These now Twin Cities cuties created a fantastic rustic chic barn wedding in rural Deerfield.
Amanda and Kyle, lovers who reside in our neighbor to the north, are an adorable couple of Milwaukee ex-pats who planned a day straight out of the pages of an Anthropologie catalog. Seriously, brides (and wannabe brides) on Pinterest are eating their hearts out, along with me. This day, complete with a flashmob planned by the groom, was ideal. Yup, lay-dees, he and the bridesmaids surprised his new wife with a flashmob for the first dance. Super cute, amirite?
I’m getting ahead of myself. Perhaps I should back up and look up. This is the story of a gentle giant and a lovely physical therapist. He’s a tall drink of water. Seriously guys, Kyle is a genuine, funny guy, who also happens to be the giant from Jack’s beanstalk. Ok, ok, I’m done. Legit though, the man is 6’ 9” and knows when it’s raining 20-30 minutes before Amanda. That was the last one, I swear. But, he embraces his height and even brews his own beer called 81, which is the number of inches tall he is. For a wedding present, Amanda had bottle caps and labels custom made for his beer.
The guys were clad in grey suits. Toms (you don’t know what Toms are? Get out.) and bowties completed the look. The ladies in midnight blue dresses and pearls. Amanda, carrying a bouquet with pearls wrapped around the stems, and her father made their way down the aisle to a waiting Kyle under a majestic oak tree. I’m going with oak because it’s one of three types of trees I know and seems to be a popular choice for getting married beneath. The music was provided by a folk duo that played through the cocktail hour.
Kyle’s sister led the handfasting ceremony, a tradition with Celtic roots, in lieu of candle lighting or sand mixing. After the newlyweds said their “I dos,” guests tossed paper airplanes with well wishes toward the couple (read: tossed, not missile-d). After the receiving line, the airplanes were gathered and placed in a vintage suitcase for the couple to keep.
This couple rented a bunch of vintage pieces from our friends at À la Crate and in addition to the handmade décor and the setting of the beautiful Badger Farms in Deerfield, the day was flawlessly rustic and classy. Who knew burlap could be so romantic? It was everywhere at Amanda and Kyle’s wedding. But then again, everything at this wedding was romantic and whimsical, right down to the drink straws. To say that Amanda paid attention to details would be an insult to the woman’s wedding planning abilities. I don’t often want to steal someone’s wedding style detail for detail, but this one was especially covetable. Real talk: everywhere you looked there was a cool detail. From the ever-present bunting (you know, those fabric triangle flag thingys that are all the rage these days) to the mismatched china for cake plates, to chalkboard and wooden signs, mason jars and whiskey barrels, the atmosphere of the wedding was delightful.
I can’t do justice to the atmosphere and details with words… luckily, we’re photographers (!) so you can see it. And you know, picture = 1,000 words, etc. So onward and downward! Be sure to check out the sparkler send-off!
For people to find where they were seated, the couple’s parents waited by these old-timey soda bottles up in the balcony of the barn and handed one to each guest that had a table marker on it.
Y’all know I’m a BIG fan of food. Especially dessert and tiny things (for some reason they take better because of their diminutive size). In addition to their cake, Amanda and Kyle had a huge cookies and milk buffet. Sweet lord. There were cookies, brownies, candies, and hamburgers made out of frosting. Tiny. Dessert. Hamburgers.
You like these portraits? Yeah, us too. But the entire wedding party nearly met their demise when a big, metal, farm thingy almost tipped on everybody. Needless to say, we survived. But, note to self, avoid massive farm implements as photo props in the future.