Autumn in New England calls for cozy plaid, warm foliage-inspired hues and a healthy dose of rustic elegance. In this styled shoot at Beech Hill Barn, a talented team of local pros took countryside sophistication to the next level with a touch of bohemian whimsy. A unique palette of gold, brass and turquoise complements a blazing bouquet wrapped up in a medley of mismatched ribbons. We are simply smitten with the tablescape topped with plush blooms, seasonal fruits and vintage china.
Photography: Justina Bilodeau | Event Design: A Family Affair | Floral Design: Minka | Wedding Dress: Saja | Invitations: SWEET Letterpress & Design | Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Edera | Makeup: Angela Hascall | Venue: Beech Hill Barn | Film Processing: Photovision | Napkins Purchased From: Lost In Linen | Props & Rentals: A Family Affair | Table Cloth: Anthropologie
Jill and Donal were married in late November at The Barn at Flanagan Farm. The couple enjoyed a brisk fall day with beautiful glowing sunshine through the trees around their ceremony location. Guests enjoyed hot apple cider as they waited for Jill to walk down the aisle. The venue was filled with beautiful romance down to every last detail for Jill and Donal’s rustic wedding including hand collected antique napkins, glowing candle light, and a curtain made out of twinkling string lights. The day was surely a delight for all who attended and we wish Donal and Jill many years of happiness together.
This romantic rustic wedding was captured by Brea McDonlad Photography.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon Melissa and Isaiah exchanged I Do’s at the Stone Mountain Arts Center. From the moment Melissa was getting ready and her sister-in-law and another bridesmaid gathered around her to say a prayer to calm her nerves, to the amazing song that Isaiah wrote and performed for Melissa at the beginning of the wedding reception, this wedding is full of heartfelt (and tearjerker) moments. And, of course, the day would not be complete without Melissa’s grandmother, mother and father all dancing on the floor with smiles on their faces. The bride and groom even shared with us their favorite thing about one another to add even more romance to this wonderful love story.
Melissa: I love his tender heart, his patience, and how he doesn’t judge or look down on anyone or their situation.
Isaiah: The way she always shows her heart for me and others in every situation, even when its hard, she constantly gives her heart.
Well this love story is one for the books, and we are so excited to share it with you through photographs taken by the talented Patricia from Kivalo Photography.
Also this singer-songwriter Groom is available for your wedding. Check out his vendor feature on Beswoon here.
Venue: Stone Mountain Arts Center
Hair & Makeup: Karma Salon and Day Spa
Dress: Andrea’s Bridal
Photography: Kivalo Photography
Wedding Transportation Company: Bennett Transportation
Invitation Suite Designer: Caitlyn Ednsley
Wedding Cake Designer: Nancy Olson
Seth & Corey’s rustic coastal Maine wedding radiates with personality, from the patterned bow ties to the genuine smiles. Their wedding was an intimate day in Camden, Maine, where the grooms exchanged vows amongst the flowers at The Vesper Hill Children’s Chapel and continued to celebrate at the Samoset Resort for a lovely dinner surrounded by their closest friends and family. The Maine Tinker, their photographer, says, “The day was filled with love, laughter and pride.” We hope you enjoy the simple yet timeless details of Seth and Corey’s wedding. Thank you to The Maine Tinker for capturing the love and laughter of their beautiful day.
Photographer: Maine Tinker Studio
Florist: Hoboken Gardens
Venue & Catering: Samoset Resort
CeremonyL Vesper Hill Children’s Chapel
This romantic fall Nantucket wedding will leave you swooning for days. Donna, a casting director based in L.A, and Zach, a talented cinematographer, both have an eye for beautiful things – so it’s no surprise that this wedding radiates with beauty. Not to mention, their wedding took place at the Groom’s parent’s house, and the Mother of the Groom is an interior designer. When she heard about the engagement, she set out to turn their home into the most ethereal, romantic wedding location in all of history. And we have to admit, she executed that vision perfectly. From the clear tent and gorgeous greens to the flowy, peach-toned gown – the details of this wedding will leave you breathless.
Zofia & Co., the photographer, says, “Donna and Zach are the type of couple that when they look at each other, you just hope to one day have someone look at you that way – like you’re the only person on Earth. They shine love.” Zofia & Co. captured that love so perfectly through these incredible images. We hope you enjoy this beautiful love story of Donna & Zach told through their photographs.
Photographer : Zofia & Co.
Venue : Private Home
Bridal Gown : Leanne Marshall
Bridal Hair : RJ Miller Salon
Bridal Makeup : Virginia Kramer
Bridesmaids’ Dresses : Ruche & Charmbride (Etsy)
Flowers : Betsey Brooks Floral and Design
Caterer : Nantucket Catering Company
DJ : Billy Voss
Photo booth : Nantucket Photo Booth
Video : September Productions
Everything about Paula and Thomas’ wedding was full of rustic fun, from the embroidered converse sneakers to the cigar bar! The day was bright and perfect for an outdoor ceremony at the beautiful Barn at Gibbet Hill. Paula and Thomas have a confident and genuine love for each other that radiates in their photos.
The couple met in high school but didn’t start dating until much later. But when it came to planning their wedding they knew they wanted their day to be relaxed and not to worry about traditions. Paula said it meant more to them than anything to be with everyone and to make sure everyone was having a good time.
Thank you to Tricia McCormack Photography for sharing this rustic barn wedding with us!
VENUE – The Barn at Gibbet Hill
FLORIST – Flowers by Steve
HAIR & MAKEUP STYLISTS – Rumors Salon
CEREMONY/COCKTAIL HOUR MUSICIANS – Blissful Sounds
BAND – Soho
PHOTOGRAPHY – Tricia McCormack Photography
On a beautiful spring day Allison and Douglas tied the knot at the Washington DC LDS Temple. They enjoyed formal photos that will leave you breathless among the most beautiful buildings in the area and next to gardens. The gorgeous couple continued celebrating their love at a private barn surrounded by their closest family and friends. Photographer Joe Wang of Love Life Images says, “Their love for each other and the relaxed wedding day schedule combined to make it a perfect day!” They ended their evening with a romantic sparkler exit, the perfect end to this rustic farm wedding.
Thank you to Love Life Images for sharing these gorgeous images.
Photographer: Love Life Images – Joe Wang
Ceremony Location: Washington DC LDS Temple
Reception Location: Private farm in Dickerson, MD
Bridal Shop: Fantasy Bridal
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Shoes: Cole Haan (Groom)
Florist: Natalie Hanson
Reception music: Tate Martinis
Invitations: Paperless Post
Honeymoon location: St. Thomas
We’ve all been loving the recent trends of rustic weddings, but something that’s becoming increasingly popular is rustic-styled engagement sessions. Photographer Stephanie W shares her recent session with the gorgeous Kristin and Kyle at Alpine Groves Park in which she brings a southern rustic feel to Switzerland, Florida. The deep greens of the low hanging trees paired with the rustic barn made for a dreamy atmosphere. And we love the cute little furry friend who popped up in the shoot; can you spot him?
