Rachel + Andrea's Minimalist, Modern Wedding

Rachel and Andrea come from very different backgrounds (she’s American, he’s Italian), and their wedding day was a beautiful marriage of their two cultures. They incorporated several Italian traditions into their ceremony and reception, and their minimalist, modern details paired so beautifully with the rustic backdrop of The Barn. It was a little bit Arkansas, a little bit Italian, minimalistic, modern, unique, and totally gorgeous. They tied the knot on the most perfect April day, with the blooming dogwoods making every detail even more romantic and beautiful. This was our first time working with Ashton Rail Photography, and her photos are stunning. These photos are not only beautiful and romantic, but they also capture so much emotion. I can’t wait for you to see them!

Photographer: Ashton Rail Photography | Venue, Coordination, Design, Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch | Bridal Gown: BHLDN | Entertainment: DJ Mario Luna | Catering: Blue Willow Catering & Event Planning | Cake and Desserts: Kneading Hands Bakery | Coffee: Russellville Mountain Mudd

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Rachel and Andrea were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on April 19, 2019. Rachel is from Arkansas, and Andy’s family is Italian, so many of their details were inspired by both of their backgrounds. They wanted their details to be minimalistic and modern. They used pale colors, like sage green and blush, throughout their florals and details. “We wanted our wedding to be a marriage of the cultures but we also didn't want things to be over the top,” Rachel said. “We also liked the idea of taking a rustic venue like The Barn at Twin Oaks and blending it with the modern and minimalistic style that we like.”

Rachel’s bridal gown, which was from BHLDN, was the perfect dress for their minimalistic wedding. It was simple and elegant, and the cut-out back kept it totally modern. Her veil was so romantic and absolutely stunning. We also loved her elegant hairstyle and makeup (which was done by Andy’s sister), as well as her sparkly shoes! What a beauty this bride was!

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Rachel’s bouquets and florals had an undone, organic look, with a variety of greenery and pale colored flowers. “I wanted the bouquet to be a bit more wild and loose,” she said. “Lesleigh absolutely nailed it - my bouquet was huge and wild and fresh. I loved it!”

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Rachel and Andy shared a sweet, romantic first look underneath the dogwood blooms. The portraits that followed are hands down my favorite photos from their wedding! These are an absolute dream. Not only was The Barn looking insanely gorgeous on this day, but the love between this couple is so evident and beautiful. It’s so important to soak in as much alone time with your new spouse as possible on your wedding day (even though it’s really hard… wedding days are busy!) and we loved how these two fully embraced their few private moments together.

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The wedding was perfect! The decorations were gorgeous, the altar was exactly how we envisioned it, and the vibe was exactly what we wanted to achieve. Lesleigh did a wonderful job with incorporating elements from both cultures. It was a mix of Arkansas with a twist of Italian traditions that blended together for a great evening where fun and happiness were at the forefront.
— Rachel
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We adored this moment! Rachel and Andy sharing a quick dance before the craziness of their wedding day begins.

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Rachel and Andy’s ceremony details were simple, elegant and beautiful. They chose a triangular style altar (we call this our modern teepee altar), with two floral arrangements filled with greenery and gorgeous pale flowers. “Our favorite detail was the combination of the altar decorations and the decorations at the end of the seats during the ceremony,” Rachel said. “The greenery and colors from these small touches were simple but blended in perfectly with the surrounding trees and green from the grass. This ties in with our favorite part about The Barn, the atmosphere of it. The natural beauty outside and the coziness of the barn was exactly what we wanted. We had always envisioned a beautiful space where friends and family could come together and share with us this special day.”

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Lesleigh and her team did a fantastic job both before and on the wedding day. Part of the reason that we chose Lesleigh was that from the start she understood exactly what we were envisioning. Since we are living in DC we wanted to be sure that the wedding planner had plenty of experience and was able to work with us remotely.
— Rachel
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After their ceremony, Rachel and Andy headed inside The Barn to see their reception details. They shared a quick, romantic first dance as husband and wife, just the two of them. It’s so special to see couples savoring every moment and every detail of their wedding day together! Then they headed outside onto the lawn for a fun, beautiful cocktail hour with their guests.

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This cocktail hour was everything! Their seating chart was displayed on a rustic wooden cart, there was a custom version of our arrow sign in Italian, and the ruffled tablecloths created such an elegant look. We loved every detail of this cocktail hour!

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Rachel and Andrea’s reception was stunning. Their details were minimalistic, modern and elegant, and they were so gorgeous with the rustic look of The Barn and the glowing chandeliers, string lights and our signature draping inside. Their reception tables included light gray tablecloths, simply elegant greenery garlands, a few flowers, and metallic lanterns and geometric vases. Their place settings were very simple and elegant, with white dinnerware and white napkins.

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Some of the highlights of this reception were the incredible foods that were served. Rachel and Andy served their guests an amazing Italian dinner, and they had one of our favorite dessert bars of all time. They not only had a coffee bar, the cutest, tiniest wedding cake ever, beautiful pies, cookies, and other small, sweet treats, but they also incorporated an Italian wedding tradition.

“There are several things that made our wedding ours,” Rachel said. “The biggest one would be the incorporation of Italian traditions into our wedding. In Italy it is customary to have confetti (an almond covered in a sugar coating) as a small sweet treat. It is also customary instead of desserts to have a mix of chocolate, nuts and clementines. So for the dessert table we had several small types of desserts that people could take but also chocolates and clementines. The best part was the hammer that people used to break open the nuts!”

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Rachel and Andy shared their first dance, their guests toasted the newlyweds, and then their dance party began. “We will always remember the moment when the song from ABBA ‘Dancing Queen’ came on and everybody jumped on the dance floor and started dancing,” Rachel said. “The explosion of joy and happiness in that moment where people were just happy to be there celebrating with us on this special day is something that we will both cherish forever.”

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Rachel and Andy’s sparkler grand exit was so dreamy! They left The Barn and headed off to Mexico for a relaxing, beachy honeymoon. “For our honeymoon we decided to focus solely on us so we booked an all-inclusive hotel in Cancun,” Rachel said. “After being surrounded by people nonstop for almost a week, we were very happy to finally have some time for us without having to worry about anything. We just wanted to lay by the beach with a drink in hand and simply relax!”

Rachel and Andy, we ADORED your wedding. It was an absolute joy to plan it with you! We’ll truly never forget this one because of your stunning details and the Italian touches you incorporated! We wish you two the best. xoxo