Meet Your New Barn Bride-Turned-Blogger!

Hey, y’all!

Photos by  Melissa McCrotty

My name is Kelsi, and I’m your new Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch bride-turned-blogger. I’m so excited to share with you our beautiful Barn brides and their gorgeous weddings, as well as plenty of inspiration for your own big day and behind the scenes looks at the Barn experience. As a former Barn bride, I can assure you that this place is truly special, which makes me so thrilled to be able to share it with all of you!

Here’s a little bit about me: I’m married to a hilarious, sweet, adventurous mountain of a man named Richard. We were born in the same town and lived in the same neighborhood at different times, but we didn’t meet until early 2009 (which is a whoooole other story for another day). We got engaged last May, planned a wedding in five months (those Barn girls are miracle workers, I tell ya), and got married on October 12. It was the best day ever!

I was born in Russellville, Arkansas, and my family moved several times during my childhood. I've lived in Missouri, Alabama, Texas, and in a few other Arkansas towns as well. Whew! I blame all of those moves for one of my true loves: traveling. There is nothing I love more than a good adventure, and you’ll never know what state (or country ;) I’ll be blogging from!

Want to know what else gets my heart beating a little faster? I love creating, whether it’s something unique for my house or a home cooked meal. I love being in the mountains, and my newest obsession is waterfall hunting! I’m really into road trips, staying up super late, baking delicious (but usually ugly) treats, and iced coffee. One of my many dreams is to write a travel book about the beautiful state of Arkansas. I recently bought my first real camera and am kind of getting into photography... but who isn’t into faux-tography these days? ;)And I love weddings, parties, design and writing, of course.

I guess you could call me a pretty well-rounded gal… or maybe I’m just all over the place, but that’s okay, right?!

If you’ve followed this blog since the beginning, you may remember seeing Ashley’s post about our wedding. Since you’ve already seen many of our wedding photos (which were taken by the incredibly talented Melissa McCrotty), I won’t bombard you with tons of them, but I’d like to share a few and give you the top five reasons why we loved our wedding day so much!

Photos by  Melissa McCrotty

5. The flowers and details. We chose English roses, ranunculus, dahlias, hydrangeas and spray roses as our wedding flowers, and Ginger, our brilliant floral designer, created the most beautiful bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and centerpieces. And the details of our wedding and reception were magical! I wanted to create many of the details myself, so Lesleigh and Victoria allowed me to make as much as I wanted to, and they took care of the rest. It was really fun to create so many personalized details and see how The Barn team used them on our wedding day! They exceeded any visions and expectations I had.

Photos by  Melissa McCrotty

4. Our wedding day went something like this: I slept in. I got my hair and makeup done. I showed up to The Barn. I put on a fancy dress. Melissa McCrotty took like a million pictures of me. I walked down the aisle and married my best friend. I had dinner, cut into a pretty cake, and then partied with my family and friends. I sat at a table under the stars with my best friends and closest family and drank champagne. And then I ran through a bunch of sparklers and drove away with my new husband! I didn’t have to set up or tear down anything, worry about vendors showing up on time, or focus on anything other than having fun, visiting with our guests and completely enjoying our big day. That’s the beauty of getting married at The Barn, y’all!

Photos by  Melissa McCrotty

3. Hanging out with most of our favorite people at the same time! Having most of your family and friends in the same place on the same day is overwhelming, to say the least. The moment before you walk down the aisle and see all those beautiful faces smiling at you, and you know they’re sitting in that crowd because they love you so much… that’s gotta be one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced!

Photo by  Melissa McCrotty

2. The Barn staff. I can’t say it enough. Working with them was such a great time! These ladies are true professionals. They make pulling off a wedding look like a piece of cake! They even made us a plate of food during our reception. Who does that?! The Barn gals, that's who. They'll make sure that your every need and want is well taken care of. 

Photos by  Melissa McCrotty

And the number one reason why we loved our wedding day… We got to become Mr. and Mrs! Duhhh. <3

(Even if I wasn’t getting paid to brag on The Barn, I still would.)

Photo by  Melissa McCrotty

I truly believe we had THE. BEST. WEDDING. EVER. Like, ever. And each member of The Barn staff puts their heart and soul into making sure that every one of our brides and grooms feels that way about their own wedding. I promise you will leave The Barn at the end of your wedding day thinking your wedding was the most beautiful wedding of all time! It's a magical place. Sighhhh.

It’s so nice to meet all of you! I’m beyond excited to begin this blogging journey, and I hope you’re excited, too. I’ll see y'all right back here tomorrow!