Services Provided: Complete Planning and Event Design, Paper Goods, Day of Coordination
Event date: June 23, 2012
Doug and Kelsie wanted to plan a very intimate, detailed outdoor wedding, and decided to get married at Doug's aunt and uncle's maple syrup farm in New Hampshire, Sugar Hill Farm. Getting married at a family member's farm where they, along with many of their friends and family, had devoted time and energy to getting the space ready made it a very personal experience.
Sugar Hill Farm has several intimate gardens that flow naturally into one another - perfect spaces for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner. Once the barn was cleaned out and draped with curtains, strings of lights, and vintage-style chandeliers, it was the perfect place for dessert and dancing. They even found an antique cast iron stove in one of the rooms, which we incorporated in our display of tea cups for the coffee served with dessert.
Little did they know, the barn would also become the ceremony space. It started raining just before the ceremony was scheduled to start, and the couple was married in the middle of the barn instead. Luckily, the skies cleared during cocktail hour, and guests were able to wander and enjoy the gardens.
In styling the wedding, we were inspired by some of the rustic wedding trends, with our own personal touches. For place settings, we used a collection of mismatched antique china that has been passed from friend to friend - this was the fourth wedding in which the china was featured! Hand-picked flowers were arranged in a collection of vintage vases on burlap table runners.
We also picked a vintage-style font and incorporated soft, botanical images in our table numbers and programs. For escort cards, we used 16th century botanical illustrations and made personalized seed packets for each guest. The flower image on the seed packet corresponded with the botanical illustration on each table. Since Sugar Hill Farm makes maple syrup every winter, the favors were small bottles of syrup made from the sap of the surrounding maple trees!
Food was very important to Doug and Kelsie. We found a great caterer who specialized in locally sourced ingredients who was willing to do a vegetarian wedding. Kelsie really wanted the meal to feel like it would if you were coming to eat at their house, so it was all served family-style at each table. Doug and Kelsie homebrewed all the beers, and their two signature drinks (a rosemary and cucumber infused gin and tonic, and a French 75 with St. Germaine) were named after family members. And, as Kelsie doesn't love cake, her grandma (known in the family for her pie-making skills) made all of the pies from scratch!
Words of Advice from Kelsie & Doug:
The most important advice we can give couples planning an outdoor wedding is to never lose sight of what you're doing and why you're doing it. Remember: you're marrying the love of your life! If you spend your wedding day inconsolable because your perfectly styled ceremony garden is turning into a mud puddle, you might just miss your own wedding, and you'll regret that way more than you'll ever regret the fact that no one got to see your cute parasol display. Hopefully you get a beautiful, sunny day with perfect white clouds, but if you need to go to Plan B, go to Plan B with a smile. If you're radiating joy and love, your guests will see that and will also relax and enjoy themselves. We know this from experience: right before the ceremony was supposed to start, it rained. And I mean it poured. We rushed everyone to the barn and held the ceremony there. The beautifully landscaped gardens, all the details we thought would unfold according to plan - they all went right out the window. And it didn't matter one bit. Our guests bonded over the shared experience of braving the terrible weather, and we had people telling us all night that it was the best wedding they'd ever been to...or at least the most memorable!
Venue: Sugar Hill Farm, Antrim, New Hampshire
Event design and planning: Blue Jar Events
Catering: Inn and Out Hospitality, Denise Meadows
Photography: Dreamlove Photography
Pies: Made by Kelsie's grandmother
Flowers: Locally picked from Vera Flora Farm, NH
Kelsie's dress: Melissa Sweet Celerie (sample dress from Priscilla of Boston)
Kelsie's hair and makeup: Station 8 Salon, Jamaica Plain, MA