Wedding altars are serious business. Since the altar is one of the most important details of your wedding day, we put a lot of thought and effort into making them beautiful, show-stopping eye candy. After all, you're pledging your life to someone in front of it and the whole thing will be highly photographed, so it's got to look gorgeous! We adore dreamy, airy altars, but nothing makes us happier than a couple who asks for a completely over-the-top, highly detailed, fabulous altar! Here are some altars from some of our more recent weddings at The Barn, as well as some oldies, that are a little bit crazy and totally awesome!
Barn Brides always make us swoon! (Barn Grooms are seriously the luckiest.) They always wear the prettiest bridal gowns and accessories, and we always love the hairstyles they choose for their big day. Picking a hairstyle for your wedding day is kind of intimidating. It needs to look good with the neckline of your dress and whatever necklace or earrings you may be wearing. It needs to stay put through an entire day of photos, wedding festivities, and a night of dancing. Most importantly, it needs to be something that makes you feel confident and like the most beautiful bride in the world! Whether it's a classic updo, romantic curls, a beautiful hair accessory, or something a little more unique, we're always blown away by our brides' lovely locks!
Yesterday we started recapping last year’s spring weddings. Our upcoming wedding season kicks off later this month, and we’re celebrating by swooning over last spring’s weddings all over again! If you missed them on the blog the first time around, now is your chance to catch up on all the prettiness. Our spring season runs from March through June, and yesterday’s blog post highlighted some of the weddings that took place between March and May. The weddings I’m sharing today were all from last June - it was a busy month! June is so magical out here at The Barn; the landscape is green and lush, the weather isn’t usually insanely hot yet, and it’s just so pretty. There’s a reason why this is one of our most popular months for weddings! Here are our stunning June 2018 weddings.
Abbey and Jake’s wedding was literally a fairy tale. They chose a romantic woodland theme and a simple, neutral color palette of white, green and a few touches of gold. We’ll forever be obsessed with their altar, with its unique white drape, loads of ferns, greenery and white roses. We LOVED their simple, elegant white florals that included tons of greenery, as well as their chic, understated reception details. We also thought Abbey’s dress was one of the prettiest ever. Basically this is one of those weddings that you shouldn’t miss; every detail was gorgeous!
We love a wedding with sparkles, and Delaney and Cy’s was literally perfect. Delaney saw a past wedding at The Barn that had a rose gold, glittery altar, and that inspired the theme and color palette for their whole day; they chose rose gold, blush, champagne, and white, and a glittery, glamorous theme. Delaney’s stunning gown fit the theme perfectly, and we loved that she chose simple white and blush florals. We loved the soft pinks in their bridesmaids’ dresses and bouquets, their glittery rose gold altar (with loads of blush flowers, of course!), their feminine and glam reception, and that insane cake!
Sydney and Michael’s rustic wedding was the same weekend as Abbey and Jake’s and Delaney and Cy’s weddings. It always amazes me how our team manages to transform The Barn from day to day - we had three weddings that weekend, each with a totally different look and theme, and our team pulled them off flawlessly. They were all SO pretty in their own way. We absolutely loved Sydney and Michael’s peach and blue rustic chic wedding. Their altar was one of our favorites of the year… I mean, just look at those peach and orange flowers and the gorgeous draping! I especially loved the denim accents used throughout their details.
Jessica and Eli’s glamorous pink and gold wedding was full of eye candy! Is it crazy to say one of our favorite details from a wedding was the bride’s sleeves?! Jessica’s bell sleeves were stunning, and we’re literally never forgetting them. We loved Jessica’s girly pink bouquet full of roses and peonies, their simply adorable cake, their glam reception details, and this AMAZING ceremony set up. Ceremonies that take place right in front of The Barn’s front doors are some of our favorites, but the glittery gold curtains took this one up a notch. The sparkly gold matched perfectly with our Chiavari chairs, and the hot pink florals made it extra special. That photo should probably be on a postcard for The Barn, I’m just saying. ;)
Oh my goodness, Ali and Chris’s ranch-style vow renewal was SO sweet and romantic. (Yes, vow renewals at The Barn are totally a thing!) This precious couple celebrated ten years of marriage with a pastel pink and light blue rustic, ranch-style, intimate ceremony and reception. Their ceremony was held inside The Barn, and there were hay bales, steer heads, beautiful florals, and rose petals scattered on a cowhide. We were obsessed with their hydrangea, rose and baby’s breath bouquets that were so sweet, yet perfectly fit their day’s rustic vibes. And Ali’s dress… holy smokes! Their kids were included in their big day, and it was seriously the sweetest thing ever. More vow renewals, please!
Bring on the spring 2019 weddings! We are seriously so excited, we can hardly stand it!
It seems like we are FINALLY coming out of what has felt like a never-ending winter, and y’all, we could not be happier to see this long, soggy, cloudy winter go! We’re kicking off our 2019 season at the end of this month, and in celebration of the long-awaited warmer temps and our upcoming spring season, let’s take a few minutes to swoon over our most recent spring weddings all over again. Spring 2018 was FULL of prettiness. Spring is straight up magic out here at The Barn, and our spring 2018 couples chose the most beautiful color palettes and details that totally played up all the prettiness that our venue offers in springtime. These are the stunning weddings from the first part of our spring season last year - they all took place between March and May. Tomorrow I’ll share the rest of last year’s spring weddings! Grab an iced coffee (it’s finally warm enough!) and enjoy!
