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Real Wedding Wednesday: A Crafty Affair at Liberty View Farm

Tom and Sarah

Tom and Sarah Briggs, September 24, 2011

Location: Liberty View Farm, Highland, NY

We first decided on a season. We both love fall, which always reminds me of apple picking on beautiful upstate farms. When my father, brother and I (Tom was deployed to Afghanistan) went to the farm for the first time it just had a good feeling to it, not to mention that Billiam, the owner, really puts his heart and soul into the farm.

We also liked the fact that it was so unique. The colors of the paint and the furniture inside the farmhouse, the edible garden, brightly painted bee hives and rustic tin barn all came together to make this venue unlike any other I have seen.

Plus, Billiam gave us the farm for the entire weekend so we weren’t rushed out of the place at the stroke of midnight! I can’t recommend this venue enough!


Dress: My grandmother’s from 1953!

My advice is to buy a vintage dress and have it re-styled by a good tailor or seamstress. I ended up with a dress that was very unique, very me and it was something that had special significance. I recommend Stanley’s Custom Tailoring in Rye, NY (914-967-3351). He was amazing and so funny.

Shoes: Something Bleu from My Glass Slipper

This site will send you an un-dyed pair of their shoes to try on before you dye them at no extra charge. They also have a wide variety of heel heights which is so important if you’re an outdoor bride (high heels can sink into the ground!).

Hairpiece: Nonie Salter, The Bride’s Hat

Nonie is incredible! I sent her a picture of myself in my dress and she knew exactly what to do. The comb was a piece of an old tiara that she added soft feathers to.

Until I met Nonie, I didn’t think I would wear a veil either, but she made me such a gentle, simple circular veil which made my father so happy since he always dreamed of lifting the veil for me on my wedding day.

Hair: Amanda at Studio One in New Paltz, NY

Amanda did a beautiful job! The make-up I did myself, but I went to Sephora before attempting it to make sure I had all of the right equipment and techniques.

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Bridesmaid dresses

I let my bridesmaids pick their own dresses to fit their shape, personality and budget. I sent them a couple of blue paint chips so they could pick a dress in the right color range.

Flowers: Stop and Shop!

My mother picked them up the night before and I arranged them. The boutonnieres and corsages I made with my maid of honor, Monica, out of felt.



I found Robert Savino, our ceremony musician, on He is incredibly talented and even learned the song “Follow” by Richie Havens for our processional.

Photographer: ZEN Photography

*Assisted by Fran Ze Photography (who came all the way from Montana to help out!)

I can’t recommend ZEN photography enough! They took such beautiful shots of our wedding and really showcased our personalities and what made our wedding unique.

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Suit: Joseph Abboud, Nordstrom

Jewelry: My something borrowed from Tom’s family. The more personal touches the better.

Cake: We aren’t big cake fans so we just had chocolate chip cookies!

Invites: The Green Kangaroo

Programs: Tom took the photograph and we printed them out at Costco, printed the rest at home and voila! Personalized programs!

Escort cards: My bridesmaid, Pam, made some delicious jams and salsas as favors and then my bridesmaids and I wrote out their labels as escort cards.

Officiant: Reverend Wm. Blake Rider of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie

Reverend Blake was so warm and wonderful. He brought a lot of joy to our ceremony.

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When we came up with our color scheme we were living in Hawaii, which unintentionally lead to us choosing a tropical combo of blues and greens. We had to use the colors sparingly or else it would have looked like a beach wedding! But in the end, using a variety of blues and greens lead to a more rustic, laid-back country feel.

Special ideas

If you like to craft or have any friends or family members who enjoy it, make some things on your own. It’s a fun way to personalize your day without spending an arm and a leg.

If you aren’t as into crafts but want a crafty, homemade feel then go to They have tons of different products that can be personalized for your day.

I got my moss letters that hung off the tree off Etsy at the shop Choosing You and I bought cute little personalized honeycomb purses for all of my bridesmaids at EmenGee Designs.

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What Sarah would do differently

I would have bought some wasp traps. They were everywhere because of the recent wet weather and they really liked my veil!

In the end, though, the bees became something memorable that we can laugh about. And my voice teacher even bought us a set of glasses with bees on them!

Sarah’s advice for future brides

The wedding is not important, but the marriage is. If you find yourself too hung up on having the most expensive dress, the most expensive venue or the perfect wedding day, then you have lost sight of what that day is about.

You are there to commit to the person you love in the presence of your friends and family, the rest of the day is just a party. There will be bumps and mistakes on your wedding day but those are the moments you’ll laugh about and remember forever. The fact that you are marrying your best friend is what makes your wedding day perfect.

silly bridal partyAll photos courtesy of ZEN Photography

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