If I had to imagine what a laid-back, family-filled, summer farm wedding would be like, it would be Danielle and Mike’s. This casual but pretty-as-can-be August affair took place in a horse barn, and while it was full of mason jars and burlap, it also had it’s fair share of girly touches. With a mix of rustic and vintage pieces, the look of this day was a bit “anything goes”. But my oh my did they all work well together! My favorite elements?
- Forget the heels. Danielle and her bridesmaids stayed true to the country vibe and donned cowboy boots with their dresses. Way easier to dance in if you ask me!
- While the bouquets were bright and beautiful, the gents opted for a different kind of boutonniere – tiny galvanized milk cans with bits of burlap and twine.
- Bridal portraits that are out of this world! Danielle and Mike took advantage of the farm’s scenery and took some sweet together shots in the fields, near the barns, and even with the horses! Also, isn’t Danielle a dead ringer for Miranda Lambert?!
- Hands down the most unique mode of transportation I’ve ever seen! Sticking with the theme of the day, Danielle, Mike, and their bridal party arrived in style in an old horse trailer jazzed up with a bit of spray paint and a “Just Hitched” sign.
- A life-size cardboard cut-out of Danielle’s brother, who is stationed overseas and unable to be there for their wedding. He surprised the couple with a video message full of congratulations and I-wish-I-could-be-theres. Aaaaaand cue the tears.
- Details galore! Window pane signs, doilies, raffia, wildflowers, hay bails, ribbon garland, vintage handkerchiefs and china, needlework pillows, gingham, frayed fabric, lace, wagon wheels, horseshoes, chicken wire, reclaimed wood, clothes pins…the list goes on and on. And my detail-loving heart adores each and every one of them!
Breanne of BNK Photography snapped all of the shots of the day. And boy are they pretty ones! To all the ballroom brides out there, eat your hearts out.
From the photographer…
Describe the wedding. The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Rustic, Jack Daniels, country, and vintage, all rolled into one
What inspired the vision?
Danielle and Mike went for a country/rustic theme for everything, from the barn (which is literally a real barn used to exercise horses) to the decor, and even right down to the way they rode into the reception. They made this day exactly how they wanted it to be, and all of the details were beautifully laid out. We stopped at Danielle’s childhood home to photograph the bridal party, which fit in so well with their plans of how they wanted their day to go.
Danielle is also a fan of Jack Daniels, which played a small theme in the wedding. As if you couldn’t tell by the handle she carried around 🙂
What made the wedding unique?
The most surprising and fun detail was the way they got around from the ceremony to the reception. They had a horse trailer attached to a truck and the whole bridal party sat inside. It was unique and down-right awesome!
What was your favorite moment of the day?
Without a doubt, the most emotional point in the day was when Mike’s brother, who is deployed overseas, sent them a video wishing them well and letting them know how much he wished he was there. Danielle and Mike made a life-size cardboard cut-out of him and were carrying it around during the night. It was a very touching moment for everyone who was there to witness it.
Bride’s Dress: Carlisle’s of Pittsburgh | Bride’s Jewelry: Jared | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bridal Beginning | Cake: Carol’s Cakes | Caterer: Beyond Parsley Catering | DJ: Drew Howard & Don Howard | Flowers: Bate’s Flower Shop | Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse | Photographer: BNK Photography with second shooter Gabrielle Halle Photography | Reception Venue: Millennium Stables