Ipswich, 978-356-5728, thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/north-shore/appleton-farms.html
Trend: Barn and farm weddings are still all the rage. Appleton is well-suited on all fronts, including photography spots like stone walls, barns, fields, and the historic Appleton house itself.
What’s Unique: Authenticity—Appleton is the oldest working farm in the United States, surrounded by pastures and veggie fields, as well as the beautiful house and barn from the late 1700s. Being a working dairy farm adds a unique rustic element.
Philosophy: Highlight the agricultural and outdoor/conservation land elements at this outdoor location.
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Peabody, 978-204-6345, peabodyhistorical.org/weddings
What’s Unique: Rustic ambience meets modern amenities in this historic barn surrounded by 250 acres of orchards and conservation land.
North Andover, 978-697-1723, smolakfarms.com
Philosophy: A true farm-to-table wedding, from a ceremony among sunflowers to a reception featuring vegetables and fruits picked from nearby fields.