My Rustic Garden Wedding

When my husband and I decided to get married we knew right away that neither of us wanted a large traditional American wedding. We didn’t want bridesmaids or groomsman, the chicken, fish or beef option or the pressure that weddings bring out in a person. My Mother used to say to me, “Amanda weddings are for the guests not the bride and groom.” We actually wanted to enjoy ourselves at our wedding because we already felt married in our hearts, the wedding was a simple formality.

Even so, I did not want to elope. I wanted the cake, the dress and the beautiful photos. It was important to me that our son can look at our photos one day and say “that’s Mommy and Daddy on their wedding day.” There are still some traditions I hold sacred.

Originally, I thought I wanted a traditional white dress but when I saw this dress on the BHLDN website I knew it was my dress. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any openings in their store in New York but buying online was a breeze. The first dress didn’t fit so returning it for my size was extremely easy. What I loved about this dress is that is oozes fairy tale garden wedding. I felt like a Disney princess in this dress. Once I picked the dress, the blush color scheme fell into place.

The wedding was so casual I actually did my own makeup with a little help on the eyes and lips from one of my good friends who happens to be a makeup artist and was my right hand woman during planning. I didn’t have a lip color picked out on the day of my wedding because I didn’t care that much. Once all the makeup was complete Julie pulled from her kit this beautiful long lasting lip stain from LipSense in a just bitten berry shade. It seriously made the look. Fairy tale princess aspirations ✅

My hair wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I felt a bit pressured to put it in a bun because of the heat. I would have much preferred my hair down and curled. To this day I actually can’t stand the sight of myself in some of the photos. It was my biggest regret of the entire wedding.

Guests drank their pick of bottled water, homemade strawberry basil and lime water and various wines including our signature drink, Rosatello Rosé. A sweet and slightly sparkling wine from Italy.

Our cake was naked vanilla with a whipped hazelnut butter cream from Jean-Claude Patisserie & Dessert Cafe. Neither my husband nor I like frosting unless it is whipped and even then it can only be tolerated in small amounts. The cake stand, cake topper and candles were handmade by Mountain Timber Decor.

The gorgeous farm tables and chairs were actually shipped from Boston, which is about 6 hours away. They were quite hard to find locally at a reasonable price point. The company, Boston Rustic Wedding Rentals, were outstanding. We also had two of their sailcloth tents. The Thursday before our Saturday wedding they came to set the tables, chairs and tents up but as luck would have it, they brought one of the tents in the wrong size. They came back bright and early on Friday to set up the correct tent. They also provided us with plates and napkins.

A friend of ours planned our wedding and did a gorgeous job. She did a better job than an actual wedding planner would have. I couldn’t believe how meticulous she was about details I didn’t even bother to put a second thought into.

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I have!

xoxo Amanda

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