Their Story: Amy Serridge and Brent Walker, both 35, were high school sweethearts who dated for 18 years before getting engaged in April 2015. Although they considered having a destination wedding, they ultimately decided to get married at WoodsEdge Farm, their own 90-acre farm in Stockton, set amidst pastures of alpacas and llamas. “Our friends had never experienced a big event at the farm,” Amy says. “And we really wanted to go to sleep that night in our own bed.”
Flower Frenzy: The overall feel for the May 21, 2016, wedding was Spring Romance, with Amy wanting lots of beautiful blooms to create a romantic feel. She carried yellow and white roses that blended perfectly with the yellow flowers that covered the farm’s landscape. And the tables at the cocktail hour and reception featured floral linens. But the bride’s favorite detail was the floral-covered chandeliers that hung above each table. “I saw a version on Pinterest that had just greenery, and our florist was able to pull it off with lots of flowers—it was perfect,” Amy says.
A Different Twist: Amy and Brent held their cocktail hour before the ceremony—with the bride and groom in attendance! “I wore a simple black dress, and the guests were definitely surprised to see me there,” Amy says. “We wanted everyone to get comfortable with one another right off the bat.”
A Touch of Home: Amy and Brent wanted to transport their 120 guests from the rustic, everyday feel of the barn to a romantic evening surrounded by candlelight. The groom, father of the bride and brother of the bride all wore matching alpaca socks made from their extended, furry family members. After the ceremony, guests entered the transformed barn and were greeted by llama escort cards. Upon their departure, guests were given vintage jars filled with the couple’s very own farm-harvested fresh honey.
Sweet Treats: In addition to a mouth-watering farm-to-table family-style meal, the couple had a six-tier cake that featured two flavors—chocolate salted caramel and carrot cake with mascarpone filling—as well as a candy and popcorn bar and freshly made zeppoles.
Embrace the Unexpected: Although it rained during the ceremony, they didn’t let the weather put a damper on their happiness. “We really wanted to get married outside, so we made it happen,” says Amy. “And we learned that rain can make for some amazing photos.”
One Regret: “I should have hired a wedding planner!” says Amy. “We were the ones running around putting the finishing touches on everything instead of enjoying the process of getting married.”