Casey + Awni's Fun Rainy Day Wedding

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 

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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.”

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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

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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?!

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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!

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I will always remember my sense of peace and ease throughout the entire day. (The entire planning process, really!) The wet weather forecast early in the morning could have been enough to stress out any bride. The heavy downpour that hit us on the way to The Barn could have had me in tears and no one would have blamed me for it, but it didn’t phase me for a second. I knew, deep in my heart, that Lesleigh and her team would do whatever it took, make whatever changes necessary to make our celebration seamless and amazing. I knew, deep in my heart, that regardless of the weather, the end result would be the same....I was going to marry the man of my dreams!
— Casey
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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.”

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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.

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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!

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Our time at The Barn went by so fast I feel like I didn’t really have a chance to soak it all in, to really appreciate all the little details. Even if I had, though, I don’t think I could choose a favorite. I loved the decor, I loved the flowers, I loved the ambiance, I loved the food, I loved the cake. I loved the fact that we were able to just show up to party...no set, no tear down, no watching the clock. Easy for us as the bride and groom, but also easy for our family.
— Casey
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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!

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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!

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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!”

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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

Barn Elopements Three Ways

Elopements at The Barn have gotten sorta HUGE. In fact, I am emailed about our elopement collections more than anything else! Barn Elopements are romantic, inexpensive (they start at $1,850... say what?!), and super easy. As with all of our other collections, the only thing our elopement brides and grooms have to do: show up and have a great time! Our elopements are perhaps even less stressful than our other wedding collections (which are already the least stressful weddings EVER), because our team does literally all the planning, coordinating, decorating, etc. If you haven't read about our elopements before, this is a quick rundown of how they work: you tell us the colors and overall theme you like, and our incredibly creative team just runs with it. Our elopements are always some of our prettiest weddings, because our team gets to go all out with the details, and it's always such a wonderful surprise for our couples! 

I've written about our elopement collections many times... if you need more info, check out these posts: our Classic Elopement Collection, our new Sip-Sip Celebrate Collection. and 10 reasons to elope at The Barn. We also have an Elopements section on the blog, where you can see all the gorgeous details from every elopement we’ve blogged so far! Just click “Elopements” over there on the sidebar! 

Here are three of our favorite, most talked about elopements... they’re all a few years old, so if you’ve recently started following us, you may have missed them the first time around! They all vary in style, colors, themes, etc. And they are ALL amazing! 

Intimate, Simple Fall Elopement

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Ali and Lee's intimate fall elopement was perhaps the most simple one we've ever done, but it was just as beautiful as every other one we've done! These two have such a sweet love story, and they wanted a wedding that was as laidback as they are. The love they have for each other was definitely the most beautiful detail of their wedding day. They had a beautiful, rustic altar, the prettiest pink florals, the sweetest cake of all time, and a beautiful fall setting. My absolute favorite details were Ali's dress and accessories. Sometimes simple weddings are the sweetest and most beautiful of all! 

Colorful Rustic-Cowboy-Gypsy-Chic Elopement

If you've been reading The Barn Blog for very long, you've undoubtedly seen this elopement a time or two... I can't stop talking about it! Morgan and Wager's elopement was super detailed, and it was one that we will never forget. Morgan loves all things bright, rustic, cowboy and gypsy inspired, so our team took all of those things and made THIS gorgeous masterpiece elopement. We're never, EVER gonna be over that altar (rusty tin, pallets, steer heads, hanging florals and lights, a cowhide, etc.) orrrr that macaron-topped cake. This elopement was right up our alley! It was a little bit rustic, a little bit cowboy, a little bit gypsy, and a LOT fabulous.

Colorful, Whimsical Balloon Elopement

Sujey and Jeffrey were married over two years ago, and I still can't get over their sweet, creative, adorable Up-inspired elopement. It's been on this blog a lot, and I'm sure I'll continue to bring it up, because I'm obsessed. (Sorry, not sorry!) When this precious couple told us they wanted an Up theme and a bright, bold color palette, our team went to town blowing up balloons and making the most epic altar ever. Other highlights from this elopement: colorful florals, adorable tiny naked cakes, and a balloon arch behind their cake table. 

Holly + Alfred’s Pastel Spring Elopement

I’ve been looking forward to this day for a while! It’s the day that I finally get to begin showing off our spring 2019 weddings! So far we’ve had five weddings this spring, and we have several to go, plus an amazing event coming up this weekend. I’m so excited that the first one I get to share with y’all is this magical elopement. It was so romantic and pretty, in part because it took place on the most gorgeous spring day, when the dogwoods were in full bloom and looked absolutely stunning. It included the prettiest spring color palette, the dreamiest altar set up right underneath a dogwood tree, and so many other pretty details. Crystal Malloy is one of our absolute favorite photographers, and we couldn’t stop swooning when she sent these photos over! 

