Ways To Give Back On Your Wedding Day

There aren't many better ways to begin your lives together as a married couple than by doing something charitable. If you get a little bit creative, there are tons of ways to use your wedding day to give back to your favorite charities and to the less fortunate! We've been so blessed to work with many brides and grooms who are as kind as they are beautiful, and many of them have wanted to use their big days to do something philanthropic! Here are a few of our favorite ways to use your wedding day to give back:

  Sterling Imageworks Photography , from Logan + Dusty's wedding

Sterling Imageworks Photography, from Logan + Dusty's wedding

Donate your flowers to a nursing home. Everyone loves getting flowers, and nursing home residents and staff could always use something to make their day brighter. This is actually something our team will do for you if you're a Barn Bride! 

Create a charitable registry. If your home is already well-stocked, ask your guests to make a donation to one of your favorite charities instead of purchasing a toaster or another household item that you don't really need. Check out The Good Beginning. Another option: create a universal registry on Amazon and add a link to your favorite charity's donation page. 

Make a donation to your favorite charity in place of favors, or choose favors that are purposeful - like flower seeds or tiny trees that are ready to be planted. As cute as they may be, favors can be kind of pointless. Your guests probably aren't going to keep a shot glass with your names on it forever. Making a donation in their names to your favorite charity will make a difference that will last far longer than a bag of personalized M&Ms! 

Do something charitable for your bachelor/bachelorette party. Okay, this one might be a stretch! Most of us wouldn't be willing to give up one final night of fun with our friends as a single person, so consider working a charitable event into the party! Volunteer at an animal shelter or a soup kitchen with your best buds before your wild night out... it'll be surprisingly fun, and you'll be less likely to regret it all in the morning! ;) 

Choose sustainable details. Recycled paper for your invitations. Locally grown, in-season food for your reception. In-season flowers. There are endless ways to go "green" with your wedding invitations, food, flowers and other details! 

Donate what's left over. Your food, flowers, centerpieces, even your dress can all be donated to the less fortunate after your big day! 

Wedding Inspiration: Fall Florals

Our fall season is officially underway, and I can't wait to begin sharing our magical fall weddings with you! Before I get to start sharing our fall 2018 weddings with you, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite fall florals  

Fall florals are kind of the best. They're full of the most delicious, rich colors (marsala and burnt orange and bright yellow and navy and purple and gold!). Rich colors sure look pretty paired with pastels, like blush, so if pale colors are a must-have for you, don't be afraid of mixing them in! The best fall bouquets also have lots of gorgeous texture. Scabiosa pods, fall leaves, curly willow, eucalyptus, thistle, wheat... All those look great with fall flowers! You can also add a bit of texture in the form of a great bouquet wrap (think vintage lace, twine, chambray or burlap). Fall bouquets look great when they're rustic and a little messy and undone looking. Here are some gorgeous fall florals from past Barn Weddings! I cannot even wait to share with you what our team creates for the fall 2018 season! <3

  MGB Photo , from  Meagan + Ale x's wedding

MGB Photo, from Meagan + Alex's wedding

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 elegant to glam, rustic, and bohemian, 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 past weddings!

Elegant

  Sterling Imageworks , from Regan + Cory’s wedding

Sterling Imageworks, from Regan + Cory’s wedding

  B.Matthews Photo , from  Holly + Caleb ’s wedding

Glam

Rustic Chic

  Blair Photography , from  Abigail + Ben ’s wedding

Bohemian

And everything in between...

  The McElmurrys , from  Allison + Patrick ’s wedding

Fall at The Barn: 2011 Styled Shoot

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! We can’t even believe this was SEVEN years ago! OMG!

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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

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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

Holly + Caleb's Wine-Themed Fall Wedding

The wedding I get to share with y'all today happened in the fall of 2016, and it is everything! The color palette was made for fall. There were so many unique, stunning details. And the couple was just the sweetest! We are so looking forward to our crazy busy fall wedding season, and we also love looking back on some of our past fave fall weddings. This is certainly one of our all time favorites! I can't wait for you to see all the gorgeous photos by B.Matthews Creative

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Holly and Caleb were married on September 17, 2016 at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch. Their color palette was gorgeous - marsala and ivory with hints of blush and gold. Holly said she wanted an "elegant wine" theme, which is definitely a theme we can get behind! "I wanted a fall wedding just for these colors!" Holly said. "I couldn't have been happier. It was stunning!" 

