Meghan and Steven’s Wedding – Creating a Sustainable Wedding

Meghan and Steven’s Wedding – Creating a Sustainable Wedding

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Think About It….

You’ve been dreaming of this moment forever and now it’s here. You want it to be special and reflect your personality and that means something different to each one of our couples.

We absolutely love what we do! Josias River Farm keeps us connected to the land, which we have made our living from over most of our adult lives. We have a natural and deep respect for earth’s resources, and we believe our couples do too. So why not take a minute to see how you can make your wedding more earth-friendly.

I was inspired to write this as I watched Meghan and Steven plan their wedding. They wanted to make it their own but, they also wanted to conserve earth’s resources and their own also. They came up with some clever ideas.

Meghan’s wedding ring was made by a friend using gems from family jewelry. Bracelets, rings and earring that either weren’t being worn any more or had a few stones missing here and there.

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Table runners were made of cheesecloth. Arranged down the table with flowers and glassware, it was perfect and a wonderful conversation starter. It looked perfect! Cheesecloth can be bought in bulk and has endless uses after the big day.

Not plastic. Cocktails were served in mason jars. A Hydration Bar didn’t include water bottles but, beautiful glass urns were filled with ice-cold water and fresh lemon and herbs.

The father-of-the groom loves his local thrift shop and was able to borrow vintage silverware and tea cups for the day.

For wedding favors they sent guests home with a packet of sunflower seeds and a note thanking them for being part of their special day.

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Photo credits: Brightly and Free @brightlyandfree
Photo credits: @ctopaziophotography
Photo credits: @ctopaziophotography

Here a few other ideas to ponder…

Picking the Right Location – We’ve owned two other farms prior to coming to this pristine, 20-acre, 1750 Maine farm, now called Josias River Farm. Its architecture is timeless, and it’s surrounded by the beauty of nature. But, when you own a property such as this, you never feel like you really “own” it. For a brief period of time you are its stewards. It’s our job to respect its history and preserve it for the next generation. We love the opportunity but, it comes with a price and it’s because of couples like you that we can continue to care for this exquisite property. By hosting weddings and other special events, we are able to preserve it for years to come.

Decor – Mother Nature has you covered on this one. You’ve got natural beauty all around you with stonewalls, split-rail fences, gorgeous gardens and a magician forest. A few thoughtful well-placed accents here and there is all you really need here and you’ll eliminate mountains of cardboard and plastic packaging. See photo sent by email on 1/23 of chair setup.

Beer, Wine and Spirits – At Josias River Farm you have the option to purchase your own alcohol. Here’s a few ideas to keep in mind. Purchase in Bulk- Think kegs. Support local breweries, vineyards and distilleries. If you are going to use bottles and cans, we will be glad to recycle them for you. Mason jars for cocktails?

Flowers – Most of our flowers in the U.S. come from South America so obviously that creates a little more carbon. So why not choose a local farm. We have several in our area, Omniflora, Broadturn Farm and Kindred Earth Farm. Omniflora will provide you with buckets of flowers for your wedding and you can make up your arrangements right here at the farm. Broadturn and Kindred Earth can provide you with buckets of blooms also or they can create your centerpieces and arrangements for you.

Here’s another idea…. How about centerpieces or favors that are plantable? Annuals, herbs, evergreen seedling, succulents would all work beautifully. I’ve even seen organic tomato plants. I’m sure your guests would love to take them home.

The ideas are endless for making your wedding memorable. So as you are planning your dream wedding take a minute to ponder how you can make it a little more earth-friendly. Small, simple ideas can make all the difference!

Jenna and Caroline – Wedding Date 6/6/2020

Caroline and Jenna’s wedding will be one of first weddings in 2020 at Josias River Farm. They make their home in Florida and because of that neither of them has ever actually been to JRF. They will not be disappointed! Their wedding day is just about the time our gardens start to pop with color and the air is filled with the special smells that only spring brings. It’s surely is a time of new beginnings!

