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Whimsical Barn Wedding at Gibbet Hill

One evergreen piece of advice I read over and over is to know your priorities. Really reflect, choose, commit. For this pair, number one was passionate vendors and yummy, locally sourced, food (I mean, the bride founded Nella Pasta). The result, besides total bliss, was one pretty-as-can-be rustic dream wedding, thanks to help from Mstarr Event Design and Megan Braemore Photography‘s lens. See it all here.  


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From the Bride… Jordan and I met during our freshman year of high school and instantly formed a friendship. After 14 years filled with on and off romance, and one adorable puppy later, we finally decided to tie the knot!

We instantly fell in love with The Barn at Gibbet Hill. We wanted a rustic and romantic wedding that truly captured our love story. We always envisioned an outdoor ceremony with an indoor reception at the same location. It had the rustic New England charm we were looking for complete with castle ruins, a rolling countryside and an elegant barn. Most importantly, we wanted a sustainable meal sourced with local and seasonal ingredients. Overall, our goal was to have a truly unforgettable wedding not only for ourselves but for all our family and friends.

We truly enjoyed the wedding planning process. We did a lot of online research to pick our vendors and logged some serious hours on our iPad’s! After scouring websites, blogs, and reviews I knew I wanted a team with a similar entrepreneurial spirit to myself. I started my own food company, Nella Pasta, 5 years ago and I understand the passion it takes to pursue your dream. It was important to us that each of our vendors loved what they did and were actively pursuing their passion because it only makes the end product that much more special. In the end, it was exactly that. Each vendor played a key role in the success of the day bringing their true talents to make our day perfect! We are so thankful for each of them.

With such a beautiful backdrop, we decided to keep our color palette light and neutral with slight pops of color. We wanted a truly romantic and rustic touch so the centerpieces alternated between tiered candles on gold rustic wood and stunning florals. When it was time for the ceremony, the guests were shuttled up to the top of the hill and enjoyed wooden signs we had placed along the ride up with cute sayings that read one thing on the way up and something else on the way down.

We wanted to keep some things traditional so we did not do a first look. Instead, we embraced the anticipation of seeing one another for the first time as I walked down the aisle. We built up the moment not only for ourselves but for all our family and friends. Our bridal party consisted of our closest family and friends from childhood, high school, college, our siblings, and even my mother who stood as my matron of honor. I was a flower girl in my parents wedding so I knew I wanted my mom to also play dual roles in my wedding and stand proudly by my side.

The morning of the wedding, the girls and I enjoyed a mimosa bar and delicious breakfast treats, and we sipped and snacked while getting our hair and makeup done. The boys had it easy by playing 9 holes at a local golf course in Groton!

My advice to all is to just enjoy the process and have fun with it! And of course, take in every second of your wedding day because it goes by quick. But if you have a great team to document the day, it will always be unforgettable!

From Mstarr Event Design… I had been itching for some clients to get married at The Barn at Gibbet Hill. Enter the super sweet Rachel and Jordan who have actually known each other since high school. Rachel is the owner of Nella Pasta, makers of (yummy!) pasta using local and seasonal ingredients so we knew that organic elements would be a major component on the design front. Among other details, that translated to herb escort cards and favors (grown locally by one of Rachel’s colleagues), one heck of a head table with a barn board top  and a lush floral runner, sage accents at the place settings, and reclaimed wood and  candle centerpieces on half of the guest tables.

Gibbet Hill is a truly idyllic setting, particularly its grounds. Rachel and Jordan chose to do the ceremony in the ruins of General William Bancroft’s castle. not everyone chooses this spot, and while it requires transportation for guests (provided by the venue, of course!), let me tell you…it. is. worth. it. You’re transported to what feels like the Irish countryside and that drive up and down the hill was complete with grazing cows brought in specifically for the ceremony and custom wood signs Rachel commissioned from a vendor on Etsy.

We kept the decor simple,  enhancing all that the venue, and time of year, had to offer. My most favorite being were the terra cotta pots for the herbs that we gold leafed. Everything is better with gold, no?

Photography: Megan Braemore Photography | Videography: Chris Walsh Productions | Floral Design: Petal Floral Design | Invitations: Studio Slomo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jovani | Band: Now And Forevers | Bridal Gown: Paloma Blanca | Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Robes: Silk And More On Etsy | Ceremony + Reception: The Barn At Gibbet Hill | Design, Styling + Day-of Paper Goodies: Mstarr Event Design | Escort Card + Mr & Mrs Wood Sign Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Escort Card Tags: Tasteful Tatters | Hair + Makeup: Danielle Keefe Artistry | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Wood Signage: Rak Design On Etsy

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Barn At Gibbet Hill Wedding

What do you get when you combine the breathtaking locale known as The Barn At Gibbet Hill with one gorgeous + crafty bride-to-be?  Some serious pretty.  Pretty that is dripping in fabulous DIY details (I’m looking at you chalkboards, table runners and invites), rustic meets elegant stylings and a whole lot of magical moments captured by Lindsay Flanagan Photography.  See them all here.

