A Homespun Missouri Farm Wedding: Loren + Levi

I’m so in love with today’s sweet homespun wedding. Loren + Levi were married at the Weston Red Barn Farm in Weston, Missouri. The wedding was put together beautifully with lots of help from family + friends. A bit into their day from the lovely couple, “We wanted everyone who came to our wedding to feel welcomed in to the beautiful, and even playful, story of our relationship with God and each other. For our ceremony, this meant writing our own vows which we gave in a meadow inside of a roof-less, wall-less (but with doors and windows!) chapel lovingly built by the groomsmen and ushers. For our reception, it meant a bunch of whimsical details: trivia questions to find your table number, mason jar seating cards for catching fireflies, kombucha on tap, a bon fire with s’mores, cookies (baked by a bridesmaid!)-and-milk for favors. We also focused on local items to celebrate the city where we fell in love.” So precious! Big thanks to Ashley + Jeremy of The Parsons for the gorgeous photos.

farm wedding

bride with flower halo

Loren’s wedding dress was custom made by Janay A. Handmade from eco-friendly hemp silk, featuring vinatge lace and doilies, some of which were heirlooms from both Loren and Levi’s families. Her gorgeous hairpiece is by one of my favorites, Lo Boheme.

eco-friendly-wedding-dress

bride and groom getting ready for wedding

groom getting ready for wedding

barn wedding

backyard wedding chalkboard

What a lovely ceremony location – I just love that it really does seem like an outdoor church. :)

outdoor ceremony barn

What song did you walk down the aisle to? You Have Ravished My Heart by Brian Johnson, sung by Levi’s dear friend and groomsman Keter True

Your exit song? Joyful, Joyful, an old hymn updated and made fun and funky by Laura Hackett on IHOP’s Joy CD

band playing at wedding

bride and groom smiling

outdoor wedding ceremony

Most memorable moment of your wedding day? It’s a tie between 1) the kiss, which was our FIRST kiss…enough said; and 2) we were kind of surprised by this, but our first dance. Our friends, Keter and Lael, performed the song we had asked them to and then surprised us with a beautiful medley, weaving in the song Loren had just walked down the aisle to. At that moment, it felt like it was just the two of us, and the intensity of what had just happened an hour before when we vowed to love each other forever was heavy upon us. We finished with teary eyes, ready to start the celebration!

outdoor wedding ceremony

celebrating after wedding

Love them celebrating right after the ceremony!

wildflower bouquet

celebrating after wedding

wedding party in a field

Loren and her friends put together all the bouquets and centerpieces with locally-grown flowers from Pendleton’s Country Market in Lawrence, Kansas.

wedding flower centerpieces in wooden box

vintage napkins for wedding table

catching fireflies jar

rustic wedding cake

wedding toast with chocolate milk

dancing under the twinkling lights

dancing under the twinkling lights

Any advice for those planning now? First, remember that a wedding is primarily about a marriage, the official beginning of learning to love someone for a lifetime. Second, have fun with the details, but when it comes down to the few days around the wedding, don’t hold onto them too tightly. We had lots of details planned, some of which worked out, some of which didn’t, but when we had little hiccups we didn’t let it bother us too much. And, remember that the wedding is mostly about you and your beloved…in the midst of it all, fight for whatever it takes for your hearts to feel present and aware of what you’re stepping into on that day.

We also wanted to say that The Parsons are amazing, amazing people…it was more like having dear friends there with us on the day of than just photographers.

Congrats to Loren + Levi! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful day with us. And be sure to check out their wedding on The Parsons blog – lots more photos there!

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photography: The Parsons // venue: Weston Red Barn Farm in Weston, MO – a beautiful, educational farm run by the sweetest couple // wedding dress: custom made by Janay A. Handmade // hairpiece: Lo Boheme // bridesmaid dresses: Kay Em Kay on Etsy, who also made the groomsmen’s ties // hair + makeup: Eric Hagen (310-435-4317, erichagen@me.com) – hugely talented friend and groomsman // groom suit: Brooks Brothers, with vest (and also groomsmen’s vests) from Ranunculus Market on Etsy // cinematography: Ben Edwards – another talented friend // invitations+ paper goods: letterpress by the bride (little sparrow press), type-writing by the groom // catering: Olive Events - yummy!! // cake: Classic Cakes // music: amazing friends and groomsmen :) plus Lynn Nelson (ldycaller@yahoo.com) was our square-dance caller, and everyone loved square dancing! hardly anybody, including us, knew how to square dance before, but she had us all do-si-do-ing and having a great time within a few minutes. such a fun alternative to the typical dj

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Comments

  1. This is simply divine! DIVINE!!! Gorgeous photography. The cake is absolutely, beautifully unique! Love!!

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  2. Do you know where that “don’t give up” poster is from in the second to last image?

  3. Absolutely LOVE this!!1 Amazing image coping and composition of the photographer and beautiful wedding of cause. Great job!

  4. Wow. There is SO MUCH that I love about this wedding. First of all, the bride looks like an angel with the little halo in her hair. And I’m also really IN LOVE with the groom’s outfit! The gray is really nice (sending the link to my fiance right away so he can check it out). And in addition to the “inside-out” cake (not sure if that’s what it’s actually called), I’m also in love with the vintage details (hankies, china, etc.) I wrote a post yesterday about collecting vintage items including hankies and bottles for a wedding and just thought I’d share: http://jenniferanneking.blogspot.com/2011/08/sweet-vintage-its-all-in-details.html

  5. Carla van der westhuizen on:

    This is breathtaking! Wish there were more photos! love it when you can see the chemistry between a couple! This was such a treat!

  6. WOW!! I am lovin’ the bride’s beautiful headpiece… and that ceremony set up is soooo charming! Actually, everything is charming. From the hankies to the cake… everthing is super lovely!!

  7. love this. so many perfect ideas for a wedding in here. the night photographs are fantastic!

  8. Such a whimsical feel to these pictures. im in love with their “outdoor church”.

  9. Carla – Make sure you check the photographer’s blog – so many more photos there! :) http://wearethebloggers.com/?p=3113

    Thanks everyone!

  10. Heck YESSS! This is lovely..and I can’t believe I found another couple that waited for their first kiss until the altar!

    I am not alone! :) Although it makes for a great story and I love how people’s jaws drop when I tell them hahahaha!

    Really gorgeous..and that headpiece is amazing. :)

  11. this wedding is stunning! i love the cake and bride’s headpiece especially.

    first kiss, first kiss, i cant get over it! simply shocked!

  12. i love this! her dress and headband thing are beautiful and the idea of the outside church is so cute and i love the barn with the lights where the reception was. so homey and so adorable :)

  13. How sweet. I love barn weddings and this is one of the best evar.

    Can I get a heck yes to Jen’s description of “kombucha on tap.”
    OMG.

  14. their ceremony set up is too cute. and love love the first kiss!

  15. hey! This is where *I* got married too!!! The Red Barn Farm is such a great location, and the owners are wonderful to work with.

    It’s interesting to see a wedding in the same place as mine that has so many similar elements, but yet is so different

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/schwambell/sets/72157622491158277/

  16. Wow, those last few night images are stunning!

  17. The photos are gorgeous! It’s a beautiful and romantic wedding.

  18. I love the head piece. So delicate:)

  19. Awesome!!! Love that it was their first kiss, too. SO romantic!!

  20. Great Photographs. The last one is most beautiful. looking gorgeous as princess.

  21. This is one of the best farm wedding I have ever seen. The place was awesome, very private exclusively for the whole family. Also The smile of the bride, its priceless.

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