Why You Should Consider A First Look!

It's no secret that we love a good first look! (I've probably mentioned that 50 times or more on this blog... Oops!) Whether or not you decide to have a first look totally depends on your preferences and how traditional or non-traditional you want your wedding day to be. Some of you may still be on the fence... A first look sounds like a good idea, but you're not sure about breaking the tradition of not seeing your fiance on your wedding day until you walk down the aisle. If you need some convincing, here are just a few reasons why you should consider a first look! 

You are able to get your nervousness out before the ceremony. This means no sweaty palms or stumbling through your vows! Definitely a good thing. :)

First looks are sooo romantic. It might end up being the most romantic part of your day! Your photos of those moments will be stunning.

Seeing each other for the first time with no one else around (except your photographer) means there is no pressure. You can ugly cry if you want to. You can scream with excitement and act a fool. You can't (or probably shouldn't) do those things in front of the crowd during your ceremony. ;)

You can take the majority of your portraits together before the ceremony. Since you've already seen each other, you can get your bridal party shots out of the way, too.

Having your photos out of the way before the ceremony means you can take a few more immediately after the ceremony (with family members, for example) and then head on over to your cocktail hour or reception to grab a drink and mingle!

If you want to go the traditional route and not see your fiancé until you walk down the aisle, by all means, do your thing! Maybe you should schedule a first look with your dad, mom, both parents or your bridesmaids! That way you can have fun, sweet first look pictures without breaking tradition. :)

Wedding Inspiration: Unique Floral Additions

Let's talk about my favorite wedding topic ever: flowers! As you've probably figured out by now, I'm all about doing things the non-traditional way. So that's exactly why I love seeing bouquets and floral arrangements with unexpected additions. We've added some really fun things to our brides' bouquets and floral arrangements in the past (fox tails! deer antlers!)... Fun, unique additions always add such a gorgeous, personal touch! Some ideas I really love: fruit. wheat. cotton. brooches. family heirlooms. pine cones. enormous, awesome flowers. Here are some ideas that are especially swoon-worthy!

Shingleur Photography, from Mandy + Matt's wedding, which will be on the blog soon! 

Shingleur Photography, from Mandy + Matt's wedding, which will be on the blog soon! 

Shingleur Photography, from Marisa + Pete's wedding at The Barn this past weekend. (See a few sneak peeks on our Facebook page!) Deer antlers + stunning flowers = major heart eyes!!!

Shingleur Photography, from Marisa + Pete's wedding at The Barn this past weekend. (See a few sneak peeks on our Facebook page!) Deer antlers + stunning flowers = major heart eyes!!!

Wedding Chicks; Ruffled. Why not include something edible?! These fruity bouquets are extra pretty.

Wedding Chicks; Ruffled. Why not include something edible?! These fruity bouquets are extra pretty.

Danielle Davis Art/Photography, from Emily + Blake's wedding at The Barn. Protea always makes a statement! 

Danielle Davis Art/Photography, from Emily + Blake's wedding at The Barn. Protea always makes a statement! 

Style Me Pretty; Green Wedding Shoes. Pine cones and cotton are especially pretty for fall and winter wedding bouquets!

Style Me Pretty; Green Wedding Shoes. Pine cones and cotton are especially pretty for fall and winter wedding bouquets!

Style Me Pretty; Brides. Is that an artichoke?! Yup. It's sort of like a big, beautiful succulent. And why not use a pineapple as a "vase" for floral arrangements at your reception?

Style Me Pretty; Brides. Is that an artichoke?! Yup. It's sort of like a big, beautiful succulent. And why not use a pineapple as a "vase" for floral arrangements at your reception?

Photos by Manda, from Paige + Dorian's wedding at The Barn. Feathers are fun!

Photos by Manda, from Paige + Dorian's wedding at The Barn. Feathers are fun!

Rock N Roll Bride; Bridal Musings. Brooches and photos of loved ones who can't be there on your wedding day... neither of these ideas are new, but they're both a sweet, unique way to add a special family heirloom to your bouquet. 

