Samantha + Tyler's Blush & Bashful Wedding

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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Our wedding was perfect! I loved the decor, the flowers were gorgeous, and Tyler and I were able to just enjoy while Lesleigh and staff took control. It was a beautiful day! I can’t say enough about Lesleigh and her ability to ease anxiety on the big day and she just takes control while you enjoy. The staff was very polite.
— Samantha
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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!

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Samantha and Tyler with all six of their kids. The sweetest family!

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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.”

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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.

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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!”

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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

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

Kaitlyn + Michelle's Rustic-Elegant Wedding

Sometimes simple is better, and this gorgeous wedding is proof. This couple chose an understated color palette, simple details that were elegant-meets-rustic, and bouquets of greenery and baby’s breath. And it couldn’t have been more perfect! A few must-see details: wild, elegant florals, an amazing donut-topped cake, and reception details that were simple yet magical. This was our first time working with Natalie Smith Photography, and we are crazy for these pretty photos!

Photographer: Natalie Smith Photography | Venue, Coordination, Design, Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch | Hair: Haley at Capelli Salon | Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal | Cake: Kneading Hands Bakery 

Kaitlyn and Michelle were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on May 4, 2019. Their details were both elegant and rustic, with wild, organic florals and earthy colors with pops of blue. “I wanted a lot of greenery and I based my colors off of the mauve-y color being my favorite color,” Kaitlyn said.

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Kaitlyn and Michelle’s florals were wild yet elegant, with a messy, organic look. She wanted lots of greenery, and we loved all the texture of the different types of greenery in these bouquets! We added some touches of white with baby’s breath, and Kaitlyn’s bouquet included roses as well.

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We’re absolutely swooning over Kaitlyn’s timeless bridal gown from David’s Bridal! This style of dress never gets old. We loved its beautiful lace, simple silhouette and neckline, jeweled belt, and sweeping veil. We also loved Kaitlyn’s fresh-faced look and simple jewelry. This bride was just lovely! Michelle wore blue pants and a blue jacket with a mauve tie... her outfit perfectly coordinated with the couple’s color scheme! These ladies make a gorgeous couple, and they couldn’t have looked more perfect on their big day!

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Kaitlyn and Michelle’s bridesmaids also wore dresses from David’s Bridal, and we loved how their maid of honor wore a different dress than the other bridesmaids. We were totally into that shorter navy style, as well as the long, flowy mauve dresses!

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Kaitlyn and Michelle’s ceremony details were simple, elegant and rustic. Their altar had an old whiskey barrel, a burlap drape, loads of greenery, and a few touches of baby’s breath and roses. Their aisle was lined with our 1 Corinthians 13 wooden calligraphy signs. Less is more, y’all! This simple ceremony was stunning.

During their ceremony, Kaitlyn and Michelle were surrounded by their loved ones, and Kaitlyn told us the one thing she would always remember about her wedding day is “the family and friends that came.”

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After their ceremony, the newlyweds took a whole bunch of gorgeous portraits together! These photos are SO romantic and dreamy. The Barn in May is an absolute dream!

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[Our wedding] was a fairytale! Everything I hoped and more!
— Kaitlyn
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Kaitlyn and Michelle’s reception was elegant and rustic. Their reception tables included white tablecloths, burlap runners, greenery and baby’s breath in assorted vases, gorgeous rustic candlesticks, and royal blue napkins. It was so beautiful! Kaitlyn said her favorite thing about getting married at The Barn was “how everything was there ready to go!”

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We can’t stop obsessing over this cake from Kneading Hands Bakery. It had all the trendy elements - scraped frosting, a frosting drip, and greenery. And most importantly, it had donuts! The absolute best combo.

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We never get tired of a grand exit, especially when there are rose petals involved! Kaitlyn and Michelle’s exit was sweet and romantic!

When I asked Kaitlyn to let us know how we did on her wedding day and during the planning process, she simply said, “Amazingly! I’ll recommend The Barn to any couple!”

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Kaitlyn and Michelle, we’re beyond thrilled that we got to plan your gorgeous wedding with you! It was a dream! Best wishes to you both! xoxo

Michelle + Brandon's Colorful Boho-Western Elopement

This gorgeous elopement included tons of bright colors, prickly pear cactus, longhorns, and our brand new western teepee altar, so you KNOW it was right up our alley! Michelle and Brandon got hitched on a Wednesday, and it was such a perfect day! Who says you can’t get married on a weekday?! This couple was easygoing and let our team handle totally handle their details, and it all turned out spectacular. Lance and Kathryn Shingleur from Shingleur Photography photographed this wedding so perfectly… they’re always some of our favorite photographers to work with, and we were thrilled to work with them on this one!

