The Youngs – A Rustic Romantic Wedding

This past Saturday Jon and I had the wonderful privilege of witnessing our friends Eric and Hannah exchange vows beside a beautiful big red barn out on an Iowan farm. It was truly a picture-perfect day, and you couldn’t ask for better company to celebrate with – the best type of wedding! Clear back in January, Hannah had asked me if I would be interested in decorating for their wedding, and I said yes! Other than my own, I have had very little experience in planning and arranging wedding decor, but I absolutely love this couple and was willing to take on the challenge to help them out! 🙂 (Plus, it gave me an excuse to surf through all those cute wedding pins again. 😉 )

Both the ceremony and reception was held at the Rustic Rose Barn in Roland, IA. The venue came complete with a quaint pasture for ceremonies,  a big ol’ barn for receptions, and a cute little patio area for hangin’ and dancin’! So great! Since I know that many of you have been hearing me talk about this wedding for months, I decided to attempt including several half-way decent photos to help share the day with you. And I would be doing wrong if I didn’t give a shout-out to The Shop for having amazing wedding rentals (check them out here) and to my friend and creative partner Whit for helping me create and build a vision for this special day. Thank you both!!


We kept decor at the ceremony pretty simple…it was just so naturally beautiful that it hardly needed anything! (I didn’t get any shots of them, but the shepherd’s hooks in the aisle had baby’s breath hanging from them, and the wooden signs you see are segments from 1 Corinthians 13, done up by my pal Missy over at Spruced Up Creations.)



And can we all just take a minute and appreciate how pretty that red barn is up against the blue sky?! It seriously couldn’t have been a more perfect day.


The inside of the barn had the perfect element of old rustic charm that paired well with the soft romantic touches of blush and tulle. My personal favorite scene was this giant pallet wall. I wasn’t loving the style of the garage door with the look we were going for, so I began to brainstorm ideas of how to make it work with our vision. The door was a natural focal point in the room, so instead of trying to just cover it up, I wanted to make it into something pretty and unique. This pallet wall was the winner and I recruited my husband to help pull it off. I’d say he did a pretty good job!




The backdrop for the head table incorporated a few floral hoops (stitching hoops spray painted gold with floral attached), lights, tulle and garland. Initially we weren’t quite sure how this would come together, but in the end we were pretty pleased with how it turned out! 🙂


And how perfect is that chandelier?? When we first visited the barn, that feature blew us away. Pictures really do it no justice. Below is a shot of our little photo booth set up (props to Whitney)  We used this faux shiplap wall as part of our booth at the Barn Flea & Fair this spring, and so when deciding on a photo booth back drop, naturally it would be perfect! Jon built the faux fireplace and the two vintage chairs were rentals from The Shop. By the end of the night I wanted to curl up on one of those chairs and just move in to this little space.


Whitney had the idea of including a little corner for the kids at the wedding, so we decided to incorporate a few crayons and color sheets for them to take into the reception with them. (Not going to lie, the kid in me wanted to color one too. 😉 )


 I can hardly believe that this day has already come and gone! It seemed like just yesterday that Hannah sent me her colors and I started some mood boards. Overall it was a good experience, and I am so thankful we could help out in this way. Thanks to the Nichols and Young families to putting up with my crazy lady-isms in the days leading up to the wedding and to all those who gave of their time to help build, set-up, and make this thing happen. Y’all are the true heroes!

Thanks for reading, friend! Hope you have a good one.

Julia 🙂



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