A fall wedding is a classic and beautiful thing. Megan and Adam, who were married in the fall — one of Megan’s favorite seasons — showed their love for this tradition at Red Barn Studios in Chehalis, WA on Nov. 3, 2012.
While planning their wedding, the couple knew they wanted something with a rustic feel, to match the feeling of the season. Together they searched several counties to find the perfect fall wedding venue. “As soon as we drove up to the big red barn, we both knew. . . . We hadn’t even stepped inside and were already overcome with the feeling of ‘This is where we are supposed to be married,’” says Megan.
The couple was married in an intimate, family-only wedding ceremony with a small wedding party: best man, maid of honor, ring bearer and flower girl.
Megan and Adam’s favorite memory from their ceremony was the moment they turned around to see their family members and were introduced as husband and wife.
After the 60-guest ceremony, about 60 more people arrived to celebrate the couple’s wedding at the reception. Guests received handmade candles and bookmarks with the couple’s photograph.
DÉCOR: The red barn inspired Megan to decorate with rustic, fall elements. Décor included burlap, gingham fabric, mason jars, buttons, vintage holders and bottles, and wooden crates holding fresh apples and pears. The color scheme was navy blue, tan, light green and yellow.
PERSONAL TOUCHES: Megan, her mom, sisters, other family members and friends made several trips to craft stores to pick up supplies for DIY wedding décor. Megan designed, created and assembled the save-the-date cards, fall-themed wedding invitations and other paper pieces. Family members helped make the banners for the cake table, candy buffet and guest book table. Megan’s parents helped paint and distress the table numbers. Her friend made beautiful hair ornaments for family members to wear instead of corsages. One friend made the wedding favor candles, and another baked the cake, cupcakes and pies.
SPECIAL MOMENTS: While the last few family photos were being taken before the ceremony, the couple saw a yellow bus filled with wedding guests approaching the barn. The couple didn’t want the guests to see them yet, so Megan’s youngest sister ran to the road to stop the bus near some trees so that the riders couldn’t see the bride and groom. “Seeing her standing in front of the bus with one hand held up in a stop gesture and the other giving us a thumbs up is something we will never forget,” exclaims Megan.
Megan’s maternal grandmother, a button collector, could not attend the wedding. “I chose a beautiful blue button that was sewn into the inside of my dress so she could be with us on our special day,” says Megan.
Megan is a program analyst for a government agency, and Adam is a receiving manager for a beverage company. They make their home in Port Orchard.
PHOTOS: Saleina Marie Photography
VENUE: Red Barn Studios, Chehalis
CATERER: Essence of the Thymes
FLORIST / WEDDING PLANNER: Studio G Occasions
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