We So Wish We Attended This Camp-Themed Wedding

Technically, Kate and Ross met in college back in 2003 in upstate New York, and then simultaneously lived in NYC, before both ending up in Boston in 2010. Never — and yet always — together. The proverbial missed connection, seven years in the making, was finally laid to rest when Kate saw Ross on the street in Boston in the fall of 2010 — their offices were just two blocks apart. An “innocent” drinks invitation and then a well-timed soiree that Kate and her best friend put on to link up their friends ended in love for the hostess herself. A short three months later, the two moved into a new home together and made it official at Kate’s parents' New Hampshire farm in August 2013. Both born from families of “doers”, the couple and their loving supporters worked tirelessly to create every detail of the intimate affair. From hand-crafted chandeliers, to guest “survival" boxes, to the patchwork quilts adorning every bed in the tents that guests camped out in after dancing to the jukebox in the barn all night.
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“I’ve looked at so many wedding photos, and when I went to select my own photographer, Casey was my first and last stop!" said the bride. "I wanted us to look real, not too ethereal or done-up, but I also wanted the photos to feel crisp, vibrant, and youthful.”

Photography: Hello Love Photography
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“Since the gardens at the farm are so incredible, we didn’t think too much about florals in the run up to the wedding. We also knew that, when it came time to get into bouquets and boutonnieres, there was only one person to go to – Becca at Petal Floral. I wanted plants as well as cut flowers for the tables and decor. We stuck to succulents and petunias, and for my bouquet, we went big and beautiful with King Protea, anemones, air plants, and more.”

Florals: Petal Floral Design
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“Given that we were getting married on the edge of the forest, I wanted a dress that was both very special and like nothing else I’d ever worn, but also felt natural and light. Reem Acra’s Destiny dress has a bodice built from raw-edge fabric that’s assembled as though it’s almost woven. The layers of tulle were incredibly light and looked wonderful even after I kicked off my heels during dinner. Luckily, they were able to remove the cap sleeves and rebuild the bodice into strapless for me, too!”

Dress: Reem Acra
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“My parents have had the farm in New Hampshire since I was four years old. Growing up, it defined family time to my brother and I. We went up every weekend for as long as I remember — the four of us — and, as I’ve gotten older and valued, even more, the respite from busy city life, I’ve looked to New Hampshire as a safe, warm, loving escape. Ross and I celebrated our first New Year’s together in front of the fire in that house! When we got engaged, I knew the farm was the spot, with its rolling lawns and meadows, gardens full of food, and flowers and ornamental grasses all designed by my mom. The land is a work of art by my parents, and it was a fitting location for the best day of my life.”
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“We wanted our wedding to be an experience for our guests, so we offered them the option to camp (A.K.A. ‘glamp’) in our North meadow in safari tents that we rented for the weekend and had installed with beds, floors and windows. Not only did they create a beautiful encampment that really tied the event together, but they were a fun way to keep the party going late into the night while keeping everyone safe!”
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“Outdoor cooking was basically a requirement for our wedding, and Fire Roasted Catering was the absolute best. From manning my parents’ outdoor pizza oven, to spit roasting a massive piece of beef, to keeping every happy at the bar, the team went above and beyond for both our rehearsal dinner and our wedding. We wanted the food, the gardens, and the preparation of the meal to be part of our wedding experience, and it was!”

Catering: Fire Roasted Catering
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“A major hit at the wedding was our band, Goodtime String Band. We got more compliments on it than most other elements of the evening, and they were luckily available at late notice! We didn’t want typical wedding march music for our ceremony, and they sang me in to ‘Here Comes the Sun.’”

Band: The Goodtime String Band
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“Another huge element to our wedding design that really kept the event centered around a theme was our logo, made up of our initials and elements representing us separately and together. We used this logo on everything — Adams caps for every guest were embroidered, the survival kit boxes were hand-sponged, the silverware baggies were embossed, the temporary tattoos were made — you name it, the logo was on it.”

Design: MStarr Design
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