- 9 years ago
- Wedding: August 2009
Here’s the story:
I’m American. David is British. We were a long-distance love affair for 1 1/2 years, separated by the Atlantic Ocean and a similar but totally different language. We’re engaged now, spending most of our time in London, England. While deciding where to hold the wedding we wanted it to be on “common ground” as we know that for a lot of our lives one of us will be home and the other one will be in a foreign country. It’s a beautiful, but slightly challenging aspect of our relationship. We chose New Hampshire as our wedding location since we’d had a few incredible vacations there and really felt connected to the simple joy that state seems to exude.
So we flew to New Hampshire to choose the venues. The hunt was on. Ceremony site. Reception venue. You know the drill. We found ourselves discouraged by the venues we were seeing, the over-bearing wedding planners showing us around, the prices, the regulations…. Until we walked up to Highland House in Tamworth, NH and was met by the owner, Dale Bragdon. We felt at home as soon as we got out of our rental car.
Highland House is an 18th Century sea captain’s mansion built in the shadows of the White Mountains, surrounded by gorgeous vintage barns and sheds, in the middle of beautiful flower gardens. It’s a Bed and Breakfast with an event space for weddings, parties etc. It was perfect. Dale took us into the old machine-shed-turned-vintage-event-space and we almost melted into the floor boards. The place is dripping with charm. It’s curated so beautifully I could have walked around in there for hours just taking in the objects and the gorgeous vintage building. We knew we had to have it.
We then walked into the Bed and Breakfast (the main building) to see the same vintage perfection on every wall, table, door, and counter. It’s just gorgeous. The rooms are incredibly well priced so we’ve booked it out for all of the family to stay. Dale also does incredible catering so we’ve hired her to do the food which means the entire reception will be contained and managed by Dale. Her prices are so great compared to the rest of the area and the venue is really unmatched (and trust me! we saw everything!).
We are now two weeks away from the big day and I’m so excited I can hardly sleep at night! I cannot recommend Highland House enough if you’re looking for a New England location with a vintagey, rustic feel to your wedding. It’s beautiful!