Located along the banks of Crocker Pond, the historic farm is managed and maintained by Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries and includes 49 acres of scenic woodlands, trails and fields that make it the ideal location for special events. “When I was little, we would go pumpkin picking at Bourne Farm every year,” says Nikki about the venue. “It just spoke to me. It’s such a romantic place.”

The day began as the couple got ready in their separate rooms, Chris enjoying some time with his groomsmen and Nikki reading the 15 cards that Chris had hidden around her room—sweet messages like “I can’t wait to share my vows with you and to live them with you everyday for the rest of our lives.” On the bottom of her shoes, he wrote “Every step you take I will be right by your side forever,” on one and “I can’t wait to walk through life together as husband an wife,” on the other—sweet reassurances that carried Nikki all the way to their “first look” where Nikki met Chris on the causeway of Scraggy Neck prior to the ceremony and later, down the aisle.

For her dress, Nikki was breathtaking in a delicate and airy white gown and a vintage veil that belonged to her father’s great grandmother—making her the fourth generation to wear it down the aisle. “When I got the veil it was yellow. So we put it in a tub of OxiClean for four hours and said a little prayer. We watched a lot of YouTube videos and everyone was doing it,” laughs Nikki. “At the reception we displayed the veil on a table inside the barn next to pictures of every woman who’s worn the veil.”