Avy + Tisha's Winter Elopement

Avy and Tisha's elopement was unlike anything we've ever styled before, for many reasons. First, we rarely schedule winter weddings - since most of our couples get married outdoors, it isn't often realistic to have a wedding with lots of guests in chilly weather. Avy and Tisha hoped to elope on a snowy day, but unfortunately, we didn't have much snow in our area this year... they ended up tying the knot at the end of January, in a creek bed that runs through The Barn's property. It was cold and windy, but also so romantic and full of love that we didn't even mind! It was unique and gorgeous, and our team loved styling something completely different. We're still in love with these photos by Benjamin Martin Photography, and we're thrilled to finally share them on the blog! (Spoiler alert: there was a smoke machine involved, so you don't wanna miss this.) 

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Avy and Tisha were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on January 30, 2018. Their color scheme was full of rich reds, dark greens, and touches of black and gold. Their details were wintery, elegant and moody. 

A wedding as unique as this one obviously needs a unique bridal gown, and we're still swooning over Avy's! This dress was simple and gorgeous, with a few standout details (those shoulders! that neckline!) that made it totally amazing! She also wore a beautiful flower crown and a pair of black and deep red shoes that fit their wedding's theme perfectly. Tisha wore a fitted classic black tux and bow tie... these ladies couldn't have been more gorgeous! 

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Avy's bouquet was full of deep reds roses, dark red berries, baby's breath and the prettiest greenery and tied with long, deep red ribbons - it was the perfect winter bouquet! 

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Lesleigh designed a gorgeous altar that managed to feel cozy even in the middle of a frigid creek bed. Avy and Tisha tied in the knot in front of a downed tree, which was covered in the prettiest (literally the prettiest) greenery garland with burgundy fabric gorgeously draped across. There were a few black candles, black tapers on gold candlesticks, deep red dahlias, roses and berries. They stood in fallen leaves in the middle of a bare forest, and somehow it couldn't have been any more breathtaking. This ceremony was truly unforgettable! 

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And now for those smoke machine pics! These are some of the most romantic portraits we've ever seen. They are moody and romantic and seriously breathtaking! 

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The final gorgeous detail from Avy and Tisha's elopement was a berry-topped, chocolate-drizzled cake from Kneading Hands Bakery. It was just as delicious as it was beautiful, with layers of chocolate cake and strawberry filling. My favorite thing about this elopement was that every single detail flowed together perfectly and fit the wintery, moody vibes, including this cake! It was flawless, y'all. 

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Avy and Tisha, we're never going to forget your beautiful, romantic elopement! We're so glad we were able to plan it with you, and we wish y'all the best! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Wedding Inspiration: Cocktail Hour

With the recent announcement of our brand new Sip-Sip Celebrate Elopement Collection, we wanted to share some inspiration with you for drinks that are as pretty as they are tasty! A quick word of advice for our future Barn Couples: if you want your guests to have a good time and not leave immediately after dinner, your reception must include a bar. And if you're gonna have a bar, you might as well do it up right. I'm talking signature cocktails, adorable drink stirrers, and fancy signage and decor!

Even if you're not a fan of serving alcohol at your wedding, you can still serve adorable mocktails at your bar! They're such a fun detail that you and your guests are sure to remember. 

We've already talked all about pretty bars (and a few ways to serve your drinks) here, and I wrote all about bar tips and etiquette here. And here are some gorgeous ways to serve up your signature cocktails! 

  B.Matthews Photo , from  Holly + Caleb 's wedding at The Barn

B.Matthews Photo, from Holly + Caleb's wedding at The Barn

  Salt & Sky Studios , from  Nikki + Scott 's wedding at The Barn. This is some of the disposable drinkware we offer!

Salt & Sky Studios, from Nikki + Scott's wedding at The Barn. This is some of the disposable drinkware we offer!

