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 great restaurants, art galleries, and one-of-a-kind boutiques, including our sister store Vaqueras. Vaqueras offers an exclusive discount to Barn Brides - 25% off boots just for them and their bridal parties!

  Melissa McCrotty Photography .  Vaqueras  has the best boot selection and the finest western wear in the area. 

Melissa McCrotty Photography. Vaqueras has the best boot selection and the finest western wear in the area. 

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! 

Avy + Tisha's Winter Elopement

Avy and Tisha's elopement was unlike anything we've ever styled before, for many reasons. First, we rarely schedule winter weddings - since most of our couples get married outdoors, it isn't often realistic to have a wedding with lots of guests in chilly weather. Avy and Tisha hoped to elope on a snowy day, but unfortunately, we didn't have much snow in our area this year... they ended up tying the knot at the end of January, in a creek bed that runs through The Barn's property. It was cold and windy, but also so romantic and full of love that we didn't even mind! It was unique and gorgeous, and our team loved styling something completely different. We're still in love with these photos by Benjamin Martin Photography, and we're thrilled to finally share them on the blog! (Spoiler alert: there was a smoke machine involved, so you don't wanna miss this.) 

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Avy and Tisha were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on January 30, 2018. Their color scheme was full of rich reds, dark greens, and touches of black and gold. Their details were wintery, elegant and moody. 

A wedding as unique as this one obviously needs a unique bridal gown, and we're still swooning over Avy's! This dress was simple and gorgeous, with a few standout details (those shoulders! that neckline!) that made it totally amazing! She also wore a beautiful flower crown and a pair of black and deep red shoes that fit their wedding's theme perfectly. Tisha wore a fitted classic black tux and bow tie... these ladies couldn't have been more gorgeous! 

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Avy's bouquet was full of deep red roses, dark red berries, baby's breath and the prettiest greenery, and it was tied with long, deep red ribbons - the perfect winter bouquet! 

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Lesleigh designed a gorgeous altar that managed to feel cozy even in the middle of a frigid creek bed. Avy and Tisha tied the knot in front of a downed tree, which was covered in the prettiest (literally the prettiest) greenery garland with burgundy fabric gorgeously draped across. There were a few black candles, black tapers on gold candlesticks, deep red dahlias, roses and berries. They stood in fallen leaves in the middle of a bare forest, and somehow it couldn't have been any more breathtaking. This ceremony was truly unforgettable! 

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And now for those smoke machine pics! These are some of the most romantic portraits we've ever seen. They are moody and romantic and seriously breathtaking! 

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The final gorgeous detail from Avy and Tisha's elopement was a berry-topped, chocolate-drizzled cake from Kneading Hands Bakery. It was both delicious and beautiful, with layers of chocolate cake and strawberry filling. My favorite thing about this elopement was that every single detail flowed together perfectly and fit the wintery, moody vibes, including this cake! It was flawless, y'all. 

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Avy and Tisha, we're never going to forget your beautiful, romantic elopement! We're so glad we were able to plan it with you, and we wish y'all the best! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Wedding Inspiration: Cocktail Hour

With the recent announcement of our brand new Sip-Sip Celebrate Elopement Collection, we wanted to share some inspiration with you for drinks that are as pretty as they are tasty! A quick word of advice for our future Barn Couples: if you want your guests to have a good time and not leave immediately after dinner, your reception must include a bar. And if you're gonna have a bar, you might as well do it up right. I'm talking signature cocktails, adorable drink stirrers, and fancy signage and decor!

Even if you're not a fan of serving alcohol at your wedding, you can still serve adorable mocktails at your bar! They're such a fun detail that you and your guests are sure to remember. 

We've already talked all about pretty bars (and a few ways to serve your drinks) here, and I wrote all about bar tips and etiquette here. And here are some gorgeous ways to serve up your signature cocktails! 

  B.Matthews Photo , from  Holly + Caleb 's wedding at The Barn

B.Matthews Photo, from Holly + Caleb's wedding at The Barn

  Salt & Sky Studios , from  Nikki + Scott 's wedding at The Barn. This is some of the disposable drinkware we offer!

Salt & Sky Studios, from Nikki + Scott's wedding at The Barn. This is some of the disposable drinkware we offer!

  Tryston Hines Photography , from  Breanna + Bryan 's wedding at The Barn

Tryston Hines Photography, from Breanna + Bryan's wedding at The Barn

  B.Matthews Photo , from  Tara + Casey 's wedding at The Barn

B.Matthews Photo, from Tara + Casey's wedding at The Barn

  Tryston Hines Photography,  from  Jaime + Jake 's wedding at The Barn

Tryston Hines Photography, from Jaime + Jake's wedding at The Barn

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 opened up a few dates for elopements in August, so if you're interested, 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! :)

Delaney + Cy's Glamorous Rose Gold Wedding

They say that rain on your wedding day brings good luck, and at The Barn, it also brings an opportunity to have the most romantic indoor ceremony ever! While a rainy wedding day may feel like the worst thing that could happen, our couples have the option to move their ceremony into The Barn, and these weddings are sooo romantic. Delaney and Cy moved their outdoor ceremony inside at the last minute due to rain, but their day couldn’t have been any dreamier or more beautiful. 

Delaney and Cy are also one of our out of state couples... they drove up from Louisiana with all their besties and close family and brought the party with them! If you think planning a wedding from out of state can't be done, here's proof that it's totally possible - and its even EASY with The Barn's all-inclusive collections! 

