A Romantic, Traditional Wedding at Searles Castle in Windham, New Hampshire

Justina Alicudo (29 and a teacher) and Christopher Gaeta (28 and a city accessor) knew they wanted a distinctive venue to host their early-summer wedding, and a castle in the heart of New Hampshire was certainly that. After one visit to Searles Castle in Windham, New Hampshire, Justina and Christopher were instantly smitten. The venue's beautiful grounds was a major selling point for the couple, and having been to several weddings there, they knew they would be in good hands. The historic spot served as a source of inspiration for the decor, with the couple looking to soft shades of blush and champagne, gilded accents and arrangements of full, romantic blooms to play up the castle’s elegant, refined feel. The Searles Castle Grotto played host to the ceremony, which Justin and Christopher wrote entirely themselves with the help of their officiant, Anna Bacall. Customized vows and a stone ceremony, a symbol of the couple’s families and friends helping to lay the foundation for their new life together, helped give the ceremony a highly personalized dimension. A tented reception followed in the courtyard, surrounded by the castle’s impressive stone walls, where Searles Castle wined and dined the couple's guests, before the band Groovin’ You Entertainment got everyone moving and shaking on the dance floor. A tip from Justina: “Have fun with it. We have seen so many people get lost in all the wrong details during planning and lose sight of what's important and what you're actually planning for—a celebration of your life and love together with those who matter most to you. We enjoyed the planning process and can honestly say we never felt stress or anxiety about it. Have fun!”