Photographer: Crystal Malloy Photography | Venue, Coordination, Design, Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch | Makeup: Kristen at Affinity Day Spa | Hair: Ashley at Affinity Day Spa | Bridal Gown: Claire Pettibone Couture | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal and Birdy Grey | Cake: Kneading Hands Bakery

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Holly and Alfred were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on April 12, 2019. This bride drew some inspiration for her color palette from none other than Steel Magnolias! “Pink is one of my favorite colors so I enjoyed talking about my ‘two colors of blush and bashful’ in the weeks leading up to the wedding. Of course I said this in my best southern accent! Seriously, I wanted the colors of spring, so blush, lavender, muted blue and gray worked well together! My shoes were even a pale blue.” It was the pastel color palette of our dreams! 

Holly’s pastel florals were hands down some of our favorite details from this wedding. They were the ultimate spring florals! They were full of soft purples, pinks and blues, and they included hydrangeas, roses and dusty miller. 

Holly also included a super sweet detail in her bridal bouquet. “Because I didn’t have anything of either of my grandmother’s, one of my girlfriends loaned me her grandmother’s antique rose pin and I had it attached to the ribbon wrapping the bouquet for my something old,” she said. 

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We loved the gorgeous simplicity of the guys’ lavender bouts!

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Holly’s bridal gown was from the Claire Pettibone Couture Romantique collection, and it was jaw-dropping. The silhouette and neckline were timeless, and the delicate beading and lace were so beautiful. Holly, you were the most gorgeous, classic bride!

The bridesmaids wore the prettiest pastel dresses from David’s Bridal and Birdy Grey. They were romantic and feminine, and they fit so well with the colors and romantic, spring-inspired theme of this wedding.

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Thanks to Lesleigh we had no stress and no worries over any detail. She was readily available by text, email or phone anytime I had a question. That made the day and anticipation leading up to the wedding so much more enjoyable than if we had been doing everything ourselves.
— Holly
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Holly and Alfred’s ceremony was one of our dreamiest ceremonies ever, all thanks to the dogwood trees that make The Barn pure magic in the spring. We tucked their altar right into a dogwood that was in full bloom, and it was so, so lovely. We added a little bit of purple draping, our signature chandelier, and some of those gorgeous pale pink, purple and blue florals. Holly said the ceremony set-up was one thing she’d never forget about her wedding day. “One day I’ll tell the story of how Alfred and I were married beneath a blooming dogwood tree on one of the prettiest days April has ever had,” she said.

“The ceremony and day was perfect,” Holly said. She said her absolute favorite thing about getting married at The Barn was “the quaintness of the Barn, the little details brought from a Pinterest idea board to life by Lesleigh.”

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Holly and Alfred’s cake display was springy and sweet. We topped an antique desk with lots of pastel florals (the arrangements in the drawers were my favorites!), some purple fabric, and an adorable cake. We always love this simple style of cake, and it was topped with one of Holly’s favorite details of the day. “I made the peg people cake topper to look just like me and Alfred,” she said. “I’ll treasure it forever.”

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The newlyweds spent a week in Isla Mujeres following their elopement, and they’re planning to have a big barbecue with their extended family and friends at their home in the near future.

Holly and Alfred, thank you so much for allowing us to plan your beautiful elopement! We loved every bit of it. Best wishes! xoxo

Spring 2018 Wedding Recap: Part Two

Yesterday we started recapping last year’s spring weddings. Our upcoming wedding season kicks off later this month, and we’re celebrating by swooning over last spring’s weddings all over again! If you missed them on the blog the first time around, now is your chance to catch up on all the prettiness. Our spring season runs from March through June, and yesterday’s blog post highlighted some of the weddings that took place between March and May. The weddings I’m sharing today were all from last June - it was a busy month! June is so magical out here at The Barn; the landscape is green and lush, the weather isn’t usually insanely hot yet, and it’s just so pretty. There’s a reason why this is one of our most popular months for weddings! Here are our stunning June 2018 weddings.

Abbey and Jake’s wedding was literally a fairy tale. They chose a romantic woodland theme and a simple, neutral color palette of white, green and a few touches of gold. We’ll forever be obsessed with their altar, with its unique white drape, loads of ferns, greenery and white roses. We LOVED their simple, elegant white florals that included tons of greenery, as well as their chic, understated reception details. We also thought Abbey’s dress was one of the prettiest ever. Basically this is one of those weddings that you shouldn’t miss; every detail was gorgeous!

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We love a wedding with sparkles, and Delaney and Cy’s was literally perfect. Delaney saw a past wedding at The Barn that had a rose gold, glittery altar, and that inspired the theme and color palette for their whole day; they chose rose gold, blush, champagne, and white, and a glittery, glamorous theme. Delaney’s stunning gown fit the theme perfectly, and we loved that she chose simple white and blush florals. We loved the soft pinks in their bridesmaids’ dresses and bouquets, their glittery rose gold altar (with loads of blush flowers, of course!), their feminine and glam reception, and that insane cake!

