Handmade custom invitations & stationery
by Kristy Rice



It’s official – we found a venue for our renewal celebration – read more about the plans, the inspiration , more inspiration and the save the date.

It was difficult to find a venue for our modest guest list of only 75 or so.  We wanted rustic but not too casual, blank palette but not uninspired and of course flexibility (‘lots of custom decor planned).   Driving past the entry gates of this 1800’s  “Cottage” (as it is humbly named) I felt as if I took a gracious step back in time.  Following the deep curves of the driveway I caught a glimpse of the towering structure and it’s massive screened in wrap around porch.

Hillside Farms is a landmark of my childhood, where we picked up fresh milk and enjoyed their creamy homemade ice cream each summer.  As a teenager I parked my car outside the cow barn and sketched the towering trees and sleepy creatures as they grazed.  My wedding bouquets were crafted by the florists residing in these gorgeous vintage greenhouses.    Hillside Farms is a peaceful place for the hubby and I and already holds great memories for us both.  I just cannot wait to make more!

The wrap around porch seems to go on forever!

Perhaps the most exciting part of finding this location was witnessing the hubby’s unabashed excitement.  He immediately felt connected to the location and even wants to have Hillside Ice Cream served from a vintage ice cream cart!

What was the deciding factor when you chose your venue?  Was it emotional, cost, a great meeting or a combination?

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  1. Holly Rafique (nee Woodland)

    Kirsty – the venue looks lovely – I wonder if you remember our venue – it’s almost a year since our wedding and you did our stunning invitations for Chateau des Conde (http://www.wedding-chateau.com/)
    we chose our venue on a purely emotional basis – it was way over budget and impractical for many reasons (including making it virtually impossible for 2/3 of our guests to attend!) but we it was love at first sight just on seeing the website – when we visited it was miserable and raining but after being there we both still knew it was the only place we could ever get married – everyone had the most amazing time (we had many comments like “the wedding to end all weddings” and “every girl’s dream”) so it was totally worth it

    i’m sure you will have a wonderful renewal and wish you all the best

    Holly x

  2. kristy

    Hi Holly,

    So good to hear from you. Thanks a million for sharing a bit about your gorgeous venue (how could I forget)!