a Wedding in the Woods

• 06 July 2009

Last week we attended my youngest sister’s beautiful wedding to long-time boyfriend Max. She planned her own wedding {budget style}, and created most of the simple decorations herself—including the lovely wedding invitations. I loved seeing it all come together and was particularly impressed with all the little details my sister Kristen attended to--she really made it special and unique to them as a couple. I am positive I will never attend anything remotely similar in my lifetime. The Husband and I thought it refreshingly simple.

The wedding was located in Western Massachusetts, just outside the Berkshires, in the D.A.R. State Forest. They walked down a path in the woods while a trio played the Beatles’ “Sun King” on guitar (our parents raised us on the good stuff). A close friend of wed the couple in a gazebo located next to a picturesque pond before the wedding party moved to another location to continue the celebration.

Each guest brought his/her own picnic lunch before enjoying a large buffet of homemade cookies & cupcakes, lemonade and farm fresh strawberries. Kristen admires the Art Nouveau movement and put forth great efforts to incorporate some of those elements into her wedding. I think the collaboration turned out beautifully. When the reception began she started playing her thoughtfully orchestrated 5-hour playlist and by the time we packed up the last car the final song played (Kris, I totally want copies!). Things couldn’t have turned out more perfectly!

1. Walking to the grove where the wedding took place
2. One of the many banners she made herself
3. Trail markers for wedding guests

1. Let's get this party started
2. Luscious strawberries
3. Guests enjoying their picnic lunches; one of Kristen's Art Nouveau additions

1. Centerpieces
2. Wedding favors

1. Warming up
2. The waiting game (J.Crew dress, antique belt from Etsy)
3. Her handmade bouquet of feathers and such

1. Antique-looking photograph of the couple framed in bark
2. Beautiful wreath, banner & lights...love the overall look here
3. The greatest temptation at the cookie/cupcake bar

1. The Husband :)
2. Place "cards" for each guest

1. My other sister and I
2. Serene waters

1. A silk banner Kristen made herself
2. A lively game of horseshoes after the wedding


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