A Rustic Fall Wedding at a Family Farm in Orford, New Hampshire

Molly Tullar (27 and a golf professional) always knew she wanted to say her “I do’s” at her family’s dairy farm in Orford, NH, so when Alex Braid (28

Molly Tullar (27 and a golf professional) always knew she wanted to say her “I do’s” at her family’s dairy farm in Orford, NH, so when Alex Braid (28 and works in finance) popped the question, it didn’t take long for the couple to settle on a venue.

Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of the New England setting in early September, Molly and Alex chose an organic, rustic theme for the day with a color palette inspired by nature itself with shades of green, white and dusty rose. The couple’s network of family and friends pitched in to help make the day feel incredibly personalized and sentimental, from the three-tier buttercream carrot cake made by Molly’s mother to the homemade maple syrup favors and vintage bottles dotting the reception tables that Molly’s uncle collected throughout the New Hampshire and Vermont woods. All of the flowers were grown by Molly’s family and the couple’s close friends played an active role in their ceremony, officiating, reading poems and sharing their musical talents.

The couple even incorporated golf-inspired details, a nod to the story of how they first met and Alex’s proposal — both of which occurred on a golf course, like putting green flag table numbers. Topnotch entertainment was non-negotiable for Molly and Alex and the band The Conniption Fits didn’t disappoint. They kept the party going and the dance floor packed late into the night.

A tip for the taking from Molly and Alex: “As a couple we appreciate time spent together doing things outdoors, from hiking and walking our dog to playing golf. We were very thankful that our wedding represented who we are and involved the people who we love. We had so many relatives and friends coming from overseas, so we held many events the week of the wedding to bring everyone together. It made the wedding even more fun knowing that everyone had already met and knew each other. For example, we held a ‘Ryder Cup’ golf tournament before the rehearsal dinner, Australia vs. U.S., and paired everyone up with friends and family from both sides. This was a big hit, and made for a great kickoff to the weekend!”

Inspired by the farm’s natural setting, Molly and Alex went for a rustic, fall aesthetic when it came to the decor. The pair filled the reception tent with natural wood tables, which they topped with clusters of antique medicine and milk bottles Molly’s uncle had collected in forests throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Each bottle was filled with a vibrant mix of colorful wildflowers, bringing a dash of vibrancy and energy to the tabletops.
Fall Foliage-Inspired Invitations
For her bridesmaids, Molly had the girls don matching lace A-line dresses from Anthropologie in a romantic shade of dusty rose, with the exception of her maid of honor, who wore a floor-length lace sheath gown in a soft blush hue. They accessorized with nude heels and sweaters in a spectrum of neutral colors.
To add a splash of playful color to the flower girls’ white lace dresses, Molly’s mother created small bundles of mums, daisies and zinias in cheerful shades of peach and pink for the girls to carry down the aisle.
“I wanted something that I would be comfortable in, so I knew that my dress would be more traditional,” says Molly. A Lillian West gown, a lace fit-and-flare gown with a v-shaped neckline with scalloped edging fit the bill, striking the right balance of classic elegance and comfort. She completed the look with delicate pearl drop earrings and fingertip-length veil.
To ensure the ceremony was felt true to who they were as individuals and as a couple, every aspect of the ceremony was highly personalized. A close friend officiated the ceremony at the Strafford Town House in Strafford, VT, where Molly’s family had lived and attended town hall meetings in that very building for generations. Molly’s best friend read “The Pasture” by Robert Frost, a poem that had special meaning to her grandmother and her father’s side of the family. The couple’s close friends also performed all of the music for the ceremony, including Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love,” Ronan “When You Say Nothing At All,” and Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is.”
Hosting her wedding at her family’s farm not only allowed Molly to be surrounded by the quintessential New England beauty she loved and many memories she had made in that very place, but it offered proximity to her grandfather who was too ill to attend the festivities. Between the ceremony and reception, she paid a visit to her grandfather to introduce him to her new husband, Alex.
The favors, maple leaf-shaped jars of homemade maple syrup from Molly’s family farm also doubled as decor, their foliage-inspired shape playing up the wedding’s fall theme.
With many of Molly and Alex’s guests traveling from overseas to be present for their wedding, the pair hosted many events the week of the wedding to bring everyone together. “It made the wedding even more fun knowing that everyone had already met and knew each other,” says Molly. “We had a ‘Ryder Cup’ tournament before the rehearsal dinner — Australia vs. U.S. — and paired everyone up with friends and family from both sides. This was a big hit and made for a great kickoff to the weekend!”
Molly’s mother pitched in her culinary skills for the reception, whipping up a three-tiered rendition of her signature carrot cake, which had featured at many birthday parties and weddings. “There was so much cake that the bottom layer didn’t even get cut into,” says Molly. “But it did make for fabulous leftovers!” Each layer was decorated with ivory buttercream with the top and bottom tiers featuring clusters of fresh pink and white blooms.
A live band that would deliver fantastic entertainment throughout the evening was a must for Molly and Alex and The Conniption Fits didn’t disappoint. After the couple’s first dance to “Springsteen by Eric Church, one of their favorite songs and a nod to their many vacations and road trips together, the band took to the floor and brought the house down all night long.
It was through golf lessons that Alex and Molly met and on a golf trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina that they became engaged, so it only felt natural to incorporate subtle nods to the game into the decor. The handcrafted burlap table numbers were designed to mimic the flags found on the putting greens at golf courses.