A Vibrant Rustic Wedding at Stonewall Farm in Keene, New Hampshire

For their wedding, Rachel Venuti (29 and a special education teacher) and Mark Venuti (31 and a painter) planned an intimate affair with rustic flair

For their wedding, Rachel Venuti (29 and a special education teacher) and Mark Venuti (31 and a painter) planned an intimate affair with rustic flair at Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH. Wanting a quaint location to host their families and friends, the couple visited a number of barns before coming across Stonewall Farm. The picturesque organic farm was the perfect fit for Rachel and Mark’s rustic vision, offering acres of beautiful green meadows and a striking post and beam barn with high ceilings, French doors and an inviting stone fireplace. “My sister recommended the farm and the minute we pulled into the parking lot, we knew it was perfect,” says Rachel. “There were three ceremony sites and we loved that they were willing to let us decorate the area however we wanted.” The scenic spot called for little embellishment, leading the couple to use a bright color palette and a few understated DIY touches, like escort cards, favors and signs, to infuse the space with their own personal flair. Tones of violet and slate enhanced the rustic setting, while keeping the proceedings fun and vibrant. Dotty O’Hagan designed all of the day’s floral arrangements, filling the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces with hand-tinted silk blooms that complemented the wedding’s color scheme. Instead of classic wedding cake, the newlyweds treated guests to an ice cream bar complete with decadent toppings and three flavors of ice cream, and surprised guests with a photo booth where they could have fun striking a pose. 

Exchanging Vows at Stonewall Farm
A barn seemed like the obvious choice for Rachel and Mark when choosing a venue to celebrate their spring nuptials. With acres of lush green meadows, shady trees and a charming post and beam barn, Stonewall Farm offered a beautiful backdrop for the day. “My sister recommended the farm and the minute we pulled into the parking lot, we knew it was perfect,” says Rachel. “There were three ceremony sites and we loved that they were willing to let us decorate the area however we wanted.”
During their outdoor ceremony on the lawn of Stonewall Farm, Rachel and Mark performed a traditional unity candle lighting to symbolize the coming together of their two lives. The pair wrapped the simple white pillar candle in vibrant teal ribbon to tie in with the rest of the day’s cheerful color palette.
Rachel and Mark went classic went it came to their wedding party’s attire to balance out the rustic feel of their venue. The groomsmen wore classic gray suits with purple ties and pocket squares and playful Sperry Topsider sneakers, while the bridesmaids wore long plum chiffon gowns with straps and sweetheart necklines.
Rachel knew that with an outdoor ceremony she wanted a gown that was lightweight and would allow for easy movement. A keyhole back was also a must for the bride-to-be and a fit-and-flare design by Maggie Sottero offered her the best of both worlds, with a delicate lace overlay adding an elegant, feminine touch.
After an intimate ceremony on the farm’s scenic property, the couple and their guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the barn. The barn opened out onto a patio where guests could enjoy panoramic views of the lush, natural property while sipping on cocktails and indulge in a spread of mouthwatering eats.
Rachel and mark made a number of the day’s details themselves, tying into the rustic feel of the venue, while adding a personal touch to the decor. From the escort cards to the signs and favors, handmade, rustic details were incorporated throughout the sprawling property.
Not wanting to detract from Stonewall Farm’s beautifully scenery and charming historic barn, Rachel and Mark decided to keep the decor to minimum, looking largely to bright hues and DIY touches to infuse the space with personal flair. Tones of violet and slate enhanced the rustic setting while keeping the proceedings fun and vibrant
Dinner was served buffet style, allowing guests to fill up on their choice of comfort food favorites like pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, and meatloaf meatballs. “We wanted non-traditional food options and a wide enough variety that guests could find something they liked,” says Rachel of the menu.
While Rachel and Mark had a playful log-shaped cake with an initialed carved heart made for the cake cutting, they decided against serving cake for dessert, treating guests to a decadent ice cream bar instead. Guests could customize their sweet treats with several flavors of ice cream and a variety of toppings, including cookies.
While Rachel’s lace Maggie Sottero gown was all classic romance and elegance, her accessories showed off some of her vibrant, fun-loving personality. She walked down the aisle in a pair of bright purple Converse Chuck Taylors with her wedding date embroidered on the back of the heel and wore a cluster of white flowers in her polished updo.