JoEllen and Rob’s wedding is full of playful, do-it-yourself details, in cheery red and white. The September wedding took place at the Round Barn Farm, a bed-and-breakfast in Red Wing, Minnesota. JoEllen and Rob both stayed there with their families for the whole wedding weekend.

The bride and groom both have backgrounds in design, so it was logical that they would design their own invitations. They were inspired by the weathervane on the top of the Round Barn, and it appeared as a motif on the stationery.

Rob spent the summer before the wedding working on his 1952 Chevy pickup truck. He and JoEllen and custom door decals made with the graphic they designed for their invitations. They drove the truck to the wedding venue, and to make their getaway on Sunday morning.

Little bells were placed at each seat for the ceremony for guests to ring as the couple made their way back down the aisle. The bells were embellished with tags that the couple printed to read “Ring bells for first kisses and the newest Mr. & Mrs.” The ceremony was full of personal details. The Urthema String Quartet played a selection of the couple’s favorite music, including the theme from The Life Aquatic, one of their favorite movies. JoEllen’s and Rob’s fathers each did a reading, including a piece of scripture and a selection from The Little Prince.

Hay bales covered with vintage wool blankets made for rustic seats during the cocktail hour. The venue was hung with bunting flags that JoEllen made from 1950s tablecloths and other fun fabrics. During the cocktail hour, guests played Kubb, a Viking lawn game which is sort of a combination of horseshoes and bowling. Croquet and Hatchet Toss were also set up for guests to play.

Cupcakes including chocolate and vanilla with various fillings (strawberry, fudge, Bavarian cream), and red velvet. JoEllen and Rob made the little cupcake flags, the cupcake stand was made by JoEllen’s father, and JoEllen made the cake topper from vintage millinery supplies. 

In addition to dancing, there was a photobooth, games, and a bonfire for making s’mores. 

The couple stole a kiss in the old truck at the end of the night.

Photographer: EyeSpy Photography / Venue: Round Barn Farm in Red Wing, Minnesota / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Groom’s Attire: Heimie’s Haberdashery / Catering:  Lunds and Byerly’s / Cupcakes: Lindquist Cake Shop / Bulk Flowers: 2G RosesFarms To GoAppleblossom Flowers
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  • DIY Wedding at Minnesota Bed & Breakfast

    10 January 2009
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    Lauren and Tim’s New Orleans wedding caught on 8mm.

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    Top row from left: branch and birds photo by Tina Rupp, yellow shoes photo by Jose Villa, programs via Brooklyn Bride, photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy
    Row 2: bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, invitation suite by Mr. Boddington’s Studio, bridesmaids from Martha Stewart Weddings
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    Top row from left: photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy, chairs via Katy Elliott, flowers in tin cup from Donna Hay, milk illustration via The Speckled Egg
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