Modern Pennsylvania Barn Wedding: Kristen + George

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We’ve all seen our fair share of barn weddings, but somehow they just never seem to get old! Even so, we completely love it when a couple pushes those standard “barn boundaries” and crafts a day that is not only super unique, but super them! Since Kristen is a talented artist (her company Rexmake specializes in graphic + event design) we’re not all that surprised that she came up with some amazing art installations for her own wedding day. She + George designed a setting where modern centerpieces, sleek ghost chairs, and touches of polished gold would play against the rustic Gettysburg barn where they held their reception. Such a fun juxtaposition. We just adore this one!

Big thanks to With Love & Embers for the beautiful photography + congrats to the newlyweds on beautiful day!

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Kristen made that gorgeous hairpiece herself!

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Processional: Bridal Party: The Ludlows – James Horner; Bride: Will Ye No Come Back Again

Recessional: Smash the Windows

First Dance: Friday I’m in Love – The Cure

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bride and groom

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bride and groom

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After the ceremony, we were able to sneak away to take a few photos in the most beautiful field with our dog. Having that time together was so special to us so that we could just laugh a take a second to slow down and enjoy the day. For that brief time, it was just us.

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bride and groom with pup

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Loving the cool paper leaf installation that Kristen made to hang from the barn’s rafters! Such a pretty, whimsical touch!

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ghost chairs

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From Kristen + George, Music is what brought us together as a couple, so it was important to have great, live music playing throughout the day. From the beautiful strings that played during our ceremony to the most amazing band that set such a fun tone for our reception; we could not have asked for a better soundtrack to the day.

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Don’t miss K + G’s fun wedding film by Birdhouse Productions!

Stay true to yourselves. With countless opinions and endless wedding ideas being thrown your way, try to do what works for you as a couple even if it’s not on-trend or someone else’s idea of what a wedding should be. We spent the entire planning process reassuring people that what we were planning would work. When the day arrived, everything came together and all of the doubts people had about things like the barn and the band faded and everyone had a great time.

photography: With Love & Embers // ceremony: Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg // reception: Gettysburg Battlefield Bed & Breakfast Gettysburg, Pennsylvania // event design + paper goods: REXMAKE // day-of coordination: DPNAK Weddings // florals: Splints & Daisies // wedding dress: Watters // hairpieces: Made by the bride // shoes: cork flats from Kate Spade + gold heels from Madewell // bridesmaid dresses: Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Lulu’s // hair: Jess Good of Downstreet Salon // makeup: Kelly Smith of Texture Salon // groom suit: Black by Vera Wang // videography: Birdhouse Productions // catering: Frontier BBQ // cake + desserts: Wells Family Baking Co. // ceremony music: Vivace Strings // reception music: The Defibulators

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist Gallerybirdhouse and With Love & Embers are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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New Pretties from BHLDN

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We can’t think of a better way to start a Thursday off then with sharing some of our favorites from the newest BHLDN collection. :) So many pretty new wedding dresses – along with some faves from their decor, shoes, jewelry and more. Oh, and there is some even better news – for today only we have a special GWS code for FREE SHIPPING on anything at BHLDN (yep, that includes wedding dresses too!). Offer valid for free standard shipping on Thursday, June 12 from midnight – 11:59pm EST at BHLDN. Excludes international orders. Use promo code: BHLDNGWSFREE

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So much more prettiness over on BHLDN :)

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Wedding Inspiration

Grand Budapest Hotel inspiration

Wes Anderson flicks always get a big thumbs up from us, and we love nothing more than when creatives take his quirky + fun aesthetic and translate it into a beautiful form of wedding inspiration! The team behind today’s styled session, led by French Knot Studios + Izzy Hudgins Photography, were inspired by Wes’ The Grand Budapest Hotel, particularly the lavender-hued facade of the hotel itself. And we just love the shoot they’ve created based on the film!

We’re loving the movie’s unique color story, which the team incorporated seamlessly throughout. Pale lavenders + pinks contrasted against navy + dark purple – complete with fun pops of cherry red – would be such a lovely and unexpected palette for a wedding!

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Grand Budapest Hotel inspiration


From French Knot StudiosWith so much of the film focusing on the grandeur of old luxe hotels, exquisite paper goods were a must. Miss Pickles Press did an exceptional job creating all the beautiful details for this shoot. From monogrammed food picks to patterned drink stirrers to a travel inspired postcard table number complete with an actual vintage door knob wired to hold it; every detail flows from one paper element to the next. My favorite, the mini lion door knocker on the reply card. 

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Pretty impressed with those super cool bouts, crafted from crystal drawer pulls, vintage European keys, and pretty sprigs + blooms.

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Grand Budapest Hotel inspiration

Grand Budapest Hotel inspiration


Tassel garlands are always a good idea!

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Grand Budapest Hotel inspiration

Grand Budapest Hotel inspiration

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Grand Budapest Hotel inspiration


Loving all the bright pops of red!

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Grand Budapest Hotel inspiration

Grand Budapest Hotel inspiration

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Grand Budapest Hotel inspiration

Grand Budapest Hotel inspiration

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Mini cakes were made in the shape of the iconic hats used throughout the film: Lobby Boy, Mendl’s Bakery, and the prison hats. Such a fun touch!

Grand Budapest Hotel inspiration

Grand Budapest Hotel inspiration

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Grand Budapest Hotel inspiration

Grand Budapest Hotel inspiration

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Such a fun shoot! Big thanks to everyone below for inspiring us today!

And if this editorial has gotten you into a Wes Anderson mood (we definitely are!) then be sure to check out this gorgeous Moonrise Kingdom styled shoot, too!

photography: Izzy Hudgins Photography // planning + design: French Knot Studios // venue: Casa Monica Hotel St. Augustine, Florida // florals: French Knot Studios // desserts: A Squad Bake Shop // paper goods: Miss Pickles Press // dresses: Claire La Faye // menswear: Banana Republic and Gap // chocolatier: Adam Turoni // make-up: Lindsey Wirht // hair: Sara Maples

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