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Sydney and Michael’s rustic wedding was the same weekend as Abbey and Jake’s and Delaney and Cy’s weddings. It always amazes me how our team manages to transform The Barn from day to day - we had three weddings that weekend, each with a totally different look and theme, and our team pulled them off flawlessly. They were all SO pretty in their own way. We absolutely loved Sydney and Michael’s peach and blue rustic chic wedding. Their altar was one of our favorites of the year… I mean, just look at those peach and orange flowers and the gorgeous draping! I especially loved the denim accents used throughout their details.

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Paxton Goates Photography

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Jessica and Eli’s glamorous pink and gold wedding was full of eye candy! Is it crazy to say one of our favorite details from a wedding was the bride’s sleeves?! Jessica’s bell sleeves were stunning, and we’re literally never forgetting them. We loved Jessica’s girly pink bouquet full of roses and peonies, their simply adorable cake, their glam reception details, and this AMAZING ceremony set up. Ceremonies that take place right in front of The Barn’s front doors are some of our favorites, but the glittery gold curtains took this one up a notch. The sparkly gold matched perfectly with our Chiavari chairs, and the hot pink florals made it extra special. That photo should probably be on a postcard for The Barn, I’m just saying. ;)

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Oh my goodness, Ali and Chris’s ranch-style vow renewal was SO sweet and romantic. (Yes, vow renewals at The Barn are totally a thing!) This precious couple celebrated ten years of marriage with a pastel pink and light blue rustic, ranch-style, intimate ceremony and reception. Their ceremony was held inside The Barn, and there were hay bales, steer heads, beautiful florals, and rose petals scattered on a cowhide. We were obsessed with their hydrangea, rose and baby’s breath bouquets that were so sweet, yet perfectly fit their day’s rustic vibes. And Ali’s dress… holy smokes! Their kids were included in their big day, and it was seriously the sweetest thing ever. More vow renewals, please!

Bring on the spring 2019 weddings! We are seriously so excited, we can hardly stand it!

Spring 2018 Wedding Recap: Part One

It seems like we are FINALLY coming out of what has felt like a never-ending winter, and y’all, we could not be happier to see this long, soggy, cloudy winter go! We’re kicking off our 2019 season at the end of this month, and in celebration of the long-awaited warmer temps and our upcoming spring season, let’s take a few minutes to swoon over our most recent spring weddings all over again. Spring 2018 was FULL of prettiness. Spring is straight up magic out here at The Barn, and our spring 2018 couples chose the most beautiful color palettes and details that totally played up all the prettiness that our venue offers in springtime. These are the stunning weddings from the first part of our spring season last year - they all took place between March and May. Tomorrow I’ll share the rest of last year’s spring weddings! Grab an iced coffee (it’s finally warm enough!) and enjoy!

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Stacy and Aaron’s mauve wedding last March was sooo pretty. We were especially into the shades of purple used throughout their details, their gorgeous florals, and their super chic, intimate reception that included loads of greenery garlands. Their ceremony, which was held in front of The Barn, was simple and elegant and so very pretty, with barrels topped with purple florals placed at the doors. Their reception was intimate, and it looked like pure magic under all the sparkling lights and chandeliers inside The Barn! This was the absolute prettiest way to kick off our spring 2018 season!

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The next month, Stacy’s cousin Nikki tied the knot with Mac in the prettiest vintage-meets-country elopement. (Both of these couples were some of our Kingfisher folks!) Nikki and Mac’s color palette was the ultimate combination of spring colors: pinks, mint, white and a little bit of orange. This wedding was so bright and just CHEERY. Their whitewashed pallet altar included bright, colorful florals and lots of greenery, and it was perfection. They also had one of the cutest cake displays ever! We loved the use of color in this one… every detail screamed springtime!

From The Barn's  Instagram

From The Barn's Instagram

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Jacque Cocanougher

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Brandy and Jon’s wedding was one of a kind, and it was so dreamy! Their theme was Shakespearean-rustic, and their color palette included shades of purple and gray. Every detail was so romantic, especially their feminine florals and unique altar! Lesleigh designed and created it with knotted strips of fabric in shades of light purple and topped it off with the prettiest purple florals. We also loved their sweet cake display. Who knew Shakespearean-rustic was a thing?! We’re so glad it is. ;)

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I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for shabby chic weddings. I am forever swooning over this one! Holly and Tyler chose a soft, feminine color palette of lavender and allllll the shades of pink. We ADORED their florals, which included all the spring bouquet must-haves: peonies, roses and the prettiest purple flowers. Their altar was such a dream, with vintage white doors, bright pink florals everywhere, and vintage wood crates to keep things from feeling too girly (you’re welcome, Tyler!). The pink fringe details from their ceremony were some of my absolute favorite details from the whole day. We also loved their adorable cake table!