today’s love story:

Kara & Adam’s Western Mass Barn Wedding

and all the magical moments that made it

There’s a special intimacy to winter weddings, like Kara & Adam’s Red Barn at Hampshire College wedding in Amherst MA. Maybe its the cold outside that make winter weddings feel that much cozier inside, or maybe its knowing that everyone there loves you enough to brave single degree temperatures to celebrate the day you married the one you love.

Kara planned a rustic wine theme for their wedding and there were so many details that came together, perfectly complementing the elegant rustic feel of the Red Barn. And their flowers! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such beautiful flower arrangements. 

The day was incredibly beautiful, meaningful and fun. Here’s a glimpse into their beautiful rustic barn wedding.

Wedding Preparation LocationLord Jeffrey Inn

Wedding / Bridesmaids GownMaggie Sottero / JCrew

Kara & her girls were calm and happy when we arrived…I love when the day starts relaxed!

You’ll see lots of their flowers in this post. I can’t get over how beautiful & unique everything was…and I love that they even incorporated the rustic wine theme into Adam’s bout!

For their first look at Lord Jeffrey Inn, Adam waited on the grand staircase but couldn’t wait to see Kara. He turned to face the doorway, so he could see her approach. When their eyes met, they lit up. It was almost time to get married!

As Kara climbed out of the limo, the driver told her there was still time to change her mind, and he’d take her anywhere. Haha! I love her reaction.

They make each other laugh so easily…we had just a few minutes before we started their formals and that’s all we needed. 🙂

I LOVED their “welcome tree,” adorned with mini flower arrangements in mini vases. I’ve never seen anything like it! 

As Adam stepped forward to the front of the room, he squeezed their officiant’s hand in the sweetest gesture. He was ready.

This picture, to me, represents how their wedding ceremony felt, bathed in sunlight and happiness…

I absolutely love the rustic charm of the Red Barn at Hampshire College. It’s such a hidden gem perfect for couples looking for a unique, rustic venue for their wedding. And Samantha and her team are the best!

Their eyes stayed locked throughout most of their vows, so totally engrossed in each other and the meaning behind the words they were saying.

Ok, so you’re about to see a LOT more of their wine-themed details, from the sign-a-cork guest “book” to messages in a bottle, with bottles that will be opened and read at each appropriate anniversary. The table numbers were refinished wine bottles, custom-designed to include the table number on the front and the dinner menu on the back. The centerpieces were contained in hand-made wooden boxes, and their favors were chalkboard-bottom wine glasses complete with chalk so their guests could write their names. They had burlap signs throughout, and burlap and lace table runners. All of it was so well-planned and it came together perfectly. Kara, all of your hard work was so worth it! 

The rest of the night was filled with dancing, good food and time with good company.

Congratulations, Kara & Adam!

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