Happy Father's Day!

As a wedding blogger, I go through a lot of wedding photos... I see a whole bunch of sappy photos that never make it to this blog! ;) Some of the most emotional photos are of brides and their dads. It's always really precious to see a weepy father at his daughter's wedding... Seeing a dad's emotions as they "give away" their little girl is bittersweet, to say the least. 

Happy Father's Day to all you dads, grandpas, and step-dads! We owe you A TON, and we're so thankful for you. Good dads are hard to find. Cheers to all of you who are doing a great job! We hope you feel spoiled and extra loved this weekend.

Here are some of our sweet brides with their dads on their big day! 

  Meredith Melody Photography , from  Ashley + Ivan 's wedding. This photo is of Ashley and her dad... during her father-daughter dance with her stepdad, he pulled out this photo so Ashley was able to share the dance with him, too. We're not crying, YOU'RE crying!

Meredith Melody Photography, from Ashley + Ivan's wedding. This photo is of Ashley and her dad... during her father-daughter dance with her stepdad, he pulled out this photo so Ashley was able to share the dance with him, too. We're not crying, YOU'RE crying!

  Stephanie Parsley Photography , from  Samantha + Danny 's wedding. Samantha and her dad had the BEST father-daughter dance.

Stephanie Parsley Photography, from Samantha + Danny's wedding. Samantha and her dad had the BEST father-daughter dance.

  Andrew Arceri , from  Megan + Daniel 's wedding

Sydney + Michael's Rustic Peach Wedding

This couple was married at The Barn just over a week ago, and we adored their sweet, summery, rustic chic elopement so so much! It had the perfect summertime color palette, beautiful rustic details, some seriously cute kids, and so much more! This post is also extra special, because not only will you hear about this wedding from the bride's point of view, but also from her mother's. Sydney's mom, Becky, had a huge part in the planning of their wedding, so I wanted her to share all of her thoughts on the big day, too! 

This one was photographed by Stacy Munford, who just happens to be Becky's dear friend. Becky said she will treasure these photos forever, and I know y'all are gonna be head over heels for all of the sweetness! (There are also a few of our own iPhone photos included that we were crazy about and wanted to share!)

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Sydney and Michael were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on June 3, 2018. Their color palette was summery and beautiful - peach, blue and ivory, with pops of orange to honor their son who they lost in April. Their theme was rustic chic, and every detail was adorable! 

Sydney's florals and bouquets were full of peach, blush and white roses and a little bit of greenery - so dreamy for a rustic chic June wedding! "The flowers were perfect and had special meaning for Sydney and Michael," Becky said. "I really loved the denim ties too."

Here are just a few of my favorite little details from this wedding! I LOVED all the chambray used throughout their details. 

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Sydney was such a gorgeous bride! She found her dream dress on Amazon, and it was just lovely on her. We loved the classic silhouette of this dress, its pretty lace details and the stunning back! We were also obsessed with the flower details in her hair, as well as the pretty peach rose crowns her flower girls wore - with a cute chambray bow, of course!

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Sydney said one moment she would always remember from her wedding was "the look on my kids' faces when they saw us." We're just smitten with this sweet family! Cutest kids ever. 

Sydney said her favorite wedding detail was her altar, which was "exactly what we wanted for our special day," she said. Y'all, we LOVED this rustic chic altar. The beautiful white drape, the greenery, the GORGEOUS peach and white flowers... this is the ideal summer altar! Their reception decor also included mason jars (tied with chambray) full of peach and white flowers. "I brought their personalized ring box and guestbook frame with hearts for everyone to sign, so I loved those details as well," Becky said. This is the cutest guestbook ever! 

Not only was this ceremony beautiful, but it was also super sweet. Sydney and Michael were surrounded by their kids and their closest family. "Stubby did a great job on the ceremony," Becky said. "I love how personal and fun he is. He incorporated the Bible verse they wanted perfectly."

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I canโ€™t say enough about how great the day was! Lesleigh is the sweetest and and did an amazing job on everything... She is the master of keeping everything smooth and on time without making it feel rushed or stressful.
— Becky, Mother of the Bride
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Sydney and Michael's wedding cake was one of the prettiest details of the day - it was a classic white cake wrapped with burlap and lace and topped with florals in their color scheme. It was sitting on a pallet and was topped with a wooden H, which were the perfect additions for a rustic chic cake table. Becky told me it was as yummy as it was pretty! 

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Sydney said her wedding day was everything she imagined it would be! "We loved The Barn family," she said. "Lesleigh is amazing and very helpful!" 

"Most of all, I want to thank The Barn for making the day so beautiful and relaxing," Becky said. "I will tell everyone I know that has an upcoming wedding about this place." We can't thank you enough for that, Becky! 

Sydney and Michael, thank you so much for letting us plan your elopement with you! We loved every bit of it, and we couldn't be happier for y'all! xoxoxoxoxoxo

Wedding Inspiration: Glitter & Sequins

Glitter is my favorite color. No, really. I'm not a huge girly girl, but there is something about glitter and sequins and sparkly things that I just really love! We've seen lots of color palettes that include pink and gold glitter at The Barn, and they are always stunning. But I love glitter paired with an otherwise neutral color palette or more natural elements (like green garlands, as seen at Mackenzie + Tyler's wedding) just as much. Bring on the sparkles!

