Today is a SUPER exciting day on The Barn Blog. Not only am I sharing my first Barn Wedding post, but we also have a really huge announcement coming later this afternoon that I am so excited about.
I wanted my first Barn Wedding post to be about Emily and Casey's, because it just does not get any better than this wedding. This couple is so precious. They're clearly madly in love with each other, and these photos seriously might make you weepy. Plus, their photos were taken by Melissa McCrotty. The Barn + Melissa = pure goodness. Get ready to have your mind blown!
Emily and Casey were married on May 31, 2014. During the week of the wedding, it poured off and on every day. When Saturday rolled around, it was still raining. Fortunately, Emily is a laidback kind of gal, so she didn't let the dreary weather dampen her spirits!
"I actually wasn’t worried or upset," Emily said. "Heck, I was marrying the love of my life rain or shine, my dad was going to walk me down the aisle AND I was getting married at THE BARN. Besides knowing the two most certain things that the man who loved me first unconditionally, my dad, was going to give me away and the man who has grown to love me unconditionally was going to take me to be one with him, I knew that The Barn would take care of any problems that arose and I would never even know or have a worried thought about it."
Isn't that the sweetest? Emily said that The Barn team repainted the sign out front with their names five times because of the rain. FIVE TIMES! That's the kind of people who take care of you when you get married at The Barn, y'all.
"How could people who barely know me truly care and invest so much into my special day?" Emily asked. My heart just melted into a big puddle of love juice.
Oh, and while we're on the subject of my heart melting, here's what Emily said about her and Casey's first look. "Walking up to him just resonated with me that I was about to be his wife and that for some reason unknown to me, God saw me fit and deserving to get to stand by his side forever," she said. "What an honor that I get to do life with not only the love of my life, but my best friend." Cue the tears.
Emily chose an Aztec meets glitz and glam theme for the wedding. She went with a gorgeous color scheme of light pink, neutrals, white and gold glitter. When it came to planning, she found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest, but ultimately, she just decided to let The Barn team work their magic.
"They understood the vision I wanted, and I trusted in the vision they had in mind for me, and it came out to pure perfection," she said. "They know what they are doing, and I did not want to limit their imaginations and ideas when it came to my wedding, because I knew it would be so much more than I could ever hope to have."
Emily and Casey's wedding ceremony was beautiful and so very special. One of Emily's favorite moments of the day was the unity prayer. "Each member of our wedding party was chosen for a specific reason, and we wanted to have them pray over us and hold us accountable to the vows we were taking for the rest of our lives," she said.
"After I finally choked back the tears and made it through our vows to those sacred words, 'I DO,' my life, at this time, has never been more complete," Emily said. Are y'all crying yet?!
Another special moment happened right after the kiss, when Emily and Casey walked back down the aisle as husband and wife, with their precious pup Banana right by their side!
And what is there to say about those reception details? From the centerpieces to the cakes and the backdrop to Casey's groom's cake table... I am just speechless! Emily's mother and Lesleigh worked together on the details. Emily said her mom spent the whole year collecting and personalizing items that made the wedding truly their own.
"They had a teepee for us for crying out loud, a real life size teepee," Emily said. "Who does that? Only The Barn, that’s who!"
Emily said the backdrop brought her to tears. Can you blame her?!
THOSE CAKES. They are perfection. The macarons are such a gorgeous touch! Casey loves hunting and chocolate, so it only made sense that his groom's cake incorporated both of those things. Emily said one of her favorite details was the gold glitter deer on Casey's cake table.
Emily chose pink roses, peonies and baby's breath for her bouquet, and her bridesmaids carried light pink peonies. She wanted to keep the flowers simple, and it was the perfect compliment to her incredible details!
After Emily and Casey ran through a bunch of sparklers at the end of their wedding, they went on their honeymoon to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. They stayed at an all-inclusive resort, where Emily said they were spoiled rotten! Aside from the all-you-can-eat meals and drinks, beach activities, night shows, snorkling and swimming, Emily and Casey also got super lucky with a room upgrade, just because they were honeymooners! It was "exactly what us newlyweds needed," Emily said.
Looking back on their wedding day and their experience with The Barn, Emily had some really nice things to say about The Barn team. "My favorite part about getting married at The Barn was allowing them to have free-range on bringing their ideas to life while putting my into action as well," she said. "I’ve said it before and I'll say it again, The Barn is the most wonderful venue to be married at, and if you are going to get married there, TRUST those wonderful women and their visions. Not having to worry a single ounce throughout our wedding process and our wedding day is a priceless attribute The Barn gives their brides and that in itself is worth more to me and will always be my favorite part of our wedding."
Emily and Casey, we cannot thank you enough for allowing us to be a part of the biggest day of your lives! Y'all truly are special, and we are so honored that we were able to experience this season of your lives with you. And Emily, you are such a doll. I got chills over and over again reading your answers to all of my questions. It's obvious how much you love The Barn and how much you loved your wedding day, and that makes my heart so happy!
See what I mean, y'all? Their wedding was incredible, and I'm so excited that you just got to see so much of it! You can see even more on our Facebook page and Melissa's Facebook page. Don't forget to check back here later on today... You won't want to miss what's coming up!