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Barn Weddings: Heather & Joe | The Corner Barn, CA

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{Featured in Vol. 28}



Photographer: Johnstone Studios Photography

DJ:All About the Music//Floral Designer:Beautiful Flower//Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN//Equipment Rentals: DISHgrace Party Rentals//Ring Designer: Gold Bloom//Event Planner: Joy Simplified Mountain Weddings//Caterer: Longboards Bar and Grill//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Men’s Wearhouse//Shoes:Michael Kors//Invitation Designer: Pretty Little Paper Company//Lighting: Quesenberry Designs//Hair Stylist: Tease Hair Salon//Event Venue:The Corner Barn//Dress Designer:Trish Lee//Submitted via Two Bright Lights



What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding? Joe is a team roper, so we had a cowboy and cowgirl wood cutout custom made for the wedding (where guests could have fun and put their faces in the holes and take pictures). We had “Joe & Heather” and “Mr. & Mrs. Belli” Share-A-Coke bottles. And we had “J&H” suckers custom made. I felt like all of these customized touches added to the day and really were perfect!

What is the most memorable moment of your day? The entire day was magical, start to finish, and I literally wouldn’t change a single thing. I think that when my dad got up and spoke, however, I felt so genuinely grateful, that in a day of absolutely amazing memories, it may just be the most ‘memorable’ part of the day for me.

We had a destination wedding, and most of our guests traveled 5+ hours from home to be there with us for the weekend. And also,  most of the guests I didn’t know very well yet (as ¾ of them were from my husbands side). When we made the decision to get married away from home, in Graeagle, and knew we were going to be asking all of our guests to travel, I felt it was a lot to ask of people, and I was nervous. At the same time though, I was excited. I so desperately wanted everyone to love Graeagle as much as I do, but I didn’t know if people would “get it”. It really meant the world to me that my Dad took it upon himself to stand up and share the importance of the location, and the story behind it. All of our guests had been commenting the entire wedding weekend about how beautiful the destination (Graeagle) was, but they also questioned why we wanted to get married there, and why we would go to the effort of leaving our beautiful home town, to get married in Graeagle. Though it was very emotional for him to share the story, he was able to do it in such a way that brought all of us together.

Though we lost my Mom in 2009, the whole reason our wedding was in Graeagle was because of her and her family. My Dad shared the story of how my Mom was a little girl when her dad (my Grandfather) discovered Graeagle by accident, when he and his young family got caught off-guard by a snowstorm while camping. He bought a little A-frame cabin there shortly after, (which is still in our family). I vacationed there over summer vacations as a little girl with my grandmother and great-aunt and cousins. And all of my major memories as a little girl were from there. It really just meant the world to me that my Dad was able to let our guests know just how special and meaningful it was that they would go to the effort to be with us so we could be married in Graeagle. It was as if this magical wedding weekend all fell into place when he was able to “share our story” with our guests.

Did you have a theme? What were your wedding colors? Our theme was “whimsical/rustic/western/carnival/happy”. There wasn’t a single theme that met everything I was going for with the design and vibe, so “whimsical/rustic/western/carnival/happy” is the best I can do to describe it. We definitely didn’t have a single color that we went with for the wedding, but used all the colors of gerbera daisies… more specifically, orange, red, yellow, white, and pink. I called our wedding color “happy colors”.

What was your favorite detail? I literally loved everything about the day, and every detail of it. If I had to choose though, I would probably have to say that it was the tables, and even more specifically the whimsical napkins that we chose for the day. They tables were absolutely stunning. We had wood tables and chairs with simple, white  place settings. The fun napkins of various colors/patterns randomly placed at each seat, I absolutely loved. The flowers as centerpieces were perfect, and our J&H lollipops in the center of each plate were a special, personalized touch. (Our fun, happy, whimsical lighting comes in a very close second for favorite detail).

What advice or what have you learned that can you pass along to other brides. Have fun! The day is such an important part of our lives, yet it goes by in the blink of an eye. Work with competent people you trust when planning so that you don’t take on too much stress.. Have faith in their opinions, and faith that all will work out. I had such an amazing time at our wedding that when I woke up the morning after, the first thing I thought was that I wished I could do it over again. There were a couple of hiccups that happened the day of our wedding, but I had no idea about them until weeks later, and in all honesty, they didn’t dampen the beauty of the day at all. Bottom line advice would be to be ‘in the moment’ and cherish every single second of the day.


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