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I’m so excited that Marisa and Evan’s July 4th Sturbridge, MA wedding at the Publick House Historic Inn has been selected as the Massachusetts winner in their 50 Weddings Across 50 States feature. This means that their wedding is the single most representative wedding from the state of Massachusetts in this year’s Knot entries. And how could it not be? From a genuine historic colonial-era Inn, to an All-American country fair theme, this one gives major nods to early American history as well as rustic country traditions and good old-fashioned summertime fun.

The Knot's Massachusetts winner

The Knot's Massachusetts winner

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kristen & rick

On July 11, I had the honor of photographing Kristen and Rick’s wedding which was impeccably planned and designed.  Kristen is an amazingly talented interior decorator at The Modern Mill, and her style is a beautiful and functional blend of antiques and modern, functional pieces. Her look is fresh, efficient, comforting, and stylishly approachable. Their wedding was everything I knew it would be, with a kraft brown, pink, and gray color scheme accented with subtle metallics and natural textures that complemented the outdoor tented space perfectly. Read on to experience more of their beautiful day, and a few of my favorite highlights.

preparations

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photos at Lull Farm, Hollis

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the ceremony & reception

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Kristen’s father built the beautiful arbor for their ceremony. It’s an exact replica of the larger version he built on the back of their home, and was a beautiful backdrop to tie in the home that they have built together into their ceremony.

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food & festivities

As an event planner, Rick’s mother orchestrated an amazing reception, overseeing everything from the food, to the flowers, and even hosting the event at her own home.  Everything was gorgeous.

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Venue: Private Home
Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero
Bridal Shop: Madeline’s Daughter, Portsmouth NH
Hair: Ralph Martinese of Sanctuary Hair Studio
Makeup: Heather Schofield, HS Artistry
Flowers: from Lull Farm, designed by groom’s mother
Tent: Christian Party Rental, Hollis
Linens: Perfect Parties, Nashua
DJ: GCS Studios, LLC,  Nashua
Cake: Frederick’s Pastries
Centerpiece Boxes: www.LightsForAllOccasions.com
Calligraphy signage: Bliss Lettering

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 the wolfeboro inn | 4th of July wedding

Venue: Wolfeboro Inn, Wolfeboro NH
Florist: Lakes Region Florist, Laconia NH
Cake: Jacques Pastries, Suncook NH
Bridal Salon: Country Bridals, Jaffrey NH
Wedding dress: Badgley Mischka
Band: Block Head, Newport RI
Officiant: Debra Grow
Second Photographer: Kathy Pothier

Chelsea and Corey met at a summer camp, where she kinda pushed him off a dock, kinda knowing he couldn’t swim. It all worked out in the end, because 8 years later they had a beautiful 4th of July wedding at the Wolfeboro Inn in Wolfeboro, NH. You’d never know it from the photos, but the day started out with a downpour that not even the meteorologists predicted for that day. Luckily, the rain wrapped up just before their ceremony, which had been moved into the tent. The rest of the day was absolutely gorgeous, and it was wonderful to capture such a special day for a truly nice couple. Thank you for having me!

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bride’s preparations

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the ceremony

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the reception

Beautiful food provided by the Wolfeboro Inn, fantastic live music by the Block Head band, and gorgeous weather that gave way to a perfect evening of celebration……

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The softness of dusk brought on the night with some sunset photos on the dock, and sparklers and s’mores by the fire pit as July 4th fireworks lit up the sky over Lake Winnipesaukee.

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  • Peggy Mitchell - This was such a beautiful wedding. I had the pleasure of working with Chelsea for 2 yrs straight out of college as her CMA, she’s just as beautiful everyday as she is in these photos…ReplyCancel

freedom acres: mt. kearsarge, new hampshire

Venue: Private Residence in Wilmot, NH , Freedom Acres
Tent and Rentals:  Exeter Events & Tents and New England Country Rentals
Florist: Sorella Flower Company
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atering: Culinary Destinations Catering by Luca’s Cafe, Keene NH
Ceremony Musical Performance: Michaela McClain
First Dance Musical Performance: The Fillmore Duo
DJ: Zeke Stern, Murray Hill Talent
Bakery: Tarte Cafe & Bakery, Andover NH
Hair and Makeup: Shear Innovations, Georges Mills, NH
Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bari Jay
Men’s Suits: Michael Kors
Groom’s Preparations: Follansbee Inn, North Sutton, NHS
2nd photographer: Carey Hough Photography

When I first spoke with Hallie and Jeff on the phone, I could tell right away they are a smart, laid-back, fun couple. I was smitten as they described their upcoming wedding in Wilmot, NH at her family’s home. And then when I learned of the amazing history of this homestead known as Freedom Acres, I was blown away. What a New Hampshire history gem! While this home had always just been a happy home to Hallie and her family, its fascinating past goes back to World War II and and two very determined women to carve a life for themselves in what was then pretty much wilderness. These two veterans of the Women’s Army Corps built their little home on the side of Mt Kearsarge, not knowing much of anything about building or survival. Learning as they went along, they eventually carved out a small DIY home and began a “Taste of the Wild” jams and jellies business, gathering their fruits from the wild berries around them. Eventually this business grew into a notable tourist attraction in New Hampshire, attracting 45,000 tourists a year to their home and jelly shop in Wilmot.  An article in Reader’s Digest declared Freedom Acres a New Hampshire Legend.  I was beyond impressed that Hallie and Jeff wanted to incorporate this home and past into their wedding and revisit its former life of a community landmark that it once was.

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bride’s preparations

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groom’s preparations

Meanwhile, Jeff and the guys were getting ready just down the road at the Follansbee Inn.

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first look & portraits

I loved their first look. They approached each other with big bunches of white balloons in front of them to hide their view, until they moved them aside for the big reveal!

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ceremony

Hallie and Jeff were married at 4:30 at her childhood home, overlooking the gorgeous mountain views from their yard. They handmade the arch using wooden beams from the original house on the property, giving nod to the heritage of the Freedom Acres site, and the large planters that flanked either side were designed just for the occasion. A beautiful musical performance was given by their good friend Michaela McClain. Hallie’s sister provided a few minutes of levity with a hilarious speech usually reserved for toasts at the reception, and she kept everyone laughing with anecdotes and insights about Hallie and Jeff.

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Love, laughter, friends and family were the order of the day, as both sides of the family gathered from near and far (lots from very far) to party with the couple and get to enjoy New Hampshire for a getaway vacation.  The beautiful sights and details just go on and on……

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Thank you, Hallie and Jeff, for including me in your day. Your fun attitude, amazing DIY spirit, and hospitality to your guests by sharing so much of yourselves was the basis of my inspiration for photographing your wedding. It was an absolute pleasure, and one I will remember for a long time.

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Last year I photographed Marissa and Evan’s 4th of July wedding at the beautiful Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. It was a really unique and fun wedding with a summer country fair theme, and I’m thrilled that it was just featured on Bitchless Bride for Fantasy Friday!

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