Photographer: Shingleur Photography | Venue, Coordination, Design, Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch | Hair and Makeup: Abbey Lee at Southern Grace Salon | Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal | Cake: Kneading Hands Bakery 

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Michelle and Brandon were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on May 1, 2019. Michelle’s only requirements for her wedding day were bright colored florals, turquoise, and western-meets-bohemian vibes. “I gave Lesleigh free rein to use her creative style and she went above and beyond our expectations to fit my style perfect,” she said.

Michelle’s punchy colored florals stole our cactus-loving hearts! They were full of corals, pinks and loads of greenery. “And of course the prickly pear cactus to totally fit my style!” she said. We finished off her bridal bouquet with a turquoise ribbon and a gold cactus concho.

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Michelle’s bridal gown was from David’s Bridal and it was absolutely jaw-dropping. The all-over lace, beading, belt, and plunging back were all stunning. Michelle also wore a great pair of boots! LOVE. Her hair, makeup and jewelry were all gorgeous, and she was seriously the most beautiful bride!

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Michelle and Brandon’s ceremony details were full of bright, punchy colors, and bohemian and western inspired details. We debuted a brand new teepee shaped altar on their big day, and would you just look at it! This thing is so fun and beautiful, and it was perfect topped with a few prickly pears, bright colored florals and turquoise ribbons. We (obviously) included a cowhide rug and a steer head in their ceremony details, too.

“Lesleigh and her team did amazing incorporating all of my favorite things to make our wedding fit my style,” Michelle said. “The steer heads on my altar and cake display, the cowhide rug, and the prickly pear cacti all fit me to a T!”

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Their ceremony, which was held on the lawn in front of The Barn, was intimate and sweet. “The entire day was so special and we will always remember the intimacy of spending it with each other and our closest family,” Michelle said.

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As always, I am OBSESSED with these portraits! This couple is gorgeous, and their post-ceremony portraits are giving us ALL the feels. (If y’all think these are pretty, just stay tuned for their portraits with our longhorns at the end of this post!)

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When looking for a venue we knew we wanted a small intimate ceremony with parents and grandparents but didn’t want to deal with the stress that comes with wedding planning. We were thrilled The Barn offered an all-inclusive elopement package that fit our exact wants! Not only was it completely stress free, the venue was absolutely breathtaking!
— Michelle
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Our elopements don’t include a full-on reception, but they do include a cake cutting for our couples and their guests. And our elopement cake set-ups are always the BEST. Michelle and Brandon had a simple scraped cape topped with more of those bright colored florals, sitting atop some stacked wood discs. Their table also included rustic candlesticks, old barrels and crates, a steer head, and pops of turquoise. And that adorable mini teepee, though!

“I don't think I could pick a favorite detail,” Michelle said. “Everything was so perfect! From the amazing altar and cake display to the beautiful pictures we took with the longhorns. Every single detail was so unique and special.”

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And then after their cake cutting, something purely magical happened. These two newlyweds went out in the pasture with some of our longhorns and horses, and these photos are EVERYTHING. Major heart eyes! (Excellent job, Shingleurs! These are stunning.) Michelle said the longhorns were actually one of her very favorite things about getting married at The Barn (her #1 favorite thing was “how easy and stress free” planning her wedding was with us, she said!).

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Words alone cannot express the gratitude for everything Lesleigh and her crew did to make our wedding day perfect. It was an experience we will never forget and we will forever be grateful for the simplicity and hospitality we experienced at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch.
— Michelle
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Michelle and Brandon headed off to New Orleans to begin their Southern honeymoon! “We started our honeymoon in New Orleans for several days visiting Jackson Square, the French Quarter, swamp tours and of course eating the best Cajun food,” Michelle said. “Then we drove down the coast to Destin, Florida and relaxed on the beach for a week.” Sounds perfect!

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Michelle and Brandon, we adored EVERY detail from your wedding day! We’re so, so thankful we got to plan it with you! We wish you two the best! xoxo

Rachel + Jimmy's Woodland Bohemian Wedding

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!)

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The natural beauty The Barn brings is incredible. It was my dream to get married in the woods barefoot, and it was better than I imagined. The Barn has its own charm to it. You honestly have to see it to understand. The tall trees, the fields, the barn that’s made from reclaimed wood-its all awesome. The flowers and rustic decorations they incorporated just accentuated its beauty. Our favorite thing about getting married at The Barn was knowing they take care of everything and that, no matter what, it will be good. From the incredible southern food to the schedule, it will all be well done and taken care of.
— Rachel
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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.”

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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.”

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When people ask us how it went we usually say, ‘It was the dream,’ because it truly was everything we hoped it would be. We knew The Barn would make it that way though. Every detail we talked about and more was there. Our only regret is that we wish we had more time. People told us the day goes so fast. It did. Our wedding was fun, sentimental, and beautiful. We were fans of every single thing. We wish we could relive it!
— Rachel

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!

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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!”

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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“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