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Rustic Small Business Inspired Local Love Wedding

One thing we LOVE about Carrie & Steve’s Big Day? The fact that they used only their favorite local vendors. That’s right, it’s the ultimate small business lovefest and we’re smitten with every single second of it. Thanks to Whim Events, Mayflour Cake & ConfectionsGus And Ruby, Pretty Plum Sugar, Haute Bride, Jenny Yoo, White Dress By The Shore, and Jenny Moloney Photography this is one gallery you won’t want to miss. See it all in The Vault!

From the Bride… Steve and I met in AmeriCorps 8 years before tying the knot at the beautiful Barn at Gibbet Hill outside of Boston, MA. We built our relationship on the shared experience of traveling the country and volunteering together in small towns and cities across the country, learning to appreciate the beauty and character of the communities in which we worked and explored, as we got to know all of each other’s strengths, quirks, and goals.

When it came time to plan our wedding, Steve and I knew we wanted our day to feel really personal, special, and reflective of who we are and what’s important to us. Part of that meant choosing vendors and small businesses with whom we felt a true connection, who shared our values and heard our vision, and who could help us attend to the many details of our day. After scouring four states, we finally found our our farm-to-table, rustic-chic venue, the church, and the inn where we would get ready for our big day. We found comfort in knowing that all parts of our wedding would reflect what we had chosen together with the help of the WHIM team. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant and talented Natalie Pinney and her team at WHIM Events and Floral Design to help us with the planning, coordination, and event design for our big day. We drew inspiration from Pinterest to handcraft our Save the Dates, used Canva to create our ceremony programs, and worked with Gus & Ruby Letterpress to design the most gorgeous watercolor invitation suite. We searched for various Etsy artists to create a custom wedding stole to be worn by my brother/ceremony officiant, make personalized mugs, tote bags, and scarves for the bridesmaids, and create a photo charm for my bouquet in memory of my dad. Our hotel bags were designed by my sister/maid-of-honor, filled with treats and necessities, cookies made by my mother, popcorn from a vendor we met at our community farmer’s market, and stuffed by a team of aunts, uncles, cousins, and even my 95-year-old grandmother! Favors included beer we brewed a couple months before the wedding at Hopsters, coldbrew coffee made in our neighborhood, and local flowers and produce. Our cake was made on Boston’s North Shore by a one-woman-owned business, the day-of calligraphy and extras were crafted by area artists, and of course my gorgeous Modern Trousseau dress was custom made for me in my home state of Connecticut. Some of my favorite moments included having our ceremony officiated by my older brother, the trio sung by close family friends, the thoughtful toasts by my mom, sister, and brother-in-law, and dancing the night away to the incredibly talented band. Steve loved sharing our handwritten vows before friends and family, watching me ring the church bell at the end of our ceremony, and dancing with his mom to a duet sung by my sister and me. All of the fun was captured by the powerhouse husband-and-wife duo of Jenny Moloney Photography.

While it took many, many months, endless to-do lists, and some stressful nights to get everything done, it was well worth it to see everything come together just exactly the way we had imagined it.

From the Planner & Design Team… From the moment we met Carrie & Steve, we knew they were one of the most thoughtful couples we had ever worked with. These two are such kind-hearted folk, always putting others needs before their own. This was not only inspiring, but a true testament to how the couple met each other in AmeriCorps!

So, we were not surprised one bit when they mentioned one of their biggest wedding priorities (aside from creating a welcoming environment for guests) was to “shop small” – to support local businesses, artists, farmers and american-grown flowers for their wedding day. They were avid attenders of the Newport Folk festival, and hoped their wedding would host a similar vibe: organic, light, lively, sustainable, musical and welcoming. We instantly connected to this and worked with them to curate a wedding day full of “local love.”

Carrie and Steve chose our team for Full Planning & Design. While we helped them find their ideal vendors, they took careful consideration of who they felt a true connection with. It was a key part of the welcoming environment they wanted. When it came to design, the couple chose a blush and dusty gray color pallet, highlighted by small elements of gold, for a rustic yet refined look. And, Carrie’s love of dahlias became the frontrunner of every design aspect thereafter. She loved its organic nature, colors and texture. Throughout the design process, Carrie would even send us pictures of her favorite dahlias she came across at flower shops! We knew this vibrant little flower was going to make a big impact.

When choosing invitations, we worked with Portsmouth letterpress designer Gus & Ruby to create a custom watercolor letterpress invitation, highlighting the flower that Carrie loved so much. Each element, including the calligraphy and watercolor florals were hand-painted by artist Poppy & Scooter.and brought to life on paper. The vibe was organic yet elegant, and set the tone from the start.

On the wedding day, we aimed to keep the vibe earthy yet polished, understated yet well thought out. The tablescape featured simply ivory linens with a small hint of gold china for a graceful look. The water color menu (also created by Gus & Ruby and Poppy & Scooter) featured simple greenery that complimented the farm-to-table meal. And of course, the centerpieces designed by Moira Thompson from Whim Events featured local dinner plate dahlias, American-grown hydrangea, and local, seasonal blooms. Wood signage and day of paper featured more hand-painted floral design & calligraphy for an artistic touch.

One of our absolute favorite elements to dream up for Carrie and Steve’s day was the”Local Love” farm stand favor concept. For months, Carrie and our team could not decide on a gift to thank guests. Succulents? Local treats? Cold Brew? (their favorite thing to drink on lazy Sundays!). One day, we realized why we could not decide…because we did not have to pick just one! From there, the farm stand idea was created. We picked bunches of local flowers from Herritage Flowers, scored Cambridge Cold Brew, bundled native peaches and blueberries from Wilson Farm in Lexington, and added local beer brewed by the couple! It was a huge hit! And to be honest, we have never seen a favor table so empty as at the end of the evening. Guests were beaming ear to ear picking out their bounty.

While we handled much of the logistics and design, Carrie and Steve were not afraid to tackle DIY projects on their own as well. It was an important part of their creative planning together and helped keep their family and friends involved!

We loved being a part of their day. As a vendor, it truly felt like a wonderful community working together and giving back, while celebrating new journeys to come! Congratulations Carrie & Steve!

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Photography: Jenny Moloney Photography | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Wedding Cake: Mayflour Confections | Stationery: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Reception Venue: The Barn At Gibbet Hill | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Alexandra Dale Makeup Artistry | Hair: Caitlin Murphy Stylist | Band: Hip Pocket Orchestra | Favors: Local Flowers From Heritage Flowers | Favors: Wilson Farm | Favors: Cambridge Cold Brew | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Wedding Venue: John Gibbons of First Parish in Bedford | Bridal Bouquet Charm: Delaney Jewelry | Bridal Earrings: Haute Bride | Bridal Gown: Modern Trousseau | Bridal Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bridesmaid Shop: Flair Bridesmaid Boutique | Bridesmaid Tote Bags: Z Create Design | Bus: Able Limo | Ceremony Musicians: New England String Quartet | Cookie Bar Calligraphy: Extras By Alaina | Dress Shop: The White Dress by the shore | Escort Cards Calligraphy: Yennygrams | Planning + Design + Floral: Whim Events | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Ring Bearer Handmade Ties: Molli & Bean | Wood Signage + Calligraphy: Poppy And Scooter

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Rustic Summer Wedding at The Barn at Gibbet Hill

There is just something about barn weddings that I don’t think I’ll ever tire of. The combination of rustic and romantic, the relaxed elegance of it all – and the photos always come out beautifully! Case in point, this summer celebration captured by Deborah Zoe, where the Bride and Groom beamed and the whole day was a pure dream. See every second right this way!

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From Deborah Zoe Photography… RJ and Meredith are high school sweethearts who met in Spanish class over eight years ago. As Meredith describes it, RJ was the class clown who she wanted nothing to do with. But as soon as they started talking flirting, it was all over. They’ve been inseparable ever since!

When it came time to pick a venue for their wedding day, they knew the perfect spot, Gibbet Hill. Located in the town where they grew up and fell in love, it also had the approachable and rustic feel they were looking for. Meredith picked a delicate palette of creams to accent the day, including her amazingly beautiful ombre laced dress.

From the Bride… We searched near and far for the perfect elegant yet rustic venue. After months of looking without any luck, we realized nothing compared to Gibbet Hill in Groton, Massachusetts. Gibbet Hill is a restored barn that is located in our home town, where our love story began 10 years ago. While the venue is breathtaking, we especially loved that this venue was so close to home and our hearts.

