Abby and Kyle were married at Kelley Agricultural Historical Museum in Sharpsville, Ind. on August 31. “We really wanted an outdoor venue that also offered an indoor space in case of inclement weather,” Abby said. “At the time, barns were a popular venue choice, and we had a hard time finding one that was both unique and available. A date opened up at our venue, and we toured on a windy March day. It was rustic, historic to the area, and had an awesome loft area. The barn itself was reconstructed as it would have been 100 years ago.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Nina peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece taupe suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, craspedia, berries, and seeded eucalyptus. Guests were greeted with rays of sunshine rather than rain! Programs featured the itinerary on the front and fun facts on the back. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 200 witnessing. “The moment after we walked back down the aisle, we were hidden behind a pine tree for a few seconds,” she said. “We hugged and kissed, and we both looked at each other like, ‘now what?’ and laughed. Then, our family and friends came to us one-by-one, and it just felt like the happiest, most complete time of my life.” Cocktail hour began followed the reception shortly thereafter. “We are both Purdue graduates, and we really wanted to incorporate our time there,” Abby said. “Purdue has a classic bar called Harry’s. We had signature Harry’s plastic cups, popcorn bags (and a popcorn machine), and a Harry’s sign, kindly created by a bridesmaid. We served Indiana wine and beer from local breweries too.” Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices, peanuts, and old-fashion Coca-Cola bottles, which also served double-duty as favors, surrounded by folding padded chairs. A two-tiered cake was cut and served concluding a buffet dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “The experience goes by so fast,” she said. “Don’t sweat the small stuff. You may spend a lot of time agonizing over the details and before you know it, you’re at the airport leaving for paradise. Enjoy the extra time with everyone. For most, planning your wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. Make the most of it!” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia.
Anna and Rodney were married at Cornerstone Sonoma in Sonoma, Calif. on October 18. “We knew it was the one because the venue had beautiful gardens and art installations, but also several different places for the events of the day to take place,” Anna said. The bride wore a custom-made blush ball gown with an embroidered bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, and a pair of peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long pleated dresses with halter necklines and carried bouquets of roses, scabiosa pods, and berries. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “I Do,” directing them to the Vineyard Lawn and another wooden sign that said, “Ceremony, where the I dos happen, Cocktail Hour, to celebrate the fact that ‘WE DID,’ dinner, off to the tent where fine dining, drinking, and memories will be made, and Back to the Barn, head to the dance floor, grab some sweets, and P-A-R-T-Y.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 200 witnessing. “My favorite moment was walking down the aisle, with everyone standing, music playing, slow motion, and anxiety,” she said. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, vintage books, and votive candles, surrounded by mix ‘n’ matched chairs. In lieu of a cake, there was a cake pop tower. Fun fact: a gobo monogram was projected behind it! However, favors were pashmina shawls. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Excel is your best friend,” Anna said. “From the very beginning, keep lists for everything like your guests and vendors with as many line item details as you can and keep it up-to-date. If you get it all in there, (i.e. phone numbers, addresses, emails, meal preferences, etc.) it will make things that much less stressful when it comes time to confirm attendees, final counts for rentals, catering, reminders, thank you cards — too many things to list.” At the end of the night they jetted off to their honeymoon.
