June 26, 2014

Doug & Jess's Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Rustic Farm Wedding in Massachusetts

Zukas Hilltop Barn is one of the most beautiful barn wedding venues in New England. Ben and I were married there 7 years ago, and had the pleasure of photographing Jess & Doug's wedding on our anniversary weekend this year. The day was perfection, as it always seems to be at Zukas - from the weather, to the ambience in the tent to the service and the food. They get it perfect every time.

Jess & Doug are some of the nicest people you'll meet, and so I've been looking forward to their wedding day for a long time. I love the mix of elegance meets rustic that came together for their wedding day. Here are some of my favorite details, moments & portraits from their beautiful wedding day at Zukas...

Wedding Venue Zukas Hilltop Barn
Wedding Gown Elizabeth Ann's Bridal
Officiant Jessica's Uncle David
Florist La Jolie Fleur
Makeup Artist Lindsay Cadrin
Hair Stylist Jenn Nelson
DJ Don of Champagne Toast






Both Jess & Doug got ready on the property at Zukas. I love that they have separate locations for the guys and the girls. These two chose to have a first look, so here Doug waits patiently for his bride as she makes her way from the spa/bridal suite.



Jess lights up when she's with Doug - its beautiful to see, and feels great to capture it for them.



The most gorgeous light EVER. I was kind of freaking out.



Doug gave his groomsmen pocketwatches with exposed gears. They were so neat!



Getting ready for the ceremony, under a perfectly blue sky with perfectly white clouds.











Jess's Uncle David officiated their outdoor wedding ceremony and kept it short and sweet so we could skip out for a few more photos of just the bride and groom before they headed in for cocktail hour in the barn.

Have I mentioned yet how much I love hay bales?





This one is for Doug's Dad...



The next one, through the fence rails, is courtesy of my talented hubby! Always finding the best creative angles.



The 85 1.2 lens plus a long hallway of ivy...



I cannot get through this blog post without a shout to the wedding party - a seriously fun group, these guys were a blast to work with and kept the dancefloor bumpin all night.



The beautiful tent at Zukas, complete with twinkle lights and new chiavari chairs.



The wedding favors were jarred candles with a picture (taken by moi) from their engagement session - apple pie and coconut lime scents. Thank you again for surprising us with some on our way out, Jess! We love them.





Lynn, Allyson & team at Zukas have thought of everything, from the black & white checkered dancefloor (love the update this year!) to details as small as the pitchers of water they place out, complete without a touch of mint & lemon.



Jess & Doug worked for month perfecting their first dance, and they pulled it off perfectly!





Rings on the cover of their engagement guest book...



Beautiful parent dances under the twinkle lights (I love how they pop as the night grows darker).



Action shot!



And more dancing, including a brother + sister dance! Loved this.



And one of my favorite shots of the night, when Jess & Doug slipped away for a little quiet time under the stars.



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