We are loving today’s outdoor rustic barn wedding. It was a perfect summer day in rural Iowa with a beautiful octagonal barn as the backdrop. A few of our favorite things include handpicked wildflowers by the bride prior to the wedding and a pie bar that looks out of this world yummy. This wedding has so many charming details, enjoy!
We decided to get married during the summer of 2014. Even though I am from California, we wanted to get married in Iowa/Illinois because most of Curtis’ family and our close friends live here. It was easy to decide on a rustic theme for our wedding, as I grew up in a fairly rural area and we both love the outdoors. With agriculture having been a large part of my own life,
I thought it would be wonderful to find a barn at which to get married. Curtis was also excited about this idea, and we found the perfect place at the Secrest Octagonal Barn in West Liberty, Iowa.Besides being outdoors, we wanted our wedding to have an overall casual feel. Our main goal was for everyone to be able to simply relax and enjoy themselves while celebrating with us. Our Christian faith defining who we are, we also wanted the ceremony to be special with each element having a purpose, from the songs played to washing each other’s feet after our vows to remember Christ’s call to serve one another and to demonstrate the humility that will be part of our marriage.
Preparing many things ourselves made it possible to add quite a few personal elements to our wedding and include our families in the whole process of our plans. Between composing and arranging music, singing during the ceremony, designing invitations and programs – then assembling them, making the burlap decorations, signs and crates used around the wedding, arranging bouquets and assembling boutonnieres, making pies (reminiscent of the pre-Thanksgiving pie day tradition in my mom’s family), and many smaller tasks family became a huge part of making our ideas a reality for both the ceremony and the reception – we are truly humbled and thankful for all of their help!
Our flowers were particularly special. We picked the flowers for the bouquets and centerpieces two days before the wedding from Miss Effie’s Country Flowers, a local you-pick flower farm. In addition, the floral arrangement to honor those who couldn’t be at the wedding was placed in my dad’s boots. He passed away while I was in high school, and I wanted to remember him inparticular the day I got married. I also have a necklace which is an urn shaped like a boot and containing some of his ashes; this was wrapped around my bridal bouquet.
We also decided to have mason jars as drinking glasses and for guests to take home, but wanted them to be more memorable than a plain jar. So, we created a design including our names and wedding date and used a rotary tool to engrave it onto each jar.
Even our dancing was somewhat personal – we had a square dance caller come to teach & call for us instead of more traditional dances. I was part of a local square dance club in California, and Curtis got a taste of dancing while we were visiting over one summer. We thought it would be a fun, unique way to get people up and dancing.
Perhaps the best part of the entire day – besides being married of course – was seeing everything come together so perfectly and realizing how much everyone loved and supported us by putting in as much time & effort as they did to make it all happen. – Kimberly, the lovely bride
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