Real Wedding: Erin Haggerty and Daniel Rich
Katie Slater Photography
Ajello’s Dairy Farm in Oxford, home of celebrated Rich Farm Ice Cream, has been in the Rich family since 1950. So when Dan Rich, the fourth generation in his family to work its 100 acres, asked Erin Haggerty to be his bride, it seemed only natural that a wedding on the farm be part of their future.
Dan and Erin were high-school sweethearts who met their freshman year at Seymour High. By the time Dan popped the question (with a little help from their French bulldog Winston) the couple had been dating for seven years and had just bought their first home.
“Dan and I grew up together,” smiles Erin. “He’s my best friend. He keeps me grounded, but gives me wings to fly.”
And so Erin, who knew that it would “mean the world” to her future husband to carry on the family tradition of getting married on the farm, said, “yes,”—to both.
The ceremony and reception were held in an open field said to be the highest point in Oxford, and hay wagons used to transport guests—drinks served in mason jars were enjoyed along the way. “I had the most beautiful backdrop in the world to work with,” says Erin, who opted to use neutral colors and an abundance of whimsical wildflowers (from East Side Greenhouses in Ansonia), burlap and candles to enhance the farm’s natural elements and “let the land speak for itself.”
Hay from the barn (yes, this is a working farm) was used to decorate the tent and provide additional seating. A vintage door displayed guests’ names and table numbers. Favors were jars of wildflower honey from Honey Meadows Farm in Southbury. The wooden bar was made for the very first wedding on the farm. Dan himself used wood from the property to make the arbor under which vows were exchanged.
From there, it was “a party that went on forever,” says Erin—or at least 2 or 3 a.m. “We kept asking the DJ [Lights Camera DJs of Milford], ‘One more hour,’ then ‘Two more hours . . . .’” laughs Erin.
The glowing bride danced with her groom to Tim McGraw’s “My Best Friend.” She danced with her mama to both “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses and “went from crying to rocking it out.” Forks & Fingers Catering by Design of East Haven provided the down-home cooking. The scrumptious sweet cream-and-honey ice cream cake from Rich Farm Ice Cream was made by the groom (lucky girl, that Erin).
At some point in the wee hours the new Mr. and Mrs. stole away into the still field to share a quiet moment—which ending up being one of the day’s most memorable. Inside the sailcloth tent twinkle lights were glowing, remembers Erin, and looking in, “We could see people twirling, dancing, laughing, toasting . . . we could actually see the love surrounding us. I still get butterflies thinking about it.”
Dress: Anne Barge
Dress shop: The Plumed Serpent Bridal, Westport
Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s jewelry: J. Crew
Makeup: Simply Gorgeous by Erin, Plantsville
Groom & groomsmen suits: J. Crew
Groom’s boots: Red Wing Shoes
Caterer: Forks & Fingers Catering by Design, East Haven
Flowers: East Side Greenhouses, Ansonia
Ice Cream Cake: Rich Farm Ice Cream, Oxford
Venue: Ajello’s Dairy Farm, Oxford
Tent: Sperry Tents, Greenwich
Photographer: Katie Slater Photography, West Suffield
Videographer: NST Pictures, New York, N.Y.
DJ: Lights Camera DJs, Milford
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This article appeared in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of The Connecticut Bride
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