A Rustic Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Hillsborough, New Hampshire

Liz Robertson (30 and a director of people operations) and Boris Maguire (30 and a head of deployment) call Kenya home, but they headed to New England

Liz Robertson (30 and a director of people operations) and Boris Maguire (30 and a head of deployment) call Kenya home, but they headed to New England—where they both grew up—to say “I do.” When their first venue fell through, Boris’s parents saved the day, opening their quaint New Hampshire home to the couple’s 300 guests. The resulting soiree was a fun-filled backyard fete steeped in Northeastern charm, vibrant color and rustic flair. The day unfolded with an outdoor ceremony on the lawn, with Liz and Boris exchanging vows under a white birch wedding arch draped in ethereal white fabric. A close friend officiated, adding an extra-personal touch to the proceedings, and Liz’s college a cappella group performed a rendition of Echosmith’s “Bright.” Bundles of bright wildflowers, displayed atop tree-trunk slices, paid tribute to the natural setting while adding a pop of fresh, cheerful color. With the help of the pros at Private Weddings and Events, the couple transformed the backyard into a whimsical woodland ballroom, complete with wooden farm tables, wildflower centerpieces and romantic lace accents. Canoes filled with ice and local brews invited guests to whet their whistles, while cozy vignettes provided the perfect place for friends and family to kick back. Lawn games such as cornhole and life-size Jenga offered endless entertainment, and Liz and her father surprised guests with a choreographed dance. “He spent hours at a dance studio learning moves and practicing really hard," Liz says. "It was an absolute blast!” A tip from Liz: “It’s a big day, but it’s still a party—do this one like you would any other but with a little extra oomph. Just enjoy it. No one remembers any of the details you stress about anyway.” —Libby MacCarthy

Drawing on the couple’s rustic, backyard theme for inspiration, the florists at Lotus Floral Design created a textured arrangement of wildflowers, sunflowers and peonies in vibrant shades of yellow, purple, blue and pink for Liz to carry down the aisle.
Guests were immersed in the evening’s rustic theme from the moment they arrived to the ceremony, greeted by a display of antique lanterns, vintage soda crates and cascading arrangements of bright pink and purple flowers in metal milk pails.
The ceremony took place at the forest's edge, with Liz and Boris and their guests gathering under the shade of tall old-growth trees. Bundles of bright flowers and a quaint white birch wedding arch framed Liz and Boris as they said their “I dos,” with a panel of ethereal white fabric overhead, giving the setting a note of whimsy.
Liz's bridesmaids’ gray and navy blue dresses provided the perfect backdrop for the bouquets, the soft neutral tones allowing the cheerful yellow, pink and purple blooms to pop. Liz let each choose her own style and color so they would all feel comfortable all night.
During cocktail hour, Liz and Boris and their guests tried their hands at lawn games, such as cornhole and life-size Jenga. Chalkboard signs were scattered across the lawn, guiding friends and family in the direction of the festivities.
In lieu of traditional table numbers, Liz and Boris named each of their tables after a year. Each table featured a photo of the couple from the corresponding year, starting with 1985, the year they were born.
Capturing the charm of the woodland setting, the reception exuded New Hampshire charm with its wooden farm tables, brilliant wildflower bouquets, lace table runners and vintage floral china.
The couple combined Boris’s love of color and Liz’s preference for gray and navy blue to strike the perfect balance of classic elegance and festive flair. Bouquets of wildflowers and traditional full florals, such as peonies and garden roses, in a spectrum of brights and jewel tones infused the reception tables with an air of playfulness and panache.
As a nod to the wedding’s New England locale, Liz and Boris personalized their koozie favors with an image of Franklin Pierce—the 14th US president and a native of Hillsborough, New Hampshire—with a quote that read, “There’s nothing left to do but get drunk.”
After a dinner of poached salmon with dill sauce, quinoa and roasted-vegetable salad, Liz and Boris treated guests to a selection of bite-size sweets from Sugar Boutique. “They did a phenomenal job, and nearly every dessert was gone before the end of the night,” Liz says.
After cocktails and photos on the waterfront, Liz, Boris and their wedding party hopped in golf carts—the newlyweds’ tricked out with a classic string of cans and a wooden "Just married" sign—and rolled into cocktail hour in style.
After dinner, the festivities kicked into full swing. In addition to dancing, guests played lawn games and struck a pose at Liz and Boris’s iPad photo booth.