Tara + Casey's Classic Summer Wedding

Oh, sweet summertime. Is there anything sweeter than a June wedding? This one was romantic, intimate, and absolutely stunning. With a pretty, understated color palette and a classic-but-unique theme, this wedding couldn't have been more lovely! You won't want to miss this couple's dreamy altar, fun favors, fabulous cake, pretty drinks, or beautiful, classic reception tables! 

BJ Matthews from B.Matthews Creative is the creative genius behind these magical, breathtaking photos. Y'all are going to L-O-V-E these!

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Tara and Casey were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on June 18, 2016. Their colors were ivory, slate blue, a pale watercolor blue, and gold. Blue is both the bride and groom's favorite color, so a color scheme with shades of blue only made sense! "We wanted something that was classic but also unique and not too traditional," Tara said. If I had to define the vibe of this wedding, it would be modern-meets-traditional-Southern-chic. I'm pretty great at nailing down wedding themes, huh?! ;) 

Tara's wedding day look was classic, simple, and unbelievably beautiful. She wore a ruched, strapless bridal gown from David's Bridal that was simple, but stunning and so flattering on her. It had just a touch of bling on a sash around her waist. She accessorized with a statement-making long veil and the most beautiful headband. She finished off her look with a pearl bracelet and custom blue Converse sneakers that had "Mrs. Canady" stitched on the sides. Tara, you couldn't have been a lovelier bride!

Tara's bridesmaids wore pale blue knee-length dresses from Danielle's Bridal. They each chose a different neckline, which made for a fun but classic look. The groom and his guys wore classic dark gray suits with blue ties. Perfect for this sweet summer wedding! "Instead of having a maid of honor, I had my brother as my man of honor because we are so close and he's so important to me," Tara said. We love men of honor! :)

Tara chose classic white and blue flowers for her bouquets, and they were SOOO fantastic. Her bridal bouquet (which she said was one of her favorite details of the day) included gorgeous, fabulous white peonies and just a touch of greenery. It was tied off with her grandfather's handkerchief. We always adore special details like those! "He was like a second dad to me, so it was very important to me to have something of his with me," Tara said.

The bridesmaids carried bouquets similar to Tara's, but with the addition of blue hydrangeas. Classic and stunning!

Tara and Casey chose to have a first look before their ceremony, and the photos of those private moments together before all the craziness of the day are SO sweet. Casey couldn't keep his eyes (or his lips!) off his bride. These two are madly in love, and it shows. I adore his look of anticipation before he sees his beautiful bride, and then the unforgettable look on his face as he turns around!

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Everything was magical and it all absolutely surpassed my expectations. It flew by because we were having so much fun and there was nothing to stress or worry about. It was all gorgeous and it took my breath away!
— Tara

Tara and Casey's ceremony decor was classic with a few modern touches. Their altar (another of Tara's favorite details) was definitely one of the dreamiest altars ever. It included sheer, white drapes and hanging flowers. The aisle was lined with jars full of white flowers on shepherds hooks. Their ceremony details were understated, but truly magical! Their guestbook table had a beautiful blue and white arrangement, custom wedding programs, and a fun, unique guestbook. 

"We didn't do a traditional guestbook," Tara said. "Instead, we had a shadow box with chicken wire inside, and people wrote their well wishes on a piece of paper and rolled them up and put it in the openings in the wire. It looks awesome and we love it!"

The fact that it’s all inclusive. Not only is it a beautiful place to get married but I didn’t have to worry about a thing! Cindy and Lesleigh are the best!
— Tara, on her favorite thing about The Barn

Tara said she and Casey wanted their ceremony to feel intimate and for their guests to be present in the moment. "We had an unplugged ceremony and everyone was very respectful of that and left cameras and phones put away," she said.

They also chose to incorporate a unique tradition: a beautiful handfasting ceremony! Tara's grandmother crocheted the cord used in the handfasting, which was an extra special detail. "We also worked together to write vows that fit us and that are our own," she said. Tara said one moment she'll never forget from her wedding day: how she felt walking down the aisle with her parents and seeing Casey waiting for her!

Tara and Casey's reception was full of classic blue, ivory and gold details. Their tables included white linens, blue runners, white candles on gold candlesticks, and blue and white floral arrangements in mismatched vases, jars and wooden boxes. They had navy, white and gold place settings. Their tables also incorporated a fun, unique detail: books! Tara loves to read, so it only made sense to use books in her decor! And they had a romantic sweetheart table just for the two of them.

Their cake, from theCakePlace, was another of Tara's favorite details. It was a marbled blue cake with gold details and a custom cake topper. They also had delicious signature drinks with the perfect presentation! 

Tara and Casey sent their guests off with some fun favors that also told a part of their story! "We met on a blind date at Starbucks, so that's how we decided on packets of coffee," Tara said. "We also did koozies that said our names and wedding date and had 'house divided' with Yankees and the Cardinals on the other side, because we are both huge baseball fans."

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One of the most unforgettable parts of their wedding day for Tara: her first dance with Casey. "We had a choreographed dance and took 3 dance lessons to prepare, and we both had so much fun doing that," she said. "It helped us to learn how to compromise and work together towards a goal."

Tara and Casey haven't yet taken their honeymoon, but they plan to go to St. Marteen this month! 

I always ask our brides for a little bit of feedback on our team and how they did, and this is what sweet Tara had to say! 

"I can't say enough good things about the whole team at The Barn (Lesleigh, Cindy, Kelsea, Ginger, The Cake Place, etc.)! Everyone was amazing and so helpful! Everything about it was stress free. Anytime I had a concern, Cindy was there to reassure me and calm me down. She was a lifesaver! You guys gave me the wedding of my dreams and beyond. Everything was 10 times more amazing that what I could've even hoped for!"

Tara and Casey, thank you so much for choosing to tie the knot at The Barn! We LOVED your sweet summer wedding and all the yummy details! We wish y'all the best, and have a great honeymoon! xoxoxoxoxo