I couldn't be more excited to share today's wedding with y'all! When you combine our team + an incredibly talented national photographer + families from two different states who met in the middle for a stunning barn wedding with a gorgeous color palette and the most beautiful details (like a belt for the bride made from real flowers!), you get the dreamiest wedding ever. We are obsessed with this one.
The photographer for this wedding was Allison Harp Photography, and these are some of the prettiest photos we've seen. I love Allison's style of photography and how The Barn looks in these photos! I am truly sorry in advance for how many photos are going to be in this blog post... but when you see how pretty they are, I don't think you'll mind. ;)
A+J were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on May 23, 2015. They had a stunning purple, tan and brown color scheme, with a bohemian, nature-inspired, fairy tale vibe. "I love the color purple, but I don't like the whole purple/grey or purple/black colors together because frankly... they are too city like for me," A said. "I like more natural looking, hence the choice of venue. My theme without my initial knowing it became 'fairy tale-ish.' Simple, delicate, boho, fairy tale, natural, so I don't know what the final theme was... it was A+J's wedding theme. Where two families became one."
Whatever you want to call this theme, it was extremely romantic. Every little detail was perfection, beginning with A's dress (from Unbridaled in Austin, Texas) and accessories. "My dress was one that I NEVER wanted, but I felt so pretty in it and just loved it," A said.
I don't usually include this many getting ready photos, but these ones of A and her girls are unbelievably lovely. I love how moody these are!
And this photo of the bridesmaids seeing their beautiful friend in her bridal gown for the first time?! Photogs, this photo should always be on your must-have list! ;) This is the cutest.
A's bridesmaids wore purple lace dresses from David's Bridal and white flower crowns. The maid of honor wore a floor-length gown, while the other bridesmaids wore knee-length, one-shoulder dresses. Love this idea!
The groom looked handsome in a khaki suit and purple tie, while his guys rocked khaki pants, white dress shirts, suspenders and bow ties. This is seriously one of the best looking groups of guys around.
This bridal party is too pretty!
Did you notice that this bride carried not only one, but two fabulous bouquets on her wedding day? Ginger, our floral designer, created her a lovely purple bridal bouquet, and the bride also brought a paper bouquet made by one of her bridesmaids. The bridesmaids carried paper bouquets, too. These are gorgeous, and such a great idea!
"I love the way paper flowers look and I can keep them forever, so that's why I wanted them," A said. "Plus that meant we could have flower crowns!"
Another detail that made this bride's wedding day look was her floral belt. Yes, it was made from real flowers. And yes, it was amazing.
It's no secret that we're big fans of first looks around here, and A got to have two that were exceptionally sweet. The first was with her dad, and it was precious. Then A+J exchanged letters and gifts before their ceremony, and they also took some of the loveliest wedding portraits I've ever seen. (Seriously, there were hundreds to sort through, and I was majorly swooning over all of them!)
I'm real sorry for all these portraits, y'all. I just simply couldn't narrow them down any more than this. Oops.
Isn't her bridal hairstyle amazing?! A, you are seriously the prettiest bride. And I'm not sure that I've ever seen a happier bride than this lady either.
A+J's ceremony was filled with unique details, like this stunning boho-chic altar. Their aisle was lined with logs and purple flower arrangements in purple mason jars and wire sconces. The guestbook table included a purple flower arrangements and the prettiest chalkboard signs. "The chalkboard signs as our wedding programs were each written/decorated by the stand-in best man (also Jason's father)," A said.
The ceremony was romantic and full of personal touches and so much love. One unique detail about this ceremony: Since A+J's wedding was a destination wedding, they had their ceremony videoed for all of their family and friends that couldn't be there. A said about 95% of their guests were family members, mostly from her family. What a thoughtful gesture for those who couldn't make it!
A was walked down the aisle by both her father and adopted father, who she calls Augum (Irish for dad). Her Augum's face in the photo above is so sweet. What a proud dad! And the photo of her fathers below... well, that is just the best. What a lucky lady to have two men who love her so much!
"Even more of a blessing was that all four (mom, augum, dad and stepmom) all get along so well, for the kids, that they became friends and even have lunch together. Not many can say that in today's world," she said.
That veil! Swoon!
Have you ever seen a bridal party do this after the kiss?! If not, you're clearly going to the wrong kinds of weddings. ;)
Again, THAT. VEIL. Loooove! So many heart eye emojis for that thing.
After the ceremony, A+J rode off on a horse-drawn carriage for a few private moments by themselves as newlyweds. Then when they came back, they had a few more portraits taken... because, well, when you have a newlywed glow like these two, that's just what you do.
Now let's talk about these fantastic reception details. The Barn was looking good in purple. The tables were dressed with ivory linens, purple runners and burlap runners, purple flower arrangements in wood vases and purple jars, candles, and white and purple place settings (with the prettiest plates!). A+J had a very sweet sweetheart table, too.
Two special details from the reception: a memory table and a military table. "The soldier table that we incorporated showed respect to all those who ever served and we remember them because on both sides, we have strong ties to the military," A said.
A+J chose not to have wedding favors, but they did something really cool instead. "Since everyone we knew would be coming in from out of town we provided gift welcome bags as their party favors," A said. "They had our favorite snack items (hot Cheetos for bride and jerky for the groom) with mints."
A+J chose cobblers made by theCakePlace over a traditional wedding cake. They were topped with the cutest origami bride and groom cake toppers made by the bride herself.
The rest of the reception included dinner; a sweet first dance (with a funny story, as told by the bride below); precious father-daughter and mother-son dances; games and fun around the fire pit outside (which the bride said were some of her favorite details); lots and lots of dancing; a bouquet and garter toss; and a video speech from the best man, who is a marine and couldn't be at the wedding.
I asked A what moments from her wedding day she would never forget. Her response: "Our first dance! We took lessons and practiced a lot and we still messed up! Haha but it was so fun and funny for us. Also our best man speech, that was a killer. It was extremely important to my husband and myself to watch that video of our marine who could not be there with us."
The photo below of everyone's reactions to this precious father-daughter dance... Me too, y'all. Me too.
There are like hundreds of photos of people dancing at this reception. That's how you know it was a success!
At the end of the night, A+J made their grand exit through a bunch of sparklers and left for an amazing honeymoon. "We went on a 12 night cruise to Italy," A said. "It was so amazing with awesome weather and amazing places at each stop. We decided to adventure on our own at each port and it was so worth it. We found some of the coolest places that were obviously local and not ventured by tourists."
A+J, thank you so much for choosing us as your destination wedding venue! It was an honor, and your wedding was truly one-of-a-kind. We wish y'all the very best! xoxoxoxo
Can I toot The Barn's horn for just a second here? A+J's photographer, Allison Harp, had some really great things to say about us, and when a national photographer thinks this highly of us, I have to shout it from the rooftops: "I LOVED that venue and I loved your coordinators. It was one of the most pleasant venue experiences I’ve ever had—I mean that! You guys are doing great work and creating amazing experiences for everything. SO THANK YOU!" Thank you so much, Allison! <3
I hope y'all loved this wedding as much as we did. This one was one for the books!