Thank you to Stephanie W Photography for sharing these beautiful images.
What’s not to love about a blush garden wedding? Sun shining, lemonade in hand and two people head-over-heels in love with each other getting married! Aileen and Kevin exchanged I Dos at the romantic Stonehurst Manor surrounded by their closest friends. They began their beautiful day by sipping cocktails on the patio and ended their evening with some unforgettable dancing. One of our favorite parts of the day is when the couple exchanged a “first touch” in place of the traditional “first look.” They reached around a door frame to squeeze each other’s hands and feel the essence of one another without spoiling the surprise. Aileen and Kevin traded notes and took a moment to celebrate their love and their beautiful wedding day privately before moving on to the festivities.
Thank you Studio Nouveau for capturing this day so perfectly and sharing it with us.
Photographer: Studio Nouveau
Venue: Stonehurst Manor
Bride’s Dress: Saison Blanche
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Bridesmaid’s Attire: J.Crew
Hair & Makeup: Salon Karma – Jordan Lawler Mavrogiannis
Bouquets: Nellie’s Wildflowers
Entertainment: Rawkstar Entertainment
Caterer: Classic Catering
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Katie and Zach tied the knot on a beautiful autumn day at The Tuckahoe Plantation. Sarah Der, sister-in-law of the bride who doubled as the couple’s photographer, tells us how documenting the day was such an honor. She said, “It was the loveliest of southern weddings,” and we have to agree! From the outdoor hanging lights to the DIY chalkboard details, this rustic wedding is simply stunning.
But the photographer admits, the day would not have been complete without the talented wedding vendors she was surrounded by. The couple enjoyed rehearsal dinner from the Goatocado Food Truck, danced the night away to music by the amazing Big Boss Man, and the whole weekend wouldn’t have been complete without McBride Events coordination.
Photographer: Sarah Der Photography
Second shooter: Whitney Neal
Videographer: Two Cents Photography
Planner: Amy Lewis of McBride Events
Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation
Florist: Boulevard Flower Gardens
Dessert Baker: Peg Langdon
Caterer: Brock’s BBQ
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting
Band: Big Boss Man
Bride’s Gown: “Emerson” by Wtoo
Hair and Makeup: Annie Radigan
Bridesmaids’ Dresses and Groom’s Attire: J. Crew
String Quartet: Silverleaf String Quartet
Anora and Zach celebrated their love in Charleston, SC, with a simple but charming rustic wedding at the Cotton Dock on Boone Hall Plantation. The day began with the couple seeing each other for the first time under the beautiful live oaks that line the entryway of the plantation. Can it get any more romantic than that?!
Their day continued by exchanging vows on the back deck of the Cotton Dock under chandeliers and twinkling lights while surrounded by their closest friends and family. Afterwards, this gorgeous couple enjoyed their evening by dining and dancing into the cool night, accompanied by the dancing lights of the fireplace inside the Cotton Dock.
Congratulations to Anora & Zach and a huge thank you to Billie Jo and Jeremy Photography for sharing these swoon-worthy images with us!
Photography: Billie Jo and Jeremy Photography
Ceremony Venue: Cotton Dock, Boone Hall Plantation
Music Reception: DJ: Ben Felton
Flowers And Event Decor: Whitney Miller Design & Burlap Elephant
Caterer: Top Shelf Catering Co.
Wedding Planner: The Burlap Elephant
Ceremony Venue: St. Boniface
Reception Venue: The Willow Tree
Photographer: Breanna Elizabeth Photography
Cake: Michelle Popp
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Hair/Makeup: The Hair Company and Day Spa
Florist: Erchen’s Florist
Catering: Mrs. B’s Catering
Today we’re talking with a really neat vendor, Forever Fiances, about their ecologically conscious stationery and what advice they have for engaged couples searching for paper products for their wedding:
Rustic: Where are you located?
FF: We are located in sunny San Diego, California.
Rustic: When did you begin working in the wedding industry?
FF: We launched in early 2008 and quickly became the reference worldwide for plantable wedding invitations.
Rustic: What types of products do you offer?
FF: We offer beautiful 100% recycled papers, with full wedding suites including Invitations, response cards, inserts, thank you notes, place cards, menus, programs, favors, and more! We do not just stick to weddings; we have branched out into the Business industry with Green Business Print. Offering plantable business cards, event invitations, business thank you cards, holiday greeting cards and other business stationery needs, we are your one stop shop! As we continue to expand we have launched EternalMitzvah.com for our Jewish friends with children celebrating their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.
Rustic: What makes your business unique?
FF: Our invitations are really one of a kind because they are fully customizable with your own text, colors, fonts, and paper choices. We can create matching stationery for any design you see on our website. What’s even better is our custom printing options or your DIY section. We sell plain sheets of our plantable paper and also allow you to submit your own artwork and we will print it for you! Our print and paper quality are top notch and we take pride in every order we print.
Most important is our handmade plantable paper, embedded with wildflower or garden herb seeds (White, Bright Green, and Desert Brown). We offer a great selection of colors for the plantable paper and have something for everyone! Our Seal n Send invitations feature an exceptional format, containing four flaps that folds into one sealed card, ready for mailing. These All-in-One wedding invitations include a detachable RSVP postcard (for your guests to send back). Once sealed the invitation can be mailed without envelopes for the price of an hand-stamp. Exquisitely crafted with our finest 100% recycled papers, made with carbon neutral energy. We love the environment and want to reduce our footprint and only use 100% recycled papers and envelopes. We print with soy based inks and recycle packing materials and boxes to be as Eco-friendly as possible.
Rustic: What is one piece of advice you would offer to engaged couples when they are searching for vendors? or when they are choosing between products on your website?
FF: Our one piece of advice to engaged couples planning their wedding when it comes to vendors is never settle. This is going to be one of the happiest and most memorable days of your lives so be sure to find exactly what you want to reflect your personal touch. You want your guests to remember this day too! If you find a few things you like on our website but are having a hard time narrowing it down, please let us know! We have combined two designs into one for certain clients and you are no exception. We want every experience to be personal, positive, and we want to help create your perfect wedding invitations!
If you cannot find the perfect design (among hundred of designs) just let us know what you have in mind. Our in-house design team would be proud to create your very own custom design (small fee may apply). Email us your theme, colors and the general feel of your wedding.
Rustic: Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?
FF: Our design team takes great pride in preparing your digital proofs. Unlike other websites with “fancy” computer generated algorithms that spit out your text in set format, we will review your text and take care of the spacing, format, fonts, review wedding etiquette. You can count on our expertise.
Also we’ve been working on an application that lets you preview fonts and colors! 90% of our designs can be entirely customized. This means colors, text, fonts and papers. Tree Themes are our specialty 😉
Bri and Garrett tied the knot with a rustic chic flair in January 2015 at Cross Creek Ranch in Florida, using burlap and their monogram in this sweet southern wedding. Their monogram was first evident on her tailored over-sized shirt as she was getting her hair and makeup done. She incorporated her monogram into her beautiful bouquet as well as their wedding cake. Bri’s ruffled wedding gown was completed with “something blue” ruffled shoes and accented with a gray bow. This exquisite touch tied in beautifully with her bridesmaids’ short gray dresses.
