Alice In Wonderland Inspired Baby Shower

The Barn is known for its stunning, over-the-top, all-inclusive weddings and elopements, but did y'all know we do all kinds of other events, too? We've hosted holiday parties (Christmas, Halloween, New Years Eve, etc.), birthday parties, Banquet at The Barn, and several other great events. Last year, we were asked by one of our former brides (y'all probably remember Ashley from this elegant, gorgeous wedding!) to host the absolute sweetest baby shower ever. I shared this post last year, but I wanted to share it again to remind y'all of the wonderful, non-wedding events that our team does! Whitney Phillips from WDPhotography photographed the event, and her pictures are so lovely! 

Ashley hosted the shower for her younger sister, Melissa, and sweet baby Charlotte Marie. Ashley has impeccable style and creative ideas, and she and our team were able to create a beautiful, elegant shower with the most beautiful details! Ashley's inspiration for the theme started with a photo Melissa showed her of umbrellas hanging over a set table. "As always, I shared the image with Lesleigh and her wheels started turning," Ashley said. "I'm not a big fan of traditional baby showers. Plastic tablecloths and a sign that says baby girl or boy on it with giraffes or sail boats. I wanted to stay as far away from the 'typical' as possible." We don't do anything "typical" at The Barn, so of course we stayed far away from traditional, boring baby shower decor. ;)

Melissa also loves Alice in Wonderland, so Ashley wanted vintage-inspired details from the story incorporated into the decor. She called it more of an Alice in Wonderland "feeling" than a theme... It wasn't over-the-top, but there were enough Alice details throughout to tie it all together! There were tea cups filled with pink and white florals, feminine ruffled tablecloths and sequined chevron runners, pink and gold place settings, and vintage-inspired umbrellas over the tables, with strings of pearls "raining" down. 

TheCakePlace made the most gorgeous, detailed vintage Alice in Wonderland-inspired cake, as well as "eat me" and "drink me" cookies. Adorable! The gold watch and teacup on the cake are killing me!

The shower took place mid-afternoon, so instead of providing a full meal, there were finger foods and a really fun cravings station!  "The craving table was inspired by my sister's pregnancy cravings, which included glazed donuts, Carmelos and Hershey's cookies and cream candy bars!" 

All good baby showers involve games, but we all know how cheesy and not fun they can be. Ashley chose fun, tasteful games and activities, including a "What's in your purse?" game and another game in which guests tried to name the Disney movie that goes to the Disney song. Fun and not at all tacky! :)

We were honored to plan this baby shower for Melissa and baby Charlotte, and I loved Ashley's reason for asking The Barn to help her out with this event! "I have six children, two of which are 1 year old twin girls, so I have zero time to plan large events!" Ashley said. "Being able to call Lesleigh and plan a beautiful event over the phone and through emails is absolutely amazing! I loved everything about the shower and wouldn't have changed anything!" 

Wedding Inspiration: Foodie Weddings

When you book a wedding at The Barn, your dinner is included in your budget. Our food is always killer. Our caterer, Blue Willow Catering, is happy to make just about anything you could dream up! They do everything from casual buffets to high-service plated dinners and incredible hors d'ouevres. Our cake vendor, Kneading Hands Bakery, not only makes gorgeous cakes, but they also make some of the most delicious desserts around. 

We LOVE it when our couples get creative with their menus. We love dinners that tie into the couple's heritage (like Kelsey + Gueorgui's amazing Bulgarian dishes or Michelle + Chad's dinner that combined both Latin and Southern foods). We also love fun food bars, whether it's a mashed potato station on the lawn during your cocktail hour or a gorgeous dessert bar. Think of your wedding food as another detail (an edible, really delicious detail). The more thought you put into your menu, the more memorable it will be for your guests! A few ideas for menu options that tell a bit of your story: what you ate on your first date together, breakfast for dinner if you're brunch-obsessed, or anything that celebrates your heritage (a Southern buffet, a Mexican feast, etc.). Here are some sweet and savory ideas that are sure to appeal to your inner foodie! (P.S. Grab a snack before you go any further. ;)

Style Me Pretty; Style Me Pretty. DONUT WALLS! Best wedding detail ever. If any of you Barn Brides plan on having a donut wall, please invite me. 

Style Me Pretty; Style Me Pretty. DONUT WALLS! Best wedding detail ever. If any of you Barn Brides plan on having a donut wall, please invite me. 

Style Me Pretty; Style Me Pretty. When in doubt, go with pizza. 

Style Me Pretty; Style Me Pretty. When in doubt, go with pizza. 

Huffington Post; Brit + Co. Food tastes better when it's cute and tiny!

Huffington Post; Brit + Co. Food tastes better when it's cute and tiny!

ModWedding; My Wedding Reception Ideas. DIY food is fun! Everyone loves a taco bar!

