RUSTIC FABRIC THEMED DIY BARN WEDDING | What does endless hours of sewing, stitching and designing get you… SPOILER ALERT: a killer wedding, that’s what.

Happy Tuesday afternoon!  I hope you’re excited, because today I’ve got a totally random story, a super festive fabric-focused wedding, and pretty intensely bad cramps!  Last one’s actually not very exciting at all.  At all.  Atttt alllll.  Any remedies you guys can suggest for my ovaries?  They seem very mad at me, and all I did was not use them again.

In any case, I’m just so glad I have this wedding to keep my mind off of that last bit.  And this guy… 

You know, it’s his hugs of reassurance that stomp the pain right out.  ;)

Ok, so here we go with the story, first:

Some of you might remember that I was all psyched for an Ellie Goulding concert way back.  Well, we totally went and we totally had an incredible time.  But.  If there’s anything I took away from that concert – other than the fact that black tushie-hugging tights and black tushie-hugging skirts are fully the rage among the very young demographic – it’s that photo booths have undoubtedly hit the Big Time, because they had a photo booth set up at the Ellie Goulding concert and it was like WHOA.  This was top notch photo booth set-upness, people.  Complete with a bathtub and relevant bathtub props, such as cowboy hats, feather boas and fans.  What, this doesn’t make sense to you?  Well of course it doesn’t; you, unlike the people at this concert, are not five years old.  If you were five years old, you’d know that these props are common to bathtime.  Makes it more fun, less of a strain on your parents.

In all seriousness, it definitely freaked me out a little that young children ranging in age from middle to high school (all the way up to *cough* US *cough*) equal Ellie Goulding’s fan base.  Did not know that, going in.  Hella enjoyed the concert, but did not know that, going in.

So here’s how the photo booth went down:  High heels.  And a porcelain bathtub.  And young girls striking poses.  Inside of a porcelain bathtub.  And booze being served four feet away.  Did I say the porcelain bathtub was on the small side?  Because it was, and it was placed on a platform, that was small, as platforms go.  And feather boas were around.  So, there was a painful-upon-impact REAL porcelain bathtub, into which groups of two to three young kids were piling, while sporting their sky high – I’m gonna say 11 inches high, at least – heels, and flirting with the camera and the boas and the cowboy hats and their friends’ boobs.  I didn’t stick around to find out if and when it would all come to a crashing halt.

SO.  No porcelain bathtubs at your photo booths at your weddings, ok my darlings?  Promise me?  You know me, I worry.

Anywhoooooooosit… it seems that Summer got the memo about Labor Day being the figurative end of Summer, because I’m pretty sure I woke up to an overnight Summer-into-Fall weather shift that slapped me in the FACE with its aggressiveness.  And I don’t like it.  At all.  Atttt allllll.  (Ok, sorry, let me explain; I watched Bachelor Pad last night.  That scene where Erica Rose made life in general awkward forever is stuck in my head.  Don’t like it.  At allll.)

This terrible weather (at least where I am) is totally harshing my Summer buzz, which is why I’m thrilled to share with you this killer fabric-themed wedding, submitted by the fabulous Katie and Max of DreamLove Wedding Photography.  It’s exactly the kind of wedding to pick your spirits RIGHT UP, and that happens to be something of which I’m desperately in need, friends, given both the weather shift, and potentially more so the fact that I’m right smack in the middle of a certain time of the month.  Go, that!  Here’s to a whole lot of pretty colors and some seriously creative, in love individuals getting my mood back up to sprightly and ‘ready-for-anything’!!!

First, here’s the rundown from Katie:

Jenny and Scott tied the knot at the historic Smith Barn in Peabody, Mass.  Jenny wanted a fabric-themed wedding, and spent countless hours in the months before the wedding sewing, cutting, stitching, designing, and planning the perfect wedding and reception.  From strips of fabric hanging from arches, to gathered ruffled colorful balls strung up around the reception, Jenny didn’t miss a single detail.  Antique books and buttons added a rustic feel to the tables, and guests shook their head in amazement as they entered the historic Smith Barn for dinner and dancing.  They created the most unique ring holder we’ve ever seen, by cutting out the inside of an old book, and then glueing a piece of fabric to the inside where the rings were attach with ribbon.  We were overwhelmed with the beauty that Jenny created, and spent the entire day clicking here and there until we had documented as much as we possibly could.  Jenny and Scott are so clearly head over heels in love with each other, had they been married in a field with no chairs, it would have been just as beautiful.  

What think you, dearies?

xoxo!  - Alison

Photography: DreamLove Wedding Photography / Venue: The Smith Barn / Dress: Poloma Blanca / Bridesmaid dresses: WTOO / Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs /Bride’s hair piece: Bel Aire Bridal /Bridesmaid’s necklaces: Pinkstreet Designs / Bride’s garter: Lola in Lace / Hankerchiefs: Various vintage shops on Etsy / Hair & Makeup: Pyara Aveda, Burlington, MA / Flowers: Whole Foods Market / Catering: Vinwood Catering / Cupcakes and Whoopie Pies: CupnRol / Bride and Groom’s cake: Whole Foods Market / Nana’s Cookies: Godmother Jackie and her daughters / DJ’s: Progressive Youth Sound / Bride’s engagement ring: Long’s Jewelers / Bride’s wedding band: Stonehome Estate Jeweler’s / Groom’s wedding band ring: Long’s Jewelers / Bride’s jewelry: family heirlooms / Favors: Sommers Bounty

Label(s): Color, Pink, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Rodellee on September 6, 2011

    The ribbons are probably my favorite feature, how very festive, like you’re going to a wonderful fair or country carnival. Their wedding looks so fun and colorful and so sweet. I want some of those cookies!