Some of our most popular sparkly items at The Barn? Our sequined table runners in gold, silver, black, and chevron. Everyone loves these, and I've included several ways we've styled them. Recent brides have also been LOVING a sequined altar, and we hope that trend isn't going anywhere soon. Here are some of the prettiest glittery, sequined moments from weddings at The Barn!

  Lela & Lyla , from  Kassie + Adam 's wedding

Lela & Lyla, from Kassie + Adam's wedding

  Instagram  photos of some of our glittery spring 2018 altars, which will be on the blog soon!

Instagram photos of some of our glittery spring 2018 altars, which will be on the blog soon!

 Vanda Crank Photography, from  Ashley + Trent 's wedding

Vanda Crank Photography, from Ashley + Trent's wedding

Barn Elopements Three Ways

Elopements at The Barn have gotten sorta HUGE. In fact, I am emailed about our elopement collections more than anything else! Barn Elopements are romantic, inexpensive (they start at $1,850... say what?!), and super easy. As with all of our other collections, the only thing our elopement brides and grooms have to do: show up and have a great time! Our elopements are perhaps even less stressful than our other wedding collections (which are already the least stressful weddings EVER), because our team does literally all the planning, coordinating, decorating, etc. If you haven't read about our elopements before, this is a quick rundown of how they work: you tell us the colors and overall theme you like, and our incredibly creative team just runs with it. Our elopements are always some of our prettiest weddings, because our team gets to go all out with the details, and it's always such a wonderful surprise for our couples! 

I've written about our elopement collections many times... if you need more info, check out these posts: elopement collection details and 10 reasons to elope at The Barn. You can always email us, too! Go to the contact page or send us an email at barnattwinoaksranch {at} yahoo {dot} com. 

Here are three of our favorite, most talked about elopements. They all vary in style, colors, themes, etc. And they are ALL amazing! You can also see three different ways we've styled other styles of weddings: boho weddings, rustic weddings, whimsical weddings, and glam weddings. And check back next week to see one of our GORGEOUS spring 2018 elopements! 

Intimate, Simple Fall Elopement

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Ali and Lee's intimate fall elopement was perhaps the most simple one we've ever done, but it was just as beautiful as every other one we've done! These two have such a sweet love story, and they wanted a wedding that was as laidback as they are. The love they have for each other was definitely the most beautiful detail of their wedding day. They had a beautiful, rustic altar, the prettiest pink florals, the sweetest cake of all time, and a beautiful fall setting. My absolute favorite details were Ali's dress and accessories. Sometimes simple weddings are the sweetest and most beautiful of all! 

Colorful Rustic-Cowboy-Gypsy-Chic Elopement

If you've been reading The Barn Blog for very long, you've undoubtedly seen this elopement a time or two... I can't stop talking about it! Morgan and Wager's elopement was super detailed, and it was one that we will never forget. Morgan loves all things bright, rustic, cowboy and gypsy inspired, so our team took all of those things and made THIS gorgeous masterpiece elopement. We're never, EVER gonna be over that altar (rusty tin, pallets, steer heads, hanging florals and lights, a cowhide, etc.) orrrr that macaron-topped cake. This elopement was right up our alley! It was a little bit rustic, a little bit cowboy, a little bit gypsy, and a LOT fabulous.

Colorful, Whimsical Balloon Elopement

Sujey and Jeffrey were married over two years ago, and I still can't get over their sweet, creative, adorable Up-inspired elopement. It's been on this blog a lot, and I'm sure I'll continue to bring it up, because I'm obsessed. (Sorry, not sorry!) When this precious couple told us they wanted an Up theme and a bright, bold color palette, our team went to town blowing up balloons and making the most epic altar ever. Other highlights from this elopement: colorful florals, adorable tiny naked cakes, and a balloon arch behind their cake table. 

How To Keep Your Guests Cool At Your Summer Wedding

While summer is a very popular time for a wedding, pulling off an awesome summer wedding can be tricky... especially if you live somewhere hot and humid, like Arkansas! You want your guests to be comfortable in the sweltering heat, and there are some seriously fun ways to make sure that happens!

The first way to keep your guests cool and comfortable, even on the hottest of days: don't schedule your wedding for the middle of the afternoon. An evening wedding will be much cooler, and since summer days are so long, you'll still have plenty of light. Here are some fun, creative ways to keep your guests from overheating!

Ceremony Necessities
Even if your ceremony isn't held during the middle of the afternoon, there's still a chance that your guests are going to be in the sun. Ideally, your wedding will be held in the shade, but if not, you can still help keep your guests cool. Nobody likes a sunburn, so think about providing something that will keep your guests from getting so much sun! A few fun ideas: parasols, fans, customized sunglasses, a water and lemonade station, and programs that double as fans. If your outdoor wedding is going to be in the sun, do your guests a favor and keep it on the shorter side! 

  Andrew Arceri , from  Megan + Daniel 's wedding at The Barn

Andrew Arceri, from Megan + Daniel's wedding at The Barn

Practical Favors
I've written a couple posts about favors (here and here), so y'all already know I'm a big fan of favors that are both fun and practical. Get a little bit creative and come up with favors that are both cute, original and will keep your guests cool! Think: bottles of water, sunglasses (again), flip flops, or koozies to keep their drinks cold.

Cold Snacks & Drinks
The ultimate way to keep your guests cool is with cold snacks and drinks! Provide your guests with signature cocktails (with an awesome display), beer or sodas on ice (in a wheelbarrow or canoe), popsicles, ice cream (bonus points if it's mini), and it would be super awesome if you had an ice cream truck.