Sunflower Wedding at The White Barn: Reina & Kyle

This colorful sunflower wedding is all things bright, charming, and fun!  Reina and Kyle were married on a beautiful summer day at The White Barn in an affair that was family-gathering-meets-barn-elegance-meets-wedding-details-perfection.  Taking inspiration from the bride's favorite flower (that Kyle even incorporated into his proposal), Reina and Kyle's big day featured a palette of gold and cool blue, accented with the other colors of the season – pink, orange, purple, and even taupe.  Watercolor invitations, a pond-side ceremony, gorgeous florals, and metallic laser cut table numbers were just a few noteworthy details, but here is what I loved the best:

  • DIY wooden signs.  The bride and her maid of honor rolled up their sleeves, poured some wine, and bonded over crafting all of the wedding signage.  From cutting, sanding, staining, to lettering, the process ended in beautiful results!
  • A birthday surprise.  The couple got married on Kyle's birthday!  To celebrate both occasions, Reina and their guests offered him a birthday ice cream cone complete with a candle and serenade.
  • A New Mexican wedding tradition.  Family and friends danced to “La Marcha”, a train-style dance that incorporates heritage and family.

Captured by All Heart Photo & Video, this feature has easily become one of my favorites!  I'm certain it will be one of yours too!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

Kyle and I met during our first year of pharmacy school.  We ended up together after I needed a “plus-one” to a mutual friend’s wedding – but I made it very clear that we were just going as friends.  He played it cool and it eventually became a joke between us.  We started spending more time together, and he finally asked me on our first “not date” – and the rest is history!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?

We knew for a while that we wanted to get married.  He made it official on our two-year dating anniversary.  While I was out for the day, he filled my apartment with candles and sunflowers (my favorite flower).  When I got home, he surprised me by playing and singing a song he had taught himself on the guitar.  Toward the end, the lyrics say, “You’re the girl of my dreams, darling please wear this ring” and he got down on one knee.  Needless to say, that song became our first dance at our wedding!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.

We had two wishes for our wedding that helped guide our planning – first, that it would be one big party, and second, to transform the barn space into an elegant wedding while still keeping that relaxed feel.  For the design, I wanted to accent the natural, rustic look of the barn with shades of blue, my favorite color.  I also wanted to incorporate sunflowers that Kyle used when he proposed.  Our amazing florist created bouquets and centerpieces with a loose, colorful vibe that fit my personality to a T.

What inspired your vision?

From the wedding planner…Reina and Kyle's wedding palette was inspired by the groom's sunflower proposal and their love of the color blue.  Sunflower gold took center stage, popping against cool blue linens and accented with bright summer flowers.  Shades of blue were brought in further with watercolor calligraphy on the invitations, bridal party attire, and even a temporary “something blue” tattoo that read “Okay, let's do this!”.

What made your wedding unique?

My best friend (who also was my matron of honor) helped me create all the signage for the wedding.  We did everything from scratch – cut, sanded, and stained the wood boards, and designed, printed, and applied the vinyl text and icons onto the boards.  It took a lot longer than we anticipated, but we absolutely loved the end result, and I will never forget the hours we spent at her kitchen island, drinking wine and working on those signs!  I even had a temporary tattoo that says “Okay let’s do this” for a fun and unique something blue.

What was your favorite moment of the day?

Our wedding day also happened to fall on Kyle’s birthday (he’ll never forget our anniversary, right?), so we surprised him with a birthday candle on an ice cream cone and sang happy birthday to him during the reception.  During the reception, we danced to “La Marcha,” a New Mexican and family wedding tradition of love and support for the newlyweds.  It’s a train-style dance that winds all around the venue and ends up with all of the guests dancing in a circle around the bride and groom.  All of our guests joined in and everyone loved it – we had so much fun!

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Justin Alexander | Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal | Cake: Kaleido Kone Creamery | Caterer: Medure's Catering | Ceremony Location: The White Barn | DJ: Redford Wedding Entertainment | Flowers: The Farmer's Daughter | Hair: Bridal Art by Marissa Julin | Lighting: Gray Phoenix | Linens: Lendable Linens | Makeup: Bridal Art by Marissa Julin | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photography: All Heart Photo & Video | Reception Venue: The White Barn | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Minted & Evolutionare | Transportation: Venus Limo | Wedding Planner: Soiree by Souleret | Wooden Signs: Handmade by the bride and maid of honor!

Photography: All Heart Photo & Video | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Wedding Planner: Soiree by Souleret

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