The most special part of the day was being surrounded by our family and friends that have supported and loved us unconditionally. Having been together since high school, this wedding was a long time coming. The energy and excitement of our guests was palpable and we are so grateful for their love.

My goal was to incorporate details from my family members’ wedding days into my own wedding. I wore a family veil that my aunt first wore on her wedding day in 1978 and all my cousins have worn since. I also wore the pearls that my father gave to my mother on their wedding day. My most favorite decoration was a display I created with a picture of our grandparents and our parents on each of their wedding days.

My advice to brides planning their wedding day is “don’t sweat the small stuff.” At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is you are marrying your best friend and beginning your life together.” Enjoy every minute and take the time to soak it all in, it will be the best day of your life!

Photography: Deborah Zoe Photography | Floral Design: Les Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Konditor Meister | Stationery: Elli | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Makeup: Amanda McCarthy Beauty | Hair Stylist: Gina Joubert | Band: Men In Black | Groomsmen Attire: Perry Ellis | Officiant: Stoddard H. Melhado (JP) | Wedding Venue: The Barn At Gibbet Hill | Bridal Boutique: Modern Bride | Musician: Lizary Rodriguez | Veil: Family Heirloom

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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.  


 

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 Collection By Vivian Diamond | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jovani | Hair + Makeup: Danielle Keefe Artistry | Band: Now And Forevers | Bridal Gown: Paloma Blanca | Bridal Shoes: Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Robes: Silk And More | 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 | 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.

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 By Janis | DJ: Entertainment Concepts | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Wedding Dress Store: Flair Bridesmaid Boutique

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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 Ready Set Film?  Yes, please.

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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 Photography | Videographer: readyset[film] | Floral Design: Flourish - Kathryn Liebowitz | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Konditor Meister | Invitations: Happy Frog | Ceremony Venue: St. Catherine’s Roman Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Barn At Gibbet Hill | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Hair & Makeup: Special Event Beauty | Band: Wilson Stevens

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.


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 - Kathryn Liebowitz | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Wedding Cake: Konditor Meister | Invitations: Designed by Bride | Shoes: Vera Wang | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: Atmosphere Salon | DJ: Robert Guay | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Wedding Venue: The Barn At Gibbet Hill | Bridesmaids' Earrings: Kate Spade | Earrings: J.Crew

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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 Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jasmine Collection | Makeup: Amber Roma of Amage Beauty Studio, LLC | Hair: LiShay Hair Design | DJ: TSG Weddings | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: The Barn At Gibbet Hill

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The Barn at Gibbet Hill Wedding from Lexi Photography

We love a good barn wedding around these parts, but when that barn wedding is sprinkled with a whole lot of glam? Well that’s when you hit our wedding sweet spot. Think rolling country fields mixed with layers of Vera Wang ruffles. It’s a stunning barn setting with a chandelier  thrown in for good measure. It’s all around lovely, and it’s all waiting for you right here.

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From LexiKatie & Sean were married on a beautiful June day at the lovely Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Massachusetts. They kept to a vintage and elegant theme, with a nod to nesting, and all the details helped to bring this vision to life. Although the day called for thunderstorms Katie and Sean rocked their photos, despite the wind, and the bright but overcast skies added to a feeling of nostalgia. It was a perfect day for these two and I was honored to share in their day and capture their love.

Katie’s attention to detail was incredible with paper goods ranging from mad lib cards to keep her guests occupied to paper fan programs to keep them cool during the ceremony. The escort cards were antique keys with hangtags presented in frames. Keeping to her elegant vintage style Katie wore a beautiful Vera Wang gown complete with a 1920s style headpiece and carried a bouquet of perfect white peonies and garden ranunculus. Sean wore a three-piece grey and white striped J. Crew suit and his guys all wore vests and pants with black and white polka dot ties. The girls were in pale pink Monique Lhuillier dresses and carried garden inspired bouquets with pops of bright pink and coral. To bring in their nesting theme the guys had birds nest boutonnieres, the favors on the table were nests with chocolate eggs, and on top of their beautiful ruffled ombre cake were porcelain lovebirds. Katie and Sean beamed all day in their relaxed, elegant, vintage inspired day with a side of wayfarer fun!