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From Lindsay Flanagan Photography… Leah and Kevin added some charming touches to their day, including the bride’s Mother’s necklace fastened to the bouquet, homemade jam from The Barn at Gibbet Hill as favors, and a candy bar at the end of the night. The bride and her mother collected all of the centerpiece vases from farm stands and antique shops. The bride also created the chalkboards, the table runners and even the invitations!

Photographer: Lindsay Flanagan Photography | Florist: Floral Arts (Mike Spano) | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Wedding Cake: Konditor Meister | Ceremony Venue: The Barn At Gibbet Hill | Reception Venue: The Barn At Gibbet Hill | Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew | Makeup Artist: Beautiful Faces (Alison Melkonian) | DJ: Entertainment Concepts | Groom's Suit: J. Crew | Wedding Dress Store: Flair Bridal

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Groton Wedding at The Barn At Gibbet Hill

It’s a well-known fact that The Barn At Gibbet Hill is a magical place where adorable duos go to tie the knot; a place where classic details and rustic elements join forces to create some of the prettiest days you’ll ever see.  And when it’s a drop-dead gorgeous affair like this one captured by Ruth Eileen, well… happy, happy Friday.  See every beautiful moment right here in the full gallery.

And a gorgeous film from Jeff Brouillet Films?  Yes, please.

From the Bride… There were a few big things that Justin and I knew we wanted for our wedding. We knew we wanted it to be a great celebration – a wonderfully fun day for all of our guests. And to do that, we knew we had to have a great venue, delicious food, a lively band and of course open bar, so those were the major items on our “must-have” list. We were fortunate to get all of them!

With the big items secured, it was easier to focus on all the details and with a 14-month long engagement there was plenty of time to do that. To me, the details really mattered so I obsessed over them to the point where sometimes I thought I was overdoing it – but in the end, they all added up to a beautiful day!

My mom was such a champion for our big day and spent hours talking and planning over all the tiny details. I wanted it to feel really personal so a lot of them were homemade and special to us. I had my grandmother’s thimble in my bouquet (she was a seamstress) as she was the one who introduced us. And the favors were tiny jars of jam made by my aunt and her daughter-in-law. My mom and I spent a week with them at their home in NC finishing up the jars by tying little scraps of fabric on with twine and adding the “CJ” label. While there, we also purchased a large role of burlap that my aunt then made into long table runners for the round reception tables. We started collecting the little glass jars at various spots and even found an old wooden crate we could use to stack the jams.

The creativity didn’t stop when we returned home to Boston and we spent every weekend combing through craft stores and antique shops collecting all of the essential details that comprised our day.

Justin and I were very happy with the way the day came together and felt that it was as near perfect as it could possibly be. People always say it’s the best day of your life and for us, it truly was. We were surrounded by all of the people we love most in the world in a beautiful setting as we committed ourselves to one another for life – there isn’t anything better than that!

Photography: Ruth Eileen | Videographer: Jeff Brouillet Films | Floral Design: Flourish | Wedding Dress: Wtoo | Cake: Konditor Meister | Invitations: Happy Frog | Ceremony Venue: St. Catherine’s Roman Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Barn At Gibbet Hill | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Wtoo | Hair & Makeup: Special Event Beauty
 | Band: Wilson Stevens Productions

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Whimsical Massachusetts Farm Wedding from Iris and Light

Barn weddings might bring visions of a more rustic fête, but you know what I love? I love when Brides sprinkle in a little glamour and add a touch of elegance just for good measure. Because the result is always a wedding that makes my jaw drop right to my desk, and there is nothing I love more than that. Take this Gibbet Hill captured by Iris and Light for instance, it’s the perfect marriage of rustic and elegance, and it’s the definition of lovely. See it all here.

