Gorgeous Ojai Valley Inn Barn Wedding by sun-dance photography

Today’s wedding is such a beautiful, romantic, chic affair that takes your typical rustic “barn wedding” to a whole new level. I’m talking a swoon-worthy dress. Drop dead gorgeous bride. Dreamy images by sun-dance photography and a pretty pastel palette. All set against an awesome red barn backdrop at Ojai Valley Inn. Fascinated?  No problem. You can see every last love-filled moment right here.

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Photographer:  sun-dance photography // Reception Venue: Ojai Valley Inn // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Pretty Pastel Rustic Chic Wedding by TréCreative Film & Photo

TréCreative Film & Photo has not only magically captured all the crazy gorgeous details of this Californian wedding and the stunning romantic setting of the Patrick Ranch Museum in Chico, but also the abundance of love it emulates right through their lens. This rustic chic affair is the epitome of that combo with a feminine pastel palette, swoon-worthy bouquets and the down-to-earth charm of a barn wedding.  It’s so goddamn pretty we  literally want to print out the pics and display them in our office . Yep, it’s just the kind of wedding that reminds us why we love what we do.

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From the photographer

The whole morning before seeing each other at the first look, Corina was so calm! She was completely relaxed and definitely had that beautiful bride’s radiance. She got ready with her closest family and friends and that made the morning that much more special. Upon seeing each other at the first look, both Corina & Jason cried tears of joy and were eagerly ready to say “I do”. Their wedding was a culmination of Jason and Corina’s stylish elements mixed with the rustic feel that Patrick Ranch has to offer. Nearly all of the couple’s guests traveled to be with these two. Family and friends are important to them, and they spent a good portion of cocktail hour mingling and making sure everyone knew how grateful they were for their guests traveling to celebrate with them. Jason and Corina are a perfect pair and it was such a joy to photograph them on their special day!!

 

Photographer:  TréCreative Film&Photo // Event Coordinator: Chico Event Specialists // Caterer: Bacio Catering // DJ: Brandon Entertainment // Floral Designer:  Cambray Rose Florist // Ceremony Location: Patrick Ranch Museum // Reception Location: Patrick Ranch Museum // Cinema and Video: TréCreative // Cake Designer: Upper Crust Bakery // Hair Stylist:Vida Salon // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

La Massaria At Bella Vista Wedding by Ashley Gerrity Photography

This wedding is all about joy – and what is more perfect than the sunflower to represent joy at your wedding! With the gorgeous La Massaria at Bella Vista as their venue, warm rustic undertones and plenty of happy pops of yellow, you want to join right in with the celebrations. And when you have happy snaps captured by Ashley Gerrity Photography, you can bet your bottom dollar those wedding-bells are brought to life in the form of beautifully photographed pictures. 

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Photographer:  Ashley Gerrity Photography // Event Venue: La Massaria at Bella Vista // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Lake Michigan Bluff Wedding by Color Splash Studio

We’re delighted to share with a delightfully laid back and rustic inspired wedding on the bluff of Lake Michigan. The neutral toned bridesmaids and beautiful white bouquets are to-die-for and I’m loving the bride’s simple elegant style. And speaking of simplistic, the quintessential log cabin and natural beauty of the beach add the final touches to make this gorgeous celebration from Color Splash Studio a total charmer.

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Photographer:  Color Splash Studio / Ceremony Location:Harrington Property / Photo Booth Equipment: MI Photobooth / Floral Designer: Modern Day Floral / Musicians: The Sprague Brothers / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Rustic Chic Wedding in Uptown New York

Today’s wedding is bonafide bliss. It’s a rustic chic wedding so that probably goes without saying…one part rustic, one part total elegance. But then, it also happens to be uptown New York. Now, I’m sure New York City has a million cool spots to tie the knot in. But this one – the Midtown Loft & Terrace – well, let’s just say it’s a rooftop venue that is one to covet that’s for sure! The wonderful Lasting Memories Photography sent it over, knowing that the vintage details alone would make us squeal with delight! Settle in folks and enjoy all the pretty New York details…
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From the Photographer:

Jane and Brendan looked at over 50 wedding venues before they discovered that no package wedding would do for them. Both designers by trade they knew that a blank canvas was the only way they could create their dream day. Fortunately, Midtown Loft & Terrace provided them with this blank canvas. The venue is ideally located in Midtown Manhattan, which allowed their guests coming from all over the globe to make a weekend of it in the big apple. Keeping within a budget and controlling design elements was very important to them and they made the decision to hand make many of these elements themselves. 

