In a world where everything is constantly changing and evolving, including the wedding industry, how do you decide where to draw the line between tradition and modern trends? I believe tradition can have its place in our modern weddings, while still leaving room for fun, modern tweaks to the classics. One of my favorite spins on tradition this year? The first look! By far, these are my favorite photos to see from a couple’s wedding day and almost always give me butterflies.
Few can tell a love story the way a country musician can. From sentimental classics to new favorites, we’ve rounded up this list of country wedding songs perfect for your first dance as a married couple (and tried very, very hard not to cry while doing it).
The Stone Manor Boutique Inn in Lovettsville, Virginia is the master of the wedding weekend getaway. To start, you’ll get a spectacular location—the stone manor main home sits at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with many internationally rated vineyards, breweries and distilleries a short drive away. Its wedding packages are designed for nearly any type of event, from a quiet elopement to a sit-down dinner for 150. The food is top-notch—you will not want to miss the SIX-course gourmet breakfast for overnight guests (so, so hungry just thinking about it). And if you or your guests end up with a spare moment to go raspberry picking, the staff will even help you make fresh raspberry liquor or jam in their kitchen.
THE SPRINGS Event Venues are such experts at weddings they don’t have just one venue—they’ve got ELEVEN. And they’re even in two different states. Clearly, this is a team that knows how to make your perfect big day happen.
Indiana brides: If rustic elegance is your dream wedding theme, The Barn at Hawks Point is your venue (to start, you’ll love the barn’s *three* crystal chandeliers). Located in Anderson, less than an hour from Indianapolis, the traditional gable-style barn sits on acres and acres of tree-filled meadow. But you won’t get just gorgeous rustic decor here (though there’s lots and lots of that)—the barn, built in 2014, also offers all of the modern amenities you need for your event.
You might call the Shenandoah Mill in Gilbert, Arizona the ultimate DIY wedding project. How else would you describe a 200-year-old mill moved thousands of miles across the country from Virginia to Arizona to be painstakingly rebuilt piece by piece as wedding venue?
A barn wedding venue PLUS a stunning mountainside backdrop? If the very idea is enough to get your heart fluttering, you’ll adore the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa in Jackson, New Hampshire, nestled in the White Mountains.
If you’re a Massachusetts bride looking for a quintessential rustic barn for your wedding, your search is done. Look no further. Stop, seriously. You’re not going to beat the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield in central Massachusetts.
Kansas City, Missouri wedding pros Alan and Angela Berry know how to throw a good party—and they’ve got the perfect setting to do it. The husband-and-wife duo are the owners of Berry Acres, a stunning, 20-acre property that once was home to world-class black and brown Clydesdales.
There’s a reason that your wedding day is called one of the happiest days of your life. You can’t fake pure joy like this.