Bri’s primary concern was for all of her guests to feel welcomed and to enjoy themselves on their big day. Her mission was accomplished! The guests received mason jars as their favors, which conveniently doubled as their cup for the evening of the wedding as well. Their guests enjoyed a phenomenal dessert table complete with a vast array of delectables, such as cupcakes and cookies. The two kissed under the stars as Mr. and Mrs. Heath during their sparkler exit.
Today’s love story has a special twist – not only was Shane Godfrey Photography the photographer of this gorgeous rustic wedding but he was also a groomsmen! He tells us the story of the wedding day as a photographer and as a great friend. He began by telling us that he knew he would be Stephen and Meghan’s photographer even before they were engaged! Stephen, or “Stevie” as he calls him, had been Shane’s friend for the past thirteen years. When Stephen began dating Meghan she became Shane’s go-to girl for advice on his portfolio. So when the big day finally came Shane wanted to be involved in all ways possible.
We love how this couple made sure to integrate personal aspects from both sides into their day. Stephen and Meghan married in the church that Stephen’s dad has been a minster at for over 30 years. Meghan really wanted a father-of-the-bride wedding, so they continued the day with a reception in the backyard of her childhood home (how cute!). Shane says the night was filled with heartfelt speeches as well as blessings from both set of parents. The night ended with a dazzling sparkler send-off. Congratulations to Stephen & Meghan! And thank you, Shane, for sharing inside details from the wedding day, and beautiful job capturing such a personal relationship so well!
Wedding Planner: The Wedding Belle
Photography: Shane Godfrey Photography
Rental Tents And Accessories:Special Events of New England, LLC
Caterer: Celebrations Catering
Transportation: Grace Limousine LLC
It was winter break of 2009 when the college basketball star and the beautiful cheerleader first crossed paths. We love how they tell the story of when they first met – It was an 80’s themed get together between the two teams, Chelsea said it must have been the crimped hair and bright colored spandex that caught his eye, but Jeff said it was watching the movie “Yes Man” prior to attending the party. Regardless of the circumstances, fate brought these two together that night, and they have been attached at the hip ever since. Chelsea said it was obvious from the beginning that they were a perfect match – and Jeff felt just the same when he was thinking to himself (in his own words), “Wow, this girl is pretty, funny and loves video games…Where do I sign?!”
This picture perfect love story continued as they said “I Do” at The Barns at Wesleyan Hills. This grey and pink wedding had touches of rustic, feminine and glam all mixed together – and we love it! But beyond all the details, Chelsea said her favorite memory of the day has to be their first dance – and the pure joy of finally becoming husband and wife. With that being said, she advises engaged brides to enjoy the journey, stop worrying, and don’t sweat the small stuff. But mostly, to take in every moment and remember what this day means to you, and the incredible life you about to start with your husband.
Thank you, Chelsea and Jeff, for sharing your romantic love story and to Candace Jeffery Photography for capturing the true authenticity of their love.
Photographer: Candace Jeffery Photography
Bride’s Dress: Enzoani Dakota
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Jim Hjelm
Beauty: Dana Bartone and Co.
Groom’s Apparel: Joseph A. Bank
Florist: Just for You Floral Design Studio
Stationary: Paper Place
Caterer: CT Wedding Group
Laura and Adam met eleven years ago when they were both serving in the US Air Force as foreign linguists.They dated across the country and across the world, and often spent years apart. Through the good and the bad, Laura said the distance helped them grow. This is their engagement in her words:
“I moved to Portland two years ago to finally start a life with Adam. We bought a house. We start talking about having a family together. There wasn’t a need for a proposal; I believe we both always knew that we would be together. The engagement consisted of me asking if he would marry me on our 11th anniversary, and he said yes!”
They decided to wed at the Groom’s father’s 20 acre farm and together they created a DIY event where they planned the entire thing themselves (enlisting lots of help from family and friends). Due to Laura’s fabulous sense of style, the wedding was filled with a classic elegance mixed in a rustic atmosphere. The flowers were cut from a U-pick farm and arranged by the groom’s mother. The officiant was the father of the groom and the music was picked carefully by the bride. Every detail consisted of a personal touch. Laura and Adam were blessed with a beautiful fall day for their intimate ceremony, which was followed with a cocktail hour and dinner. The evening ended as guests joyfully danced the night away under the glowing country sky.
A huge thank you to Terra Lange Photography for capturing the most sentimental moments of Laura & Adam’s beautiful rustic wedding and sharing them with us.
Photography: Terra Lange Photography
Location: Private Estate in Dexter, OR
Catering: Smokin’ Oak BBQ & Catering and homemade pies for dessert
DJ: Spotify playlist by the bride
Planner: Bride and groom with lots of help from their families
Flowers: U-cut and foraged flower arrangements by mother, aunt and sister of the groom
Officiant: Father of the groom
Rings: Custom made by Equinox Jewelers in Portland, OR (brides ring is an Oregon Sunstone mined from Eastern Oregon)
Meeting at the young age of 15 and 16, Lizzy & Roy had a connection that Lizzy says she can’t even put into words. They dated a little over five years before Roy got down on one knee and asked Lizzy to spend forever by his side. From the very beginning they knew they wanted a wedding that would reflect their personalities and who they were as a couple. They shared a love for adventure and the great outdoors, so they created a woodsy vibe for both their ceremony and their reception by incorporating natural elements into the decor. The bride created handmade moss covered books for centerpieces, used tree slabs as drink dispenser pedestals and as a base for the cake, and hung pictures from broken tree branches which were arranged in vintage bottles (this DIY bride even has her own Etsy Shop called ElizabethandOreo). The entire day was special from officially becoming husband and wife, to running through the woods hand in hand, to dancing under an open sky surrounded by the people they love.The couple describes their wedding day as the most magical day of their life – their greatest adventure.
Thanks to The Shalom Imaginative for capturing Lizzy & Roy’s Greatest Adventure in the most magical way. To see more of the DIY details of this breathtaking wedding visit The Shalom Imaginative’s Blog.
