Inspiration for a Rustic Chic Wedding

What happens when you combine vibrant punches of color, sleek finishes and the clean lines of a rustic New Hampshire barn? You get a wedding setting that is unforgettable.

An unforgettable setting is what Kate Malloy of Malloy Weddings and her crew of talented professionals created at the Roads End Farm, which is set in the heart of the Lakes Region. The venue, which collaborates with Malloy Weddings, is a vast property with stunning views of the White Mountains, sprawling lawns and a rustic two-story timber frame barn.

“We wanted to showcase the endless design possibilities the property offers,” Kate says. “We’re lucky to have such beautiful venues throughout the state and we wanted to show a different side to them.” And so they did.


A chic gold ship lap bar brought some glam to the barn, keeping the overall design contemporary. The bar was accented with the same bright, bold floral to complete the look. The floral for this summer wedding was, as Kate describes it, “bright, modern and tightly composed.” She created punches of color with vibrant fuchsia vanda orchids, sunset orange calla lilies, an abundance of lush garden roses and beautifully layered ranuculus, each flower grouped with themselves.


The color palette of the bright floral inspired the design of the invitation suite, escort cards and bar menus. The designer, Kathleen Ostrom of Leen Jean Studios, says, “The vision for these items was to have a clean design with handwritten and organic touches that blended modern with a soft feel.” Each item featured hand-painted watercolors. Gold calligraphy and hand-applied gold leafing make these name tags memorable.

The Ceremony

The show-stopper of the design was the ceremony backdrop. “This canvas,” says Kate, “was custom painted to have an ombré effect, leading to the overall design concept that the colors will be seen in a series throughout the shoot.” Gold metallic paint was brushed onto the canvas to elevate the design and add more luxury to the space. Clear acrylic Chiavari chairs with white tufted cushions allow the colorful canvas to stand out.

The Reception

The bright, modern floral theme carries through to the reception table. Malloy Weddings designed it so that mirrored square vases held structurally built arrangements, using one type of floral per vase, running the length of table. Kate says, “This created a geometric color story on each table that matched the custom contemporary ceremony backdrop and the custom menus and place cards.” There was also a modern, trim lounge vignette that consisted of a white leather couch, a lush white faux fur rug and matching floral to complete the design.

The Food

These dishes, created by The White Apron, carry on the sophisticated, colorful theme. In the first photo below, a tian of red and yellow roasted beets and goat cheese with local greens and honey-orange vinaigrette. In the second photo, a pan-roasted Atlantic halibut with sweet corn and smokehouse bacon risotto, fresh herbs and carrot coulis. And, finally, a bistro board offers piave vecchio, black truffle caciotta, pimentino, fresh goat cheese with fines herbes as well as Tamworth prosciutto, coppa salami, Cerignola olives and housemade spiced nuts. Signature mini sweets include lemon-pistachio frangipane, mini s’more cupcakes and lemon beehive tartlets.

The Cake

Inspired by a bright, springy color palette and modern geometric details, Shara Chickering-Hill of Chickadee Hill Cakes created a cake with a classic, three-tiered silhouette in a flawless white fondant finish. “The individually cut and water-colored hexagonal pieces on the bottom tier were hand-painted with food coloring,” Shara says. “Preppy modern metallic gold stripes were decorated with edible 23K gold leaf, and the entire confection was topped with edible sugar magnolias with matching 23K gold centers.”

Hair & Makeup

“A full and fun lash” was one of the aspects of the makeup done by Danielle McKenzie of Making Faces Weddings. Lighter colors, peach and gold, were used on the lid. And, pulling from the styling of the shoot, there was natural bronze peach on the cheek and a pop of color on the lips. The bride’s hairstyle is designed for summer. Lena Hartford of Hair That Moves says, “I created a casual updo that was practical for an outside wedding, maybe with wind or mist, that would look amazing from the side or front.”

The Credits

Malloy Weddings

Brian Adams PhotoGraphics

Roads End Farm

The White Apron

Chickadee Hill Cakes

Leen Jean Studios

Hair That Moves

Making Faces Weddings

Melanie Roth, NEMG
Drew Walsh

Exeter Events & Tents

Perfect Sky Productions

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