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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
China, Flatware, Linens, Glassware
Impress Me Designs
Sperry Tents Seacoast
Country Bridals and Formal Wear
Bridal Dress, Jewelry, Shoes
Hair That Moves
The Crown Boutique
Yonalis Fabian and Michael Muto