A Rustic Summer Wedding at the Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Hannah MacLean (23, a student) and Barrett Smith (22, a research associate) met at a Christian fellowship, Chi Alpha, in college. “I found out that he

Hannah MacLean (23, a student) and Barrett Smith (22, a research associate) met at a Christian fellowship, Chi Alpha, in college. “I found out that he played the Cornell Chimes, and after that I had no doubts that I wanted to try to keep him,” Hannah says. “The Chimes are a huge set of 21 giant bells that are played for campus every day and they were very endearing to me, more than a year before I had met Barrett. The only problem was that we started dating in the spring of 2011, and I was leaving to spend a year in Oxford for the following year. We had 10 days left before I left for about 15.5 months. Our first year was entirely long distance, and we spent about 30 days together total during those first 16 months. As for the proposal, I was visiting Barrett in Ithaca on one of those rare weekends during which Cornell experienced perfect weather, after we had dated for more than two years. He took me on a walk to Cornell Plantations, some beautiful gardens, where we walked during one of our first dates. He brought me back to a bench on which we had sat together more than two years prior and we talked for a little while. He asked me if I was willing to sit with him forever, and I said yes. He got down on one knee and asked me if I would marry him, and of course I said yes. Two kind strangers took some pictures for us. He had planned a surprise picnic for afterward, so we found a picnic spot, but we were too excited to eat. He had also secretly made some delicious chocolate coffee orange ginger cupcakes the night before in order to celebrate. We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around campus, calling family, staring at the ring and basking in the glow of being newly engaged.”

"It was summer and I love blue and green, so we went with white, blue, and green for our colors -- there was a good amount of teal and different blues and greens," Hannah says. "It was definitely more of a palette than just a color. We did that because I knew it’d look colorful without being overwhelming, and it gave us a lot to work with for all of our DIY projects."
Hannah's diamond and silver engagement ring is gorgeous, and matches Barrett's hammered silver wedding band perfectly.
"I had wanted a mix of rustic and elegant, so we had a simple and traditional ceremony outside in a meadow with a big tree, and our reception was indoors in a beautiful historic inn," Hannah says.
"I was determined not to be a high-maintenance, demanding bride, so I gave the girls a color palette and fabric material and allowed them to choose their own dresses from whatever source they wanted," Hannah says. "I absolutely loved the way it looked, and everyone was happy with what they were wearing. One of the girls bought a dress she’s already worn multiple times."
"Our wedding theme was 'I love you there and back' because more than two of our three years together had been long distance," Hannah says. "We wanted to incorporate that into our stationery and decorations because it was so much of who we were as a couple."
"We were going for an elegant country wedding feel, and I’m pretty sure that’s what we got," Hannah says. "We had lace, mason jars and hydrangeas."
We love this romantic black and white photo of Hannah and Barrett dancing at their reception. And how pretty is that chandelier?
"We had beef, salmon and pumpkin ravioli," Hannah says. "Since tomatoes were in season and we both love tomatoes, lots of our appetizers incorporated them, like bruschetta." For dessert, they ate a beautiful white wedding cake with a floral cake topper.