Nikki + Mac's Vintage-Country Elopement

Our staff at The Barn tends to joke that all of our brides are either related or they were friends in college... Today's bride just so happens to be Stacy's cousin (we just featured her wedding last week!), and she's also from the same town out in western Oklahoma as Morgan + Wager, which is where she heard about our little ol' barn here in Arkansas. The best advertising is by word of mouth, and we are always so thankful when our brides send their old friends/cousins/sorority sisters our way! But get this - Nikki and Stacy were both planning to get married at The Barn without realizing the other was planning their wedding here, too! Anyway, Nikki and Mac eloped at The Barn last month, and it was a vintage-country-rustic-woodsy dream wedding! 

Their photographs by Callie Kirtley Photography are full of beautiful colors and details, and we're crazy about them! 

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Nikki and Mac were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on April 14, 2018. They chose a spring-inspired color palette of pinks, mint, white and a touch of orange. "Mac and I have different themes of what we were wanting, but they were close enough to combine them," Nikki said. "He liked country and woodsy and I liked vintage and rustic. So it came out perfect for our styles."

We were crazy about Nikki's amazing mermaid bridal gown, which was from David's Bridal. I absolutely love the beautiful ruching (literally the most flattering dress ever), the gorgeous train, and the floral belt, which tied so beautifully at the back. Nikki, you are a dream! 

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Nikki's bouquets were the perfect spring florals - full of gorgeous, bright spring colors. "My bouquet was exactly what I had asked for, full and colorful," she said. "I loved all the different colors and the different greeneries that were used."

There were bits of honeysuckle used throughout their florals and decor, which was one of Nikki's favorite details. "Because of that we are now planting honeysuckle in our flower beds as a little reminder of our special day," she said. This will be the sweetest reminder of their wedding day! 

Nikki and Mac chose to have a first look before their ceremony, to get all their butterflies out and to spend a few sweet moments alone beforehand. Nikki said the first look was one memory they would never forget! "Mac was pretty nervous about everything so we chose to do a first look to ease both of our minds," she said. "Those few minutes where we had both seen each other all dressed up and ready to go were very memorable for the both of us."

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Nikki and Mac's ceremony was a little bit rustic, a little bit vintage, and so romantic. Their altar was made up of whitewashed pallets, which were draped with flowy white fabric, honeysuckle and colorful florals. The flowers gave it the perfect pop of color, and the ferns, greenery and potted flowers made it perfect for spring. 

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Our favorite part about getting married at The Barn would be the no stress associated with coming to The Barn. I had been eyeing The Barn since Morgan and Wager Winters from our hometown posted their elopement, so seeing all the different weddings between a two-year span, I knew I could just hand over our ideas and it would be beautiful and unique.
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^ That dress! Swooooon!

Our elopement receptions include a super detailed cake table with the cutest cake ever (these cakes are seriously always the cutest!), as well as any add-ons you might need. Nikki and Mac kept it simple and sweet with a cake and drinks to toast with. This hanging pallet cake display was everything! The honeysuckle coming out of the pallet, the adorable white cake with colorful florals, the vintage lace, and even the cute pink straws in their cups. Every detail was sugary sweet! 

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for wedding day portraits of our couples. These are precious, and they show off the gorgeousness that is spring at The Barn! Y'all are pretty, Nikki and Mac. These are amazing! 

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Our elopement exceeded our expectations. Lesleigh and her team took our theme and Pinterest ideas and ran with them. Absolutely the most beautiful elopement we could have ever dreamed of.
— Nikki
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Nikki and Mac went on a Southern road trip for their honeymoon! "We drove to West Monroe, Louisiana the first night then on to Orange Beach, Alabama where we stayed on the beach for two days," Nikki said. "From there we moved up to Nashville, Tennessee for one night to see the Grand Ole Opry and walk downtown Broadway then traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to stay at Big Cypress Lodge for one night as well, which turned out to be our favorite spot on the whole trip."

Nikki and Mac, thank you so much for coming all the way to The Barn to tie the knot! Your wedding was so, sooo sweet, and we're forever thankful we got to plan it with you. We wish y'all the best... come see us soon! xoxoxoxoxoxo

Stacy + Aaron's Intimate Mauve Wedding

Today is an exciting day, because I'm finally blogging one of our gorgeous spring 2018 weddings! This spring has been full of elopements and events, and I'm thrilled to start sharing all the pretty details with y'all. Stacy and Aaron's wedding was intimate, sweet, perfect, and full of unique details... They were married in front of The Barn (which never happens, but we LOVE it so), and they flawlessly worked a few details from their love story into their details and decor. We adored this one. And we adore their photos by Mandy Davis Photography, too! 