Photos: The Shalom Imaginative
Cinematographer: Brinton Films
Bridal gown: Anna Campbell
Hair piece: Twigs & Honey
Flowers: Boutonnieres, Bridesmaid Bouquets, Flower Girl Crowns, Table Arrangements: Made by bride
Bride’s Bouquet: Amy’s Flowers
Bride’s rings: Brilliant Earth
Groom’s ring: Kay Jewelers
Earrings: Diament Jewelry
Grooms suit: Pants: PacSun
Groom’s bow tie: Autumn and Birch
Best Men bow ties: Amanda Jo Handmade
Ring Bearer bow ties: Dandy Lou Designs
Groomsmen bow ties: Clip A Bow Tie
Ceremony + Reception Location: Bride’s aunt and uncle’s backyard // Wade, Maine
Tent Rental: General Rental Center
Catering: Danny Collins
Cake: Jessica Kingsbury
Cake topper: Lovebirds Goods
All reception and ceremony décor: // Planned by bride and groom
Moss book centerpieces, painted globe guestbook, chalkboard sign lettering, “Always” table
decoration, cloth napkins, triangle bunting: // Made by bride// http://www.etsy.com/shop/ElizabethAndOreo
Stationery designer: Minted
Hair: Fallan Hair Studio
Celebrant/Officiant: Tim Tweedie // Brother of the groom
Photobooth Setup: Jeremiah Sjoberg + Nick Miloscia
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy swoonworthy inspiration shoots! This stunning inspiration shoot comes to us from Kerry Ann Duffy Photography and the talented team of vendors she helped bring together (listed at the bottom of the page). And while the gorgeous looks below were created in Kent, England, at the to-die-for House Meadow estate, their creamy color palette of whites, delicate pinks and slivery greens would be sure to make people fall head-over-heels anywhere in the world!
Elements of the shoot that we’re especially in love with? The model’s long sleeve lace wedding gown by Frou Frou. We love that the lace continues up to her neckline, rather than following the lines of the bodice. This detailing makes it both provocative and simultaneously modest. The lace also continues a foot or two past the end of the gown’s fabric, but in an equal circle around the dress, setting it apart from the more traditional idea of a lace train.
While you may not realize it at first, there is also cotton sprinkled throughtout this inspiration shoot, making for a very subtle but pleasant addition to the texture palette. You can find it in the model’s floral headpiece (which we are LOVING), her bouquet, and in the male model’s boutonniere.
We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we did, and a huge thanks to Kerry Ann for sharing the incredible photos!
Photography: Kerry Ann Duffy Photography
Venue: The House Meadow
Stationary: Gemma Milly
Makeup: Wedding Makeup by Nicola
Hair: Charlotte Rowden of Urban Hair
Flowers: Frida & Sophia
Cake: Flossie Pops Cakery
Dress: Frou Frou
Catering: Home Gurrown
Furniture Rentals: Event Covered
Prop Rentals: Lets Enjoy The Little Things
Whimsical garden bouquets and vine-filled placecards combine with the elegance of beaded chandeliers to create a fun indoor/outdoor fusion in this Pine Grove Country Club wedding. Gina & Zach brought the indoors out with the inclusion of a crystal chandelier and framed photos mounted to a tree in their outdoor reception area, giving the entire space a sense of heightened glamour and grace. When their guests ventured inside for dinner, though, nature joined them as a guest, too, through the birch-wood rounds and luscious bouquets decorating the tables.
Gina kindly offered to give some advice to couples who are in the midst of planning their wedding. She recommends leaving your cell phone at home on the day of the wedding, having a day-of coordinator that takes care of all the vendors, and remembering that everything doesn’t need to be perfect. It’s your day, just relax and enjoy yourself!
Congratulations to Gina & Zach and a huge thank you to Studio 29 for sharing these beautiful images!
Wedding Dress Designer + Dress style: Designed by Watters
Ceremony: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
Reception Hall: Pine Grove Country Club
Flowers: Econo Foods
Cake/Desserts: Various, Pies were from the Stiles Junciton
Catering: Pine Grove Country Club
Bar-tending: Pine Grove Country Club
Bride shoes: BHLN Wedding
Bride viel/head piece: Miss Ruby
Bride jewelry: BHLN Wedding
BM dresses: Designed by Watters
Groom Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Groom Shoes: Men’s Wearhouse
GM Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair Stylist: Salon 323
Music (DJ/LiveBand): Platinum Band
Videographer: Wedding Films
Photographer: Studio 29
Decorations: Steve Roell from Presents of Mine (Iron Mountain)
Any other DIY details: Menus, signage, jams, wood features, smore’s bar, dancing shoes, church initials…
Guest Book: Etsy
Any special credit or a special thank you to family members/friends? Yes! Huge thank you to Cheryl and Larry Smith for all their work on the home made jam and wood features. Thank you to my Uncle Dan for his pickled eggs. Thank you to Missy Sleik, Karen Varta, Aunt Teri, and Susie Holland on running things here and there and helping with set up.
Paige & Chris’ Northern Maine Wedding was an eloquent daydream filled with genuine smiles and love shared between two kind souls. Instead of focusing on the couple for this Love Story, we asked Paige to give us a little feedback on her vendors to give you some help as you are searching for your own wedding vendors.
Photography: A.Fogarty – “They are prompt, provide unbelievable customer service, know their craft inside and out and best of all, they’re undeniably kind. Our finished product is amazing. We are still having a hard time deciding which photos to put on the mantel!”
Church: Presque Isle Congregational Church, Pastor Tim Stohlberg – “Oldest & First Church built in Presque Isle, ME – Amazing People.”
Interior Decorator: Interior Accents, Tina Boucher – “MONEY WELL SPENT! She came in and transfromed an old, dingy reception venue into a beautiful, cohesive room.”
Florist: Amy’s Flowers, Amy Murphy – “Amy helped me visualize what I wanted and helped bring my messy sketches to life. She 100% delivers on customer service.”
Catering: Country Farms Market, Mark Kelly – “They have so many options for couples to choose from! Between the quality of the food, excellent correspondence, and an excellent team they took care of everything!”
Baker: Confectionately Yours, Kelly Mathes – “You’ve never tasted a cake like this before! If you are looking for a wedding cake that tastes as good as it looks, she’s the woman for you. She helped bring my vision to life.”
DJ Services: Music-X-Press – “This group of gentlemen know what they’re doing and they pay attention to every detail. They kept the night moving at an amazing pace.”
Attire: Pancsofars Bridal Boutique – “Dresses for every size and budget! Great hours, employees and services!”
Decorations: “Borrow, Barter, and Re-Use! Never underestimate the power of simply asking your friends, family and community.”
We love how Whitney & Luke celebrated their vows in a traditional church ceremony at the Sacred Heart Church in downtown Portland and then traveled to The Barn at Flanagan Farm for an outdoor barn reception. The couples’ choice of locations was a fitting parallel to their relationship, as Luke is a New York City boy and Whitney heralds from outdoorsy Maine. The roughhewn walls of the barn paired with the glittering gold accents throughout their wedding echoed this combined love of city and country, too, and created an atmosphere in which everyone found something to love. Emilie Inc. said, “Their day was filled with delicious food, heartfelt toasts and lively dancing. It was a lovely way to end the season.”
Thanks again to Emilie Inc. for another set of gorgeous images to swoon over!
Photographers: Denise and Whitney, emilie inc. photography
Preparations: Westin Portland Harborview Hotel
Ceremony:Sacred Heart Church
Reception: The Barn at Flanagan Farm
Caterer: Kitchen Chicks
Flowers: Heather Caron Floral Design
DJ: DJ Dan, Northeast Events
Make-up: Michael Wormwood
Hair: Head Games Salon
Tent: Leavitt and Parris
Lighting: The Event Light Pros
Gown: Maggie Sottero at Andrea’s Bridal
Gals: Jenny Yoo
Guys: Banana Republic
Invitations: Parrott Design Studio
Choosing the color scheme for your wedding is probably one of the first and hardest decisions you have to make in your planning process! There are so many beautiful combos to pick from, how can you choose?
