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This Indiana Barn Wedding shot by Taylor Whitham Photography is filled with so many cute handmade details. The bride’s father provided the wine for the wedding made from his vineyard, which was a big hit. We’re loving all the pretty details like the lanterns and fairy lights, and the hanging mason jars over the bridal table.

Photographer: Taylor Whitham Photography | Hair: Annie Drake | Floral Designer: Kathy’s Kloset of Flowers | Dress Store: Blushing Bride | Cake Designer: Parcha Sweets | DJ: Trent Dean Entertainment | Venue: Mustard Seed Gardens, Noblesville, IN | Makeup: Erica Foit | Officiant: Dow Boyer

From their Photographer: Amanda and Dustin were married this April on a brisk Saturday afternoon. Amanda made or ordered from small handmade vendors a lot of the adorable details to make her wedding day special. This wedding was styled beautifully and fit the rustic barn venue perfectly. Her father made homemade wine from his vineyard for the occasion and the consensus was it was absolutely delicious and unique! The homemade wine was labeled with some of the couple’s favorite engagement photos. What a perfect day for a perfect couple.

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This adventurous couple met in the 7th grade, started dating after a waterfall jumping invite, and have travelled all over the world, living in tents in National Parks, working on organic farms in Europe, and eventually getting engaged in Spain. They planned their wedding mostly from an internet cafe in Ecuador. Their handmade wedding was done with the help of friends and family and truly reflects who they are. We’re loving the bride’s Ivy & Aster gown (bought from Preowned Wedding Gowns) and the dried flowers that hung in their ceremony space.

Photographer: Beth with Jen Yuson Photography | Dress: Anemone by Ivy & Aster from | Shoes: Jezebel by Chelsea Crew | Bridesmaid Dresses: assorted | Men’s ties: Tiebar | Groom’s suit: J. Crew’s Ludlow in grey Irish Linen | Venue: Yesterday Spaces, Leicester, NC | Cake: Buffet (wanted the vegans and glucose intolerant to have dessert too). They were homemade by my aunt, cousins, family friends, and my mom. (The center Applestack Cake is my grandmother’s recipe. It’s pretty famous at potlucks in the Smoky Mountains. My mom baked the cake because my grandmother was in the hospital (she’s all better now). She had to run back and forth to the hospital letting my granny taste the sauce to get it right! Her recipes are in pinches and tastes not written on cards) | Cake Topper: Handmade by Mother of the Bride | Catering: Luella’s BBQ, Asheville, NC (had great vegetarian options!) | Invites &Programs: Marcus designed the invitations in photoshop using a watercolor of the Great Smoky Mountains and a field of poppies that my grandmother painted. Bride wrote out the program on a chalkboard made by bride’s dad | Bouquets and boutonnieres : Judy Garry at Your Vase or Mine | Centerpieces and other decorative pieces: From family’s and neighbor’s gardens arranged by bride’s aunt, mother, cousins | Music: Bluegrass! Family friends, Marc Pruett (currently playing banjo for Balsam Range), his wife, Anita, and two others. They made playing our wedding their gift to us. Anita baked a cake too! | Officiant: Long-time friend, Andrew Crosson | Favors: made by Groom’s sister | Hair & Makeup: Beauty Parade, Asheville, NC

Processional: Canon in D Major- Pachebel
Recessional: The Four Seasons Autumn I Allegro- Vivaldi

From the Bride: Here’s our “about bride/groom” and “how we met” that we wrote for our wedding website ( Marcus wrote about me and I wrote about him:

The Bride: Rachel is a bonafide Appalachian girl with a heart of gold. She is the sweetest lady that I will ever meet, and I’ve known that for some time now, so it’s time to tie the knot. Rachel is a certified scholar, wears cowgirl boots like it’s her job, and runs like the wind. A skilled cook that (almost) always makes healthy choices, Rachel is a connoisseur of the finer things in life (especially quality dark chocolate), including but not limited to a good rioja, a malty amber, the nooks and crannies, and a dericious stir fry. She is full of adventure, which suits my personality well, and is always willing to try something fun and new, even if it’s dangerous or challenging, which is the only kind of woman I want by my side. Rachel is the most caring, considerate, and bodacious babe on the planet and I’m proud to make her mine. She’s much smarter than me, which often leads to my downfall but also ensures that I’m always with a wise companion. I’m proud of her ambition, envious of her good looks, and excited to get the chance to call her family my own.

The Groom: Marcus has climbed the highest peaks in Wales, England, Ireland, Germany, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and possibly others. It’s tough to keep up with this wanderin’ man. He was born in a log cabin on a mountain in Fairview, which seems just right. He’s six feet tall and can grow a pretty sweet beard when he’s motivated. He’s never been lost, really. He enjoys bluegrass; the music that is. He rarely bluffs when playing poker and has enviable pool and wii skills. A couple of years ago he was the smartest guy at ASU and would be again if he ever went back. His favorite color is green to match his thumb, love of nature, and eyes (depending on the day). He’s funny, interesting, witty, and wise and knows all the best riddles and puns. He’s brilliant and an amazing teacher, especially when it comes to energy, mountains, and trees. He’s pretty much the most awesome person you could ever hope to meet.