These photos by Kelly Glaze Photography are stunning! We have been patiently waiting to see them, and when Kelly sent us the link, our jaws hit the floor! Here are all the vendors who made this day happen.

Photographer: Kelly Glaze Photography | Venue, Coordination, Design, Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch | Hair: Danielle Wilson, La’Bella | Makeup: Abby Lee, Southern Grace Salon | Bridal Gown: Debbie’s Bridal | Cake: Kneading Hands Bakery | Catering: Blue Willow Catering | DJ: Central Arkansas Entertainment

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Delaney and Cy were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on June 2, 2018. Their color palette was glam and gorgeous - rose gold, blush, champagne and white. “I noticed one of the previous weddings at The Barn had beautiful rose gold curtains at their altar and that did it!” Delaney said. “It had to be rose gold!”

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Delaney’s bouquets and florals were everything! The bridal bouquet was full and lush, with white roses, the prettiest (and hugest) peonies, and a little bit of greenery. It was wrapped with lace and a touch of bling. Timeless, classic and totally gorgeous! The bridesmaids carried pink and white roses, and these are the cutest bouquets ever to me... I love bouquets in this size, and the colors were such pretty eye candy! 

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We are completely obsessed with Delaney’s jaw-dropping bridal gown, from Debbie’s Bridal in Gonzales, Louisiana! This dress had a lot going on - gorgeous beading, fun ruffles, a flirty silhouette -  and we loved every bit of it! A classic, long veil, stunning jewelry, and fun, sparkly shoes were the perfect additions to Delaney’s bridal look. And her hair... seriously goals. Cy, you’re a lucky man! 

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The bridesmaids' floor-length, champagne dresses also came from Debbie's Bridal, and they were basically the absolute best bridesmaids' dresses EVER. You can't go wrong with this color, length or style, and we're always big fans of a bride who allows their bridesmaids to choose a neckline they feel comfortable in! The flower girls wore beautiful, vintage-inspired lace dresses and the prettiest braids in their hair. 

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Cy and his groomsmen looked SO great. They wore navy suits, white shirts, champagne ties, white boutonnieres, and brown shoes (you know you're #weddinggoals when the guys are all wearing matching shoes!). OBSESSED with this bridal party... they just don't come prettier than this group of folks!

And this little fella... breaking my heart! 

I hope you're ready for the prettiest bridal portraits ever, because here they are!!! Delaney and Cy are not only super sweet and super in love, but they are also GORGEOUS people. Get ready to swoon! 

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Delaney and Cy had planned on an outdoor ceremony, and Delaney said her favorite detail of the day was the altar that they would have used. "It was so beautiful!" she said. However, their ceremony ended up having to be moved inside due to rain... "But inside The Barn for the ceremony, it was so beautiful as well!" she said. "It was small and intimate. The flowers mixed with the shimmering from the rose gold sequins everywhere turned out amazing!"

There ceremony also included a few details that made their day extra special and personalized. "I added in a memory board with all of our loved ones who couldn’t be there," Delaney said. "My dad also made us our guestbook from scratch. It was beautiful! It got a little wet, but it still served its purpose."

 Instagram photo of the outdoor altar before it was moved inside The Barn

Instagram photo of the outdoor altar before it was moved inside The Barn

My wedding was amazing! It wasn’t what I expected at all (due to the heat and rain), but it still turned out to be amazing. We appreciate everything that the amazing staff did to make it that way. When the rain came they managed to get everything in and ready for our guests. They got soaked so we didn’t have to. We didn’t get to have the ceremony outside but they managed to give us a BEAUTIFUL ceremony inside The Barn. It was a blast and so stress free! The staff took all the stress away from a bride trying to plan a wedding out of state. Lesleigh was there to answer any and every question I had at any time of day or night. She was so helpful with everything!
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Delaney and Cy's reception was sparkly, romantic and dreamy! They had white tablecloths with sparkly rose gold runners, and pink roses, white roses, white anemone and touches of greenery in mercury glass and rose gold vases. Their blush, white and gold place settings were simple and pretty. Their gorgeous cake, from Kneading Hands Bakery, blended in flawlessly with their decor... it was seriously just as pretty as every other detail! The gold detailing on it was stunning, and the pink roses and white anemone made it absolute perfection. 

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Delaney and Cy brought the most FUN group with them, and their reception was such a great party. One thing Delaney will never forget about the reception... "My HUSBAND danced for the first time in front of me! Haha! It was all a blast! We were all able to let loose and just enjoy the night to it’s fullest!"

The newlyweds made sure to leave their guests with awesome favors, but they did something a little different (and we totally love this idea)... "We made bags with snacks and drinks for everyone who came," Delaney said. "We brought it to each person’s hotel room. Everyone needs some free snacks to munch on while they’re taking a long ride!"

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Delaney and Cy's grand exit from The Barn was a sparkly one, but they didn't rush off on a romantic honeymoon just yet. "We will be taking our honeymoon at the end of July," Delaney said. "We plan to fly to Washington and drive through Oregon and the top of California for two weeks. We love seeing nature and all of its mountains. You can never get enough of it! We plan to take our time and visit anything that catches our eyes."

Delaney and Cy, we're SO thankful you and your wonderful family and friends made the drive all the way to Arkansas to tie the knot at The Barn! We loved your glamorous, sparkly, GORGEOUS wedding! Best wishes and congratulations! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo