Kelsie + Chris's Bohemian Summer Elopement

I knew I liked this bride from the beginning, because we share (almost) the same name! And then when I saw the gorgeous theme and colors she chose for her wedding day, I knew I liked her even more. This was our LAST wedding of summer 2019, and we went out with a bang! Kelsie and Chris’s boho-rustic-hippie elopement was a dream, and we’re so excited to share with you their photos by the always amazing Crystal Malloy Photography!

Photographer: Crystal Malloy Photography | Venue, Coordination, Design, Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch | Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal | Cake: Kneading Hands Bakery

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Kelsie and Chris were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on July 18, 2019. Their colors were so pretty for summer - light purple with pops of white, yellow and blue. Kelsie described their theme as “rustic boho-hippie.” We loved their combination of bohemian and rustic chic styles!

Kelsie’s bouquets and florals were so unique and pretty! Her bridal bouquet included hydrangeas and roses in the pretty shades of purple, white roses, a few pops of blue, ferns, and the prettiest fan palm! She described her florals as “just gorgeous,” and we totally agree!

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While we love over the top bridal gowns, we also can’t get enough of simple, minimalistic ones either. Kelsie’s dress was simple and understated, yet elegant, timeless and stunning. She paired it with a gorgeous veil trimmed with lace and a great pair of shoes. She was such a beautiful, joyful bride!

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Kelsie and Chris’s daughters were their bridesmaids, and we loved their blue, white and yellow dresses! Kelsie said having their daughters in their wedding was the most unforgettable part of their wedding day. Their sweet pup also tagged along… we seriously LOVE it when our couples bring their pets! Wedding photos are 10 million times cuter when they include pets. It’s a fact!

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Kelsie and Chris tied the knot on the front lawn out in front of The Barn in a bohemian-chic ceremony. Their altar was a boho dream! Would you just look at this drape?! We finished it off with a tieback floral arrangement on the side of the drape, a hanging arrangement, and a couple basket full of florals and ferns. Their aisle was lined with wire sconces and tiny purple, blue and white floral arrangements. Kelsie described the decor as “simple yet beautiful” and said it was one of her favorite parts of the day. “I love the outdoor beauty and Lesleigh added the beautiful flowers and decor,” she said.

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The ceremony was romantic and intimate, with their daughters, their families, and their closest friends supporting them as they exchanged their vows. Can you tell this sweet dad adores his girls?! Melting our hearts. <3

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As they were pronounced husband and wife, and Chris kissed his bride… Kelsie’s veil fell right off! Must have been some kiss. ;)

Kelsie and Chris’s portraits were sweet, simple and romantic. These two were all smiles on their big day, and their photos show just how joyful they were to become husband and wife! A laughing bride and groom are the best kind of bride and groom.

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Kelsie and Chris’s cake table was a little bit boho-chic, a little bit rustic, and completely jaw dropping! One of our favorite details from this day was this tree all prettied up with some vintage lace doilies! We were also CRAZY about their purple and gold cake, made by our super talented cake vendor, Kneading Hands Bakery.

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The newlyweds headed off on a road trip to Colorado after their big day! When I asked Kelsie to let me know how our team did on her wedding day, she simply said, “The Twin Oaks Team did a wonderful job!”

From one Kelsi(e) to another, let me just say that I ADORED your wedding! We’re so happy that we got to plan this sweet, special day with you two! We wish you both the best! xoxo

8 Things Not To Forget On Your Wedding Day

Preparing for your wedding day can be a little bit cray cray. Luckily, if you're a Barn Bride, all of the details of your big day will be totally taken care of, so getting yourself ready for your wedding is all you've got to do! (Can you even imagine having to do the set-up, tear-down, floral designing, etc. on top of all of that?! I can't either... That's why an all-inclusive wedding venue is the only way to go, in my opinion!) Even if your venue is taking care of all the details, packing up for your wedding day can be stressful, especially if you're an out-of-town bride or you're leaving for your honeymoon immediately after your reception. Obviously you know you need to bring your dress, but what else?! We've put together a handy guide for commonly forgotten wedding day necessities that you absolutely should not forget to bring to your venue on the day of your wedding!

