride gave the groom, everything about this sustainable farm wedding turned out perfectly. Dana and Paul’s ring bearer was a sweet pup named Beckett, and even she did her job perfectly when delivering the couple their rings during the ceremony!

Paul says that when it came to how they met “back in the misty aeons of 2015, I had just defended my dissertation and was working for a software company in Buffalo, NY. In the spirit of crowd-sourcing, I had told my friends that they should keep an eye out for any of their friends, acquaintances, etc. who were hip cats willing to go on a blind date with the narrator of this tale. Luckily, most of them were terrible at their job.”

“On what had seemed to be a Tuesday in May like any other, I went to a local bakery started by some friends to pick up a bread share. It was near closing time, and I was one of the last to show up, so two of the bakery founders had time to chat. They had this friend, you see, who might be persuaded to go on a date with me. She was reported to be just my type of nerd, you see. Little did I know, she was the One to Be.”

“After some To-ing and From-ing, we agreed to grab a drink at a little Irish bar called Shannon’s Pub. We had no trouble at all passing 3 or 4 hours over beer and Gin & Tonic’s. All the while, we accidentally kept revealing hints of our shared interests. That summer was pretty amazing: hikes, talks, drinks, cooking together. I remember telling my sister very early on the one thing that was so great about Dana. It’s that topics that are usually tough to talk about with other folks seemed natural with her. We spent the fall, winter, and spring months sharing time hanging out, playing with cats, or watching Dr Who.”

“Another fall, winter, and spring flew by. She started grad school and quit a job while I lost and found a job. We provided support for each other throughout all the weird and new that came with the transitions. We also took a road trip around Western and Central NY to see friends. During the trip, I accidentally proposed to her in a car instead of on the hiking trail near a waterfall like I’d planned. This was because of a slightly hilarious (and to be expected) confluence of my planning, our friends’ similar ideas, and just plain luck. Despite all that, I managed to convince her to move to Charleston, SC with me to start a new life for my new job.”

Dana says that her wedding day look was fully representative of her personal style. Vintage and eclectic. “I knew I wanted a tea length dress. Something I could really dance in. Once we had the colors picked out I went with accessories that fit my personal style. My sash and headband were hand made. I knew I wanted colorful shoes and found a dusty blue pair perfect for walking around the farm and dancing the night away. I wore jewelry from my great aunt, my yia yia, and my mom. I did my own hair and makeup. Paul kept his wedding day look a secret as well. He wore burgundy pants, a checked blue and burgundy shirt, a dusty blue/grey vest and a beautiful  paisley burgundy tie. He had brown shoes with buckle closures and special cat socks that were a surprise wedding day gift. They said ” I’m getting meowied”. His something borrowed was his brother’s belt, something old was his great uncle’s pocket watch and his something blue was a hand-dyed indigo pocket square he made and dyed himself. We each wore a bracelet with the GPS coordinates of where we first met.”

“We tried to make sure everything represented some part of us as a couple. From the food to the cake topper, to the dance music. Everything was given consideration and care. We loved our cake table design. Our ceremony was very important to us. We really tried to emphasize what we value most as a couple. I think that was the favourite for both of us.”

“We kept with the theme of the farm and went with a vintage/ rustic chic vibe (e.g., most of the Mason jar candle holders are jars Paul normally uses for canning). We incorporated many family heirlooms and photos of our family. All of the signage was done by the matron of honour Jessica Cunningham. We kept it fairly simple and let the farm space really speak for itself. It’s a really beautiful space and it doesn’t need much decoration.”

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Photographer: Jessica Hunt Photography // Venue: City Roots // Event Designer: F2T Productions // Apparel: Dalia Bridal // Caterer: Farm to Table Event and Catering Company // Bakery: Finger Lakes Cake Co. // Invitation Designer: Zazzle // Officiant: NEC // DJ: Jorin Garguilo // Floral Designer: Brinton Fox/City Roots // Shoes: BaliELF // Dress Designer: Martina Liana

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