A Romantic, Rustic Wedding at Barns in Wesleyan Hills in Middletown, Connecticut

Lauren Rhoades (32 and a singer) and Matthew Rhoades (34 and an investor) met by fate at a laundromat in their neighborhood. When Lauren first saw Mat

Lauren Rhoades (32 and a singer) and Matthew Rhoades (34 and an investor) met by fate at a laundromat in their neighborhood. When Lauren first saw Matt, she knew she had to figure out a way to talk to him so she asked him to watch her things while she dealt with her laundry. They instantly clicked and began dating not long after. On the weekend before Thanksgiving in November 2013, Matt surprised Lauren with a trip to Bretton Woods, NH. After a romantic train ride through Mount Washington, Matt proposed to Lauren in front the scenic, mountainous view. Matt and Lauren chose to have their wedding at the Barns in Wesleyan Hills in Middletown, CT where their family and friends could easily travel to and their outdoor summer wedding could truly come to life. The ceremony took place on the lawn outside the barn surrounded by willow trees while the reception was held inside the barn with its wooden beams and white drapery. "Our wedding style for our big day was laid-back rustic elegance with romantic and classic touches," Lauren says. Their color palette of blushes and nudes kept with the romantic style. Flower arrangements were simple and consisted of spray roses and hydrangeas. Centerpieces were were small arrangements of spray roses in bud vases and mason jars with surrounding tea light candles. Lauren and Matt also added various DIY elements to their decor. The ceremony welcome sign, seating chart and menu were all displayed on chalkboard signs. Table numbers were even handmade on wooden slabs matching the rustic style. Lauren and Matt's summer wedding embodied the perfect combination of romantic and rustic elements.

Blush and Off-White Wedding Invitation
Lauren's bouquet continued the soft color palette with pink spray roses and white hydrangeas.
Pink Spray Rose Boutonniere
Peep-Toe, Champagne Wedding Shoes
Round Diamond, Platinum Wedding Ring
Strapless, Trumpet-Style Wedding Dress
Lauren and Matt First Look
Lauren's bridesmaids wore short, chiffon dresses in blush and nude matching the soft color palette.
Groomsmen in Navy Vests and Slacks
Blush and Navy Wedding Party
Lauren attached an antique charm with a photo of her father to her bouquet.
Lauren attached small sachets of lavender to the ceremony programs for guests to toss as her and Matt walked down the aisle.
For DIY elements, Lauren and Matt had various chalkboard signs throughout their reception. One, wooden-framed sign welcomed guests to the ceremony.
Lauren and Matt's ceremony took place on the lawn at the Barns in Wesleyan Hills surrounded by full willow trees.
Lauren and Matt First Kiss
Lauren and Matt Recessional at Barns in Wesleyan Hills Reception
DIY Pink and White Chalkboard Seating Chart Sign
"With old wooden beams, strings of bistro lights and long white drapes, the barn was picture perfect for our reception setting," Lauren says.
Mr. and Mrs. Burlap Table Flags
Lauren and Matt First Dance at Rustic Reception
DIY Signature Cocktail Bar
Handmade Wooden Table Numbers
Centerpieces were small arrangements of pink spray roses in bud vases and mason jars with surrounding tea light candles in glass and mercury votives.
DIY Framed Chalkboard Menu Sign
Instead of having a large wedding cake, Lauren and Matt surprised guests with a cupcake food truck. "We handed out epic cupcakes to our guests from the truck with flavors like Peanut Butter Chocolate Explosion and Irish Car Bomb," Lauren says.
Lauren created a guest book out of her and Matt's engagement photos.
Vintage Luggage Card Holder
Small White Wedding Cake with Just Married Cake Topper
Sparklers Reception Exit