A Classic, Rustic Wedding at Bill Miller's Castle in Branford, Connecticut

Despite running into a few obstacles during the planning process—their venue was sold and their booking was canceled 10 weeks before their wedding date—Aubrey Zimmerman (24 and a report writer) and Robert Zimmerman’s (27 and a landscaping crew leader) wedding went off without a hitch. The couple planned a laid-back affair at Bill Miller’s Castle in Branford, Connecticut, with plenty of rustic flair. “It was even better than our first venue,” Aubrey says. “It had room for an outdoor ceremony under a partial gazebo, a large dance floor and all the rustic touches we were looking for.” A palette of navy and white was used to add a classic feel to the decor, while details like mason jars, tree slices, burlap, lace and twine infused the day with undeniable country charm. Flowers by Danielle brought the stately stone castle to life with arrangements of eye-catching, seasonal blue and white blooms like roses, hydrangeas and delphiniums, and Disney-inspired touches ensured there was no shortage of personality. Robert popped the question at Disney World after the pair graduated college, so a themed cake topper and music for the ceremony processional were a must. Other playful touches that spoke to the couple’s personalities included a bucket list guest book, where guests shared ideas and places the couple should experience and visit together during their lifetime. Making their guests felt welcome was important to the couple, and they visited every table during the reception and had a receiving line to greet their guests and thank them for sharing their special day. A tip from Aubrey: “Everyone kept telling us to stop and make sure to take everything in. Well, we tried as hard as we could, but always got interrupted with being needed for the next event and we didn't always have time to see the results of all our hard work. We didn't see the details or notice every decision we had made. So my advice is to make sure you have a photographer and videographer, so you can go back to take in those details you may have missed, because you'll want to.”