Katie + Jordan | Aug 8, 2020
Rustic, elegant barn wedding with navy, gold and dusty blue tones at The Barn at Heritage Farm in Dobson, North Carolina
Katie and Jordan started dating the second semester of their senior year of high school and dated all throughout college and while she studied to get her master's degree in North Carolina. Jordan was living in St. Louis at the time of the proposal, so he told Katie he’d be away at a seminar that weekend.
Little did she know that he’d flown in, while Katie’s mom and sister convinced her that they had to get dressed and ready to go take family pictures. When they got to the bridge in Old Salem, Katie’s dad and Jordan jumped around the corner and he got down on one knee!
“The proposal was a total shock,” said Katie. “I had a hunch that he was going to ask soon (I hoped) but I had absolutely no idea it was happening.”
Katie and Jordan tied the knot on a gorgeous summer day at a rustic North Carolina barn. They added an elegant touch with dusty blue tones and fresh white roses, with the most breathtaking ceremony backdrop: the mountain where they had their engagement pictures taken.
“We went with navy, gold, and dusty blue as our colors and we used a lot of greenery to decorate with,” said Katie. “I felt like it really captured the look I had dreamed of.”
The morning began inside the rustic barn’s bridal suite, where Katie lounged and sipped champagne with her bridesmaids. Once they were all dolled up, the ladies swapped their satin rose kimonos for mismatched dusty blue gowns.
For Katie’s bridal look, she chose a stunning A-line gown with a dramatic plunging neckline, ivory lace overlay and subtle champagne undertones. She wore a floral embellished vine hair piece, a fingertip veil and a pair of blue pointed-toe flats with embroidered florals.
“I hadn’t even seen it in the full-length mirror before I already knew that it was the dress!” said Katie.
Jordan and his groomsmen looked dapper in tailored navy tuxedos, paired with dusty blue bow ties and classic white pocket squares. Their boutonnieres were curated arrangements of blue thistle, ivory roses and delphinium.
For the ladies’ bouquets and Katie’s bridal arrangement, they incorporated ivory roses and peonies, blue thistle, succulent leaves, feathered pampas grass, bunny tail and vibrant blue delphinium.
“The florals that she provided as the backdrop for the arch were also spectacular and they just made a breathtaking view,” said Katie.
They placed the white arch at the front of the venue for the ceremony arbor, and Katie’s mother and grandmother, a florist, created beautiful floral installations and draped sheer white fabric for a romantic effect.
Their ceremony was simple and traditional, officiated by Katie’s childhood pastor. They honored Jordan’s late mother and Katie’s late grandmother by having special family members walk in their honor, and place white roses on their chairs. Another meaningful, unique moment was the unity ceremony, where they poured two different colors of glass shards together.
“The unique part is that after the wedding, we mailed those combined shards off to a glassblower who made us unique and one-of-a-kind candle sticks!” said Katie.
Following the ceremony, Flashpoint Photography captured the new Mr. and Mrs. during golden hour in a whimsical sea of sunflowers. They even posed for a few shots on the tailgate of a vintage, teal blue pickup truck.
Meanwhile, the barn was transformed for the reception with dusty blue cheesecloth runners on the wooden tables, topped with eucalyptus vines and beautiful metallic lanterns. They put LED fairy lights inside of the lanterns and added gold candle votives along the vines.
“We used real flowers from our florist to put in with the faux vines to dress the look up,” said Katie.
Each place setting featured a brushed gold charger and dusty blue linen napkin, and there was even a sweetheart table for the newlyweds. It had romantic lit taper candles and an oversized floral centerpiece, with two blue velvet tufted armchairs for seating.
“I think my favorite decorations were the table number holders,” said Katie. “They were different types of vintage glass doorknobs with wire wrapped around the handle.”
They added their own touch to the wedding guestbook, which was accompanied by a mini Polaroid camera. Guests were invited to take a picture, print it out, tape it into the guestbook and write a sweet message as they arrived.
The dessert table was set in front of the whitewashed double doors, decorated with two luscious green wreaths. Mini cupcakes and other assorted treats were served on gold dishes, and Katie calligraphed the different dessert options on a gold-framed mirror.
Nothing could compare to the wedding cake display, which was showcased on a rustic barrel filled with florals and greenery. The two-tiered naked cake was garnished with even more florals and greenery, as well as a topper reading “Mr. & Mrs. Murray.”
After cake and a few more dances beneath the rustic wagon wheel chandeliers, their guests lined up outside with sparklers to illuminate their magical send-off. Of course, their friends and families didn’t leave without grabbing a wedding favor: cloth masks!
“It was a cute and quirky way to say thanks for coming,” said Katie, “and a gift that is also relatively practical for the times we are living in.”
Congratulations, Katie and Jordan!
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