Authentically New Hampshire Rustic

It’s no secret that our brides have typically gone for the more rustic themes on their wedding day, and we can’t blame them! We are located in beautiful New Hampshire surrounded by the mountains, the foliage, and the ideal country life. That’s why we find it important to showcase all the ways we can celebrate love while appreciating the beauty that surrounds us.

Wedding Venue

Each couple always needs to take into consideration where they want their wedding to be. Start thinking about your guest count, your wedding theme, the policy for unpredictable weather, the food choices, and if your date is available. You may have a couple locations that will work so make sure you are looking at venues in those areas.

If you even spend just a few hours here in New Hampshire, you’ll start to see the many options to choose from if you are looking for that rustic style! From our mountain ranges to our lakes, you will have the perfect backdrop for all of your photos! We even have several venues (including us, Pats Peak Banquet Center!) that are positioned on a mountain and offer summit weddings. What’s not to love about feeling like you’re on top of the world as you look out beyond yourself?

Wedding Decor

Having a rustic wedding doesn’t always mean burlap and mason jars, even though we will always love them! You can utilize everything that reminds you of sitting outside at a bonfire on a summer evening, the smell of s’mores roasting in the fire and leaves falling all around.

Think about utilizing that small tree that needs to come down on your property and all those gorgeous maple leaves and pine cones falling around you and turning them into the perfect wedding favors!

Taking a look at our real New Hampshire brides, they have unique rustic weddings ideas that fit them perfectly!

Food & Drink

The food and drink you choose for your wedding should be what you want to eat and drink! Think about creating a seasonal menu and suggestions from the chef, but ultimately choose based off of your pallet. You should also consider creating a customized cocktail or drink for both the bride and the groom!

Start by thinking what is your go-to drink along with what’s trending or in-season and make it your own! Put a spin on old favorites; instead of just a Jack and Ginger, take a nice bottle of Jack Daniels, add in half teaspoon of honey with some fresh ginger and top the drink off with soda water.


How to have an Eco-Friendly Wedding

Many of us have become eco-conscientious over the years and for a good reason. According to research, New Hampshire is the 9th most eco-friendly state but our two neighbors Vermont and Massachusetts are numbers 1 and 2 on that list respectively.

How can you stay eco-friendly? Let’s start with…

The Dress

Wearing a wedding dress for the first time can feel unreal, after all of those childhood wedding dreams it is finally becoming a reality! Many brides do have a problem with only being able to wear their wedding dress once then off to a sealed bag for the remainder of its life. Instead, try these options:

Wearing mom’s/grandma’s/auntie’s dress. This could be the same for any special person in your life. If you don’t love the dress exactly as it is, ask for a local seamstress to help modify the dress to your wants.

Renting a dress. Now, this option is becoming more popular as wedding dress prices have increased over the years. Look at a site like:

  1.– Buy direct from other brides selling their gowns.
  2.– You can find designer labels at 80% off!
  3.– They have a “try before you buy” option, no commitments!

Buying from an eco-friendly designer. You can use a local designer or shop at up and coming sustainable designer Reformation.

The Invitations

Use recycled paper. Now, this is a must for an eco-friendly person but keep in mind that not only the paper should be recycled, but you could have a drop box at the wedding for those invitations.

Use seed paper. Everything from your save the dates to thank you cards can be made with seed paper from Bloomin.

At Bloomin our Seed Paper is made by hand in Boulder, CO. We take un-dyed, 100% post-consumer/ post-industrial recycled paper, break it down into paper pulp that started as FSC paper. We use old-school paper making techniques and handmade molds and deckles to handcraft each sheet. Bloomin Paper is packed with flower, vegetable, herb, grass, tree and many other varieties of seeds. Its easy to grow and cultivate! For consumers who receive seed paper, just soak the paper in water, plant under a thin layer of soil, and watch our seed paper take root and sprout in a few short days!


The Night

Make sure the flowers are organic. Ask your florist for all organic flowers that are in season.

Have the wedding outside. If possible, having an outdoor wedding will save on energy for the lights during the ceremony.

Have a recycle bin. We mentioned this before, you can help the venue if the do recycle or make sure all items get recycled yourself afterward.

Team up with another bride to share all decorations. This can be tricky since you both have to compromise, but you can help save the environment and costs with this option!

Spring into Wedding Season

The snow is starting to melt, and the warm air is starting to stream, that means Spring is ready to bloom and so are the flowers! Spring weddings kick off our season, and we couldn’t be more excited! From spring flowers, fresh produce, to bright colors, here is your guide to getting hitched in the Spring!

Spring Flowers

We have created a list of flowers that are in-season during the Spring months (in the United States). We have also organized them by name, color, scent, and price thanks to The Knot. You can organize the chart by each category by clicking on the header name.

Fresh Food

The winter is finally over and with the flowers starting to bloom, so is some of the most delicious food! Our chef always incorporates the freshest ingredients in each meal, but you can also look through the menus of your banquet facility to see what choices would be best for your wedding date. Thanks to She Knows, we can know exactly what to eat in the Spring!

Spring Fruits

  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries
  • Cherimoya
  • Grapefruit 
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Pineapple 
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Spring Vegetables 

  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Fava beans
  • Fiddlehead ferns
  • New potatoes
  • Ramps
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Vidalia onions
  • Zucchini

Spring Colors

The color experts over at Pantone have declared the top ten Spring colors for the 2017 season!

Colors this season transcend cultural and gender norms. Vivid brights give way to excitement and optimism, though quiet stability prevails in this season’s palette.

REAL WEDDING: Laid-Back and Natural Wedding in New Hampshire

Congratulations to the beautiful newly (re)married couple, Chelsea and Josh Thibeault!

Josh and I met when he started working at a small, family-run store we both had connections to in Greenland, NH. When he joined the Air Force, I realized I couldn’t be without him, and moved to Georgia where he was stationed to be with him. We legally married, alone, in a courthouse there just before his second deployment, and then a year and a few months later, renewed our vows in front of family and friends in a real ceremony at Pats Peak.

Are you ready for some #Pinspiration? Chelsea and Josh had a beautiful laid-back and natural wedding concept.

Bridal Shop

Chelsea bought her gorgeous strapless lace gown at David’s Bridal. Her bridesmaids wore dark blue dresses in a mixture of styles while her maid honors wore beautiful high neck tan colored dresses.


Mr & Mrs Thibeault decided to go off the beaten path and had their wedding flowers purchased at Trader Joe’s. Josh’s mother, Patti, arranged all the bouquets and Chelsea, with the help of family and friends, filled the bottles on the reception tables with the remaining flowers.


Chelsea and Josh were able to purchase a beautiful two-tier wedding cake decorated with sugar flowers and topped with bride and groom deer from Tami’s Specialty Cakes and Baked Goodies ( in Claremont, NH.

Hair & Makeup

The always gorgeous, Peter’s Images Hair Salon and Day Spa in Concord, NH brought out the natural beauty of the bride, Chelsea and her bridal party with hair and makeup.


Everyone was able to dance the night away thanks to the music and excitement from A Goodtime DJ in Salem, NH.


Chelsea & Josh were able to capture each moment of their vow renewal with the help of Shona White and Moose Photography! Shona is an on-location, natural light photographer and a pleasure to work with! I mean, just look at all of these photos!