A Rustic-Chic Fall Wedding at the Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton, Maine
Jill Harkness (30 and a business owner) and Donal Dignan (30 and a business owner) planned a rustic-chic celebration with a subtle autumnal twist for their late-November wedding, complete with quaint vintage-inspired touches and whimsical details that gave the day an air of down-home charm. Tucked away in the quaint rural town of Buxton, Maine, the Barn at Flanagan Farm provided a picturesque backdrop for the affair with its intimate wooded setting and historic barn. “We wanted some rustic elements to fit the venue, but we didn’t want it to feel too casual or like a barnyard, so we complemented the rustic theme with a neutral palette with pops of navy and rose pink, carefully placed metallics and chic place settings,” Jill says.
The festivities unfolded with an outdoor ceremony at sunset. The aisles were lined with birch logs topped with brightly lit lanterns, tufts of moss and pinecones, tying seamlessly into the setting and adding a touch of whimsy to the decor. Jill and Donal exchanged vows under a lush green arbor framed by vases filled with cotton, and guests cozied up with blankets and glasses of hot apple cider. “We are lovers of the outdoors, so this setting seemed perfect,” Jill says. Following their “I dos,” the newlyweds ushered their guests into Flanagan Farm’s lofty wooden barn, where they enjoyed a family-style dinner and lots of dancing. Farmhouse tables filled the spacious barn and were topped with hemstitch linen runners, vintage-inspired floral dinner plates, and ivory inlay flatware, playing off the evening’s rustic-chic vibe. Wooden planter boxes filled with ivory hydrangeas, lamb’s ears, thistles and garden roses added a touch of romance to the tablescapes, while silver lanterns and votive candles cast a warm glow around the room. “We kept the decorations pretty minimal because the barn was beautiful on its own,” Jill says. “We opted to emphasize the lighting throughout the space by surrounding the barn walls with votive candles and adding trailing lights down the main barn door.” Music was a top priority for Jill and Donal, and they compiled a top-notch playlist for their DJ to spin throughout the night, which kept the dance floor packed until the last song. —Libby MacCarthy