A Rustic, Summer Wedding at Fiddle Lake Farm in Thompson, Pennsylvania
“We wanted a design that felt natural, wild, funky and romantic,” Sydney Neuschel (26 and an advertising account manager) says of marrying Matt Francolino (27 and an elementary school teacher) in a wooded ceremony before celebrating their newlywed status with a rustic barn reception.
Matt created a birchwood arch to serve as their one-of-a-kind altar, which was adorned with mini test tubes that contained colorful wildflowers. “My mom woke up on the morning of the wedding to pick flowers from a field,” Sydney says of her bouquet, which was arranged by both her mother and her bridesmaids. “She jokes that it was her last motherly act before I got married.”
Invitations featured a photograph of the barn enhanced with acrylic paint.
Sydney wore an A-line tulle dress with an illusion neckline for her walk down the aisle, while her bridesmaids donned light gray gowns. As a nod to her Illinois upbringing, Sydney asked her florist to create overgrown centerpieces that looked freshly picked. “I’m from the Prairie State, so I wanted all of the blooms to look very wispy, like they were plucked from a backyard,” she says.
“We didn’t have to do much decorating,” Sydney says of highlighting the venue’s existing pastoral charm. “The barn was such a magical place on its own.” String lights, oversize lanterns and potted ferns hung from the barn’s rafters, lending a whimsical feel to the wood-lined space.