Rustic Pennsylvania Barn Wedding: Veronica + Justin

Barn Wedding

When asked about their inspiration for their wedding day, Veronica + Justin gave us an answer that we just loved. Veronica said, When we started planning our wedding, we realized we had a big opportunity to share what was important to us and in our lives with the people we love most. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and Justin grew up in Rhode Island. However, we met and started our life together in Chester County, Pennsylvania. We LOVE the rolling hills, the rustic stone barns, and small family owned farms that surround us. We really wanted our family members and friends from our hometowns to experience a little slice of our everyday life. When we found the Rodale Institute , a beautiful, experimental organic farm, we knew right away that this was the perfect place to host our guests. Everything stemmed from there.

Since they had a lot of ideas of their own + designed most of their day with the help of friends + family, it was key to team up with a creative who could help execute their vision. We Are Wildflowers did so beautifully, mixing Veronica + Justin’s thoughtfully sourced + handmade decor with her beautiful florals to create the ultimate “garden fairytale” setting. And everyone’s hard work was captured perfectly to cherish for years to come in the photos by With Love and Embers.

hand piece

Barn Wedding

Isn’t Veronica the most gorgeous bride?! She wore a custom Watters gown – the Farah’s top paired with the Jacinda’s skirt – a stunning statement bracelet, and lace-up boots by Jeffery Campbell from Free People.

bow tie groom

Custom Watters Gown

Custom Watters Gown

Custom Watters Gown

Custom Watters Gown

Custom Watters Gown

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

We love all of the whimsical touches these two incorporated into the setting. Veronica says, We are pretty easy going people and we really wanted the day to be comfortable and relaxed. We stressed comfy shoes to our guests (I wore boots myself), and because we both have worked a lot in the wedding industry (I do wedding flowers, and Justin is a photographer) we wanted to get away from the rigidity of traditional weddings.

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Veronica: One of my favorite parts of the day was taking some alone time with Justin right after the ceremony. We decided not to do a first look, so it was really important that we took a moment to soak in the vows we just made, and to take a relaxing breath together.

Justin: I agree. As a photographer who does a lot of weddings, these days most people opt for a first look. It may make things easier from the photographer’s stand point, but I think it takes away some of the magic and the high you get to share with your new wife, right after your ceremony. I loved that alone time.

Another great moment that sticks with me was during our reception. We are not jewish, but I do shoot Jewish weddings from time to time. After watching couples do the Hora, I always tell my shooting partner Sasha that it looks like the best time ever! So during our reception, Sasha leans over to me and asks, “Wanna do the Hora?” I immediately said yes, and we were swept up onto chairs by all of our friends. I have never seen so many smiles. While we were up on the chairs and holding on for dear life, a friend of mine yells “ JUST LET GO!” I proceeded to let go and at that moment I had this really freeing moment. It’s still so vivid in my mind.

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Custom Watters Gown

Custom Watters Gown

Custom Watters Gown

Barn Wedding

vintage crates

favors

love sign bar

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

On the reception design, Veronica shares, My girlfriends and I hand painted the terra-cotta pots we used for table decorations. Our friend chopped up a bunch of old wood from his yard that we used as pedestals. Since we couldn’t find table runners we loved, we ordered fabric and cut them ourselves. I used extra lace I ordered from my wedding dress. Since it was spring, the color palette we chose was bright spring greens with hints of pastels and bright pops of color. We added lots of glass details and fairy lights to give it that ethereal feel.

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Processional: Wedding Party: I’ll Be Seeing You – Billie Holiday; Bride: La Vie En Rose – Louis Armstrong

Recessional: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship

First Dance: Be Here Now – Ray LaMontagne

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

Barn Wedding

First, sign up for pre-marital counseling! You won’t regret it! When I first mentioned the idea to Justin, he wasn’t totally into the idea, and yet, it became one of his favorite parts of the planning process. You might be thinking, “Why do I need pre-marital counseling right now? If we had any problems, we wouldn’t be getting married!” We didn’t think it was possible, but we learned so much about each other that we didn’t fully understand before. You learn things like your communication styles and how to assertively talk to each other. We also took this time to craft a ceremony that was unique and extremely special to us.

