A Simple Outdoor Wedding at the John Joseph Inn in Groton, New York

Christopher Cochran, 25, a financial analyst, and his bride Brittany Cochran, 25, a special education teacher, tied the knot in a beautiful outdoor we

Christopher Cochran, 25, a financial analyst, and his bride Brittany Cochran, 25, a special education teacher, tied the knot in a beautiful outdoor wedding at the John Joseph Inn in Groton, New York. The college sweethearts searched all over for the perfect wedding location. “The Inn was a classic, gorgeous venue and the gardens that would surround our ceremony site,” the bride says. “The Inn was decorated with pieces from a local designer, Mackenzie Childs — which was my grandmother's favorite — and I fell in love.” The couple didn’t have a set theme for their big day, but wanted everything to be simple, modern and timeless. They stuck with uncomplicated décor such as lanterns and white floral arrangements instead of something big and flashy. “We wanted our wedding to fit in the casual but immaculate venue that we chose,” Brittany says. “Our style was relaxed but elegant.” Following the outdoor ceremony, guests were treated to crab cakes and thai spring rolls at a cocktail hour. Lavender vodka lemonade was the signature drink, and other options such as cucumber gin and tonics were available as well. Dinner and dancing followed at the reception. “We had an amazing time with our families and friends at our wedding,” the bride says. “Everyone came together (from nearby and as far away as Switzerland) to party and celebrate our union because we are lucky enough to have tons of people that love us that much.”

Brittany donned an Allure Bridals dress with a sweetheart neckline and a full (but airy) bottom. "I wanted to make sure I was comfortable for my wedding, and I loved how I felt in the dress," she says.
"I never had any preconceived ideas on what I wanted for my wedding, but I decided on a wedding dress that stood out from the rest," the bride says.
Brittany's bridesmaids wore light turquoise dresses with white statement necklaces and white shoes.
Medium Gray Vera Wang Groomsmen Suits
The bride carried an all white bouquet of large gerbera daisies mixed with small seasonal flowers.
The bride made the signs for the wedding from thrift store picture frames that she painted.
The natural landscape and gardens at the John Joseph Inn provided a gorgeous setting for the couple's outdoor ceremony.
Bride and Groom's Intimate Look During Recessional
The John Joseph Inn in Groton, New York
Serve Yourself Outdoor Bar Set-up
Long Reception Table with White Linens
To achieve their desire for simple, modern and timeless decor, the couple chose lantern and candle centerpieces.
Low White Hydrangea Arrangement
"We chose love songs instead of table numbers to show people where to sit (we love music, and wanted to share some of our favorite song lyrics from each title)," the bride says.
DIY Black and White Picture Frame Hashtag Sign
Black Mr and Mrs Reception Chairs
Wedding Favor Wine Display
The bride's mom made homemade wine for guests to take home that were covered with "thank you" labels the bride designed herself.
Three-Tier White Wedding Cake
Bride and Groom First Dance Under Chandelier