  Tryston Hines Photography , from  Breanna + Bryan 's wedding at The Barn

Tryston Hines Photography, from Breanna + Bryan's wedding at The Barn

  B.Matthews Photo , from  Tara + Casey 's wedding at The Barn

B.Matthews Photo, from Tara + Casey's wedding at The Barn

  Tryston Hines Photography,  from  Jaime + Jake 's wedding at The Barn

Tryston Hines Photography, from Jaime + Jake's wedding at The Barn

10 Barn Weddings: Summer Loving

It's been way too long since I've written a 10 Barn Weddings post, and I'm not sure how I've managed to neglect my favorite blog series! Although we’re right in the middle of summer, our summer season has already started to wind down. (But we opened up a few dates for elopements in August, so if you're interested, holler at us ASAP!) Summer weddings are oh, so sweet, and while it’s sometimes insanely hot at The Barn during these months, our summer weddings are always some of the prettiest. Here are 10 of my favorite summer weddings we've ever done! 

We'll be swooning over Regan and Cory's timeless, neutral summer wedding for literally FOREVER. Details for days in this wedding, y'all. I couldn't possibly name all my faves, but here are a few that you CANNOT miss: those romantic, jaw-droppingly gorgeous reception tables! Regan's beautiful dress and accessories. Perfect white bouquets with loads of greenery. The sweetest chair signs. This couple thought of EVERYTHING, and it made their day absolutely amazing. 

As much as we love weddings with neutral color palettes, we also get super excited when one of our couples requests something BRIGHT and FUN! Megan and Drew's wedding had perhaps the happiest color palette ever - "punch colors," as Megan described it. Their theme was rustic, and their florals, reception details, and the bridal party's attire were full of fun, bold colors. My faves from this wedding: Megan's dress (sooo good!), the bridesmaids' dresses in shades of pink, bright florals + succulents, colorful reception details, and that fantastic burlap altar! 

I think of Kassie and Adam's rustic glam wedding as the most "The Barn" wedding we've ever done, if that makes sense... haha ;) It had lots of rustic details that perfectly fit a rustic venue like The Barn, but it also had several glam weddings that made it feel totally like us! There's a reason why this wedding was in Southern Weddings aka the wedding planning bible! This was one of those weddings were you seriously must see EVERY detail. It was all so good - just look at those tables! 

Tara and Casey's was the sweetest of summer weddings. They went with a color palette of shades of blue, ivory and gold, and their theme was classic meets modern. Their details were simple, sweet and totally gorgeous. Although their ceremony details were all-white and very minimalist, it was one of our dreamiest ceremonies of all time. We also loved the vintage books used on their reception tables, their watercolor cake, and their blue and white florals - they were simple but stunning. This was the perfect Southern summer wedding! 

Morgan and Tyler's wedding was super unique, because if was one of the VERY few weddings our team has ever done not at The Barn. They chose to get married at a historical church in downtown Dardanelle, and our team totally rocked it. Their details were full of greenery, white florals, and timeless, classic touches. After their ceremony, they held their reception at The Barn, which was just as classic and romantic. This wedding will always be in style! 

This was another one of those bright colored weddings that makes us all giddy! Alyssa and Matt wanted their wedding to be FUN and not-too-serious - that was seriously their only requirement for their theme. They chose a royal blue, red and yellow color scheme, which made for beautiful, bright florals and gorgeous, bold reception details. I loved ALL of the bridal party's attire - the bridal gown, the groom's tie (so fun), and the blue and yellow bridesmaids' dresses. And that dessert table - one of our faves, for sure! 

Megan and Daniel's pretty peach and mint wedding is one that I ALWAYS come back to when I think of my all-time favorites. Their peach and pink florals were definitely my favorite part of this wedding, with their dreamy altar and Megan's amazing dress closely following. We also loved their rustic chic reception tables (those adorable pink bow napkins!) and their candy buffet, which perfectly matched their color scheme. Perfection! 

Dreamiest. Ceremony. Ever. Let's throw it back to 2014 and swoon over Anita and Wesley's ceremony details all over again! This couple chose a pretty turquoise and coral color palette and their details were both elegant and fun. They ended up moving their ceremony outside, but it was SO dreamy and romantic inside The Barn, too. Future couples, let's please do this again! P.S. You gotta see their groom's cake. 

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I'm always gonna love Samantha and Danny's boho chic wedding! Beautiful pastel florals (some of the best florals we've ever, EVER done, imo). A green ombre cake. The floral crown of every boho bride's dreams. This aisle and altar combo!!! A barefoot bride. Those are just a few of the highlights from this wedding! 