Holly's bridal gown came from David's Bridal, and ohhhh, my goodness! It had an illusion neckline, beautiful lace, and a classic A-line silhouette. It was classic and gorgeous! This lady was such a pretty bride!

Holly's bridesmaids wore rich wine-colored, floor length gowns from Lulu's. Glamorous, stunning and perfect for fall! We always LOVE infinity dresses and how they allow each bridesmaid to choose a silhouette that she feels confident in! The groom and his guys wore classic black suits with burgundy ties. This bridal party looked fabulous! 

Barn flowers are the best flowers, and this wedding was no different! The bouquets consisted of ivory roses, deep red dahlias, and a little bit of greenery. They were elegant and unique! Holly's bouquet was cascading, while the bridesmaids' bouquets were more tailored and rounded. "They looked beautiful together and especially with the dresses," Holly said. "I loved all of the florals! Even the boutonnieres were all different, but still cohesive and just amazing!"

Holly was lucky enough to have not one, but TWO first looks on her wedding day! She had a sweet, emotional first look with her dad, and then she and Caleb spent a few intimate moments together before their ceremony! 

Holly and Caleb's first look was super sweet. Caleb got a little emotional at the sight of his beautiful bride, and who could blame him?! This lady was the most gorgeous bride! BJ Matthews always takes such romantic, dreamy portraits of the bride and groom on their wedding day, and these were no different. SO much pretty. I wanted to include them all, but I tried to narrow them down a little. ;) 

It was absolutely beautiful! It was the best day ever. It was everything I wanted and more. It went so smooth; if there were any hiccups that happened I had no idea.
— Holly

This groom was soooo sweet!

If you needed another reason to love this wedding... There were BABIES! Cute, tiny little babies!

Let's talk about Holly and Caleb's gorgeous, romantic, unique ceremony details. Two of Holly's favorite details from the day were her aisle and altar! Their altar was simply elegant, with greenery, a few florals, and hanging lanterns. It was absolutely dreamy! Their aisle was lined with scriptures from 1 Corinthians 13 painted on pieces of wood, as well as wire sconces filled with florals. In keeping with the wine theme, they had their guests sign wine corks instead of a traditional guestbook. For their unity ceremony, they placed a bottle of wine and letters to each other inside a locked box, which is something they will treasure forever! Have we mentioned that wine-themed weddings are the best?! 

Everything was so easy and all the details were exactly what I wanted, but better! I can’t thank The Barn enough for all that they did! I will remember this day for the rest of my life and I’m so thankful I chose this venue - one of the best decisions of my life!
— Holly

Holly and Caleb's ceremony was super sweet - the perfect celebration of their love and the beginning of their lives as husband and wife! They had the cutest ring bearers around, who carried the most adorable (and appropriate!) wooden signs. Holly, Caleb and their loved ones were absolutely beaming as they said their I do's... It was such a sweet, unforgettable ceremony!

As you all know, our team LIVES for details. We love coming up with unique, show-stopping details for every single wedding, and one that really stood out at this wedding was a hanging drink display! We hung a black painted pallet with rope, added some florals, greenery and hanging wire vases, and used it to display their signature drink, The Real McCoy. Such a fabulous detail! In fact, Holly said it was her favorite detail of the day! "So unique and again just beautiful!" she said. 

Holly and Caleb's reception was elegant, romantic and stunning! They had chocolate tablecloths with ivory and marsala runners on their tables, as well as florals in mercury glass vases, lanterns, candles, and simple place settings. They had a head table, which had large lanterns filled with candles in front of it - cozy and dreamy!

TheCakePlace did an amazing job on the cakes at this wedding! Nothing beats a simple white cake with cascading flowers (sitting on top of a wine barrel, of course!), a glittery custom cake topper, or that delicious chocolate groom's cake! 

Holly and Caleb even kept the wine theme going with their favors! "Our favors were wine colored personalized koozies with the phrase 'cheers to many years!'" Holly said. 

Barn weddings are always as fun as they are beautiful, and this one was no exception! There were SO many good dance moves at this wedding, judging by the photos. ;) Holly and Caleb had such a fun night with their loved ones, celebrating the beginning of their lives as newlyweds! 

After Holly and Caleb made their grand exit, they left for an amazing honeymoon! "We went to Cancun, Mexico and stayed at an all-inclusive resort," Holly said. "We wanted to go where neither of us had gone before. We had a blast and loved it!"

Holly and Caleb, thank you so much for choosing The Barn as your wedding venue! We LOVED your gorgeous wedding, and we are so thankful we got to plan it with you! We wish y'all the best! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo