Armstrong Recap

Hey everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! ProVolve had the honor of working with Emily and Jon this weekend at their beautiful wedding at the Wind in the Willows Farm in Grantville; the weather couldn’t have been nicer, and it truly was an epic day for our newlyweds, the Armstrongs. We got to meet them late last year – Emily was studying at Millersville, and noticed that Eric and I were MU grads ourselves. We hit it off at our first client meeting and before we knew it, almost a year later, we were on one of the coolest properties we’ve been to in a long time.

The Wind in the Willows farm is a historic property north of Hershey, in Grantville, PA. We’d heard of it, but never had the chance to work there until now. Emily and Jon were looking for an indie-feeling, authentic experience that reflected the upscale-rustic vibe that the surroundings provided. Their ceremony took place right up against a large pond that was probably 300 yards across at its longest point. It was a bit of a hike away from the barn that the reception took place in, but having that physical separation and being somewhat removed from the nearby surroundings helped create a remote, intimate atmosphere. One of the neat aspects was being able to see fish jump in the pond right behind the couple – we were expecting to see fish jumping during the ceremony because they’d been pretty active during the pre-ceremony, but they kept a low profile during the main event.

Once the ceremony was over, cocktail hour began with snacks and light refreshments in the basement of the barn. We kept things moving and made the introductions from the loft of the interior of the barn, and dinner began without a hitch. Emily really wanted to make sure that people had a great time, and didn’t have super-strong preferences as to what was played as long as cocktail and dinnertimes were close to what she had in mind. When it came time for dancing, we did a few sets of older, universal dance numbers, and then moved into more current territory as the traditions like the dollar dance, bouquet toss, and garter removal had been taken care of.

Emily and Jon are big fans of the same kinds of music that we listen to – in fact, their dinner and cocktail lists/sketches looked a lot like the same kind of music that Eric and I listen to on a daily basis; we love getting the chance to work with couples that appreciate newer indie / hipster type stuff – and the icing on the cake was that everyone was in the mood to dance, so it was a big win on both fronts!

One of the more interesting things about the venue that I learned at the very end was that the barn was ‘twisted’ a few years ago. Decades of imbalanced water runoff led to the barn developing a 16″ twist across its entire length. They hired a company to come out and UNTWIST the barn using steel cables that are still hanging in the barn as I type this. I didn’t know it was possible to ‘untwist’ a barn, much less that barns even could become ‘twisted.’ You learn something new every day!

Emily and Jon are heading up to Ithaca, NY, which is one of Eric’s favorite spots to visit. I haven’t been there yet but from what I’ve heard, it’s a cultural center full of awesome restaurants, art, music, and culture.

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