Oh boy, this Gibbet Hill wedding highlight is going to be a long one. I’ve been looking forward to Katie & Ryan’s wedding at Gibbet Hill in Groton for what feels like foreverrrrrrr. These two live way up in Conway NH and have been planning their wedding from afar. Its funny, despite the distance, Katie and I developed an instant bond. I think it started when I woo’ed her mom and auntie. “What did you do to mom and auntie?!” I will laugh about that email for a long time.
This was “Country Elegance” at its finest at Gibbet Hill, one of my favorite venues perfect for New England brides looking for a unique barn wedding venue with rustic elegance. Mason jars and galvanized buckets, beautiful flowers, cowgirl boots, and burlap tied the theme in perfectly, but this gooorgeous girlie girl definitely still needed her 4″ pink heels!
Katie and Ryan had a line dance planned for their wedding party after intros so the ladies practiced their moves while Katie’s mom helped her into her gown. The JP ran a bit late so while the guests and Ryan enjoyed the beautiful September day, the girls played catchphrase (one of my faves!) to keep Katie entertained. She kept her cool and laughed with her girls while she waited for the word that it was time to get married.
During the ceremony, Katie & Ryan asked that each guest make a wish on a pebble and drop it into a wish jar for them. This is the first time I’ve seen this, I loved it. From there it was effortless pictures and on to the celebration – the wedding party totally rocked the line dance, Ryan & Katie skipped the cake and had a “first scoop” at the ice cream bar instead (crazy amounts of toppings including marshmellow sauce. Umm YUM).
Katie’s MOH said during the speech that Katie had told her during college (U-U-U-UMass!) that “happily ever after” for her was “to meet an amazing guy, move up to the woods in NH, get married and have babies.” She’s definitely found it in Ryan. Sounds pretty perfect, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for them and their next adventure together.