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Stacy and Aaron were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on March 3, 2018. Their color palette was gorgeous: mauve, burgundy, gray and ivory. "We decided on this color scheme because of the time of the year," Stacy said. "We didn’t want anything bright, or flashy."

Stacy and Aaron's wedding video by Kyndal Capps Videography is giving us all the feels. We always encourage our couples to hire a great videographer if they are able to work it into their budget. Great photos of your wedding are an absolute necessity, and a wedding video doesn't follow far behind. It captures all of the emotions, vibes and details of a wedding the way that photos can't, and we promise you'll get weepy watching your wedding video even 60 years from now. They're so special, and we just love this sweet one. 

The florals were one of the loveliest details from this wedding, and it melted our hearts how Stacy managed to work several special, meaningful details into her gorgeous bridal bouquet. Here's what she said about her flowers! "They were absolutely gorgeous. I can’t tell you how many compliments we have received from pictures. Lesleigh was able to find a true mauve color for us and put just the right amount of greenery in with them that I was wanting. My bouquets looked exactly like something you would see on Pinterest! It surprised me how much Aaron loved the flowers and talked about them! On my bouquet I had a blue flowered brooch that belonged to my late grandma Evey as my 'something blue.' I also attached a little golden Grand Ole Opry guitar that was my late Grandma Callie’s that she got in Nashville. Since we went to Nashville on our honeymoon, I felt like it was appropriate and meaningful to use as my something old." 

We're just swooning over these pretty details! 

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Stacy's bridal gown was from David's Bridal... a timeless, classic dress that had the perfect amount of bling! What a gorgeous bride! Her bridal portraits are some of the prettiest ever, and they show off just how pretty spring at The Barn really is. Aaron wore a classic gray tux, which is probably the absolute best look for a spring wedding!

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Stacy and Aaron exchanged their vows in front of The Barn's doors, which we're HUGE fans of and we wish it would happen more often! Their ceremony was small and intimate, with just their close family in attendance. 

"Aaron proposed on top of the castle at Castello Di Amorosa," Stacy said. "Lesleigh allowed us to do a wine unity which we were able to share wine from the castle together. We loved the wine barrels The Barn set up for decorations. It was truly a very special moment for us." They also had small barrels lining their aisle, topped with flowers. We loved how their ceremony decor told a part of their story! 

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Even intimate receptions with only a few guests can be insanely pretty! This was one of the chicest receptions of all time. The greenery garland down the table, the lanterns, and the mauve florals... it all looked SO magical under The Barn's twinkling chandeliers and beautiful drapery. I'm also loving their simple (but beautiful) white cake topped with the cutest, sparkly topper. 

Stacy said her favorite details from her wedding were the florals and all the decorations. "It was a Pinterest wedding, and without The Barn it would not have been possible," Stacy said. When our brides compare their weddings to Pinterest weddings, we feel like we've successfully done our jobs! ;)

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Stacy and Aaron's wedding day portraits are so romantic and dreamy! I couldn't pick a favorite, so here are a few too many of them. ;) These two look so thrilled to be husband and wife... their happiness is contagious! 

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We had the wedding of our dreams! From the initial meeting, to the finalization of plans to the actual ceremony. The Barn went above and beyond our expectations. It was absolutely beautiful!
— Stacy
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Stacy and Aaron wanted an intimate ceremony with only their closest family present, but they also wanted to have a huge party with all of their besties when they got back home to Oklahoma!

"Aaron’s favorite part of getting married at The Barn was the intimate setting it allowed us to have," Stacy said. "We traveled from northwestern Oklahoma and only brought with us our grandparents, parents, siblings, and their significant others. We had a fairly large reception back home at the end of March. There were over 250 people. We chose The Barn, because they were able to tailor their packages to our desire of having a small intimate ceremony. The Barn took care of everything! All we had to do was show up!!"

