Erica + Matt's Rustic Windmill Wedding

We lovingly refer to today’s wedding as the “windmill wedding.” It was unlike anything we’ve done before and we LOVED it. Have we mentioned how much we adore our Kingfisher, Oklahoma couples?! Erica and Matt were one of our Kingfisher couples (there have been several now) who made the drive all the way from western Oklahoma to elope at The Barn. Their family apparently really loves The Barn, because a few days after Erica and Matt’s wedding, Matt’s son Tanner and his fiance Autumn got ahold of us and asked if they could book their elopement with us… for two days later! They came from Kingfisher and tied the knot on Sunday; it was gorgeous and we can’t wait to share it with you! (FYI, we thought it was time for a Kingfisher tag on here, so you can scroll through all the Kingfisher weddings we’ve had so far.) We’re absolutely swooning over their photos by the always incredible Crystal Malloy Photography! She’s basically our official photographer for Kingfisher couples! :)

Photographer: Crystal Malloy Photography | Venue, Coordination, Design, Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch | Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Face Your Day Salon | Cake: Kneading Hands Bakery     

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Erica and Matt were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on December 1, 2018. They chose a gorgeous color palette of red, brown, turquoise and cream. Their details were rustic… this bride LOVED windmills, rusty old things, wheat and creamer cans. It was right up our alley!

We’re head over heels for Erica’s bridal gown (from David’s Bridal) with its plunging illusion neckline, stunning back and romantic lace! We also loved the unique, sheer detailing on the sides, as well as her fun red heels. This bride had the most joyful smile on her face all day, which made her the prettiest bride ever!

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Erica’s florals were some of the prettiest details from their wedding. They were unique and full of the prettiest late fall/early winter colors, with a combination of rich red dahlias, a mix of brown and cream flowers, seeded eucalyptus, and wheat, all tied up with twine and some blue ribbon. Erica’s dad is a wheat farmer, so it was such a special touch to add wheat in her florals and throughout her other details. Erica simply said her florals were “GORGEOUS!”

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One of Erica’s most unforgettable moments from her wedding day was her first look with her dad. These photos absolutely melted us! “It was a very unique and a treasured moment when my Dad saw me for the first time,” Erica said. “He has such a soft heart! As I'm sure you can tell by the pictures!”

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Erica and Matt’s ceremony was stunning, thanks in part to the gorgeous 70 degree weather in December! Erica wanted something a little different; she loves rusty old things and windmills, so we used our vintage doors, an old windmill, wooden crates, two rusty creamer cans, and a few mason jars to make the perfect rustic ceremony backdrop. We added florals above the windmill and in the creamer cans and mason jars, and the pops of red were so gorgeous! Erica wanted to use turquoise in her decor as well, so we added that in with a few jade-turquoise ribbons. She and Matt exchanged their vows while standing on what we’ve dubbed our “Kingfisher cowhide.” ;) What can we say?! Our Kingfisher couples love it!

“The windmill and touches of wheat were probably my favorite details,” Erica said.

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Erica and Matt’s ceremony was very intimate and sweet, with only her parents in attendance. Erica’s favorite moment of the day was “when I first got to see my husband as I was walking down the aisle,” she said. Can’t you feel the love and pure happiness in these photos?! These two are the absolute sweetest.

Erica said the best thing about getting married at The Barn was that it was “so laid back and non-stressful!”

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It was absolutely beautiful! Everything plus more than what we expected!! We are both still in awe at how amazing and perfect it was!
— Erica
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Are y’all ready to see the most gorgeous wedding portraits of all time?! We are IN LOVE with these! Erica and Matt are so sweet together, and these photos of them in their first few minutes as husband and wife are so full of joy and love. And they’re just so PRETTY!

