Lindsey + Justin | September 12, 2015 | Koester Family Farm | Martin, Ohio
This wedding was the one I dreamed about almost as much as my own - my best friend's wedding. Lindsey and I have known each other since before we were born. That might sound silly but it is absolutely true. Our mothers were sorority sisters and when we came in to this world a little more than 9 months apart, we became instant friends and like our moms, sisters.
When Lindsey called me after the holidays this past year and told me that Justin had proposed, I cried tears of joy. That's not something that usually happens to me but as soon as I was done being emotional, I was ready to get to work. And so it began, the Pinterest board was created and we started to dream up personalized touches for Lindsey and Justin's rustic, country wedding.
For their venue, they chose Lindsey's aunt and uncle's farm in Martin, Ohio surrounded by nothing but rural country roads and soy bean fields. Their colors were navy, pink, mint and gray, with touches of burlap with Sunflowers and Baby's Breath rounding out their farmstead decor.
For the outdoor ceremony, we created this arbor and accompanying welcome sign to usher guests down a path to rows of antique pews. The refinished arbor (thanks, Dad!) and old farm doors (thanks, Allie!) were painted white for the wedding and decorated with tulle, handmade grapevine wreaths and bows with Baby's Breath accents. The hand-painted chalkboard signage offered a warm and whimsical greeting for guests.
Post ceremony, guests were welcomed into the tent with a hand-painted chalkboard directing them to grab personalized mason jars. The jars acted as both place card and favor for guests to use for their drinks all night and take home with them.
The reception tent (provided by Toledo Tent) was decorated with colorful paper lanterns, hand-sewn chevron table runners and hand-cut tree stump platters (thanks, Aunt Linda!). For the table centerpieces, the bride and her aunt hand-poured candles and paired them with recycled Patron bottles filled with sunflowers and colorful rocks from the couple's respective family cottages.
For the dessert table, the couple opted for a variety of buttercream frosted cupcakes. The dessert menu chalkboard was hand-painted and styled with an antique barn window and DIY pieces from the bride's sister and matron of honor.
The delicious City Barbecue dinner menu was hand-painted onto gold chargers on display at each end of the buffet table. The hand-lettered bar menu featured their signature drink, the Carmack-arita, donning the bride's new last name.
The couple created a unique scrapbook of their pictures over the years to act as a guestbook for their friends and family to sign accompanied by a hand-painted Yennygrams sign with directions.
Lindsey and Justin displayed their hashtag (ThisJusLind) on a hand-lettered chalkboard for tech savvy friends to tag their photos from the day.
Yennygrams modern calligraphy graced the head table place cards and our chalk lettering was featured on the personalized mason jars to round out the day's decor.
I think it's fair to say everyone, including the bride, had a great time!