Here are three of our favorite rustic color palettes to help kickstart your imagination:
BLUSH & NEUTRAL
A winter wedding was the ideal complement to Dan & Kim’s love story, which started at a New Year’s Party in 2009 and then continued when Dan proposed on Christmas Eve 2012. The bride says, “As appealing as a summer wedding was, the idea of something cozy, rustic, and “wintery” just seemed to fit us perfectly.”
We absolutely love how the couple chose to keep the decor simple to highlight the incredible craftsman woodwork and vintage elements already present in The Barn at Gibbet Hill.
Thanks again to the talented photographer, Kendall Pavan Photography, for sharing these gorgeous images.
Photographer: Kendall Pavan Photography
Venue: The Barn at Gibbet Hill
Wedding Dress Designer: “Jayla” by Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Peggy Strathof, StrathofDesigns
Grooms + Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Jeweler for Engagement + Wedding Bands: Engagement ring: Neil Lane
Groom’s wedding band: Cooper’s Jewelers
Bride’s wedding band: Jared, Galleria of Jewelry
Wedding Cake: Konditor Meister
Florist: A Whole Bunch Flower Market
Invitations/Programs: Geoffrey Silvis, Fine Artist
This fabulous venue brings details of modern elegance to barn weddings. With white wash walls and classic chandeliers Hardy Farm’s Barn offers a perfect background for any color scheme or style. The barn also has a unique upper level balcony where your guests can mingle for an intimate cocktail hour.
The magnificent Event Barn can accommodate 240 standing room and 140 for a seated dinner. The Country House can accommodate up to 14 guests and there are local amenities in the near-by village of Wiscasset and the cities of Gardiner, Hallowell, and Augusta. Some of the additional property features include a pool with a sculpted breath-taking view, a retro-modern stone firepit, and of course, the panorama view of Maine countryside. Be sure to check out this Maine Wedding Barn!
Marianmade Farm – wiscasset, me
A working lavender and flower farm on the banks of Sheepscot River, Marianmade Farm offers much more than just a venue with on-site floral design work. From a waterfront ceremony site to timber frame event barn, the farm incorporates all the beautiful aspects of Maine. It feels charmingly rustic but has all of the modern amenities that your guests could want.
Laudholm Farm – wells, me
Known for it’s historic restored barn, Laudholm Farm is the perfect location for a secluded rustic wedding. Surrounded by astounding views and just a short walk to the rocky Maine coast, this venue provides a simple & romantic backdrop for your dream day. Its sunny-colored, comfortable farmhouse makes having your wedding here feel like coming home.
The barn at Flanagan Farm – buxton, me
Overlooking views of a six-acre cleared pastured, this beautifully restored barn has all you can need and more! Features include a bluestone patio for outdoor cocktail reception, gentlemen’s hayloft lounge, and an attached bar. This three story barn has 2,400 square feet of entertaining space — not to mention the gorgeous attached farmhouse available for you and your entire wedding party! Details such as the whimsical and sophisticated chandeliers make this barn venue the perfect combination of rustic & chic.
Granite ridge estate & barn – norway, me
Are you deciding between a mountain-side ceremony and a rustic barn reception? With Granite Ridge Estate & Barn, you don’t have to choose! This spacious barn is equipped with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a jaw-dropping panoramic view that truly showcases Maine’s beauty at it’s finest. Located in Norway, Maine, Granite Ridge is the perfect getaway to ensure a relaxed and peaceful wedding day.
LIve Well farm – harpswell, me
Although built in the 1840’s, Live Well Farm is newly renovated and is one of the up-and-coming barn & farm venues in Maine. With it’s original post and beam structure in tact, this charming barn will provide the perfect atmosphere for a rustic wedding with a farm to table feel.
Designed to fit a variety of guest list sizes, this venue’s authentic charm and gorgeous lighting is the definition of elegance. With a classic Maine farmhouse attached, this rustic barn is going to be one of the top on your list.
The Stone Mountain Arts Center offers not one but two beautiful timber frame barns to host your wedding all year round. Back dropped by a beautiful stand of windows and raised stage, this location provides the ultimate setting for your ceremony and reception. If you are thinking of doing a buffet style dinner, the buffet porch located off the Main Hall has two entrances so you can feed your guests in a matter of minutes without having the food be part of your picture. Eye catching and convenient, this venue is perfect for your rustic country wedding.
Known for it’s traditional historical elegance, the 1812 Farm is the perfect location for an inside or outside wedding. With beautiful lawns, pond, and fountain along with an 18th century restored barn this location has it all. If you are looking for a classical charm to woo your guests, this barn venue is perfect for you.
Located on the Western Maine Mountains, this is an ideal location for the adventurous and outdoorsy couple. Make your wedding a weekend event with just minutes away from Sunday River’s Ski Resort. Their gorgeous open deck patio is perfect for cocktail hour or dancing the night away.
Located on the Otisfield, this property has beautiful views of the Mahoosuc mountain range. The history of Linnell Farm has always been a gathering place for life’s big events. Enjoy it’s rustic nature and extreme hospitality of it’s owners Tammy and Steve.
Of the many elements of this rustic wedding that we love, possibly our favorite is the pure joy that comes across in every single image. Christy Murray, the couple’s photographer, skillfully captured Lauren & Peter’s love, sincerity, and connection in every single photo.
And as an added bonus, she also caught the couple’s simple yet glorious wedding details, such as Lauren’s braided wildflower crown and the whimsical flower centerpieces arranged in rough cut wooden wine crates. Elements like these flowers combined with others such as sliced wooden rounds used as chargers and serving trays, and the assortment of artisan cheeses and fruits at the couple’s reception helped to give this wedding a relaxed, down to Earth feel while also providing touches of elegance at every turn.
We think Christy may have said it most perfectly when she referred to this wedding as, “backyard bliss at its best.”
Congratulations to Lauren & Peter, and a huge thank you to Christy Murray for sharing these incredible photos with us!
Photography: Christy Murray Photography
With the new year right around the corner, we can’t help but be excited about celebrating new beginnings, like your upcoming wedding ;). Some things that we love for this upcoming year: spontaneity, rustic vintage, and low-cost weddings with a DIY feel. With our love of all of these things, you can image how thrilled we were when we discovered Pop Up-Weddings by Michigan-based Watassa Wedding Photography! Watassa Photography offers many different types of photography packages, but our favorite is the airstream pop-up wedding package.
This package is advertised as “a totally unique, authentic, legal and stressfree wedding in less than an hour. Boom.” The nuts and bolts of the package is that Watassa will arrive at a site of your choosing in a vintage airstream trailer. Too cool, right? The couple can prep in the trailer, and then a legal wedding ceremony takes place outside of the trailer, all in the span of about an hour. Done and done.
