A sweet ceremony on the most beautiful spring day, surrounded by gorgeous dogwood blooms. A stunningly unique altar. Wildflower bouquets. Bohemian, woodland themed details. Those are just a few of the good things about this uniquely beautiful wedding! Rachel and Jimmy are such a precious couple, and they were so full of joy and excitement on their wedding day. Seriously, just wait until y’all see these smiles! Their wedding was truly a breath of fresh air for us; it was so different from our “normal,” and it was just the most special day. We loved every free-spirited, boho, woodland inspired detail!
Rachel and Jimmy hired an amazing team of the most talented vendors to pull off their wedding day, and we loved what she said about how they chose each vendor. “Our head photographer and videographer were good friends of mine in college; we also went to school with the second shooters too,” Rachel said. “We wanted to use friends of ours and their talents to capture our day to make our wedding even more of a community thing where so many of ‘our people’ got to play a part.” This made every part of their wedding day even more personal! Their photos are so beautiful and special, and I had the most difficult time narrowing them down for this post… I cannot wait for you to see these!
Photographers: Abby Tran Photograpy (head photgrapher) and Ashel Parsons (second shooter) | Venue, Coordination, Design, Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch | Videographers: Jacob McCall (head videographer) and Evan Swearingen (second shooter) | Hair & Makeup: Elizabeth Arrowood from Serenity Skincare and Salon | Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal | Cake: Kneading Hands Bakery
Rachel and Jimmy were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on April 20, 2019. They chose a bohemian, woodland theme and a color palette full of earth tones. “We both love nature and wanted to do something pretty with a natural feel, so we went neutral using earth tones and then let the greenery and wildflowers do their job by adding pops of color just like in overgrown fields and forests,” Rachel said.
We were absolutely head over heels for Rachel’s wildflower florals! “I. LOVED. THEM,” she said. “I was crazy about the bouquets. Obsessed. I wish we had someone grab them for us. I wanted us to use wildflowers, and Lesleigh took what I wanted and ran with it. When we first started talking about it she presented the idea of the bouquets looking like ‘a bunch of wildflowers...kinda wild looking...looking like they'd just been picked from a field.’ That was it. She made it happen.”
Rachel was such a beautiful bride! Her bridal gown was from David’s Bridal, and we loved every detail - the gorgeous lace, the sleeves, and especially the plunging back! We LOVED her gorgeous flower crown, and also that she wore it with a veil. This girl smiled from ear to ear all day long… she was absolutely beaming! Oh, and she tied the knot while barefoot, which she said was her dream! We love her.
The bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s attire were perfectly coordinated with the bohemian theme and neutral color palette. The bridesmaids’ dresses also came from David’s Bridal, and Rachel gave them four earth tone color options to choose from. “Each one got to choose their own style of dress that was the color they chose to reflect their personality,” Rachel said. These dresses are stunning!
Future brides, borrow this idea from Rachel! Each of her bridesmaids wrote on a chalkboard how they knew Rachel, as well as the year they met. What a fun photo idea!
The groom wore a navy suit, and the groomsmen wore navy pants, white shirts, brown suspenders and mismatched floral ties. “We chose the floral ties for the groomsmen last minute,” Rachel said. “We bought them from different vendors (mainly on Etsy) and loved how they turned out. We thought the mismatched earth toned feel went well with the wedding theme.”
Let it be known that we love ALL types of first looks. This one between Rachel and her bridesmaids was the most fun, and we wish more brides would do this! This girl has some good friends!
Rachel and Jimmy’s first look was intimate, emotional, and so very sweet. The portraits that followed were stunning and unique, and we’re always thrilled to see more unique photos of our couples, our venue and its surroundings. I could have included WAY more photos, but I tried really hard to narrow it down! (Those dogwoods, though!)
Rachel and Jimmy’s ceremony details brought all the boho vibes, and they were unlike any we’ve done before! They were not only beautiful, but they were personal and sentimental, as well.
“The Barn called our wedding ‘the stick castle wedding’ because they made our altar literally out of sticks found around The Barn with wildflowers woven into it. We were fans,” Rachel said. “My husband and I were best friends in college...and that was it...just best friends who hung out every week for hours...in the friend zone. We didn't figure out what we had until a year after college and (finally) started dating. We loved our friendship that built our dating relationship...and then our marriage, so we have details dedicated to that. Our aisles were lined with pictures from our friendship. We had railroad ties from an old railroad bridge we used to explore.”
Rachel and Jimmy’s ceremony was intimate, personal and so full of love - not only between the two of them, but also poured out upon them by their family and friends. There were so many special components to their ceremony: a worship service, communion as their unity ceremony, readings by their friends. This one was extra special.
“In our ceremony and reception, we had friends tell stories about our friendship and relationship,” Rachel said. “My old boss who was the principal at the first school I taught at officiated our wedding. Our faith was also woven into our ceremony. We had communion as our unity event. Our instrumentalists (also friends from college) played worship music and led us in worship at the end. We centered our ceremony around the theme that God turns conclusions into introductions… We also had our recessional song be the A team theme song because Jimmy offered me $20 to walk down the aisle to it, and I refused... so we compromised.”
This altar… totally, insanely amazing and gorgeous!
^^That feeling when you’re finally married!
Rachel and Jimmy’s reception tables included neutral tablecloths and burlap runners, with pops of colors from the turquoise napkins in their place settings and their wildflower bouquets in mismatched vases and jars. Their reception details felt lighthearted and fun and really set the tone for their fun evening of celebrating with their guests!
“Kneading Hands Bakery did an amazing job with our cake,” Rachel said. “It was scraped with alternating layers of chocolate with raspberry icing and wedding cake with buttercream. We had many people tell us how much they loved it!”
This reception was truly FUN. There were activities inside and outside The Barn for guests to enjoy. Out on the lawn, guests played games and indulged in some seriously delicious goodies from the all-time cutest s’mores bar.
Inside The Barn, Rachel and Jimmy shared their first dance, which was just as fun and joyful as these two themselves! “Our first dance was You Make My Dreams by Hall and Oates,” she said. “We actually choreographed it ourselves. It was so much fun to do together and was a sweet surprise our guests loved. Definitely memorable.”
There was dancing, toasts, and amazing memories made with their family and friends who traveled from all over to celebrate their marriage with them. “The stories will be the one of the biggest things I'll remember,” Rachel said. “Hearing people we love who have walked with us through different stages of our relationship share their thoughts. I'm from Tennessee. Jimmy is from Louisiana. We went to college in Arkansas. Our people are all over the place. Having loved ones from everywhere come to our wedding...having all of our people in one place...was a truly special thing.”
At the end of their wedding day, they headed off to the Pacific Northwest for their honeymoon! “We landed in Seattle, Washington and roadtripped down to Portland, Oregon eventually,” Rachel said. “We alternated between staying in the city and in the mountains. We experienced the best of both while exploring that area.”
“BATOR did a wonderful job!” Rachel said. “They never hesitated to answer any question quickly and thoroughly. During planning, they were innovative and creative, which we are so appreciative for. On our wedding day, they made sure everything went smoothly. From the start, they were 100% for us and what we wanted with our day. We are thankful!”
Rachel and Jimmy, we LOVED planning your incredible wedding with you! It was so, so special. We’re so thankful you chose The Barn, and we wish you the very best! xoxo