The end of summer is one of the most beautiful times of the year at Springton Manor Farm. The trees are lush and green, the days are long, and the skies are blue—the perfect environment for a wedding. Jessica and Nick learned this first-hand, and we had the privilege of hosting their special day.
Love in the Rain
Guests arrived for the ceremony in front of the gazebo. The ceremony was originally set to take place under the Linden tree, and despite the rain, we were able to follow through with a reliable rain plan in place. The transition was smooth, everyone was warm and dry and not an ounce of romance was lost with the change of location.
Of course, on this particular summer evening, guests weren’t just admiring the views; every eye was glued to our beautiful, happy couple. Jessica was particularly stunning in her off-the-shoulder bridal gown, which featured a long-sleeved lace bodice and delicate buttons down her back. Their ceremony was short and sweet but overflowing with love.
Delicious Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres
Jessica and Nick were officially husband and wife, and it was time for their guests to get ready for an evening of fun! While guests chatted over margaritas and home-brewed beer, they also munched on a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres from our exclusive catering partners, J. Scott Catering.
Hors d’oeuvres included:
- Seared tuna on a sesame seed cracker with wasabi cream
- Burrata and olive tapenade crostini
- Duck prosciutto crostini with buttermilk blue cheese and roasted pear
- Mini pulled pork sliders with carolina slaw
- Farmhouse tomato skewers with buffalo mozzarella, first press olive oil and arugula puree
- Char-grilled shrimp skewers with olive oil and garlic
Additionally, guests could choose from a selection of cheeses, dried fruit, nuts and flatbreads at our stationary hors d’oeuvre tables, where they were beautifully displayed on tree slices to add a rustic touch.
Dinner and Dancing
After cocktail hour, everyone was ushered into the reception tent, which was exquisitely decorated for this most special occasion. Jessica and Nick made a grand entrance with their wedding party and were met with cheers and applause. They also took the time to honor their parents, introducing them to all their guests as they took their seats. Then, with an official blessing from Grandma Mary, the reception officially began!
After enjoying a delicious course of grilled romaine (served with roasted tomatoes, caper berries, red onions, cucumbers, blue cheese cigars and a red wine oregano vinaigrette), it was time for our guests of honor to share some special moments with their loved ones.
Jessica’s maid of honor and Nick’s best man shared speeches, and the bride and groom opened up the dance floor by dancing first with each other and then with their parents.
Soon enough, it was time for the main course. Guests tucked into a scrumptious meal of:
- Grilled Beef Tenderloin: with port butter
- Cedar Arctic Char: with jersey corn salad and cucumber salsa
- Seasonal Vegetable Risotto: with grilled leeks, porcini broth and toasted brioche
- Sweet Jasmine Rice and Asparagus
Everyone seemed to enjoy their meal, and even the youngest guests ate their fill of their own special dish—chicken fingers with applesauce, honey mustard and ketchup!
Always Room for “S’more”
It didn’t take long for the dance floor to fill with happy guests. But all that dancing can work up (another) appetite, so Jessica and Nick provided their guests with lots of dessert options!
Clay’s Bakery provided a beautiful cake, and there was a Pittsburgh cookie table (a classic PA wedding staple). Outside guests could make s’mores around our fire pits! It’s safe to say that by the time the bride and groom left for the night—with a gorgeous sparkler exit, no less—everyone was stuffed with delicious sweets. Of course, it seems only fitting to end the night that way—because for Nick and Jessica, the “sweet life” is only just beginning.
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