(Some of these photos have nothing to do with what I'm talking about... They're just eye candy!) 

1. An emergency kit. Bobby pins, a bleach pen, Tylenol, tampons, lint roller, hair spray, hair brush, any products you might need to touch up your makeup, tweezers, breath mints or gum, tissues, fashion tape, dental floss, sewing kit, scissors, bandaids, phone charger, and a corkscrew, just in case you need to open up a bottle of something to get rid of those pre-ceremony jitters. ;) I could go on and on with this list... If you think you might need it, bring it, just to be sure! The Barn actually provides our couples and bridal parties with a HUGE, amazing emergency kit in our bridal suite. Just one of the many perks of being a Barn Bride! We take care of our couples, y'all! 

2. Your accessories and the right lingerie. Remember to pack your bridal shoes, jewelry (including your wedding bands!), veil, garter and perfume. Most of these things will only be visible in photos, but things like shoes, garters and perfume always make for some of the prettiest detail shots! Also be sure to bring the correct lingerie to wear under your dress and what you will need to wear under your getaway outfit. Nothing would be more mortifying than having to wear the wrong bra or bright blue undies under your wedding dress! Yikes! 

3. Something old, new, borrowed and blue. Y'all, I totally forgot these items at my own wedding... oops. They may not be super important, but it's just a fun tradition, and your items will also make for fun photos! 

4. Marriage license. You're not official without it! ;) Also, you and your spouse, officiant and witnesses should really sign it on the day of your wedding... There are ten million things to take care of after your wedding day, and you don't want to miss the date by which you have to return your signed license. So get it taken care of on your wedding day! 

5. Something to wear when you leave your reception. It's dang near impossible to fit a big, fluffy wedding dress into a car. Plus, leaving your venue in a cute little white dress always makes for adorable photos! You'll be a lot more comfortable, and you'll also get to have an outfit change, which is sorta every bride's secret dream, right?! Also, if your dress is more on the complicated side, it might be a little difficult for your groom to get it off when you get to your destination... That's not ideal for your wedding night, if you get what I'm saying! If your dress is crazy, you miiiiight want to change before you go! 

6. Any details you're responsible for. Your guestbook, favors, unity ceremony, any photos used in your reception... Your wedding won't be the same without them! 

7. Everything you'll need for your honeymoon. Luggage, passports, plane tickets... If you're leaving for your honeymoon straight from your venue, double and TRIPLE check that you've got everything you'll need when you arrive at the airport and, ultimately, at your destination! 

8. Relax! This is perhaps the most important thing of all. Don't forget to relax! Enjoy your big day! Don't be stressed, and remember that as long as you're married to your love at the end of the day, everything went perfectly. :)

One Month of Altars: March/April 2019

One of the coolest things about working at The Barn is seeing how different our venue looks for every wedding. We’ve styled weddings in every theme imaginable, and sometimes we style The Barn in two or three drastically different looks within one weekend! It is always mind blowing to see how different our ceremony sites look from one wedding to the next. The altar is one of our favorite wedding details to style, and we’ve never done the same one twice! I wanted to share with you five altars from this spring, just to show you how different and amazing they all are. Within a 30 day span, we had five weddings that were each completely different and so beautiful in their own unique ways. In one month, we designed weddings that were rustic, bohemian, minimalistic modern, and eclectic. And two of those weddings were inspired by Steel Magnolias! (I know, what?!) Here are the altars from each of those five weddings!

Check out our other One Month of Altars posts here: October 2016, May 2017, and May/June 2018.

Samantha and Tyler tied the knot on March 30. Their altar was so beautiful and romantic, with its unique draping, gorgeous blush and burgundy florals, and hanging lanterns. The redbuds were in full bloom on their wedding day, and it made their ceremony even more romantic! Their color palette was blush pink and deep red, and their details were elegant and romantic, with a rustic touch. Several of their details were inspired by the movie Steel Magnolias, and we loved the combination of elegant details with a few hilarious movie references added in!

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Casey and Awni were married on a rainy day in early April. They said their I do’s in a beautiful, intimate ceremony inside The Barn. For their altar, we used stacked wooden crates, lanterns, beautiful pink florals, and flower petals. The candlelight made it so romantic! Although it absolutely poured on their wedding day, this sweet couple was so laid back and joyful... The rain didn’t put a damper on their big day at all! Casey walked through the mud with bare feet and fully embraced the less than desirable weather. A few other must see details: their beautiful peach and pink florals, their guestbook quilt, their eclectic reception tables, and their stunning rainy day wedding portraits!

The dogwoods were stunning on April 12 for Holly and Alfred’s elopement! Their altar was an absolute dream. We tucked it right underneath a dogwood tree, and finished it off with a purple drape, a chandelier, and pink and purple florals. Their blush and lavender color palette was perfect for a spring wedding! It was also a little bit inspired by Steel Magnolias… blush and bashful! ;) Their altar was hands down our favorite detail, but we also loved their adorable cake table, Holly’s pastel bridal bouquet, and their bridesmaids’ pale purple and blue dresses. SO pretty!

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The weekend of April 19 and 20, we had two gorgeous weddings, and both brides were named Rachel! Although they shared the same name, their weddings couldn’t have been any more different. :) First up was Rachel and Andy. We used a modern triangular altar for their ceremony (we call this one our mod teepee altar), and kept it simple with two offset arrangements that had loads of greenery and pale colored flowers. Their altar went flawlessly with their modern, minimalistic theme. We adored this unique wedding’s understated color palette and details, and the fun Italian-American inspired touches. Some of our other favorite details were their beautiful dessert table, Rachel’s simple, timeless bridal gown, their incredible cocktail hour details, and their modern, minimalist reception tables. You also have to see their stunning portraits with the dogwood trees! We truly loved every detail of this amazing wedding!

Rachel and Jimmy were up next! Once again, the dogwoods were stunning on this day, and their portraits among them are so romantic and beautiful. Their altar was truly unlike anything we’ve done before! We call it our “stick castle altar,” because it was literally made with sticks found around The Barn with wildflowers woven into it. They tied the knot while standing on a bohemian rug, and we were 100% into the boho, woodland vibes from this ceremony. We LOVED their wildflower bouquets, Rachel’s beautiful flower crown, their fun reception details, and their adorable s’mores bar. This wedding was so special!

Barn Tour Guide: Places To Visit In Our Area

We have a jam-packed fall wedding season coming up, which means hundred and hundreds of out of town guests will soon be coming to The Barn and spending a little bit of time in our tiny town! We're located just outside of Dardanelle, Arkansas, which is home to fewer than 5,000 people. What our area lacks in population, it makes up for with gorgeous state parks, fun adventures, quaint shops and good food! We LOVE where we live, and despite its rural setting, this area of Arkansas is actually a great place to visit. If you're the outdoorsy type, you'll never run out of things to do in this beautiful area. If shopping and dining are more your style, you're in luck, too!

Future Barn Couples, be sure to forward this post to your guests or share the link on your wedding website so they know about the fun, exciting things to do in our neck of the woods! 

Outdoor Attractions

Mount Nebo State Park is located just outside of Dardanelle, and it is one of the most popular places to visit in the state. There are several great hiking trails, cabins, waterfalls, a swimming pool, and two gorgeous overlooks, Sunrise Point and Sunset Point, which offer some of the most breathtaking views in the state. You may even see a few hang gliders and paragliders launching from behind the visitors' center or at Sunrise Point! Make the (curvy, steep, little-bit-scary) drive up the mountain and stay for a few hours or a few days... You won't run out of beautiful things to see!

Daniel Ray Photography . Mount Nebo's stunning Sunset Point.

Daniel Ray Photography. Mount Nebo's stunning Sunset Point.

