If you’ve never seen Steel Magnolias, you just might want to watch it before you check out this wedding! It will make you appreciate all the brilliant details so much more. ;) This bride was fully committed to her Steel Magnolias-inspired details, and our team nailed it. There was plenty of blush and bashful, Southern class, and even an armadillo cake… yep, we went there! And while a wedding with this theme could have been horrendous, this wedding was the complete opposite. It was romantic, elegant, and truly a fairy tale… with a side of the best movie references that any wedding has ever seen! We honestly LOVED it. (I just want to mention that this was our second bride this spring whose wedding was inspired by this movie… one of the hundreds of reasons why Barn Brides are the best!!) We had the privilege of working with Kimberly Jean Photography on this wedding, and she beautifully captured all the fun, gorgeous details!
Photographer: Kimberly Jean Photography | Venue, Coordination, Design, Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch | Videography: Greenglass Productions | Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: JCPenney | Hair and Makeup: Madeline Bradley at Urban Society Salon | Cakes: Kneading Hands Bakery | Entertainment: Brock Forness
Samantha and Tyler were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on March 30, 2019. They actually tied the knot months earlier on October 19, 2018, but their big wedding day was this spring. Their colors were blush pink and deep red, and as I mentioned, many of their details were inspired by the movie Steel Magnolias. Their wedding was romantic and elegant, with a Southern touch and a few rustic chic details! “Tyler and I both love red, but I also love the movie Steel Magnolias,” Samantha said. “I am a die hard fan, and so naturally pink and pink with Southern class and a bit of language with some armadillo cake fit perfectly.” We love it!
We always encourage our couples to work a videographer into their wedding budget! When you’ve forgotten all the little details and fun moments of your wedding day, you’ll want to be able to look back on a video and remember. Plus, a video shows all the emotions and vibes of a wedding that photos just can’t! This one by Greenglass Productions is so sweet!
Samantha’s deep red and blush pink florals were stunning, and in her words, dreamy! We used a combination of burgundy dahlias, blush pink roses, pink astible, red amaranthus, and a variety of greenery to create the most gorgeous, elegant bouquets. “They draped and flowed perfectly and coordinated wonderfully with the bridesmaids dresses,” she said.
Samantha’s bridal gown, from David’s Bridal, was a fairy tale dress! It was perfect for this romantic, Southern wedding. We loved the fuller silhouette, the sheer lace sleeves, the gorgeous train, and her veil, which had the most delicate lace details. Tyler wore jeans and a gray jacket and vest with a blush tie. The perfect combination of casual and elegance!
Samantha’s bridesmaids wore gorgeous red dresses from JCPenney. Each dress had lace detailing and perfectly coordinated with the rich shades of red in the florals! The addition of red kept the “blush and bashful” color palette from being too feminine, and we absolutely LOVED this color combination!
Samantha and Tyler chose not to do a first look before their ceremony, but they did share a few sweet moments together without actually seeing each other. While we LOVE first looks, we also think this is a really precious idea! And it makes for the sweetest photos.
Samantha and Tyler’s ceremony was elegant and romantic. The redbuds were bloomed out all around the ceremony site, which added the prettiest pop of color and some majorly dreamy springtime vibes. Their altar was STUNNING… we were crazy about the unique draping, the gorgeous blush and burgundy floral arrangement, and those hanging lanterns! So, sooo pretty. They also had floral arrangements in mason jars lining their aisle.
Their ceremony was extremely special, and one reason was because they included each of their kids. “We are a blended family and to include our children, we had a tree planting during our ceremony,” Samantha said.
Samantha and Tyler’s post-ceremony portraits are GORRRGEOUS. The Barn in spring is pure magic, plus this couple is just beautiful. These photos are too pretty!
Samantha and Tyler with all six of their kids. The sweetest family!
Samantha and Tyler’s reception was a fairy tale. Their details were rustic chic, with burlap table runners, wood details, lanterns, and more of those amazing burgundy and blush florals. Behind their adorable sweetheart table was a special detail that was one of Samantha’s favorites. “Tyler tracked down an old vintage window and we attached our engagement pictures by Ashley Lewis Paullin Photography,” she said.
Samantha said her favorite thing about getting married at The Barn was the decor! “Lesleigh did a great job of listening to what we wanted and her decor was on point,” she said. “Really the location and everything was perfect! I can't really pick one favorite detail.”
If your wedding is going to be inspired by Steel Magnolias, it’s obviously a requirement that you have an armadillo cake. Yep, it was red on the inside. ;) And would you check out those napkins! Kneading Hands Bakery blew us away with Samantha and Tyler’s THREE wedding cakes. “Tyler loves the Red Sox so his cake naturally had to be a Red Sox cake,” Samantha said. They also had a blush pink scraped cake that was just so pretty!
Oh my… this subtle detail on the bar was one of my favorite Steel Magnolias references! Hilarious.
Samantha said the most unforgettable memory from her wedding day was her first dance with Tyler. “The first dance was one of the most romantic moments of my life, under the lights and chandelier in The Barn, surrounded by family,” she said. “The way my groom looked at me... it was everything I had dreamed of. I enjoyed watching our kids dance and our parents. The Barn was just so beautiful!... magical!”
Samantha and Tyler went on a cruise to Mexico for their honeymoon! “We took a Royal Caribbean cruise from Galveston to Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico,” Samantha said. “We enjoyed seeing Mayan pyramids, relaxing and my personal favorite was seeing dolphins in the wild, jumping alongside the front of the ship. This was our first cruise experience and it was very enjoyable.”
Samantha and Tyler, we loved your amazing blush and bashful wedding! We loved planning it with you and spending this day with you two and your precious kids! We wish y’all the very best! xoxo