This Micro-Wedding at The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm Had 20 Guests and Tons of Style
The duo swapped their large guest list for an intimate celebration long before COVID-19.
Planning your elopement or micro-wedding for this fall or spring? This flower-filled celebration at The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm will provide plenty of inspiration for pulling off a smaller affair with all the sophistication of your Big Day wishes. It’s the dream of a couple who wanted a cozy, intimate union with friends and family, rather than a large shindig, and it came to life thanks to Arielle Fera Events (who is also offering a micro-wedding package due to the pandemic) and her team, and was captured by Lauren Fair Photography. Here’s to letting your imagination bloom.
It’s safe to say that fate brought together Victoria Mascaro, who works for Lockheed Martin, and Francesco Pileggi, an HVAC technician for Sila. The two grew up 10 minutes from each other in Ambler yet met through a friend years later. The clincher came when they learned that their fathers were old pals from their native Calabria, Italy.
The duo quickly made up for lost time: They had three dates within the first week, and Frank proposed after only four months. “We just knew it was meant to be and didn’t want to wait or spend any more time apart,” Victoria explains. The happy pair celebrated by trekking through their hometown to share the news with each member of their families.
While tradition called for a large wedding — and a long timeline — the couple ultimately decided to marry in a manner fitting their personal style. Gone was the 250-plus guest list and September 5th, 2020, date. In its wake was a cozy 20-person celebration on October 3rd, 2019, seven months after they got engaged. The custom invitation suite by Papertree Studio was an indication of the gorgeous affair that would take place at The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm: Handmade paper in pastels and rich hues with gold foil printing and wax seals were among the elegant touches.
Indeed, the wedding fulfilled Victoria’s every wish — a secret garden affair with Old World and modern inspiration (with florals by Twisted Willow Flowers in pinks, blush, white and café au lait) and odes to their heritage (a letter from her great-grandmother and limoncello made by the groom and his father). Victoria, whose veil was her “something borrowed” from her best friend, married Frank amid an asymmetrical illusion ceremony arch. The “I do’s were held outdoors despite the rain, thanks to clear umbrellas that were gifted to each guest.
Arielle Fera Events erected a tent over the patio for the dinner, with crystal chandeliers hanging overhead; six wooden trestle tables and cane-back chairs were arranged in a connected rectangle, so guests all faced one another. The three-course dinner was set with Italian-cut crystal stemware; place cards were personalized, with names such as “Nonna” to add to the family aesthetic.
“It was more beautiful than anything I could have ever imagined,” says the bride. All four of her grandparents attended (a friend of her grandmother’s officiated the ceremony).
“Keeping our guest list to 20 allowed us a much more meaningful night,” finishes Frank who, along with his bride, were treated to a pumpkin spice chocolate chip pound cake by The Sugary. “We got to share stories, great food, and the best ambience I’ve ever seen.”
Photographer: Lauren Fair Photography | Venue & Catering: The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm | Planning/Design: Arielle Fera Events | Florals: Twisted Willow Flowers | Bride’s Gown: BHLDN | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair & Makeup: Alisha Nycole + Co. | Music: Elegance Quartet | Cake: The Sugary | Paper Goods: Papertree Studio | Videography: Willow Tree Films | Rentals: White Glove Rentals
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