by Amy Serrago
Elizabeth and Anthony met at the gym. They’d both been going there for a while, but because Elizabeth had been working hard to get over the tragic death of her first love, she hadn’t noticed Anthony. She had spent a long time feeling guilty whenever something made her happy, but she said one night she got tired of being sad and prayed for a sign that it was OK to move on. That’s when she first noticed Anthony, Elizabeth described him as attractive but very quiet. It took her a couple of weeks to get up the courage to talk to him, but when she did they ended up talking for two hours straight! After dating for a while, the pair decided to take the next step. Elizabeth always knew she wanted a fun, rustically styled barn wedding and had admired Vintage Oaks for quite some time. She was thrilled when she found out it was available and right within their budget. She and Anthony started planning the wedding of their dreams, starting with the outdoor ceremony they’d both envisioned.
Elizabeth was gorgeous in her lace trumpet cut gown with its delicate cap sleeves and sexy sheer detailing. Its vintage inspired styling and the cowboy boots she paired it with were perfect for the pastoral setting. The bridesmaids were pretty in pale pink gowns with cap sleeves to mimic Elizabeth’s look and all of the ladies carried bouquets of white hydrangea with pastel pink and lavender florals mixed in. Anthony and his groomsmen were dapper in light gray suits and bow ties, the guys in pale blush and Anthony in white. After the ceremony, Anthony shed his jacket to reveal cool brown suspenders for a more country casual look.
At the reception, tables were set with white linens and centerpieces of cotton flowers in ball jars. Custom wooden signage enhanced the rustic vibe of the day and there was a special area for the kids at the wedding to color and play. Instead of a traditional guest book, Elizabeth and Anthony asked everyone to sign their “guest quilt”, a keepsake that will keep them warm in their new home together. After a bountiful buffet dinner, Elizabeth and Anthony cut their “naked” wedding cake and then cut it up on the dance floor before making their grand exit with a fun sparkler send off. Congratulations, Elizabeth and Anthony!