REAL WEDDING | Kent + Mallorie | French Country-Themed Backyard Farm Wedding + Tomorrow’s Giveaway!

Let’s start off with just a taste of why I LOVE this wedding, excerpted from the bride’s write-up:

My husband and I were introduced by my brother over e-mail. They are both military officers and were serving a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan. My future husband, Kent, and I e-mailed frequently for the duration of his deployment. When we met for the first time in person, soon after he arrived back in the states, we knew we were meant for each other.

Yeah.  Nice to meet you, unbelievably magical love story.  Come, stay awhile.  You’re welcome here.

A couple of quick side notes though before we get into the romance of today’s real wedding…

Someone informed me yesterday that Denver, CO hasn’t seen a lick of winter yet.  And here in NY, we’re going on our umpteenth snowmaggedon with no signs of it ever ending, ever.  What the frickity frick frack?!  We’ve seen more snow than DENVER?  This totally blows to pieces my whole understanding of Denver, CO and what goes on there during the winter.  Unless Denverites (that’s a shot in the dark; are you guys called Denverites?) define “winter’ as 30 ft of snowfall.  That would, shockingly, make more sense to me.

In other news (*cough* GIVEAWAY! *cough*):  Tell me, do you like fashion?  Specifically, do you like the kind that comes in the form of a $100 dollar gift certificate?  If that’s moderately enticing, then be here tomorrow morning.  Because we’re holding a giveaway sponsored by our friends at LuLu*s!  Woowoo!

Ok, back to the matter at hand… today we’ve got one of the most romantic little French country-themed weddings you ever did see.  As evidenced in no small part by the PERSONALIZED La Vie de La Vosgienne candy favors, below…

As a kid, my Mom always bought me these delicious little French sucking candies, and I looooved them.  I still buy them today.  They’re that good.  It’s also probably a comfort food thing.  Boy am I glad she didn’t bring home Mickey D’s instead.  Anywho, I love this wedding for far more reasons than just some personalized tins of DELICIOUS fruit-flavored sucking candies.  (I’m gonna stop saying “sucking” because it’s starting to weird me out.)

I’ll let my friend and their fabulous photographer Rima Campbell take it away with some fun facts…

Kent and Mallorie were married in Mallorie’s grandparents’ backyard in Belmont, Ohio and were blessed with an amazing day despite every forecast calling for rain up until the very last minute. The day started out brisk, but the sun came out just in time to warm up the air as the guests began to arrive at 11 a.m. Everything from Mallorie’s fabulous blue shoes to the French country-themed reception complete with La Vie de La Vosgienne candy favors to portraits in a neighbor’s old Chevy truck made K+M’s day swoon-worthy.

And now, the full story of their wedding day, from our gorgeous bride Mallorie:

My husband and I were introduced by my brother over e-mail. They are both military officers and were serving a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan. My future husband, Kent, and I e-mailed frequently for the duration of his deployment. When we met for the first time in person, soon after he arrived back in the states, we knew we were meant for each other. After convincing our families we weren’t crazy, we got engaged a few months later. As is common with the army lifestyle, Kent was being moved to another station again in the fall. We weren’t willing to be separated, so we (meaning my mom and I) planned a wedding in 2 months. Sounds impossible right?

While we knew we were facing some time constraints, we wanted to keep in mind what was truly important throughout the planning process:  love, family and friends. I wanted our wedding day to be personal and comfortable for all of our guests. Although I tend to have expensive taste, I enjoy finding quality items at reasonable prices. So that is what I kept in mind while planning our wedding.

It is easy to get caught up in the commercial aspects of a “wedding,” so we tried to keep our focus. I knew right away that I wanted the venue to be my grandparents’ farm.  It is a beautiful farm house, and a place I have always loved. I knew I would be comfortable and relaxed in a familiar and homey setting and I hoped our guests would be too. My sweet family put a lot of work into the landscaping and general upkeep to get the farm ready. From there on most of my style choices were based on the feel of the farm. When in doubt, I kept it simple and trusted the professionals to do their jobs. It took a lot of stress off of me to tell my florist, caterer and rental shop what I wanted and then to trust them. I saved some fun parts for myself like making our cake topper. Again, I wanted something personal and decided to take it on. People loved the miniatures and we have a great wedding keepsake!

