Missy Farmer & Seva Liokumovich
June 16, 2018
Camp Cedarcrest, Orange
Photos by Amanda Macchia Photography
officiant Arthur Deych, Boston
first dress Essense of Australia
dress boutique RK Bridal in New York, New York
second dress OmniCollection on etsy.com
day-of coordinator A Perfect Little Plan, New Canaan
brunch caterer Sweet Relief Catering, West Haven
evening bbq caterer Uncle Willie’s Smokehouse, West Haven
cake Leticia Cortes, Saugerties, New York
flowers Forget Me Not Flower Shop, North Haven
makeup Makeup by Alexis Gambardella, Guilford
hair The Cutting Page, Guilford
bartender JLS Bartending and Events, Norwalk
tent MitchCo. Tent & Party Rentals, Stratford
silent disco rental Silent Storm Sound System (silentdis.co)
Camp Cedarcrest in Orange sits on 43 wooded acres alongside the Wepawaug River. It boasts hiking trails and waterfalls, sports fields for everything from baseball to bocce, a dining hall and bathhouse, 17 cozy cabins and, of particular importance to Missy Farmer and Seva Liokumovich, is just about two hours from both Woburn, Massachusetts (where the bride grew up), and Livingston, New Jersey (where Seva hails from). It was Camp Cedarcrest for the win — and a wedding to plan for the weekend of June 15-17, 2018.
“We’ve been to a lot of weddings together and noticed how fast everything seems to go by,” Missy says. “It all becomes a blur.” That was the last thing that this introspective couple, who enjoy journaling and photography as a way to connect with each other and the world around them, wanted. The goal, explains Missy, was that their wedding be a “true union,” of not just two people, but of all those whom those two people love — who had never really had much time to spend together. And, of course, they didn’t want to force it. “We wanted to have enough time for it to happen naturally … organically,” says Missy. That was possible at Camp Cedarcrest, where almost half of their 140 wedding guests spent an entire weekend.
“Seva and my love for nature and the outdoors is one of the things that bonds us,” Missy says. “It’s where we can be our true selves, and a time in which we get to really connect.” It was thus only fitting that the weekend begin outdoors round a campfire with guests sharing s’mores and stories of lives and loves, friendships and family.
Saturday morning dawned bright, and Missy and some of the group from the night before (including Seva’s mom), started the day with yoga at 6 a.m. to center themselves in the camp’s historic stone amphitheater set deep within a forest of green. Missy and Seva returned to this same enchanted spot at 11:30 to exchange vows beneath a chuppah that her family built of white birch gathered from the woods surrounding their Maine home. “It wasn’t a religious ceremony,” Missy says, “but one in which we incorporated traditions important to both of us.” The bride’s family, for example, has a strong background in Scouting. That means, “We like our knots,” Missy says. As part of their ceremony, the pair joined two separate ropes in a fisherman’s knot, known for its strength and endurance.
Brunch — which included chicken and waffles (the bride’s favorite), a Bloody Mary bar, a vintage canoe full of cold beverages and picnic-table centerpieces lush with forest greenery — was beneath a tent at the center of camp. Later that evening there was a pig roast and dancing beneath a pavilion hung with tiny white lights and sheer fabrics. The smiling bride in the center, who had changed into a second, much less formal wedding dress, appeared to be more woodland fairy than creature of this earth.
Finally, Sunday-morning good-byes were said over cereal and cartoons.
“It took a village to make this wedding happen,” Missy says. Planner Krista Frallicciardi of New Canaan’s A Perfect Little Plan, family, friends … everyone played a part in the DIY, and everything, Missy says, “turned out just as we imagined it — even better. We’re still living it.”