Vaqueras Styled Shoot

Did you know The Barn has a sister store in downtown Russellville? Vaqueras is owned by The Barn's owner and creative director, Lesleigh Smith, and it's the only place in our area where you can buy the finest western wear, bags, boots and jewelry. Every item is handpicked, seriously gorgeous, and top of the line! Vaqueras teamed up with Melissa McCrotty for a shoot with some of her teen models out at The Barn, and I'm simply in LOVE with everything these girls are wearing. Each piece is amazing quality and unique, and these girls totally rocked it. You can read more about the shop and see Melissa's first shoot with Vaqueras here. If you see something you've just gotta have, we'd love to see you at the store, which is located at 114 South Commerce in Russellville! (And if you're a Barn Bride, we've got a 25% discount on boots with your name on it!)

Photography: Melissa McCrotty Photography
Styling: Lesleigh Smith of The Barn and Vaqueras
Models: Melissa McCrotty Teen Models
Clothing & Accessories: Vaqueras
Brands Featured: Double D Ranchwear, Tasha Polizzi, Old Gringo Boots, Liberty Black boots, Charlie 1 Horse hats, Stetson hats & jeans, Brokedown Clothing, Peyote Bird, Bohemian Butterfly Design


Magical Meadow Styled Shoot

We're still in LOVE with this gorgeous spring styled shoot. It's still one of my favorite styled shoots our team has ever done! The details of this shoot were unreal... Happy spring, y'all! 


If you've seen the sneak peeks of our Magical Meadow shoot on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, you already know how gorgeous it was. (Sorry y'all, but it's just too pretty, and we have no choice but to blow up the internet with it!) I'm beyond excited to share even more photos from this shoot with you today! This shoot was, as the name suggests, pure magic. The photos, by Stephanie Dawn Photography, are incredibly dreamy and so, so gorgeous. 

Our team worked with several fabulous vendors to make this shoot happen! We have the best vendors. They are so talented, and such great people! 

Photography: Stephanie Dawn Photography
Styling: Trisha Tubbs from The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch
Venue/Decor/Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch
Gowns: Formal Affairs
Desserts: theCakePlace
HMUA: Manda Standridge 
Wedding Bands: Joshua's Fine Jewelry
Jewels: Chloe + Isabel
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Models: Cecelia Hampton and Logan Cox

This gorgeous shoot was styled by our intern-turned-planner, Trisha Tubbs, as part of her graduation requirements. Sometimes college is fun. ;) 

"This shoot was required in order for me to graduate," Trish said. "I just recently completed my internship through the hospitality administration at Arkansas Tech. One of the internship requirements was to complete a special project. I chose to do a photoshoot and it couldn't have turned out any better!" 


Trish said she knew she wanted to use black lace before she chose the other details. "I wanted this shoot to have a natural look, but also display a sense of class and elegance," she said. "I fell in love with the idea of using a black lace topper! Once I decided to use black lace, everything else began to fall into place. I felt like the lace gave the shoot that touch of elegance while still keeping with a natural boho look."

love this combination of elegance plus natural/bohemian! It's unreal how gorgeous this is!

Some of the most beautiful details from this shoot? Those flowers, hands down. A gorgeous, enormous peony bouquet, plus all the small floral arrangements. Did you notice the flowers on the lanterns? Swoon!!! The flowers were all arranged by our floral designer, Ginger. She always does the best job! 

Another fabulous detail was this custom gown. Our team took a bridal gown from Formal Affairs and customized it with this pastel floral fabric. It's amazing! All of the gowns were beautiful!

No shoot is complete without a fancy, delicious, stunning dessert table, right?! TheCakePlace is one of our favorite vendors, and I think you can see why! Everything they make is beautiful... and it always tastes just as good (maybe better?!) than it looks.

Another highlight from this shoot: the drink table! Drinks are good, but pretty drinks are better. Trish garnished these drinks with berries, arrows and little tiny signs. 

The reception table was also stunning! I can't say enough how much I love this combination of classic elegance and a bohemian vibe. The black lace, lanterns and china combined with the lush, natural flowers... LOVE.

And now I'm sorry for the amount of photos I'm about to post, but I just couldn't help myself! You're welcome. ;) 


Finally, I asked Trish if she had anything else she wanted to say about this shoot, and here's what she said: "I want to say thank you to Stephanie, our photographer and our models, Logan and Cecelia. They were all troopers! And Manda Standridge, no one can compare to her hair and makeup skills! And especially Lesleigh and Ginger. I couldn't have done it without them!"

Trish, you did such a great job! I can't wait to see all the gorgeous weddings and shoots you plan in the future. :)


Gabby + Chris's Burgundy & Gold Fall Wedding

Y'all are going to LOVE today's wedding. I'm looking forward to spring probably more than anyone you know (not even joking), but I absolutely loved looking back on this wedding from last September. Gabby and Chris are the sweetest couple ever, and their wedding was incredible. My favorite details were their unique altar, their florals (which were full of gorgeous, rich colors), their super sweet unity ceremony, their adorable polka dotted cake, the amazing gold details that were all over the place... okay, basically I'm just head-over-heels for every single detail!