Very quickly our wedding arrived, it was a beautiful day captured beautifully by our photographer Rima Campbell. All of our guests loved the intimate setting and we loved being surrounded by our family and friends.

Rima Campbell Photography is a member of Vendor Love, The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide.  To view her listing, click here.

Photography: Rima Campbell Photography / Caterer: As You Like It Catering / Florist: Ponzani’s Floral / Dress: Anjolique via Lavender Bridal / Shoes: Caparros / Flower girl dresses: Ruby Rox (purchased at Von Maur) / Hair: Snips (St. Clairsville, Ohio) / Favors: / Cake: Riesbeck’s Bakery / Cake Topper: Handmade by Mallorie Hutchison / Accordian: Rick Pastre / String Quartet: Ben Podolski

Label(s): Blue, Color, {Partnered Posts}, {Real Weddings}, {Vendor Spotlight}

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  1. Jenny on January 26, 2011

    The bride is gorgeous! And I love the simplicity of this wedding, it’s so refreshing!

  2. Leigh on January 26, 2011

    I love anything French, so naturally I’m ALL OVER THIS. :) And those flower girls are the cutest!!!! I love their purple dresses and golden locks :)

  3. Lindsay Lannan on January 26, 2011

    OK – I know the contest isnt until tommorow but I can tell you right now I realy would like to win the Lulu*s gift certificate so I can go buy one of their cute little dresses :)

  4. Lauren Elise on January 26, 2011

    The thumbs up picture with the groom makes me happy!

    I love the simple beauty of this wedding.

    And where can I get those French candies? I want them now :)

  5. Mel on January 26, 2011

    Love how down-to-earth this bride is. So true – love, family and friends really is all that matters.

    I hope he’s able to be home with her and not back at war. :(

  6. Rima Campbell on January 26, 2011

    The flower girl dresses were made by Ruby Rox (purchased at Von Maur).

  7. Lena on January 26, 2011

    Classic, romantic and French-inspired? Really, does it get any better than that?

  8. gigi on January 26, 2011

    I love this wedding. It is real and beautiful. You can see just how much the couple love each other.

  9. Diana on January 26, 2011

    So sweet! I love the story of how they met! That top photo is just so wonderful! Love, love their cake topper!! :) Congrats!

  10. Emily Scott on January 26, 2011

    ditto Lauren, I want those candies.

  11. Isabel on January 27, 2011

    Love this wedding. It looks like a movie.

  12. Naomi on January 30, 2011

    What a beautiful couple…and what a great story!

  13. Sara on January 30, 2011

    Love how simple this wedding was. What a beautiful day.

  14. David - Raleigh NC on January 30, 2011

    What a beautiful wedding, and how awesome was that to have it on the family farm! It really made for a beautiful setting. And the details were amazing!

  15. brynn on January 31, 2011

    I love that he cut the cake with a sword! What a man!!

  16. Kate/MagnoliaRouge on February 2, 2011

    What a beautifully romantic story!! She looked beautiful and you’ve just gotta love a man in uniform right?

  17. Veronica on February 9, 2011

    I am loving that shrug she’s wearing in the last few photos! Anyone know where it’s from? I would love something like that!

  18. Abbie on February 9, 2011

    I’m with Veronica – that shrug is perfect! I like the idea of wearing a cardigan with my wedding dress since I wear them pretty often, but I plan on wearing a lace dress, and I don’t want to hide the pretty details. (Also, shoutout for some Eastern Ohio love! Belmont is right down the Ohio River from me!)

  19. Mallorie on February 10, 2011

    Hello! It’s the bride :) I found the shrug online at They had a lot of great options.

  20. Cindy on April 7, 2011

    What wonderful couple !! …and the bouquet of flowers is gorgeous !!! :)

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  22. Lauren at Vows and Valor on April 9, 2015

    Love that this couple chose to get married at the bride’s grandparent’s home. So sweet, simple and romantic!


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