Have you been to a wedding with a Chinese Sky Lantern lighting? I haven’t, but it is officially on my bucket list. It’s so romantic, so gorgeous. And it makes for some really incredible pictures (like these from Birch Blaze Photography). The rest of this wedding is even more special than the lanterns, if you can believe it. Signature Events was behind all the gorgeous details, so obviously the gallery is one of the best you’ll see today!

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From the beautiful bride … When I think of our special day, a few words come to mind: Rustic, Chic, and Elegance. When looking at our photographs, you can’t help but notice how fun we had as a couple and how much fun our guests had on that hot summer day in August. The reception commenced at my parents’ home in Belmont, New Hampshire. A home I grew up going to during the summers and even winters with my family. This was the place I gained my love for nature and the outdoors. As a little girl, I always had the always pictured a backyard wedding… a dream that stuck with me as I got older. The rolling hills, vast green forest, numerous fresh water ponds, and mountain back drop, made this the perfect location for our wedding. Our love for the great outdoors and mountains was the inspiration for our Rustic Chic wedding.

The ceremony was held at Gilford Community Church – a quaint white church in Gilford, New Hampshire. I wanted to make the ceremony unique with our favorite poems as ceremony readings (one being from E.E. Cummings, ‘I carry your heart..’), Mason jars with wildflowers hanging by twine ribbons from the pews, and a lovely solo guitar playing my favorite Coldplay song as I walked down the aisle with my father. There was not a dry eye in the house.

The trolley then took us back to my parents’ house where we had cocktail hour and the backyard tented reception. All of the details of a rustic chic theme were eminent; wildflowers were used on all of the tables placed in birch wrapped buckets, to blend in with the natural setting. During cocktail hour, we had a steel drum playing to add a true ‘summer feel.’ Our signature drink, Vodka Lemonade, was a guest favorite! Each guest table was named after a mountain we’ve hiked in New Hampshire, I even wrote all of the table signs. (We are avid hikers and even got engaged on top of a Mountain!) Place cards were placed in a wooden box filled with moss that I designed and made my own special project. I even made the place card holders individually by cutting copper wire. Our escort card display was placed on a beautiful farm table, which was then transformed into our Pie table for dessert!

Some of my favorite details of the evening were the Chinese Sky Lanterns that I surprised my parents and wedding party with during the night. Seeing them go into the sky so just magical… my dad’s vintage Chevy truck was used as a photo prop and made for great photos with family and friends! We also used a vintage tandem bicycle to greet guests onto the property and then as a photo prop. I did not use any particular color scheme, as I wanted to blend in with the nature around us. I used burlap fabric for our table cloths and burlap ribbons around the birch wrapped tent poles. I also used recycled Kraft paper for the escort cards and wedding programs. Every single detail connected with the environment surrounding us.

Having a wedding at my parent’s home made the day so unique… I wanted our day to be unlike any other that a guest had attended, and I believe I achieved that. The pictures tell the story.

Photography: Birch Blaze Photography | Flowers: Lakes Region Floral Studio | Event Planning + Design: Amy Piper, Signature Events | Tents: Lakes Region Tent | Ceremony Location: Gilford Community Church, Gilford, NH | Reception Location: Private Home, Belmont, New Hampshire | Invitations: Paper and Lace Designs, Etsy | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm, Bella Bridal Salon | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: J.Crew | Men’s Fashion: Local Tux Shoppe | Earrings: Nadri | Bracelet: David Yurman

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