Second, you probably hear it a lot nowadays: “be present” as much as possible. It’s one thing to say it, and other is to do it. Get in the habit of practicing mindfulness now, such as yoga and/or meditation. This won’t just help your planning process to be less stressful, but it will help your life to be less stressful. It was also important to me to incorporate mindfulness into our day, so our officiant lead a morning yoga class for immediate family and my close girlfriends.

Third, know that a DIY wedding can be extremely stressful and time consuming, and it’s not always the cheaper alternative. If you decide to go this route, it can be really rewarding and one of a kind, but be prepared for unexpected costs, and a lot more time than you originally anticipate. This also goes hand in hand with #2. I can’t stress it enough!

photography: With Love and Embers // venue: Rodale Institute Kutztown, Pennsylvania // event design: The bride + We Are Wildflowers // event planning: Liz Clark // florals + hairpieces: We Are Wildflowers // wedding dress: Custom Watters gown; Farah top and Jacinda skirt // shoes: Jeffery Campbell ’s Joe Lace Up Boot in light grey from Free People // hair: Dustin Fischer of Emily Alice Salon // makeup: Laura Kopaczewski of MAC Cosmetics // groom’s suit: J. Crew // paper goods: DIY // catering: 14 Acre Farm  // cake: The Master’s Baker // desserts: Homemade by Justin’s Aunt Jeanie // rentals: Maggpie // officiant: Dawn Smelser // music: We made our own playlists for the ceremony and cocktail hour. Reception was Dan Fisher of Love City DJs

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryWith Love & Embers is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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Autumn Gondola Elopement Inspiration

Gondola Elopement

The story behind today’s gorgeous editorial is totally relatable and endearingly sweet. Not long ago when photographer, Jaimee Morse, was engaged herself + planning her wedding, she would often comment to her fiancé that she wished they could just elope. She says, But what I knew of “eloping” was normal clothes, in the courthouse, no beauty, and no wedding feeling, so he and I chose a traditional wedding ceremony and reception. However, now being in the wedding business for awhile I’ve seen how there are many different ways to celebrate two people in love. So, I teamed up with many great Twin Cities vendors (Whimsy Events & Design ,Melanie RiversHAUS Salon + Broders’ Cucina Italiana to name a few) to develop this “Wedding for Two” idea, where the bride and groom would wear beautiful clothes, have perfect florals, and had an unforgettable romantic experience together – a ride in a gondola down the St. Croix river!

Fall Bride

mustard jacket

open back dress

Gondola Elopement

braided crown

Gondola Elopement

Gondola Elopement

Fall is such a cozy time of year to tie the knot! We love that super sweet shot above!

Gondola Elopement

Gondola Elopement

Gondola Elopement

Minneapolis couples who love this idea, check out the gondola hire company, Gondola Romantica, to recreate this romantic adventure! If eloping on the water just isn’t for you, we love the idea of taking a sweet gondola ride together to celebrate an anniversary, special occasion or even just to have a (really amazing) date night!

Gondola Elopement

Gondola Elopement

Gondola Elopement

Gondola Elopement

Gondola Elopement

Gondola Elopement

Wasn’t that gorgeous?! We’d love to hear in the comments section below if this is something you could see yourselves doing! We think it’s such a sweet, intimate way to elope!

photography: Jaimee Morse // florals + event design: Whimsy Events & Design // indoor location: Summit Inn // gondola location: Gondola Romantica // dress: Katie May from A and Be Bridal Shop // lingerie: Flirt Boutique // shoes: Frye // accessories: Parallel Pulse // groom’s attire: J.Crew // makeup: Melanie Rivers // hair: HAUS Salon // catering: Broders’ Cucina Italiana

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Romantic Bohemian Colorado Wedding: Amy + Will

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

If you love flowers + sweet, pastel hues, today’s Colorado farm wedding, captured by Laura Murray Photography will win you over big time! Amy + Will wanted their wedding to be a laid-back and fun experience for their friends and family…and they wanted it to reflect their affinity towards all things bohemian, whimsical + romantic. They worked with the talented Jessica from A Vintage Affair to bring their aesthetic + ideas to life and chose a beautiful (and enviable) pastel color palette of peaches, pinks, creams, dusty blues, and sage greens that we know you’re going to love!

