A Whimsical Bohemian Wedding at The Country Loft in Woodbury, Connecticut

Brianna Cihi (24 and a marketing account manager) and Keith Madia (26 and in adventure programming) share a history that dates back to their childhood

Brianna Cihi (24 and a marketing account manager) and Keith Madia (26 and in adventure programming) share a history that dates back to their childhood: They grew up at the same yacht club taking sailing and swimming lessons together. "My friends and I would watch his band play on the weekends in high school, and he was just so dreamy!" says Brianna. One summer, while they were home from college, Keith worked up the courage to ask Brianna if she wanted to go sailing sometime… for old times’ sake. Nearly five years later, their relationship had seen them through college, living together on a sailboat for six months, and moving to Utah where they knew no one but each other. One night after work, Keith asked if Brianna wanted to go watch the sunset from their favorite mountainside. When the couple arrived at their spot, Keith yelled to the dogs not to eat the sticks in the field down below, and when Brianna turned to look she saw the sticks read, “MARRY ME.” The bride and groom were both raised in Connecticut and felt there was no other place they could envision spending their day, so the Country Loft in the historic town of Woodbury was ideal for them, especially since the property allowed them to bring their dogs. Brianna knew she wanted bare feet, a flower crown and everyone the couple loved at their wedding. Guests were told straight away that their own shoes were optional, too. Following the casual bohemian outdoor ceremony, the cocktail hour and reception were held just a few dozen yards from the ceremony on the patio overlooking the pond. “Our families and friends always refer to us as a couple of hippies, so we kind of ran with that,” says Brianna. “I was barefoot, our beloved dogs were our ring bearer and flower girl, we used our living room rug as our ‘altar,’ our matching turquoise wedding bands were handmade by a farmer in his barn in Northern Utah, and most importantly, we wrote our own vows. On the back of our programs, we wrote a heartfelt thank you to all of the beautiful people in our lives. We tried to make sure our guests knew how much they meant to us, that day and always.” After the DJ died down around midnight, the remaining guests roasted marshmallows around a huge campfire by the pond. Brianna loved that her wedding dress smelled like a camping trip the next morning.

“I absolutely shocked myself by settling on a pink Sarah Seven wedding dress,” says Brianna. “Something about the soft blush tone just felt more like myself as opposed to the whites and ivories I had seen.”
One of the things that Keith and Brianna bonded over was their intense love of the outdoors, and the organic beauty that comes from what is already there. “We knew right off the bat that we wanted an outdoor wedding without a set color palette, and focused on creating a minimalistic, rustic affair,” says Brianna.
“My husband is not a suit and tie kind of guy and neither are his groomsmen, many of whom are mountain guides in Alaska and have never even owned a tie,” says Brianna. The couple tried to keep them comfortable but threw in the suspenders for fun.
Since Brianna’s dress was pink, she decided to do a fun take on tradition and have her bridesmaids wear shades of white.
Brianna told her florist to make the arrangements look effortless, as though her bouquet had just been swept up from a field of flowers on her way to the ceremony.
Brianna and Keith’s beloved dogs served as the flower girl and ring bearer for their wedding. Briana handcrafted their collars for their walk down the aisle.
Brianna wanted a statement flower crown that was also comfortable to wear. The florist mixed real soft pink spray roses and greens with larger silk roses to ensure it wasn’t too heavy for a full day of wear.
The Country Loft Venue in Woodbury, Connecticut
Bride and Groom Inside The Country Loft
Acoustic Guitar Guest Book at The Country Loft
The groom created many woodwork details for the wedding. He diligently stained and distressed a wooden sign to direct guests around the grounds, in addition to burning ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’ into wooden slabs for the back of the couple’s chairs and hand cutting and burning small branches used to hold name tags.
Dog Ring Bearer with Bow Tie Collar
The couple used their living room rug as their altar during their outdoor ceremony.
“Our families and friends always refer to us as a couple of hippies, so we kind of ran with that.”
The family-style dining tables were covered in simple white linens with tea lights and mason jars. “I love the contrast of thick rustic fabrics mixed with touches of delicate lace, so our table runners were burlap. My  mother and I wrapped mason jars with lace and twine and filled them with hydrangeas and greens,” says the bride.
DIY Burned Wood Mr. and Mrs. Chair Signs
First Dance at The Country Loft in Woodbury, Connecticut
Wedding Cake with Burned Wood Bird Toppers