Takes a Village: Country-chic weddings created with DIY style
Excerpt from Berkshire Magazine, September 2014, by Jessica Provenz
Lily Thorne and Simon Davenport wanted a modern/country wedding but had a strict budget of $20,000. So, Thorne’s family got creative. “For months, my family went out into the woods to forage for moss for the centerpieces,” says Thorne, a West Stockbridge native and merchandise manager at Bird, a Brooklyn-based fashion boutique. She wanted to get married at the Barn Gallery at Stonover Farm in Lenox, but it was beyond their means. Fortunately, her parents are friends with the owners, who agreed to a bartering system—Thorne’s father, Peter, did inn sitting, built doors, and refinished counters.
“I call it a DIE wedding: Do It Everybody,” says Peter Thorne, a woodworker, who carved numbers out of solid walnut for each table. Aunt Kate of Kate Baldwin Catering in Richmond catered the affair. Aunt Amy baked the cake. Aunt Molly and the groom’s mother threw the rehearsal dinner.
Having a budget actually was freeing for the couple. “One look on the Internet, and you can be overwhelmed by the napkins and linens,” says Davenport, a copywriter at Macy’s and musician with Adiós Ghost, who played at the wedding. “A budget is comforting because it eliminates choices.”
Two days before the wedding, Thorne and her mother, Sarah, an interior designer, selected flow-ers from family friend Anna Mack of Wild & Cultivated in Sheffield. “I felt that whatever was fresh right now was the right choice,” says Thorne. Hours before the ceremony, dozens of guests helped assemble the arrangements and set up the barn with red-berried plants and white linens hung from the ceiling.
It was close, but the couple stayed within budget—even with the expense of a luxury port-a-potty and the bride’s lace gown, custom-made by Brooklyn-based designer Rachel Comey. “It’s the one thing I didn’t skimp on,” says Thorne about her dress. Davenport wore a Rag & Bone suit, and guests brought Brooklyn cool, sporting tattoos exposed under chiffon slip dresses and Baby Bjorns over gray suits.
When the newlyweds finished their ceremony, the crowd cheered. Thorne passionately called it “a parade of joy!”