Circus Styled Shoot

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up!

We recently teamed up with Melissa McCrotty and a few of her senior models for a prom and bridal styled shoot, and we decided to do something totally different than anything we've done in the past. We wanted to do something big and dramatic and with tons of over the top details, so our team worked with Melissa to create a shoot inspired by The Greatest Showman and the circus! Melissa has wanted to do a vintage circus themed shoot for a long time, and we're thrilled that it finally came together so beautifully. This shoot included lots of bold red, as well as several vintage circus inspired props: a top hat, gold hoops, a vintage trunk, beautiful headpieces, vintage circus posters, and so much more. My favorite details were the gorgeous red drapes at The Barn's doors and the amazing red gowns! 

Have you guys seen The Greatest Showman yet? I may or may not have watched it twice already! ;) Many of the gorgeous details from this shoot reminded me of the amazing costumes and set designs from the movie, especially the sparkly hairpieces, the gorgeous gowns, and of course, the very P.T. Barnum top hat! If you're already a fan of the movie, turn on your Greatest Showman soundtrack (I know you bought it) and get ready to scroll through the prettiest circus of all time!  

Photographer: Melissa McCrotty Photography | Venue, Styling, Set Design: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch | Gowns: Formal Affairs | Hair & Makeup: Jamie White

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Want to see some of our past styled shoots that we've collaborated on with Melissa? Check out Pirate Bride, Wild West Gypsy, Vaqueras, Valentine's Day and Fall 2011. She's been our favorite for a long time!

Post-Wedding Day Checklist

With tonssss of gorgeous weddings coming up over the next few months, we know that many of our brides and grooms will need a little bit of guidance on what exactly to do after their wedding day is over. It can be a bit overwhelming! You spend months and months planning and looking forward to the big day, and then you're still not done once it's over! That's where this checklist comes in. :) It fills you in on everything you need to accomplish after you get back from your honeymoon. Bookmark this one for later, Barn Brides! 

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When you're planning your wedding, it's kind of sad to think about what you need to do when your big day is over, but it's a pretty important subject! You may get the post-wedding blues (that's seriously a thing!), but by staying busy getting things done, you're sure to keep your mind off of the fact that you no longer get to spend everyday planning the best day of your life!

Future brides, bookmark this post for later! After your honeymoon is over, here's what you need to do ASAP. 

Mail thank you cards! I know they're time consuming, but it's something you've just gotta do. And do it as soon as you get home from your honeymoon. It's just the polite thing to do, y'all! If you're stuck on what to write, Google "thank you card etiquette." You're welcome. 

J. Millwood Photography, from Kaleena + Spencer's wedding at The Barn

J. Millwood Photography, from Kaleena + Spencer's wedding at The Barn

Return your marriage license. They have to be returned within a specific time frame, so get 'em in quick. It's not 100% official until you do this! 

Change your last name! This actually isn't as fun as it sounds. If you're taking your new husband's last name, you've got to go to the social security office, get a new license, and change your name with your bank, utility accounts, and pretty much every single account you have. But look at your fancy new last name! Totally worth it.

KMWarford Photography, from Bethany + Jamie's wedding at The Barn

KMWarford Photography, from Bethany + Jamie's wedding at The Barn

Have your dress cleaned and preserved. Don't be like me and wait a year to get those dirt stains out of the bottom of your dress! Spoiler alert: they're probably not gonna come out. Even if you don't end up with dirt or mud on your dress, you're probably gonna end up with baked beans on it. Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything... ;) Take care of those stains and have a professional preserve your dress so it doesn't turn yellow years down the road. It's expensive, but it's worth it.  

Stephanie Parsley Photography, from Jessica + Daniel's wedding at The Barn

Preserve your flowers. Whether you have your entire bouquet preserved, press a few flowers in your bible, or put petals in a clear Christmas ornament, do it pronto, before your flowers get nasty! This is best to do before your honeymoon if you have time. 

Put away all the keepsakes from your wedding day. This includes your veil, jewelry, garter, guestbook and any other special details from your day that you want to hold onto. Put them all in a plastic storage tote so they're all together, or put a few on display in a shadow box. I've put some details from our wedding around our home, and seeing them everyday makes me happy! If you purchased things that you didn't use or don't care to keep, list them on Craigslist or Ebay. 

Danielle Davis Art/Photography, from Ani + Nathan's wedding at The Barn

Danielle Davis Art/Photography, from Ani + Nathan's wedding at The Barn

When you get your photos back, print them. Don't be like me and wait forever to print and frame your beautiful photos! Post them on Facebook, and then get busy printing, framing and making photo books or albums. I like the books on Shutterfly and Artifacts Uprising. They're fun and easy to make! 

Return any gifts that you don't want or need. If you got two of the same item, return one and get something from your registry that wasn't purchased. If you got a million towels but not enough cookware, feel free to trade some for something you need! 

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I hope this makes the days after your wedding and honeymoon a little more stress-free! It can be kind of an overwhelming time, but I know you'll rock it!

Jennifer + Troy's Rustic Purple Elopement

If y'all haven't figured it out by now, we're kinda into our elopements! And apparently y'all are into them, too, because we're asked about them every single day. No one does elopements quite like The Barn - they're incredibly romantic and full of the most beautiful details! If you want all the details on our super popular elopement collection, read this post.

Jennifer and Troy eloped at The Barn last fall, and their wedding had the prettiest purple details - including a purple bridal gown, which we're still obsessing over! These photos by one of our favorites, Erin Wilson Photography, are beyond dreamy! Get ready for some major swoonage!