The ultimate summer wedding bouquet! Lindsey and Matt's wedding was rustic and colorful. Their ceremony was super detailed, with antique doors, antique windows, barrels topped with flowers, lanterns, and loads of bright florals. Their reception was perfect - bright, colorful, sweet and summery. Sunflowers were made for summertime weddings! :)

Delaney + Cy's Glamorous Rose Gold Wedding

They say that rain on your wedding day brings good luck, and at The Barn, it also brings an opportunity to have the most romantic indoor ceremony ever! While a rainy wedding day may feel like the worst thing that could happen, our couples have the option to move their ceremony into The Barn, and these weddings are sooo romantic. Delaney and Cy moved their outdoor ceremony inside at the last minute due to rain, but their day couldn’t have been any dreamier or more beautiful. 

Delaney and Cy are also one of our out of state couples... they drove up from Louisiana with all their besties and close family and brought the party with them! If you think planning a wedding from out of state can't be done, here's proof that it's totally possible - and its even EASY with The Barn's all-inclusive collections! 

These photos by Kelly Glaze Photography are stunning! We have been patiently waiting to see them, and when Kelly sent us the link, our jaws hit the floor! Here are all the vendors who made this day happen.

Photographer: Kelly Glaze Photography | Venue, Coordination, Design, Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch | Hair: Danielle Wilson, La’Bella | Makeup: Abby Lee, Southern Grace Salon | Bridal Gown: Debbie’s Bridal | Cake: Kneading Hands Bakery | Catering: Blue Willow Catering | DJ: Central Arkansas Entertainment

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Delaney and Cy were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on June 2, 2018. Their color palette was glam and gorgeous - rose gold, blush, champagne and white. “I noticed one of the previous weddings at The Barn had beautiful rose gold curtains at their altar and that did it!” Delaney said. “It had to be rose gold!”

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Delaney’s bouquets and florals were everything! The bridal bouquet was full and lush, with white roses, the prettiest (and hugest) peonies, and a little bit of greenery. It was wrapped with lace and a touch of bling. Timeless, classic and totally gorgeous! The bridesmaids carried pink and white roses, and these are the cutest bouquets ever to me... I love bouquets in this size, and the colors were such pretty eye candy! 

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We are completely obsessed with Delaney’s jaw-dropping bridal gown, from Debbie’s Bridal in Gonzales, Louisiana! This dress had a lot going on - gorgeous beading, fun ruffles, a flirty silhouette -  and we loved every bit of it! A classic, long veil, stunning jewelry, and fun, sparkly shoes were the perfect additions to Delaney’s bridal look. And her hair... seriously goals. Cy, you’re a lucky man! 

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The bridesmaids' floor-length, champagne dresses also came from Debbie's Bridal, and they were basically the absolute best bridesmaids' dresses EVER. You can't go wrong with this color, length or style, and we're always big fans of a bride who allows their bridesmaids to choose a neckline they feel comfortable in! The flower girls wore beautiful, vintage-inspired lace dresses and the prettiest braids in their hair. 

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Cy and his groomsmen looked SO great. They wore navy suits, white shirts, champagne ties, white boutonnieres, and brown shoes (you know you're #weddinggoals when the guys are all wearing matching shoes!). OBSESSED with this bridal party... they just don't come prettier than this group of folks!

And this little fella... breaking my heart! 

I hope you're ready for the prettiest bridal portraits ever, because here they are!!! Delaney and Cy are not only super sweet and super in love, but they are also GORGEOUS people. Get ready to swoon! 

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Delaney and Cy had planned on an outdoor ceremony, and Delaney said her favorite detail of the day was the altar that they would have used. "It was so beautiful!" she said. However, their ceremony ended up having to be moved inside due to rain... "But inside The Barn for the ceremony, it was so beautiful as well!" she said. "It was small and intimate. The flowers mixed with the shimmering from the rose gold sequins everywhere turned out amazing!"

There ceremony also included a few details that made their day extra special and personalized. "I added in a memory board with all of our loved ones who couldn’t be there," Delaney said. "My dad also made us our guestbook from scratch. It was beautiful! It got a little wet, but it still served its purpose."

