Rustic DIY Iowa Winery Wedding

Posted by Kim on Jul 12, 2012

Ann & John

May 26

Summerset Winery, Indianola, Iowa


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

We knew it was the venue we wanted because of the opportunity to have the ceremony outside in such a beautiful place. Summerset just seemed so peaceful, simple, and welcoming. It was the perfect place for our style!

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I loved the way the ceremony was set up, how everyone was spread out under umbrellas in Adirondack chairs. It allowed for a relaxed feel for the ceremony. All of the simple details were fun. My family, friends, and I made almost all of the decorations so it was fun to see it all come together. My bouquet was from our great grandmothers’, grandmothers’, and mothers’ brooches. The bridesmaids and I all got together and everyone made their own custom fabric bouquet so each one was different. We made the boutonnieres, I made the “Here Comes the Bride” sign that the ring bearers carried, my sister-in-law made the flower girl’s tutu, my grandmother painted every chalk mason jar that the guests drank out of and then took home as favors, my aunt and uncle made all of the cupcakes and cake we cut, all of the antique doors were from a farm in Nebraska where I am from, my childhood neighbors made my flower for my hair, I made my garters, with help from my grandmother I made our thumbprint guestbook tree, and my sisters made all of the signs.

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

I can’t stop thinking about our ceremony. It was so relaxed, intimate, and personal. Our officiant was our good friend and Christian mentor so it was very special that he knew us so well and delivered a message and ceremony that was meaningful and powerful. We felt so loved from everyone that was there physically and in our hearts.



Photography: Aly Carroll Photography | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Summerset Winery | Bridesmaid Dresses: ModCloth | DJ: EDJE Productions | Bride’s Gown: David’s Bridal | Catering: Hickory Park Restaurant Co. | Groom’s Suit: Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothiers | Hair: Adia at Salon Bliss | Makeup: Brittney Hanssen | Floral Design: Bride, Friends, and Family Members | Cake: Dan Newman and Norma Lucas