An Rustic, Winter Wedding at The Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Massachusetts

Though Kim Thomasch (29 and a teacher) and Justin Metzger (29 and a software developer) now call New York City home, the pair knew a Big Apple wedding

Though Kim Thomasch (29 and a teacher) and Justin Metzger (29 and a software developer) now call New York City home, the pair knew a Big Apple wedding just wasn’t there style. With Justin hailing from a farm in Pennsylvania and Kim from Massachusetts, a New England wedding with plenty of rustic flair seemed like the perfect fit. The couple planned a classic, rustic affair at the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Mass. with a cool color palette of icy blue, snow white and pops of cheerful purple. The barn’s post and beam structure, wood paneling and stately chandeliers provided a charming country backdrop for the day, while decorative touches like woodland-inspired stationery and a sweet owl cake topper played up the wedding’s wintry vibe. The day started with a traditional ceremony in the barn, followed by a cocktail hour on the venue’s heated deck, where guests sipped on signature cocktails like “Barnyard Sin” and “Winter White Cosmopolitan.” The newlyweds ushered their families and friends back into the barn for dinner and dancing, where fresh bunches of hydrangeas, Gerbera daisies, delphiniums and more in shades of white, blue and purple topped the tables, bring a fresh feel to the warm, inviting space. The couple took guests on a trip down memory lane with a heritage table featuring vintage family wedding photos and table numbers boasting photos of the couple as children. Groove Authority kept the dance floor packed all night long and at the end of the night Kim and Justin sent guests home with hot, freshly made cider doughnuts, a New England favorite. 

Kristin decided on a single look for all five of her bridesmaids. She chose a classic floor-length chiffon gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline in a dark navy hue, which they paired with their own silver or white gold drop earrings. To keep the girls warm in light of the low February temperatures, Kristin gifted each girl a pale blue pashmina wrap.
With a winter wedding in mind, Kim and Justin wanted a rustic aesthetic to infuse the day with warm, inviting vibe. The Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Mass. offered the perfect backdrop for the affair with its exposed wooden beams, elegant chandeliers and stunning views of snow-covered hills.
The Vitamin String Quartet provided the soundtrack for the ceremony. “Say Yes” by Elliot Smith and Coldplay’s “Yellow” accompanied Justin and the couple’s wedding party down the aisle, while Kim made her entrance to Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight.” Kim and Justin exited the ceremony as newlyweds to “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz and ushered guests to The Barn’s heated deck for cocktail hour.
After a sit down dinner and lots of dancing, Kim and Justin surprised guests with a special treat at the end of the night. The Barn at Gibbet Hill whipped up a bunch of freshly baked cider doughnuts, a New England favorite, for guests to enjoy on their way home.
Wintry Woodland Ceremony Programs
The day started with a traditional ceremony inside the rustic red barn. With the barn itself providing ample ambiance with its impressive high ceilings, exposed wooden beams and chandeliers, the couple decided to let the decor speak for itself and kept the extras to a minimum. They added two large arrangements of white and purple blooms to the altar introduce a subtle pop of color to the vast space.
Heritage Table with Vintage Wedding Photos
Playing off the winter season, Kim and Justin chose a cool color palette of white, blue and purple, which balanced the warm tones of the rustic barn’s interior. Floral Arts Flowers incorporated the cool colors into all of the centerpieces, creating fresh bunches of hydrangeas, stock, gerbera daisies and delphiniums that popped against the tables’ crisp white table linens.
Engagement Photo Collage Display
Though Kim and Justin now call New York City home, the pair new a Big Apple wedding just wasn’t there style. With Justin hailing from a farm in Pennsylvania and Kim from Massachusetts, a New England wedding with plenty of rustic flair seemed like the perfect fit. The Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Mass. provided a beautiful backdrop for the affair, exuding plenty of country charm with its post and beam structure and surrounding natural landscape.
After Kim and Justin exchanged vows in the barn, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the venue’s heated deck overlooking acres of snow-covered fields. Guests mixed, mingled and sipped on signature cocktails like rum-based “Barnyard Sin” and a “Winter White Cosmopolitan” before being ushered back inside for dinner and dancing.
Kim and Justin took their guests on a trip down memory lane during the reception. In addition to a heritage table where old family wedding photos were put on display, the couple paired each table number with photos of themselves at the corresponding age.
Though Kim and Justin now call New York City home, the pair knew a Big Apple wedding just wasn’t there style. With Justin hailing from a farm in Pennsylvania and Kim from Massachusetts, a New England wedding with plenty of rustic flair seemed like the perfect fit. The Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Mass. provided a beautiful backdrop for the affair, exuding plenty of country charm with its post and beam structure and surrounding natural landscape.