Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Fabulous Farm Wedding

Mothers often describe a phenomenon of forgetting the pain of giving birth, and though doubtful, I’m hoping that phenomenon will apply to my Aunt and Uncle after throwing this wonderful party.

hay bale cocktail tables

After all, while caring for dogs cats and horses my Aunt gave birth to a son and then twins! And now one of those twins, Seth was celebrating a wedding reception on his parents’ Eastern shore farm in Maryland. It was an elegant down home DIY event with home cooking, home grown flower arrangements, a last minute frenzy and of course a smattering of animal adventures.

DIY Wedding Flowers

I drove up a couple of hours before most guests were arriving and there was last minute mulching.

Spring Wedding Day

Tulips on the farm

Then of course I went straight to check out the tent.

Farm Wedding Tent

Seth cut up a fallen tree to make tabletops out of hay bale cocktail tables. Loved it!

Rustic Wedding Decor DIY Wine Bottle Votive

And DIY’d some cool (and windproof) wine bottle votives. When I used hay bales at the tailgate contest it turned out to be such great seating, so I immediately loved when I saw the layout of the dance floor.

Rustic Wedding Tablescape Dance Floor and Hay Bale Seating

Also, turns out Seth is a machine when it comes to food prep. Here is just some of what he had prepped – enough for 200 people, and this isn’t even the main kitchen! I made some salads while his brand new wife Brittany tried to persuade him to get dressed as guests arrived.

DIY Wedding Food Prep

But he was still busy handling a metric ton of various meats in a smoker he fashioned from a can and a construction site lockbox. Whatever works I say, there was some gooood sshhtuff coming out of that contraption!

Groom Smoking Wedding Food

Everyone did their part. Here Tally the huntress contributes a small, mutilated rodent of questionable origins.

Talie finds Dead Animal Before Wedding

Efforts truly payed off and the farm was gracious and graceful and oozed its bucolic charm.

Spring Day on the Farm

Pond and Canoe











Even the wedding cake was homemade! She baked the layers and froze them, pulling out the day before to assemble and ice. They left it here on a kitchen table rich with history for many of us until later to carry it out. I was happy to run by and snap a shot when I was going back in for a jacket.

Homemade Tiered Wedding Cake

After a last push to get the food into the tent we got almost everyone dressed and ready to get the party started.

Bride and Groom2

Look at that hair!

Going to Wedding Tent

Brittany made these outrageously adorable menu cards for the buffet. I might have to plagiarize these…

super cute menu cards Cute Buffet Signs








creative DIY wedding buffet

There were cocktails…

Rustic Wedding Cocktails …a glorious sunset

Sunset on the Farm Pond

dinner, dancing, and as you might suspect, merriment

Farm Wedding Dancing





.. and then there were iffy fireworks out on the pond. Exciting to some, but this is about my speed at the intersection of large group entertaining and pyrotechnics so this’z all I got in the pyro photo collection.

Rustic Wedding Votives


Leftovers must have lasted a week (this was a third of them), but not Seth’s decadent Chicken and Garlic Confit. That had to be done in a day.

Reception Leftovers

Bikini season schmikini season, I will be making this very, very soon and hoping that some day we’ll have another extravaganza ; )

chicken confit recipe


Seth's Chicken and Garlic Confit

Written as I learned the recipe from Seth. For those of you who like more exacting measurements, I will post again after testing here.


chickens quartered
about 16 garlic cloves per whole chicken
olive oil
kosher salt


- season chicken pieces with salt and sear over high heart to brown the skin, working in batches if necessary
- add to a casserole dish with garlic cloves; things can be packed tightly
- add enough olive oil to almost cover the meat
- cover and bake at 350 degrees


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6 Responses to “A Fabulous Farm Wedding”

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    Aline Gutierrez — June 6, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

    I love this more than just about anything I’ve ever seen on a blog before 🙂

    • chefinista replied: — June 7th, 2013 @ 7:13 am

      : ) we missed you! and now… I think I have a really riveting one about a flooding basement coming up… hope you’re keeping dry down there

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    Wendy Underwood — June 8, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    Kristin, thank you for all of your help and for documenting Seth and Brittany’s
    reception so beautifully !!! Love ya

    • chefinista replied: — June 11th, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Wendy! xoxo

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    Catlin Garrison — June 14, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    Wish we could have been there! Doing the family proud. 🙂 Thanks so much for posting!

    • chefinista replied: — June 14th, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

      Wish you had been there! but at least I learned your exciting news there ; )

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