Thematically they wanted to combine their love of the rustic outdoors of upstate New York and his love of vintage grand prix racing. Choosing coral and turquoise as their colors, and burlap and kraft as textures and paper, gave them the necessary colors and looks associated with a summer, rustic wedding. They wanted the evening to be farmhouse chic, right in the heart of New York. Several custom burlap pillows decorated the furniture in order to bring some of that rustic appeal into the space. Jane and Brendan designed and printed their kraft paper invitations, sealing each one with a wax seal. When unfolded it read as if were and old time advertisement for a Broadway show. Programs doubled as fans were also designed and printed by the couple. Additional printed pieces that were also created by the couple were the seating cards and menus, which were also done on kraft paper to match many of the other printed pieces that were made. One of the bridesmaids illustrated the wedding book/poster that all the guests then stamped with their fingers and signed. A close friend of the couple performed the ceremony on the rooftop. Cocktails and passed hors d’ouvres followed on the roof as the sun set over the Hudson. Time to dine and dance in the loft.

The couples opted for rectangular wooded farm tables laid out in long rows to give the feeling of eating at an outdoor picnic table. No table linens were used exposing the natural texture of the tables. They were dressed up using a burlap runners on top of which the coral colored centerpieces sat in galvanized tins. Candles adorn the tables along with bottles of wine, which had been labeled over with various grand prix track labels and vintage race numbers to act as table numbers. The stemware was simple but had the necessary pop, as they were turquoise. Mason jars dressed up with hand made straws each decorated with a little flag served as water glasses. 

The gift table was made to look like a flea market. To hold the wedding cards a custom box was made by the groom to look like an old leather trunk complete with travel stickers. The desert table held miniature pies set upon a tiered birch bark holder provided by their florist. A custom made pie topper, ordered by the bride to surprise the groom, was displayed. It was created by an Etsy artist to look like the bride and groom on their wedding, but with a bit of a racing twist. After dinner and dancing, guests were invited to pick up their favors. Custom boxes were made by the groom to hold lottery tickets with a sticker on the outside reading, “Lucky in Love”

Finally, for those who had not danced enough another small after party on the rooftop completed the evening allowing guests to wind down while enjoying the fantastic views of Midtown Manhattan at night.

Photography: Lasting Memories Photography / Wedding Venue: Midtown Loft & Terrace / Catering: Park Avenue Catering / Event Co-ordinator, Flowers & Decor: Nancy Swiezy Events / Music: Scratch DJs / Rentals: Broadway Famous / Wedding Gown: Lazaro / Bride’s Shoes: Alexander McQueen / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Red Lodge Montana Wedding by Kat Skye Photography

In Montana, you’ll find a small mountain town called Red Lodge … known for its winter months of snowboarding and skiing. But as you’ll from these gorgeous pics, it really is the perfect location for a pretty rustic wedding!  We’re delighted to share with you this gorgeous DIY country affair by Kat Skye Photography … 

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From the photographer: The bride, Nikki is a Montana girl, so it goes without saying cowgirl boots are her staple accessory. She also took her lovely bridesmaids shopping for boots to pair with their blue mismatched dresses. There were plenty of handmade details including the groomsmen’s boutonnieres made from flowers and fishing wire; the reception tables decorated by the bride’s mum; plus the very delicious smoked ribs cooked by friends. Despite the rain, it was a beautiful ceremony and once the rain passed the afternoon lighting for the reception was perfect. It was a great down to earth rustic Montana wedding with lots of comforting food and beer to satisfy. Ultimately, a day of love and celebration of their new life as a married couple!

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From the bride: Barrett and I knew each other for a year before dating. One weekend after a tournament he got my number and started to text me (real sly). He asked me to coffee and 3 weeks later we were officially dating. We dated for 2.5 years before we got married and in those two years we quickly became best friends. We love being active and spending time with each other, and we don’t go a day with out laughing… rarely even an hour. Being married has bring its challenges and hard times, but nothing that will overshadow the joy that we bring to each other’s lives.

 

Photographer: Kat Skye Photography / Caterer:  Top Notch Catering / Dress Store:  Marcella’s BridalDJ:  Travis Kemp / Tuxedo and Men’s Attire:  Joseph A BanksEvent Venue:  Wildflower Gardens / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding by Neil Redfern Photography

I’m practically drooling over the cheese wedding cake in this delightful UK wedding. It looks so inviting and delicious, I might just have to pop over to the deli this afternoon and grab a bite of gourmet brie to indulge myself. Then again, the cheese stack is not the only delight in this sweet wedding held at the lovely Sandhold Oak Barn in Chesire. It’s full of homemade sweets, vintage inspired mismatched centrepieces, and an ice-cream van! Just a whole bunch of prettiness and delicious all round really! Brought to us by Neil Redfern Photography all the way from the UK, it’s the perfect little sunny soiree to get you through your day!

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From the photographer: Photographing the wedding of my personal friends is such a privilege, it just takes the enjoyment of a job which I already love to an even more enjoyable level – and so it was when I photographed the friends of my very good friends Natalie & Jack at the beautiful Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire, England on one of the warmest days of the year so far – the sun was shining all day! 

I used to work with Jack and mainly through of shared passion for the odd drink, we became really good friends. Seeing him so happy on his wedding day was just brilliant:-) Jack had every reason to be happy, he was marrying the beautiful Natalie (how amazing does Natalie look?!) in front of all their family and friends at one of Cheshire’s best wedding venues on what must have been the hottest day of the year! Not a bad day then. Natalie and Jack had the perfect day and I couldn’t have been happier for them both. Natalie had planned everything to the smallest detail and the day literally couldn’t have gone any better. I was just pleased to be able to photograph it for them both.

 

Photography: Neil Redfern Photography / Event Venue: Sandhole Oak Barn / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Rustic California Orchard Wedding by Megan Clouse Photography

It seems like we have puppies on the brain at Love Wed Bliss. The bulldog breed of puppy to be precise. This is the second feature this week where an adorable bulldog has come close to stealing the limelight from Mum and Dad – and we think it’s oh-so-terribly cute! I’d like you to meet Gibson everyone (earlier this week we met Cowboy), and his gorgeous parents Megan and Robert. They tied the knot at a beautiful California orchard and wait till you see all the lovely rustic details (captured beautifully by Megan Clouse Photography, I might add!). With quaint antiques borrowed from family and friends, pops of yellow and lilac, and pretty outdoor tablescapes, their whole wedding day is perfectly sweet and incredibly charming. And if you happen to be wondering where the bridal party is? Well… there isn’t one! Who needs a bridal party when you can have your bulldog bestie Gibson instead! 

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Photography: Megan Clouse Photography / Floral Designer: Dragonfly Floral / Cake Designer: Patisserie Angelica / DJ:  The Tune Doctor  / Officiant: Natural State Events / Event Venue: Dawn Ranch / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

County Line Orchard Wedding by Jordan Quinn Photography

This Indiana wedding at County Line Orchard is the epitome of casual elegance. Relaxed, charming and breathtaking, it incorporates everything from handmade trail mix favors to gorgeous diy rustic decorations to a fun tractor ride and my favorite moment – the stunning pics on the covered bridge! (I seriously had a Bridges Over Madison County moment when I saw those). Beautifully captured by Jordan Quinn Photography and totally planned by the bride AND groom, it’s the ultimate handmade, brimming with down-to-earth goodness, stylish soiree!

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Details from the Bride: 
Wedding Vision

From the beginning, Chad and I were aiming for a wedding that was intimate, unique, vintage, warm, and really something that highlighted our own tastes. Our ceremony was very small, simple and intimate with our friend playing guitar for the ceremony. Not very traditional, but it so intimate and so us. 

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Bridal Style

My wedding gown was ‘White’ by Vera Wang, which I purchased from Davids Bridal. I wore simple gold shoes from Macy’s and a plain pearl necklace.

Color Palette & Flowers

Our color palette included a pale teal, burgundy (this was really only in the flowers and they ended up being more of a fuchsia color), white and gold. The flowers were peonies and hydrangeas. The peonies were supposed to be burgundy but ended up being fuchsia because of crazy weather we had this spring. 

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Bridesmaids

The bridesmaids’s dresses were from JCrew in a shade called Dusty Shale, which was the “teal” color we were going for. I would highly recommend JCrew! The girls just ordered over the phone and they shipped straight to their homes. No-one needed to get alterations. It was the easiest thing during the planning, and the dresses looked amazing on all of the girls. 

Groomsmen

The groom and groomsmen purchased their suits from Mens Warehouse. They were a three piece suit in a light charcoal grey color. I loved the three piece suit with the vest because it looked nice and offered a more fitted look. Later in the night, when the guys took their suit jackets off, they still looked nice. 

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Wedding Reception

We didn’t like the traditional wedding venues with mirrored walls, gold light fixtures, and floral carpet. We wanted something that would be fun and inviting for us and our guests. We chose County Line Orchard in Horbart IN for our venue. The hand crafted cedar barn was very warm and rustic with a touch of elegance which perfectly matched our style and taste. Also, we could decorate the barn as much, or as little as we wanted. It didn’t need a ton of glam to be beautiful.  

