We were lucky enough to photograph Jon and Leia’s rustic, vintage inspired backyard wedding near Lake Winnipesaukee in NH recently. Their entire event reminded us of weddings at the anthropologie style Fresh Air Farm in Kansas City, MO (back in our midwest roots). Jon and Leia are in the process of re-building a historic house near Lake Sunapee in southern NH, and they decided to host the wedding in their eventual backyard to be! Their property was a genuine piece of 19th century New England farmstead. It even had a dirt road lined with towering maple trees AND an apple orchard, which made for fantastic portraits!
Friends and family came from as far as Capetown, South Africa to witness these two tie the knot under trees decorated with twinkling lights. Leia had all kinds of great DIY wedding decoration ideas, including using antique household items to indicate table numbers (like the porcelain door knob, which was my favorite!). She also propped up a vintage ladder against one side of the reception tent, and hung guests’ table cards onto the rungs with garden twine. Jon entertained everyone with his suave dance floor moves, though I’m pretty sure he was shown up by his own mother, who taught him his moves in the first place.
The evening was capped off with an amazing fireworks display that lasted more than 20 minutes and rivaled any 4th of July show we’ve seen in a long time! We had such a great time getting to know all of Jon and Leia’s friends and family, and couldn’t have asked for a more fun and lively wedding to document!