Harvard Wedding at Fruitlands Museum from Desjar Photography
February 27, 2013
New England
RusticWeddings in Historical Venues
I can't help but love a bride who describes her big day with so much kindness, grace and love. And although I know this couple only through these gorgeous images from Desjar Photography, it's clear that they were completely deserving of the beautiful wedding day crafted for them by New England Vintage and mStarr Event Styling + Design. See every last detail right here!
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From the Bride... I first met my (in-my-opinion-adorable) husband when a couple mutual friends decided to take our love lives into their own hands and set us up. “Why not?” I figured as I braved Boston’s cold winds to meet Pete for a drink. An hour later, it was clear I’d met someone pretty awesome. I’d never encountered anyone so open to an earnest discussion about the all-time best cereals or so indulgent in the face of admittedly too many “would-you-rather” questions. 

Three years later, Pete proposed to me in our bedroom with a ring he designed himself. “I wanted you to have a ring that no one else in the world had,” he would tell me later. The answer was easy. By then, “forever” was no stranger to our conversations. The hard part, now, would be to plan a wedding that reflected us, and our love. Our peaceful, natural, happy love.

And, to me, our wedding did just that. The Fruitlands Museum welcomed our guests with a clear, seventy-two degree day in late October. Jillian of New England Vintage Rentals (NEVR) and her assistant, Emily of mstarr event and design, had meticulously executed the site design. A lace canopy framed my entrance, mason jars with flowers lined the aisles, and guests sipped warm apple cider, as I walked down the grassy aisle to marry my Pete. Meanwhile, our band, the Now and the Forevers, strummed a guitar, making our big moment almost ethereal in its beautiful simplicity.

During the cocktail hour, guests roamed under café lights and found their place cards I had made a couple weeks before. Our wonderful photographers laughed with guests while capturing beautiful images of real smiles and genuine reactions. Within the reception tent, the tables held centerpieces incorporating my love of books and Pete’s love of cars. Our guest book took the form of an old drawer, filled with library cards awaiting guests’ well wishes.

Our band’s immense talent and charisma prompted guests to take over the dance floor before the first course had even ended. Guests paused their giggling and dancing only to take another, quick swig from a mason jar or to take another tasty bite of an apple cider doughnut.

During all my pre-wedding neuroses, everyone warned me, “Things will go wrong on your wedding day. You need to just ignore the hiccups and have a good time!” So, I woke up the morning of October 20th ready to smile through rain, toppled cake, red wine stains, family drama- you name it. But, they were wrong. To me, our wedding was perfect in every way, and it would not have been possible without all the amazing people that worked together to create such a blissful, happy day.


Wedding Photography: Desjar Photography / Second Photographer: Spotted Dog Photography / Wedding Venue: Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts / Event Styling + Floral Design: New England Vintage  + mStarr event styling + design / Catering: Fireside Catering  / Wedding Cake: Montilio's / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Wedding Stationery: mStarr event styling + design / Band: Now and the Forevers / Car Rental: Lynette's Limousine / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Engagement Ring: Mark Knipe Jewelers / Bride's Wedding Ring: Market Square Jewelers / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids' Attire: Von Vonni / Men's Attire: JoS. A. Bank / Hair: Wedding Tresses / Makeup: Zoe Loves Makeup / Rentals: New England Country Rentals