“When Scott and Zora told us about their venue, they described beautiful scenery, a comfortable rustic setting, and Zora was particularly excited about the alpacas! When we arrived, it was even better than we expected and couldn’t believe we hadn’t known about it before, being local to this part of Massachusetts. They wanted to keep it somewhat casual and add some personal touches with a lot of fun. They totally pulled it off: when their friends & family arrived they were surprised to discover that each centerpiece was a framed photo of a dog (complete with the dog’s name displayed) belonging to one of their guests. Zora & Scott’s own dog Sophie was present for the day, and we actually captured a cloud formation that showed up just above their heads in Sophie’s perfect likeness. Their guest book was a nod to their love of fly fishing, and before it was signed we took a “ring shot” on the page with Zora’s favorite fish. We also had a lot of fun with the Viking horn mugs the groomsmen carried around all day, such a perfect compliment to the rolling hillsides and the way Zora and Scott don’t take themselves too seriously!
We were also impressed with the level of DIY! Scott cut, stained and built each of the wooden signs, built their card box and up-cycled/refinished another little wooden box for their rings. The “wedding wish” cards were made from index cards, a joke on how many index cards they have in their house as a result of Scott’s 9 years of exam-taking to become an actuary (“Leave us a note, your best joke or a math problem. We’ll open one year from today!”) They added color to the cards with leaf stamps, tying in with the pumpkins and pine cones found throughout the rest of the decor. We could go on and on but most importantly, we were blown away by our warm welcome, how great Scott and Zora treated us and made us feel like part of the family. –Novella Photography
What is your favorite wedding day memory?
All of the typical big moments – the moment just before walking down the aisle, the big ‘hurrah’ at the end of our ceremony. But one other favorite moment was before it all started – my bridesmaids and I were hiding out in a room overlooking our ceremony site and the fields behind it. I remember suddenly there were a group of 6 horses all running together right along the wooden fence parallel to the road and then I saw that the buses carrying our guests had just pulled onto the long dirt drive. We couldn’t have planned that if we’d wanted to, but it was such a cool thing to see and an awesome sign that our party was about to begin.
What did you DIY for your wedding?
Pretty much everything was DIY. My husband cut, stained and built all of the wooden signs that we had at and leading up to the venue and I used paint markers for the text. He also built our card box and gave a makeover to a random wooden box we had at home to use for the rings. My bridesmaid’s brother-in-law had made these awesome wooden frames for them a few months earlier for their wedding and we borrowed these to hang old photos of us and our families. We bought, measured, cut and ironed swatches of fabric to add color to our tables and used scrap pieces of these and my dress as ribbons for the flower bouquets. We made “wedding wish” cards (to open on our 1-year anniversary) from index cards stamped with a leaf stamp we bought on Etsy – a joke on how many index cards we have in our house as a result of my husbands years of actuarial exam-taking. We bought used candle votives on Craigslist, melted out the old wax and painted them with different copper/bronze/rose gold hues. For table markers we printed photos of our guests dogs and fit them into card stock frames that we spray painted copper, and we collected, sliced and glued pinecones for seating cards (and printed the name cards on Avery labels). A friend (and wedding guest!) did our flowers, and my husband’s ring was made out of wood we brought back from a distillery in Maine and shipped to a guy on Etsy who makes awesome jewelry out of stave wood.
Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?
The planning is only as stressful as you make it. Our goal was to have our wedding be easy and low-key in both the planning + prep and in atmosphere, day-of. We started our planning early, did tons of DIY-ing, used vendors we knew and liked and trusted and chipped away at things slowly. It is absolutely possible to plan a wedding and not have it be painful or overwhelming. – Zora, the Bride
Photography: Novella Photography // Venue: Warfield House Inn // Florist: Harrow the Land // Catering: Hillside Organic Catering // Rentals: Clambakes Etc. // Transportation: Travel Kuz // Engagement Ring: Friedman's Jewelers // Bride's Attire: Wear Your Love // Hair + Make-up: Glow Beauty Bar // Groom's Wedding Band: Wedgewood Rings // Initial Ink Stamp: Chelsey Emery // Alpaca Ink Stamp: Woodland Tale