Camel’s Hump Farm on the Johnston Estate is an extremely unique and exciting location to have a wedding in the Lehigh Valley. We were pleasantly surprised when we learned about it through a couple who decided to get married there. It is tucked away off a busy road and in close proximity to the highway route 33, and minutes away from Northampton Community College (NCC) for those needing more of a point of reference.
What is Camel’s Hump Farm?
Camel’s Hump Farm is owned and managed by the non-profit group The Friends of Johnston. It’s goal is to provide nature based education and a community center in Bethlehem, PA. The land is connected to the Archibald Johnston Estate – a great location that allows for peaceful walks on the grounds.
Why It’s Great for Weddings
Camel’s Hump Farm is an incredible DIY wedding venue that has the added benefit of working well for couple’s trying to plan a wedding on a budget. You will not find the extravagance of a ballroom wedding here, but that will most definitely be the appeal.
The wedding we documented at Camel’s Hump was incredibly unique as our couple brought together their love for nature with the DIY aesthetic that would thrive here. The groom handcrafted tables, chairs, and the bar; they antiqued for glassware, and they brought things together with a simple white tented reception. Towards the end of the evening, a bonfire was lit to give one of the greatest wedding sendoffs we’ve seen.
What really stood out to us about this space was how well it was utilized to create a natural flow from one moment to the next as the wedding day unfolded. While the bride got prepared for her day off site at an AirBNB, the groom finished getting ready on the grounds.
From there, we were able to use these grounds and take a quick drive over to the aforementioned Archibald Johnston Estate for their First Look and portrait time. With the mix of natural spaces and simple architecture of the estates, it was so easy to find incredible backdrops for their photos.
Back at Camel’s Hump Farm, the ceremony location our couple chose was perfect, and across the way cocktail hour was set up in front of the barn. Finally, the reception capped things off under a tent just steps away again.
The simplicity of Camel’s Hump Farm is what we really came to love by the end of our time there. It really is a beautiful venue in Bethlehem that is worth considering for those who can picture bringing their own creativity to the space to make it their own.
To learn more about Camel’s Hump Farm, check out their website.