Photography: Lexi Photography | Floral Design: Dogwood Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Cake: Konditor Meister | Invitations: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup: Tricia Utley | Hair: Axle Color Studio | Men's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: The Barn At Gibbet Hill | Headpiece: Doloris Petunia

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Gibbet Hill Wedding from White Loft Studio

In the unofficial Heidi fan club, we solidly rank as number one. Why? Because nothing gets our giddies going like a White Loft Studio wedding . And this Gibbet Hill affair is no exception. Layered with femininity and laced up in love, it’s an affair that’ll have your heart from the very get-go; I can promise you that. Petal Floral Design crafted up every perfect moment and there’s only one thing to expect in the full gallery — endless pretty.

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From the Bride…We both love the time of year, a fusion of the warmth of late summer and the essence of fall. Every part of the ceremony was so special, the beautiful flowers and decoration, the horns, my unveiling from the castle tower to the walk down and around with my father into the castle, the personal handwritten ceremony by a close friend, and the warm uniting of our families in front of a special group of family and friends all commenced a lovely union. We are who we are…so much of the wedding style and décor was just like us! Tim and I are very simple and classic.  From our home to our wedding venue the ambience shares basic rustic and earthy tones.  We even used some of our home décor create the atmosphere! With the help of Becca, we created a “well” theme that carried through the scape of the wedding.   The programs scripted “love well” across the top; specialty cocktails served in a mason jar were tied with a twine label that scrolled “drink well”; dining silver was also wrapped in twine that offered an “eat well” message; The Van Buren Boys played beneath a gold glitter tapestry of “dance well”; a “sit well” lettered burlap sign draped above the seating arrangement; and our sweetheart table chairs were adorned with too with a burlap sign lettered “live well!”

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Photography: White Loft Studio | Ceremony + Reception Location: Gibbet Hill | Floral Design + Decor: Becca, Petal Floral Design | Event Coordination: Sara Zambuto, Gibbet Hill | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Cake + Desserts: Veronica’s Sweet Cakes | Wedding Dress: Manhattan Bridal | Bride’s Necklace: Vintage | Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers | Flower Girl Dresses: Handmade, Kalli Alba Couture

The Barn at Gibbet Hill from Hello Love Photography

I love First Looks.  Love them.  So, when I read that this adorable bride and groom opted on a First Look at the high school where they met, I quickly decided that they were awesome.  I mean, how amazing is it to spend the morning of your wedding frolicking around the very place you fell in love?  Pretty, pretty fabulous.  And their wedding?  All kinds of crazy gorgeous with the sunniest of yellow hues, a yummy cake from Konditor Meister and one love-filled image after another captured by Hello Love Photography. See them all in the full gallery.

From the Groom… Inspiration for the day as far as the setting and vibe, I know Kristen really wanted a wedding in a Barn in VT, but we have such big families that are local to the Boston area, we worried that we wouldn’t get the turnout we wanted. When we found Gibbet Hill, Kristen fell in love with it immediately. She loved the look of a rustic/vintage weddings and how close the venue was to our families. I was excited about how good the food was. The music chosen was a lot of vintage soul and alternative stuff for cocktail hour and dinner which added to the vintage vibe.

For our first look, Kristen had the idea of going back to Central Catholic, where we first met, which turned out great because it was a little rainy that day. There were a ton of neat little photo opportunities in the Library, the classroom, the theatre and even the locker where we used to meet before and after school.

We choose St. Patricks Cathedral, because it was where Kristens parents got married. We tried to get as many people involved in the wedding day as possible. My cousins played the music for the ceremony, we had friends and family get involved in the wedding mass.

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Photography: Hello Love Photography | Venue + Catering: The Barn at Gibbet Hill | Floral Design: Flowers by Steve | Wedding + Bridesmaid Dresses: Pure Bliss | Invitations: Designed by the Groom, Printed by Gus & Ruby Letterpress Portsmouth, NH | Hair: Caitlin Riley at Bleu Tangerine Salon, Hampstead, NH | Make Up: Christina Gallardo | DJ: Nate Oinen, White Label DJ’s | Cake: Konditor Meister

Groton Wedding at The Barn at Gibbet Hill from Lindsay Madden Photography

This “accidental” December wedding from Lindsay Madden Photography has captured my heart in a serious sort of way. With a ceremony at Groton Public Library (their first ever!) and a country chic ceremony at The Barn at Gibbett Hill (one of my absolute faves!) this winter fête was filled to the brim with DIY touches and completely steal-worthy details. It’s a total swoon-fest in the full gallery, so be sure to take a peek!

