Elizabeth and Daniel enlisted their amazingly talented friends and family to help create an intimate, personalized day that everyone would remember. From the save-the-dates to the wedding cake, each aspect of this enchanting wedding set on a rustic farm between the two DIY darlings was handcrafted with love.

“We wanted to make our wedding day as handmade as we could!” exclaims Elizabeth on their decision to take the wedding planning, literally, into their own hands.

Thanks to M Studios for the stellar photos!

DIY Fall Barn Wedding

Elizabeth & Daniel

Westport, MA

Wedding Date: November 10, 2012

Number of Guests: 75

Wedding Cost: $10,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Bittersweet Farms

Wedding Reception Location: Bittersweet Farms


black and white bride and groom portrait

DIY Barn Wedding

rustic wedding wreath

barn wedding groomsmen

DIY feather fascinator and birdcage veil

baby's breath and billy button wedding bouquet

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

When we were planning the wedding, I was always on wedding blogs — maybe obsessively? – then I discovered Pinterest …. I loved how intimate and personal those types of weddings were and I liked their uniqueness.

lace wedding dress hanging in barn

bride getting dressed

bride getting ready

wedding shoes and birdcage veil on window ledge


bridesmaids with billy button bouquets

billy button wedding bouquets

felt flower boutonnieres


DIY feather and button boutonniere

black and white groomsmen portrait

groomsmen argyle socks
bride's reflection in antique mirror

bridesmaids in cardigans


groomsmen portrait in front of barn

sepia bride portrait

bride and groom first look session

What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

The biggest challenge was the guest list and trying to keep the number down without leaving anyone out.

Fall barn wedding

black and white bride and groom portrait

bride and groom portrait

black and white bride and groom portrait

groomsmen portrait in front of barn
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

No, Dan and I just invited who was most important to us.  

bride and groom on the farm

groomsman on the phone

black and white bride and groom portrait


bride and groom with flower girls

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Thankfully, no. We let everyone know we were having a smaller wedding so people understood that we couldn’t invite everyone.

bride in fur stole

billy button bouquet

bride hugging father



What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Marrying my love and father of our amazing child, Max.

DIY barn wedding reception


lace and baby's breath centerpieces


A Love Story wedding banner


wedding photo garland

baby's breath in lace wrapped jars
What were the highlights of the reception?

Celebrating with our family and friends.

baby's breath wedding centerpieces


wedding photo garland

suitcase wedding card box

DIY rustic sweet table

billy button centerpiece
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

We were able to have the wedding we wanted and everyone helped us in the process. Dan’s best man designed our save-the-dates and invites himself and printed them for us as a gift. We collected clear bottles and jars all year to use as flower vases for the reception. I made boutonnieres for all the groomsmen, my father, stepfather, and father-in-law, felt flower pins for all of the moms and grandmothers in our lives, and headbands for our nieces who were junior bridesmaids. My mom helped me make all of the bouquets the night before, and my bridesmaids helped make the cocoa cone favors which were a hit! One of my ladies also made our cake and whoopie pies for our reception dessert. We had a lot of help from generous family and friends!







What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?  

You will not regret going this route. An intimate wedding is so much more personal for you and your guests and you are surrounded by the most important people in your life. It really makes for an amazing day.

bride and groom at sunset on farm

book wedding ring holder


bride and groom kissing behind vintage book


Photography: M Studios

Reception Venue: Bittersweet Farms