Literary lovers wed at a 100 year old barn in today’s sweet feature from Modern Vintage Events captured by Parker Young. The feminine blush and red color palette was the perfect complement to the rustic fall setting in a wedding described by the bride as “J.R.R Tolkien meets Emily Bronte”. I love the book centerpieces and the library card escort cards!
Chris and I fell in love with our venue the moment we saw it – the Wren’s Nest is a 100 year old barn that the owner’s own daughter got married in, so you really feel the love in the property. The whole space, especially the outdoor ceremony site, felt like something out of a storybook. And that’s exactly how I wanted our wedding to feel – like our own fairytale.
Chris wrote letters to me, my parents, and his parents that were delivered to us the morning of the wedding, which made all of us cry. Our officiant was my high school youth pastor and it was really special to be married by someone who knew me so well and who took the time to get to know Chris.
Chris and I wanted our wedding to be authentic to who we are as a couple, a celebration of our love and our love for our family and friends, and a rockin’ good time! The food and cake were also very important to us. Our caterer worked with us to create a menu of all our favorite foods, and we had two wedding cakes – one for each of us. Our amazing bakery The Frosted Affair created a wedding cake that looked like the Stanley Cup for Chris (he is a huge hockey fan), and a slightly more bridal cake for me.
Chris and I share a deep love of movies, books, and storytelling (Chris is an English Creative Writing major, and I am an absolute bookworm) so I knew right away I wanted the wedding to be vintage and book-themed. I went for muted colors that would be fitting for a fall wedding. In a nutshell, my inspiration was J.R.R Tolkien meets Emily Bronte!
I made my own escort cards to look like library catalogue cards, and created a “Bucket List” activity for guests at the reception. They were invited to write ideas for our marriage bucket list on paper luggage tags and drop them in a silver bucket. I purchased mismatched vintage champagne glasses for the bridal party to toast with at the reception, and added Chris and I’s own collection of old books to the decor. My friends and mother-in-law helped me create about 150 tassels to attach to our save-the-date bookmarks, which I never would have been able to do myself!
At the reception we displayed old family wedding portraits and cut the cake with the same cake cutter used by Chris’s parents at their wedding. I also wore my mother’s pearl bracelet for my “something borrowed.” At the reception we danced a polka, which is a tradition on my side of the family.
Photography | Parker Young | Venue | The Wren’s Nest | Planning & Design | Modern Vintage Events | Florals | Amanda Jerkins Design | Cake | A Frosted Affair | Catering | Alex Belew Catering | Rentals | Stewart’s Special Events and Southern Event Rentals | Linens | Over the Top | Lighting | Southern Sky Event Lighting | Videography | Catchlight Cinema | Paper Goods | Designs In Paper | DJ | Cosmo Creations | Dress | Kelly Faetanini from Arzelle’s Bridal | Hair & Makeup | One10 Beauty