From the Bride… Mike and I decided on a December wedding accidentally. A group of very close friends all got engaged soon after us, and as they set their dates, starting in August and leading up to November, we thought: winter wedding! We are so thrilled that we chose December, and once we did, my DIY mind went crazy! We had two main things we agreed we would focus on that would make our day special and unique to us. First and most importantly, we wanted great food, and second, we wanted a rustic, relaxed atmosphere. We started by picking our reception location. A friend of mine showed me a picture of Gibbet Hill Barn in Groton, Massachusetts, and I instantly fell in love and immediately sent a picture to Mike via text. He simply said, “Um…yes.” Our ceremony was held at The Groton Public Library, which was their first wedding! I was researching venues late at night when I came across a picture of the library and thought “Sex and the City,” country style. I contacted a woman named Owen at the library, and she explained that they had never done a wedding before but she would ask the trustees if it was a possibility. We discussed what rooms we thought could work for the ceremony, and a week later, I received an excited email from Owen that it was a go!

A lot of elements in our wedding were DIY because we wanted to add little touches that we knew could make it special. Our save-the-dates were our first DIY craft. Christmas glass ball ornaments with mini-mittens (cut out by the groom) with a little tag saying, “Lex and Mike a perfect pair.” Mike asked if the rest of the crafts could be on a smaller scale. I agreed that project was adorable but a little out of control! Eventually on our wedding day, I learned that some high school students had made ornaments for the Christmas tree in the library. They used pages from “Romeo and Juliet” to make paper ornaments. They were beautiful, and it touched my heart that they had made them with us in mind. We had our invitations printed, but we hand-folded and glued the inner lace envelopes. I got library cards from the public library and printed each guest’s formal name and their specific menu on it. We bought cups and drew chalkboard hearts on them for the favors and put the library cards in the cups at each seat. We gave each guest a piece of chalk so they could decorate their cup! We printed and assembled our programs. We used shiny silver paper and leftover lace from our invitations. We added a little bit of personality and humor to our programs because that’s who we are! We bought CD crates and stained them a darker brown and bought rolls of burlap for our welcome baskets. We added little New England touches such as Sam Adams beer and Cape Cod chips to them. For the table assignments, I found an old picture and frame in the basement of the school I teach at, spray painted it silver and covered it with chalkboard paint. As a personal touch, we decided we wanted the table assignments to be the names or nicknames we use with our family and friends. We had a sign for “Instagram” so our family and friends could upload pictures. This was a big hit, and we will forever have some amazing pictures.

I won my dress from a contest I entered on Nordstrom. It was a start-up dress line that was looking for real brides to “model” their dresses. I entered the contest online late one night. The next thing I knew I was a finalist and eventually modeled the dresses around NYC and picked one to wear to my wedding. The tulle on the dress made me think of ballerinas, and I love seeing ballerina’s with sweaters on in the winter. I decided I would try and find one to wear for my pictures. Our photographer, Lindsay, is a childhood friend I grew up swimming competitively with. I wanted her humor and her relaxed professionalism on my wedding day. I love, love, LOVE her work and knew that having her “picture” our special day would be amazing … and it was.

Wedding Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography / Second Shooter: Sasithon Photography / Ceremony: Groton Public Library in Groton, Massachusetts / Reception: The Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Massachusetts / Event Coordination: Laurel Events / Floral Design: Classic Flowers, Inc. / Wedding Cake: Konditor Meister / Wedding Invitations: AM Graphics / Entertainment: Moondance Productions / Bridal Preparation Location: Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center / Wedding Dress: L’atelier 36 / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bride’s Hair: Amy Dussault of Not So Plain Jane’s / Bride’s Makeup: The True You / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Vera Wang / Groomsmen’s Suits: J.Crew

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Groton Wedding at The Barn at Gibbet Hill from Bharat Parmar Photography

Winter weddings are definitely some of the most spectacular. Everywhere you turn, it seems the whole world has dressed up for the big occasion, as if it is trying to mirror the Bride’s radiance in lacy icicles and a shimmery white blanket of snow. And the wintry wonderland that is this wedding from Bharat Parmar Photography is the perfect illustration of such beauty. Amidst a gorgeous snowfall outside, The Barn at Gibbet Hill made great refuge for these guests with its warmth, rustic wooden interior and those wonderfully elegant chandeliers. Cozy up with the full wedding in the gallery right here.

