Did you know many of our brides and grooms book The Barn without ever seeing it?! It's true... some of our sweet couples book us before they ever even see the place! Today's couple is one of those; they actually booked The Barn before it ever even opened up! This bride actually planned her wedding from 12 hours away in Georgia, and her planning meetings were over Skype! That's right, y'all! We'll make all your wedding dreams come true even if we can't discuss all the details face-to-face.
These gorgeous photos were taken by Matt Emrich, and they're just lovely. I hope y'all adore this wedding as much as I do!
Lyndsey and Brad were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on June 7, 2013. As I said, these precious folks booked their wedding with us before we'd ever had a wedding out here! Lyndsey said she fell in love with The Barn just from seeing it on Facebook!
Lyndsey and Brad were supposed to have their first wedding consultation with our team when they were in town for Christmas, but a good ol' Arkansas ice storm came through, and we had to cancel. Lyndsey had her meeting with Cindy (her planner) and Lesleigh over Skype, and she never actually saw The Barn in person until 27 days before her wedding! "They instantly saw my vision, though, and when I saw what they had planned... instead of stressing, it was so stunning, I was more excited about our wedding," she said. Thank you for having faith in us, Lyndsey and Brad!
The color scheme for their wedding was Brad's idea. How often does that happen?! ;) "He wanted more bright and fun colors, where I wanted more muted tones," Lyndsey said. They chose coral, gold, ivory and navy. Gorgeous! Lyndsey wanted their theme to be both fun and romantic. They chose traditional, romantic decor for their ceremony and tablescapes, and they also had fun pops of chevron throughout their reception decor. They had several family heirlooms in their decor, which made their wedding even more sentimental!
Random sidenote: if you've never seen the inside of our cute Bridal Suite, here it is!
Can we talk about Lyndsey's stunning dress for a sec?! The dress came from Low's Bridal and Formal in Brinkley, and it's the prettiest. I seriously love this dress... the details are perfection. That lace! Lyndsey was very close with her great grandfather, and she had a piece of his shirt sewn onto her dress for her something blue. How sweet is that?
These portraits are so romantic!
For the bridesmaids, Lyndsey did something that I'm always a fan of: she asked them to pick our their own dress, "that way they were more comfortable the entire evening, and it reflected their style just as much as mine," she said. "I just asked that they were knee-length and navy." They look fantastic! And those SHOES... be still, my beating heart!
These guys look pretty darn fancy, too. The chevron bowties are precious! And as you'll see momentarily, they really fit in with the rest of Lyndsey and Brad's wedding decor. :)
This is the best groom + groomsmen picture ever. ;)
Lyndsey's bouquets were beautiful! Her only requests for them were that they incorporate her wedding colors, curly willow and lamb's ear. "Ginger saw my vision and created some gorgeous bouquets," she said. The bouquets consisted of garden roses, baby's breath, lamb's ear and ranunculus, and the bridesmaids' bouquets also contained hydrangeas. Lyndsey's something old, something borrowed and something blue were also incorporated into her bouquet; her grandmother had Lyndsey's great grandfather's handkerchief embroidered with the saying "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be." So sweet! She also included her great grandmother's cameo in her bouquet.
Lyndsey and Brad's ceremony decor was traditional and romantic. Their altar was very simple; it was draped with fabric and tied with ribbons. The aisle was lined with floral arrangements on wood discs. Their guestbook was a table that was built by Lyndsey's grandpa.
Notice that Brad is turned around in the photo above... He and Lyndsey chose not to have a first look before the ceremony, so the photo below shows the moment he turned around to see her for the first time. Incredibly precious!
"Walking down the extremely long aisle and getting to gaze at my soon-to-be husband is something I will never forget," Lyndsey said. The bridesmaids won't forget it either, because Lyndsey made them wear five-inch heels! ;) The bridesmaids walked down the aisle to "Making Plans" by Miranda Lambert, and Lyndsey walked down the aisle to Adele's "Make You Feel My Love." She said her music was one of her favorite details of the day!
