A Rustic, Bohemian Wedding at Hardy Farm in Fryeburg, Maine

Emily Hough (30 and an editor at Oxford University Press) and John Mileham (34 and an application architect) planned a rustic, bohemian wedding with a bright color palette rich in cheerful summer hues and quirky touches that spoke to their fun-loving personalities. The New York-based couple ditched their urban digs for a quaint, quiet corner of Maine, hosting both the ceremony at reception at Hardy Farm in the town of Fryeburg. The intimate venue provided a quintessential New England backdrop for the day with its charming historic home, restored barn and acres of lush, natural scenery. “I grew up in western Massachusetts, so the rolling fields and forests felt like home,” says Emily. The couple exchanged vows in a natural cathedral of pine and fir trees under a handmade wedding arbor draped in cascading vines and fresh ivory hydrangeas, the afternoon light softly diffusing through the branches. The provincial feel of the picturesque setting set the tone for the decor, lending itself to bunches of fresh wildflowers displayed in antique canisters and pitchers, burlap linens and pint-sized zinc table numbers. Keeping things simple and fun, dinner was a laid-back affair with a menu featuring Southern BBQ classics, like pulled pork and blackened chicken. John recorded his own rendition of The Magnetic Fields’ “It’s Only Time,” for the couple’s first dance and at the end of the evening the pair sent their family and friends home with wildflower seeds to plant in their gardens across the country, a nod to Emily’s favorite childhood book, “The Lupine Lady.” A tip for the taking from Emily: “You spend months planning out so many details, but the best thing you can do the morning of is to forget about all of them. They’ll still be there, brightening the day, but a wedding is such a unique and special chance to share a moment with everyone you love and to bring together two lives and two families. That can be done anywhere, in any weather, no matter what the flowers look like. You don’t want that moment to pass you by while you’re fretting over rainclouds, counting escort cards and tweaking decorations.”