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Betsy and Nick planned a super fun, DIY wedding with plenty of color, handmade details, and sentimental touches at Lone Hawk Farm in Colorado. Their photographer, Megan Newton was on hand to capture the day, and we just absolutely adore the absolute joy you can feel in each image!

Wedding Blog Besty and Nicks Lone Hawk Farm Wedding

What made the wedding special and unique?

Colorado is known for its breath-taking mountains, beautiful farm land, and countless days of sunshine. For our special day, we really wanted to find a venue that would put all of that splendor into one evening for our wedding party and guests. Lone Hawk Farm fulfilled those needs. Having the Boulder Flatirons as our backdrop created the natural and authentic feel we desired. The horses grazing in the field beside us, and a beautiful barn created a rustic and chic atmosphere. I’ve always found myself torn between the city and countryside The charm of a country farm coupled with the elegant details met both of those places in my heart and made for the perfect combination.

Wedding Blog Besty and Nicks Lone Hawk Farm Wedding

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I found my dress at Blue Bridal in downtown Denver. I loved that the dress had an overarching classic look, but contained many small intricate details; the lace underlay on the bodice, the jeweled belt. I knew it was my dress from the moment I tried it on.

Wedding Blog Besty and Nicks Lone Hawk Farm Wedding
Wedding Blog Besty and Nicks Lone Hawk Farm Wedding
Wedding Blog Besty and Nicks Lone Hawk Farm Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

Photographs of Nick and I were scattered throughout the farm, showcasing our relationship and deeply-rooted love. We had elegant table settings with home-made jam in tiny jars for our guests’ dinner rolls. A beautiful backdrop made of sheets of music and coral paper surrounded our sweet-heart table adorned with monogramed champagne glasses and wooden “Mr.” and “Mrs.” signs. Our ceremony was officiated by my father, and we had family and friends from all over the county come to celebrate with us.

Wedding Blog Besty and Nicks Lone Hawk Farm Wedding
Wedding Blog Besty and Nicks Lone Hawk Farm Wedding
Wedding Blog Besty and Nicks Lone Hawk Farm Wedding
Wedding Blog Besty and Nicks Lone Hawk Farm Wedding
Wedding Blog Besty and Nicks Lone Hawk Farm Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Our ceremony was no-doubt, the most memorable part of the day. Those moments at the altar are some of my most cherish memories. Peach, coral and blush flower arrangements hung from the tree above us, as we gave our vows. We said “I do” surrounded by those we love, a beautiful backdrop of groves of trees, rolling hills, and the Rocky Mountains. Our closest friends stood beside us as we prayed and took communion. It was the perfect way to start my life with Nick. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Wedding Blog Besty and Nicks Lone Hawk Farm Wedding
Wedding Blog Besty and Nicks Lone Hawk Farm Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Our love story actually began twenty-some years ago. Our families were friends, and most Friday nights were spent together. And yet, although we knew each other, Nick and I would have never guessed that one day we’d be husband and wife. We always viewed one other just as “close family friends”. It wasn’t until after college when that changed. I remember seeing Nick one Sunday at church, and something was different. He was no longer the young boy I grew up with. Later, Nick told me he had the same feeling. We both sensed something special in the other person, and saw a future. Since that Sunday, we’ve been inseparable.

Nick wanted the proposal to be a complete surprise – so he arranged one of my girlfriends to ask Nick and me to go to a restaurant with her and our other friend (which is now her Fiancé!). We met them for a casual dinner at a local pizza place. While the pizza is one-of-a-kind delicious, there was nothing out of the ordinary about the evening. In the middle of dinner, Josh (our friend) mentioned that he would like to take a trip to Daniels Park to reminisce about the first time we hung out the previous summer. We got into our cars and drove to the nearby park. As Nick and I got out of the car, Josh made an excuse to stay behind with Sara.

Nick led me through rocky boulders to the very spot we hung out the first time. He then started to pray with me, got down on one knee and proposed. Meanwhile Josh, who is a photographer, captured the whole proposal. Every time I look at those pictures I get goose bumps.

Wedding Blog Besty and Nicks Lone Hawk Farm Wedding

Vendors: Photography: Megan Newton Photography // Dress designer/maker: Jim Hjelm Blush // Dress shop: Blue Bridal // Shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson // Bridesmaid dresses: Love Lane Purchased at Bella Bridesmaid // Florist: Cori Cook Floral Design // Cake Designer: The Makery // Wedding Planner/Coordinator: The Bride // Venue: Lone Hawk Farm // Print (Invitations, Table Numbers, Signs, Programs, etc.): Jen Rezac

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Molly and Travis planned an incredibly intimate wedding for their closest 37 friends and family members last spring at Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary. The day was as gorgeous as it was intimate, and we seriously are DYING over all the details put together by event designer and stylist, Lauren Wells Events along with floral designer Bow Street Flowers and calligrapher Anne Robin. Seriously, we are pinching ourselves that we have the honor of sharing these BEAUTIFUL images by Fat Orange Cat Studio.

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Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding

What made the wedding special and unique?

We narrowed our guest list down to 37 people so we were able to keep it a small, intimate, and incredibly personal event. Food is a very important piece of our lives and with the small guest list we were able to have a four-course tasting menu with wine pairings along with our cake.

Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

It is a strapless Augusta Jones tiered lace gown with a sash tied with a large bow in the back. It was the first dress I tried on at Allegria Bridal in Belmont as I was just browsing with my mother. I tried it on and it fit my personality perfectly, we both knew it was the one for me so we cancelled all future appointments and ordered it right on the spot.

Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

We both love nature and it was important to us that the ceremony and reception be held outside, despite the fact that the day turned out to be a bit cold and the wild became wild as the day went on. Every aspect of our wedding was personal to us, from the lavender toss, to the wine pairings primarily from the region of France where we were to go on our honeymoon, to the almond chocolate cake, everything represented us to a tee.

Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was definitely walking down the aisle and seeing him at the end. After 6 1/2 years together, I figured I would not be overly emotional and would be able to remain level-headed and calm, but once I got to the end I couldn’t help but become a bit teary eyed and overwhelmed with excitement.

Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding

 

Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in college while I was a freshman and he was a sophomore. After 6 1/2 years of dating, he surprised me with a one-night trip to Portland, Maine, where he knew I had never been before. He brought me (and our dog) to the Portland Head Light (as he knows I love lighthouses), found a secluded spot, and proposed!

Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding

 

Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding
Wedding Blog Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding

Vendors: Photography: Fat Orange Cat Studio // Event Design + Styling: Lauren Wells Events // Venue: Mass Audubon Habitat & Wildlife Sanctuary, Belmont, MA // Catering: Seasons to Taste // Coordination: Wendy Harrop // Cake: Mayflour Confections // Calligraphy: Anne Robin Calligraphy // Flowers: Bow Street Flowers

Shayna and Gregory were inspired by the bride’s love for French style, so their New England wedding combined their local region with plenty of elegant details–like the bride’s French lace gown! We absolutely adore all the fun this couple had at their family oriented celebration, and can’t get enough of the images by Corinna Raznikov Photography. We know you are going to LOVE.

Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
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What made the wedding special and unique?

The round hay bales and VW Beetle were especially unique, but the bride’s lovely French style was so refreshing for a New England wedding. The vast majority of the bridal party included the bride’s siblings (1 brother and 6 sisters), all from the same two loving and supportive parents.

Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

The bride found her wedding gown at L’Elite Boutique in Boston, MA. Living in DC at the time, the bride traveled to MA for one weekend to start her search. Coincidentally, there was a Reem Acra trunk show that same weekend showcasing the newest styles not currently in stores. While trying on several gowns, she spotted her soon-to-be gown on another bride and knew right then that she had to try it on. The unique French lace matched so perfectly with the French-style New England summer wedding.

Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

The bride and groom read their vows to each other separately before the ceremony, just after their first sight and it was very touching. The chuppah, which the bride and groom were married under, was constructed from birch trees found around the venue (the bride’s family residence) and was put together by the groom as a symbol of providing shelter and support for their growing family.

Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was the anticipation and build up just before the “first sight.” It was a surreal and perfect moment that could never be replicated. The bride and groom were surrounded by everyone they loved in a serene and peaceful oasis before the full event went underway. Corinna impeccably documented that feeling with our gorgeous family shots surrounding the antique French settee tucked into the woods just along the bay.

But the wedding day went by in a flash! The bride and groom were able to extend their wedding a bit further with a “day after shoot,” which allowed them time for just the two of them all while documenting the occasion in a relaxed and comfortable setting.

Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

The bride and groom met during orientation before freshman year of college, it was one of those “saw her from across the room” moments.

The groom proposed on the first night of their 5-year anniversary vacation in Antigua. He planned to propose with his mother’s ring on the second night of the trip, but upon arrival, he just couldn’t wait. On a desolate beach, he proposed under the multitude of Caribbean stars.

Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding

Vendors: Photography: Corinna Raznikov Photography // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amanda Urprichard // Wedding Dress: Reem Acra // Calligrapher: Honey Honey Calligrapher // Band: Ripcord // Table Numbers: Paper Tangent // Catering: Harriett’s Catering // Florist: Sayles Livingston Flowers // Tent: Chase Canopy Company

It’s no secret that we’ve got a MAJOR obsessions with florals, so when you combine an explosion of botanical beauty by Floral Verde with photography and styling by Lexi Vornberg, it’s an incredibly irresistible feature!

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Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette

Vendors: Photography & Stylist: Lexi Vornberg // MUA: Kelly Ledford of Cincimakeup // Calligraphy: Signora e Mare // Gowns: Lace Bridal Couture // Florals: Floral Verde // Hair: Colleen Herman & her assistants Emma Maue & Jesse Gray of Coco Creative Wellness // Model: Sarah Dewald

Sarah and Vinnnie have an incredibly special love story that began before they were even born–the mothers of the bride and groom went to the same high school in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Naturally, with a love story that somehow started before they were both even born, the locale was a historic place to pick for the two to share their nuptials. We are absolutely enamored with their gorgeous, classic wedding shot by Benjamin and Elise.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The wedding was held at Black Barn Vineyard in Havelock North, Hawkes Bay. It was the perfect summer’s evening; warm and calm, with the most serene golden light. Most of our guests had traveled from other cities in New Zealand, and in some cases, overseas to celebrate the day with us.

Our families both come from Hawkes Bay – our mothers went to the same high school. Hawkes Bay is where our story began – it represents family and a unique history. I got ready in historic Rush Cottage with just my sisters and parents, surrounded by photos of my grandparents on their wedding days, and Vinnie’s family too. We feel so blessed to come from such a strong family and a lot of this comes back to Hawkes Bay. It meant the world to us to have the people we love most in all the world gathered in our special place.

Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding

Tell us about your dress and where/how you found it.

My dress was from Rue de Seine. It was the first bridal boutique I went to and only the third dress I tried on. My mother picked it out. I fell in love with the dress the moment I put it on. I loved the romance of the lace and the soft bohemian kaftan style. I added a classical touch with a Jenny Packham crystal comb in my hair.

Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

My aunty Elsie is an Opera singer in Wellington and she did us the honour of singing as I walked down the aisle and again as we signed the register. She sung the Italian song ‘O Sole Mio’, a nod to Vinnie’s Italian heritage and his remarkable Nona.

I also carried with me a blue ribbon that my Grandma had found for me that morning, and a very delicate handkerchief that my Nana had given my aunty Ainslie on her wedding day. My mother and grandmother were adamant I carry something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. I had not planned on following this tradition but it all came together on the morning of the wedding and I somehow ended up with all the pieces I needed.

Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

We had photos taken just after the ceremony, before we went in for the reception. It was early evening and we were standing in the vines in beautiful soft light. It was such a peaceful quiet moment and we were able to breathe deeply and really take in the day.

Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Vinnie proposed on Christmas Eve. We had just finished watching The Grinch Who Stole Christmas – a tradition in our house – when he began to recite a poem he had written in the style of Dr Seuss. He proposed at the end of the poem on bended knee and we celebrated with champagne as Christmas Eve became Christmas Day.

Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding

Sarah and Vinnie’s Wedding from Side Project on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Benjamin and Elise // Videographer: Ben Journee – Side Project // Cake: Sweet Bites Cakes // Florist: Debbie Nott // Stationery: Wendy Maree Collection // Ceremony Venue: Black Barn Vineyard // Reception Venue: Black Barn Bistro // Dress Designer: Rue de Seine // Shoes: Diane Von Furstenberg // Jewelry: Headpiece by Jenny Packham, Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane // Hair: Zoe Dudding // Bridesmaids Dresses: Frantisek Riha // Grooms Attire: Suit and shoes by Working Style and bow tie by Marcs // Celebrant: Nicola Nicholson