Real Wedding: Tessa & Cole

Live music, boho inspiration and local cuisine help create the magic of Tessa and Cole’s summertime forest fete.


Bride and Groom Tessa Barton Wedding


Photographer, musician and artist Tessa Barton grew up with husband Cole, a software developer-by-day, musician-by-night. It wasn’t until college, when Cole became roommates with Tessa’s brother, that Tessa and Cole clicked. “We started playing music together and performing shows,” Tessa says. “The relationship began very naturally after that.”

Two years later, Cole proposed during a surprise trip to  New York on New Year’s Day. “We ran around the city all day until our feet just couldn’t walk anymore,” she says. “The sun was right at that perfect moment when everything seems golden. And like magic, no one was around. Next thing I know, I’m screaming, running around like a little kid because Cole is down on one knee.”

As musicians and foodies, the duo dreamed of an enchanted woodsy gathering filled with lively tunes and summer’s bounty. For weeks leading up to the wedding, the bride and groom’s families sewed and erected a food tent—the focal point in the garden—covered with hand-fringed canvas and layered with fabrics that Tessa collected. Tessa says, “We wanted guests to feel as if they happened upon something magical in the woods.”


Tessa Barton Wedding Invitations

Tessa Barton Wedding Invitations

Wedding Details Tessa and Cole

Wedding Jewelry

Wedding Veil Wedding Dress Tessa Barton

Mother Daughter Wedding Tessa Barton

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Wedding Hammock Tessa Barton

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Wedding Decorations Tessa Barton

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Father of the Bride Tessa Barton

Walk Down the Aisle Tessa Barton Wedding

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Wedding Musicians Music Entertainment Tessa Barton St Boheme

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Ramblin Rose Cafe Wedding Food Tessa Barton

Ramblin Rose Cafe Wedding Food Tessa Barton

Ramblin Rose Cafe Wedding Food Tessa Barton

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Ramblin Rose Cafe Wedding Food Tessa Barton

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wedding details tessa barton

Bride and Groom Tessa Barton Wedding

Tessa Barton Wedding Gown and Florals

Wedding Ring Tessa Barton

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Groom Tessa Barton Wedding Ring

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Wedding Cake Tessa Barton Le Loup

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Photography: Jessica Janae Photography

Catering: Ramblin’ Rose Cafe

Cake: Le Loup Cakery

Venue: private residence

Flowers: Sarajane Johnson for Lily and Company

Rentals: Diamond Rental

Rings: Linda Hoj Rings

Invitations: Chas Barton

Gown: Stone Fox Bride

Suits: True Gentleman Supply

Bridesmaids’ gowns: Urban Outfitters

Entertainment: St. Boheme; Changing Lanes

Videography: Jared Fadel

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