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Jenna and Harrison – A modern Sunflower affair

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What are some things to keep in mind while planning an outdoor wedding?

Whatever happens, happens! It will be the best day regardless of the weather. In our case, we planned for it to be chilly in September and made a cute blanket basket for our guests to stay warm. It ended up being super windy and overcast which made for awesome photos. The evening settled into a sunset and it was absolutely perfect.

Fortunately, the Gathered is accommodating because everyone has the option to spend their time in or out of the tent. 

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WAS THERE A SPECIFIC WAY YOU HANDLED THE NERVES OF AN OUTDOOR WEDDING?

I have a very optimistic husband who told me that the rain was good luck and the sun is beautiful. The Gathered is beautiful regardless of the weather…try not to stress about the things that are out of your control.

WAS THERE A VISION YOU WERE WORKING TOWARDS FOR THE BIG DAY?

I just really wanted our wedding day to capture who Harrison and I are as a couple and for our guests to have the best time! 

WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENTS OF THE DAY?

How do I choose!

The ceremony was perfect for obvious reasons but also because it felt like home for both of us – getting married out on the farm where we both grew up and also where Harrison proposed. 

Dinner & donuts! The food was amazing. 

Photos because sunflowers are my favourite. The sunset and nighttime. The tent looks so pretty at night – our views all day were perfect and more than we ever could have hoped for. 

DO YOU HAVE ONE SPECIFIC MEMORY THAT YOU WILL CHERISH AS A COUPLE?

Our ceremony. We felt as though we were the only two there. 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO COUPLES IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?

Set a budget! We didn’t do this….weddings can get a little costly.


Use local vendors 🙂 Seriously….as cliche as this is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Take your honeymoon a week after the wedding – not 1 day. Your wedding day will be the best day of your life but also the quickest and it’s nice to have time to spend with family after the big day!


Invest in a videographer! I watch our videos every other day! (Common & Co.) 

IS THERE SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR WEDDING PEOPLE KEEP TALKING ABOUT?

Our people kept telling us how happy and in love Harrison and I look and that is more than we both could have ever asked for. 

ALSO – how fun and beautiful the Gathered was! 

WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT SURPRISED YOU?

How everything that day just works itself out….the entire day was perfect. How does that happen?

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF?

I wouldn’t change a thing other than spending a little more time with our guests pre-reception! Our photos were endless because of the perfect venue and we wish we would have been able to mingle a bit before the reception as the night gets away on you real quick!

WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT HAVING YOUR WEDDING AT THE GATHERED FARM?  

Everything. From every meeting we had with the Gathered, to the rehearsal, to the day of the wedding. It was such a pleasure meeting their team and sharing our special day at their home. It all felt familiar which was comforting. It was beautiful and so full of life and love. The food was incredible…the donuts. GET THE DONUTS. 
You also don’t need an overkill of decor because the venue is so beautiful in itself. 

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9/06/2022

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