A Natural, Rustic Wedding at The Greenwood Manor Inn in Harrison, Maine

After hitting an unexpected bump in the road during the planning process — having to find a new venue just three months before they planned to say “I

After hitting an unexpected bump in the road during the planning process — having to find a new venue just three months before they planned to say “I do,” Laura Reid (22 and a cosmetologist) and Jacob Dubois (23 and an excavator) found the venue of their dreams in The Greenwood Manor Inn in Harrison, Maine. The quaint inn with its lush, natural setting provided a striking backdrop for the laid-back affair and endless inspiration for the outdoor-loving couple. “One of our favorite things about our venue was the whole wedding party and parents were able to stay together the night before and the night of the wedding,” says Laura. The day started with an intimate ceremony in the Greenwood Manor Inn’s beautiful gardens, where Laura and Jacob exchanged heartfelt vows under a wisteria-draped wedding arbor. A tented cocktail hour and reception followed, where potted succulents, antiqued lanterns, and birch accents infused the evening with an organic, rustic vibe. Guests enjoyed a decadent dinner of barbecue favorites, followed by plenty of fun-filled festivities including dancing, bonfires and lawn games like corn hole. “There was something to fit all of our guests’ personalities,” says Laura. 

Greenwood Manor Inn Ceremony Processional
Lovers of the outdoors, Laura and Jacob hosted both their ceremony and reception outdoors. The ceremony took place in the Greenwood Manor Inn’s intimate gardens, where an abundance of brightly colored flowers were in full bloom, with Laura and Jacob exchanging vows under a lush, wisteria-draped arbor.
While the couple went for an understated aesthetic when it came to their decor to let the natural beauty of their venue shine through, Laura’s bridal bouquet was bursting with color and vibrancy. Campbell’s Floral Design filled the arrangement with spray roses, garden roses, peonies and dusty miller in bright, cheerful shades of peach, pink, blush and white.
Laura’s bridesmaids wore matching one-shoulder lace dresses from David’s Bridal in South Portland, Maine. The lace overlay complemented Laura’s lace A-line gown, while the classic navy color tied into the day’s overall color palette. Jacob’s groomsmen wore matching gray pants, classic white button-down shirts and navy ties. “I decided on no suit jackets because I felt it fit the venue better and the attire would be cooler and more comfortable for them,” says Laura.
For her wedding day look, Laura went all-out classic. She donned an elegant A-line gown in a soft champagne hue with an ivory lace overlay and strapless sweetheart neckline. She styled her hair into a polished braided updo and added a fingertip-length veil for the ceremony.
After taking their portraits, the couple rejoined their guests under the reception tent for a fun-filled night of dinner and dancing. The couple served a delectable spread of barbecue classics, like smoked brisket, grilled chicken and a selection of homemade barbecue sauces, as well as veggie lasagna for their vegetarian guests.
After a dinner of classic barbecue fare, the Laura and Jacob treated their guests to a slice of lemon cake with buttercream frosting. The four-tier confection was decorated with ivory fondant and an abundance of delicate sugar flowers on the second layer.
Greenwood Manor Inn Reception Bonfire
After exchanging vows in an intimate ceremony in the Greenwood Manor Inn’s lush gardens, guests enjoyed cocktail hour under an expansive white tent. They sampled artisanal cheeses, a spread of fresh fruits and vegetables and a selection of refreshing drinks, while taking in the beautiful surroundings and playing lawn games like corn hole.
Laura and Jacob met one summer at the local ice cream shop Laura worked at during college. Jacob was a regular and after several weeks of frequenting the spot, he finally worked up the nerve to ask Laura on a date. “Our first date lasted till 3 o’clock in the morning and we never ran out of things to talk about,” says Laura. “After a few months of dating he confessed to me that he really didn’t like ice cream!” A year later, Jacob surprised Laura on her mother-daughter trip to New York City, popping the question in front of the giant Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. “Knowing New York City was one of my favorite places, Jacob had planned the engagement in three days making what he and my Mom called ‘Operation Christmas Tree’ a success,” says Laura.
Laura and Jacob drew on their lush, natural venue for inspiration when it came to the decor, keeping things simple so as not to detract from the site’s beautiful grounds. The reception tables were topped with clusters of potted succulents, which also doubled as favors, and antiqued lanterns housing ivory pillar candles, with miniature chalkboard signs adding to the centerpieces’ rustic appeal.  “My favorite details were the white birch trees and white lights covering the posts in the tent,” says Laura. “With out minimalist decorations, I felt like were able to give a completely different look to the tent.”