Petit Jean State Park is located about 30 minutes from The Barn, and there are countless amazing attractions, trails and overlooks to check out on top of the mountain. A few of my personal favorites: the beautiful Mather Lodge (they also have a restaurant), the Cedar Falls Trail (long and difficult, but made worth it by the breathtaking 95 foot waterfall at the end!), the Gravesite Overlook (you can't beat the view), the Rock House Cave Trail and the Cedar Creek Trail. You can fish at the mountain's two lakes, rent a boat or canoe, and even check out The Museum of Automobiles.

Cedar Falls, located at  Petit Jean State Park

Cedar Falls, located at Petit Jean State Park

Lake Dardanelle State Park is located in nearby Russellville, and it also has a lot to offer for nature enthusiasts. There's a fantastic visitors' center with several exhibits that are entertaining for adults and kids alike, kayak rentals, free boat tours, and nature programs led by park interpreters. Lake Dardanelle is also one of Arkansas' most popular spots for fishing and boating. 

Downtown Dardanelle

Dardanelle has a great downtown, with historical parks, yummy food, and some of the best live music in the state! Front Street is home to Front Street Grill, Millyn's (a beautiful gift shop with the best customer service), Latham's (a great antique shop), and Riverfront Park. Tarascos has delicious Mexican food, as well as a bar and a private room, which makes it a great place for rehearsal dinners.  

Front Street Grill  is one of the best live music venues in Arkansas.

Front Street Grill is one of the best live music venues in Arkansas.

Front Street Grill is THE place to see great live music and have a beer in the River Valley. Past performers at FSG include Johnny Lee, Whiskey Myers, Jake Owen and Stoney LaRue. They also have live shows during the week, as well as great food! Their Facebook page is updated regularly with concert info and food specials. 

Dardanelle also has a rich Native American history, which you can learn more about at the Old Post Office (also on Front Street) or at Council Oaks Park

Downtown Russellville

Russellville is just a short drive away, and its thriving downtown makes it a wonderful place to visit! Russellville Downtown is home to several great restaurants, art galleries, and one-of-a-kind boutiques.

Some of the fantastic restaurants in downtown Russellville include Fat Daddy's Bar-B-Que (their cheesy taters are practically world famous), The Old Bank (a sports grill with a great bar that's located in a beautifully renovated downtown building), Pasta Grill (delicious Italian food, great atmosphere, tons of menu options), and Kob Jai (the best Thai food around). For a caffeine fix and some old school video games, stop by The Garage Arcade.  

Downtown Russellville is full of locally owned boutiques, gift shops and art galleries. For one-of-a-kind home decor, local art and gifts, check out A Conversation Piece or Pottery Worx. For a cute outfit, go to HipSway... one of the prettiest, trendiest stores in town! There are also two great bookstores located downtown: Dog Ear Books and B Street Books

Dog Ear Books  is a great place to hang out and shop, and they always have fun events going on!

Dog Ear Books is a great place to hang out and shop, and they always have fun events going on!

Sports

The Centerville Dragway is located just a few minutes from The Barn, and there's a reason why it stays packed on weekends! It's home to a dirt track, fast cars, and great burgers. They're closed during the winter months, so be sure to check out their schedule before you go. 

John Daly's Lion's Den Golf Course is also located in Dardanelle and was recently re-opened. It's a favorite course for local golf fans. You can read all about it on their Facebook page

We feel really blessed that The Barn is part of such a unique, supportive, wonderful community, and we hope our guests will fall in love with what our charming little area has to offer! 

10 Barn Weddings: Summer Loving

It's been way too long since I've written a 10 Barn Weddings post, and I'm not sure how I've managed to neglect my favorite blog series! Although we’re right in the middle of summer, our summer season has already started to wind down. (But we have a few openings for elopements in the near future, so if you’re interested in eloping in the near future, holler at us ASAP!) Summer weddings are oh, so sweet, and while it’s sometimes insanely hot at The Barn during these months, our summer weddings are always some of the prettiest. Here are 10 of my favorite summer weddings we've ever done! 