The package claims to include a surprisingly long list of perks (especially considering that the price tag is only $2000!), such as accommodations for up to 10 guests, a bouquet and boutonniere, a handmade birdcage veil and a mini wedding cake! Seems like a sweet deal to us.
*Note: while this package was previously offered nationwide, it is our understanding that it is currently only being offered in Northern Michigan and the surrounding area.
Deciding on your team of vendors for your rustic wedding is incredibly difficult. But before you can make the decisions on who to choose, first you have to find the vendors, and that can be a challenge in and of itself. The Internet and its plethora of vendor directories is great, but it can also be misleading and a huge time sink. One alternative to online directories is to attend bridal showcases in person.
Showcases allow you to see a variety of vendors you might not have run across otherwise, meet the vendors in person to get a sense of whether your personalities would mesh, see a sampling of their wares firsthand without the biased lens of a camera, and, perhaps most importantly, provide a narrowed down selection of vendors, cutting down on the potential of getting horrifically overwhelmed with choices.
But how do you find the showcases to attend?!
One way is to ask your venue (or all of your top contenders for venues). Many venues hold their own showcases for potential and booked brides to present them with a sampling of vendors that they know and have enjoyed working with.
Another is to search for a regional or national curated bridal showcase, like BeSwoon in Maine, which is in its 2nd year now and has different rooms that are decorated in a variety of styles by handpicked teams of vendors.
The Big Fake Wedding (formerly known as The Not Wedding) is another great option, and it occurs in a whole bunch of different locations around the US every year. The Big Fake Wedding always showcases vendors who are local to wherever it is taking place. The photos below were taken by the amazing Patti at Kivalo Photography and are of The Big Fake Wedding’s first Portland, Maine, event, which took place this past October at the Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton, Maine, which is about half an hour outside of Portland.
The Big Fake Wedding is neat, too, because it features an actual couple who participates in a short vow renewal ceremony to which all of the attendees to the showcase are witnesses. After the vow renewal ceremony, a catered dinner is served (in this case by the incredible Fire & Co. woodfired pizza foodtruck. So delicious!), which is followed by desserts and live entertainment (the Wavelength band rocked it at this event!). Lining the walls of the event were tables set up with different vendors’ wares, and each of the dining tables was decorated by a different florist, providing a sampling of styles.
While showcases also run risk of being overwhelming or of not having your perfect vendor there, all-in-all, we think they are a really valuable way to narrow down your selection of vendors (and also just have a fun evening!)
Event: The Big Fake Wedding, Portland
Day of Coordination: The Refinery- Events & Marketing
Dessert Table: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrot
Catering Food Truck: Fire & Co
Entertainment: Wavelength Band
Floral Design, Table 1, 4, head table: The Purple Orchid Event Planning
Floral Design, Table 2, 5, Bouquets & Boutonnieres: Blue Fern Designs, The Finest Florals
Floral Design, Table 3, 6, Ceremony Backdrop: Lana Wescott Events
Event Rentals: Party Time Rentals
Event Rentals, farm tables: Heartwood Essentials
Event Lighting: The Event Light Pros
Hair & Makeup: Bei Capelli
Linen Sponsor: Linentablecloth
Photobooth: TapSnap Phototainment
Photography & Rehearsal Dinner: Kivalo Photography
Photography & Save the Date: ME Photography
Photography & Styled Shoot: Page Photography
Venue: The Barn at Flanagan Farm
Sparkling Wine: Ferrari
Paper Goods: Invitations: Impress Me Designs
Paper Goods: Programs: Gus & Ruby Letterpress
Paper Goods: Accents: Parrott Design Studio
Travel: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel
Videography: LMV Productions
Wedding Cake: My Three Cakes
There are so many things we love about this rustic barn wedding that it’s hard to even know where to begin! Firstly, the couple, Christopher & Alexandra, are adorable and absolutely glowing with happiness in these photos. We’re also digging the casual look of the bridal party. It’s clear that every member was encouraged to let their own personalities shine through. And after all, aren’t your friend’s personalities the reason you love them so much? The wildflower bouquets by Red Fire Farm, as well as the venue itself, Race Brook Lodge, give the entire wedding a homey, farm fresh feel. The DIY scrap fabric streamers were a wonderfully eco-friendly option for the guests to show their wild enthusiasm for the couple after the ceremony, and the reception is chock full of quirky details, like book centerpieces featuring old anatomical drawings of hearts and titles such as “This Side of Paradise.” To top it all off, the couple manned a punked out cupcake truck where they handed out delicious treats to all of their guests.
Their fabulous photographer, Meg Haley, shares a little bit about their day:
When Christopher first contacted me about documenting his wedding, what he described as the day he marries his best friend, his thoughtfulness and deep connection with authenticity was overwhelming. I knew that I had to be a part of this day. An intimate celebration with guest list under 100, every detail was tailored by the couple to fit their style, interests and the comfort of their guests. This included an artisanally catered fully vegan menu, ending with amazing gluten free cupcakes from NoRA Cupcakes. And for the bibliophiles that they are, their DIY tables were outfitted with stacks of vintage books, temporary tattoos, and simple, gorgeous flower arrangements.
We’re swooning, that’s for sure. Congratulations to Christopher & Alexandra and a huge thank you to Meg Haley for sharing these gorgeous photos!
Photographer | Meg Haley Photography
Venue | Race Brook Lodge – Sheffield, MA
Cake Artist // NoRA Cupcakes – Middletown, CT
Invitations | Love VS Design
Florist | Red Fire Farm – Granby, MA
Caterer | Race Brook Lodge – Sheffield, MA
Aubrey and George celebrated their rustic wedding this October at the homey Migis Lodge on the shores of Lake Sebago in southern Maine. Migis is a collection of 35 cottages scattered throughout 125 acres of pine woods, giving it a snug, secluded feel melded with the nostalgia of a summer camp. Leigh, their photographer from Nadra Photography, shared the story of how they met and decided to say I Do:
Aubrey and George met online and, after a month of e-mail exchanges, decided to take a chance and meet in Boston, where they bonded over pizza in the North End. After four years of dating, they knew they had something very special. George surprised Aubrey while on vacation in Mexico with an engagement ring, and Aubrey was completely blown away.
We love the riotous colors that the Maine trees are still sporting at Aubrey and George’s wedding as well as the variations of plaids that the bridesmaids are rocking before donning their formal wear. The plaid is a nice fall take on the kimono-inspired silk robes of summer bridesmaids. And lastly, we couldn’t end this post without highlighting Nadra Photography’s stunning imagery. All of the photos turned out beautifully, but we’re especially head over heels for the range of tones that they hit in the black and white photos.
Congratulations to the happy couple and to all of the vendors who worked so hard to make this day come together! A huge thank you to Nadra Photography for sharing these with us!
Photography: Nadra Photography
Venue, planning, flowers, cake, catering: Migis Lodge
Music: The Bob Charest Band
Dress: found at Elizabeth Ann’s Bridal Boutique
Today we celebrate the idea of having your wedding at an art museum. It may seem like the idea of an art museum doesn’t gel easily with the rustic wedding theme, but we think there are some incredible opportunities for creativity when applying the rustic theme to an unconventional venue such as an art museum, especially if you lean a little towards a Boho vibe. Museums are not always the cheapest venues, though (often times the museum requires that you become a donor to the museum before you will be eligible to rent the space), so if a museum itself is out of your price range but you still crave being surrounded by vibrant art, consider reaching out to local galleries and art schools to see if they have a space that they are willing to consider renting out.
Below are some of our favorite art museums for rustic wedding in New England (that allow weddings, as not all museums do.):
The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum | Lincoln, MA
The deCordova is a legacy of a 19th century collector, Julian de Cordova, the son of a Jamaican merchant. During the early 1900s, de Cordova remodeled his house to look like a European manor. Despite his stately manor, de Cordova was a collector of modern and contemporary art and celebrated living artists. The museum continues its founder’s vision with an eclectic mix of artwork scattered upon its grounds and within its walls.
MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) | North Adams, MA
A converted factory, MASS MoCa retains a feeling of industry in its vast complex (it boasts over 20 buildings!, though not all are open to the public). It is home to one of the largest galleries in the world (it’s over the size of a football field), and because of this, it hosts some of the most unusual and massive exhibits in the country. Its expansive grounds give ample opportunity to host both the ceremony and reception onsite, and its ongoing 25-year Sol Lewitt installation is sure to provide some colorful and memorable photo backdrops. A big benefit of MASS MoCA is that they allow you to hold the actual ceremony in certain art galleries, such as the Sol Lewitt galleries.
Ogunquit Museum of American Art | Ogunquit, ME
The Ogunquit is the only museum in Maine devoted exclusively to the exhibition and preservation of American Art and is a true champion of Maine artists, both past and current. It has seaside gardens, a reflection pool, and is located right on the coast, making it a good fit for couples who desire a seaside ceremony.
Shelburne Museum | Shelburne, VT
Nestled in Vermont’s Lake Champion Valley, the Shelburne celebrates unconventional art and Americana, which is reflected in its unusual and eclectic building styles and event locations. You can even hold your reception in an old boat! The Shelburne is especially well known for folk art, decorative arts, and furniture from the 17th-20th centuries.
Photos from their respective museum websites.
Rinna and Rob tied knot on the banks of Toddy Pond in Surry, Maine, at a camp that Rob’s family had been going to since the ’70s. Rob proposed to Rinna on a tiny island in the middle of the pond after flying her to Maine as a surprise. Between that and Rob’s family connection to Toddy Pond, it seemed like an obvious choice for a ceremony site for their wedding.
How this couple met is pretty wonderful. In their own words:
We met while dining with her parents and dear family friend Paula at Rob’s restaurant, Marigold Kitchen. Rinna was eating what to this day is still her favorite dish, mac and cheese. She loved it so much that when their server asked how everything was she replied by saying “I will marry whoever made this dish!” Paula encouraged Rinna to leave her number for Rob. After much anticipation Rob finally called Rinna. It was an instant connection and they’ve been together ever since!
Too cute! Sounds like a tactic I might have to start trying out ;).
Congratulations to Rinna & Rob, and a huge thank you to emilie inc. for sharing these sweet photos!
Vendor Info: Photography: emilie inc. photography
Ceremony Music: Dave Mallett
Reception Music: Wavelength
Gown: Birhaum and Bullock
Paper Products: ForeverFiances
Caterer: Bianco’s Catering
Flowers And Event Decor: Island Flowers
Coordinator: Courtney Weaver, Take Off Events
Incandescent lightbulbs may be going out of style in the world of electrics, but the world of DIY and decor is happily embracing them instead! One of our favorite ways to repurpose burnt-out incandescent lightbulbs is as miniature terrariums. Use them as a DIY project for your bridal shower or as decoration for your rustic wedding (added bonus, they can double as wedding favors!). However you choose to use them, you can rest easy knowing that you’re doing you’re helping reduce landfill waste AND to bring more beauty to the world. It’s a win-win for sure.
Photo by Tiny Terra
What you’ll need to make this DIY project come to life:
-burnt-out incandescent lightbulbs
-bent-needle nose pliers
-small rocks, such as quartz
-small plants (such as miniature ferns or water plants)
Not quite ready to fly solo with the project? Here’s our pick for the best how-to on the ins and outs of making lightbulb terrariums:
Can’t see the video? Click here to see Etsy’s How-Tuesday video.
The idea of an outdoor wedding ceremony on a day when the high is expected to be 8 degrees Fahrenheit is ludicrous. Even slightly terrifying. But that didn’t deter Andrea and Greg at all. In fact, they laughed in the face of hypothermia. A lot. You had to in order to stay warm. The couple was determined to make their idea for an outdoor wedding during an Indiana winter work, and they brought out all the stops to make their crazy wedding idea enjoyable for their guests. They had a very (emphasis on the very) short ceremony, forewent chairs so that their guests could move around a little during the ceremony in order to stay warmer, and had four giant outdoor heaters for guests to huddle together under. After the ceremony, the couple rewarded all of their guests with generous helpings of comfort food in a cozy log cabin at the Elkins Resort. The very courageous Jerome Pollos braved the frigid cold that day to beautifully capture this adventurous couple’s special moments and share them with us today. Thank you, Jerome! To see more of his incredible pictures from this wedding and more, visit LulaWed. And major kudos to Indianians for having a can-do attitude. Did anyone else notice that the bridesmaids’ dresses are above the knee in below freezing weather?!?
Photography: Jerome Pollos Photography
Venue: Elkins Resort
Marie & Jon tied the knot at Marianmade Farm in Midcoast Maine earlier this year. Marianmade Farm is a working lavender and flower farm near Wiscasset, ME (you can see some of their floral designs in the photos below). The Farm boasts an events barn (also pictured below) that can hold up to 140 people comfortably and up to 200 with a tent, and it rents out the iron and wood tables shown in the reception photos. Elements of this wedding we’re especially digging include the simple birchwood altar, the bride’s beaded headband, and the crespedia billy ball and succulent boutonnieres. We’re also totally in love with the nostalgic, vintage style of their photographer Emily Delamater, and a huge thank you goes out to her for sharing these stunning images with us.
Emily also shared a few tidbits about the day:
I absolutely loved meeting and working with Marie and Jon. For their engagement session Jon took us to his family’s cabin on China Lake, and we went out in the Boston Whaler that had been restored by his grandfather and passed down to his Dad and then to him. It was a place so rich with memories and they were so comfortable and sweet with each other. I knew the wedding would have that same sincere heartfelt energy. Marie was possibly the most relaxed bride I have ever shot – she was gracious and also so calm and just seemed to let the day lovingly happen upon her. I loved the vibrant colors, moss and boho feel of the decor – it was such a great pairing with the natural blooms of Spring.
Best wishes, Marie & Jon! To see more images from this wedding, visit lulawed.com!
