An Elegant Fall Wedding at Darby House in Galloway, Ohio

When Gail Hunt (27 and a pharmaceutical sales representative) and Adam Smith (27 and a lawyer) first saw the Darby House estate, they knew it would be

When Gail Hunt (27 and a pharmaceutical sales representative) and Adam Smith (27 and a lawyer) first saw the Darby House estate, they knew it would be perfect for their romantic fall nuptials. "Darby House has a rustic elegance to it that we both appreciated, and we really liked the outdoor space," Gail says. A string quartet played throughout the traditional ceremony, which was held on the outdoor patio overlooking Darby Creek. Enchanting woods and fall foliage created a breathtaking backdrop, while wooden farm chairs and seasonal blooms effortlessly complemented the natural scenery. Gail and Adam made a mock departure in a 1915 Oakland, which has been in Adam's family for more than 100 years, taking some time alone to enjoy the picturesque property and changing leaves before circling back for the intimate reception. "I got a lot of my inspiration from the overall look and feel of Darby House," Gail says. "We went with the same rustic-elegant vibe." Incorporating the seasonal colors, the couple infused the space with a rich fall palette of deep burgundy, burnt orange and lush greens with wood and gold accents. Dramatic floral arrangements cascading from atop wrought-iron candelabras created an elegant ambiance, while farm chairs, tree-trunk slabs and wood-burned table numbers added rustic flair. The room was aglow with amber globe lanterns and warm candlelight for an ultraromantic fall fete. —Samantha Meux 

"I wanted to look like myself with a natural look that would carry over well from daytime to evening," Gail says of her effortless bridal hair and makeup.
Burgundy Bouquet with Calla Lilies and Eucalyptus
Other important members of the bridal party, including Gail's younger sister who was a flower girl, carried smaller bouquets of fall-colored flowers and cascading greens.
"I knew I wanted something light and comfortable yet elegant and timeless," Gail says. "The chianti color looked beautiful on all the bridesmaids and was perfect for a fall wedding."
Gail and her bridesmaids carried natural bouquets incorporating all the rich fall colors.
Gail's festive bouquet featured seasonal blooms, berries, greenery and twig sprays in an explosion of lush fall colors.
Gail's mother owns a bridal boutique and helped her select the perfect dress from the shop's collection of hand-picked designer gowns. She wore an A-line fit-and-flare hybrid silhouette featuring a lace overlay, an illusion neckline and hand-sewn appliques.
Gail's cathedral-length veil was adorned with Swarovski crystals throughout.
Guests found their seats via custom wood-burned table numbers that also served as miniature guest books.
"I decided to bring in fall leaf colors," Gail says of the overall color scheme, including the eye-catching floral arrangements.
Wooden farm chairs and fall-inspired flower bunches complemented the natural surroundings of the outdoor ceremony space at Darby House in Galloway, Ohio.
Gail and Adam said "I do" on the outdoor patio at Darby House in Galloway, Ohio, surrounded by natural vegetation and fall foliage.
Each layer of the four-tier buttercream cake was different, including a fall-flavored portion of caramel apple cake with fresh apple compote.
After the ceremony, Gail and Adam rode a vintage car around the Darby House grounds and paused to take photos amid the fall foliage.
The intimate reception space exuded rustic romance with wooden farm chairs, tree-trunk slices, globe lanterns, warm candles and lush fall foliage.