An Elegant, Rustic Wedding at Longlook Farm in Sanbornton, New Hampshire

Melissa Peterson (44 and a clinical care coordinator) and Fred Peterson (47 and an interim executive director) met on and after just one dat

Melissa Peterson (44 and a clinical care coordinator) and Fred Peterson (47 and an interim executive director) met on and after just one date, knew they had something special. After dating long distance for three years, Fred in Boston and Melissa in Cape Cod, Mass., Fred popped the question after asking her brother and father for their permission. The couple planned an elegant, rustic wedding at Longlook Farm in Sanbornton, NH, looking to a color palette of navy, white and apple green to infuse the day with a subtle Cape Cod feel. The day started with a ceremony on the venue’s expansive lawn, with the couple exchanging vows under a handmade birch wedding arch, their trusty yellow lab Maisy by their side. Tree trunk pedestals topped with fresh hydrangeas framed the wedding arch and a close friend’s two daughters performed an acoustic set during the ceremony. The reception took place in Longlook Farm’s rustic red barn, with exposed wooden paneling and beams providing a quaint backdrop for the affair. Fairy lights and panels of airy white fabric hung from the rafters adding an air of romance and whimsy to the decor, while elements like tree slices, distressed wooden table numbers and mason jars filled with bright seasonal blooms played up the wedding’s natural New Hampshire locale. And hanging above the barn doors marquee lights in the couple’s initials that Melissa and a close friend made themselves. The newlyweds and their guests danced the night away to the sounds a DJ, as well as acoustic renditions of popular songs played performed by Gabby and Molly Reinhold. As a parting gift, Melissa and Fred treated their families and friends to a trail mix bar, where they were able to put together their own custom creations. A tip for the taking from Melissa: “Make sure you have enough transition time between moments so that you can really take it all in. We felt like we were being moved around so much that some things are a blur. The moments I remember the most are from the ceremony and first dance.” 

Melissa walked down the aisle in an elegant Pronovias gown with a classic A-line silhouette and delicate English lace appliques. The airy organza skirt lent the design an ethereal feel, while beaded embellishments introduced a touch of glam to Melissa’s bridal look. For the ceremony she added a classic cathedral-length veil.
Romantic White Peony and Hydrangea Bouquet
To reflect the wedding’s understated Cape Cod theme, Melissa chose a bright navy blue hue for all of her bridesmaids’ gowns. The girls were able to choose their own styles from David’s Bridal or Gather and Gown to complement their unique senses of style and body types.
Frederick happened across Longlook Farm in Sanbornton, NH on the website Home Away and was instantly drawn to its quaint country setting and intimate vibe. “We were looking for a barn space where we could stay for an extended weekend with our families and also be able to bring our dog Maisy,” says Melissa. “Longlook exceeded our expectations. It was such a gorgeous place.” The couple made the most of the beautiful property, hosting the ceremony on the expansive lawn, cocktail hour in a tent outdoors and dinner and dancing in the rustic barn. “There is also a stunning fire pit where we had s’mores and some fun late night conversations,” says Melissa.
Bright White Hydrangea Aisle Markers
Customized Chalkboard Ceremony Processional Sign
Wanting to incorporate their beloved yellow Labrador retriever, Maisy, into the day’s festivities, Melissa and Frederick had their ring bearers lead her down the aisle during the ceremony. She then sat by the couple’s side as they exchanged vows under a handcrafted birch wedding arch. “She is older, so we were unsure if she would be able to make it down the aisle, but she did great,” says Melissa. “Everyone loved it.”
Longlook Farm Outdoor Ceremony Processional
Instead of a traditional string quartet or classical guitarist, Melissa and Frederick asked their close friend’s two daughters, Gabby and Molly Reinhold to perform an acoustic set during the ceremony. “We chose a mixture of songs that reflected our love of each other, family, and friends,” says Melissa. “It made for a really quiet, reflective moment middle of the ceremony.”
Longlook Farm Barn Reception
Framed, DIY Seating Charts
Numeral Photograph Guest Book Alternative
Hydrangea and Vintage Bottle Centerpieces
Elegant, Romantic Barn Reception at Longlook Farm
After an intimate outdoor ceremony and a lively cocktail hour on the lawn, the couple ushered their guests into Longlook Farm’s red barn for the reception. Brilliant blue table runners and bunches of white hydrangeas, astilbes and more breathed an air of freshness and life into the rustic space, while achieving the elegant vibe the couple was after.
From the rustic tree slice chalkboard signs to the handcrafted marquee lights and the distressed wooden table numbers, many of the wedding’s details were handcrafted by the couple and their families and friends to give the day an air of rustic elegance. Vintage bottles and mason jars held the lush arrangements of bright white hydrangeas, while tree slice accents added woodland appeal to the tablescapes.
Melissa and Frederick kicked off the evening’s festivities with a tented cocktail hour on the Longlook Farm’s expansive green lawn. The pair served up an assortment of decadent appetizers, including a gourmet Mediterranean-style platter, and two signature cocktails, a Southie Stoli with Razberry Stoli vodka and soda water and a Seaside Stoli with Blueberry Stoli vodka, lemonade, prosecco and fresh blueberries. “We chose the names based on Frederick living in Boston and me living in Cape Cod,” says Melissa.
Having called Cape Cod home for years, a few nautical elements were a must for Melissa. She and Frederick chose a navy blue, apple green and white color palette for the day, and decorated the rustic New Hampshire locale with plenty of fresh white hydrangeas to infuse the day with a summery, seaside feel. “I was inspired by my life here on the Cape and wanted it to have a very preppy, yet casual feel,” says Melissa.
Monogrammed Trail Mix Bar Bags
Instead of a traditional candy bar, Melissa and Frederick set up a trail mix bar for guests to enjoy throughout the evening. Nuts, dried fruits and an assortment of sweets were put out for guests to use to put together their own custom creations, alongside personalized bags bearing the couple’s custom monogram.