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From the Bride… Gary and I met on my first day at work, at a small advertising agency in Boston. Two months later we went on our first date, and less than a year after that we were engaged. We had a year and a half engagement, which gave us plenty of time to plan the wedding of our dreams without much stress. We knew that we wanted a different venue, something more laid back and rustic. As soon as we stepped foot into The Barn at Gibbet Hill, we knew it was the perfect place. Rustic meets elegant. My dress came next – billowy and romantic – I fell in love with it immediately. With our rustic venue, and my romantic dress, we had the mood and theme for our wedding. We decided on peaches, blush pinks, gold and sage green to complement the warm wood textures of the venue. Pinwheels and fans and cows (oh my!) added the whimsy that really represented our personalities.

As an art director and graphic designer, I really wanted to be hands on with the design of our wedding. From the save the dates, to the invitations, to the menus and programs, I designed all of the pieces of our wedding. I wanted to give it a whimsical rustic look to tie into our theme. I created little tags that I tied with peach bakers twine to bubbles, and we placed them on each of the guests’ seats for the ceremony. The favors were little muslin bags with hot air balloons or Chinese lanterns imprinted on them, and filled with cow tails candy. We had the most fun creating our cake topper – the little flags that we arched over two kissing cows.

I was never that girl who already had her entire wedding planned before even being engaged. But the one thing that I did know was my photographer. John from Iris and Light is a very old friend, and I always knew that I wanted him to photograph my wedding. Iris and Light’s photography is absolutely stunning, and so we flew them out from Los Angeles for the big day. We couldn’t have been happier with how the photos turned out. They perfectly captured every emotion of every moment that day. Absolutely priceless.

Photography: Iris and LIght | Floral Design: Flourish | Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang | Wedding Cake: Konditor Meister | Invitations: Designed by Bride | Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | DJ: Robert Guay | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Earrings: Kate Spade | Earrings: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: Atmosphere Salon | Wedding Venue: The Barn At Gibbet Hill

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DIY Inspired Wedding in Groton Massachusetts from Julie Surette Photography

New England barn weddings are special. They are cozy and charming, elegant and casual all in the same breath. This pretty at The Barn At Gibbet Hill is the perfect example of why such a soiree will never grown old. Every image from Julie Surette Photography makes me fall in love with barn weddings all over again, and you can see why right here.

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From the Bride… Norm and I happened upon our wedding venue by total accident! We were traveling around Massachusetts one Saturday, hopping from venue to venue when we passed by The Barn at Gibbet Hill. I was first to notice the actual Barn, Norm was focused on the restaurant (Gibbet Hill Grill) that sits a few feet away. As soon as we entered into the barn we were in love. The cathedral ceilings with exposed beams and hanging iron chandeliers took our breath away. This was where we were going to become husband and wife. Also, The Barns farm to fork method of service was a perfect match to our love of good eats.

The Barn was rustic, warm, relaxed and gave us a clear vision of how we wanted the day to look, feel, and flow. Not wanting to distract from our surroundings, much of the color palette was soft with a vintage/chic feel. The exception being my bridesmaid dresses which were a poppy red. The color red signifies good luck in Chinese culture and was an important piece to include. Red was also incorporated into the bouquets and boutonnieres for an extra pop of color.

Being a big fan of DIY projects, and admittedly being a bit OCD, most of the wedding was created in house. The centerpieces were the first DIY project to tackle. I am extremely lucky that my sister, and amazing MOH, loves to collect glass. Over the past few years she has collected an amazing assortment of vintage glass mason jars, vases, milk containers, bowls, and decanters that we used to create eclectic centerpieces. I placed burlap circles underneath and wrapped the glass in lace, burlap, ribbon, and cloth flower accents. Dried split peas were a last minute addition to give some color and texture.

Other DIY projects included the invitations, programs, card/gift box, guest book, donation cards, and ceremony decorations. There is something really special about putting in your own design on such an important day. Everything was much more meaningful knowing the love, sweat, and tears (only a few!) that had gone into making our day absolutely perfect.

The entire wedding, from ceremony to reception, was laid back, full of laughs, and filled with our most cherished family and friends. It was important for Norm and I to honor both of our families so our ceremony was officiated by an Episcopal priest (a nod to my religion) and was followed by a private Tea Ceremony with Norm’s family, something very special in the Chinese culture.

Watching our two families intertwine so seamlessly was an amazing experience, and one we will never forget. That night, we danced, drank, ate (and ate, and ate) and celebrated the start to our biggest adventure yet!

Photography: Julie Surette Photography | Floral Design: Floral Notes | Wedding Dress: Allure | Bridesmaids' Dresses: B2 by Jasmine | Makeup: Amber Roma of Amage Beauty Studio, LLC | Hair: LiShay Hair Design | DJ: Sam Lurie of TSG Weddings | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang for Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: The Barn At Gibbet Hill