Our Rustic Barn Wedding

When my husband and I decided to get married, we knew that finding the perfect location would be really important to us. We wanted a place that would be fun and relaxing for our guests while still being elegant and chic. So when we fell head-over-heels for a beautiful red barn in upstate New York, we knew we had found exactly what we had been dreaming about. The only available date was in just four months time but we knew it was meant to be and we jumped at the chance without hesitation. I have to admit, planning a wedding in so short a time was no walk in the park, especially since we are such a DIY couple and tackled many of the details ourselves. From the groomsmen bowties to the party favor tags, to the belt on my dress—so much of it was a labor of love. Not to mention, the letterpress invitations...

As a graphic designer and letterpress printer, it was only natural to want to design and print our invitations. Sure, there wasn't much time and sure, invitation planning is usually a gargantuan task, but we were determined to create something that would really tie the whole event together and shout out, "BARN WEDDING! GET EXCITED!"

rustic letterpress barn wedding invitations

We incorporated our love for all things vintage and well-worn, printing on a beautiful ecru shade of paper and using kraft envelopes. To show the inspiration behind some of the invitation imagery, here are some photos of that perfect, summer day... Enjoy!

groom with bow tie, flower petal aisle, bride and groom dancing, skeleton keys escort cards
polaroid wedding guest book hung on string
rustic barn wedding cocktail hour under trees
kraft box favors tied with bakers twine and wooden disks
chandelier hanging in vintage restored Dutch barn over long wooden tables
candlelit table with letterpress block table numbers
guests at barn reception 
guests standing outside of red barn lit with string lights

More photos here and here.

Invitation photo by Fourteen-Forty. All other photography by Jonas Peterson. Event styling by Matthew Robbins