Every detail of Julie and Steve’s wedding was so thoughtfully prepared, from the handmade felt and lace bunting to the super deluxe “men’s room” out in the cornfield. Lily and I were so lucky to be there for the week before the wedding, and it was such a blast to watch that big ol’ barn become the loveliest reception hall I’d ever seen.
One of my favorite parts was the beautiful photo wall they built to honor past and present generations of both families. And I was so touched to have our wedding picture included.
Here are Julie and her aunt working on the wall:
And some of Julie’s relatives (aren’t these old photos amazing?):
Each table had a handmade burlap and lace runner with blue mason jars and vintage milk jars stuffed with flowers grown by the groom’s mother. Little jelly jars sat alongside, lit with tea lights.
Steve’s 13-year-old cousin illustrated handmade chalkboard tags on each mason jar.
The chandeliers were made from PVC pipes and holiday icicle lights. Large embroidery hoops stretched with lace hung inside each one. Aren’t they beautiful? They really warmed up the space and created perfect light for the night-time party. Here’s Lily and one of her new pals, Noah, cruising around the dance floor:
And here’s the famous men’s room! Steve carved out a perfectly square nook in his cornfield, built a trough from scratch, and even constructed a rather elaborate “plumbing” system to take care of the mess. Brilliant, no?
Lily LOVED playing on the farm. From climbing the giant dirt pile to chasing sheep, she was one tuckered girl at the end of each day. I had to put my foot down at the reception when she asked to climb the dirt pile in her pretty white dress.
Steve is a volunteer fire chief, so the bridal party got to ride from wedding to reception on an antique fire engine. Coolest thing ever.
The wedding was small, but the party afterward was huge. Here we are decorating nearly 500 cupcakes. I may or may not have eaten frosting straight from the bag.
Julie’s mom hand-painted signs to help guide the crowd. These, by the silo, were my favorite:
Seriously. This is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Still with me? Yay. Wedding day photos are coming next …