A Nautical-Inspired Blue-and-White Wedding on a Farm in Massachusetts
The Happy Couple
A New York couple -- she's a fashion editor, he's a graphic designer -- creatively blend rustic, preppy, and nautical details into one chic wedding on a farm in the Berkshires.
Susan and Rob bask in their newlywed status.
Susan, a fashion editor at Glamour magazine, and Rob, a partner in the design studio Project Projects, approached the wedding-planning process as a joint creative venture. "We're constantly sharing things we love visually, and that really shaped the look of our wedding," he explains. So, too, did an illustration created by two friends of a rope forming an R and an S, which appeared on decorative flags, among other elements.
The day's emblem was printed on totes that friends and family received along with sunglasses upon arrival.
The Bridal Bouquet
A dinner-plate dahlia, hydrangeas, and rosemary -- a symbol of love -- come together beautifully in the bridal bouquet.
When it came to her wedding gown, the bride's keen eye for design helped her pounce on the perfect dress -- three times in a row. First, she unearthed an impeccable 1950s number for a song. Then she remembered a modern 3.1 Phillip Lim gown she'd seen on the runway several years back and miraculously spotted it at a sample sale. But as the overall plans for the event began to take shape, she found herself gravitating toward yet another look. She put the first two dresses into rotation in her wardrobe, and on July 10, 2010, Susan walked down the aisle, past 125 of her nearest and dearest, in a Grecian-style J. Mendel gown.
The bride made her own headpieces by attaching gold-beaded leaf trim to a barrette and a headband.
Bridesmaids looked summery in striped dresses from Anthropologie.
The Invitation Suite
Rob and Susan's save-the-date introduced guests to their motif. In lieu of traditional invites, they sent booklets containing pictures from their travels and the details of their day. Susan addressed each one with a vintage typewriter. "It was time-consuming, but it made me stop and think about each person we invited," she says.
The pair was drawn to Gedney Farm in Massachusetts's Berkshire Mountains. And when Jenna Lyons, president and creative director of J.Crew, heaped praise on the venue -- the location of her own wedding -- they were sold. "We didn't want anything fussy, and we loved its simplicity," says Susan.
In front of the justice of the peace, the whole adventure came full circle. "She said that even holding hands in a parking lot can feel like a date," says Susan, "when you're married to your partner in crime." For this happy couple, that sentiment rang especially true.
Refreshing Southamptons (a mocktail of tonic water, Angostura bitters, and lime) were flagged with festive quotes from Plato, Dante, and even Ferris Bueller.
The Guest Book
Guests were encouraged to write messages to the couple on a vintage typewriter at the reception.
Paper tags with hand-typed names stand in as place cards.
Guests were given goodies to help beat the heat.
Here, some partygoers posed with fans that doubled as photo booth props.
A mutual appreciation for the Shaker aesthetic, travel, and preppy Americana also informed the decor, as seen in the craft paper and white paint menu display.
To suit the room's scale, cornstalks and red Crocosmia "Lucifer" were cut from a farm and a garden nearby and set in tall glass vases.
The newlyweds danced to "Autumn Leaves," by Yves Montand. "Susan's smile lit up the entire three-story barn," says Rob.
"By the end of the night, our friends were dancing around with cornstalks over their heads," says Susan. "The reception was just what we wanted -- a really fun party."
Each guest got their very own berry shortcake for dessert, because "cutting a cake felt too formal for us, and we didn"t want to interrupt the dance party," says Susan.
Location, Catering, and Cake: Gedney Farm
Wedding Photography: Ingalls Photography
Gown: J. Mendel
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anthropologie
Groom's Attire: Martin Greenfield
Bride's Hair: Mark Johnson of Seven Salon Spa
Rentals: Mahaiwe Tent, Inc.
Welcome Tote: E-Promos
Sunglasses and Panama Hats: Oriental Trading Company
Typewriter Paper: Jam Paper & Envelope
Fans: Pearl River