It’s no secret that the vintage charm of barn weddings continues to be popular, luring many brides through their rustic barn doors–especially here in the Midwest! While we knew we wanted to use this sought-after venue, we also desired to design a fresh, new take on the typical barn wedding by taking advantage of the current boho trend. After joining forces with Krissy Campbell of Simply Be So Events, a Northern Indiana based wedding and event planning business, it was clear that a bright, bohemian cover shoot, coupled with a woodland feel and a touch of vintage would give us the very (beautiful) edge we so envisioned!
Blissful Barn, located in Three Oaks, Michigan was the ideal rustic canvas for our shoot. Built in the mid-1800’s, it has been lovingly restored but, while fresh and updated, maintains its old mystique. “We chose this venue as it is a fairly new barn out there that would really allow us to make a statement that you can tie your Midwestern barns into the bohemian woodland feel,” Krissy says. Its tall, vaulted ceiling, aged wood, and wide, open porch set the stage for the gorgeous vignettes and provided a contrast to the bright overall palette. “This venue has the perfect mix of simplicity and charm,” explains Krissy. “The wood walls, hanging chandelier and worn red outer walls made the perfect accessories for our bohemian and colorful details.”
To truly capture the bohemian, woodland look, we set our sights on using an abundance of greenery and pops of color. Celery City’s vintage rentals did an amazing job bringing eclectic ambiance to the space using their own mismatched furniture, vintage rugs, jewel-toned dishware and colorful china. Raspberry-colored napkins from Burns Rent-Alls were an eye-catching detail used in the tablescapes while unique items such as the bright red lounge furniture, dream catcher place card holder, cozy pillows and antler details helped to embody the eclectic beauty we envisioned.
Shaya Sherwood of Crystal Springs Florist used a variety of bright florals including peonies, blue thistle, yellow craspedia, billy balls and more. Carnations took center stage in the hanging florals and décor while complementing the vibrant palette with notes of peach, red and pink. “It was simple and meshed so well with the greenery and vines used as a backdrop for the ceremony,” Krissy says. “The bride’s hanging bouquet was something completely new that Shaya and I wanted to try and reflected the ceremony backdrop as well.” Shaya added her own unique touch with an antler boutonniere, perfect for a woodland groom!
Our model wore a beautifully detailed gown from Stephenson’s of Elkhart. Its unique mix of fabric and texture created a whimsical design perfect for a bohemian bride. “We wanted plenty of detail but not a ton of lace or something overly formal,” Krissy explains. The gown’s flowing fit and hints of gold were the extra special details that left us swooning. Keeping with what you would expect from a carefree, woodland bride, Elle Salon of Michigan City designed a loose, casual braid worn to one side to keep with the relaxed, whimsical look. Various florals were weaved into the braid while a floral crown adorned the bride’s head. Elle Salon shied away from overly bold makeup as well. The neutral hues and bright lips blended seamlessly with the shoot’s colorful palette, while allowing the bride’s stunning blue eyes to pop. The look was completed with pieces from Impress Jewelry Creations.
The groom’s handsome look was also an important detail. We wanted to showcase that you can, in fact, do a tux in a barn wedding. The sharp lines and classic navy color of the Louie’s Tux Shop ensemble balanced the bright palette while adding a touch of formality.
The Cake & Desserts
Sweet Melissa Desserts created three various-sized cakes staged on an old farm tool, reminding brides you don’t have to follow a typical “tiered” style or cake display. Gold foil and florals accented the simple design. Geometric-shaped cookies and colorful mini parfaits were featured on the dessert bar and included fresh berries and edible florals.
The Stationery & Signage
Hedgehog Press carried on the bright, bohemian and woodland theme exquisitely with a simple stationery suite and signage complete with calligraphy, antlers, greenery and color. Deeper purples and golds added just the right amount of color.
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