Jenn and Brent first came across Ardenwood Historic Farm when it hosted a harvest festival last October.
“I really wanted a farm wedding venue, but there weren’t any that were close by,” Jenn recalls.
A working farm that dates back to the 1850s, Ardenwood is populated by sheep, pigs, chickens, and a vocal peacock, and boasts a tiny train station, a windmill, and a Victorian mansion and gardens. Luckily for our couple, it was available for weddings in 2017 and turned out to be the perfect venue to showcase their impeccable style and Jenn’s craftiness.
Our bride was absolutely breathtaking in a strapless ivory gown that featured an impeccably beaded bodice and a full tulle skirt with a champagne/rose-gold underlay. She burst into happy tears when she saw Brent for the first time in the garden, so handsome in a snappy navy suit complemented by white shoes, a pink dotted tie, and a pink-and-navy pocket square (which would soak up many of Jenn’s tears throughout the course of the day!).
Their wedding day was a whirlwind of activity, emotions, and dresses. For the tea ceremony, Jenn donned a red traditional Chinese dress before changing back into her gown for the walk down the aisle. Our couple beamed beneath the summer sun, basking in all the love and laughter as well as putting away letters for their future selves to read. As they left the altar arm in arm, their guests showered them with dried flowers.
Before we knew it, the celebration of the happy union was underway. Loved ones shared hilariously revealing stories about our bride and groom and offered tips for the newlyweds.
“I think for me the speeches were the highlight of the evening with a balance of humor and heartfelt comments,” says Brent. “I also wish I could find another reason to wear the white shoes!”
Jenn says, “I definitely loved the speeches as well. I also loved my dress so much that I didn’t want to change out of it for my reception dress even though I already had it!”
But she did change into her glittery rose-gold reception dress and looked amazing on the dancefloor. The whole wedding, in fact, looked amazing and we were impressed by all the thought that went into it! Wood flowers made their way into many aspects of the day, including the gorgeous bouquets, boutonnières, the welcome table, the trail mix bar, and their sweetheart table. The custom bags for the trail mix bar and the custom tags for the flip-flops were a fun touch.
We’re honored to capture so many special moments for Jenn and Brent and happy to share some of our favorites here, including the romantic first dance, the kids eagerly crowding around the triple-tiered rose-gold ombre cake, and the adults tossing popcorn into each other’s mouths. Enjoy!
Bride’s wedding dress: Morilee
Bride’s Chinese dress: Mei Mei Fashion (San Francisco)
Bride’s reception dress: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s shoes: Touch Ups (from zappos.com)
Necklace: Oscar de la Renta
Garter: Sassy Dance Garters
Groom’s suit: Express
Groom’s shoes: Stacy Adams
Groom’s tie: Kenneth Cole
Groom’s pocket square: The Tie Bar
Rings: from Classic Rock (San Jose)
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Weddington Way
Groomsmen’s suits: Bar III
Coordinator: Palmdale Estates Events at Ardenwood Historic Farm
Caterer: Palmdale Estates Events at Ardenwood Historic Farm event package
Cake: Whole Foods Market
Hair & makeup: Kathleen Tinney from A-list Makeup
DJ: In the Mix Productions
Photobooth: Impressions Photo Booth
DIY decor supplies: Sola Wood Flowers, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joann, IKEA