An "Alice in Wonderland"-Inspired Wedding at Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, Massachuesettes

Jill Apelgren (34 and an attorney) and Derek Rogers (32 and an attorney) didn't set out to have an Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding. They just didn'

Jill Apelgren (34 and an attorney) and Derek Rogers (32 and an attorney) didn't set out to have an Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding. They just didn't want boring table linens. But soon, Jill found herself feeling inspired by the eclectic look of their venue, Publick House Historic Inn—add a few mismatched vintage teacups, and soon a theme was born. The bride used her Mad Hatter-esque inspiration as a loose guideline for the wedding reception decor, incorporating antique keys, old books, teacup towers and antique teapots. The winter setting sparked the idea to skip flowers, instead working with object-based centerpieces and a brooch bouquet hand-wired by the bride herself.  "It all could have passed for just a vintage/literature theme (We had Mark Twain readings during the ceremony) until I got 'Alice in Wonderland'-themed tea favors with "Drink Me" written on them," says Jill. -Michelle Thomas

The brooch bouquet took nearly a year to create. After collecting brooches from family, flea markets, consignment shops and antique shows, Jill hand-wired the pins into "flowers."
The couple took a loose interpretation of the Mad Hatter dinner party as decor inspiration for their winter wedding reception.
Jill's engagement ring features a pale green Montana sapphire in a halo setting.
Jill accented her lace wedding dress with blue satin peep-toe shoes with a bow toe detail.
The groom's pocket-watch cuff links coordinated with the wedding's "Alice in Wonderland" theme.
The ceremony took place in Publick House's ballroom at sunset. The bride's stepbrother played guitar for the processional and recessional.
The couple used readings from Mark Twain during their ceremony.
Derek and Jill met while working as attorneys in the same law firm and dated for three years before they became engaged.
The escort cards were tied to old-fashioned keys as another nod to the "Alice in Wonderland" theme.
Jill incorporated color into her look by accenting her low hairstyle with teal and pink flowers.
Jill used teapots and oversized antique keys as table decor.
Jill used lots of color and vintage-inspired detail to create her Alice in Wonderland theme.
Since the wedding took place in winter, the couple skipped flowers entirely and instead used objects and tree branches as decorations.
The couple was inspired by the eclectic, mismatched decor of their venue, Publick House Historic Inn.
A teapot and "XOXO" letters decorated the couple's head table in lieu of floral arrangements.
The three-tier wedding cake was decorated with teal ribbon and a velvet white "Mad Hatter"-inspired top hat as a cake topper.
To go with the theme, Jill and Derek gave their guests "Drink Me" tea favors.
Derek and Jill danced to a Stereophonics version of the Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down."