The Smith Appleby House is a historical building. It’s original structure being built in 1696! It began as a one-room stone-ender with a loft above. You can read more about this intriguing wedding venue with it’s unique collections of antiques on their website. Julie was so excited to be getting married as we waited for the ceremony to start I could barely keep her still to take a picture. So, while she gave me a tour of the house I snapped a few moments along the way. Julie you were a beautiful bride!
Also, a fun fact, in this hallway to the right of where Julie was standing is a unique feature to this historical home — the smoke room — serviced by the huge fireplace in the keeping room downstairs. Seriously, Julie and James could not have picked a more perfect wedding venue for themselves.
Julie was insistent that I not make a big deal about the shoes or the flowers because what was important to her was that her wedding photography capture the moments between the guests– her friends and family. I believe that holds true for every wedding and I am always on the look out for those authentic moments. But I still had to snap a couple of shots of these shoes because… how cool are they!? The ballet flats were a modern take on a vintage concept and with so many details: the side buttons, the braided trim and the back zipper all beautifully handcrafted! I remember her mentioning that she got them off of Etsy and that she chose them because she wanted to be able to wear them again. Which reminds me of the quote from William Morris, “If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” I loved capturing the sweet moment of Julie’s Dad practicing the lifting of her veil while they waited for the ceremony to begin. The groom’s brother constructed this AMAZING floral arch for the wedding ceremony. The DIY floral arch consisted of Sunflowers, Rudbeckia hirta, commonly called black-eyed-susan, wild flowers and ferns. It was the perfect backdrop to their outdoor wedding ceremony.
I loved James’ peaceful presence as he stood waiting for his bride.
Again, per the bride’s request, I didn’t make too big a deal out of the super-duper-aaaahmaaaazing, handcrafted wedding bouquet but I did get a few photos of it, I had too She and her maid of honor had picked up the blooms at the farmer’s market that morning. My favorite part of the bouquet was that it was partially editable. You heard me right! Alongside the red amaranthus, in this whimsical wedding bouquet, was freshly picked dill from the farmer’s market! Which fit the theme of her wedding perfectly considering it was being catered by Smoke & Pickles, a farm-to-table catering company that personalizes menus for food lovers. (See how the bouquet coordinated perfectly with the hors d’oeuvres being served during the cocktail hour! Talk about the ultimate foodie wedding!!)
A bee (or hornet?) hovered over the rustic selection of farm to table hors d’oeuvres, including beet pickled hard boiled eggs and Hooligan Stinky Cheese from Mark Gillman at Cato Corner Farm in Connecticut.
The drinks chosen for the event were pretty much as local as you could get with Flying Jenny, Fool Proof Brewing Company and Narragansett (And double points for the Narragansett drink inspired by every Rhode Islander’s favorite frozen-lemonade stand Del’s— It’s refreshingly different!).
Normally I don’t sneak back to the kitchen and document the food preparation process during a wedding reception but it was important to my my couple as this catering company was where they had held their internship while in college and the chef’s preparing the food were so dear to their hearts. And as a foodie myself I loved getting to peek behind the curtain! I loved the simple and authentic rustic elegance of this tented outdoor reception. The farm tables were laid with linens and local flowers. Each guests place settings was marked with a beautifully tided napkin and the mix of antique wooden chairs and benches created a whimsical yet relaxed atmosphere. The start of the reception was marked by the grand entrance of a whole smoked pig.
While most couples and their guests get excited about the tradition of the cutting of the wedding cake. Julie, James and their guests were excited for the carving of the whole smoked pig. James did the honors! The toasts were heartfelt (and maybe even made me tear up a little). The evening moved along with an artisan cheese course after dinner followed by the dessert, grilled peaches and ginger ice cream.