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Barn Weddings: Jessica & Christopher | Salem Cross Inn, MA

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{Featured in Vol. 25}

Photographer:  Lena Mirisola Photography

DJ: A Touch of Class DJ//Dress Store: Elizabeth Ann’s Bridal//Hair Stylist: Hair by Chaves//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Men’s Wearhouse//Cinema and Video: Open North Media//Caterer:Salem Cross Inn//Reception Venue:Salem Cross Inn//Floral Designer: The French Bouquet Florist//Submitted via Two Bright Lights



When we were first engaged we discussed what type of wedding we wanted, and we both agreed that we had to have a rustic country style wedding.  We chose a venue that allowed us to have the outdoor ceremony we desired and the reception inside of an old barn.  Our wedding was filled with several handmade decorations and personal touches.  Some of these included hand cut wood rounds on each table, birch tree place card holders, personalized honey jar favors wrapped in twine, an old glass window with photos of our grandparents from each of their weddings, chalkboard signs around the bar, and a personalized wooden plank guest book that I wood-burned myself.  Each table had a special thank you note on each plate to recognize the guests and let them know how much we appreciated having them there to celebrate with us.  As for the ceremony, we had the aisle lined with mason jars filled with flowers, programs made into fans on each chair, and we also included a traditional wine box ceremony where we each wrote a love letter and placed it in a personalized keepsake wine box that we aren’t to open until our five year anniversary.  Lastly, we wrote our own vows to read to one another in front of all of our closest friends and family.


Our theme was supposed to be a rustic country wedding.  The Salem Cross Inn is the definition of rustic.  We had looked at some venues that were old barns renovated to host functions, but the Salem Cross was an old barn true to its roots.  Between the original wood details to the antique farm tools displayed on the wall it was exactly what we were hoping for.  We went back and forth on our colors, but ultimately decided on navy blue and orange.  The bright pop from the orange flowers really made a difference against the darker, contrasting feel of the blue to help create a fall like feel during the height of summer.


The most memorable moment, among many unforgettable moments, has to be stepping out in front of everyone with my father and walking down the aisle.  I will never forget what it was like to look out and see everyone I love in one place watching us make my way toward my soon to be husband.  I will never forget him “getting something in his eye” as he had his first look at me.  It was as if the whole world was still and for those moments everything felt like a dream.


My favorite detail of our wedding was hearing each other read our vows for the first time.  We both put a lot of energy and thought into what we wanted to say.  We had no idea what the other was going to read so it was a beautiful surprise that highlighted our ceremony.  We thought we knew every little detail about one another, but even after all of our years together, you still learn something new.


Some advice I would give to other couples would be to really take everything in on your big day.  Look around and take a mental picture.  Don’t worry about all of the little things that might go wrong.  Focus on the bigger picture and what this day is truly about.  Once it is here it will go by faster than you can imagine so soak up every minute!


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