With handmade and heirloom details galore, this charming real wedding at the bride’s grandfather’s barn from Lindsay Campbell Photography is one you won’t want to miss! Every detail was thoughtfully hand-crafted by friends and family or a lovely heirloom saved for this important day. I love the great-grandmother’s sewing table used to display the programs! You can really tell that love and family was at the forefront and it made this wedding all the sweeter.
I have always dreamed of getting married at my grandfather’s barn, but I did not necessarily want a country themed wedding. When describing the feel and style of my wedding, my mom, sister, and I used “rustic bohemian”. I chose mauve/blushes as my color with copper accents and all white flowers with a lot of greenery. Tyler and I also wanted our wedding to feel intimate but casual as we are both pretty relaxed and laid-back people.
My mother has collected many keepsakes from my great-grandmothers that we were able to use for decorations at the wedding. My Great-Grandma Floyd (grandfather’s mother) and great aunt made many of the doilies we used on multiple tables. Also, one of her quilts that was hand-pieced and hand-quilted by her was used on the side of the barn. The sewing table used for the programs and guest book was hers as well. My great-grandmother also had a love for flowers that she passed down to my mother and many of the flower buckets were from her. My great-grandmother Gonce’s (grandmother’s mother) gloves and pearl necklace were displayed on the guest book table. Some of my grandfather Floyd’s antique farm equipment was hung on the barn wall inside where the dance floor was. Lastly, my great-grandmother Floyd’s floral handkerchief was my something old, borrowed, and blue.
We are both extremely close to our families, and we wanted to reflect that with our decor and our ceremony. My uncle passed away at 21, before I was even born, and my grandfather began building the barn shortly after as something to keep his mind occupied while he healed. It is a place that has reminded our family to rebuild and work through difficult times which is also an idea we wanted to begin our marriage with. We displayed our families’ wedding pictures at the entrance to our venue to show the growth and love shared throughout our family. Tyler’s aunt also passed away earlier in 2016, and so I painted a sign to place in a seat for her memory. We wanted to celebrate the love we have for our family alongside celebrating the love we have for each other.
I was very anxious the morning of our wedding day because I have a fear of getting up in front of people. Having the first look and getting to spend the rest of my day with Tyler completely calmed my nerves. I also can’t brag on our photographers, Lindsay and Tyler Campbell, enough. They were so personable, humorous, and relaxed that you couldn’t help but feel at ease with them. Also, having a dash of rain for good luck made for some awesome photos and an amazingly cool day for a mid-July wedding.
The barn was built by hand by my grandfather, but even months before the wedding it was still being used for wood and hay storage. My parents, grandparents, siblings, and close friends spent multiple weeks unloading, cleaning, pulling weeds, planting grass, and packing dirt for us to be able to use the barn for a wedding. My father wired the stereo system and lighting himself as there was not any electricity originally. The floral arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnieres were made by my sister’s mother-in-law Kristy Rogers. She is absolutely amazing and does floral arrangements for a hobby. Tyler’s aunt Susan prepared the foods for the reception and does some catering on the side. My sister made the wedding cake and strawberry cake from scratch and also does that for a hobby.
My mom’s house was practically empty the day of the wedding because we hauled out all of her tables to use for serving the food, the guest book, and gifts. For the bicycle display, my mom spray painted my sister’s bike from when she was a teenager with copper paint and attached wire baskets full of flowers she planted and grew. All the potted flowers were planted and grown by her as well. She painted and distressed all the mason jars used for table centerpieces. The fabric banners were all sewn by my mother. We made the programs into fans by purchasing fan sticks online and gluing them by hand. The curtain drapes on the barn were made by my mother and sister and hung up by a small army of people. The baby’s breath wreaths hanging on the barn doors were made by hand by my mom and Kristy. The cake stands were also wooden trays made by my grandfather turned upside down.
I am simply blessed by having so many extremely creative and talented people in my life that helped make my wedding just what I visioned and completely unique.
Photography | Lindsay Campbell Photography | Venue | Family Barn | Florals | Kristy Rogers | Groom’s Cake | Blackberry Patch | Rentals | Reliable Rental | Dress | David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal and Adrianna Papell
Elegance and romance abound in this beautiful Minneapolis mansion wedding captured by Lovisa Photo. With lots of golden candlelight and lush greenery florals, Pantone’s color of the year, Greenery, shines paired with gold. From the invitations to the menus and draping florals, the wreath motif continues throughout creating an effortlessly elegant event the guests are sure to remember!
My constant goal throughout the planning process was to make our wedding an elegant affair without losing the warm air of comfort that any good party needs. I wanted people to feel they were invited to something special from the moment they received their invitation, to their first steps into the Semple Mansion. Fragrant greenery coupled with the glow of gold and copper accents and the dark wood interior of the Mansion created the perfect atmosphere, transporting our guests to another world full of incredible food, plenty of champagne, and sounds of a string quartet echoing throughout the hall.
My wonderful little sister, Theresa, surprised me at my bridal shower with the gift of a handmade veil. She knew I wanted a very simple veil and was loathe to buy one at such exorbitant prices. I was prepared to bite the bullet and buy it myself, but when Theresa told me she would make me one I was absolutely thrilled! She has always been so creative and crafty that it made complete sense that she would fashion the missing piece to my bridal ensemble.
For my something old, borrowed, and blue, I pinned my maternal grandmother’s cameo on the front of my wedding bouquet. Grandma Volpe passed away years ago, but I wish she could have seen me walk down the aisle. She was such a classic icon to me that it seemed appropriate I honor her prominently, yet simply.
As my father and I walked down the aisle, I saw Kyle had tears in his eyes. Kyle never cries. We have been together for 5 years and I have only seen him cry maybe twice, so to see him unafraid to share that raw emotion with me meant the world. During the ceremony we shared Communion, just the two of us, and had my home pastor and his wife bring us the elements and pray over us as we partook. This was particularly significant to me because we weren’t sure if he would be able to make the wedding let alone participate. Pastor Troy inspired me as I renewed my faith in Christ and he baptized me a few years earlier, so his presence was of great importance to me. That short moment is forever etched into my memory.
We received some beautiful words of encouragement from our pastor while we were in the final weeks of planning: details are forgotten, but the spirit of a wedding is not. His philosophy reshaped our entire perspective. My new goal was to ensure that our guests, and us as well, left the venue at the end of the evening feeling utterly enchanted with the entire affair. Nothing should feel panicked or rushed, even if we were behind schedule, and there should be joy in every moment. It is a wedding after all!
We also wanted our guests to feel completely pampered, like our only job for them was to enjoy the festivities. One of our biggest wedding pet-peeves we have is when guests have no idea what they are supposed to do, where to go, or when they somehow end up having to help clear tables or reset chairs. Communication is key, so Kyle and I made sure there was someone to announce location changes, friends to instruct guests where to go, and a simply jubilant MC with a booming voice. Not to mention a wedding planner that could wrangle kittens without breaking a sweat.
A favorite moment is my little brother’s toast. PJ has Down Syndrome, which makes him absolutely perfect beyond belief. He adores music and has a particular love for the cello, so instead of giving a traditional toast, PJ performed a short piece on the cello with his music teacher. He had memorized the entire thing and gave a fantastic rock-and-roll style finish that included him standing up and sawing away at the strings. Our guests gave a standing ovation with and there was hardly a dry eye in the house.
Another favorite moment was our first dance. For two months prior to the wedding, Kyle and I took dance lessons and had our teacher choreograph a number for us. Our song was Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E and the dance was lovely. The best part was that no one knew! We love surprising each other so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to surprise our guests. Well, the moment arrived and we were nervous to say the least. It was the last item on our wedding itinerary and as we glided (and in all honesty, tripped) our way through it, the stress just melted away. Our guests applauded and cheered us on, then joined us as we collectively danced the night away!
Photography | Lovisa Photo | Venue | Semple Mansion | Coordination | See Jane Plan | Florals | Sadie’s Couture Floral And Event Design | Cake | Farina | Catering | Chowgirls Killer Catering | Invitations | Champagne Press | Rentals | Linen Effects | DJ | Bellagala | Dress | Justin Alexander from Bridal Accents Couture | Hair & Makeup | Casey Pearson Artistry | Bridesmaids’ Dresses | David’s Bridal | Shoes | Badgley Mischka | Jewelry | Nadri | Ring Box | The Mrs. Box
We are ending off the week with this utterly romantic and sweet styled shoot from Lean On Me Events captured by Cotton Weddings. With a neutral color palette and charming farm setting, this shoot is everything you’ve dreamed of for an intimate family-focused wedding. This team really wanted to create a meaningful shoot that reminds couples to hand off wedding details to the pros so they can enjoy their engagement and focus on what truly matters: building a strong marriage. Pantone’s color of the year, greenery, is a shining star with the beautiful florals. I especially love the flower girl wreath! The handmade carved soap place settings are a special treat! Such a genius idea for having details do double duty as favor and place card.
Photography | Cotton Weddings | Venue | Beckendorff Farms | Planning & Design | Lean On Me Events | Florals | F. Dellit Designs | Cake & Desserts | Buttercup | Catering | Red Sage Catering | Paper Goods | A Fine Flourish | Vintage Glassware | Revisionist Events | Rentals | Ducky Bob’s Classic Rentals | Linens | House of Hough | Wooden Sign | design by Joyful Ink Calligraphy created by Post Studio Projects | Soap | made by Dirty Redhead Soap Co carved by Kustom Karvings | Bride and Bridesmaid Gowns | Brickhouse Bridal | Hair & Makeup | Butter Artistry | Hair Accessory | The Botanist Co | Rings | Olivia Ewing Jewelry | Jewelry | Kendra Scott | Men’s Stylist | Wed to White | Groomswear | Festari For Men | Models | Neal Hamil Modeling Agency