  2. Courtney From Cocroft & Delbridge on September 6, 2011

    Gosh…who doesn’t love a good ribbon wand…always so fun! :) I am a huge fan of all the fabric patterns!

    In other news…terribly sorry about your cramps…unfortunately I have no magic remedies…which is quite a bummer.

  3. Alison on September 6, 2011

    Rodellee – I know, I can’t get enough of those ribbon streamers!! I’m with ya :)

    Courtney – Right? I was just telling Rodellee approx. .7 seconds ago how much I love those wands. See above this, where I told her? ;) Seriously, the BEST!

  4. Ann on September 6, 2011

    Absolutely loving the rustic wedding :) Thanks for sharing :) As always…a pleasure to read your posts! And the pic of bambino – priceless!

  5. Winnie on September 6, 2011

    Those ribbons wands just bitched-slapped me in the face with their awesomeness. They are fabulous. And now I want to make ridiculous amounts of jam in tiny jars just so I can cover tops with a great fabric.

    Damn. Can I get married all over again?

    Would you like the weather we’re having now? You can have it, it’s all yours. It’s in the 90′s all week after a summer of frigging rain. EVERY. MONTH. September has its weather all backwards.

  6. Lena on September 6, 2011

    Oh hello, Heaven. I didn’t realize you came in weddings. I don’t even know where to start with this one. A plus to those two, really.

    I hope that your death cramps are subsiding, and I’m wondering what sort of telepathic connection we have that I too was miserable today. It’s a little weird, but it also might explain how Bambs and I feel about each other.

    I secretly (not so secretly) wish that you’d hung around the photo booth to see disaster strike, but it’s probably best you didn’t, since I imagine that one felled teenager could bring not only her friends down but onlookers as well. Safety first.

  7. Alison on September 6, 2011

    Ann – What a lovely thing to read, thank you! I’m truly grateful and glad you enjoy the blog! I’ll try to keep it up for ya :) xx!

    Winnie – Seriously, what is UP with Summer this year? And that’s a no thanksies – I think I’ll go ahead and keep this weather over the weather you just described! ;)

    Lena – Telepathic? I say fiber optic. Yeah. You get me. Hormones doth know nary a boundary when theyeth wanteth to synceth up thy sisterfriends ok I’m making negative levels of sense I’m gonna wrap this up right about now.

  8. Laura *You Stir Me* on September 6, 2011

    oh thank goodness for you and this wedding. I live in your neck of the woods and I hear ya on the dreary weather lately. This wedding is the perfect cure. That suitcase filled with ribbon wands is the bees knees.

  9. Laura *You Stir Me* on September 6, 2011

    oh nuts – one last thing. I find that red wine helps with my cramps…or maybe it just makes me fall asleep? Either way, my love, you should drink red wine:)

  10. Elle on September 6, 2011

    I love the organic feel of this wedding. It doesn’t look forced, but just a gorgeous natural wedding dripping with gorgeous colors. Honestly all it made me think of was the ice cream cones of my youth!

    Also, lately I have been feeling like flowers in the hair are a bit “overdone”, but this bride wore it so well that I am in love all over again!

    Ahhh… summer, how I will miss you!

    And cramps: tea, a hot pad, and an occasional soak in a epsom salt bath. **Seriously, the bath is the most amazing thing…

  11. Alicia @CharityWedding on September 6, 2011

    This is pure whimsical perfection in every little way. I lOVE the crafty sewing/fabric theme, the ribbon wands, and the colors. But that bouquet stopped me in my tracks. My fav bouquet ever perhaps, could it be? Do you know that I had a gynecologist tell me once that if I didn’t go ahead and get an IUD (which I often confuse with IED or whatever that bomb is called) that the only solution to horrifying cramps would be to get pregnant. Yep, she said that. To me, an unwed college student. She must have been getting some major kickbacks for every IUD she installed. Needless to say, I went with the cramps.

  12. Alison on September 6, 2011

    Alicia – holy cramps, girl!! That seriously happened to you? What IS IT with some people.

  13. Marie @ Emici Bridal on September 6, 2011

    In love with all the bright colors, really adds a lot of cheer! It looks warm, inviting and personal. Just the way you would want a wedding to be. BRAVO!

  14. Simply Savannah Events on September 7, 2011

    Their ribbon wands are beautiful and so are the flower arrangements!

  15. Kristine {in love, engaged} on September 7, 2011

    Possibly one of my favorite shots OF ALL TIME: The bride bending over to pick up a dandelion (aka: wishing flower). Perfect. Also, a DIY wedding at its best right there. Well done to those guys!

  16. Nora on September 8, 2011

    Love this wedding. I am in love with vintage venues in MA! And I love the menu without red meat and lots of things I love!

  17. katie on September 9, 2011

    Wow! I am so grateful for all of the feedback on this wedding. We had such an amazing time photographing everything… although I think we could have spent days shooting and still had a tough time getting every detail! Gorgeous stuff for sure… :)

  18. Kelly Marie on September 22, 2011

    Love the patterns, love the ribbon, the table numbers are awesome. So many homemade touches…I love this!!

  19. Felicia on April 11, 2012

    The Smith Barn is being added to my list of places to consider, and I’m so glad I found this post for some inspiration!

  20. jenny on June 9, 2012

    do you have more information on the groom’s suit??

  21. AnnaBeth on June 15, 2012

    I am in love with those wands!! I am wanting some for my wedding, do you know if they were bought from somewhere or were they DIY? I would love any details!!

  22. PartySoon on March 23, 2017

    I adore every single details of this rustic wedding! The sweet treats and colorful ribbons make the occasion absolutely unique.


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