Sara and Jason's sweet country wedding was the epitime of classic, timeless romance. The historical barn, vintage Chevrolet truck, and hay bale decor were just a few touches that came together to create a step back in time. The interior of the Ferguson Barn is massive - yet the atmosphere maintained the intimate, small-town feel. There are not enough words to express our continued admiration for photographer, Rachel Pearlman - her work is truly a gift. It didn't take long for Style Me Pretty to select her images for publication (we always knew they had great taste!)
As A Garden Party delves more into full event-design, we are so happy to have Sara and Jason's wedding as a reference. After all, the wedding was right down the road in our beloved Elmer, and the couple are dear friends with Mary and Dawn. Mary was even a bridesmaid! What is especially sentimental is the way so many different friends and family members came together to help with the decor. It was truly a community effort to help put together Sara and Jason's dream wedding, and then to dance the night away together afterwards.
Take a look, below!
Sara's bridal bouquet was a sweet mix of pure white peonies, lisianthus, roses,dusty miller, and silver dollar eucalyptus. Sara's bridesmaids carried bouquets similar to the bride's, but with added feverfew.
Mary and Sara together! It is so much fun when vendors are also guests of weddings - and even more so when they are members of the bridal party!
Of course, Mary couldn't resist rocking some floral earrings - so unique!
Sara with her beautiful flowergirls, Reagan and Morgan.
We couldn't resist a floral collar! Sara's horse, Larry, is the other love of her life. A competitive horseback rider, her passion was shown in much of the wedding decor. The couple's ceremony and reception were held in this enormous barn, owned by Jason's family. We recruited Jason to build the frame for the heart wreath, which we decorated with buckets and buckets of wheat collected from his crops.
Custom chalkart with the couple's invitation logo was placed throughout the event.
Here is the section of the barn used for the ceremony, and it is absolutely stunning.
Here is the backdrop for Sara and Jason's vows. Windows were installed the week before by family friends, and there was a little alcove above them for a custom piece of grayscale artwork by A Garden Party's in-house artist. We scattered our bronze lanterns on the ground and placed glass bottles on the window sills to really fill the space.
Smilax vines dangled from this golden chandelier, and twinkling string lights brought an added level of romance to the room.
Placecards were hung beside frames sporting pictures of Sara and Jason, and articles featuring the history of the barn.
For favors, Sara and Jason provided mason jar glasses for guests to write their names on and take home. This area also served as a drink station, and had their unique "guest book," asking family and friends to write advice and place the notes in bottles that they will open at certain anniversaries. We adorned the space with wooden crates, galvanized buckets, custom chalkart, and a gorgeous hanging ladder with lanterns and floral accents.
Hay bales were pushed together and covered with quilts to create a lounge area that fit with the surrounding theme. We delved into our collection of vintage finds to find treasures, such as an old horse trophy (!) that were placed on our end tables as accents.
More smilax vines, feather willow, silver dollar eucalyptus, Queen Anne's lace, and gorgeous yellow garden roses enhanced this pretty little card table.
A look at just half of the reception space - we told you this barn was massive! Tall centerpieces were excellent statement pieces to add some warmth to the room, and paired with the draping and string lights, made for a fun and romantic welcoming for guests.
Greenery garlands ran down the length of the tables, with elevated and mercury votives scattered throughout for some extra light.
Jason gave us spare pieces of wood from the barn attic that we used to create these table numbers, outlined with horseshoes provided by Sara.
This beautiful wooden bench was decorated with a garland of smilax and eucalyptus, with peonies and lisianthus to make up a romantic sweetheart table.Jason's mom, Josie, made the wedding cake, and we must admit that she NAILED it. Beautiful layers and frosting, we give her a perfect 10! The cake topper was the appropriate final touch for this horse-lover and her farmer husband. We accented the different tiers with groups of ranunculus, thistle, wax flower and wheat.
Congratulations, friends!! So happy to have celebrated this wondeful day with you!!!