Jan 23, 2013
Written by Tania Atkinson
Since “Rustic Chic” is such a hot theme for weddings right now, I wanted to feature a wedding we did at the historic Smith Barn in Peabody, Massachusetts. Right from the get-go, Jacqueline, and her fabulous mother Kim, knew how she wanted her wedding to look and feel. Cowboy boots and fuscia throughout were used which were the perfect accents to the dark wood of the barn. When using a historic venue like this, the barn itself is what provides the unique decor. We worked with all the vendors to make sure the flowers, linens and decor didn’t detract from the wonderful bones of the barn.
Adjacent to the barn is the charming Brooksby Farm where Jacqueline and Nate had planned to hold their ceremony. However, in typical New England fashion, the weather did not cooperate. After waiting hopefully, and patiently , for the rain to stop Jacqueline made the decision to save her gorgeous gown (and the hair of many guests from the almost certain doom of frizz and flop) and held the ceremony inside the barn – in the reception space. So on that drizzly day in June, guests found their table numbers on the adorable, painted barn door (the mother of the bride found it at a gem of a local resell store called Flukes and Finds), sat down with their friends and family members, and witnessed Jacqueline and Nate exchange their vows. The backdrop was amazing, a misty view of the 250 acres of orchards and conservation land of the Felton-Smith historic site, through the giant open barn doors.
Following the exchange of unity sand, guests remained right where they were and let the party begin around them! As it would happen, the rain did stop and the wedding party and guest were able to enjoy the grounds outside while sampling passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Following a sit down dinner back in the barn, everyone danced the night away under pink and white Japanese lanterns and white string lighting.
Photographer: Alison Taylor Photography
Paper goods: BeeCustom Design