Elegance in (All) White

Imagine getting married under an ancient pine tree encircled by a profusion of flowers and then celebrating in lush gardens with your guests. Alyssa Van Guilder of Apotheca Flowers and her incredible team shows how it can be done with unforgettable elegance. The setting is the Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain in Goffstown in mid-summer. There, with an all-white theme, they demonstrate that, just because it’s an outdoor wedding, it doesn’t have to be overly casual or rustic, that some gorgeous touches can amplify the surroundings. Indeed, the result is stunning. All photos by Lindsay Hackney Photography.


The wedding stationery features watercolor florals in soft yellow, cream and tangerine with luscious greenery and a custom monogram with hand calligraphy lettering. The invitation backing is a textured avocado green linen canvas stock.

The Flowers

This bounteous bouquet in white allows the subtle change of tones in the neutral flowers and foliage to have a voice. “You’re able to play up the texture and movement, and still have a design that feels incredibly classy,” says Alyssa Van Guilder, who created the bouquet. It’s made up of soft yellow ranunculus, menthe roses, white peonies, white O’Hare garden roses, an assortment of ferns and foraged greenery, artemisia, pennycress, white thistle and more.

The Gown

In the summer splendor of a flower garden, the couple has a quiet moment to relax on vintage lounge furniture before cocktail time. The fit-and-flare wedding dress, from Sottero & Midgley, features shimmering lace appliqués and bead detailing over tulle and Inessa jersey. The crisscross strap details accent the gown’s open back, completing the shoulder strap V-neckline.

The Venue

The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain in Goffstown are rustic elegance at its best, with an unforgettable outdoor ceremony location.

Cake and Cocktails

Spring and the color yellow are the themes for the dessert display, created by Peppers Artful Events. Atop a white-washed table is a handcrafted selection of mini sweets — cake pops, lemon thyme tartlets and French macaroons. Adding to the mix are crème brûlée spoons, peach trifles, mini lemon cheesecakes and various candies, all playing on the color theme. The trendy naked cake is a blueberry poppy seed with lemon curd filling. A barrel bar creates a unique display with a floral wall as a backdrop. Mint Moscow mule cocktails are paired with blackened fish tacos with cilantro, avocado and mango slaw. Set on leaves are mission figs with blue cheese and a prosciutto crisp.

The signature cocktail is a lemon and thyme vodka spritzer (left). A beer wall custom designed by Peppers Artful Events is fun way to serve beer.


A flower-bedecked bureau provides an inviting spot for a display of local cheeses and homemade baguettes, accompanied by jams and fruits. Guests dine in two locations — one amid the trees, the other beneath a tent.

Guests have a choice of two dishes; free-range chicken with farm-fresh baby vegetables, gratin dauphinoise and tarragon-scented pan jus lie, and New England bouillabaisse with lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels and halibut poached in a saffron broth with vegetables, Yukon gold potatoes and fresh herbs.


Apotheca Flowers, Alyssa Van Guilder and Team
Floral Designer, Stylist, Coordinator

Lindsay Hackney Photography

Peppers Artful Events
Dessert Display, Cake, Food, Beer Wall, Wine Barrel Bar, Signage

The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain

Boston Rustic Wedding Rentals
White-washed Dessert Table, Ceremony Chairs, Vintage Lounge Furniture

Peak Event Services
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Archway Construction
Farm Table
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Impress Me Designs
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Sperry Tents Seacoast

Country Bridals and Formal Wear
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Hair That Moves
Hair Stying

The Crown Boutique

Yonalis Fabian and Michael Muto

Maggie Agency
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