Jennifer and Caroline were married at The Vintager Inn in New Kent, Va. on September 20. “We were looking for a rustic venue somewhere in between Northern Virginia and Raleigh, North Carolina where most of our guests were coming from,” Jennifer said. “Our awesome wedding planner, Allison Barnes, found The Vintager Inn. It was not only in the perfect location, about halfway, but also it had everything and more that we were looking for. The landscape and scenery were amazing, and we knew this was something that our family and friends would love. We also knew with good weather that this would be an unforgettable place. The main barn opened up to this picture-perfect view at sunset. Our guests are still raving about it.” One bride wore a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the other bride wore a halter v-neck wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a braided updo. Both wore matching orange Converse tennis shoes! Bridesmaids wore short chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. Groomsmen wore white button-up shirts and dark gray pants, accessorized with a tie and suspenders. All 150 guests were greeted with a tandem bicycle directing the way. “Our ceremony was extremely unique to us,” she said. “We wrote the ceremony and had one of our best friends marry us (she did an amazing job for someone that had never done this before). The script was filled with love and laughter. We took turns sharing some of the things that made us fall in love with each other (all things sweet and hilarious) followed by the hand unity, our vows, and a kiss.” Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. “We did a fiesta theme for cocktail hour, including a mariachi band, taco bar with tequila shots, and passed taquitos and mini tacos.” Tables were decorated with gray linens, orange napkins, mason jar centerpieces, vintage bottles filled with paper hearts, and pictures from throughout their relationship, surrounded by black chiavari chairs. “There are so many but the moments that stuck out the most were our first look, our guests arriving as we secretly looked on, and realizing later that evening that we were actually married,” Jennifer said. In lieu of a cake, there was cake pops and cupcakes served concluding dinner. Fun fact: they were also favors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t worry about making other people happy that day,” she said. “The day is about you and to celebrate the love between you and your partner. As long as you two are happy and everyone sees that, everyone will be happy that day too.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of glow sticks, and jetted off to their honeymoon in Aruba.
Lauren and Matthew were married at Butterfly Kisses Pavilion in Newport, N.C. on October 11. “We were going for a rustic feel, and what better way then to get married in a barn,” Lauren said. The bride wore a strapless silk fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a ruched bodice and skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, birdcage veil, and a pair of jeweled bow platform pumps, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a tie and tennis shoes. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder teal chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Today, two families become one. Please pick a seat not a side.” The ceremony took place underneath the pavilion overlooking the river. Aisles were lined with baby’s breath in galvanized metal buckets, and altar was adorned with vintage books atop a wine barrel. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with akiss, it was official, almost 100 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with signature sweet tea drinks in mason jars. Fun fact: it served double-duty as favors! The reception took place inside the barn hung with string lights. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, and wooden box centerpieces. “Our first dance — I was so nervous for two weeks before the wedding because I had knots in my stomach,” she said. “During it though, I just remember thinking, I’m not nervous anymore.” Dinner was served buffet style. In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone wrote advice on hearts. A three-tiered fondant-frosted cake topped with a monogram was cut for dessert in addition to cupcakes. The newlyweds’ best advice? ” It’s your day,” Lauren said. “It’s hard not to please other people or just go with what they say because your stressed.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon in the Bahamas. “We had a sparkler send-off, and it worked out perfect,” she said. “Most of the guests stayed until the end, so we had a lot of sparklers, and it just started to rain right as we were walking out, which they say is good luck!”
Kristi and Ryan were married at Sunny D Farms in Williamson, Ga. on October 4. “The simplicity of it all,” Kristi said. “It didn’t need much to be everything I had visioned my day to be.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, sash, and a pair of comy flats, while the groom wore a navy blue suit, accessorized with a striped bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short two-tone dresses, accessorized with cowboy boots, and carried bouquets of carnations, silver brunia balls, and craspedia. “My florist Cyndi, owner of Twigs, Leaves and Flowers, took my vision and made it a reality with only using three real flowers,” she said. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “welcome to our wedding.” The pews’ aisles were lined with wooden tree stumps, an altar adorned with a fireplace mantle, monogram decal, and vintage boxes and wash pans. “The moment when I lost it, and I couldn’t control the tears,” Kristi said. “I had asked Coleton our preacher to ask Ryan and I before the wedding, ‘why do you want to marry him/her?’ separately. It’s one of those answers that you could go on and on about, but putting it into words was so hard! When Coleton came in my room, I automatically lost it. At that moment, I knew what he was going to ask. I cried (a happy cry) all the way through my answer — no matter what Ryan makes me the center of his world. You can just tell when he looks at me how much he loves me.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, with almost 135 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception inside the barn. Tables were decorated with yellow linens, chevron runners, mason jar centerpieces, and lanterns. “Everything reflected Ryan and I’s personality,” she said. In lieu of a traditional guest book, tags attached to keys were written with well wishes. Concluding dinner, a two-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert. “The perfect mix” table was open for a late-night snack too. Bonus: cookie baking sheets from the Great American Cookie company! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Any decor that you buy for the wedding think: ‘how is this going to look in my house when the wedding is over?'” Kristi said. “‘Why spend a ton of money on things you can’t reuse?'” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers.