Rustic September Wedding at Maplewood Farm :: Private Family Farm with a Beautiful Hilltop Ceremony :: Lizzie and Eric

Thinking about what to write here about Lizzie and Eric's wedding day is actually a bit of an overwhelming moment for me. These two had such a fun, unique wedding celebration and there's just so many details and so many moments that are worth sharing.. where do you even begin?

Lizzie and Eric really have a laid back warm nature and you can tell that they really value living in the moment together. Their way of planning and playing with wedding traditions, to truly make them their own, made so much of their wedding really unique and beautiful. It was something you could see at the very start of the day when they opted not to have any kind of formal first look but instead start the day with a champagne toast together with their wedding party and families. And their wedding venue.. Maplewood Farm is the home that Lizzie grew up in. It's easy to say that getting ready in her childhood home, having a hilltop ceremony overlooking the property, and celebrating in a tent set between the house and barn added to how meaningful the day was. 

The styling, some of which you can see below, was elegant while also speaking to who they are as a couple, from the books (each meaningful) that marked the tables at the reception to what their wedding party wore (a color palette focused on blue and green, think 'earthy elegant', that each person kept in mind while getting to choose their own outfit and style). The florals were wild yet composed and there were flower crowns of baby's breath for each of the ladies. These two even forged each other's wedding bands! They worked on them with  Stephanie of With These Rings and each crafted a ring with the other in mind.. the design incorporating engraving or texture to communicate extra meaning.

There were also some really unforgettable moment that I have been so excited to share! In the field beside their ceremony site a little after they got to say 'I do', their wedding party held hands and danced around the newly weds. I realize that it sounds a little corny, but they were all in on that, embracing the silliness, and it was so much such fun! Just check out the huge, smiles on Lizzie and Eric's faces below! This was a first for me and now I hope that it isn't a last. Another standout of the day was during the toasts at the end of dinner. Lizzie's brother and sister shared some stories, some truly touching words, followed by an amazingly funny video (think a montage of singing/dancing) that had the entire tent laughing and crying. But that wasn't it. They ended it with, what would most accurately be described as, a flash mob. They started dancing and then other guests joined in, only a couple at first and then it slowly built until the dance floor was full, in a choreographed dance for the bride and groom!

What a fun, memorable celebration! Congratulations again Lizzie and Eric!

Wedding Ceremony and Reception at Maplewood Farm, the Bride's Family Farm
Florist: Barry Webber
Band for Reception: Silver Arrow Band
Caterer: The Old Inn on the Green
Rentals (Tent, tables, benches, chairs, plates, and silverware) from Tents Unlimited, Torrington CT
Wedding Gown by Rue de Seine from The Dress Theory
Bride's Shoes by Eric Michael
Groom's Suit by Bonobos
Bridesmaid Dresses and Groomsmen's Suits were self selected with a focus on blues and greens
Wedding Bands forged by the Bride and Groom with help from Stephanie of With These Rings
Wedding Favors: Maple syrup from Maplewood Farm