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July 9, 2017  TAGS:  COUNTRY  OUTDOOR  TENTS

Samantha & Myles | New England Wedding Inspiration

Samantha & Myles Real New England Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Tented Backyard Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Despite the fact that Samantha and Myles first met overseas in Kazakhstan, were engaged during a hike in Peru, and the couple has a passion for traveling their hearts desire was to host a relaxed celebration in the country. Read on to learn more about this unique couple and their story;

Samantha & Myles Real New England Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Tented Backyard Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Samantha & Myles Real New England Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Tented Backyard Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Samantha & Myles Real New England Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Tented Backyard Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Samantha & Myles Real New England Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Tented Backyard Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Samantha & Myles Real New England Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Tented Backyard Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Samantha & Myles Real New England Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Tented Backyard Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Samantha & Myles Real New England Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Tented Backyard Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Samantha & Myles Real New England Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Tented Backyard Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

How and where did you meet? We met while serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Kazakhstan. During training in the villages surrounding Kazakhstan's biggest city, we made time on weekends to visit and get to know one another at volunteer gatherings. Shortly into our service we were off to villages days apart and committed to send each other emails when internet was available.  After months of writing letters we became a couple and haven't looked back since.

What was the proposal like? We love traveling, so it seemed fitting that we got engaged on an international trip. We were on a hike in Peru on our way to Machu Picchu. We reached a really scenic spot on the hike, and Myles asked the group to take our photo with the mountains in the background. He proposed while I stood in shock and our friends captured the moment.

How did you choose your venue? Despite our love of travel, we knew we wanted to get married in my family’s backyard. We let the backyard that my family shares with their best friends (whom they also met in the Peace Corps!) drive the inspiration for the wedding. We wanted to embrace the relaxed, country feel and let the woods and hills surrounding the tent take the spotlight.

What was your theme/color palette? Ultimately, we hoped our wedding day would be a joyous celebration with all of our favorite people. We simply wanted people to have fun, so we filled the area with bold colors, big balloons, and the food trucks (surf & turf theme with New England seafood and gourmet sandwiches). It was both fun and meaningful for us to get scallops at the truck and eat them off my great grandmother's plates.

How did your wedding reflect your relationship as a couple? In a town of less than 5,000 people, we loved the idea of involving the community on our big day. The mismatched china on our tables came from neighbors, friends, and family members from across New England. Good friends did all of the flowers, designed our wedding rings, and painted dozens of signs. Using fallen birch trees from the woods by our house, my dad built the arbor that we were married under. Even the bar was a gift to my parents from their close friends. Everywhere you looked had elements of us, but we did almost nothing alone.

What were some of your favorite moments? Reading the vows. We made them personal and meaningful, but also fun and celebratory. Walking down the aisle, together, as a married couple.

What advice would you give other couples planning their wedding? Decide together what your priorities are and work towards achieving them. We decided our priority was to have as much as fun as possible. That meant less staged photos, but more time dancing and enjoying the moment.

featured professionalsVENUE: Bride’s backyard  |  OFFICIANT: Reverend Rebecca Mancini  |  DJ: Crown Entertainment - DJ Terry Moran  |  WEDDING PLANNER: Tracy Dapp, Inked Events |  PHOTOGRAPHER: Erika Follansbee Photography  |  CATERING: Cod Squad and PennyPackers |  FLORIST: Sorella Flowers  |  TENT & RENTALS: Special Events of New England  |  INVITATIONS: The Floral Foundry  |  CAKE/CUPCAKES/ETC.: Just Like Mom’s  |  WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Monique Lhuillier  |  WEDDING GOWN STORE: Carine’s Bridal Atelier  |  BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Ann Taylor  |  FORMAL WEAR: Macy’s  |  HAIR STYLIST: Maricruz Hairstyles  | MAKEUP ARTIST: Ella Schwotzer Makeup  |  REHEARSAL DINNER: Kimball Jenkins Estate  | TRANSPORTATION: First Student Charter