After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests headed over to The Barn for a gorgeous reception. The reception decor was a mix of romantic, traditional details with fun elements and plenty of family heirlooms. The tables were stunning, with navy tablecloths, lace and burlap runners, pretty floral arrangements, and the cutest napkins that were folded into bows! There was chevron bunting behind the cake table and above their fabulous popcorn bar, as well as navy chevron straws. There was also an old piece of barn wood from Lyndsey's family's farm.
"My favorite detail of the wedding was probably all the heirlooms tied in with such gorgeous tablescapes," Lyndsey said. "The tablescapes were extremely romantic, and friends still comment about how my wedding will always be one of the most beautiful and well put-together weddings they have ever/will ever attend."
Lyndsey and Brad's cake (made by the always incredible theCakePlace) was rustic-chic, with navy rope detailing. Plus, it was filled with blueberries. Yum! Brad had cobbler instead of a groom's cake, and he said it was "the bomb." ;)
Of course, even the bar was decked out in navy chevron! Lyndsey and Brad's signature drinks included Jack and Coke, a peachtini, a cherry pie cocktail and beer from Alabama (where Brad lived). We love unique cocktails!
Lyndsey said the most special moment of the night for her was her dance with her grandma, who raised her. "I am extremely close to her and wanted to show my appreciation for her for raising me as her own for my entire life," she said. "I don't think there was a dry eye in the house." Isn't that the most precious thing ever?
Lyndsey said she and Brad will never forget dancing and having fun with their friends at their reception. They both moved away after college, so they hadn't seen many of their family and friends in two years! "It was such a romantic, fun evening of dancing and being silly with dear friends who traveled so far away to be with us," Lyndsey said. "It’s overwhelming to think of all their blessings they showered us with."
Since Lyndsey lived in Georgia at the time of their wedding, it only made sense to incorporate Georgia peaches into their big day! Lyndsey's mom made peach preserves for their favors. Brad's mom embroidered fabric for the tops of the jars and tied them with raffia "to make for a perfect Southern favor," as Lyndsey said.
After these two lovebirds left The Barn (in a tunnel of sparklers and in a fancy car!), they went to the Excellence Playa Mujeres Resort in Cancun. "We made lifelong friends on our honeymoon who we still keep up with!" Lyndsey said.
As always, I asked Lyndsey to let us know how we did throughout her wedding planning experience. She had some super sweet things to say about us!
"From the biggest detail such as color scheme to the smallest such as taking selfies and keeping our timeline of events on check, The Barn did an amazing job truly listening to what we wanted and had envisioned to create a perfect evening. The details and atmosphere were exactly 'us' and the entire process was stress free and truly how a wedding should be planned and run. I cannot emphasis enough if someone is looking for a dream wedding without the fuss and stress, book with The Barn!" - Lyndsey
As if this bride wasn't sweet enough, this bride also said something that really stuck with me: "Those small details mean so much more to you the next few weeks when reminiscing. For instance, my bridal attendant Melanie fluffing my dress constantly, taking pictures on my phone for me, and even helping fix my grandpa’s bowtie that night – the smallest detail wasn’t left unnoticed. Also, you become like family when you become a Barn Bride. I still communicate with Cindy and Lesleigh and even used The Barn for the background of our updated family photo this fall. They truly care about their brides and go above and beyond to make a lasting impression on you, your family, and friends for years to come."
It makes us so happy to hear that our brides feel so loved on! When you get married at The Barn, you truly do become part of a big ol' wedding-loving Barn family! :)
Lyndsey and Brad, thank you SO MUCH for choosing us as your wedding venue... even before we ever had a wedding and before you ever saw our place! It was an honor to get to be a part of the best day of your lives! We wish y'all the very, very best. xoxoxoxo
Don't y'all LOVE this wedding?! These two are seriously sweet. <3