Apple Blossom Acres Wedding

Freeville, NY

Erin and Dan's colorful Apple Blossom Acres wedding was a DIY couple's dream. These two designed every part of their day to stay true to themselves as a couple and it really was a joy to witness. 


bride and groom share funny wedding day first look and she squeezes his butt to let him know its time to turn around

I think I might have been just as surprised as Dan when Erin chose this as the way to let him know that he should turn around to see her in her wedding dress for the first time 😆. These two had the sweetest first look and were fully in the moment checking out each other's wedding day attire.

groom motions for bride to spin so he can see the back of her dress

groom and bride holding colorful bouquet share a kiss in front of lush greenery

bride and groom hold hands and walk through a field at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY

Bride and groom walk through tall grass at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY

Bride and groom embrace and bide rests her face on grooms chest

Bride and groom smile and hold hands while walking through a field at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY

groom lifts bride and they kiss while standing in a field at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY


Erin, Dan, and some of their guests chose to camp on-site the night before and the night of the wedding. I think that's one of the things that makes Apple Blossom Acres as a venue so unique and so perfect for adventurous, outdoorsy couples. They also have an on-site Honeymoon retreat (a beautiful, modern camper) on the property for the newlyweds on Friday and Saturday night.


Groom in white shirt, brown leather suspenders, and green pants smiles

bride holds colorful pink, yellow, orange, and white bouquet and shows off the back of her dress


How beautiful is Erin's bouquet? They picked all the flowers for the bouquets and boutonnieres the morning of the wedding from a local flower farm in Ithaca NY. They said the farm allowed you to pick all the flowers you could fit in one hand for $9 and I couldn't believe it. They did such a beautiful job creating Erin's bouquet and it looks like they were scooped right out of a field (my favorite kind of bouquet) because they were!


bride and groom kiss under the apple trees at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY

bride and groom visit with guests in a pre-ceremony cocktail hour at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY

One of the things I loved the most about Erin and Dan's wedding was that since they did a first look already, they chose to greet their guests as they arrived. Everyone had drinks and visited before the ceremony and it was really beautiful to witness.

bride and groom hug guests and the flower girl visits with a baby

wedding ceremony space with whiskey barrels and an arch covered in colorful wooden flowers in a field at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY

bride walks down the aisle with both her parents as the sun shines behind them at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY

grooms sister looks on while the groom says his vows

bride and groom share their first kiss while guests clap during their sunny wedding ceremony at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY


Erin asked me beforehand if we could take their first kiss photo from the other side with their guests behind them and I'm SO glad she did because the sun was shining through the trees and it was absolutely perfect. I'm not always able to do this, it really depends on the setup of the ceremony space, but when I can, it really is stunning.


Bride and groom share a kiss at the end of the aisle after their wedding ceremony at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY

bride hugs her grandmother while groom hugs his brother

red headed bride and groom throw leaves in the air with their red headed flower girls in white and pink floral dresses


When I was taking these photos with Erin and Dan's flower girls, I couldn't help but think that it looked like these two cuties were their kids (they're not haha). Erin said people think that all the time and I think we can all see why.


Reception tent and colorful wedding decor at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY


Another thing I loved about Apple Blossom Acres is that the venue really is a blank slate, the beautiful open field is yours to do with as you please, and you can do as little or as much with it as you want. Erin and Dan worked with KMLyons events to have fresh flowers set up on the tables and Erin and her family DIY'd all the wooden flowers you see hanging from the ceiling of the tents (as well as the wooden flowers on their ceremony arch). They added such a beautiful and colorful, personal touch to the day.


Guests enjoy cocktail hour in a tented outdoor wedding reception at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY

s'mores bar setup at a wedding at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY

reception tent setup with string lights and hanging flowers. A table setting with a brown paper escort card and yellow flower in a bud vase


So much of Erin and Dan's wedding was DIY, but they still had a planning team, which is definitely a must to ensure that your DIY wedding goes smoothly. Even though they made a lot of the decor themselves, to set it all up themselves too (setting up the tables, decorating, setting up the ceremony chairs, moving the ceremony chairs to the reception tent after the ceremony was over, etc.) would have been way too much to do themselves. For all of that and more, the planning team they hired was SO wonderful. Kayla and her team stayed on top of everything and were so friendly and helpful.


bride and groom look on and smile while brides dad gives a toast

bride smiles and laughs while holding a wine glass and she and the groom embrace during golden hour at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY


During the reception, we snuck away for 10 minutes for some photos during golden hour, and boy does Apple Blossom Acres have the perfect location for glowy golden hour photos. As the sun disappeared behind the treeline we were able to get some really sweet photos before heading back to their reception.


bride and groom pose for a group photo with their friends in front of an apple tree at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY

colorful wedding cake with flowers at the bottom, mountains and blue sky at the top, and sunflowers on the top

Dan's mom made their wedding cake and it's one of my all-time favorites. Both of them are very adventurous and outdoorsy and like to hike, so the colorful flowers on the bottom of the cake leading up to the mountains (and more flowers) on the top were beyond perfect.

bride and groom share their first dance in a tented reception with a black and white checkerboard dance floor

bride dances with her dad and guests dance together under a reception tent

father of the bride dances with flower girl and guests at wedding

bride and groom dance together during tented wedding reception at Apple Blossom Acres in Freeville NY


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A special thanks to all the vendors who made this day possible:

Venue: Apple Blossom Acres - 1922 Dryden Rd, Freeville, NY 13068

Erin's Dress: BHLDN

Dan's Outfit: Indochino

Planner: K.M.Lyon Events 

Caterer: Balicravings

Cake: Dan’s Mom