Love, Future, Family – A Sustainable Wedding Story

This farm wedding is brimming with sweet, sustainable details and a great love story. Photographer, Jessica Hunt Photography, had this to say about the special day:

“One of the best things about being a wedding photographer is that I get to celebrate special days with so many different and unique couples, and Dana and Paul are no exceptions to that rule. Both from Buffalo, New York, they are a unique pair who hosted the most incredible sustainable, urban Farm City Roots wedding last month!

Paul and Dana are truly best friends and they wanted to center their wedding day around their love, their future, and their family. Most of their guests traveled to City Roots in Columbia, South Carolina from across the country, and it was clear to me 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.

Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

A: 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 honor 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.

Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

A: All of the flowers were grown right on the farm which kept with our local and seasonal theme. They were a beautiful mix of colors that went perfectly with the overall color scheme. The flower field itself served as a beautiful backdrop for many of our wedding photos.

Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

A: 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 favorite for both of us.

Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

A: My wedding day look was fully representative of my 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 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 brothers 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.

Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A: Marrying my favorite person and then dancing the night away! Having a first look was also really special. It allowed us to take a brief moment before the ceremony to really check in with each other (and show each other what we picked to wear!).

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

A: Don’t plan your wedding for anyone else but you. Make sure you have the wedding you know you will enjoy, not the wedding someone else wants you to have. Make sure it represents you as a couple and that the focus is really about the two of you and not the spectacle of it all. Remember: have fun, focus on your love, and enjoy every moment!



Participating Vendors:

Photographer Jessica Hunt Photography

Invitation Designer Zazzle

Officiant NEC

DJ Jorin Garguilo

Floral Designer Brinton Fox/City Roots

Shoes BaliELF

Dress Designer Martina Liana

Event Designer F2T Productions

Apparel Dalia Bridal

Caterer Farm to Table Event and Catering Company

Bakery Finger Lakes Cake Co.

Event Venue City Roots