Rain rain go away come again….never! After our weekend of showers I’ve realised that flat frizzy hair and raincoats are no fun whatsoever. I confess that I’ve totally been taking our glorious summer sunshine for granted! Please please come back UK summer – I promise to lap up every single ray of sunshine and not complain that you are too hot! If (like me) you were at a festival this weekend, you will know only too well how to dance in soaking wet socks, in fact, soaking wet everything! One thing I do know for sure – fringes and light-to-heavy showers do not mix! Festival life ey?!
On to today’s American real wedding, where free-spirited bride Rosy wed Will on the Vermont coast. With guests arriving by boat and celebrations sparking off under a giant tipi, this laidback outdoor wedding gets the thumbs up from us. The couple rode the hippy, boho wave into life as Mr & Mrs after they wed on the shore at Shelburne Farms, which actually belongs to Will’s parents. How convenient?! When it came to choosing their wedding venue, there really wasn’t a question about where they would host it; home is certainly where the heart is for this couple and with a setting this perfect we can see why!
Cocktails and dancing followed the ceremony as guests were treated to a beautiful reception dinner and homemade jam wedding favours lovingly prepared by the couple themselves. Julia Luckett Photography did a superb job of capturing the pair documentary style and snapped all the fest-details that we just LOVE. One thing that we absolutely adore is Rosy; the natural, care-free look that she pulls off is so refreshing as she wore just a dash of lipstick and a few select flowers in her hair. So understated and so pretty!
Rosy and Will planned a month long honeymoon travelling through Canada and across the US in their camper. For other couples planning a wedding, Rosy advises : “It’s okay to be unconventional!”
Our priorities as a couple were to keep things simple and accessible to all of our friends and family. We made sure we had informal hang-out time, providing places for our friends to camp onsite for free, keeping the food casual but awesome, and making sure things were really fun and slightly weird.
Over to Rosy to tell us more about her shore-side wedding to Will….
The invitation for our wedding featured an image of a cork from Robert Hooke’s 1665 book “Micrographia,” notable as the first book to show illustrations seen through a microscope.
Fun, Relaxed Wedding at Home
We were married at Will’s family home at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. It is so beautiful and was easy to “book” since it’s Will’s parent’s home! We hired a tent from Vermont Tent Company. Our vision really was to keep things simple and enjoyable for all of our friends and family. We just wanted to keep everything relaxed and fun.
In terms of a visual theme, it was a little all over the place (intentionally). We wanted to focus on our passions; nature, science, curiosity, and playfulness.
Bohemian Anthropologie Gown and Sweet Vintage Silver Sling Backs
I wore a free-spirited, boho kind of dress from Bhldn by Anthropologie with vintage silver flower sling backs by Well Heeled. I had my hair and make up done by Reflections and kept it all very simple and natural with just a swipe of lipstick and nothing else! I wore some pretty little well-chose flowers in my hair which the florist arranged for me. My hippy patterned bracelet was from the Artesan Gallery and our rings were from Todd Reed.
Arrived in Four Wheel Truck to the Blow of a Conch Shell!
I arrived at the ceremony in style. Will cued me by blowing into a conch shell, and then I appeared on the back of a four wheeler. A spaghetti western tune played over the speakers. Since we were already married, there was no need for an officiant to announce, “I now pronounce you man and wife, you may kiss the bride.” Instead, my brother held up a big sign reading “Kissy Face!” at the end of the ceremony which queued a smooch and cheers from the crowd.
Giant Tent and Homemade Party Favours
The table toppers were all little melodramas and the party favours were jam made by us!
Julia Luckett Photography
Julia Luckett Photography was our photographer for the day. She is a wonderful and authentic visual storyteller and also offers videography as one of her services.
After our couple shots we moved on to the reception where Let’s Pretend provided all of our food. We created our own eclectic playlists for cocktail hour, dinner and dancing.
Listening to our family members give really heartfelt speeches.
It’s okay to be unconventional! Also make time for yourself – before getting dressed, I took a bath and blew bubbles with my favourite ladies and had a champagne toast. It was whimsical, heart-warming and fantastic.
The Line Up
Photographer: Julia Luckett Photography
Venue: Shelburne Farms (home)
Tent Hire: Vermont Tent Company
Bride’s Dress: Bhldn by Anthropologie
Bride’s Shoes: Well Heeled
Groom Suit: Michael Kehoe
Shoes & Belt: Rancourt
Hair & Make-up: Reflections
Food: Let’s Pretend
Florals: In Full Bloom
Rings: Todd Reed