Today on the blog we catch up with Kayla and Josh and chat to them about their rustic barn wedding in Corning, NY captured by Lenses and Laughter and here is what they told us!
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
Our wedding was at a barn so I definitely tried to incorporate the rustic feel in our decor. We went with a burgundy, ivory, and blush color pallet. We didn't really incorporate any major religious traditions, however we did include a short ring blessing during our ceremony.
Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
Most of our decor had a rustic feel. We decorated with a lot of mason jars and chalk boards. Our center pieces consisted of a real round wood slab and various mason jar vases and votives which we put together ourselves. The biggest DIY part of our wedding were the wedding favors. I ordered a custom stencil that said "eat, drink and be married" with our names and the date of our wedding that I used to etch over 100 mason jars mugs by hand. They turned out lovely!
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
We used roses for everything in the blush, Burgundy and ivory colors to match the dresses and other decor. I also made sure to incorporate a lot of greenery through out the bouquets as I loved how the greens looked with the other colors.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
My father in law owned all of the DJ equipment we used so we were able to not only include music that we knew most people would enjoy, but we also were able to include our own favorite songs. We also picked a his and hers drink for the bar with his favorite drink and my favorite drink for our guests to enjoy.
Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
For my dress I knew I wanted something with lace and nothing too flashy but other than that I wasn't sure of exactly what I wanted until I began trying on dresses. The dress I found ended up being ivory and champagne. For the guys we knew we didn't want to go with traditional black tuxes, and were torn between navy blue and charcoal gray because both looked really nice with burgundy and ivory, but after looking through pinterest at photos of weddings with similar colors we decided to go with the gray tuxes for the guys.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
Josh and I met while we both worked at a call center. We were friends for awhile and then began hanging out outside of work which led to eventually dating. We moved in with each other and after a couple years of being together we had our son, Odin. When Odin was just two months old I had come home from work one night and Odin was sleeping in the living room and Josh had asked me to go lay him in his bassinet in our bedroom and when I did that Josh had hidden the ring box under a clean diaper in Odin's bassinet so when I moved it to lay Odin down I saw the box and Josh then asked me to marry him. It wasn't the cliche proposal you typically see, but was perfect for us and our life at the time! I'll never forget it.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
The most special moment of the wedding for me was that my grandfather, who I'm very close to, was able to walk me down the aisle. I also loved having our son Odin as our ring bearer and it was so fun to be able to spend time with him at the reception. He loved dancing around in his tux!
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?
I think the main piece of advice that I would give would be to not stress over the small stuff. Your wedding day goes by so quick, and at the end of the day it will still be your special day no matter what! I also think it's important to let other people help you to relieve some of the planning pressure as well.
MEET THE TEAM:
Photographer: Lenses and Laughter
Ceremony Location: Homestead Blessings Barn
Floral Designer: Zeigler Florist
Officiant: Jen Valkenburgh
Cake Designer: Baked by Beans Wedding Cakes
Hair Stylist: AJ's Hair Makeup
Bridesmaid Dresses: Davids Bridal