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Wedding Favors

For a snack between the church and the reception, we handmade trail mix favors in burlap bags with felt ‘peony-style’ flowers on the front. Chad and I came up with the mixture of White chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, pretzels, craisins, pretzels, peanuts, and cashews. The bags turned out amazing. We also we had water bottles with customized labels. In addition, we offered guests freshly made and packaged apple cinnamon donuts from the orchard. These were to die for and were a major hit with everyone. A good reason for anyone to visit the orchard.

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Decorations & DIY Details

They were very simple – lots of white, burlap, and natural colors – nothing too fancy. We did a lot of DIY projects and incorporated a lot of borrowed ideas. My father made a sign for the reception from an old wood pallet. We did our seating arrangements on old window panes. Adding the string globes to the ceiling was a great touch to the ambiance in the barn. All our centerpieces were DIY. The photo frames were from IKEA and we just painted and distressed them a bit. The wood cuts we sourced from a big storm. We went out through the neighborhood with a chainsaw looking for down trees and walked away with the best pieces. All of the projects really made planning a great time and people really enjoyed being able to be a part of it.

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Wedding Cake

The wedding cake was made by Jill and Jacqueline Zientara – vanilla cake with fresh strawberry filing and a butter cream frosting. They mocked the bouquet’s by adding edible peonies and hydrangeas to the cake. It was gorgeous and delicious!

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What was the size & budget of your wedding?

We had 150 people. Our budget went up and down, but the final cost ended up at about $21,000.

What made your wedding unique?

Chad and I planned our wedding together. It was an amazing experience and we were able to learn a lot about each other through the whole process. It made us a lot closer and gave us ownership over the whole day. We felt so proud of ourselves that we were able to accomplish something so big together.

What did you find challenging?

We were planning the wedding while being long distance, so planning meetings and finding the time to fit everything in got complicated quick. We became very reliant on a calendar, and learned a lot about planning.

What were your favorite moments?

There were plenty of awesome moments during the day. The most memorable moment was seeing Chad for the first time. The whole morning had been rainy and cloudy, and I was bummed that we wouldn’t be able to see each other for the first time outside. However, Jordan encouraged us to still do it outside. As soon as we got there the sun started to break out of the clouds, lighting up the exact spot we were in. It was amazing. They placed me in a wooded area they had found right outside the church and had me close my eyes while they brought Chad out with a blind fold on. When they told me to open my eyes his back was to me. As soon and I grabbed his back he turned and threw his arms around me, kissing me and telling me how beautiful I looked. He even took my arms and had me do a turn so he could see the whole dress with the most sincere grin/smile on his face. That was the absolute, most beautiful I have ever felt in my entire life, and he was the most handsome groom I had ever seen.

Any advice for Bride’s & Groom’s planning now?

Plan it together!  Most men are probably not that into doing the crafts and paying attention to the small details about the wedding, but it is an awesome experience. You learn so much about each other through all of the decision making and bouncing different ideas off each other.  I was so thankful to have Chad there to help me with all kinds of things like the seating chart and the timeline.  Planning it on our own gave us ownership over the day. When the day came, and we were able to see how everything came together, we were able to look at each other and say we did this!  It made us so proud and thankful that we accomplished something so great and so ‘us.’  Seeing and hearing the compliments from our guests was satisfying, but ultimately it was about what we set out to accomplish for our big day.  We wanted to make it genuine, intimate, and true to who we are as a couple.  It will forever be a day that we cherish.

Thank you Melissa for sharing with us all your lovely details. Congratulations on creating such a personalized and beautiful wedding day!

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Photography: Jordan Quinn Photography / Makeup Artist:  Makeup by Krissy V / Event Venue:  County Line Orchard / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Arkansas Barn Wedding by Melissa McCrotty Photography

I’m smitten with this Arkansas barn wedding. It’s picked me up and taken my breath away like one love-sick school girl. I love how every last rustic detail is full of whimsy and style. I love the blue vintage pickup truck that totally rocks the photos. I love that it’s held in an AH-mazing barn lit up like fairyland and looking so chic. I adore the sweet bird nest theme and the blue egg favors featured throughout the reception tables, the amazing five tiered cake with it’s twig decorations, and the absolutely gorgeous bride with a vintage-inspired lace train which looks superb. I don’t think there’s one little element I don’t love. Sad news is, I’ll have to come to terms with sharing my new found love, cos I know all the rustic-loving brides out there are going to be head-over-heels for it too!Barn Wedding Arkansas

 

 

Photography: Melissa McCrotty Photography / Event Planner:  Weddings by Karie / Floral Designer:  Jules Design / Cake Designer:  Rick’s Bakery / Event Venue:  Pratt Place Barn / Submitted via Two Bright Lights