Fields of Dreams – Outdoor Summer Wedding Inspiration
Lush fields of lupines — with the White Mountains beyond — are the backdrop for some of the season's most gorgeous and on-trend wedding gowns. It's also the setting for a sumptuous tablescape of signature cocktails and desserts. The gowns were provided by Uniquely Couture Bridal and A Day to Remember, the tablescape was styled by Jessica Raymond and all photos are by Philbrick Photography.
Left: A romantic tulle and lace A-line gown from the designer Sincerity, featuring a Sabrina neckline, basque waistline, 3D floral appliqués, low illusion back, jersey lining and chapel-length train. The gold and enamel leaflet halo headpiece is from Paris by Debra Moreland. Available at A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique
. The flowers by Ivy & Aster Floral Design
capture the romance and rebirth of springtime with large, soft blooms in shades of blush, peach and cream, accented by overflowing foliages.
Right: This beautiful Pronovias design has an illusion neckline created in crystal tulle and lace with gemstone appliqués, which blend into the skin, creating a spectacular tattoo effect. The bodice is fitted at the waist with a discreet bow in crepe, leading to a beautifully draped train skirt created in crepe and tulle. The cathedral-length veil with subtle organza edging is from Erica Koesler. The silver earrings are from Malis-Henderson. Available at A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique
Left: A classic but very trendy gown. Sophisticated but very sensual. Simple but very stylish. That describes this mermaid design from Atelier Pronovias with Josephine embroidery and gemstone appliqué. The skirt opens out into a large train, while the bodice displays a plunging V-neckline at the bust and back, which accentuates the armholes to give it that extra feminine touch. Right: All-over geometric organza trim adorns this strapless ball gown of sand and ivory from Justin Alexander. The cathedral-length train creates a timeless yet trendy wedding day look. Both are available at Uniquely Couture Bridal
A soft wave to hair that is slightly pulled back (left) creates a romantic look. The pearl and crystal earrings and long strand necklace are by Malis-Henderson. The hair (right) has a bohemian wave. The delicate pearl and crystal headband is from Pronovias; the handmade geometric crystal and silver earrings, from Erica Koesler.
This long tulle and lace dress by Pronovias has a mermaid silhouette. A lacy floral mosaic sheathes the body down to the knees, flattering the figure for a feminine effect. Available at Uniquely Couture Bridal
Details on the back of the gown and a view from the front.
The beauty of this gown by Pronovias is in the details. An illusion neck is adorned with off-white and champagne-colored appliqué while soft Chantilly lace appliqué hides among the tulle layers of the skirt. Available at Uniquely Couture Bridal
Left: The beaded Chantilly lace mermaid wedding dress by Justin Alexander features a deep V-neckline, lace straps, a tulle handkerchief skirt and a deep keyhole back. The chapel-length veil from Washington Millinery features a delicate tulle body with heavy Alençon lace edging. Available at Uniquely Couture Bridal
Right: Modern sexiness meets timeless elegance in this sophisticated, full-length mermaid gown from Blue by Enzoani. A sheer guipure lace bodice and sweetheart neckline are perfectly romantic with thin spaghetti straps adorned with stones that trail along a breathtaking low illusion back neckline. The soft stretch georgette skirt drapes down to an illusion lace train that is sure to keep all eyes on you, coming and going. The crystal and lace appliqué adorned headband is from AA Bridal. Available at A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique
. The flowesr by Ivy & Aster Floral Design
feature New Hampshire-grown anemones, poppies, stock and snapdragons, as well as other springtime beauties including peonies, astilbe, spray roses, astrantia and lisianthus.
From the bateau neckline to the elegant fit-and-flare bodice, the gown is adorned with hand-beaded lace appliqués. The silhouette is delicately shrouded by an illusion back complete with a zip closure that is disguised by ornate beading. The gown, from Amaré Couture, is shown in a champagne color with ivory overlay. Available at A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique
The gown from Blue Willow by Anne Barge has delicate lace straps in the back that lead down into a long flowing train for a soft, feminine look. Available at Uniquely Couture Bridal
The celebratory feast table features crystal glassware mixed with gold mercury candle votives. “That flows beautifully,” stylist Jessica Raymond says, “with the lace-like details of the hand-painted china and gold textured flatware.” Also drawing attention to the wooden farm table are antique bronze candelabras and a lush floral garland by Ivy & Aster Floral Design. The garland includes garden roses, peonies, stock and dahlias, as well as accenting ferns and mixed eucalyptus and lemon leaf foliages. The votives and candelabras are available as rentals from Ivy & Aster.
Guests are welcomed with a signature beverage station, where light cocktails — a chilled sparkling rosé cocktail and herb-infused mojito — await them.
Highlighted in the center of the dessert spread is a two-tiered white fondant cake adorned with edible gold leaf by For Goodness Cakes
“It is given the perfect finishing touches of greenery and fragrant florals,” says Raymond. Surrounding the cake is an array of desserts. Summer berries with chocolate mousse, fruit tarts, pastel macarons and designer donuts add bursts of color to the table. Classic treats — strawberry shortcake and key lime pie — are served in shooter-style glasses to add a fun spin on old favorites.