Massachusetts farmhouse wedding: Holly + Billy

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Good morning, fair readers! We’re not sure where to start with this unbearably cute, designed by the bride, executed by family and friends, DIY extravaganza sent over by Max Wanger. Seriously, Holly sent us such a beautifully detailed description of their whole wedding and planning process we’re stumped on where to start. How about with a big Huzzah! for the super creative couple and for Max and his always lovely photography? There. Now we can properly begin.


Holly and Billy were married at the Overbrook House in Buzzards Bay, MA. They chose the site immediately after falling in love with the working organic farm, acres of hiking trails, fields and beaches that are all part of the property. They rented the 1920’s farmhouse for the entire week and had their entire wedding party stay with them. What a way to kick off your wedding!


Holly is a footwear designer for Converse, (um, cool!), but in her previous life she was a graphic designer and knew that she wanted to do all the planning, designing, and executing of their wedding herself. Um, yes. That turned out to be an excellent choice, Hols.


She created the invites and stationary herself, inspired by vintage champagne promos she found at the Paris flea market, mixed with a sweet 50’s vibe. She printed all the paper goods at home on her Gocco. Her save the dates were little notebooks where she imagined guests could write down important info (like directions) leading up to the wedding. Her invites were printed on vintage hankies… inspired by gifts that her mom has always brought to a wedding or given as a gift to friends when their daughters were married. She printed all of her fabric pieces (including guest totes) using a laser fabric printer (where can we get one of those??)


And as if that wasn’t all enough, Holly had so much fun designing her wedding goods, she and her friend John started a little design studio called Save Me Studios. The site isn’t up yet, but we’ll be sure to let you all know when it is!



Her bridesmaids all wore J Crew, but in different colors. Doesn’t that look so awesome? Holly didn’t want to choose one specific color palette so decided she’d go with florals, tempered by kraft paper, simple white linens, and gold and silver. Frickin’ spectacular if you ask us!


Holly’s dress was a handmade vintage 50’s cocktail dress she found on while she was in China for work. She was so excited and so scared it would sell, she woke her maid of honor, Pam, in the middle of the night to get her address in San Francisco (where she was stopping over on her way home), and had it shipped there so she could try it on asap.

She made the belt for extra fabric she had trimmed off the bottom of the dress, and added a rhinestone buckle she found on etsy. Her petticoat came from ebay, her shoes J Crew, and all of her jewelry and other accessories were vintage finds from etsy. Her veil and flowers in her hair were purchased from Handle and Spout.




SO MANY amazing details! Those ruffly colored fans are just delicious.


Holly’s maid of honor, Pamela, ended up getting ordained online and served as the officiant. They based their ceremony on the Quaker tradition of being married by your community, and asked four speakers to put together a reading on four subjects: Life, Family, Friendship, and Love. They each wrote and read a letter to each other during the ceremony with the theme “what you mean to me.”



Once Holly decided on florals, she knew she wanted to incorporate all sorts of flowery patterns into her design. She collected different fabric throughout the year and used it to make corresponding button escort cards and napkins, in lieu of table numbers, for each table. She used the extra fabric to make cocktail napkins for the bar and the bunting flags that hung in the dance hall. AND because that’s clearly not enough, Holly made the groomsmen’s ties using the same fabric.



Holly’s friend Ann is an amazing baker and offered to make all the cakes for the wedding herself. And by all the cakes, that means one for every table. They served and sweet and delicious centerpieces that went perfectly with the vintagey Paris feel of the tables.

Holly had initially decided to do the flowers herself, but not surprisingly ran out of time. Luckily one of Billy’s lifelong friends and groomsmen had worked at a greenery for years and stepped up last minute to do an amazing job the morning of the wedding.


Everyone in the wedding party chipped in to decorate leading up to the wedding. Holly’s dad even surprised her by sprucing up her childhood rowboat and making a “just married” sign for it. Billy made the chalkboard and escort card board from frames he found at Goodwill. Pam wrote the menu in her lovely handwriting, and for their guestbook they used a vintage 3-ring binder from etsy and a little instant fuji camera that’s been making the rounds on blogs.