How we met: We met at A.C. Reynolds Middle School many years ago in one Academically Gifted program or another.

The story of how we got together is much cooler:
Rachel moved to Boone, where Marcus lived. Marcus said, “Hey Rachel, when you come to Boone, wanna go swimmin’?”
Rachel said, “Swimmin’!? Sure!”
Marcus said, “Actually it’s not exactly just swimmin’. There’s some jumpin off waterfalls too.”
Rachel said, “Hot diggity dog!”

And from that moment forward, every day has just been gettin better and better.

We’re adventurous wanderers. Our first place was a tent! One summer we drove across the US, visiting 14 national parks, camping all along the way. We moved to Wales and worked on an organic farm in Ireland for a bit then moved to Denmark. A lot of the wedding planning took place in an Internet café in Ecuador (a 45 minute hike and 15 minute hitchhike away from our house in the cloud forest).

Can you tell us more about the style of your wedding?
Simple and Authentic. Homemade and on a budget!

Can you share something we wouldn’t know from looking at your photos?
My mom was amazing! She was so helpful, a truly calming presence, and she made/decorated pretty much everything, including the 125 cloth napkins.

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Laura and Matthew are a fun, adventurous, and creative couple who really let their personalities shine through in their wedding. They mixed their two backgrounds (Polish and Czech) and hometowns (Texas and Connecticut) and had a Texas style game night and lobster bake at their barn wedding in the bride’s hometown. That long description doesn’t even being to share all of the personalization they added to their big day. Read on for the fun facts of their day like how their siblings were a “Man of Honor” and “Best Lady” and how a generous neighbor who’s known for his Christmas display supplied all lights for the barn — and so much more! This wedding really defines what we mean when we encourage couples to plan a wedding based on who you are and not the latest trends.

Photographer: Katie Hartig Images (a dear friend of the Bride’s) | Venue: Powder Mill Barn: Enfield, CT | Dress: BCBG | Shoes: Tahari | “Best woman” dress: Alice + Olivia | Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse (*Groom’s look is a derivative of Wyatt Earp’s style as depicted in the movie “Tombstone”) | Cake: Dunkin’ Donuts “cake” designed and assembled by Bride’s father and stepmom | Cake Topper: Michael’s Crafts | Catering: Game Night: We did our own food. Wedding: Lobster bake by Swanson’s Fish Market in Fairfield, Ct. | Invites & Programs: DIY | Flowers: Sam’s Club | Music: DIY (playlists)

Matthew’s oldest brother played “Blackbird” by The Beatles on acoustic guitar when Laura walked down the aisle.
First Dance: “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke.
Father-daughter Dance: “Moonlight in Vermont” by Frank Sinatra, a favorite of Laura’s late paternal grandparents.
Brother-sister Dance: Matthew’s mother couldn’t attend, so he had a brother-sister dance with his oldest sister; they chose “Stand By Me” by John Lennon.

Can you tell us a little more about the style of your wedding?
• We like to call it “rustic eclectic.”
• We wanted the whole wedding weekend to feel like a modern-day barn-raising. It did!
• It was a DIY, ad hoc, joyful chaos. Loved ones congregated to our venue all weekend to cook, string lights, iron table clothes, move benches, decorate the wedding cake, weed-whack, you name it. (And when we called it a night, everyone helped break down the barn, including our 13-year-old nephew, who mopped the floor.)


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We figured we’d embrace the snow we’re getting today with this wintery wedding inspiration shoot set in Vermont. We’re loving the bride’s cozy yet stunning look that compliments the snowy setting. Who doesn’t love soft cashmere and warm fur boleros? The colors and textures of this shoot are so inviting and the scene is perfection for those who dream of a romantic winter wedding. Read on after the jump for more from the talented team that created this shoot and the yummy recipe for Milk Punch.

Photographer: Carla Ten Eyck | Floral Designer: Datura: A Modern Garden | Invitation Designer: Coral Pheasant | Dress: The White Dress by The Shore | Cake: But a Dream Custom Cakes | Makeup Artist: d.d. Nickel Makeup Studio | Sweater: Elisabeth Hunter Cashmere |
Headband: Maria Elena | Tulle Skirt: The White Dress by the shore | Statement Necklace: Ivy and Aster | Shirt: J.Crew | Bow Tie: Brooks Brothers
Lake Look | Sweater: Elisabeth Hunter Cashmere | Tulle Skirt and Fur: The White Dress by the shore | Brooch and Earrings: Maria Elena | Tuexdo: Valentino Tailors
Grafton Village look | Gown: Amy Kuschel | Fur: The White Dress by the shore | Earrings: The Something Old Collection | Gloves: The Bridal Dresser | Suit: Vintage, Provided by stylist

From the Photographer: As far as we are concerned, there is nothing more romantic than a winter wedding! And being New Englanders, there is no better place for one than Vermont. This styled shoot encompassed all of the best parts of winter- cozy fabrics, interesting textures, fluffy white snow, comforting treats and warm snuggles. (more…)