Probably the most stand-out detail is the floral design by Bare Root Flora. Dreamy blooms were practically dripping from every vignette, and even Amy was decked out in posies! We love her wild + gorgeous bouquet and that she paired her lovely lace Yolan Cris dress with a peach + ivory flower crown.

floral invitation

rings

mrs ring box

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

Amy’s romantic bouquet featured garden roses, astilbe, dusty miller, peonies and eucalyptus.

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

first look

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

Yolan Cris Dress

What a beautiful setting for a beautiful bride! Amy tells us, We both work long hours and have very hectic schedules in NYC, so we wanted our Colorado wedding to be in an open, relaxed and beautiful setting. The moment we visited Crooked Willow Farms we knew it would be the perfect backdrop for us. Once we had decided on the venue, I was really inspired by combining the rustic barn setting with fun boho and vintage touches.

flower crown

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

Steal this perfectly mismatched bridal party’s look in our shopping guide below!

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pastel bouquets

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

chalkboard signage

flower girls

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

rainy ceremony

The downpour in the middle of our ceremony LOL. It rained off and on all afternoon and we started feeling light raindrops as we were lined up to start the ceremony. I'll never forget walking down the aisle with my mom and seeing our guests holding all these white umbrellas (which my husband was smart enough to buy 2 days before the wedding!). We made it through about 10 minutes of the ceremony before it started to really rain – enough that we had to stop the ceremony and huddle under the arch while the bridal party held up umbrellas for us and got completely soaked themselves. We decided to let the storm pass and the rain finally subsided after a few minutes so we were able to continue on with the ceremony. I had been so worried about it raining but it actually turned into such a beautiful, unforgettable moment. I was so happy that all of our family and friends were so accommodating and waited it out with us. And as the ceremony came to a close the sun came out and the rest of the evening was gorgeous!

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

origami escort cards

tipi

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

bud vases

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

Jessica from A Vintage Affair says, The table numbers were hand drawn flowers, inspired by the actual flowers used at the wedding, painted by the remarkable Lana’s Shop. So detailed and realistic were the illustrations they created the perfect accent to the tables and the flowers themselves. The tables were also decorated with macaroon favors placed on vintage mismatched plates.

macrame chair decor

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

cake table

Aren’t these pink cakes by Intricate Icings the sweetest?!

floral cakes

Pastel Boho Colorado Wedding

See more in the gorgeous film by Eric Hires below!

Most of our vendors ended up knowing each other - which actually made things run really smoothly. This is something I never would have thought about when starting the planning process but it worked out really well for us.

Also, make sure to involve your groom in the planning process. We went to a number of vendor meetings where people were surprised that my fiancé had come with me. I love that he was so involved because it made the day even more special knowing that we'd planned together.

photography: Laura Murray Photography // venue: Crooked Willow Farms Larkspur, Colorado // event design + planning: A Vintage Affair // florals: Bare Root Flora // wedding dress: Yolan Cris // wedding dress boutique: Emma & Grace // veil: Claire Pettibone // shoes: Emmy London // bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo “Aidan” // hair: Brandy Carstenson Studio at Sola Salons // makeup: Salon Plume // groom suit: Ralph Lauren Black Label // videography: Eric Hires // invitations: Lucky Luxe // signs + table numbers: Lana’s Shop // catering: Biscuits & Berries // cake: Intricate Icings // rentals: Event RentsHouse of YonderLa Tavola // officiant: Ceremonies with Lisa // music: Erin Newton from Colorado HarpistCaribou Mountain Collective // lighting: Lighting & Design by Scott

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