Holly and Billy, we’re at a loss of words! So much thought and detail. And so many awesomely creative friends came together to help you pull off your vision. Thanks so much for getting married and for having Max shoot your wedding so we could end up sharing it.


Photography: Max Wanger / Venue: The Overbrook House at Bay End Farm / Dress: / Veil: Handle and Spout / Flowers: Bay End Farm and online. Arranged by one talented groomsman! / Jewelry: Etsy / Shoes: J.Crew / Groom, groomsmen and bridesmaids: J.Crew / Catering: Season to Taste / Cakes: Ann Hammer / Reception music: Diane Blue Band

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sharon taylor on Nov 2, 2009

OH, my!! This wedding needs to be published in book form. One of those great big beautiful, thick coffee table books for sure! Thanks for sharing 100 Layers of inspiration.

Mouse on Nov 2, 2009

AWESOMENESS: 1. Hats 2. Just married BOAT!

TH on Nov 2, 2009

Seriously??? Wow!!

TC on Nov 2, 2009

V- Absolutely AMAZING!!!

Melanie on Nov 2, 2009

I love this wedding so much it hurts. The paper flowers are my absolute fave. Oh, and the invites are just mind blowing.

Carter & Cook Event Co. on Nov 2, 2009

There is so very much to love about this wedding. great details!

taylor on Nov 2, 2009

this is EXACTLY how i want my wedding to look. absolutely amazing.

Shelly on Nov 2, 2009

This is so cute! Very, very similar to Lena Corwin's wedding.

Kary Gonyer on Nov 2, 2009

I really don't know what to say. I am SPEECHLESS. That is the MOST AMAZING WEDDING I have EVER seen....Every last detail. I'm sitting here stunned. Beautiful. PERFECT.

Brancoprata on Nov 2, 2009

OMG, what a great way to start the week! This is so amazing, so beautiful! The bride and groom must be super excited with the way their wedding turn out... and Max Wanger... well he gets better and better... i'm speechless! Thank you!

Megean on Nov 2, 2009

Holy cow! I got all misty-eyed just breezing through these photos at work, and had to come back to take a closer look. Just lovely!

Emily on Nov 2, 2009

where oh where can i get some of those amazing paper flower/fans!

Mary on Nov 2, 2009

Hi guys, Hi Ladies, I am a loyal fan but how come EVERY wedding is hipster faux country. I mean it is all the same - rustico but really styled, hipsters or rockabilly with the same look/ kitchy country theme/design . I wish you would do some different types - maybe a chic city wedding or a really awesome unique destination wedding. Or an incredible theme wedding ( i went to one once - pure amazing-ness). Or my own - I can send pictures. I got married in Sedona, AZ in a national forest and had my reception on a rooftop garden looking over the stars and the canyons in a house built by an artist friend around hundred year old trees. let me know! PS - i truly do love the site and I really love Lovely Morning. Congrats Kristin.

Komal on Nov 2, 2009

I like the hipster/country. Its good style. Wonderfully executed. The bride looks breathtakingly beautiful and for that I can't believe it was all her doing. What a fantastic artist!

Angela on Nov 2, 2009

I believe it would be because that is the kind of thing the poster(s) on this blog like.. and lots of blogs too.. but it looks nice... and people with a good sense of style seem to like it. It might seem like it's overdone and I worry about that too (I have way too mixed style to even think of how to incorporate everything I like - and I HATE cliche things) .... but if you want to see how often those types of weddings are done, just look at random photographers blogs.. there you will see your everyday weddings - and most are very boring. so bloggers find the ones that have some style.

Emily on Nov 2, 2009

What an amazing wedding. Max killed it of course! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful details!

[email protected] Group Events on Nov 2, 2009

I can see why you are amazed at this wedding, I don't know how she found the time to create such a magical wedding. Truly beautiful - thank you for sharing

Stacy on Nov 3, 2009

love the photos and the warm colour tones

Lisa on Nov 3, 2009

I love how eclectic and warm this wedding feels. I wish I was invited to this one! So personal and obviously filled with love.