Rock N Roll Bride; Bridal Musings. Brooches and photos of loved ones who can't be there on your wedding day... neither of these ideas are new, but they're both a sweet, unique way to add a special family heirloom to your bouquet. 

The Kindred Collective, from Jordon + Nick's wedding at The Barn. I know I talk about this wedding wayyyy too often, but do you see those wheat bouquets?! They were incredible!

The Kindred Collective, from Jordon + Nick's wedding at The Barn. I know I talk about this wedding wayyyy too often, but do you see those wheat bouquets?! They were incredible!

Wedding Party; Brit + Co. Figs and berries are so berry pretty. (Sleep deprivation makes me think I'm funny!)

Wedding Party; Brit + Co. Figs and berries are so berry pretty. (Sleep deprivation makes me think I'm funny!)

TBT: Reception Tables In Every Style

The best thing about our receptions: the reception tables. Our team uses gorgeous linens, dinnerware, floral arrangements, and about a million different decor items to create stunning tablescapes. They can pull off any style or theme and make it look incredible. You'd think that since our venue is a rustic barn, we'd only be able to pull off rustic weddings and receptions, but that is so not the case! From glam to rustic chic and bohemian to whimsical, as well as a little bit of everything in between, our team creates masterpiece receptions weekend after weekend. They are all drastically different, and each one is just as stunning as the one before! Here are just a handful of my favorite reception tables from some of our #tbt weddings!

Glam

Rustic Chic

Bohemian

From EmeryAnn + Andrew's wedding

From EmeryAnn + Andrew's wedding

Whimsical

And everything in between...

Which style is your favorite? I really don't think anything is prettier than a glam wedding in our gorgeous, rustic barn!

xoxo,
Kelsi

Wedding Inspiration: Altar Love

Your altar is a pretty darn important detail of your wedding, so you might as well go all out making it stunning! After all, there are going to be tons of photos of you standing in front of it, so it's gotta be pretty. ;) At The Barn, we take our altars seriously! We put a lot of effort into making each one as unique and special as the couple who says their I do's in front of it. Looking back through our weddings, I think it's safe to say that we've done every style of altar, from classic to whimsical to glam to rustic and everything in between! I've shared some of my favorites here, here and here. Here are some ideas I love for altars that are bohemian, rustic, classic and glam, from past weddings at The Barn and from Pinterest. Can't wait to see what our fall 2017 brides dream up for their altars! <3

Bohemian

Rustic

Classic

Glam

xoxo,
Kelsia

Fall at The Barn: 2011 Styled Shoot

Even though it's officially fall, the weather in Arkansas is at that awkward stage where it's chilly enough in the mornings for a sweater, but by noon, you're needing flip flops and a t-shirt! We can't WAIT for colorful, crunchy leaves, boots and flannel weather, and chilly nights out at The Barn! This styled shoot was The Barn's very first, and it's still one of our most popular! I post this shoot every fall, so it's kind of become a tradition... If you've been following us for very long, you've probably seen it before! :) Every single rustic detail from this shoot was soooo pretty!

*** 

I don't know about in your neck of the woods, but in Arkansas, we are beginning to see the first signs of fall. The leaves are beginning to change, there is a crispness in the air (but then the next day, it's like 90 degrees... #ArkansasProblems), and every girl in front of me in the Starbucks line just ordered a pumpkin spice latte. 

Here are some photos from our Fall 2011 Photo Shoot, before The Barn had even been built. Things have changed so much since then, but one thing remains the same: fall at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch just can't be beat.

Photography: Melissa McCrotty Photography
Styling: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch
Attire: Formal Affairs
Hair: Meagan Ford of Short Cuts Salon
Makeup: Susann Crowell of Skin Renew
Cake and desserts: TheCakePlace

barn1.jpg

Nothing says fall like a bride in plaid!

That puppy! Be still, my heart.

Pie is the perfect dessert or favor for fall weddings!

See what I mean?! Fall at The Barn is the absolute best. 

And there it is, y'all... the first ever photo shoot at The Barn! Come back here tomorrow to see another one of our 2012 weddings. Y'all won't want to miss this one!

xoxo,
Kelsi