A Casual, Colorful Barn Wedding in Maine

Real Weddings

Photo: Corbin Gurkin

Ruth Wang, 25, and Edward Bush, 27, may seem like buttoned-up types (she works for an NYC-based hedge fund; he's an MBA student at Yale), but for their July wedding in North Yarmouth, Maine, the couple embraced the opposite vibe. "Our jobs are our jobs. We wanted to show off who we are and what we're really about," says Ruth.

After briefly flirting with the idea of eloping, they decided on a laid-back celebration in Ed's home state. They exchanged quirky vows (promising to "always put toothpaste on each other's toothbrushes") and hosted a dinner party for 72 guests in a barn decorated with flea market-inspired finds.


Personalized Toms—a gift to Ruth and Ed from his sister—featured illustrations of the couple.


Ruth's bridal processional music was "Lucky," by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.


"A tea-drinking ceremony is traditional in Chinese weddings; we used vintage teacups," says Ruth.


Their attendants—siblings and Ed's best friend—were told to wear light colors: "I wasn't going to subject the girls to the same dress; one was dusty purple, the other was silver--close enough," says Ruth.


"We trolled the Web and made a ten-page PowerPoint of what we liked: blue chairs, colorful ribbons," says Ed.And long tables are just more interesting. Every function you go to has round tables. We had a sweetheart table no one got to sit next to us, so no feelings were hurt. For a homey feel, they served comfort food on vintage china. "We built a palette around several colors. It's a good idea not to confine yourself to just two or three," says Ruth. The couple had a dessert bar that included pies and chocolate-and-buttercream cake.


Photos: Corbin Gurkin

Photographer: Corbin Gurkin || Venue: The Barn on Walnut Hill || Planner: Maine Season Events || Caterer: 111 Maine Catering || Custom Cake Topper: The Small Object || Florist: Flora Fauna Weddings || Bride's Dress || Claire La Faye || Groom's Suit: TJ Lindeberger USA || Groom's Shirt: J.Crew || Groom's Bow Tie: Brooks Brothers || Groom's Shoes: Florsheim by Duckie Brown || Photo Booth: Mag Booth || DJ: The Mixologists

See the slideshow for more from Ruth and Ed's wedding, and visit our Real Weddings page to find more rustic style inspiration.

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