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June 17, 2017  TAGS:  BARN  RUSTIC  DIY

Meghan & Jeffrey | Cambridge, Vermont

Meghan & Jeffrey Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic DIY Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

We love all of the fun and whimsical touches in Meghan and Jeff's June wedding at the Barn at Boyden Farm in Cambridge, Vermont. The couple DIY'd nearly every detail of their colorful celebration, and Meghan's mother created a beautiful art installation featuring a scendic background and their vows written in two panels. All in all, everything about this wedding perfectly illustrates the warm and heartfelt relationship Meghan and Jeff have together. Read on to hear what Meghan had to say about their journey:

Meghan & Jeffrey Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic DIY Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Meghan & Jeffrey Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic DIY Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

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Meghan & Jeffrey Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic DIY Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Meghan & Jeffrey Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic DIY Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Meghan & Jeffrey Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic DIY Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

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How and where did you meet? Jeff and I met online actually! We had both been using match.com for a while when we stumbled on each other’s profiles. Often times, people think online dating is too impersonal, but we found it to be just the opposite. Prior to our first date, Jeff and I exchanged a series of long emails about all sorts of likes, dislikes, travel hopes, dog stories, family, etc… It allowed us to really get to know each other through the our writing and definitely made it more exciting once we finally got together in person.

What was the proposal like? Jeff proposed to me right around Halloween. In classic “us” style we were rocking out to music in our kitchen with our dogs while carving pumpkins. I was deep into pumpkin “gunk” when I heard him saying some sweet things behind me. I turned around to find him on one knee. The most special piece of our proposal was seeing my ring. Jeff had it designed and crafted by a local jeweler, it has two diamonds in the middle, which are the stones from both of our grandmother’s engagement rings. Then there are smaller diamonds around the edges from Jeff, to start our journey together. 

Why did you choose Vermont for your wedding? Neither one of us are “true” Vermonters. Jeff was born and raised in Wisconsin and I am from Maine, however, we’ve both been in Vermont for about 10 years and can’t imagine living anywhere else. We figured since our guests were going to have to travel no matter where we had it, we might as well invite them to our beloved State!

How did you choose your venue? We knew we wanted a rural and rustic location. When we walked into Boyden we just knew. The beauty of that restored barn left us speechless. Not to mention, talking to Lauri immediately calmed any venue anxiety we had.

What was your theme/color palette? Grey with yellow and white accents; lace with a dash of sparkle and twinkle.

What was your favorite detail from your wedding? This is so hard to narrow down. We DIY’ed the entire thing. My mom is an artist and painted the extraordinary art installation behind the head table. It’s a scenic field background with our vows in two panels in front. Jeff and I wrote our vows together before the wedding. They are incredibly meaningful to us. We thought it would be really special that our guests would have just heard us say these special words to each other and then walk into the barn after the ceremony to see them in giant script over our chairs. Aside from that, every detail has a meaning to us. Jeff and I made all the bench tops used for the ceremony, it was hours and hours of plaining and sanding and staining, but they were beautiful. Instead of a guest book we had guests sign one of the benches which now sits prominently in our living room. We’re going to repurpose the rest of the wood into a dining room table.

How did your wedding reflect your relationship as a couple? It centered around music! We thought long and hard about what was most important to us and the two things at the top of that list was a spirited live band and creative photographers who could capture candid moments. One of the common themes in our relationship is our love for music, we catch live acts all the time and constantly have music playing at our house. I have a love of photography and documenting our travels and adventures. We knew getting married would be our ultimate adventure, so it was important to us to have the right people capturing it!

What were some of your favorite moments? It rained all day but our guests were such troopers. We were set on having our ceremony outside, thankfully Boyden has a covered pavilion and Mother Nature was kind enough to let up to a light mist during our vows. Although I had pictured our ceremony and what it would be like, I never could have prepared for the emotions that came with that moment. Walking down the aisle to meet the most special person in my world, surrounded by all of our friends and family who have been involved in all the moments of our lives up until that point… it was surreal!

What advice would you give other couples planning their wedding? If you’re going to take on the event yourselves, make sure you have plenty of time, patience, creativity, and family and friends to help you! We sourced just about everything on our own. We hit up yard sales to collect nearly 300 unique plates for dinner and dessert, we bought mason jars and labeled all of them to use in place of a seating chart, we borrowed unique old bottles for our center pieces, we made bench tops for the ceremony, sewed fabric bunting for banners and table coverings, made our own flower bouquets, and even brought lit trees into the barn for decoration! We couldn’t have done any of it without a long engagement and lots of help. Although it was a ton of work and stress, it was the most amazing thing we’ve ever created and we wouldn’t have changed a thing.

featured professionalsPHOTOGRAPHER: Letter10 Creative // VENUE: The Barn at Boyden Farm // WEDDING OFFICIANT: Mitzi McInnis // CEREMONY MUSICIANS: Alicia Phelps and Thomas Brown // CATERER: Bevo // EVENT RENTALS: Vermont Tent Company // INVITATIONS: Paper Pleasers // BAND: Grippo Funk Band // CAKE: Mirabelles // WEDDING GOWN STORE: David’s Bridal // ALTERATIONS: Sew Unique // GROOM’S FORMAL WEAR: Men’s Warehouse // HAIR & MAKEUP STYLIST: Essence Salon // REHEARSAL DINNER: 158 Main // ACCOMMODATIONS & TRANSPORTATION: Smugglers Notch // RINGS: Matthew Taylor Designs