As a native Ohioan, I’m always excited to see a little bit of home.  This Ohio barn wedding gave me the home fix I needed to get me through until my next in-person visit.  This couple kept costs way down by basically DIY’ing everything!  The bride grew the sunflowers in her parents’ backyard.  The groom baked and decorated the cake, which is super impressive to me since my husband can’t boil pasta.  I love how personal everything is!

Here are some details from the bride:
Todd and I are both students, so we knew that a DIY wedding was going to help our budget. But it also made our day much more special, because we were a part of every detail.  

We made almost everything with the help of our loving families, from the invitations to the reception food.  Todd even baked and decorated our cake.  I spent hours devouring wedding blogs and had tons of inspiration.  A few of my favorite details included the sunflowers I grew at my parents’ home, our program fans that included our love story on the back, a directions sign that pointed the way to our honeymoon cities and both of the cities we grew up in, seating chart and drink stirrer escort cards, tons of mason jars collected from my parents’ basement.  Our families were incredible!  After the rehearsal dinner, they laid out every table, arranged every individual centerpiece, and helped complete our perfect day.

We decided to do a first look before the wedding ceremony.  I remember walking up to Todd and telling him to turn around.  It was so amazing to be able to see him for the first time that day without all of the pressure of our guests watching.  It was just the two of us, and we were able to share a few special minutes before everything got started.

Todd and I danced to “Let’s Make It Last” by Brandon Heath.  Todd played the song for me when we were dating, and we knew that we would dance to it someday.

Todd proposed with a box of origami hearts with Bible verses written on them.  To incorporate this, each table was a different Bible verse that Todd had written when he proposed.  Our venue also had a fire pit, so we were able to have one of my favorite desserts: smores!

How did you make your wedding YOU?
Growing up in the country, a barn reception was absolutely perfect!  The venue was beautiful on its own, but adding our own personal touches made it that much more special.  Picking our ceremony flowers the morning of the wedding was such a relaxing way to start the day and helped calm my jitters. Incorporating small details helped tell our love story, and we have received endless compliments from our guests.

So, how impressed are you that the groom made that cake!?  I think he deserves some congrats 🙂

{Vendors} Photographer: Harvest of MemoriesCaterer: Servatii Pastry Shop and Deli / Bridal Dress: David’s BridalSuits: JoS A BankVenue: Everal Barn and Homestead