Something Old Meets Something New

Historical Venue

Sign for Historical venue

Sara and Ben came to me asking for assistance planning for their relaxed wedding day at a venue that never hosted a wedding before. They had booked the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead and wanted to make sure that they had everything worked out logistically. Of course, this is one of the reasons I launched UME, so this is how we worked out their wedding day!

Bride standing outside of Oliver Ellsworth Homestead venue

They opted for an offsite first look, and their photographer Cait Fletcher found the perfect location to capture the moment! 

Bride and groom standing together
Bride and Groom dancing in front of door

To the right of the main house is a large yard that offered parking space for those who did not take the bus from the hotels. 

Picture of house on grounds
Wedding ceremony next to house

The venu has a beautiful grapevine covered back pavilion to the main house, where the museum is. This was the perfect backdrop to exchange vows. Although in direct sunlight, we offered standing room in the back where the shade was and some cooling fans for guests who didn’t mind catching some rays.

Groom sliding ring onto bride's hand

Ceremony Music and sound was provided by a single amp and piped in cellphone. As a backup plan for rain, a tent was set up in front of the reception building, this also doubled as the cocktail reception space. 

Following the ceremony Sara & Ben had no shortage of locations for bride and groom photos in the museum, and outside.

Bride and Groom with faces pressed together
Bride and Groom look at each other and stand in front of fireplace
Bride and Groom holding hands looking at each other
Bride and Groom getting hugged by wedding guests

Following cocktail, guests were invited inside for a BBQ buffet by Bear’s BBQ.

Bear's BBQ CateringBear’s BBQ Catering

Band setting up to play at wedding
Venue set up with all of the tables

Although Blue Light Bandits were scheduled to play inside, the weather was much warmer than anticipated, so the band was much obliged to move outside while guests enjoyed their dinner, before their set. 

Blue Light BanditsBlue Light Bandits

Guests enjoyed soaking up one of the last beautiful days of the summer outside with dancing and yard games. 

Ben and Sara in front of Matthies Hall, the reception buildingBen and Sara in front of Matthies Hall, the reception building


Planner/Day of coordination: Unique Melody Events & Design

Venue: Oliver Ellsworth Homestead 

Photography: Cait Fletcher Photography

Catering: Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ

Band:   Blue Light Bandits

Officiant: Merly Downey

Photo Booth: Super Party Land

Hair & Makeup: K Shea Company

Flowers: Bride DIY

Decor: Bride DIY and Unique Melody Events & Design

Rentals: Taylor Rental Party Plus

May 4, 2024

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