Handmade Vintage Barn Wedding: Paige + Geoff

Graff Barn wedding

There’s nothing quite like a good barn wedding, and as soon as we laid eyes on Paige + Geoff’s handmade, vintage-inspired celebration, we knew you guys would love it. These two went the extra mile to ensure their day was as personal as it could be and took a fun, creative approach to planning their I Dos. They planted a tree together during the ceremony, shared poems and songs they love during the reception, and drove off at the end of the night in Geoff’s classic car. In between, all the little details like the groomsmen’s ties (which were hand-knit by Paige), their unique polaroid transfer Save the Date, and the hand-drawn signage + paper goods were all fun representations of the two of them + their beautiful life together!

From the Bride, We  wanted our wedding to immediately reflect who we are and what we believe, we both think outside of the box and like to do things our own way instead of doing things just because tradition say so. Geoff and I thought through each step of the traditional wedding process and decided if we wanted to stay traditional or do our own thing. Quite a few of the detail touches to the wedding were courtesy of many trips to the flea market and estate sales. We thought about what we wanted for the decor and then figured out a way to create it. We found wooden sewing spools, made a stand to put in the spool and used them for the seating assignments. We wanted to do as much as we could by ourselves. For example, my maid of honor and I love to crochet, we decided to crochet each of the ties for the groomsmen.

Thanks so much to Josh Gruetzmacher for sharing these lovely photos of Paige + Geoff’s wedding with us and big congrats to the happy couple!

photo invitation

vintage inspired invitation

bride

bridesmaids in skirts

The bridesmaid skirts were handmade by a friend of the couple + paired with simple lace tops from Free People. Such a sweet look for a laid back barn wedding!

bridesmaids in skirts

bridesmaids in skirts

lace bouquet

bridesmaids in maxi skirts

BHLDN bride

miner inspired groom

personalized knife

groomsmen

And how great do Geoff + the groomsmen look?! We’re pretty into all of the wedding party fashion (and the decor) from P + G’s awesome, rustic shindig! Check out the fun shopping guide we’ve created to help you get the look if you love it, too!

vintage boutonniere

vintage boutonnieres

bride and groom before ceremony

vintage ceremony jugs

garland aisle runner

Our Musical Choices

Processional: The wedding party walked down to Ashokan Farewell played by a brass trio and violin (all close friends)

Recessional: Shenandoah – Tom Waits (sung by the wedding party)

First Dance: Love – George Burns + Floyd Huddleston

graff barn ceremony

graff barn ceremony

graff barn ceremony

graff barn ceremony

potting a plant

graff barn ceremony

graff barn ceremony

graff barn ceremony

graff barn wedding

wedding party

bride and groom

bride and groom

Neither Geoff or I like champagne but we still wanted to have a time for toasts, Geoff is a bread baker so we decided to have “toast” for toasts!

bread

vintage handkerchief display

spool place cards

graff barn reception

bunting

vintage vases

vintage bottles

leather pouch

vintage plates

The reception barn + tent were decorated with lovely + quintessential vintage barn decor. The tablescapes featured vintage lace linens, found handkerchief runners, and antique ribbon spools, books + floral vessels. Such a pretty look!

leather pouch

table names

bread bar

vintage teacups

breaking bread

first dance

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

At the very end of the reception right before we were going to leave in our get away car, Geoff and I had everyone leave the barn and we had one dance all by ourselves with the barn door shut. This was the only time Geoff and I had by ourselves through the entire wedding day and it was such a perfect way to end it!

first dance

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Think through the entire wedding and decide what YOU want to do, don't do things that you are not interested in and try to personalize it the best you can, in the end the personal touches will be the best memories.

photography: Josh Gruetzmacher // venue: Graf Family Barn Oxnard, California // event design: Bride and Groom // florals + flower crown: La Fleur Du Jour // wedding dress: BHLDN // shoes: Frye flats // bridesmaid dresses: skirts hand made by a friend, tops are Free People // groom + groomsmen shirts: LL Bean // paper goods: Bride and Groom // “toast” bread: Genuine Bread Co. // music: DJ Persian Housecat

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