DIY Missouri Barn Wedding

Posted by Kim on Dec 20, 2012

Joy & Jonny

September 29

Ellisville, Missouri


Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Jonny grew up spending time at this barn. He had many memories there and had a personal connection with the location. While we were dating, we went fishing there quite often.  I am an art teacher and I loved the rustic aesthetic and was excited to add a touch of delicacy to make the venue our own.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Jonny and my father built a dock for us to get married on. It was amazing and helped create photographs with such a beautiful background of water. We appeared to be floating!

 My Grandma Lampe made jam as our wedding favor. It was canned in glass jelly jars and we labeled them  J+J along with the flavor. We tied lace over the lid using a multi-textures yarn. A perfect touch!

 The details & décor. Being a former graphic designer, I loved designing our invitations! In the barn, we strung large bulb Christmas lights throughout the barn. We draped gossamer to coordinate with the lights. We also bought an assortment of glass vases and containers, sprayed them white to appear as milk glass, placed babies breath in them and used this as centerpieces. Under the white glass we laid crème doilies that came from a dollar store! Our many DIY projects made the aesthetics of our wedding day complete!

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Delegate. Do not be afraid to kindly ask for help with projects from the get go. Those that love you and are near you will be more than happy to help. Especially if you are doing a lot of DIY projects like we did…help from family and friends was such a blessing!


Photographer: MK Loeffler Photography | Wedding Invitations and Programs: Joy Lamb Design and Photography | Catering: Amighetti’s and PM BBQ | Music: TKO DJs | Lighting: Weinhardt Party Rentals| Photobooth: Marquis Photo Booth | Cupcakes: The Cup