Stacy and Aaron’s mauve wedding last March was sooo pretty. We were especially into the shades of purple used throughout their details, their gorgeous florals, and their super chic, intimate reception that included loads of greenery garlands. Their ceremony, which was held in front of The Barn, was simple and elegant and so very pretty, with barrels topped with purple florals placed at the doors. Their reception was intimate, and it looked like pure magic under all the sparkling lights and chandeliers inside The Barn! This was the absolute prettiest way to kick off our spring 2018 season!
The next month, Stacy’s cousin Nikki tied the knot with Mac in the prettiest vintage-meets-country elopement. (Both of these couples were some of our Kingfisher folks!) Nikki and Mac’s color palette was the ultimate combination of spring colors: pinks, mint, white and a little bit of orange. This wedding was so bright and just CHEERY. Their whitewashed pallet altar included bright, colorful florals and lots of greenery, and it was perfection. They also had one of the cutest cake displays ever! We loved the use of color in this one… every detail screamed springtime!
Brandy and Jon’s wedding was one of a kind, and it was so dreamy! Their theme was Shakespearean-rustic, and their color palette included shades of purple and gray. Every detail was so romantic, especially their feminine florals and unique altar! Lesleigh designed and created it with knotted strips of fabric in shades of light purple and topped it off with the prettiest purple florals. We also loved their sweet cake display. Who knew Shakespearean-rustic was a thing?! We’re so glad it is. ;)
I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for shabby chic weddings. I am forever swooning over this one! Holly and Tyler chose a soft, feminine color palette of lavender and allllll the shades of pink. We ADORED their florals, which included all the spring bouquet must-haves: peonies, roses and the prettiest purple flowers. Their altar was such a dream, with vintage white doors, bright pink florals everywhere, and vintage wood crates to keep things from feeling too girly (you’re welcome, Tyler!). The pink fringe details from their ceremony were some of my absolute favorite details from the whole day. We also loved their adorable cake table!
You guys, the official start of spring is SO soon, and we’re kicking off our 2019 wedding season in the very near future... we cannot wait! We're still in LOVE with this gorgeous spring styled shoot and we can’t wait for alllll the pretty spring vibes that are just around the corner. This is still one of my favorite styled shoots our team has ever done... the details were so dreamy!
If you've seen the sneak peeks of our Magical Meadow shoot on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, you already know how gorgeous it was. (Sorry y'all, but it's just too pretty, and we have no choice but to blow up the internet with it!) I'm beyond excited to share even more photos from this shoot with you today! This shoot was, as the name suggests, pure magic. The photos, by Stephanie Dawn Photography, are incredibly dreamy and so, so gorgeous.
Our team worked with several fabulous vendors to make this shoot happen! We have the best vendors. They are so talented, and such great people!
Photography: Stephanie Dawn Photography
Styling: Trisha Tubbs from The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch
Venue/Decor/Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch
Gowns: Formal Affairs
HMUA: Manda Standridge
Wedding Bands: Joshua's Fine Jewelry
Jewels: Chloe + Isabel
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Models: Cecelia Hampton and Logan Cox
This gorgeous shoot was styled by our intern-turned-planner, Trisha Tubbs, as part of her graduation requirements. Sometimes college is fun. ;)
"This shoot was required in order for me to graduate," Trish said. "I just recently completed my internship through the hospitality administration at Arkansas Tech. One of the internship requirements was to complete a special project. I chose to do a photoshoot and it couldn't have turned out any better!"
Trish said she knew she wanted to use black lace before she chose the other details. "I wanted this shoot to have a natural look, but also display a sense of class and elegance," she said. "I fell in love with the idea of using a black lace topper! Once I decided to use black lace, everything else began to fall into place. I felt like the lace gave the shoot that touch of elegance while still keeping with a natural boho look."
I love this combination of elegance plus natural/bohemian! It's unreal how gorgeous this is!
Some of the most beautiful details from this shoot? Those flowers, hands down. A gorgeous, enormous peony bouquet, plus all the small floral arrangements. Did you notice the flowers on the lanterns? Swoon!!! The flowers were all arranged by our floral designer, Ginger. She always does the best job!
Another fabulous detail was this custom gown. Our team took a bridal gown from Formal Affairs and customized it with this pastel floral fabric. It's amazing! All of the gowns were beautiful!
No shoot is complete without a fancy, delicious, stunning dessert table, right?! TheCakePlace is one of our favorite vendors, and I think you can see why! Everything they make is beautiful... and it always tastes just as good (maybe better?!) than it looks.
Another highlight from this shoot: the drink table! Drinks are good, but pretty drinks are better. Trish garnished these drinks with berries, arrows and little tiny signs.
The reception table was also stunning! I can't say enough how much I love this combination of classic elegance and a bohemian vibe. The black lace, lanterns and china combined with the lush, natural flowers... LOVE.
And now I'm sorry for the amount of photos I'm about to post, but I just couldn't help myself! You're welcome. ;)
Finally, I asked Trish if she had anything else she wanted to say about this shoot, and here's what she said: "I want to say thank you to Stephanie, our photographer and our models, Logan and Cecelia. They were all troopers! And Manda Standridge, no one can compare to her hair and makeup skills! And especially Lesleigh and Ginger. I couldn't have done it without them!"
Trish, you did such a great job! I can't wait to see all the gorgeous weddings and shoots you plan in the future. :)