Featured Wedding

Barn Weddings: Jennifer & Jacob | Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard, MN

Share on Facebook0Tweet about this on Twitter0Pin on Pinterest1Share on Google+0Share on Tumblr0Share on LinkedIn0Print this page

special feature  “Minnesota Bound”

{Featured in Vol. 28}

Photographer: Eric Vest Photography, Inc.

Caterer:Black Cat Natural Foods//Floral Designer:Christina Marie Events & Floral//Event Planner: Christina Marie Events & Floral//Bakery:Cocoa and Fig//Ring Designer:Etsy//Musicians:Generation Now//Invitation Designer:Ginger P Designs//Transportation:Kingston Coaches//Musicians:Lake String Quartet//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Macy’s//Beauty:Mani Mela//Event Venue:Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard//Ring Designer:Paul Hartquist Jeweler//Dress Store:The Wedding Shoppe//Submitted via Two Bright Lights



Really, the whole wedding was DIY and everything was made by hand; from the frames around the barn, pretty much everything on the tables, the centerpieces, the cake stands, games, paper flowers on the walls, and a lot of little things you wouldn’t think about. It was a large undertaking but my mom was a true visionary and made a lot of the vision we had come to life. Instead of a slide show we had a memory table with our photos of our family and extended family going back a few generations. It was really fun to see the family and then my husband and I as kids with some of those family members.


The theme we decided on was ‘French Country’ with soft colors biscotti, lavender and sage. My husband is from the country and I am pretty eclectic. So, when we found the venue through sheer luck, I started looking online for inspiration and we landed on French Country.  We were able to utilize the barn and everything inside of it for a great rustic look and found decorations that really brought additional vintage, romantic and intimate feeling to the space. The French Country theme really worked well in the barn and with our personalities. It was a great way to play with elements that were rustic and add some elegant charm.


It is so hard to pick a favorite detail when a lot of planning and effort was focused on the details. But a few details that I really liked were the tables. We had 4 looks for every 5 tables; we traded colors, materials and the flavors of the cake throughout the 20 tables. Everything came together but each table had its own little atmosphere and almost felt like you were at your own table at a restaurant; including having your own cake that you cut with the people at your table.  The other details I liked were outside the barn; from personalized cups and napkins to low lighting and frames where the bar was to the fire pit so everything tied together. We really tried to use the whole space at the orchard so our guests could utilize a large space seamlessly.


Research as much as you can with looks, vendors, and pricing. The more comparisons I had to sort through the easier it was for me to pull triggers.  It sort of worked like its own check and balance system. If you can, hire a wedding coordinator or a day of coordinator to help take some things off of your plate.  Our lady, Christine was wonderful and confirmed timelines, contracts and made sure the day ran smoothly. She created a timeline and had everything come together when I never thought so many moving pieces could. It helped me stay sane and allowed my mom to relax and be able to trust that the vision we worked on so hard came to reality so she could enjoy herself.   Don’t be afraid to delegate; sometimes it’s better and easier to pass things along to your bridesmaids, your mother in law, your dad or even a neighbor. People offer help for a reason, take them up on their offer and lighten your load.  Roll with the punches, sometimes weather may not cooperate, people may not show up that you invited or something didn’t go as intended as planned.


Probably the most important is include your husband. In my opinion our wedding day was about the two of us. I found that the more I included and said “I know you may not care about this but I want your opinion none the less” the more he weighed in and surprised me with what he truly cared about, it was great and we were able to make decisions easier together.  I was able to hand things over to him without a second thought and he was able to weigh in on things especially towards the end because he was involved during the entire process.


Browse Our Site By Color