ModWedding; My Wedding Reception Ideas. DIY food is fun! Everyone loves a taco bar!

Pen & Paper Flowers; Style Me Pretty. Popcorn is a great favor idea, or it's perfect for your guests to munch on during breaks from the dance floor. 

Pen & Paper Flowers; Style Me Pretty. Popcorn is a great favor idea, or it's perfect for your guests to munch on during breaks from the dance floor. 

Fab Mood; The Perfect Palette. The macaron trend isn't going anywhere soon! These sweet, colorful desserts are the perfect addition to your cake table. 

Fab Mood; The Perfect Palette. The macaron trend isn't going anywhere soon! These sweet, colorful desserts are the perfect addition to your cake table. 

Linen Tablecloth; Weddings Unveiled. Every Southern gal needs a biscuit bar!

Linen Tablecloth; Weddings Unveiled. Every Southern gal needs a biscuit bar!

Brides; Healthy Recipe Ecstasy. A crostini station would be fairly simple to put together, and the results would be fancy and delish!

Brides; Healthy Recipe Ecstasy. A crostini station would be fairly simple to put together, and the results would be fancy and delish!

Wedding Wire; Catch My Party. I sincerely hope the s'mores bar trend never fades. Our fire pit was made for s'mores bars! Just sayin'. 

Wedding Wire; Catch My Party. I sincerely hope the s'mores bar trend never fades. Our fire pit was made for s'mores bars! Just sayin'. 

Brit + Co; ModWedding. Everyone loves brunch... Pancakes, a bagel bar, quiche and mimosas!

Brit + Co; ModWedding. Everyone loves brunch... Pancakes, a bagel bar, quiche and mimosas!

Next week, I'll share my favorite ideas for drinks for your reception!

xoxo,
Kelsi

Happy Father's Day!

As a wedding blogger, I go through a lot of wedding photos... I see a whole bunch of sappy photos that never make it to this blog! ;) Some of the most emotional photos are of brides and their dads. It's always really precious to see a weepy father at his daughter's wedding... Seeing a dad's emotions as they "give away" their little girl is bittersweet, to say the least. 

Happy Father's Day to all you dads, grandpas, and step-dads! We owe you A TON, and we're so thankful for you. Good dads are hard to find. Cheers to all of you who are doing a great job! We hope you feel spoiled and extra loved this weekend.

Here are some of our sweet brides with their dads and grandpas on their big day! 

Tryston Hines Photography, from Monica + Ryan's wedding. This dad had the sweetest reaction to seeing his daughter as a bride... Go check it out in their blog post. Prepare to CRY.

Tryston Hines Photography, from Monica + Ryan's wedding. This dad had the sweetest reaction to seeing his daughter as a bride... Go check it out in their blog post. Prepare to CRY.

Meredith Melody Photography, from Ashley + Ivan's wedding. During their father-daughter dance, Ashley's stepdad pulled out a photo of her with her real dad, so she could share the dance with him, too. SO sad, SO sweet!!!

Meredith Melody Photography, from Ashley + Ivan's wedding. During their father-daughter dance, Ashley's stepdad pulled out a photo of her with her real dad, so she could share the dance with him, too. SO sad, SO sweet!!!

Allison Harp Photography, from A+J's wedding
Stephanie Parsley Photography, from Samantha + Danny's wedding. Samantha and her dad had the best father-daughter dance everrrrr. 

Stephanie Parsley Photography, from Samantha + Danny's wedding. Samantha and her dad had the best father-daughter dance everrrrr. 

Danielle + Bart's Mint & Coral Spring Wedding

There are so many things to love about this pretty spring wedding! A beautiful couple (who have the sweetest little boy). A gorgeous, springy color palette and a theme with a fun, special meaning. AMAZING florals. The prettiest bridal hair ever. An unforgettable cake... I could go on and on! Manda Standridge from Photos by Manda did such a beautiful job on this sweet couple's photos. This wedding will be one of your favorites of 2017 so far!

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Danielle and Bart were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on May 6, 2017. Their colors were mint and coral, and their theme was a tribute to a place where they've spent a lot of time together... we LOVE it when our couples choose details or a theme that tells their story! "I love all the wildflowers and succulents that grow in my favorite place, Morro Bay, California," she said. Their theme was what Danielle called "spring flowers." It was gorgeous!

Since the theme revolved around the beautiful flowers and succulents in Morro Bay, it was extremely important that our team do an incredible job on the bouquets and florals. And I'd say they nailed it! In fact, Danielle said they were one of her favorite details of her wedding day. "I absolutely loved the bouquets!!!" Danielle said. "The peonies and succulents were so pretty!! Peonies are my favorite and they were stunning!!" 

These bouquets will be on countless Pinterest wedding boards in no time! Bouquet goals right here, y'all. I'm loving the flowing ribbons!

