Iowa Barn Wedding: Annie + Jared

Everything about this wedding is amazing. The location, the couple, the feel of the whole day. The couple put a lot of time into planning their day really be about the two of them. There are old sewing spindles, vintage books, flowers – everything was handmade by Annie or friends + family. She even made her own dress from 3 vintage dresses!!  Annie is a writer and Jared is a musician – he even wrote a song for Annie that  friends sang in the ceremony. So sweet! Now onto the photos + more details from Annie:

When we moved to Iowa from the coast we fell in love with the countryside, especially all the gorgeous old barns everywhere. We found ours by chance, and it set everything in motion. The theme emerged organically from there. We just tried to find or make things that would be at home in an old barn, but wouldn’t feel hokey. We didn’t bother with color schemes or making sure things matched, so it was easy to gather enough supplies, plus I have a thing for awesome vintage fabric and old books, so having an excuse to scour the thrift stores for these every few weeks was awesome.

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They wanted their first look to be in this beautiful field with their dog :)

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Most memorable moment of your wedding day? My father was a singer/songwriter. So although he passed away when I was twelve, I was able to walk down the aisle with my mother to one of his most beautiful recordings. The moment the first notes began to play is something I will never forget.

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Coming back down the aisle was pretty unforgettable too. I was so wrapped up in the beauty of the ceremony that I completely forgot about the sugar rice and lavender we had handed out to our guests. So when all of a sudden we started getting pelted from all directions it was such a thrill I screamed!

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I couldn’t bring myself to spend more than a hundred dollars on a wedding dress, and most of the ones I saw (in any price range) were just not my style, so I ended up I buying an ill-fitting vintage Gunne Sax dress, some lace trim from the thrift store, and two antique petticoats, and then spending a few weeks tearing everything apart and sewing it back together again. It was scary at times, but somehow it all came together the morning before the wedding. Which was a pretty lucky thing seeing as I how didn’t have a backup plan!

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They hired a square dancing band to teach everyone some moves! Fun!!

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Any advice for those planning now?
I’ve been sewing and making things since I was a little, so for me, getting the chance to create so much crafty stuff was a dream come true. That said, if that’s not your idea of a good time, don’t feel pressure to make everything yourself. If anything starts to feel like drudgery, just forget it! Wedding planning can be all-consuming enough without having to learn an entirely new skill set. (However, if you do go the home-sewn route, I’ve got two words for you: pinking shears. Because hemming 100 napkins is not for the faint of heart.)

Also, trust in your friends and family. We were absolutely blown away by how generous and helpful everyone was when it came time to put everything together. We couldn’t have done it without them.

Congrats to Annie + Jared!!

Vendors:
Venue: Secrest 1883 Octagonal Barn
Wedding Dress: Vintage Gunne Sax, redesigned by the bride
Hairpiece: The Honeycomb
Groom Suit: J Crew
Day Of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Floral Design: St. Bridget’s Flower Farm
Invitations/Paper Goods: Bride
Cake: Friend of the couple
Music: Goosetown Stringband
Catering: The Motley Cow
Photography: Jagger Photography Check out lots more from the wedding here on their blog! Jagger Photography are located in Washington and available for travel worldwide. Thanks you guys for sharing your work with us again!!

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Real Wedding: Becca + Brooks Camp Wedding

Happy Monday everyone! I’m excited to start the week off with this adorable camp wedding! I just love the idea of you and your closest friends + family having a fun weekend together at a summer camp and that is exactly what Becca + Brooks did. From the happy couple:

Brooks and I started out by asking ourselves questions about what this wedding would mean and what kind of marriage it would honor. Our community is hugely important to us, as is our commitment to finding a gentle way to live on this planet, so our goal was to find a balance with these two priorities in sight. Having the wedding at Camp Mitchell was a given, as it has been an important place in Brooks’s life and our relationship. So, from all of these inspirations, our Arkansas, thrifted, potluck, picnic, beer-in-a-canoe wedding was born!

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Most memorable moment of your wedding day? For me, it was either chopping up pounds and pounds of meat in the kitchen with some of my best friends and Feist playing in the background, or the few minutes Brooks and I spent alone on the cliff right after the service ended (exactly at sunset… so pretty, and so not even planned that way). They’re both memorable for different reasons ;)

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Any advice for those planning now? Tap into your talents. I love to sew, and my mom has a serger, so making the altar linens and bunting was a snap. The wedding really became a creative outlet for me when I needed one. Believe in what your community is capable of. My bridesmaids threw me a crafting shower in lieu of a more traditional one, and we got 200 handmade invitations knocked out in 2 hours. Also, we faced a lot of doubts about the potluck dinner, and even though not a lot of people signed up on the registry we made for it (using alternativegiftregistry.org ), it was a smashing success, and our people came through to give us the most amazing dinner (and bacon-inspired pies!).

Roll with it. When we realized how hot it would be on our wedding day, we just switched up the schedule. Dinner (in the AC) happened first, then the ceremony, and by the time the party moved outside, it was quite comfortable.


Sometimes, being a two-dress bride pays off… like when someone accidentally splashed some red wine onto my dress at dinner. I had a back-up for the ceremony!

We just moved into our first apartment, and I love having decorations from the wedding that fit our style so well that they look perfect in our home. It was also fun giving away strings of cranes and bunting (and leftover wine) to friends that helped tear down the next day.

Vendors
Venue: Camp Mitchell, Petit Jean Mountain, AR
Wedding Dress: The sleeveless dress was from casual living (my mom found it for me!). It was originally very white, so I tea-stained it, and it came out perfectly. The one with sleeves is a swimsuit cover up I got on sale at Target for $13 and added the pleated fabric to the V-neck so it wasn’t quite so cleavage-y.
Bridesmaid Dress: They all wore their own.
Hairpieces: Made by Becca
Groom Attire: Linen shirt and khaki pants from Old Navy, bowtie from Ben Silver
Floral Design: My stunning sister, Lisa Gee. She used to work in a floral shop and do fancy weddings, but now she lives in Japan.
Music: The Boomers
Catering: Self-catered and potluck. We provided the meat dishes (hamburgers, barbecue pulled venison, and blueberry steak tips) sourced from Brooks’s Uncle Bill’s small family farm, and the rest was potluck.
Photography: Katie Day Photo

Thanks so much Katie for letting me share this super sweet wedding today. Katie is located in Springfield,Missouri and available for travel worldwide. You can see even more from this wedding here on her blog. :) And best wishes to Becca + Brooks! Your wedding looked so fun and full of love.

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Friday Favors: August 20

Wedding invitations and photography

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have something fun planned for the weekend. We are off for a quick little weekend trip to San Diego – yay! I want to also welcome some of our newest sponsors.

First up is Lane Dittoe Photography. Lane is a fine art-editorial photographer and his photos are simply beautiful. The top two photos are by Lane. Lane lives in San Clemente, CA and is available for travel worldwide. Be sure to check his blog for more of his stunning work!

Lucky Luxe creates some of the most gorgeous invitations. Erin Napier is the designer behind these beauties and the talent behind those gorgeous save the date handkerchiefs – I just love that idea! Erin will work with you to create some paper pretties to help tell your story. Stop by her blog to see her latest work!

And some other fun things from around the web in case you missed them:

This ambitious girl is creating one dress a day for 365 days. WOW!

I want to stay in this magical little house

Fun pencils made of newspapers.

And the latest issue of Utterly Engaged is out!

Enjoy the weekend + see you back here on Monday.

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