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Allie Corwin loved life on the farm ever since she started working at Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford during high school – she just never knew it would define her wedding day.

09f6afd0-bcf2-486a-8315-947c6847b9fa“I got to know the Johnson family as I worked; everyone knew the Johnsons,” she says.

After she graduated, she started dating Will Johnson (son of Pete and Brenda, aka the Johnsons of Johnson’s Farm). Six years later, they were married at Johnson’s second location – Locust Hall Farm in Jobstown.

“We thought of Johnson’s immediately – before we even talked about getting married, we envisioned being together on the farm,” Allie says. “With the Johnsons purchasing this new farm, and us being the start of growing it, it was so perfect.”

It wasn’t difficult to plan a wedding at Locust Hall, since Allie knew it so well. She created the rustic table settings – bottles holding wildflowers – herself and hung wagon wheels in Locust Hall’s 17th-century stone barn, where the reception was held. She also added artwork by Will’s grandmother, Betty Johnson, to brighten up the stone walls.

“We had a lot of cleaning and organizing to do, but the property is gorgeous,” Allie says. “Everything came together and flowed.”

Allie and her bridesmaids prepared for the big day in the second-floor rooms of the main farm house, which are specially designated for the bridal party, while the groom and his groomsmen readied themselves and took pictures on the first floor. Guests met in the stone barn for a pre-ceremony cocktail before heading to the backyard of the farm house, which overlooks the farm’s 315 acres, for the ceremony.

“I never had that anticipation that everyone says you’re going to have before you go down the aisle,” Allie remembers. “I never once had a moment of being scared or nervous.”

13576010_1347408731939500_2963424877009932416_oFor the reception in the barn, Allie and Will’s 135 guests dined on passed hors d’oeuvres at cocktail hour before taking their seats for a dinner catered by Toscano Ristorante in Bordentown.

“The barn is a breezeway,” explains Allie. “So there’s a huge door that opens to overlook the pasture, and we could see the sun set right out back. Someone was looking out for us, because there was no sun in anyone’s eyes, and there was such a glorious breeze.”

For dessert, cake, gelato and apple pie were served, and Allie made sure that a certain highl -requested sweet treat was available: Johnson’s apple cider donuts.

“We had to!” she laughs. “Everyone wanted them. All dessert – except for the cake – was provided by Johnson’s Farm, and our produce was represented at dinner as well.”

Allie and Will danced to Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight” as their first song, and soon after guests joined them on the dance floor to music from the band Peat Moss and the Fertilizers. Allie’s cousins reworded Don McLean’s “American Pie” and serenaded her and Will with a humorous version of how the couple met and their life on the farm.

“It went by so quickly, but it was so fun and really exciting,” Allie says. “It was special to have people come out who had not seen the farm before that night – it was beautiful.”

August 2016
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