 Instagram photo of the outdoor altar before it was moved inside The Barn

Instagram photo of the outdoor altar before it was moved inside The Barn

My wedding was amazing! It wasn’t what I expected at all (due to the heat and rain), but it still turned out to be amazing. We appreciate everything that the amazing staff did to make it that way. When the rain came they managed to get everything in and ready for our guests. They got soaked so we didn’t have to. We didn’t get to have the ceremony outside but they managed to give us a BEAUTIFUL ceremony inside The Barn. It was a blast and so stress free! The staff took all the stress away from a bride trying to plan a wedding out of state. Lesleigh was there to answer any and every question I had at any time of day or night. She was so helpful with everything!
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Delaney and Cy's reception was sparkly, romantic and dreamy! They had white tablecloths with sparkly rose gold runners, and pink roses, white roses, white anemone and touches of greenery in mercury glass and rose gold vases. Their blush, white and gold place settings were simple and pretty. Their gorgeous cake, from Kneading Hands Bakery, blended in flawlessly with their decor... it was seriously just as pretty as every other detail! The gold detailing on it was stunning, and the pink roses and white anemone made it absolute perfection. 

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Delaney and Cy brought the most FUN group with them, and their reception was such a great party. One thing Delaney will never forget about the reception... "My HUSBAND danced for the first time in front of me! Haha! It was all a blast! We were all able to let loose and just enjoy the night to it’s fullest!"

The newlyweds made sure to leave their guests with awesome favors, but they did something a little different (and we totally love this idea)... "We made bags with snacks and drinks for everyone who came," Delaney said. "We brought it to each person’s hotel room. Everyone needs some free snacks to munch on while they’re taking a long ride!"

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Delaney and Cy's grand exit from The Barn was a sparkly one, but they didn't rush off on a romantic honeymoon just yet. "We will be taking our honeymoon at the end of July," Delaney said. "We plan to fly to Washington and drive through Oregon and the top of California for two weeks. We love seeing nature and all of its mountains. You can never get enough of it! We plan to take our time and visit anything that catches our eyes."

Delaney and Cy, we're SO thankful you and your wonderful family and friends made the drive all the way to Arkansas to tie the knot at The Barn! We loved your glamorous, sparkly, GORGEOUS wedding! Best wishes and congratulations! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue + Tuesday Tunes

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe..."

You want to know something kind of embarrassing? When I was planning my own wedding, I totally forgot to do the whole "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" thing. Who does that?! When you're packing for your wedding, that little tradition can be the last thing on your mind... but it's too fun and too cute to leave it out! I ended up saying my dress was my "something new," and on the day of my wedding, I thought to borrow a vintage blue ring from one of my bridesmaids for my somethings old, borrowed and blue. And a sixpence?! I definitely did not have one of those. It worked out just fine, but I really wish I had put more thought into those details! 

By the way, have you ever heard the meaning behind this tradition? Each item is supposed to bring luck to the bride, and many brides even wore a sixpence (a type of British money) in her shoe for extra luck! Here is what each item represents, according to the The Knot: "Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity." 

If you're looking for some ideas - whether classic or unique - for this tradition, here are some of my favorites!

Something Old

Classic: A family heirloom, like your grandmother's pearls, your mother's earrings, or a brooch that's been passed down through the generations

Unique: A vintage dress, veil or other accessories, or a photo of a loved one who's passed away in a locket on your bouquet

Something New

Classic: A gorgeous bridal gown or fancy accessories

Unique: A once-in-a-lifetime pair of shoes, or something monogrammed to show off your new initials

Something Borrowed

Classic: A beautiful piece of jewelry from someone close to you, like your aunt's super expensive bracelet that you've always wanted to wear, or a friend or family member's prettiest wedding details, like a veil or a fur stole

Unique: A handkerchief or piece of lace from your grandmother's wedding dress to wrap around your bouquet, or a fabulous clutch, which you could even rent from a website like Rent The Runway

Something Blue

Classic: Blue lingerie, blue shoes or a blue garter

Unique: A blue piece of clothing from someone special sewn into your dress, or if you're feeling extra bold, ask your maid of honor or flower girl to dye their hair blue (this has seriously happened... and it's pretty awesome!)

What would your picks be? Or if you're already married, what did you carry/wear for your somethings old, new, borrowed and blue?