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Jennifer and Troy were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch in November 2017. Their wedding was full of rustic chic details and loads of pretty purple. The prettiest purple detail was Jennifer's dress! We LOVE a unique bridal gown, and this one was stunning. We also loved her accessories - the prettiest belt, a gorgeous hair piece, and a great pair of boots. Jennifer, you are such a beauty! 

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Jennifer's bouquet and florals were sooo insanely pretty. They included a mixture of purple and white roses, succulents, scabiosa pods, and a mixture of greenery. All of the texture in her bouquet made it perfect for a rustic wedding! 

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Jennifer and Troy's ceremony was full of rustic details and pretty purple florals. Their altar was draped with burlap (like, COVERED in burlap, y'all) and also included four white and purple floral arrangements - this is always one of our favorite altar styles! They also had a fabulous mason jar chandelier hanging from their altar and wire sconces full of flowers lining their aisle. Their guestbook table details were super sweet - florals and the sweetest burlap and lace streamer wands for their guests to wave as they walked back down the aisle as husband and wife!

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Elopement ceremonies are always intimate and romantic. Some of our elopement couples choose to say their I do's with only an officiant and a photographer present, but Jennifer and Troy shared their ceremony with their closest family, friends, and their children. One of the most special moments was their unity ceremony, in which they literally tied the knot! They also walked back down the aisle with their cute kids, which was the most perfect way for this sweet family to begin their new life together. 

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Erin's portraits are always stunning, and these are just the prettiest. One of the BEST things about eloping at The Barn is that our couples are able to have the small, intimate wedding they're hoping for, but they also get GORGEOUS pictures like these! If you want to elope but you also want the gorgeous pictures of a "traditional" wedding, our elopement collection is for you! 

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Elopements at The Barn include a cake cutting, with the prettiest cake and cake table set-up you've ever seen. Jennifer and Troy's cake was a simple, rustic white cake with a touch of greenery and flowers. Stacked vintage crates and a vintage barrel made the perfect cake table for a rustic wedding! 

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Jennifer and Troy, we're so happy y'all chose to elope at The Barn! We loved planning your pretty, purple day with you! Best wishes and congratulations! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Valentine's Day Styled Shoots

Happy Valentine's Day! A few years ago, The Barn Team put together two gorgeous, inspiring, colorful, super fun Valentine's-themed styled shoots. The details from these shoots were incredible. There were cakes (and mini cakes!), stunning floral arrangements, painted pallets, sodas with cute straws, beautiful stationery, bright and colorful streamer backdrops, two AMAZING gowns, a groom covered in lipstick kisses, sweet place settings and about a million other fun things. There were lots of patterns, textures and colors (shades of pink, red, orange and yellow).  You may even recognize the models for these shoots, Emily + Casey, from the glitz & glam Aztec-inspired wedding! We worked with some of the most talented vendors on this shoot, and it's definitely one of our best ones to date.

Floral & Decor: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch
Photography: Melissa McCrotty Photography
Bridal Gowns & Suit: Formal Affairs
Hair & Makeup: Erica Bragg at Bliss Salon
Cakes: Sweet Sensations
Calligraphy: Anchor Port Calligraphy

Love is Pink

This painted pallet. This cake! Too much pretty.

Emily's hair for this shoot was AMAZING! 

Look. At. Those. Eye. Lashes!!!! My goodness. 

I'm CRAZY for that pink dress! Soooo beautiful!

This place setting is just so pretty. Those colors!

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THAT DRESS!!! Major heart eyes. This was actually customized by The Barn, and it sure is great. It was recently purchased, and we'd love to see a photo of the bride who wore it!

Our rustic bouquet and floral arrangements at this shoot were stunning. They even incorporated fruit (pomegranates and oranges!), which is always an unexpected, yet beautiful element.

Did I mention how fabulous the cakes were at these shoots?! Holy smokes.

Ahhh, the famous streamer backdrop! This thing has taken Pinterest by storm. We LOVE it. 

Emily's hair was just one more AHHH-MAAAZING detail!

And this is how the shoot got its name, folks. ;)

Swoooooning over these details. <3

Baby cakes are ALWAYS a good idea. How cute are these?!

You can see even more photos from these shoots right here

I hope y'all have a great Valentine's Day/Singles Awareness Day/Galentine's Day/whatever you're celebrating this weekend. ;) I hope you feel loved and get lots of chocolate! 

xoxo,
Kelsi

Wedding Inspiration: Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Week! Whether you're celebrating with your new boyfriend, your husband of 20 years, your kids, or your Galentines, we hope your day is fun, sweet, and full of chocolate, and we hope you feel spoiled and so very loved!

Even though Valentine's Day is admittedly the cheesiest holiday ever, we can't help but love wedding details inspired by February 14th. Valentine's Day parties or weddings need lots of hearts, pink and red, pops of glitter, and sweet, romantic details. Here are some glam ideas for Valentine's Day parties or weddings! xoxo

Tryston Hines Photography, from Katie + Alan's wedding at The Barn. Valentine's Day is the perfect time for a blush bridal gown, red lips, and our famous LOVE marquee sign! 

Tryston Hines Photography, from Katie + Alan's wedding at The Barn. Valentine's Day is the perfect time for a blush bridal gown, red lips, and our famous LOVE marquee sign! 

Salt & Sky Studios, from Nikki + Scott's wedding at The Barn

Salt & Sky Studios, from Nikki + Scott's wedding at The Barn

Melissa McCrotty Photography, from Emily + Casey's wedding at The Barn

Melissa McCrotty Photography, from Emily + Casey's wedding at The Barn