This couple is one of our all-time favorites. They and their family and friends traveled to The Barn from Houston and California, and they won our hearts when they all showed up to their rehearsal dinner wearing old denim overalls! That pretty much explains how fun this group was; they managed to have the best time, even though it poured (and we mean poured) on their wedding day. They were SO joyful and smiled literally all day, and they fully embraced the less than ideal weather and didn’t let it dampen their spirits for a second. This amazing, laidback couple, plus their gorgeous details, made this a wedding that we won’t forget! Stephanie Parsley captured this wedding so perfectly… shooting weddings in the rain is hard, but these photos are beautiful, full of emotion, and pure magic. They’re some of our favorites of the year!
Photographer: Stephanie Parsley Photography | Venue, Coordination, Design, Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch | Makeup: Brittany McMahon | Hair: Suzanne at Serenity Skin Care and Salon | Bridal Gown: Amazon | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Mori Lee from Belle Saison Bridal | Cake: Kneading Hands Bakery
Casey and Awni were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on April 6, 2019. They didn’t choose a specific theme or color palette, but instead went with a beautiful combination of all the styles they love. “I have a very eclectic taste,” Casey said. “I love rustic, vintage, modern. For that reason I had a hard time choosing a theme. Fortunately for me, though, Lesleigh didn’t make me choose. She was able to pull bits of each and combine them into something I never could have put together myself. I was so happy with the use of mixed metals, vintage glassware, succulents, and flowers.”
Casey’s florals were so beautiful. She chose a combination of pink and peach David Austin roses, ranunculus, and succulents and had it all tied off with the sweetest mementos. “I found a bouquet on Pinterest that I loved,” she said. “Lesleigh and her team made me my very own perfect version of it. It had just the right combination of peachy pinks, whites, succulents and other greenery. It was girly without being too girly, just the right balance for me. From it hung 3 very special charms, photos of all of my grandparents on their wedding days.”
Casey purchased a bridal gown from a salon in Austin, but several weeks before the wedding, she tried it on and realized she just wasn’t in love with it. “It was too tight and I was having major buyer remorse,” she said. “It just wasn’t right! I took a chance and ordered a dress I found on Amazon. It arrived quickly and was perfect. About a week or 2 before the wedding I was looking through my Pinterest boards and found a picture of a dress I had pinned months before that was almost the exact same dress I had. It was meant to be!”
The dress was such a fairytale dress, and we’re so glad Casey decided to take a chance on it! We can’t imagine the first one would have been any prettier. Here’s proof that you can change your mind on any wedding detail, even something as major as the dress, if it just doesn’t feel right. :) Casey, you were such a gorgeous bride, and your joy is contagious! We’ve never seen a more joyful bride. <3
Casey’s bridesmaids wore Mori Lee dresses in the color Dove, and they were simply lovely. “I let each of the girls pick a style they felt comfortable in and I love each of the ones they chose,” she said. Can’t you tell this is the most fun group ever?!
Casey and Awni had their first look in the pouring rain, and their joy in these photos is palpable... plus the umbrellas were such a cute detail! These two had such a great attitude about the less than desirable weather on their wedding day, and we loved this quote from Casey: “[Our wedding day] was absolutely perfect! It was everything I could have asked for and more. Sure, I wasn’t anticipating the rain. But the mud and bare feet added an element no one could have planned. Sure, we didn’t get to get married outside amongst the trees, in front of the beautiful hexagon altar. But the romantic indoor lighting was just as beautiful.” Future brides, take a note from this girl!
Casey and Awni planned to tie the knot in front of an outdoor hexagon altar, but the rain pushed their ceremony indoors - and it was every bit as pretty! They exchanged vows in front of stacked wooden crates, peachy pink florals, and lanterns… the candlelight and pink rose petals on the floor made their ceremony so romantic. They were all smiles and just so happy to be marrying each other!
This couple and their family and friends are from Houston and California, but they still managed to bring a touch of Arkansas to their ceremony (and the hilarious overalls at their rehearsal!). “When we were first considering traveling to Arkansas for a most unique destination wedding, I got a lot of grief about my choice of locale based on some Arkansas stereotypes (particularly hillbillies, marrying cousins and banjos),” Casey said. “Instead of letting the stereotypes stop me, I chose to embrace them. While I didn’t marry my cousin, I chose a banjo player for our ceremony instrumentalist (which was a surprise for my groom) and we had a hillbilly good time in our overalls at the rehearsal. I only wish I could have enjoyed the banjo more myself. By the way, people quickly changed their tune about Arkansas once they saw its beauty and experienced the fun we all had at The Barn.”
One of the most unique details from this wedding was their guestbook… or guest quilt, rather! “I love quilting,” Casey said. “I decided to incorporate that by making a mini quilt to use as a ‘guestbook.’ So instead of a book collecting dust somewhere, the quilt now hangs beautifully in our home.” This is one of the best guestbook alternatives we’ve ever seen!
After they said I do, the rain let up enough to take some photos outside, and would you just check. out. that. newlywed. glow!!! These two, y’all. We’ll probably never meet another couple like them. They fully embraced the muddy landscape and just went with it. Casey’s bare feet and muddy dress made for some of our favorite wedding photos ever! Plus, the redbuds and dogwoods were blooming on this day, and it was just so pretty out there. So much magic in these.
Casey and Awni’s reception was full of an eclectic mix of vintage, rustic and modern details. Their tables were covered in pink florals in various mixed metal and glass vases, lanterns, and a few geometric details. They had simple white and gold place settings with vintage glassware. The lighting inside The Barn, from the chandeliers, string lights and candles, made this reception so dreamy!
We loveloveloved Casey and Awni’s simple scraped cake, with its peach flowers and rustic wooden backdrop. And we have to say, this was probably the funniest cake cutting ever!
One of my personal favorite details of the day was Casey’s embroidered denim jacket that she wore during their first dance and throughout the reception. This is the coolest wedding detail ever! I’m in love. And I totally wish I would’ve thought of this for my own wedding!
Casey and Awni didn’t send their guests home with favors from their wedding, but they did welcome bags in their guests’ hotel rooms instead. “They included some of our favorite family treats and snacks representing our California roots and Texas home,” Casey said. We love this idea!
The newlyweds haven’t gone on a honeymoon just yet, but they have a couple of options in the works. “The original plan was an Alaskan cruise, but we’re now considering Scotland for a double duty trip...honeymoon and a friend’s wedding,” Casey said.
Finally, this bride had the sweetest things to say about us when I asked her for feedback on her wedding planning process. Here’s what she said! “Lesleigh and the team were everything! I found The Barn through a Google search for all-inclusive wedding venues. The Barn truly is that, all-inclusive. Planning a wedding long distance can probably be a nightmare, especially in a destination you’ve never even been to. But from the first moment we met Lesleigh I knew it was the right choice. She was so kind and welcoming. Her attention to detail from the very beginning was impressive (at our planning meeting she knew what time sunset would be on the day of our ceremony). She had suggestions for all the extras we would need, photography, hair and makeup, DJ, rehearsal dinner. She happily responded to all the little questions or requests we had. I didn’t get a chance to meet the rest of the team, but I am so thankful for all of them. I would recommend The Barn to anyone looking for the perfect low stress, super friendly, dream wedding location!”
Casey and Awni, y’all are the BEST, and we are so thankful we got to celebrate your marriage with you! We truly LOVED every detail of your wedding day. Come back and visit! Best wishes! xoxo