Susan & Scott: A Private Residence Farm Wedding // NH Wedding Photographer

I am super excited to share Susan and Scott’s rustic farm wedding today. They were married on their farm last Thursday in Madison, NH. Their wedding was 100% uniquely their own, and no detail was left unattended. Their celebration was a completely organic/recycled/reused/re(ally)-awesome event. In Sue’s words:

As much local, reused, repurposed & organic as possible. We raised the pigs. I made all of the cloth napkins, scotts mom cut the table cloths. I went to local thrift stores and bought all the silverware and table decorations including hurricane lamps, vintage bottles, lace for over the table cloths (half of which are actually lace curtains), so we can re donate them afterwards. Scott made all the birch wood candle holders. I made all the labels to put on drinking glasses out of old birch wood. We got all of the platters from thrift as well. Flowers from ours and friends yards and fields. We are buying all of the fresh produce from our friends Gina and Geof who run the Alma Farm in Porter, Maine and also some from our friends Suzie and Sean who own Heartseed Farm in Intervale. Cornbread from Village Bakery. Local cheese and crackers from the Big Farm Creamery. I made all the paper garland strings. We are using compost-able plates to use in the garden afterwards or give to our friend Janet who is starting a composting business. We are using prayer flags as our guest book because the prayers on a flag are carried to all the wind touches as it passes through them, so it blesses all with the well wishes people have for us today.

I just LOVE all of the thought and care that went into their planning, but not just into the look and feel of things but for its impact on the local community and environment!

With all that awesomeness noted above, could the day get any better? Well, YEAH! Aside from being really great people, Susan and Scott are also climbers and we share many of the same friends. On this Thursday evening, Susan and Scott’s wedding was not only the place to be for their families, it was the place to be for the north country climbing community! It was great to see friends and briefly catch up on travels, ascents and shenanigans. So, all of this combines to create a collection of images below that I feel really connected to. I hope you enjoy them!

Arriving at the farm…

Little details were everywhere…

Inside, Sue was busy getting ready. Even her dress was reused from a good friend…

I am pretty sure she wasn’t able to keep a straight face for more than a few moments at a time…

A few final touches…

Just about ready to go… “I think I am ready to go. Everyone else has gone, so I must be ready too…” Or that’s what I was thinking during this quiet moment alone…

We’re off…

With rain threatening all day, the ceremony was moved into their barn…

Once again, details abound…

Hay bails for benches; AWESOME!

At weddings I am seeing a lot more of this, the “unplugged wedding”. There are many reasons a couple might ask their guests to keep their phones off and limit their picture taking. Reasons I like best are that when your guests are not face-first in their smart phones taking pictures or video they are present with you. They are focused on your ceremony and experiencing this truly special moment completely, not filtered through a viewfinder. I know first hand that I seldom recall readings, toasts, etc. because I am thinking “composition”, “lighting” and “emotion”. The same applies to guests who are staring at a screen. It’s sad to think some guests will hear your service for the first time when they replay their video clips. I am biased, but I say be their for your family and friends and allow the photographers to document the event. Pictures will be available to everyone 🙂

Sue coming down the isle with her father…

And Scott looking sharp awaiting her arrival…

Space was tight, so I hopped out the back door and ran around the barn, but not before snapping this shot…

A handful from the barn ceremony…

The exchange of rings…

A tender moment, followed by a few laughs, and then sealing the deal…

Yay! Married!

Following the ceremony Susan and Scott left for a few minutes to go to the spot where Scott proposed. 10 minutes later I followed with their close friend Anne to meet them for portraits. We found them walking down the road…

The forest in the north-ish country is so lush this time of year. The beautiful bouquet made by Carrie at Dutch Bloemen Winkle — out of locally grown flowers, of course — fit right in…

Now back a the farm, we sprinted through a handful of family and group pictures and had a few more minutes for portraits around the farm, which had endless possibilities. Here are a couple of Scott, with his vintage cufflinks with maps of Madison, NH on them…

Awwwwwe…

I was like the tourist coming from the city. I was completely enamored by the chickens running around everywhere. This hen — Anne — knows her place in the pecking order; front and center! Also, when I arrived, Sue had some more “traditional” shoes to wear, but wasn’t feeling it. So, she wore her comfy farm flats. I adore that. And Scott, well, I guess never has socks that match, so why start today!

To wrap up we did a few portraits back at the barn where the ceremony was…

And the chickens were into it also… cluck, cluck, cluck…

All that done, it was reception time…

Can you say details? Everything handmade or reused again, including the window shutter racks for the place cards…

These signs make me smile…

Everyone take a Ball jar and put your name on it. Kegs are in the barn!

They match perfectly. Honestly, they couldn’t be better!

Fresh picked flower center pieces from their own and their friends’ fields…

Prayer flags are very symbolic to climbers, and it’s such a cool idea to use them for their guestbook…

Inside, and after dinner — which among other things was pork from two pigs that they raised and smoked in the backyard! —  toasts were given my Sue’s twin sister and Scott’s brother…

And a thank-you was given by Scott and Sue for all of the effort put into their day by their families and friends…

A highlight, of course, was desert. There were half a dozen cakes made by a family friend. This little guy certainly enjoyed them; as did everyone else!

Following cake, their climbing friends arranged for a release of candle lanterns on behalf of their newly married friends. I love candle lanterns…

Then everyone headed to the barn to dance the night away. Oh, best wedding sign EVER! Yes, avoid chicken shit, and other stuff…

A first dance…

… was followed by much more dancing…

I’d like to say Sue owned the dance floor, but she was above all that 😉

Happiness.

And a parting shot right before I drove off…

Susan and Scott, thank you first for putting so much thought and care into planning your celebration. Everything was beautiful. And then, thank you for inviting me to participate in the day and entrusting me to document it for you!