Kathleen at Twig & Thistle on Nov 3, 2009

Truly amazing details. I am absolutely in love with everything from this wedding! I must also ask about the laser fabric printer. Any word on where to source that?! Oh the possibilities! Thanks for sharing this lovely event!

Cullen Thomas Rainey III on Nov 3, 2009

Just Amazing! such a beautiful presentation for a wedding.

eve on Nov 3, 2009

what a gorgeous wedding! and photos, just amazing

Bella Vista All Events on Nov 3, 2009

I love this! Its very creative and detailed with the invitations and party favors. Well done. I love the boat picture.

corie on Nov 3, 2009

this wedding is so so unbelievably wonderful!! wow!!!

[email protected] on Nov 3, 2009

what a stunning wedding! love the row boat. All the details are so perfect. Congrats to the couple!

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Rose Elliot on Nov 4, 2009

What a party, really like the bridemaids having different color dresses

Katherine on Nov 4, 2009

Love that last photo especially! Not many people could pull off a wedding without a specific color scheme and make it all work so beautifully. Bravo!

tulle and feathers on Nov 4, 2009

where is that cake stand from! i need it, now!

Summer on Nov 4, 2009

OH. MY. GOSH!!! I am at a loss for words. One of the most beautiful and creative weddings I've seen this year. Whew!

Nicole C. on Nov 4, 2009

Where oh where did those beautiful paper fans/flowers come from? I must know!

Bridesmaid on Nov 5, 2009

The cake stands were made by attaching candlesticks to plates and each was different. If you're going to do it be sure to use a strong epoxy and scuff the bottom of the plates and the top of the candleholder so it will stay attached when cutting the cakes.

Kendra on Nov 5, 2009

Wow! I think this is my favorite wedding yet. Which is saying a lot. Just amazing. Wish I could have been there. :)

Siobhan on Nov 5, 2009

Thank you for sharing you day with us!! It looks picture perfect!!

Vanessa Massoud on Nov 5, 2009

I am in love with this wedding. I think I had a dream about a wedding so similar. So feminine. So pretty. So heartfelt ♥♥♥♥

Erika Unbehaun on Nov 9, 2009

I love the boat photo.

TWDS - Fashion on Nov 13, 2009

This wedding is fantastic! Gosh all the details!!

Katie Martin on Nov 17, 2009

This really is an amazing - out - of - this -world wedding!

Hellen on Nov 25, 2009

I just love those fan-ruffles. Does anyone know where to find it? I am desperately want it for my wedding! Thank you!

Kristin on Nov 25, 2009

This wedding is truly gorgeous. I love every little detail! I am so in love with the buttons and napkins! I've been trying to think of awesome ideas like that for my wedding next August. Could anyone tell me where the bride got the fabric from?? I know the caption says she collected it throughout the year but I LOVE it so much I was wondering if she knew where she collected it all from?! Thank you so much :) Absolutely beautiful wedding! Big congrats to the bride and groom.

madison on Nov 26, 2009

just wondering where the wax stamp and wax were from?

Laura on Feb 2, 2010

Absolutely stunning wedding, just sat here staring at the screen in awe - it is all beautiful! Congratulations to the happy couple!

Jessica on May 5, 2010

WHERE CAN I SEE MORE PICTURES FROM THIS WEDDINGG??????? i really want to see the full length of this dress!!!

amanda on May 17, 2010

Jessica, you can see the rest of the wedding over at the photographer, Max Wanger's site:

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Lindsey Barney on Jul 17, 2010

were did you find the smaller flower fans? i know you have been asked but it would be really helpful! thank you so much

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Ann Merry on Oct 5, 2010

Absolutely beautiful! I, too, would love to know what model of laser printer was used for the fabric printing. I do a lot of embroidery and can imagine all sorts of possibilities of incorporating embroidery and printing. I loved everything about this wedding!

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