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Barn Weddings: Lisa & Greg | Private Residence, MN

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special feature “Minnesota Bound”

{Featured in Vol. 28 }

Photographer: Jeannine Marie Photography

Wedding Planner: Seasons of Dream//Cake Designer:Costco//DJ:DJ John Vavrin//Caterer: Famous Dave’s of America, Inc.//Musicians:Lake Minnetonka String Quartet//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Men’s Wearhouse//Bridesmaid Store: UWDress//Dress Store: Wedding Shoppe, Inc.//Submitted via Two Bright Lights





I didn’t want a unity candle or the sand, so thought a tree or plant would be perfect for our yard. Greg’s grandparents owned an apple orchard for a long time and was meaningful to the family, so we bought an apple tree, and had both sides of our parents help put dirt in to show their support in our marriage. I love animals so having it on a farm was perfect, there were chickens running around and horses to pet. I didn’t have a florist, so my sister and cousin made my bouquet together the day before, and it was so much more meaningful. For social hour snacks, we had apples, popcorn, and cheese along with wine and burlap covered kegs. We rented a popcorn machine, everyone loved it. I had ceremony doors which looked amazing with the theme, and helped separate the ceremony area and somewhat hide the wedding party before walking down. I wanted the head table to have a background, so we strung tulle and lights up and down behind us, it made sort of a wall and looked awesome for pictures as well.


My wedding colors were burgundy, white, gray and we had a lot of burlap. The theme was sort of rustic yet elegant. The girls wore beautiful burgundy long dresses while the guys wore gray with burgundy and gray striped ties. I decorated with a lot of burlap, tulle, and white flowers (mainly baby’s breath).


I loved all the little decorations. My cousin wrote beautifully on all of our chalkboard signs. We hand-painted signs for “parking” and “wedding” to give directions. It all just gave the wedding a great look.

Relax and don’t sweat the small stuff. After realizing I was spending way too much time on the “color of the cloth napkins” I decided those little things didn’t matter so much. I went to a couple weddings and realized all I noticed was the food, music, and feeling of the environment, I knew things like the napkins were such a silly thing to worry about, and I ended up going with paper. From then on I was laid back about it all, this also helped my husband to relax too.

If things don’t go as planned day-of, it’s OK. All that matters is that you are surrounded by the people you love and that you are getting married. Just let things happen, it’s not the end of the world. You want to look back on the day and remember how fun and happy it was, you aren’t going to think.

Get a day-of coordinator. I had two, and it was the best decision we could have made. I don’t know what I would have been able to do without them. They saved me so much stress, and that’s so important to keep stress free and to be able to enjoy your day.

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