Summertime Backyard New Hampshire Wedding: Megan + Andrew

Backyard Wedding

Today’s wedding will have you dreaming of the warm, summer days that lay ahead with a sweet, vibrant palette and lots of dreamy summertime details! Megan + Andrew’s venue, his family farm in New Hampshire, has been in Andrew’s family since the late 1920s and it was the perfect place for these tow lovebirds to gather with family + close friends to celebrate their nuptials.

Megan shares, Much of Andrew’s family has been married there (including his parents), and we were married in a field, on the crest of a hill, just in front of a beautiful family graveyard and within view of the pond where Andrew first told me he loved me. All this to say, the full cycle of life was honored at the farm – it is a place of birth, love, death, rebirth. It has changed much over the seasons, over the years, and having it there connects us to family, to nature, to the seasons, and to all sentient beings.

Thanks so much to Jillian Mitchell for the stunning images below and big congrats to M + A on a truly beautiful day!

invitations

Backyard Wedding

Mira Zwillinger Dress

We are beyond obsessed with Megan’s floral appliqué Mira Zwillinger wedding dress. So, so stunning!

Backyard Wedding

Mira Zwillinger Dress

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

yellow bridesmaids

How pretty are these bridesmaids in yellow?! We love this look! Shop our current fave yellow dresses for your ‘maids in our guide below:

bouquets

yellow parisols

yellow parisols

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Our Musical Choices

Processional: Megan's nephew, Noah (6 years old!) played the guitar live. The specific processional tune was chosen by him, and it was Ghiribizzo by Paganini.

Recessional: Andrew's extended family played the bells

First Dance: At Last – Etta James

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

As Andrew and I exited the ceremony and walked down the aisle together in our first moments as husband and wife, suddenly all of these beautiful dragonflies appeared on our path and up the crest of the hill. It felt magical.

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Andrew and I used old mailboxes from the farm and put the names of charities on them that are dear to us (AIDS Lifecycle, Defenders of Wildlife, Seeds of Peace, and Ubuntu). People’s individual place cards were vintage New Hampshire post cards that were hung with clothespins on a tree in the cocktail hour area. As people entered the reception tent, they were asked to place their postcard into a mailbox of their choice, and we donated to the respective charity of their choice on their behalf. Then, we used those very same postcards as their thank you cards!

tea

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

naked cake

Backyard Wedding

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

It all goes so fast. And there's no such thing as perfect. Do everything you can in advance, but then let go of the details when the weekend arrives. Be completely present during it. Afterwards, you'll want to hold on to every moment. And remember, you're not just planning a wedding together - you're planning your life together. Leading up to the wedding, take take time with your partner and your family and friends to explore all aspects of the larger journey you're embarking on.

photography: Jillian Mitchell // venue: West Wind, New Hampshire // event design: the bride // event planning: Melanie Voros, Blissful Beginnings // wedding dress: Mira Zwillinger // shoes: BHLDN Badgley Mischka // bridesmaid dresses: asked them to all wear a deep marigold yellow // hair + makeup: Divinity Salon, North Conway // groom’s suit: Suit Supply // videography: Chris Dekmar // paper goods: Page Stationery // catering: The White Apron // cake: McKaella’s Sweet Shop // rentals: Peterson Party Center // officiant: Professor and dear friend Dr. Rodrigo Canales // music: Night Shift Entertainment (agency), District 21 (band)

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