I’m a vintage lover, through and through. From regency era (love me some Jane Austen) to 60’s mod, I love it all! So obviously, I was obsessed with this rustic barn wedding from Jennifer Ling. The couple are Civil War reenactors, so they wanted their wedding to have an 1800’s farm feel. They even had traditional dances taught to all their guests instead of a usual dance floor! Such a unique and fun experience for guests!
The most important think for Pete and I was keeping this wedding as country/rustic as possible. I wanted some of the traditional wedding elements, but I also wanted it to feel like we “were back in time in the 1800’s” on a farm where they just “celebrated the moment” and didn’t worry so much about colors and other fancy wedding details.
My other favorite thing was our Officant who is the pastor of our church, prayed with Pete and I before the ceremony in the farm house… but in order to do this, I held Pete’s hand from behind a wall and the officant prayed with us.
I tried to create the decoration and details as if this is all I had around the farm and just put it all together. Like the blue antique mason jars and different wooden lanterns sitting on top of old barn wood on every table. I also created chalkboards to go with the rustic 1800’s feel. I wanted my dress to be the fanciest thing there and I wanted everything else to look like I gathered it and just put it together. I also wanted my guests to feel like “they were actually a part” of our celebration by making them feel comfortable and casual. There were also goats, chickens and roosters at my wedding as well!
One thing that we are very proud of is; We do Civil War Reenacting and after every event there is a main dance. So instead of having a dance floor (of traditional dancing) we had a “Civil War Dance Caller” come and teach these dances during a time at the reception. Every person got out of their chairs to participate in this and the smile of everyone’s face was priceless. Pete actual proposed to me at one of our Civil War Reenactments, so we had to incorporate something Civil War into our wedding.
The biggest thing I wanted to accomplish was making this wedding look like we were on our farm celebrating a joining moment back in time with two beautiful people with not a lot of fancy fixings!
Photography | Jennifer Ling Photography | Venue | The Glasgow Farm | Florist | Accolades Florist | Caterer | Pizza Tonight | Gown | Katherine’s Bridal Boutique | Makeup | Josie’s Faces | Groomsmen | Men’s Wearhouse | Dance Lessons | Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers | Band | Virginia Reel Band