Abby + Ivor Chodkowski – Oxmoor Farm & Field Day Family Farm

October 7, 2018 was an amazing day on the farm. Despite it being an unseasonably hot fall day with temperatures reaching into the 90s, Abby & Ivor, along with their friends and family made it a super chill day. You can literally see the love between these two beautiful individuals and their day was uniquely there own. From the farm to table food (amazing), to the specially brewed IPA (Ivor Plus Abby), to the Squash toss to end the day, this wedding put the farm in farm to table wedding! Thank you Abby and Ivor for trusting me to capture your one of a kind day!

Their Day Could Not Have Been Possible Without the Following Awesome Vendors:

Ceremony Site: Field Day Family Farm http://www.fielddayfamilyfarm.us

Reception Site: Oxmoor Estate & Gardens https://www.facebook.com/oxmoorweddings

Contact- Shirley Harmon email: oxmoorestate1787@gmail.com

Photographer: Travis Salisbury with R. T. Photography

Florist: Christy O’Connell with Pure Pollen Flowers http://purepollenflowers.com

Contact email : purepollenflowers@gmail.com

Wedding planner & Event designer: The Bride

Day of Coordinators: Laina Brown & Kayla Browning no websites

Caterer: Sherry Hurley with Farm to Fork https://www.farmtoforkfood.com

Desserts: Mary Carmel with The Sugar Woods http://thesugarwoods.com

Rentals: Reliable Rentals https://www.reliablerentall.com

Music: Dylan Weber-Owens, Marty Rosen, Scott Moore Band http://scottmooreband.com

Paper Products: Lisa Brodsky with Paperfish Designs, www.paperfishdesigns.com

Hair: Jerry Heston with Salon & Spa http://zsalon.com

Make-Up: Dana Breiner with Laura Mercier @ Von Maur

Brides Attire: Anthropologie dress & Lucky Brand shoes https://www.anthropologie.com

Grooms Attire: Mens Warehouse https://www.menswearhouse.com

Officiant: Annie Williams

Locally Made Beer: Burning Foot Brewery, a special batch just for us, Wedding Day IPA (Ivor + Abby) 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Food—Beverage-Company/Burning-Foot-Brewing-851228408376873/

Ready Valet: https://readyvalet.com

Signage & Beverage Napkins: John Pope with JetFire Creative http://www.jetfirecreative.com

Here is their love story from Abby’s perspective:

“I was out to dinner with a friend when she met Ivor. He was walking around to all the tables in the restaurant introducing himself as one of the owners & farmers while telling “the story” of how this local eatery came to be. It was love at first sight & I had to get him back to the table but how??….I asked him to bring me a beer that would pair nicely with my dish. He brought an IPA which is a local favorite of mine & it paired perfectly…I knew this was all meant to be!

Food & the farm have been integral parts to our love so when planning the wedding, we made sure to incorporate as much of the scenery as we could. Oxmoor Farm is large so there were many logistics to think through as to where we were going to celebrate! We chose to have a small ceremony over on Ivor’s side of the farm in front of the barn. It was casual yet very unique because no one has used that space for a wedding before. Our officiant, Annie Williams, is a friend & former farmer for Ivor, she made our ceremony top notch special (if you want to read her story of us, please let me know, it’s fantastic!). After the ceremony we sent the guests over to the estate side for happy hour while we had our own little happy hour with snacks & treats at a table set up in the back of Ivor’s truck. That 20 minutes of down time was perfect!

There is a row of trees at this historic farm called The Avenue of Trees. While we were dating I had spotted this & just knew we would walk down that aisle of trees! Well that’s exactly what happened next. We hopped on Ivor’s orange tractor & made the best entrance! All of our guests were lined up down the trees, just like I had dreamed of, and they greeted us with warm smiles of love & laughter, we floated down the aisle! Our reception was a large group of family & friends from East Coast to West Coast. Our guests followed us into the largest residential library in the state of KY for happy hour with passed appetizers. The room was filled with love! After that we each rang a small bell to get the guests attention. We took them through the gardens & out the back to a huge tent filled with music, fall colors & food to dream of!

We knew the food had to be amazing so we called in Sherry Hurley with Farm to Fork catering. She is a master at using local farm products to make delicious food while making sure the presentation fits with the decor. Our day was 90 degrees so all of the items were light but and it was especially fitting that she got to use many ingredients right from Ivor’s farm. We asked our friends from Burning Foot Brewery (soon to be partners) if they would make us a beer special for the wedding & they knocked it out the park! Of course if was called Wedding Day IPA (Ivor Plus Abby). 

Decorations were food related too! Our favorite color is orange & in the fall we had plenty of pumpkins to use. Each table was designated by a picture of a vegetable instead of a number to keep with the edible theme. Lastly, our entertainment had to include food….my farmer had the brilliant idea to have a Competitive Butternut Squash Toss in the back field of the reception. I could not picture how this was going to turn out, but it was a blast, so many friends & family participated. Even Ivor’s longtime farmer friends from New Hampshire incorporated the Hay Bales in the competition, just like they used to do many moons ago! 

From the vegetable themed invitations to the local blossoms in my hair, I have to say we sure brought the Farm into the Farm to Table Wedding scene!”

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