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 Match.com 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.”