A Backyard Farm Wedding in New Bern, North Carolina

When Robert, 23, proposed to Kasi, 23 at his family farm, it wasn't the first time he had chosen that spot to ask her an important question. "In 2007,

When Robert, 23, proposed to Kasi, 23 at his family farm, it wasn't the first time he had chosen that spot to ask her an important question. "In 2007, after our junior year of high school, we finally noticed each other and he asked me to be his girlfriend after making dinner in a small house at the back of his parent's property," says Kasi. "Fast forward five years later and he cooked the exact same meal before asking me to be his wife!" With a summer date set, the couple planned a country-inspired backyard wedding at the meaningful property with a teal and yellow color palette. Robert's father planted a ring of yellow sunflowers that encircled the ceremony site and Kasi worked to DIY every aspect of her rustic day from the flower arrangements to the home-cooked dinner. Additional decor included hay bails covered with handmade quilts for outdoor seating along with peacock feathers and fresh sunflower accents. "I was going for country-chic and I liked that combing sunflowers and peacock feathers was something different," says "I tried to make these details subtle enough so they wouldn't clash and utilized mason jars as well as other country elements that we already had."

Kasi carried a teal-wrapped crystal encrusted bouquet and made all of her flower arrangements before the wedding with help from friends and family.
Keeping in mind that she was having a summer farm wedding, Kasi found a pair of comfortable metallic sandals to wear with her lace gown.
Kasi's bridesmaids wore mixed pale green J.Crew dresses with DIY sunflower bouquets.
To fit with the summer farm wedding, Robert and his groomsmen wore tan suits from Jos. A. Bank.
Despite rain before the ceremony, guests were able to sit on hay bails topped with homemade quilts during the outdoor ceremony.
The ceremony took place in a horse pen ringed with sunflowers. They chose July for their wedding specifically so that sunflowers would be in season.
The couple swapped vows at Robert's family farm in front of a ring of sunflowers planted for the occasion. “ The farm is where Robert asked me to be his girl friend and also where he asked me to be his wife,” says Kasi.
The couple exchanged vows at Robert's family farm in front of a backdrop of homegrown sunflowers.
After their farm ceremony, Kasi and Robert took a ride in a horse drawn carriage before joining guests for the outdoor reception.
The backyard wedding took place on the groom's family farm surrounded by close family and friends.
After a rainy morning, Kasi and Robert's family waited for bails of hay to dry before covering them with rustic quilts for outdoor seating.
Kasi was able to focus completely on DIY projects during the last few months leading up to her July wedding after graduating after graduation from North Carolina State University in May.
A fresh sunflower topped the simple two-tiered buttercream cake with swiss dots and pearl piping. “A retired family friend graciously made our cake because she knows, no one can make cake like hers!” says Kasi.
Instead of having a thumbprint tree replace a traditional guestbook, guests were invited to contribute their thumbprints to create custom art.
Keeping with the country DIY theme, Kasi and Robert made homemade jelly favors from ingredients found on the farm.
Kasey wore her hair up to complement her lace gown's cut-out detail. “ I knew my wedding would be outside and in the summer so I found a simple lace dress with a keyhole back,” says Kasi.