Venue: marianmade farm
Floral Design: marianmade farm
Event Planning: Diane York Events
October’s flower is marigold, and we’re totally crushing on it as the basis for a fall rustic wedding’s color palette. Marigolds actually come in a variety of colors including reds, brassy oranges and bright yellows, all of which are perfect for a fall rustic wedding. For October, though, we prefer its soft, warm orange tones, and for a rustic venue, we’d pair those oranges with some corals, coppers, and woodsy earth tones to bring out the natural feel of venue. We love the Boho vibe that you can achieve with marigolds by incorporating both metallic copper and bronzes into your wedding paired with more natural touches of wooden beads and whimsical, organic accents.
Tablesetting | Panacea Flowery via Lover.ly, Marigolds | Zelda Richardson on Flickr, DIY Marigold Pom Poms | Martha Stewart, Bouquet | Stacey Hedman Photography via Style Me Pretty, Ombre Dress | Jasmine Star, Boutonniere | Llanes Weddings via Style Me Pretty, Earrings | Sparrow Tale Design, Invitation | Rifle Paper Co. via Pinterest
Dominic & Elena were married last April in the austerely beautiful Central California countryside. Their photographer Becky Davis shares her recollections about the day:
Dominic + Elena’s wedding day brought together many loved ones and focused particularly on the special bond of family. The two were married on a beautiful summer day in Central California. Being an incredibly talented graphic designer, Elena set out to create a 100% DIY wedding with the help of friends and family, and I’ve never seen someone’s vision executed so beautifully. From handmade bridesmaid dresses and homemade wedding cake by the bride’s mother to custom invitations made by the bride herself, everything was completely unique to this wedding. Believe it or not, even the venue was constructed specifically for this ocassion! The bride’s family owns a ranch where the two were married and even the party favors were bags of pistachios grown and harvested on the family’s ranch. It doesn’t get more DIY than that!
Best of wishes, Dominic & Elena, and a huge thank you to Becky Davis Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos!
Photography: Becky Davis
Tables & Chairs: Expo Party Rentals
Flowers: Grower’s Box
Wedding Dress: French Knot Couture
Venue: Lovelace Ranch (family-owned)
Wedding Cake: Kathy Hess (mother-of-the-bride)
Fall is in the air, and much to the joy of all of us, it’s apple picking season! We couldn’t resist giving apples a celebratory nod by showcasing some of the cute and delectable ways they can be incorporated into a wedding. Or, if you’re really in love with apples (after all, there’s a lot to love about them. They have an amazing color palette, and they’re scrumptious and versatile in cooking and decor), you could even consider making an apple orchard the inspiration for your whole wedding theme (including having one be your venue! Can’t get much more rustic than that.). There are a lot of ways you can incorporate apples into your wedding, such as through their color scheme, as desserts like apple cider cupcakes, caramel apples or good ‘ole apple pie, and you can even use them in your bouquet or as part of your centerpieces.
Photos by: truck | Kellie Kano via Inspired by This, rose and ranunculus bouquet | Sami Jo Photography via Peter Loves Jane, apple cider cupcake | via Swanky Recipes, apple candle holders | via eHow, caramel apples | via The Perfect Palette, apple pie | Nessa K Photography via Ruffled, red skirt and lace top | Lindsey Orton via Pink Peonies, white peony and fall leaves bouquet | Jessica Peterson via The Sweetest Occasion, apple centerpiece | Green Apple Photography via Style Me Pretty
Lee & Chris married this fall at Hardy Farm, an adorable rustic venue located in Maine near the New Hampshire border. Hardy Farm recently added a woodland altar and a gigantic gorgeous tent (available May-October) that they fill with barn tables that Hardy Farm itself rents out. The couple created a really neat custom backdrop composed of picture frames and mirrors to go behind their sweetheart table. One of the best features of Hardy Farm is its rustic whitewashed barn, and Laura & Esteban most definitely made full use of it with a rocking dance party following their dinner in the tent. What a blast!
Congratulations to the happy couple, and a big thank you to emilie inc. photography for sharing these stunning photos!
Kamila & Zac tied the knot at the spectacular Mountain Mermaid B&B in Topanga Canyon, California. According to their photographer, Chaffin Cade:
The Mountain Mermaid is such a gorgeous venue. Beautiful views with an outdoor area for the ceremony, a pool for guests to hang around during cocktail hour, and a large villa for the reception. Kamila’s vintage-like lace gown, floral center pieces the couple made themselves, and gold detailed glasses they found at thrift shops were all right at home in the Topanga Canyon estate. Complete with bride and groom signature drinks, and hands down the best first dance we’ve ever seen, it was such a joy to capture this absolutely spectacular day!
We love the stunning succulent bouquets that are filled with unexpectedly vibrant colors, and we’re also digging the multi-colored DIY jenga set. Best of luck to Kamila & Zac, and a big thank you to Chaffin Cade Photography for sharing these whimsical photos!
Photography: Chaffin Cade Photography
Venue: Mermaid Mountain
Crystal & Roger said their vows at the Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA. The couple took full advantage of the expansive venue by opting for an outdoors wedding ceremony in front of the gazebo and then moving under Zukas’ huge tent (which fits up to 250 people!) for the reception. Heather Fuller Photography did a marvelous job of capturing Crystal & Roger’s silly and effusive personalities as well as providing us with great photos of details from the couples’ big day, including a thumbprint tree guestbook and using natural pine cones as place card holders. Simple, sweet, and wonderful.
I met up with Crystal at Comfort Inn in Sturbridge for some getting ready photos, then we all headed to Zukas for their outdoor wedding ceremony by the gazebo overlooking a wonderful view of the hill. They have 2 wonderful children and a close family. Roger’s sister was his Best Woman. Crystal made a lot of the decorations herself with a burlap and chalkboard rustic theme. Linda Mikklia created some wonderful centerpieces and floral arrangements with sunflowers and other yellow and green floral elements. DJ stormin Norman kept the party going well into the evening. It was a really fun wedding and this bridal party knows how to have a good time! Here are a few of my favorite images from the day.
Best wishes to the happy couple and a giant thank you to Heather Fuller Photography for sharing these beautiful photos!
Photography: Heather Fuller Photography
Venue & Caterer: Zukas Hilltop Barn
Tiffanie and Matthew met through mutual friends while attending college in Colorado. After dating for nearly three years, they started discussing possible wedding plans. Tiffanie had a dream to be married on the her family’s farm in Texas. In fact, it seemed she was set on it. During a visit to Tiffanie’s family in Texas, Matthew went to the family farm, and with some help from Tiffanie’s dad, Matthew proposed to Tiffanie on the farm, much to her surprise and delight! They decided to get married on the exact spot where Matthew had proposed!
The farm, located in Tennessee Colony, Texas, is a sprawling 90 acres of rolling hills, three ponds, a creek and a small cabin. The property has been in Tiffanie’s family for more than 100 years! The location of the wedding/proposal site was Tiffanie’s great great great grandparents homestead. Though the structure is no longer there, there are very old crepe myrtles, the homestead well site, and other trees her ancestors planted. They were married underneath these trees.
The couples says: