A Romantic, Bohemian Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Inspired by their love of nature and a desire to highlight the organic beauty of their woodland home, Jenna Craig (28 and a financial manager) and Jon Janes (28 and a property manager) planned a romantic, bohemian bash with dramatic palette of pink, red and purple, homemade details and fresh seasonal blooms. “We worked for 17 months to get our backyard and forest ready. We kept adding projects that would highlight little pieces of our personal lives—the keystone arch made out of firewood, our garden that I planted in the spring with flowers that complemented the palette, the kissing bridge that we built for guests to venture off into the woods and the bonfire pit that let guests get toasty at night,” Jenna says. The ceremony took place in an intimate rock cropping in the woods in Gloucester, Massachusetts, which the couple spent over a year clearing and bringing up to wedding day standards. Jenna’s aunt officiated, Jon’s sister shared an Apache love poem, and the couple exchanged vows they’d written themselves. “There was so much love in the air—you could hold it in your hands,” Jenna says. As the newlyweds made their exit to the beat of Rusted Root’s “Send Me on My Way,” family and friends showered them in fragrant dried lavender. A backyard bash was an obvious choice for Jenna and Jon. The pair spent months revamping their outdoor space for the festivities, growing grass, planting flowers and creating garden beds. The result was a lush, inviting landscape that was just as much a part of the decor as the handmade macrame plant hangers, dream catchers and fringe-flecked table linens that filled the reception tent. After dinner and dancing, guests left with jars of homemade jam: strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry and blackberry. A tip from Jenna and Jon: “Our motto is to always be on our team. The best part of being married is that you always have someone on your side supporting and loving you—we try to make that evident in anything we do.” —Libby MacCarthy