After their wedding, the newlyweds went on a sweet honeymoon to Tennessee! "After we left The Barn, we drove to Memphis and stayed two nights at Harbor Town River Inn," Stacy said. "It was located right on the river and had a beautiful scenery. From Memphis we drove to Gatlinburg and stayed three nights. While in Gatlinburg we hiked the Great Smoky Mountains and went to a few shows. We went on to Nashville, where we saw the night life, went to the Ryman, Johnny Cash Museum and the Grand Ole Opry."

Stacy described her wedding at The Barn as flawless! "We loved the extremely detailed time line," she said. "It was very helpful! Not being local, we didn’t have much knowledge about an Arkansas marriage license, hotels, hair and makeup, etc. It was a weight off our shoulders by just emailing or texting Lesleigh our questions and her providing us with the answers, and lists of recommendations. Lesleigh gave us a very detailed list of what we needed to do on our end, and it was comforting to us because In the days leading up to the event there was no feeling of last minute details that still needed attention. Everything was already taken care of and it was stress free!"

Stacy and Aaron, thank you so much for driving all the way to The Barn to say I Do! We LOVED planning your stunning wedding with you! We wish y'all the best, and we hope you'll come back and visit us! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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! 

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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! 

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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!

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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. 

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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. 

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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! 

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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!

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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! 

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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? ;) 

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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

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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

Cherie + Anthony's Book-Themed Christmas Wedding

Cherie and Anthony were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on December 2, 2017. Their color palette included black, white, red and silver, and they had such a unique theme - which we’re calling Charles Dickens Christmas.  "We used books and Christmas as the basis for our theme," Cherie said. A friend of the couple, Sam Hagadorn, took these photos, and we love them!

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Cherie's bouquets and florals were festive and beautiful! They included red and white roses, red currants and silver Christmas decor. Literally the most perfect Christmas florals! 

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Cherie's beautiful dress came from David's Bridal. We never get tired of a timeless strapless dress, and this one had the prettiest, most delicate beading and lace! Cherie's maid of honor wore a gorgeous black and red ombre gown, and Anthony and his best man wore classic black tuxes with red ties. Maybe the classiest bridal party ever!

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One of Cherie's favorite memories from her wedding day was her first look with Anthony. These two are so sweet, and these pictures are totally melting us!

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Our wedding day was more than I even expected. The venue was gorgeous and and I never had to worry about any details. Things just happened. We were so amazed by everything.
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Cherie and Anthony's ceremony details were full of red, festive greenery, and beautiful, simple florals. Their altar was draped with bold red fabric and included red and white roses, loads of greenery, and festive red ribbon. At the base of their altar were two lanterns, which also lined their aisle. "Our guestbook was a copy of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and was rebound to be our guestbook," Cherie said. 

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Their ceremony was so very sweet and perfect and full of love. Throughout their ceremony and reception, they had a custom playlist, which included Christmas music and country love songs. We love it when our couples create a playlist full of songs they love and that mean so much in their relationship! And obviously Christmas music was the perfect addition to this wedding. :) 

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Another unforgettable moment of her wedding day for Cherie: "walking into The Barn for the first time," she said. "It was absolutely beautiful." Their ceremony details were festive, romantic, cozy and beautiful. Their tables included black tablecloths, red napkins (the prettiest pop of color), loads of festive greenery and red berries, stacks of books, lanterns and candles. The lighting was SO dreamy and cozy inside The Barn for this reception. "The draping in The Barn added just the right touch of intimacy and warmth," Cherie said. 

"We had a card catalog box on the grooms table," she said. "Books were scattered everywhere. We had pictures of our parents on their wedding day alongside our engagement photo." We loved these details! 

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Two of my favorite details from this reception were the cakes. Cherie's cake was super simple and classic, while Anthony's amazing groom’s cake was more detailed and totally fit the theme of their wedding. 

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Cherie and Anthony sent their guests home with custom bookmark favors (the cutest detail!). When their big day was over, they took a trip to Branson, Missouri for their honeymoon. 

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When I asked Cherie to let us know how her planning season and her wedding day went, she said, "Lesleigh was amazing. We met with her once to plan the wedding. With my Pinterest board and what I was able to tell her about before we arrived, we were able to pick the decor easily. She made everything so easy. I never imagined planning a wedding could be that easy." This is what we LOVE to hear, Cherie!!!

Cherie and Anthony, it was a privilege to plan your wedding with you! We LOVED your beautiful theme, gorgeous details, and every moment of your sweet wedding day. Congratulations and best wishes! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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