A Backyard Barn Wedding: Emily + Brandon

I just love this beautiful backyard wedding – and a backyard with a gorgeous barn? Just perfect – and how lucky are they!? :) Emily + Brandon were married at Emily’s family home in central California. They are both laid back people and just wanted a simple, no fuss, country wedding. With lots of help from family + friends, they were able to pull of their dream wedding. Big congrats to Emily + Brandon! Thanks also to Ken Kienow for the lovely photos and be sure to check out their super sweet video by Cana Video Production.

teal strap bridal shoes

pastel yellow bouquet

navy bridemaids dresses

button fabric boutenierre

groomsmen in plaid

Love the groomsmen in their plaid shirts!

Walking down the aisle and seeing each other, communion and our first dance. All of those moments, it felt completely like it was just the two of us.

backyard wedding

Processional: “Penelope’s Theme” by Nathan Johnson from the soundtrack to The Brothers Bloom

Recessional: “Pearls on a String” by Ryan Adams

First Dance: “Lavender Morning" written by Zebedee Zaitz and played by our friends Ryan Delmore and Zebedee

wedding ceremony

bride and groom after ceremony

bridal party

bride and groom portraits

bride and groom in woods

bride and groom in field

bride and groom in field

lemonade stand at wedding

potted plants wedding

stripes tablescape

pink and lavender centerpieces

barn wedding

barn wedding

hanging hankies

bride and groom first dance

barn wedding

bride and groom exit

All of the credit for how the day looked has to go to our vendors and our families. I showed Laurel, from Adornments, a few pictures I had torn out of magazines that showed the color schemes I was interested in and the flowers I liked. Laurel and Eileen from Adornments took care of everything from there. They knew the things that we liked and the no fuss, rustic theme we wanted and they made it look so incredibly beautiful. So much credit also has to go to my parents who slaved away for 11 months, planting and watering and weed whacking and all sorts of things to make the backyard and barn look the way they did. They are amazing. We had tons of help that day from friends and family, from the coffee to the cake to the food, and we are so grateful. What really made the day was being surrounded by the love and support of our family and friends who had worked so hard with us to get us to that moment.

And I just love their wedding film by Cana Video Production!

Remember what the end goal is. It’s easy to get caught up in the planning and all the fine details, but the day is really about marrying the person that you love with all your heart. Everything else is secondary. So, amidst all the planning, make time for each other, go on dates, and enjoy being engaged. Also, quite a few former brides told me to really soak everything in the day of the wedding, and I’m so glad I took their advice. Really be present at your wedding. Listen to the words you are saying to each other in your vows, take in all the little details, and enjoy your family and friends (there is rarely a time you will ever have them all in one place again). Even if something goes wrong the day of your wedding, life is too short (and the day is too short) to worry about that. Your wedding is one of the sweetest moments in your life, so enjoy it to the fullest.

photography: Ken Kienow // venue: Bride’s parents house and family barn // event design: Adornments Flowers + the bride’s parents // day of coordinator: Brittany Pasion (ceremony) and Bryanna Baker (reception) // floral design: Adornments Flowers // wedding dress: Watters (alterations by The Fitting Image) // veil: The Fitting Image // shoes: bride: Bandolino and groom: Cole Haan // bridesmaid dresses: J Crew // hair + makeup: Kim and Co // groom suit: J Crew // cinematography: Cana Video Production // invitations: Typologie and Co. // catering: Upper Crust SLO and Dave Perozzi (family friend) // cake: Staci Lanier, family and friends // officiant: Tim Chaddick // music: AMS and friends Ryan Delmore and Zebedee Zaitz

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  1. Oh wow,what a beautiful wedding! The bride looks absolutely stunning. And the photography is simply lovely! I’m itching to shoot a wedding like this, and today’s post has only made me want to do so more. Gorgeous!!

  2. ken’s work is fantastic, the wedding is obviously super gorgeous. win win, beautiful stuff!

  3. love the styling. some of my favorite bouquets i’ve ever seen!

  4. So beautiful! I teared up during the video :’)

  5. amazing photography! love the sweet details.

  6. LOVE all those different, fun statement necklaces with the bridesmaid dresses!

  7. So many awesome portraits (oh, and details too, of course)!

  8. Oh my gosh, I love everything about this wedding! Amazing photos and stunning location. The bridal party looks awesome too! Gorgeous!

  9. Cutest. Bridal. Party.


  10. So beautiful. The video was amazing. I’m curious- what is going on during the ceremony when it is just the bride and groom sitting alone?

  11. oh goodness. this is so gorgeous. and the genuineness of the bride and groom’s love in their messages to each other in the video? just beautiful. i love it.

    and @megan- i think they were doing communion?

  12. what a sweet wedding! Loved the video and totally teared up :)

  13. Thanks, Jackie. I’ve never seen it done like that before. So sweet and intimate.

  14. I love the fabric flower boutonnieres and the plates on the wall as decor. So cute!

  15. What a gorgeous wedding! Love the wedding flowers, too!

  16. Jen this post looks amazing and thank you for the kind words! We absolutely loved working for these folks and we can’t say enough how sweet it was working with Ken. Thanks for the feature!

  17. This looks like a super fun wedding. Really love the hay thrown at the getaway car. Never seen that before– clever! And the bridesmaid bouquets are so colorful and delightful. Again, another FAB GWS feature/wedding!

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  18. Beautiful wedding!!!! I love the colors! especially the groomsmen’s plaid shirts! to cute!!!

    odd question…is one of your groomsmen John Post from Expedition impossible? he looks a lot like him!

  19. So gorgeous and beautiful details!

  20. This barn wedding is beautiful. I love, love, love the guys plaid shirts. Very unique and a big WOW for sure!

  21. Ken, your work is too good!

  22. I love those pretty flowers and it was really lovely. Great wedding, I love it especially in the wedding reception, romantics lights isn’t it ?? Congrats to the newly weds and best wishes !

  23. Those portraits in the field are amazing! So soft and romantic. I love the terrarium details, too! ANd her dress is absolutely gorgeous.

  24. Gorgeous wedding. In the close-up picture of a bridesmaid holding a bouquet, where did she get her necklace? I am trying to find a necklace similar to that for my bridesmaids. It is beautiful!

  25. Simply wonderful! Amazing job of the photographer and cameraman! I want such a fairytale wedding as well) Really got inspired! Be happy!!!

  26. Beautiful! Where did you find the bridesmaids dresses? My daughter want something simple like these for her barn wedding:)

  27. So pretty! And really looks like the couple had a great time – the most important part


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