Jenna proposed by sending Caroline on a scavenger hunt of places in Jacksonville, Florida, a city that had been significant while they were dating. The final stop was the Friendship Fountain on the St. John’s River in downtown Jacksonville. Jenna was waiting with the ring and popped the question as their family and friends sailed up. The newly engaged couple joined them for a sunrise cruise with appetizers and cocktails to celebrate this magical moment in their lives! How cool is that!

Their dreams for the future….” To positively impact the loves of loved ones, to build a loving family and home and to travel the world.” Sounds perfect don’t you think?

On their wedding day they are most excited about having their family and friends in one beautiful place ( Maine) to celebrate their marriage with good food, good drink and good jams. And that is sure to happen especially since @theblacktiecompany with be providing the good food and drink, @themusicmandjservice will be providing the jam and @caseydurginphoto will be capturing every moment!

Small, Intimate Wedding – Jimmy Choos or Muddy Boots

Your wedding day is yours and it should reflect you! You don’t have to have a wedding where you invite all your second cousins and aunt and uncles you haven’t seen since the last wedding. If having your close family members and your dearest friends is what you want to do, then you should it. Personally, I cringe when I hear of weddings with 300+ guests. At most venues that means you’ll spend around 60 seconds with each guest.

I think Christina Friedrichsen the founder of IntimateWedding.com, said it perfectly: “No matter where you are in your wedding planning journey, my biggest hope for you is that you make your wedding an expression of who you are, right now. If you’re brave enough to break with convention and wave your rebel flag, you just might find that under all that tulle and satin, planning your wedding (or elopement!) is really just a fun little badass adventure –perfectly suited to girls who prefer muddy boots over Jimmy Choo.”

Josias River Farm is beautiful and intimate venue and it’s the perfect setting to host a small wedding as two families become one. So maybe you don’t want to orchestrate a big event or maybe you have a small family or maybe it just not you, whatever the reason, check out our “Love Affair” package on our website.

No matter whether the guest list is 20 or 200 couples choose Josias River Farm because it a beautiful backdrop for a wedding with its timeless architecture and pristine landscape. They have the opportunity and flexibility to create a wedding day that reflects their personalities. So whether you are a muddy boot or a Jimmy Choo kind of girl, JRF is the perfect venue for your special day.

Photos by Rodeo & Co Photography and Katelyn Mallett Photography.



































June 2019 – Toni & Mike

We would like to introduce you to Toni and Mike.
Toni and Mike are always smiling! They came to look at Josias River Farm in the fall of 2019 and instantly feel in love with the venue. A day later they were booking. Toni’s family although from Massachusetts spent their summers in Wells, Maine, not to far from the farm. Toni and Mike’s and relationship started almost 8 years ago at Bowdoin College where they went to school. Maine to both of them is their home away from home and so it was only natural that they wanted to return here to get married in the seacoast area. We wish them the best of luck as Mike finishes law school and Toni get settled in her new practice.

A Stunning Rustic Wedding Venue! My husband and I were fortunate enough to have our wedding at Josias River Farm this past June 2019. It could not have been better! First off, the owners, Laura and Charlie, were incredible to work with. They truly cared about our vision for the day and were so easy-going along the way. They were always very responsive and did not mind us stopping in on various occasions to hash out certain details. One of the best parts of JRF is that we were were really able to make it our own to reflect us as a couple–something very important to us during our search.Toni Dacampo

Thanks to all the vendors who made this wedding so special!

Photographer -Jen Burton Photography @jenburton_photography
Tent and Rentals- Exeter Tents @exetertents
Music- D. J. Dan Dibiase
Food- Nancy’s Catering


Meet Mike and Toni


Made for Each Other




A Reading


The Kiss




Family and Friends Make It Special


Appetizers Anyone?




Mr. and Mrs. Lozzi


What did his twin sister say?




First Dance


Just the Two of Us.




The journey begins