Falling for you: sensational sunset barn celebration
Casey & Paul: The love story
<p>Americans Casey and Paul first met while studying abroad in London back in 2002, though it wasn’t until they both ended up living in New York City five years later that they officially started dating. Fast-forward to 2010 and a cabin trip to the countryside with friends, where Paul plotted the ultimate proposal. “We’d all driven to a little town for dinner, but suddenly everyone disappeared and Paul asked me to go into this art gallery,” Casey remembers. “On the far wall were five paintings, and I knew immediately that he had painted them and they were of our memories together.” </p> <p>Photography by Simply Bloom, <a href="http://www.simplybloomphotography.com/"target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>simplybloomphotography.com</strong></a></p>
Casey & Paul: Going to the chapel
The couple tied the knot at Children’s Chapel at Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin in Alabama. “We had a traditional ceremony with a few twists, including writing our own vows,” Casey says. “I’d highly recommend it to anyone planning a wedding, because it makes it so very special.”
Casey & Paul: Up in the air
Fabric poms in neutral hues hung from the ceiling of the chapel to decorate the ceremony – and served as a preview for the reception décor to come. “Southern, rustic glamour was our theme,” Casey says.
Casey & Paul: The supporting cast
Elegant ceremony stationery introduced guests to the officiant, bride's and groom’s parents and bridal party.
Casey & Paul: This magic moment
“The ceremony was by far our favourite part of the day,” Casey says. “The sun was setting and the light from the day’s end was shining through the chapel’s windows down on us. It was a magical moment that we will never forget.”
Casey & Paul: Oh so glamorous, part 1
Casey’s bridesmaids wore chic knee-length dresses from White by Vera Wang (<a href="http://www.davidsbridal.com/Browse_Bridal-Party-Bridesmaids-White-by-Vera-Wang-Bridesmaids"target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>davidsbridal.com</strong></a>). Meanwhile, the bride channeled a bit of Scarlett O’Hara-style drama in the ‘Bellflower’ gown by Monique Lhuillier (<a href="http://www.moniquelhuillier.com/"target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>moniquelhuillier.com</strong></a>).
Casey & Paul: Oh so glamorous, part 2
The bridesmaids’ short, draped, satin dresses in neutral charcoal were embellished with black grosgrain sashes.
Casey & Paul: To have and to hold
Florist Amy Osaba (<a href="http://www.amyosaba.com/"target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>amyosaba.com</strong></a>) created Casey’s rustic-look bouquet of peonies, ranunculus and dusty miller.
Casey & Paul: If the shoe fits ...
The bride finished her look with a glittering pair of slingback heels by Kate Spade (<a href="http://www.katespade.com/"target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>katespade.com</strong></a>).
Casey & Paul: Well-groomed
Paul’s sleek suit was a bespoke creation by Alan David Custom in Manhattan (<a href="http://www.alandavidnyc.com/"target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>alandavidnyc.com</strong></a>).
Casey & Paul: Barn beautiful
“We wanted the reception venue to be close to the ceremony but still outside and surrounded by nature,” Casey explains. "The Stables at Russell Crossroads were perfect. The barn was so romantic, with beautiful horses in the stables below.”
Casey & Paul: What's in a name?
“For our place cards, my mother bought glass ornaments that had tags with everyone’s name and table number on,” Casey says. “We hung them up on a rope installation in the area of the barn where we held our cocktail hour so everyone could pick them up before heading to the tables.”
Casey & Paul: Let there be light!
The incredible focal point chandelier was created by florist Amy Osaba (<a href="http://www.amyosaba.com/"target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>amyosaba.com</strong></a>) and assistant Erica Loesing.
Casey & Paul: Top tables
Pops of metallics helped to add a glamorous edge to rustic details like these dual-purpose table runner/table numbers. “My dad built 12 farm tables and used the wood from my great grandfather’s barn for the reception,” Casey says. “They turned out to be absolutely gorgeous!”
Casey & Paul: Such great heights
To add vertical interest to the barn space, the couple decorated the ceiling rafters with strings of neutral-hued fabric garland.
Casey & Paul: True colours
A mixed floral palette of salmon, yellow and pink, plus grey, sage and green foliage, complemented the glamorous metallic vases and table decorations.
Casey & Paul: Flower power
Blooms on display included peonies, ranunculus, geranium leaf, cotton blossom, feverfew, veronica, scabiosa, dusty miller, sage, hydrangea and anemones.
Casey & Paul: Muted hues
Even simple sprigs of foliage and berries looked stunning in small crackle-finish bud vases sprinkled along reception tables.
Casey & Paul: Dinner, southern-style!
Guests feasted on a seasonal menu of cuisine from the American south, catered by SpringHouse Restaurant (<a href="http://www.springhouseatcrossroads.com/"target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>springhouseatcrossroads.com</strong></a>) – think hickory grilled steak, creamy shrimp and grits, and potato fennel gratin with roasted fall vegetables. To drink, Casey and Paul served a signature cocktail of Grey Goose orange and sweet iced tea!
Casey & Paul: A piece of cake
“Our cake was a traditional tiered tower, with a mix of vanilla and chocolate, frosted with salted buttercream icing,” Casey says. “We put a gold vintage crown on top and asked the baker to use the shapes and colours to add extra embellishments.” Cake by Olexas, (<a href="http://www.olexas.com/"target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>olexas.com</strong></a>)
Casey & Paul: Dancing in the moonlight
“We shared our first dance to Moondance by Van Morrison, which really matched the theme and mood or our wedding,” Casey says. “The reception was more of a quieter affair, though we did have an after party that carried on into the wee hours!”
Casey & Paul: A place in the sun
“I love the two contrasting themes of rustic and glamour used together, which worked perfectly for the location,” Casey explains. “We also wanted the natural beauty of our surroundings to be the main characteristic of the day. In the end, it all looked incredible – the best day of my life.”