Danielle's bridal look was one for the books! Her bridal gown, from A Formal Occasion in Georgia, was timeless and stunning. I love the neckline, the train, the back, the lace, all the little details... this dress is perfect! We always love a bride with flowers in her hair, but this creative bride chose something different than the typical floral crown... She wore her hair in a braid, which was accented with beautiful, colorful flowers, and she looked GORGEOUS. I absolutely love this look! Danielle, you couldn't have been a lovelier bride!

The bridesmaids wore fun, flirty mint dresses from David's Bridal. I love the bridesmaids' different necklines and how their coral and pink bouquets really pop against the mint! The groom wore a light gray suit with a bow tie, and the groomsmen wore gray slacks, white shirts, gray bow ties and black suspenders. LOVE this look so much. Prettiest bridal party everrrrr.

We're big fans of the first look, but not just the bride and groom kind! Danielle had a first look with her bridesmaids AND with her dad. What a lucky lady!

Danielle and Bart chose not to see each other before their ceremony, but they spent a few private moments together while Bart was blindfolded. This is such a great way for couples to get their nerves out without breaking tradition! And it makes for really sweet photos!

Ohhh, this ceremony was so pretty. Their altar was very boho, with lots of greenery and hanging flowers. At the beginning of their aisle, they had whiskey barrels topped with florals. Their aisle was lined with greenery and single peonies placed right on the ground. I don't believe we've ever done this look before, and it's BEAUTIFUL. 

One of Danielle's favorite details of the day was the wine box they used for their unity ceremony. "Bart proposed at a winery, so it was fitting!" she said. Her other favorite ceremony memory involved their ceremony music. 

"The song we played when we started our wine box ceremony was Halcyon On and On by Orbital," she said. "We had it timed so when the beat started, we had our first kiss and it was our recessional song. That song is so important to us! The timing was perfect!!! So many little details went into the wedding, it was truly perfect!!!" The little moments like that are what make your wedding day even more special. :)

Oh, and THIS GROOM! We can't handle the sweetness.

These aisle details!!!

I'm a sucker for post-ceremony portraits, and these are so so soooo romantic and sweet and perfect! How cute is their little guy?!

Of course Danielle and Bart's reception was as fabulous as the rest of their wedding! I loveeee their mint table cloths, elegant place settings with gold details, bright peony arrangements, and that fun pink backdrop behind their sweetheart table. 

Let's talk about this cake! OMG! We've been swooning over the geode wedding cake trend for a longggg time, and this one was unforgettable! 

Another fun reception detail was the favors: "We had a popcorn bar so guests could grab a bag for the ride home," Danielle said. Cute!

There were countless sweet moments during Danielle and Bart's reception, including the first dance they shared with their adorable little guy, and the dances they shared with their parents. There were toasts, great food, and then a fun dance party with their friends and family! It was the most perfect reception they could have imagined! 

Danielle and Bart have TWO amazing trips planned to celebrate the beginning of their marriage! They're going to Savannah, Georgia for a "pre-honeymoon" and then later this summer, they're going to Japan!

Danielle said her favorite thing about getting married at The Barn was that our team made her planning process “so easy and stress free.” Our team takes such great care of our couples and makes their day a piece of cake!

Danielle and Bart, we LOVED your wedding! We’re so glad we got to plan it with you! Have the best time ever in Savannah and Japan, and we wish y’all the best! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Wedding Inspiration: Place Cards & Escort Cards

At The Barn, we don't let any detail go untouched, no matter how small. We love details... it truly is all in the details! Sometimes even the smallest details can make such a huge statement, and our team strives to make even the tiniest of details feel special. For couples who choose to have assigned seating at their reception, we like to plan a killer escort card display or the prettiest place cards. While escort cards and place cards are literally some of the smallest details of your wedding day, they can make such a fun statement! Escort card displays can be some of the most impeccable, unforgettable details, and place cards are so fun to personalize. Here are just a few ideas I love for place cards, escort cards, and escort card displays!

Lela & Lyla, from Kassie + Adam's wedding at The Barn

Lela & Lyla, from Kassie + Adam's wedding at The Barn

Kerrie + Stefan, from Ashley + Justin's wedding at The Barn (a custom pallet wall which also doubled as an escort card holder!); ModWedding

Kerrie + Stefan, from Ashley + Justin's wedding at The Barn (a custom pallet wall which also doubled as an escort card holder!); ModWedding

B.Matthews Creative, from Emaly + Thomas' wedding at The Barn

B.Matthews Creative, from Emaly + Thomas' wedding at The Barn

Tomorrow I'm sharing the next wedding collection that we offer, our Rustic Chic collection. If you're interested in booking with us, don't miss this post!

xoxo,
Kelsi