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It was absolutely perfect! We cannot thank Lesleigh and the team at The Barn enough for how beautiful everything was and how smoothly it all went. It was completely stress free, which was great! We definitely recommend it to anyone looking to tie the knot!
— Erica
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For their cake display, we kept things rustic with an old window (with the prettiest red and white flowers) hanging over a wooden crate sitting on an old whiskey barrel. The turquoise ribbon on the floral arrangement and the drink bottle were the perfect finishing touches for this cake display. Their cake was super unique, and I’m not even gonna pretend like I know what this technique is called, but it was amazing! The best cake for a unique, rustic wedding.

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After their wedding, Erica and Matt spent a night in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and she said they plan to go on a honeymoon next year!

Erica and Matt, we LOVED every detail of your wedding! It was a dream, and we’re thrilled that you came all the way to The Barn to tie the knot! We wish y’all the best! xoxo

Logan + Dusty's Elegant Burgundy & Black Fall Wedding

Over the next few months, during our off-season, we’ll be sharing some of our most popular weddings from past years with y’all, starting with Logan and Dusty’s! We’ll keep sharing our fall 2018 weddings, too, just as soon as we get all the photos back. But we hope you’ll love looking back on some of our fan favorites that you may have missed! We still ADORE every part of this one!

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This wedding is extra special, because the bride is Lesleigh's (The Barn's Owner and Creative Director) sister. Being a member of The Barn family, Logan is super familiar with The Barn and all of its gorgeous weddings. She wanted something unique, and Lesleigh and the team went ALL out creating a dream wedding unlike any other we've done before! 

Sterling Imageworks Photography - some of our absolute favorite photographers to work with - did such a beautiful job on this sweet couple's photos, just as they always do! We will also be sure to share their video from Branchout Studios with y'all in the near future.

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Logan and Dusty were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on September 30, 2017. Their color palette started off as a gorgeous combination of lots of greenery with touches of ivory, burgundy and gold. "The more I thought about it, the more I realized how much I wanted black," Logan said. "I would ask my friends and family and they were on the fence about it. Lesleigh told me I should do what I really want and it will look good regardless, so I went with black!" You should ALWAYS go with what you really want! Adding black to this color palette totally paid off - it was elegant, unique, bold, and SO unique! 

Logan and Dusty's florals were unlike any we've done before! "I loved a picture that I saw on Pinterest of a bridesmaid holding a strand of garland," Logan said. "And I knew I loved greenery so I told Les that I just wanted them to have greenery and then add some color in mine. I knew I wanted a wild bouquet because I don't like things to be perfect. And, that's what I got. I loved it!" Her bouquet also had a very special detail: her late grandfather's pocket watch. "That really meant a lot to me," she said.

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We sorta reinvented the flower crown for this wedding... Logan and her bridesmaids all wore small floral headpieces that were so uniquely STUNNING. One of my favorite details of their day, for sure! 

Logan's dress was an absolute dream bridal gown - it was from Inverness, and it was just as unique and stunning as the rest of their details. This dress was PERFECTION - the details, the texture, the silhouette, the neckline, and the veil! Logan, you are such a gorgeous bride! 

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The bridesmaids looked chic in black floor-length dresses from ShowMeYourMuMu. I love their different necklines and how timeless and elegant the black dresses paired with their greenery bouquets and the florals in their hair. The guys wore classic black tuxes - the best! Most gorgeous bridal party ever! 

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Boots & bow ties... yes, please! 

And uh, things got a little weird at this wedding... You'll wanna scroll down for even more weirdness. ;) 

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Logan and Dusty had the sweetest first look before their ceremony. This was one of the most special first looks The Barn has ever seen, because of the fact that this land is where Logan grew up. "My favorite part about getting married at The Barn is that it's home," she said. "It's where I have spent my entire life. I have ridden those pastures more times then I can count, played in the woods since I could walk, and you'll have to ask Les if I am making this up, but I swear we would swing on vines down the hill. I'm so blessed beyond belief that The Barn just happened to be in the perfect spot."

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Y'all, we're going to have heart eyes FOREVER over this ceremony! Their altar was a dream - the burgundy draping blew so beautifully in the breeze, and the bold colored florals and greenery were so, sooo pretty. And this aisle... one of the most beautiful and unique we've ever done! Their pretty little guestbook table (with a fun Polaroid guestbook alternative) was just the icing on the cake. 

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"Lesleigh knew I wanted my ceremony to be different somehow because there have been so many ceremonies in that spot," Logan said. "We searched the entire pasture and decided I should leave it there because it's where my brother got married, and c'mon...it's just way to pretty to pass up. But, she did surprise me with a type of archway going down the aisle. It meant a lot that she would do that for me. Just having my sister be such a huge part of my wedding made it special to me and truly mine. Not to mention she also surprised me with the banjo that I wanted so badly at the ceremony!"

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Not even joking, these are some of the best post-ceremony bridal portraits The Barn has ever seen. Scratch that... Some of the best THE WORLD has ever seen. ;) 

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Logan and Dusty's reception was magical! The black and burgundy linens on the tables were elegant and beautiful, and the black glittery runners made such a bold statement. The florals and greenery were stunning, and every little detail was perfect! "The black tapers were pretty dang awesome," Logan said. "The moment Lesleigh brought it up, my jaw dropped and all I could think was 'YUSSS!' Such a tiny detail, but I think they made the table arrangements." 

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Logan's white and gold cake was elegant and timeless, and Dusty had a fun guitar groom's cake and yummy pies - the flowers on the pies were such a sweet detail! 

These two also had a reallllly great idea for their favors. "Dusty's mom Betty makes awesome homemade salsa," Logan said. "I asked her if she would mind making some for the wedding if I would help; of course, she said yes. I didn't get to help because when she was doing it all, I was in Colorado visiting Dusty. I'm a terrible daughter-in-law, but she didn't mind one bit. She made every ounce with love and I guarantee you that's why it's so tasty."

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Logan and Dusty shared their first dance as husband and wife under a greenery topped chandelier. One moment that Logan will never forget: her dance with her dad. "Oh gosh, my dance with my dad felt like it was never going to end," she said. "I was bawling my eyes out the whole time. I loved every moment of it, and it was so special, but I bet everyone was looking at me crazy! I'll never forget that moment though."

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After the most magical grand exit, Logan and Dusty went off on a two-part honeymoon! "The first bit we spent at a secluded cabin up in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia right by the North Carolina border," Logan said. "Our cabin was perfect and the view was incredible. All you could see was forest and mountains. We would also watch the sunset on the back porch which was so beautiful and the perfect spot to do so. Sometimes we would watch it in the hot tub (which it was perfect hot tub weather) and it was just amazing. Our second part, we went to Nashville. Dusty has always wanted to go, so I kind of surprised him with the trip to Nashville on the way back and second row seats at the Grand Ole Opry. We got lucky because it was the Birthday Bash weekend so, they had a bunch of great artists that performed!"

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Logan said her wedding day was everything she could have hoped for! "Five star staff!" she said. "I changed my mind about some stuff a lot and (aside from Lesleigh) no one complained..to me at least ;)"

Logan and Dusty, your wedding was pure magic and one we will never forget! Best wishes to you both! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

11 Grooms Seeing Their Beautiful Brides for the First Time

One of the most memorable, sweetest moments of any wedding day: the bride and groom's first look! Whether they schedule a pre-ceremony first look or wait until the bride walks down the aisle to see each other, that moment is always SO full of emotion, anticipation and excitement. Every groom's reaction is a little different: some laugh with excitement, others gasp and are completely speechless, some can't keep their hands off their bride, some step back to admire their bride's dress, and a few just begin to weep! We NEVER get tired of seeing the photos of those precious, priceless moments! Here are a few of our favorite reactions from grooms as they see their beautiful bride for the first time on their wedding day! Grab a tissue for this one! ;)

Amanda + Jon's Rustic Chic Fall Wedding

Couples from Kingfisher, Oklahoma apparently LOVE The Barn, and we always feel surprised, giddy and honored when another Kingfisher couple books with us! (There have been like five or six now, with another one coming in December?! Crazy!) This sweet couple came from Kingfisher to tie the knot at The Barn, and it was the dreamiest fall wedding. Their details were a little bit rustic and ideal for a ranch venue. They had an intimate ceremony and dinner with their closest family and friends, and it was truly the perfect day. These photos by Crystal Malloy Photography are hands down some of our favorites of the year, and we can’t wait for y’all to see them!

Photographer: Crystal Malloy Photography | Venue, Coordination, Design, Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch | Bridal Gown: Bella Rose Bridal | Maid of Honor’s Dress: Bella Rose Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Abbey Lee at Southern Grace Salon | Cake: Kneading Hands Bakery    

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Amanda and Jon were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on October 20, 2018. Their color palette was the ultimate palette for fall - they chose tan, burnt orange and sage green. Their details were rustic and totally fall appropriate, with organic fall florals, earthy colors and wood accents.

Some of the prettiest details from this wedding were Amanda’s stunning fall florals! There were peach roses, rust dahlias, ivory lilies, bronze amaranthus, broom corn, and loads of greenery, including eucalyptus and dusty miller. They were a little bit messy and rustic, and they were seriously the perfect fall florals!  “I let Lesleigh run with this one,” Amanda said. “I wanted to incorporate my colors and make the florals organic and natural.”

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Amanda found her dream dress at Bella Rose Bridal. It was a simple lace dress with a fitted silhouette and a beautiful train, and my absolute favorite part was the back! The cutout was stunning, with just a touch of bling that kept it modern and unique. Amanda also wore the prettiest pair of boots (LOVE) and her great grandmother’s brooch in her hair. “My sister had also wore it at her wedding,” she said. You were such a gorgeous bride, Amanda!

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Amanda’s maid of honor wore a spaghetti strap, long dress in the prettiest shade of blue, also from Bella Rose Bridal. I truly love this dress! Jon, his best man and their handsome little ring bearer wore jeans, suit jackets and boots - a look that we love, and also the best look for a casual, rustic fall wedding! Their sweet little flower girl wore a denim shirt with a tutu, and she melted our hearts!

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Amanda said one of her favorite, most unforgettable moments of the day was her first look with Jon. It was so so sweet. “Crystal Malloy, the photographer, recommended doing this and I am so glad we did,” she said.

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Amanda and Jon’s ceremony was full of rustic, ranch style details and pretty fall vibes. Their altar included a neutral drape and florals that matched the organic look of her bouquet - with loads of greenery and fall colors. The cowhide at their feet was the perfect addition. Their aisle was lined with a few wood elements, including wooden crates topped with lanterns filled with florals. 

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Amanda and Jon’s ceremony was intimate, personal and sweet, and they tied the knot surrounded by their closest friends and family. Amanda said her favorite thing about getting married at The Barn was “how quiet and private the location is.”

“We wanted to be able to enjoy our day and family and not worry about small wedding details,” she said. “Lesleigh and The Barn was able to meet this expectation. The day goes by so quickly and we wanted to be able to relax and enjoy the day!”

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And just because I can’t resist sharing way too many post-ceremony portraits, here are a bunch of Amanda and Jon, freshly married and looking all glowy and so very happy and in love!

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[Our wedding] was perfect, and more than what we had even pictured! Lesleigh did such a great job taking what we envisioned, putting her touches on it, and bringing it to life!
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Amanda and Jon’s reception was like the dreamiest dinner party you could ever imagine. They kept their guest list small, so their dinner was very intimate and special. The twinkling lights and chandeliers inside The Barn made it extra magical! They had one long table in the center of The Barn that included a white tablecloth, a chocolate runner, white taper candles, brass candlesticks, and the prettiest fall florals in various brass vases set atop wood discs. Their simple place settings included pale pink napkins, gold flatware and vintage glassware.

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Their rustic, ranch style cake table had a steer head, lanterns, florals, and the cutest naked cake. They sent their guests home with some adorable koozies that read “loving you til the cows come home.” Precious!

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After their day was over, Amanda and Jon went on a mini honeymoon to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. They plan to go to Riviera Maya, Mexico for their big honeymoon in March!

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Amanda and Jon, your wedding was simply the best, and we are THRILLED that you let us plan it with you! Thanks for coming all the way from Kingfisher to our little corner of Arkansas! Best wishes! xoxo

Whitley + Victor's Star Wars Themed Wedding

You are the droid I’m looking for...

Every once in a while, a couple comes along that asks us to do something totally different for their wedding. And we love it. We are obviously head over heels for a gorgeous, “normal” wedding, but we LOVE when we get asked to do something a little crazy! Whitley and Victor chose a Star Wars theme for their elopement, and they specifically chose R2-D2 and BB-8 as their inspiration. And it turned out AMAZING. There were lightsabers (duh), an R2-D2 suit (obviously), and a whole bunch of pretty blue and orange details! Our team managed to create a wedding that was fun and quirky, but also still totally gorgeous. We’ll always remember this one! Whitney from WDPhotography took their photos, and we love them! 

Photographer: WDPhotography | Venue, Coordination, Design, Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch | Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal | Cake: Kneading Hands Bakery | Hair & Nails: Jessie Miller | Decals: Stephanie Swatzel

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In a galaxy far, far away... Whitley and Victor were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on October 18, 2018. Their colors were orange and blue, and their theme was Star Wars! “I was the BB-8 to his R2-D2,” Whitley said. LOVE! 

Whitley said her favorite thing about her entire wedding day was the theme! We agree... it was such a fun theme, and every detail was very well thought out and fit in flawlessly. “It was better than I could have ever imagined,” she said. “It was absolutely perfect.” 

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Whitley and Victor were our coolest couple of all time. Their outfits were SO good and fit their theme perfectly. Whitley wore a tea-length, strapless bridal gown with an orange petticoat underneath (inspired by BB-8, of course!). We very rarely see short wedding dresses, but they are so fun and perfect for a fun, lighthearted wedding! Victor wore the most epic R2-D2 suit. These two rocked their theme through every detail of their wedding, including their attire! Did we mention that Whitley even had orange streaks through her hair?! These two went all out. So dang awesome. 

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Whitley had some of the brightest, most fun florals we’ve ever done, and we are crazy about these! “My favorite is sunflowers so there were those, as well as orange and blue flowers,” Whitley said. “Just a big colorful mix that was gorgeous.” There were pops of silver and loads of greenery, too… so, so pretty!

Whitley said she and Victor “gave full reign to the team for the location of the ceremony on the property, the altar, and the cake.” Our team set up their ceremony off to the side of The Barn’s front doors (they were the first couple to tie the knot in this exact spot!). We used our hexagon altar with a silver glitter drape, orange and blue florals, and a whole bunch of lightsabers! Their aisle was lined with small orange and blue floral arrangements in mason jars.

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Whitley and Victor asked some of their closest friends and family to participate in their ceremony, which made it extra special. Their friend Alahna Martin performed a song, and another friend, Ryan Swatzel, was ordained so he could be their officiant. They also had a fun, unique unity paint ceremony. As they walked back down the aisle as newlyweds, a few of their guests held up lightsabers, which made for the coolest grand exit ever!

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The Barn did an amazing job. It was absolutely better than I could ever have imagined. It was out of this world — pun intended.
— Whitley
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Whitley and Victor had a small, intimate reception full of Star Wars inspired details! “We had many Star Wars figurines and knickknacks that we had scattered throughout,” she said. “We had a Star Wars photo booth prop set up.” They also sent their guests home with several Star Wars themed favors, including decals, stickers and temporary tattoos. They had a simple white cake with orange and blue details and a Star Wars topper, of course!

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Whitley and Victor, your wedding was one to remember, and we’re so glad you chose us to plan it with you! We wish y’all the very best! xoxo