We ADORE these photos by Myranda Randle Photography. So much magic in these. Enjoy! 



Gabby and Chris were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on September 23, 2017. Their wedding was full of beautiful burgundy details, the prettiest greenery, and pops of gold. It was elegant and so very beautiful. The perfect fall wedding!

Gabby's bouquet and florals were seriously dreamy. They were full of deep purples, reds, and a few pops of pale pink. And TONS of gorgeous greenery. Those purple dahlias made my heart skip a beat! 


Gabby wore a beautiful, timeless bridal gown with the prettiest neckline and lace details. This dress will never go out of style! Gabby and her flower girl also wore Converses with ribbon laces... one of the cutest details of the day!


Gabby's bridesmaids wore floor-length, one-shoulder dresses in a rich, gorgeous shade of purple. The guys wore classic black suits. And everybody wore Converses! Such a fun, awesome group. 


Gabby and Chris had a stunning ceremony. Their altar included the most gorgeous burgundy draping, as well as a greenery garland with purple and red flowers and a floral tieback. The garland down the right side of their altar was my favorite part! Lining their aisle were logs topped with gold vases full of florals, as well as lanterns and candles. Their guestbook table had a vintage typewriter, a vintage suitcase, a small floral arrangement, and a touch of glittery gold. 


Gabby and Chris had a perfectly sweet, romantic and intimate ceremony. They included their cute kids in their unity sand ceremony, which was such a special moment! It always melts our hearts when our couples include their sweet little ones in their ceremony! 


We're swooning over these portraits! Gabby and Chris, y'all are gorgeous people! Garlands are totally our new favorite prop for bride and groom photos. These photos are major eye candy!


Gabby and Chris's reception was absolutely MAGICAL. Their details were gorgeous, romantic and sooo dreamy. Their tables included white tablecloths, gold glittery runners (GASP), a few wood discs, white tapers on gold candlesticks, floating candles in vases (insanely pretty), lanterns, and beautiful florals in gold vases. All of the candlelight at this reception was pure magic. This was one of the dreamiest receptions ever! 


This is hands down one of my favorite cakes ever! The polka dots (which remind me of some charming, adorable polka dotted Kate Spade pieces) elevated a super simple white cake to something incredible. The flowers are just the icing on the cake! (Hehehe.) Chris had a really fun, impressive, super detailed Wrigley Field groom's cake and cake table setup. Maybe he's a bit of a Cubs fan? ;) 


Gabby and Chris, it was an honor to plan your wedding with you! Every detail was perfection, and we truly LOVED your wedding! Best wishes! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo


Wedding Inspiration: Spring Color Palettes

We kicked off our spring wedding season over the weekend, and we’re so excited for the weddings we have coming up in the next few months! This is the perfect time of year to draw inspiration from your surroundings for your wedding color palette. Shades of green paired with neutrals look perfect with the lush, green setting that spring provides. Pastels are also perfect for springtime weddings... Look for inspiration in the pink, purple and yellow blooms on trees and flowers! Metallics always look gorgeous with pastels, or touches of rich colors, like fuchsia or navy. Here are a few color palettes that were made for spring weddings!

Which one is your favorite? I love the mauve and all the greens!


Wedding Inspiration: Pretty Pastels

We’ve almost made it through winter, y'all! Hooray! We’re so excited for springtime, and, of course, for spring wdddings. I know pastels aren't new or unique when it comes to weddings, but there's a reason that they've been used at millions of weddings (literally, I'm sure) in the past. They're perfect for spring and summer weddings and can be paired with rich, darker colors for fall and winter weddings. Plus, the prettiest flowers come in pastel colors! And bridesmaids' dresses always look gorgeous in pastel shades. 

While using pastels in weddings isn't a new trend, there are certainly some more unexpected, current ways to use them. They're perfect for bridal gowns (I'm forever loving non-white wedding dresses!) or paired with rustic, natural or more masculine elements. Here are my favorite ways to use pastels in weddings!

 Elmer Escobar, from  Amanda + Brad 's wedding at The Barn

Elmer Escobar, from Amanda + Brad's wedding at The Barn

  Stephanie Parsley Photography , from  Jessica + Daniel 's wedding at The Barn
  Tryston Hines Photography , from  Kortney + Dakota 's wedding at The Barn

Tryston Hines Photography, from Kortney + Dakota's wedding at The Barn

  Cottonwood Studios Worldwide , from  Ally + Tyler 's wedding at The Barn

Cottonwood Studios Worldwide, from Ally + Tyler's wedding at The Barn

 Source unknown;  Ruffled

Source unknown; Ruffled