CHIC BARN WEDDING ON A BUDGET | Peter + Stephanie | Photos: Amy Kolcz

Today’s wedding comes to us from Amy Kolcz Photography, and it’s kinda like the most perfect thing ever…

First, it takes place in and around a barn.  Second, the couple made all this loveliness happen on a small budget and with a little help from their friends.  Third, it’s got these darling little touches of purple, which means my six-year-old niece who’s coming to visit today is going to FREAK. OUT.  She loves purple.  Loves it.  Purple purple purple.  That, and beautiful princesses.  Ooh, and wouldn’t you know?  This wedding’s got both

See Stephanie’s bouquet?  Girl’s rocking a serious wedding trend; ribbons are becoming quite popular among brides today, and it’s not surprising.  Do they not add the most darling and delicate touch to that incredibly simple,  floral arrangement she’s got in hand?  Not to mention they’re DIRT CHEAP.  I definitely haven’t spent more than a couple bucks on ribbons ever in my life.  Which means this is a Knotty Recommendation.  (:  Way to be smart AND lovely, Stephanie!


I adore their ceremony space decor.  Paper lanterns are my jam.

Here’s the low-down from Amy:

This was a very low budget wedding, and the bride and groom were just focused on each other.  They had friends helping with everything.  They used the Red Barn Studios which, in itself, is an AMAZING location. They figured they didn’t really need anything else.  Just a few barrels here and there… it was just the perfect setting.  They had friends make the cake and friends help with the vases.  They had sand put into the vases and poured water into it with some flowers floating.  Shaina Cochran and Karissa Cochran did a beautiful job getting all the little details together.  By going to Ross and Marshalls they found some pretty unique vases.  The groom’s dad brought a pitch fork so we were really able to capture that true farm form.  (:   The arbor’s lace was from the bride’s mother’s dress.  It was such a beautiful part of the ceremony adding a little something old!  Also, I really wanted to use the groom’s truck in the photos so I asked him beforehand if he could get it all cleaned up.  It just added that little something to the pictures.

Photography: Amy Kolcz Photography / Venue: Red Barn Studios in Chehalis, WA / Bride’s dress: David’s Bridal / Bridesmaids’ dresses: JCPenney / Floral: Jonel Wachtman

So, what do you think?

xoxo!  -Alison

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  1. TenThouBride on July 8, 2010

    Very VERY cool wedding! I love that dark wood in the barn! Amy did a GREAT job as well! Love hearing they did all that on a rockin' awesome(ly low) budget!

  2. Kim @BrideGoggles on July 8, 2010

    So rustic! I love the space and really, how could they get a bad picture with that landscape in the background. Very cool!

  3. Postcards and pretties on July 8, 2010

    that is one good looking wedding…i love that red barn!!! oh and the couple kept it “low budget” that's a bonus

  4. Naomi on July 8, 2010

    This is very sweet, Alison. I love the low cost factor, too! I keep telling brides it's possible to have a wedding on a budget. A realistic budget that is…

  5. Sanebrides on July 8, 2010

    So beautiful, i love the pics!!!!

  6. goodlifeevents on July 8, 2010

    Loving that barn!

  7. Melissa @ The Loveliest Day on July 8, 2010

    Ok, I seriously love the shot with the groom/groomsmen holding guns in front of the truck. My husband would be jealous. He totally wanted a wedding photo with his guns, haha.

  8. Alison on July 8, 2010

    Yes!!! I thought you might like that. :)

  9. Super Burbs on July 8, 2010

    Well this is just precious and their personality just shines through everything! That is always my favorite. Beautiful wedding, beautiful couple – thanks for sharing Alison!

  10. Amykolcz on July 8, 2010

    Thank you thank you thank you for all your kind words.
    And thank you for featuring my Work :) :) :) Totally made my day!!!

  11. Jessica Bishop on July 8, 2010

    beautiful!! I love the purples mixed with the red barn!

  12. Amykolcz on July 8, 2010

    I love this. The gun photo was definitely one of my Favorite photos to do :)
    Got to love it when the bride and groom are up to anything that you want :)

  13. LemonBride on July 8, 2010

    That's a GREAT wedding dress. Love the table decor as well!

  14. Sara @Oliveweddings on July 8, 2010

    Oh goodness, I love her dress!! The bride looks beautiful! Hope I look that great!!

  15. Brancoprata on July 8, 2010

    who could say this was on a budget?? No way! It looks like a million dollar wedding!;) they did a terrific job!!

  16. Jonel Wachtman on July 8, 2010

    I had a blast doing the flowers, and providing lots of the vases and containers. Stephanie was so much fun to work with, and using the moms wedding dress as part of the decor was a nice addition.
    Just a little correction though… my last name is not Reynolds… it is Wachtman!!

  17. Diana on July 8, 2010

    This is so sweet! Love the shot gun photo…so fun! Our guys had sunglasses…fun but not as kick ass! LOL. Love the bride's and bridesmaids bouquet ribbons…we had ribbons on ours too…but at first I was wondering about them and then I started to like the idea! And now I see its a trend! Love her gown and the bridesmaids and flower girl dresses! Just a sweet wedding with sweet details! ♥

    PS love your blog!

  18. Becoming Mrs. Ford on July 9, 2010

    chic is right! loving it.

  19. Adam_and_karissa on July 10, 2010

    In total, we only spent about $250 on decorations. Goodwill is an amazing place to find cool stuff for cheap! We purchased a lot of the vases for the center pieces for the reception at Goodwill!

  20. Genevieve on July 28, 2010

    Define “low budget”

  21. Genevieve on July 28, 2010

    Define “low budget”

  22. ivory bridal shoes on November 16, 2010

    I am going to use yellow, orange and gray as my theme colors, and I hope it would look bright as well as cool.

  23. swarovski sklep on May 6, 2011

    This is superb article ! I simply love’d it !

  24. Elanie on June 9, 2011

    OMG….amazing bride…and what a fabulous dress… i love it…i love them…they are so cute…gorgeous wedding…good job!;)

  25. kj design solutions on August 19, 2011

    Beautiful wedding. Love the photos!

  26. Riley on February 11, 2012

    speaking of budgets, we went for a cash registry to pay for our wedding and it totally helped us. We all did this at Highly recommend it!!!

  27. on November 7, 2016

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