New England Garden Wedding

Happy fall everyone! With October being just days away, I’m giddy over the arrival of my favorite season. To start off this exciting week, I’ve got an adorable New England wedding to share with you. You may have seen a few of the detail shots over at Frolic, but if not, you are in for a treat. I love the intimacy and hand touched sweetness of this garden celebration…

When Ethan, proposed to me we knew immediately where we wanted to get married. The house that my father and his siblings grew up in was built by my grandfather, a boat builder, off of the side of a stone wall. It’s an eclectic enchanting mix of English garden, wooden boats, and Cape Cod seaside shingles. There are also tall box hedges and gardens surrounding the tiny house, creating little rooms perfect for an outdoor wedding–beautiful even when it rains. The dark clouds gathered as we got married, and the rain began to fall 10 minutes into the cocktail hour (where we were serving Dark n Stormies, no less!). All rushed and huddled under the tent for the remainder of the evening.


Liberty Wedding Tie Pink And White Wedding Bouquet White Bridesmaid Dresses New England Garden Wedding Pink Peony Wedding Bouquet White Bridesmaid Dress Ideas Wedding Drink Stirrers Craft Paper Table Runners Wedding Liberty Fabric Wedding Candlelight Wedding Dinner

One thing I fell in love with and used as inspiration was a Liberty of London floral print. Ethan’s mother sewed ties for the gents out of the fabric (straight for groomsmen and bowties for the dads), and we used the remainder to top the honey jars for favors. I wanted the bridesmaids to wear a white dress they picked out–I love the way their white dresses looked all together, next to mine, and i loved that they all looked like themselves. It all had the slightly off-kilter, imperfect but elegant feel we were going for. Nothing too precious, but everything romantic.

Photography by La Porte Rouge

32 Responses to “New England Garden Wedding”

  1. Vanessa

    Everything looks soo dreamy and cozy and shadowy with the perfect diffused lighting and the shiny wet surfaces.
    I LOVE dark and rainy weddings! Maybe because that’s how mine turned out but I think they are so dreamy…

  2. Kirsten

    I love the unique bridesmaid dresses! Can anyone tell me where the bridesmaid with the pleated dress got it from? That’s EXACTLY what I have in mind for what I want to wear as my sister’s maid of honor in May.

    Thank you!

  3. Bets

    I love the white bridesmaids’ dresses!! I’ve never seen anyone do that before, and it gives the whole thing a really light, floaty, new-england-summer feel.

  4. holly hatam

    I heart everything about this wedding! I heart the groom’s tie, I heart the bridesmaid’s dresses, I heart the burlap on the tables. The only thing I don’t heart…that I wasn’t at this wedding!!!


    I love the intimacy of this garden wedding – everything from the hand made ties to the setting of the tables.

    The photographer did an amazing job capturing the warmth and love of this event!

  6. Denise

    Perfect romantic yet fun wedding style. My question is what are the names of the flowers in the bridesmaid bouquet, been looking for flowers in the color of orange/pink but love the whole look. I also see that color in the table vases and again wonder what are the names of those flowers too. Congratulations and well done!!

  7. Denise

    Love it, perfectly styled. Bravo!
    I have been searching for flowers in the color tones of the bride’s maids Bouquets, can you tell me what is in those bouquets? Love the pinky coral and especially interested in finding out what flower that is along with the coral ones in the vases on the tablesetting shots. Thanks.

  8. Maryhope

    What a joy to see all these generous comments–thank you! To reply to some of your questions:

    My dress,which I adore, is, as stated above, Melissa Sweet. I am actually intending to sell it and will list it on OnceWed once I am back from vacation (sz 4, street size 0!).

    The pleated bridesmaids dress was purchased at Nordstrom and is called the Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Pleated Jersey Dress.

    The main flowers in the bouquets were peonies in full bloom, exposing those bright yellow centers. In my bouquet there were also peach and pink garden roses. The flowers on the table were impatiens; they were potted on the table instead of in vases, and are now in full bloom in our backyard!

    Thank you again!

  9. Maryhope

    Shannon, connect with me on email (maryhope @ gmail) if you’d like to discuss purchasing the dress before I list it.

  10. Liz

    Love love love this wedding! Everything’s so beautiful! Can you tell me the name of the location? Was it all together? It looks similar to something I’ve seen in Mass but wasn’t sure..

  11. Caroline

    Such beautiful pictures! I’m a huge fan of the colors you chose & especially of the flowers and blue ribbons & candel holders…everything goes so nicely together! What did you use for the table runner? is that craft paper?


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