A Rustic-Chic Spring Wedding at the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Massachusetts

While most couples have at least year to plan their wedding, Lydia Garcia and Todd Coolidge had only three months. The pair had always imagined exchanging vows at the Barn at Gibbet Hill, one of their favorite dinner spots, and not long after Todd popped the question, Lydia called to inquire about available dates. “When we got engaged, there was over a one-year wait for the location,” Lydia says. “But when I called a week later, a bride had canceled that morning and we were offered a spot—if we could pull off a wedding in 90 days.” With the help of Blissful Beginnings Wedding and Event Design, the couple planned a beautiful rustic-chic affair, rich in bright peach and coral hues and touches that spoke to the spring season. Susanne’s Weddings lit up the elegant post and beam barn with arrangements of cheerful gerbera daisies, garden roses and ranunculus, while handmade details like mason jar vases, mountain-themed table names and birch branch escort card holders played up the wedding’s country locale. Old photographs, community vows during the ceremony and a poster outlining the monumental moments in the couple’s relationship helped give the day a personal dimension, as did Lydia and Todd’s decision to teach guests how to salsa. “On Todd’s first trip to New York City, I took him to a family wedding, where he had to learn to dance salsa and merengue, given my Latin background,” Lydia says. “At our wedding, Todd and I gave everyone a quick dance lesson. The first song, all 168 people were on the dance floor doing the merengue with me and Todd. It was amazing!” Other elements that went over big with guests were the photo booth stocked with silly props and a late-night ice cream sundae bar, Todd’s only request. Some tips from Lydia and Todd: “It can be done in 90 days, but only if you have amazing friends and family to help. We got great recommendations for vendors from our friends, which was very helpful. Consider Etsy vendors for decor to make your wedding unique and personal. When you pick a photographer, pick people with whom you are comfortable and who can make you laugh. They make for better photos. And finally, if you have your heart set on a venue and you're flexible, always call to see if a cancelation has occurred. It got us our dream wedding.”