Wendy and Nathan were married last August at the Golden Well Farm & Apiary in New Haven, Vermont.
Wendy and Nathan’s Vermont Farm Wedding
I arrived for this wedding shortly before the ceremony started and was able to get a few pictures of Wendy, who got ready at the house while Nathan got ready in a yurt on the property. Part of what made this wedding so charming to photograph was the DIY décor. Everything about this wedding was set up by the bride, groom and their friends and family. So many of these thoughtful, handcrafted details added a personal touch to the wedding, like the balloons tied to the mailbox and the hand-made favors. And Wendy’s stunning sunflower bouquet paired with her lace wedding gown brought such a beautiful rustic elegance to her wedding day look.
Getting Married Barefoot!
Wendy and Nathan went barefoot for the whole day, including the ceremony—and that was just one way that they made their wedding unique to their own vision. Wendy also opted to have both of her parents walk her down the aisle. I don’t often see that, but it was clear from the expressions on all of their faces that it was a special moment for them. I try to encourage my couples to do things like that: to depart from the norm and chase what they want instead of what they think is expected of a wedding day.
Lawn Games at a Wedding
That same casual, fun atmosphere carried over into the cocktail hour, where guests were able to play lawn games ahead of the toasts and the dances. I truly believe that this is exactly what all brides should do as they plan their wedding: find what fun is for you and run with it! My favorite image of the whole day was one that captured the feeling of the wedding right from the start: Wendy in bare feet with a big red barn in front of her. While her dress is certainly the star of the image, the sunflowers and the barn combine with Wendy’s natural beauty to encapsulate exactly the rustic feeling they wanted for their day. That picture really just sums it all up nicely.
Rustic Outdoor Wedding Photography
The Golden Well Sanctuary is such a lovely, rustic venue for outdoor weddings. Nathan and Wendy held their reception in an open air pole barn, which was just a perfect way to continue their rustic wedding day. Having a DIY wedding like this is such a smart choice for couples. You can still book a great venue and a great photographer—and then get your friends and family involved in the details. It’s all about spending money in the right places, like booking a venue that lets you bring in a caterer so you can save money on food. Choose what’s important to you, and the rest, you can make work!
For example, the banner on the wall in the barn where the toasts and dances were held was hand-painted by friends of the bride and groom just for the wedding. They also placed old wedding photos from their family history throughout the room. Every detail was unmistakably theirs.
Summer Wedding at a Working Farm
The Golden Well Farm and Apiary (now Golden Well Sanctuary) was founded in 2012 and is a working farm. They received their organic certification through Vermont Organic Farmers in 2016 and they grow fruits, veggies, flowers, herbs, mushrooms, birds and bees right on the property! Having the reception in the open air pole barn was both rustic and intimate. When Wendy and Nathan took the dance floor—still barefoot, of course—it was like the rest of the world fell away. There was love, joy, and such a feeling of celebration as everyone danced the night away.
Wendy & Nathan, it was my pleasure to be a part of your day! Your wedding was so unique and beautiful, and I am so pleased with how the images came out. I really feel the shots tell your story fully and completely to anyone who gets to see these photographs.
Ceremony & Reception location: Golden Well Farm & Apiary
Decor was all DIY, set up by the bride, groom and their friends and family.