Here's a wedding that will certainly make you stop and stare for at least a moment or two! Held this past June at The Enchanted Barn, the 100 year old Wisconsin dairy barn served as an intimate, charming venue for April and David's wedding in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. While the couple currently resides in Texas, they chose to marry in April's home state, where most of her family lives. Photos of the renovated barn were enough to convince April to book the spot before she had even seen it in person, and later earned rave reviews from her photographer, Anne of Ingman Photography, who told me that she "...was definitely giddy ALL DAY - the rolling hills, horses and different textures - everywhere I looked was amazing! I loved the light peeking through the old siding and the view from the upper level open doors was absolutely beautiful."
One of the things that I immediately noticed about this wedding was the stark contrast between the very rustic, simple barn venue to the bright pink wedding stationery, fabrics, tulle poms and paper pinwheels that decorated its interior. The wedding was full of creative DIY projects, which really added so much character to the day. The bride, April, is actually a product designer for Michael's (I know...so cool, right?!), so she took on a ton of DIY projects without abandon, recruiting some of her talented colleagues to help with the assembly of the centerpieces and such.
"Design is in the details...mismatched wine glasses, tea lights hanging from the ceiling, horses roaming...all of these things added to the formal, yet laid-back atmosphere," said April. "I had a vision for papercrafted centerpieces rather than the usual flowers. We mixed in tulle pom pom sticks and put the "bouquets" in galvanized steel buckets. I mixed in small tea light lanterns that I found at Michael's - the three colors matched the bridesmaids dresses exactly! We also made a fabric garland for the guest book table, and put together coffee and tea favors [in small burlap sacks] from a DIY lesson featured on Ruffled not too long ago." I also noticed that April included cute little number facts about love on each of the tables at her reception, including that it takes only 1/5 of a second to fall in love :) It's a totally lovable wedding that demonstrates just how personal and meaningful a bride can make her day without having a big staff and an even bigger budget to work with.
Crafty, Rustic Wedding at The Enchanted Barn - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Ingman Photography
Venue: The Enchanted Barn
Florist: The Flower Studio
Bride's Attire: Wedding dress by Oleg Cassini, veil by Lovey, necklace via Francesca's & shoes by Seychelles Footwear
Cake Topper: Shelley Brant
Invitations, ceremony programs, fabric banner, coffee and tea wedding favors, centerpieces & boutonnieres were designed by bride using materials from Michael's