Well, I’m fresh from a barn wedding, still with the hay in my hair! Strictly speaking, it was a silver wedding – of friends of ours, Rachel and David (who got married absurdly young) and threw a big party to celebrate their 25 years together.
The thing about rustic events is that you know you’re going to have a great time. With grandeur and convention pushed aside, there is lots of room for fun! It’s about the people, not the property. The venue for Rachel and David’s party was quite literally: a barn on the edge of a farm, with the most breathtaking views over what is nicknamed ‘Golden Valley’ just outside Bath. By using such a basic venue, they were able to really use their imagination and bring their own identities to the party. There was country dancing, informal seating, exquisite flower arrangements in tin cans, an amazing barbeque, a crepe stand (chocolate and banana anyone?!), a table tennis table and the evening finished with an 80s disco!!! Total heaven!
The only down-side of barn events is that they’re so weather dependent. Rachel and David were lucky – we’re having a heat-wave here in the UK – but they have spent weeks worrying about a washout. However, I still think that with good food, live music, lots of wine and good company – even torrential rain wouldn’t have dampened the party vibe.
So thanks to Rachel and David, today I’m featuring my rustic wedding pin-board.
Modern barn decor: frostedpetticoat, cutlery in doilies: daneesey.tumblr.com, mason jar light strand: sweetteaclothingco on Etsy, rustic wildflower bouquet: blog.astunningaffair.com, wedding signs: lovemydress.net, flower wreath: stylemepretty.com, scrumptious looking wedding cake (it actually looks edible, doesn’t it?): stylemepretty.com, wildflower table arrangement: thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk, barn reception: dustjacketattic.tumblr.com, rose-covered arch: modweddings.com
And here are two of my most favouritest images from my rustic weddings pinboard:
I love this idea of getting your guests to sign a beautiful home-made quilt. It’s the modern version of a community getting together to make a quilt for a young couple’s wedding. Imagine snuggling underneath it with your new husband, feeling enveloped in the messages of love and mirth (and probably downright cheekiness) from your friends and family!
And this image above (original source unknown) is one of my favourite barn wedding photos. For me it shows what a magically warm and welcoming atmosphere can be created in a humble barn. Who needs to get married in a castle when you can get married in a barn?!
For more wedding pinspiration; rustic or otherwise, check me out on Pinterest.
To see my handmade jewellery for weddings and gifts: honeywillow.com