Chris is a landscaper so built their beautiful wedding arch. He put the finishing touches on that morning as activity swirled around the property. When I arrived their family and friends were setting up chairs and arranging flowers for casual arrangements to be placed around the property. One of my favorite things about at-home weddings is how everyone is involved.
A gate separated cocktail hour from the reception tent and was decorated with these placecards – held up by teeny tiny clothespins 🙂
I couldn’t get enough of Emily’s parent’s dogs…..they just hung out and walked around all day checking things out 🙂
I loved this dish they got from Paloma’s Nest
The view as people walked in – ceremony on the right, cocktails in between and the reception tent in the background – a simply stunning setting.
All of Emily’s girlfriends and family gathered in her old room as she put her dress on
Getting ready for the first look!!
Of course we needed to get a family photo with Cooper and Finnegan 🙂
I loved the texture of this side of the barn
Chris & Emily had the IDEAL timeline – we did the first look at 2:00, then bridal party and family photos, and then everyone was back inside by 3:15 as guests started to arrive (4:00 PM ceremony)
We did a few more of Chris & Emily before they headed inside to cool off (did I mention it was 90+?!)
Everyone came back out to get one in front of the barn
As guests started to arrive I headed under the tent to photograph some of the details – a first look is also great because it gives me time before the ceremony to photograph the details- before they are disturbed by curious guests!
A detail of Emily’s bouquet.
On this hot day? Yes please 🙂
And then it was time to begin! Chris’ niece and nephew were so sweet coming down the aisle 🙂
What a setting!
Sweet ceremony moments
Chris’ nephew decided he needed a better view of things 🙂
Mr. & Mrs!!
I LOVED their paper suite – invitations designed by Griffin-Vites featuring the view from the property and Robbie, Emily’s horse who she has had since she was 10!
Everyone loved cocktail hour (note the bar built by Chris with wood salvaged from the barn in the background)
Pictures done before? Time to relax during cocktail hour (or hour and a half as this one was!)
Kate & Nate work on their toasts 🙂
A friend drew a wedding tree for Chris & Emily that they used in addition to their guest book (a post about that coming soon). I’ve seen photos of this but it was the first time I’d seen it in person.
And very sweet toasts 🙂
Near sunset we brought Robbie out of the barn to take a few pictures with him
And then we ventured into the field for a few more with Chris & Emily – love these 🙂
Then it was time for the party to get started!
Chris & Emily chose The Pulse of Boston who is my FAVORITE band – I love working with them because they are super nice and keep everyone on the dance floor the whole night – I’d highly recommend them
Near the end of the night Emily changed into this cute shorter number to cool off! A giant industrial fan on the edge of the dance floor cooled everyone else off 🙂
The dance floor got a bit wet- perfect for a slip and slide 🙂 (notice Chris in the air on the right!!)
One final shot
What a DAY!!!!