Countrified, Casual Barn Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 21, 2012

Melissa & Alan

June 9



Q & A with the Bride: 

1. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I spent several hours over a period of weeks individually stamping out guests names on place cards that were then attached to antique keys and displayed on a bird cage and two rustic frames. For all the time I spent, my vision really paid off, and I was glad I could incorporate the detail of the keys, since my husband had introduced the idea to me when he brought home some old keys he had found. I also loved simple, mason jar floral arrangements and burlap table runners as well as the succulent boutonnieres that were at the request of my husband but happened to be a favorite of mine too.

2. Give us the one moment in your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about. 

Everything! From waking up surrounded by my best friends to being escorted away on our pedicab, it was truly the best day of my life  filled with so much love and happiness. I was never nervous, having spent the last seven years of my life with Alan, but it was so encouraging when he dropped by my parents house the morning of the wedding to pick up a few things to bring over to the barn. He was the biggest gentleman, calling my sister ahead of time to make sure I was out of sight and having her give me a message saying that he was ready and had written his vows and knew that I would look beautiful. To know that this day was just as important to him as it was to me, after all the little disagreements we had had in the planning process, reassured me and made me that much more excited for the afternoon. The whole experience far exceeded my expectations, and I am so happy Cathy was there to artfully capture these memories that I will cherish forever. 


Photography: Cathy Stancil Photography | Venue: Private Residence | Floral Designer: Anne Appleman | Caterer: Grapevine Catering | Cake: Scandia Bakery