We'll be swooning over Regan and Cory's timeless, neutral summer wedding for literally FOREVER. Details for days in this wedding, y'all. I couldn't possibly name all my faves, but here are a few that you CANNOT miss: those romantic, jaw-droppingly gorgeous reception tables! Regan's beautiful dress and accessories. Perfect white bouquets with loads of greenery. The sweetest chair signs. This couple thought of EVERYTHING, and it made their day absolutely amazing. 

As much as we love weddings with neutral color palettes, we also get super excited when one of our couples requests something BRIGHT and FUN! Megan and Drew's wedding had perhaps the happiest color palette ever - "punch colors," as Megan described it. Their theme was rustic, and their florals, reception details, and the bridal party's attire were full of fun, bold colors. My faves from this wedding: Megan's dress (sooo good!), the bridesmaids' dresses in shades of pink, bright florals + succulents, colorful reception details, and that fantastic burlap altar! 

I think of Kassie and Adam's rustic glam wedding as the most "The Barn" wedding we've ever done, if that makes sense... haha ;) It had lots of rustic details that perfectly fit a rustic venue like The Barn, but it also had several glam weddings that made it feel totally like us! There's a reason why this wedding was in Southern Weddings aka the wedding planning bible! This was one of those weddings were you seriously must see EVERY detail. It was all so good - just look at those tables! 

Tara and Casey's was the sweetest of summer weddings. They went with a color palette of shades of blue, ivory and gold, and their theme was classic meets modern. Their details were simple, sweet and totally gorgeous. Although their ceremony details were all-white and very minimalist, it was one of our dreamiest ceremonies of all time. We also loved the vintage books used on their reception tables, their watercolor cake, and their blue and white florals - they were simple but stunning. This was the perfect Southern summer wedding! 

Morgan and Tyler's wedding was super unique, because if was one of the VERY few weddings our team has ever done not at The Barn. They chose to get married at a historical church in downtown Dardanelle, and our team totally rocked it. Their details were full of greenery, white florals, and timeless, classic touches. After their ceremony, they held their reception at The Barn, which was just as classic and romantic. This wedding will always be in style! 

This was another one of those bright colored weddings that makes us all giddy! Alyssa and Matt wanted their wedding to be FUN and not-too-serious - that was seriously their only requirement for their theme. They chose a royal blue, red and yellow color scheme, which made for beautiful, bright florals and gorgeous, bold reception details. I loved ALL of the bridal party's attire - the bridal gown, the groom's tie (so fun), and the blue and yellow bridesmaids' dresses. And that dessert table - one of our faves, for sure! 

Megan and Daniel's pretty peach and mint wedding is one that I ALWAYS come back to when I think of my all-time favorites. Their peach and pink florals were definitely my favorite part of this wedding, with their dreamy altar and Megan's amazing dress closely following. We also loved their rustic chic reception tables (those adorable pink bow napkins!) and their candy buffet, which perfectly matched their color scheme. Perfection! 

Dreamiest. Ceremony. Ever. Let's throw it back to 2014 and swoon over Anita and Wesley's ceremony details all over again! This couple chose a pretty turquoise and coral color palette and their details were both elegant and fun. They ended up moving their ceremony outside, but it was SO dreamy and romantic inside The Barn, too. Future couples, let's please do this again! P.S. You gotta see their groom's cake. 

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Stephanie Parsley Photography

I'm always gonna love Samantha and Danny's boho chic wedding! Beautiful pastel florals (some of the best florals we've ever, EVER done, imo). A green ombre cake. The floral crown of every boho bride's dreams. This aisle and altar combo!!! A barefoot bride. Those are just a few of the highlights from this wedding! 

The ultimate summer wedding bouquet! Lindsey and Matt's wedding was rustic and colorful. Their ceremony was super detailed, with antique doors, antique windows, barrels topped with flowers, lanterns, and loads of bright florals. Their reception was perfect - bright, colorful, sweet and summery. Sunflowers were made for summertime weddings! :)