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From the Bride… Dave and I met in middle school and have been best friends our whole life. We started dating in January our senior year of college, had our daughter Olivia in October of 2009, got engaged in January of 2010, and decided January 2011 would be the perfect time for our winter wedding! We fell in love with the idea of a barn wedding because of the natural character the barn has, and when we saw The Barn at Gibbet Hill, we knew it was the place we had always dreamed of. The ambiance and food made everyone feel right at home. We were lucky enough to have a snowstorm blow through days before the wedding, covering the entire field with fresh white powder, and minutes after our ceremony, a light snow sprinkled down, allowing our photographer to catch some amazing shots in the snow!  I always love the idea of a DIY project and created mostly everything in the wedding: the invitations, decor, table numbers, card holder, place cards, menu cards, candy/desert table, mason jar luminaries, etc. It has even sparked the creation of my business on Etsy

Wedding Photography: Bharat Parmar Photography / Wedding Venue: The Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Massachusetts / Floral Design: Andrea D’Amelio Floral Design / Cupcakes: Shabby Chic — A Sweets Boutique / DJ: Charles Mercer of Entertainment Specialists / Transportation: M & L Transit Systems / Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Nashua / Wedding Dress: Watters “Victoria” via Madeleine’s Daughter / Jewelry: Nordstrom / Hair: Carrie of Cassandra’s Salon / Makeup: Katrina Hess / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Betsey Johnson “Queen of Hearts”

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Groton Wedding at The Barn at Gibbet Hill from Tony Spinelli Photography

The Barn at Gibbet Hill and its beautiful grounds never, ever cease to amaze and captivate my wedding-loving heart. Every image of this wedding from Tony Spinelli Photography is great enough to sweep me off my feet and take me away from reality, straight to wedding paradise. There lives these two sweethearts and their perfectly rustic celebration complete with cascading layers of lovely from Paloma Blanca and the most charming of gift bags around. See all of the lovely in the gallery right here.

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From the Bride… Back when I first became engaged, I fell in love with the mason jar “theme.” I hadn’t seen it done all that much at that point and certainly within my family, we STRICTLY use mason jars for jarring tomato sauce and pickled foods. My parents were born in Italy, and once I shared my wedding details with them, they were a little confused… “You want to use mason jars for what, now?” Ever the rebel, I knew I picked a detail I could run with. I suppose the mason jars were the first detail I had in mind, and from there, the other things just fell into place.

Our venue was a natural choice for my husband, Steven, and I. We fell in love with the venue for its classic, rustic elegance. (Exposed beams? Done!) We knew for sure that we didn’t want a large room in a hotel, and while we would have loved to be married on a beach, most of the venues we looked at were large rooms part of hotels. We wanted the feel to be more intimate, relaxed and fun. The venue had been recommended to me by my sister’s friend when Steven and I first started dating. Being a natural planner, and knowing where our relationship was headed (I guessed right!), I bookmarked the venue page for a later date…

One of the best pieces of wedding planning advice I received was, “If you think of your guests first, they are sure to have a great time.” I thought about what I would like to see at the wedding and what makes a wedding memorable for me. To me, this meant allowing our guests to see a glimpse of who Steven and I are together, what we like to do, our spirit… A lot of my details were DIY projects and my inspiration largely came from Style Me Pretty! Looking at the weddings on this site made my jaw drop daily, and I knew I had some serious work to do for my own wedding! I am a graphic designer by day, which came in handy with my invitations and various other signage around the venue. Our table numbers or table “names” were various cities and countries we traveled to together over the course of our relationship; each frame included when we traveled there and “fun facts” about the area. I created various props on a stick for my guests, including your standard mustache, eyewear and pipes. This tied in nicely with the cigar roller we hired after dinner. Our mason jars were filled with our signature drink of prosecco, peach juice and mint — light enough to drink all night! Wedding madlibs were provided so guests could get silly (they are also SO funny to read when you get home!). Both of my grandparents have passed away, and in their honor I hung a fedora (which my grandfather always used to wear) tied with my grandmother’s scarf and hung it on a pew in church. The fedora was then brought with us to the reception, and I love all of the pictures of my family dancing in the fedora. They couldn’t physically be at the wedding, but were certainly there in spirit. Steven and I felt such an overwhelming sense of love the entire day. We were surrounded by people who love and care about us all smiling and having a great time, and I just don’t think there is a more important detail than that.

Wedding Photography: Tony Spinelli Photography / Wedding Venue: The Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Massachusetts / Floral Design: Flou(-e)r / DJ: Beat Train Productions / Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca (4150) / Hair: Philip Ciampa / Makeup: Naz Kupelian

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Barn at Gibbet Hill Wedding from AMW Studios

At SMP, we know just the right cure for the common Monday blues, and it comes in the form of this splendid wedding courtesy of AMW Studios. The sheer classic beauty (um, hello gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown) and flawless color palette are the perfect ingredients to create something so wonderfully traditional while still remaining modern in the most elegant of ways. Let’s be real – the ceremony at St. Joseph’s Chapel at Holy Cross with its jaw-dropping altar in blue and gold hues and the perfectly rustic and charming reception at The Barn at Gibbet Hill with its wagon-wheel adorableness and lofty ceilings have got me totally head-over-heels in love. Head on over to our gallery for your dose of Monday morning goodness, right here.

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From the Bride… Ivan and I met during our senior year at Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. After a few pub nights and games of thumb war (Ivan’s signature pick-up move), we became inseparable. Despite me moving to Manhattan after graduation and Ivan moving to Dallas for medical school, we stayed together, seeing one another about every six weeks based on Ivan’s exam schedule. Three years of long-distance passed before I made the move to Dallas to be with the man I loved. As a graduation gift from medical school, we went on a trip to Croatia, where a very nervous Ivan got down on one knee along the coast of the Adriatic Sea and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. We knew from the moment I said yes that we wanted be married at Holy Cross, where our love story began. Saint Joseph’s Chapel at Holy Cross is a truly stunning space, and The Barn at Gibbet Hill, where we held our reception, is such a unique, warm and quintessentially New England setting. Together they created the perfect blend of tradition, elegance, charm and whimsy that we were seeking for our big day. 

We wanted our wedding to be intimate and personal, and we knew that it would be the small and hand-crafted touches that would make the day so special: creating a custom map of the Holy Cross campus to enclose our invitations. Tying my father’s college ring into my bouquet (it’s blue!). Wearing my sister’s gorgeous veil as my something borrowed. Framed photographs of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day decorating the entrance to the reception. Our signature cocktails crafted with handmade Texas vodka. Cocktail straws with Cheers! flags written in the languages of our families – English, Croatian and Gaelic. Naming our tables after our favorite places. Jars of saltwater taffy in our color scheme. The bridesmaids’ bright yellow dresses (my favorite color) and a black version for our “groomswoman.” A clothesline of pictures of us with friends and family over the years. And who could forget the cows! One of my favorite memories of the day is taking pictures on the sprawling lawn at Gibbet Hill with the cows mooing at us in the background. 

We were so fortunate to have people we love play an integral part of the day, including Ivan’s favorite teacher from his Jesuit high school presiding over the ceremony and my college roommate singing a gorgeous rendition of our song, “Mellow Mood” by Bob Marley, with our band for our first dance. We are so grateful to the magnificently talented people who helped us create our perfect day. And it was absolutely perfect.

Wedding Photography: AMW Studios / Ceremony: St. Joseph’s Chapel at Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts / Reception: The Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Massachusetts / Floral Design: Faxon Green — Elegant Floral & Event Design / Wedding Cake: Konditor Meister / Wedding Invitations: Paper Source + InviteMe / Band: Search Party / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. / Hair: Lindsay Griffin / Makeup: Cynthia Klocek

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