Lisa Bartlett always dreamed of a wedding "out in the fresh air." So choosing to marry fiancé Brett Mitchell on his aunt and uncle's 1,000-acre Sherman, CT, property was, well, natural. "It's the perfect spot for an outdoor wedding," says Lisa of the woodsy paradise, which boasts a lake, forest, waterfall and several ponds—not to mention a rich family history. Brett visited the estate throughout his childhood, and 25 years before his wedding, his aunt and uncle tied the knot there, too. For the NYC couple, marrying at such a special place was also a celebration of their strong sense of family.

Lisa and Brett in Sherman, CT

Natural beauty brings one couple together on their big day

Lisa Bartlett always dreamed of a wedding "out in the fresh air." So choosing to marry fiancé Brett Mitchell on his aunt and uncle's 1,000-acre Sherman, CT, property was, well, natural. "It's the perfect spot for an outdoor wedding," says Lisa of the woodsy paradise, which boasts a lake, forest, waterfall and several ponds—not to mention a rich family history. Brett visited the estate throughout his childhood, and 25 years before his wedding, his aunt and uncle tied the knot there, too. For the NYC couple, marrying at such a special place was also a celebration of their strong sense of family.

Ceremony programs, crafted by Lisa with help from her sister, were made of brown recycled paper and ivory ribbon. By adorning their ceremony programs, cocktail napkins and wedding cake with a simple "M" (for Mitchell), the bride and groom tied together the elements without going overboard.