Real Weddings

Erin and Dan at Perona Farms

Erin and Dan's Elegant Barn Wedding at Perona Farms

“Dan and I are very laid back people, so our biggest challenge was for that facet to come across in everything we did for our wedding. We wanted to be non-traditional, but in the age of Pinterest, it seems that even non-traditional is traditional! I had always dreamed of a barn wedding with meals served family style and a simple but elegant feeling. Though, it seemed that if I wanted all that, I had to trek to South Jersey or Pennsylvania to even catch the whiff of a barn (no pun intended). I come from Long Island so I didn’t want my family to travel too far and accidentally make this a destination wedding for all my guests. So I found myself willing to settle for the barn backdrop instead of the barn “experience” at Perona Farms. Fortunately, (and to my complete surprise) I learned they were renovating the barn into its own venue and would be open for business come April. To me, this space was everything I wanted it to be. I could totally picture my dream wedding here. Then began the hunt for everything to go inside.”

Erin and Dan's Elegant Barn Wedding at Perona Farms

“Dan and I had been dating for eight years, so I had basically been planning this wedding for the past six. Being a pretty good DIY-er and with the help of a couple creative friends, I was able to create a lot of the decor and details on my own. I did the invitations, save the dates, table numbers, photo booth props, all the signs and cake toppers, and Dan even built the chuppah himself. And thank god for my mother in law who made all the pom-poms for our pom-pom toss! As far as favors went, I always believe that favors should be edible; so what better than a candy bar with all things red (my favorite color)! Dan also really enjoys craft beer, so we knew we needed to incorporate that somehow. Dan set out brewing 200 bottles of beer to serve as place cards for the night as well as additional favors.”

Erin and Dan's Elegant Barn Wedding at Perona Farms

“When it came to everything else (hair, makeup, band, photographer) Dan pretty much gave me carte blanche. It wasn’t that he didn’t care; he just knew that I cared enough for both of us. Lo and behold, I found Erin. All her pictures seemed to be everything I was looking for. When we finally met I knew that her pictures were so great because she was so great; she was so easy-going and really fun to work with. Both her and Jerry made the day amazing by capturing the moments without feeling invasive and always keeping us laughing in between the shots.”

Erin and Dan's Elegant Barn Wedding at Perona Farms

Your favorite part:
“The day really couldn’t have turned out more perfect. I was so excited to see all the details come together, though I believed everything would become a mess because I had planned so much. But in the end everything went off without a hitch and all the details came together perfectly. From the beautiful florals set in milk jars foraged upstate by my uncle, to the amazing dance moves performed by my father; the day was truly more than we could have asked for.”

Erin and Dan's Elegant Barn Wedding at Perona Farms

Advice to other brides:

“There are so many things beyond your control on the day of the wedding that you have to just let it go and pass you by and let everything happen as it will. Keep a smile on your face; its your job to enjoy the day and have a great time, so keep going and have fun. Let someone else worry about the problems.”

wedding details

Ceremony Location

Perona Farms


Erin H. Photography

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