This blog post might just be the longest one we’ve ever written. Why, you ask? Because this wedding was just packed full of personal touches and we can’t get enough of it! Jen and Tylan are the kind of couple that every wedding planner hopes for. They trusted us to bring their wedding to life from the very beginning, which led to, well, magic! Arielle Doneson Photography captured every moment so perfectly and we have being waiting to share all of the photos and details with you for a loooooong time. We are thrilled that this real wedding was just published on Boston Weddings!
Let me start by giving you a little context. Jen and Tylan bought an 1820’s farmhouse, Bascom Hill, in Western Massachusetts with the plan to renovate it and turn it into their forever home. The home itself has a ton of history – it was was originally built on the stagecoach road from Boston to Albany and is thought to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad. The property sits in a central location for Jen and Tylan to run their small business that they co-own, Walden Hill, which produces sustainable, acorn-fed pork in New England. This means that they spend a lot of time harvesting acorns! They also bottle their own maple syrup straight from the farm!
Now that you know a little bit more about the newlyweds, let me tell you what you’re dying to know about – their wedding! Jen and Tylan got married on their farm, Bascom Hill. That’s right, the farmhouse they bought and decided to renovate was also the location of the wedding. Did I mention they were renovating alongside wedding planning? I don’t mean they were just fixing a room or two. We’re talking a full scale renovation involving the construction of farm roads, landscape that included a pool, and pretty much completely gutting the interior of the home and building additions. When I went for the first site visit, there was an exterior structure of home with heavy machinery dropped here and there around the property. We had our initial meeting in an airstream, where they assured me that I had nothing to worry about – the home, aka venue, would definitely be done before the wedding. Fast forward to the early hours of the Friday morning of their wedding weekend. Furniture was being moved in and they were wedding ready – a three year project came to an end with just hours to spare!
We believe that stationery really sets the tone for a wedding and we love it when our couples want to design something that is uniquely theirs. Jen wanted something hand-illustrated, so of course we turned to Caitlin of Hark Creative Co. Caitlin designed a full stationery suite, including an elegant boxed wedding invitation, complete with dried flowers and raw silk ribbon. Little did we know that the designs Caitlin created would end up being incorporated not only across the wedding day, but into Jen and Tylan’s home, too! The pattern from the liner of the Save the Dates even made it onto the wallpaper in their powder room.
Since the farmhouse is located in the heart of the Pioneer Valley, guests stayed at hotels across the area, with most hotels being about 20 minutes away. That felt too far for the bridal party, so we brought in glamp tents from Stout Tents and created a little village on the property. This meant that the party never had to end! To warmly welcome everyone, welcome bags were given to each guest. Sustainability is important to Jen and Tylan, so we kept that in mind for the bags, which included metal, reusable straws, custom reusable water bottles, Baklava from one of their favorite restaurants, a deck of custom playing cards, soap made by a local farm, toffee from Jen’s childhood, and apples picked on the farm!
Before the ceremony, the couple and their bridal party gathered in the sugarbush, which is where the bride and groom harvest sap and make their maple syrup. The maple syrup was incorporated throughout the wedding in signature cocktails and again at the end of the night as favors!
Arielle captured the first look, as well as some portraits before walking down the aisle. Jen’s dress was a classic A-line gown by Carolina Herrera that she found at L’Elite Bridal on Newbury Street in Boston. The dress had strawberries, cherries, and flowers embroidered on the fabric. L’Elite designed a custom veil for Jen to incorporate some of these fruits and flowers, too! Tylan wore a bespoke suite from English Cut in Boston. It was lined with a custom pattern which was adopted from the wedding stationery. The groomsmen wore custom ties to coordinate with Tylan’s suit. The fabric for the ties was made using spoonflower.com and then the ties were created on bowties.com. Even Ralph, Jen and Tylan’s golden retriever, got his own custom bowtie and leash! The groomsmen suits were custom Alton Lane suits and the bridesmaids wore Monique Lhouillier. Even the flower girls’ attire was well thought out. They wore custom Isabel Garretón dresses to coordinate with Jen’s gown!