A Bohemian Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Franklin, New Hampshire

Nicole Holguin (35 and a physician) and Dor Aharony (35 and an electrical engineer) whisked their family and friends off to New Hampshire’s scenic cou

Nicole Holguin (35 and a physician) and Dor Aharony (35 and an electrical engineer) whisked their family and friends off to New Hampshire’s scenic countryside for a bohemian bash rich in vibrant color and a touch of old-world flair. “We love to hike and camp and have spent many summers together in New Hampshire,” Nicole says. “We wanted to have a weekend celebration where our guests could camp and enjoy the scenic countryside.” Quaint meadows and lush forest surrounding the private home where the festivities unfolded provided a striking natural backdrop for the affair, the vast expanse of green allowing Lotus Floral’s brilliant bouquets of pink, yellow, coral and red blooms to come to life. Taking advantage of the scenery and the perfect summer weather, Nicole and Dor hosted all the day’s events outdoors, beginning with a custom gender-neutral Jewish ceremony on the lawn. The couple exchanged vows under a handcrafted birch chuppah draped in full peonies, verdant greenery and playful king proteas. “One of the flowers I requested was the bird of paradise. It was the first flower I gave Dor as a gift and also happens to be a flower that grows in Israel, where he is from,” Nicole says. After their “I dos,” Nicole and Dor kicked off the evening’s celebrations with a cocktail hour by the pool at sunset. Dinner followed on the lawn, a Mediterranean feast served atop long farm-style tables adorned with bright printed table runners, arrangements of colorful wildflowers and vintage stemware that brought an air of eclectic charm to the tablescapes. “I spent the year before collecting different-colored glass goblets and vintage brass candleholders for the table decorations. The tables also had large floral centerpieces and vintage brown bottles filled with flowers and feathers,” Nicole says. The evening then transitioned to a full-on dance party, with a close friend taking the helm at the turntable, churning out hits that got everyone up on their feet and out onto the dance floor. A tip from Nicole and Dor: “Don’t worry too much about the details. Most of all, enjoy the process and the time you get to spend together expressing your style and love for each other.” —Libby MacCarthy

In lieu of a traditional round-cut diamond solitaire ring, Nicole and Dor took the vintage route when it came to choosing an engagement ring. The pair spotted a striking navette style from the 1930s at Brodney Antiques in Boston and fell head over heels for its elegant old-world design. “Dor liked that it was used,” Nicole says.
“We wished for wildflowers but left the imagination and creation up to our amazing florist, Lotus Floral Design,” Nicole says. The talented team more than delivered, creating a bright, textured arrangement of roses, peonies, wildflowers and thistles for Nicole to carry down the aisle, amplifying the couple’s bohemian vision.
Drawing on the wedding’s bohemian theme and the setting’s natural locale, Nicole opted for a free-spirited look that was elegant and fuss-free. She donned a lace sheath-style Maggie Sottero gown by with delicate cap sleeves and a subtle fit-and-flare silhouette. She completed the ensemble with a playful flower crown, natural-looking makeup and a loose, romantic updo.
The ceremony took place on the lawn, where guests took in the natural scenery as the couple exchanged vows. The centerpiece for the alfresco affair was a handcrafted birch chuppah draped in lush greenery, king proteas and a handwoven macrame piece. “One of the flowers I requested was the bird of paradise. It was the first flower I gave as a gift to Dor and also happens to be a flower that grows in Israel, where he is from,” Nicole says.
The younger members of Nicole’s bridal party channeled the evening’s bohemian feel, wearing white linen frocks, delicate flower crowns and their hair down in wavy locks. During the ceremony, the girls spread out on a colorful pom-pom trimmed blanket laid out beside the chuppah.rnThe younger members of Nicole’s bridal party channeled the evening’s bohemian feel, wearing white linen frocks, delicate flower crowns and their hair down in wavy locks. During the ceremony, the girls spread out on a colorful pom-pom-trimmed blanket laid out beside the chuppah, emphasizing the evening's carefree vibe.
“My sister and best friend participated in the processional. They were free to wear what they wished, but I think they must have secretly coordinated because they both ended up wearing long floral dresses with their hair down and curled,” Nicole says. The girls completed the look with colorful heels and flower crowns that mirrored Nicole’s.
To help their guests find their way around the property and guide them in the direction of the day’s events, Nicole and Dor created hand-painted signs complete with bright, colorful paint and lighthearted illustrations.
In lieu of a more traditional lounge, Nicole and Dor invited guests to kick back and relax under the shade of airy panels of floral-printed fabric, formed to create a cozy open-air tent.
Wildflower Centerpieces
In addition to cake, Nicole and Dor served a selection of sweet treats after their Mediterranean meal, complete with animal-shaped sugar cookies—a big hit with guests of all ages—and a variety of petits fours.
For the traditional cake cutting, Nicole and Dor asked Jacques Pastries to whip up a one-tier confection featuring glitzy gold foil and hand-painted watercolor detailing to achieve a whimsical, artsy centerpiece for their decadent dessert spread.