A Vintage-Style, DIY Wedding at Richland Township Community Park Barn in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

For Jessica (28 and an interior design assistant) and Chris (29 and a project estimator for a home builder), flexibility and camaraderie were the keys

For Jessica (28 and an interior design assistant) and Chris (29 and a project estimator for a home builder), flexibility and camaraderie were the keys to their wedding planning. “We wanted the day to feel more like a family picnic than a wedding,” Jessica says. The day began with the ceremony at a historical location—Old Economy Village—and the reception took place at Richland Township Community Park Barn in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. Themes of the wedding were rooted in the 1950s, farms and apple pie. “One night, a friend of ours dubbed our theme ‘1950s Americana,’ and I added ‘plus apple—lots and lots of apples.’ ” The DIY affair was planned completely by the couple and included personal touches like the self-designed stationery, handmade bouquets and a backdrop for the ceremony. “I didn’t want to be stuck with items included in a package that I didn’t want,” Jessica said. “I wanted to be able to choose the plates, the caterer, say no to cake if I wanted to, make my own schedule.” These checklist items were major factors in location scouting. —Allie Volpe

Jessica wanted to look as much like her everyday self as possible. Wearing her hair curled, pulled back to one side and in her worn-in Oxfords, she stuck to her go-to style. Her dress was a J.Crew Carenna gown she found on eBay. It was the only dress she tried on.
"Chris told me he wanted to look like Nucky Thompson from 'Boardwalk Empire,' " Jessica says. "But I told him that was from a completely different decade, so we compromised." Chris donned a wool vest, a blue polka-dot shirt and a floral tie.
The bridal party consisted of both Jessica and Chris's sisters and two of Jessica's friends. Each woman chose her own dress with a few guidelines—that it be vintage inspired and mustard (or navy blue for Jessica's friends).
Since the ceremony was held in a historic location, the couple were not able to decorate with candles or fresh flowers or remove the black runner on the floor. Not to deter from the building's charm, however, the couple decided not to adorn the room much.
Using lace Ikea curtains, closet rods, paper flowers and a burlap bow, Jessica was able to craft a charming backdrop for the ceremony.
Lined with ivory linens and burlap runners, the tables were set with handmade vintage-inspired napkins, milk bottles and apples. Various vases, bottles and tin cans were used as centerpieces. Small votive candles filled with corn kernels and more apples also accented the settings.
Adding to the laid-back picnic vibe, guests were treated to a meal from Fat Boy’s House of BBQ food truck, which served barbecue pulled pork or pulled brisket sandwiches, mac and cheese, loaded potato salad and baked beans.
Instead of cake, the ice cream-loving couple went with an ice cream bar serving peanut butter and cake batter and vanilla ice cream. Also offered were toppings such as sprinkles, graham crackers, cake-batter-flavored Teddy Grahams, Oreos, Reese Cups, Butterfinger, M&Ms, pretzels, nuts, chocolate chips, caramel and chocolate syrup and whipped cream.
Vintage suitcases, bushel baskets, more apples, vintage kitchen supplies, vintage tin cans, lanterns, vintage scales, white pitchers, wooden crates, galvanized containers and plates, bales of hay, bunting, photos of the couple and chalkboard signs with love quotes all decorated the space.