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Kayley and Kris’s Rustic DIY Wedding at The Loft at Jack’s Barn

 A Rustic DIY Wedding at The Loft at Jack's Barn - New Jersey Bride

“Kris and I got married eight years to the day we began dating. After meeting in college, quickly becoming friends, and eventually beginning a romantic relationship, we knew early on that this was the real deal. We decided on a short ceremony that we designed ourselves. We wrote our own vows and invited friends to read passages. At the start of the reception after the first dances, I surprised Kris by singing “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles.”

A Rustic DIY Wedding at The Loft at Jack's Barn - New Jersey Bride

“From the moment we began planning, we knew we wanted a non-traditional venue that we could really personalize and make our own. I fell in love with the red door in the back of The Loft at Jack’s Barn, along with the chandeliers inside their historic barn. The layout itself was nontraditional, with the dance floor space set off to the side of the dinner space. It turned out to be one of the guests favorite features.”

A Rustic DIY Wedding at The Loft at Jack's Barn - New Jersey Bride

“The venue had collected a number of old, mismatched wooden chairs, but only had about 40. My mom and I put posts on social media to friends and family to find more chairs. We gathered more than 30 additional chairs! I loved the mismatched look of all the chairs during the ceremony and reception. It was also cool to know that friends and family had used the chairs in the past, we’d use them in our wedding, and future couples at the barn would as well!”

A Rustic DIY Wedding at The Loft at Jack's Barn - New Jersey Bride

“We always loved the fall, so we were drawn to the idea of getting married in October. I wanted it to be bright autumn, romantically rustic, down to earth, natural, and most of all, personal. We wanted to incorporate as much of “us” into the wedding as possible. I have loved The Wizard of Oz since I was a little girl.  I wore ruby red slippers on the big day and danced to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” with my father. He even sported black and white striped socks as a nod to the movie!”

A Rustic DIY Wedding at The Loft at Jack's Barn - New Jersey Bride

“My paternal grandmother offered me her headpiece from her wedding, along with tulle that my great-grandmother had saved from a factory she worked in. My mom used the pearlized flowers from the headpiece and the tulle to make pins for my hair. Deanna from La Mystique Salon has been cutting my hair since I was in elementary school, and it was an honor to have her do my hair on my special day. My mother gave me pearls from my maternal grandmother to wear on my day, so she was with me in spirit.  She also gave me her own wedding ring. It means so much to me to wear the wedding band that symbolizes the love I have looked up to all my life.”

A Rustic DIY Wedding at The Loft at Jack's Barn - New Jersey Bride

“Our wedding cake topper was so unique. My husband wanted to create an unforgettable cake topper, so we dressed plastic dinosaurs as a bride and groom (the bride even had her own pair of ruby reds!) We even incorporated dinosaurs into our wedding photos, asking our bridal party to run away from an imaginary dinosaur to be photo-shopped in later!  The groomsmen also walked like zombies for some of the bridal party shots.”

A Rustic DIY Wedding at The Loft at Jack's Barn - New Jersey Bride

“Our wedding also included a number of DIY projects.  Other than flower arrangements, we decorated the venue ourselves. We made our own wedding favors following the sunflower theme in addition to making a donation to the local ambulance corps that came to my and my husband’s rescue a little over a year ago. We filled test tubes with sunflower seeds to plant in the spring along with instructions.”

A Rustic DIY Wedding at The Loft at Jack's Barn - New Jersey Bride

“We used antique furniture from the venue to create vignettes around the space. The seating chart carried over our chalkboard theme from our invitations. Each table number had a card pinned up along a string with guests’ names. I also used photos of Kris and I as children, along with wedding photos from each of our parents’ weddings. A moss covered paper mache “M” for our new last name was on display. A paper chain I created hung along the railing around our dance floor. Spray painted paper mache letters spelling “FOR KEEPS” were inserted in the lawn where photos and cocktail hour took place.”

A Rustic DIY Wedding at The Loft at Jack's Barn - New Jersey Bride

“Kris used slices from a tree in our yard to create table numbers to be hung on pumpkin stems. Rather than throwing rice at the end of the ceremony, my friend and co-worker helped me create a custom silk screen and printed 160 “Yay!” flags for me at her dining room table. They were placed at each chair. That same crafty friend helped me make mustard yellow flower clips that the maids wore on their grey shoes after I could not find the yellow shoes I was originally looking for. We made a directional sign out of wood from his childhood bunk beds. Pinterest and Style Me Pretty provided inspiration for some of the projects.”

A Rustic DIY Wedding at The Loft at Jack's Barn - New Jersey Bride

“Patti, from Little Big Farm created gorgeous bouquets, boutonnieres and arrangements for the tables. She understood the vision and created unique designs.”

A Rustic DIY Wedding at The Loft at Jack's Barn - New Jersey Bride

“The wedding turned out to be everything we wanted and more. My friend and photographer, Elle, captured amazing moments and emotions that I’ll cherish forever (along with the snapshots in my mind). Our guests danced all night and commented on all the personal touches. Renting a space and then piecing together the event and the look on our own was an extremely rewarding experience.”

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Your favorite part:
“All the personal touches we incorporated into each part of the day that continually reminded me what the day was truly celebrating–the relationship between Kris and myself.”

A Rustic DIY Wedding at The Loft at Jack's Barn - New Jersey Bride

Advice for other brides:
“Take moments throughout the night to savor the details. How things look, feel, etc.”

wedding details

Hometowns

Lincoln Park, Great Meadows

Ceremony Location

The Loft at Jack's Barn

Photographer

Elizabeth Malmstrom of Takemetomountains Photography (913-940-1114, elle@tgtfilms.com)

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