Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Barn Wedding

As a mom I'm truly blessed with three wonderful children.  I raised them to be adventurous, free spirits and that also means that they don't live close by.  It's hard, but I did it to my parents and know that's how we learn (and incase my kids are reading this, I did come back!).  Their friends however do come and visit me (even when the kids aren't here) and it fills my heart beyond the brim.  When I got home from the hospital last year Jackson came over and pulled weeds.  Thats the kind of person he is.  So I wanted to make this day very special for him and Moe.

 Jackson is college graduate who really had no desire to work on the family farm, but after a few years in the corporate world he realized the simple life had so much more to offer him.  His parents gave him a plot of land to farm organically and he took over the milking.  He met Melissa at college and she would make the drive from Indy every week to help pull weeds, and make pickles out of their many cucumbers!  He asked her to marry him in the middle of  the field.  Jackson and Moe (Melissa) wanted to get married in the barn (and a working barn at that, its a dairy farm with cows on the ground level).  So his parents and I made their wish come true.
They did the heard part of cleaning the barn, they actually blew out the barn for days before the set up, and brought in sweet smelling hay bales to sit on.  I pulled out every farmish item I had.  We also used antique milk pails, and buggy wheels that they had. With careful planning and the grace of God (perfect weather!) everything came together beautifully.
The ceremony was in the barn and was very small and intimate, but later in the day they had a big reception in a large white tent. Friends of his parents  cooked the chicken out behind the barn.

They were seriously the easiest couple to work with,  the only request she had was for peonies and as luck would have it they bloomed that week!  She got to the farmers market very early, and Jacksons aunt supplied the rest.  We really kept everything very simple.

Our first meeting and the barn before

Late Spring 2014
The Barn after!

We covered the bales with soft quilts and shabby chic fabric

A ladder made the perfect curtain rod and a place for the old barn pullies
to hang the pails from.

Some fun props

comfy seating

The entry

The Bride and Morrison

The groom watching a how to video 5 minutes before the wedding!

Melissa and her father


vintage table cloths were used, and vintage milk bottles and canning
jars served as vases for peonies

Jackson, Moe and  their son Morrison

I antiqued a bike for this occasion,  and used my kumfy krib for the gifts
The props before hand

The lighted bells

They even did chores that day!

and invited guests to get in on the action.  It was such a memorable  day.

My son took most of the pictures, but not this one!  He's the guy in the
Aloha shirt, he came all the way from Hawaii for this wedding.
I do rent some of the props for weddings.  Let us know what you are needing, and keep looking out for a new tab on the blog with items offered for such an occasion!

1 comment:

  1. Junk evolution, your creativity was bathed in love at every turn of this occasion and you captured the whole day so beautifully in the blog. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!