A Chic, Rustic Wedding at Highland Vue Farms in Newville, Pennsylvania


                    Kristie Rice (23 and in sales) and Ryan Sommers (23 and a graphic designer) love all things rustic and vintage, so they immediat

Kristie Rice (23 and in sales) and Ryan Sommers (23 and a graphic designer) love all things rustic and vintage, so they immediately gravitated toward a barn wedding at Highland Vue Farms in Newville, Pennsylvania. “The barn was beautiful and definitely rustic,” Kristie says. “It was built in the 1700s and it's still standing.” Their decor only enhanced the barn's natural charm. String lighting wrapped around every wooden beam, showing off the architecture, while all-white reception tables matched the barn's white walls. Kristie and Ryan still wanted to leave a personal touch, so they got creative with pops of color. Every table had a hand-picked bright dahlia, wildflower and sunflower centerpiece inside a vintage glass jar. The couple also included some of their favorite Southern cuisine. Guests feasted on macaroni and cheese, barbecue pork and cornbread before trying some cupcakes for dessert. The North Mountain Ramblers took it from there and got everyone dancing to folk music. Teal Photography caught every moment; catch all our favorites, below.

Kristie and Ryan had vintage and rustic decor, and each accent at the ceremony reflected their tastes.  All 150 of their guests sat in rows of white fabric-covered hay bales or a few white folding chairs for the outdoor wedding at Highland Vue Farms in Newville, Pennsylvania.
Kristie and Ryan's wedding was in April, and the bright bouquets made it feel like spring. Kristie and her bridesmaids carried lush arrangements of bright coral dahlias, purple dianthus, purple roses, Queen Anne’s lace and greenery gathered in a neutral ribbon wrap. “We bought our flowers from an Amish woman who grows them on her farm,” Kristie says. “They were absolutely beautiful, and she gave us an awesome price.”
“My mom knew of the Highland Vue Farms owner through a church camp that we went to as kids. As soon as we saw the property, we knew we had to have our wedding there,” Kristie says. Their outdoor ceremony highlighted the natural landscape. The bridge served as their ceremony space while guests watched from rows of hay bales.
The Bluebird bridesmaid dresses actually inspired Kristie and Ryan's wedding color. Kristie and her bridesmaids found these bluish-gray dresses at David’s Bridal, and Ryan agreed they would look great with the other coral wedding color. All five women looked ready for spring with the one-shoulder bluebird dresses, empire waists and ruching along the center. Their looks matched with coral statement necklaces, bright coral slingback heels and coral necklaces.  Each groomsman also carried on the same coral color with bright ties.
After the ceremony and a few photos, the couple switched out their dress shoes for something a little more comfortable. They both wore lace-up white sneakers rom DSW with a slight red and blue trim. Kristie's shoes even had a wedge heel so it would be the right length for her ball gown.
As soon as dinner ended, guests were welcome to explore the grounds. One of the first things they saw was a DIY photo booth that Ryan and his father made; everyone was able to plop their heads into the two spots and pretend they were Kristie carrying Ryan. Now that's personalized!
The 18th-century Highland Vue Farms barn was also a big selling point for Kristie and Ryan. “The owners have built onto it, but almost all the original barn is in tact,” Kristie says. The couple opened each barn door to let the natural light in and just highlighted the space with string lighting, white tables and folding chairs. The decor let Kristie and Ryan maintain a rustic, laid-back atmosphere as they took their first dance and celebrated with guests.
Ryan’s boutonniere perfectly matched Kristie’s lush bouquet with a bright arrangement. Its green wrap gathered a purple rose, purple delphiniums, white wildflowers, purple dianthus and a coral daisy to represent their wedding colors.
Although they originally wanted a formal dinner, Kristie and Ryan switched things up and showed off their laid-back personalities with a Southern menu.  Mission BBQ catered the entire event with pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, cornbread, beef barbecue and more. “Our food was the most talked about part of our entire wedding,” Kristie says.
Kristie and Ryan's love of  vintage also came out in the drink selection. They scoured the grocery store for glass bottles of Mountain Dew, Dr Pepper and Pepsi. “After clearing out the shelf, we ordered some more from the manager to make sure we had enough,” Kristie says. The display also carried on their vintage decor as each glass bottle stood out from a retro ice chest.
Kristie and Ryan filled the barn with white round and long reception tables and matching white chairs. Each one had a bright wildflower, daisy and sunflower centerpiece as well as coral napkins and colorful wedding favors. Every favor even alluded to the couple’s relationship. “We decided on jelly beans in the jars because Jelly Bean is a nickname I call Ryan,” Kristie says.
Absolutely every centerpiece was DIY! Kristie and Ryan went to several garage sales to collect mason jars for the long wedding tables. “We bought every mason jar we could get our hands on,” Kristie says. They filled each one with colorful dahlias, wildflowers, lavender and greenery to match the bridesmaid bouquets. To make things even more personal, they placed each accent on a vintage book that belonged to Ryan's great-grandfather.
Every piece of Kristie and Ryan's dessert display brought out the couple’s wedding colors. They chose a three-tier buttercream wedding cake that was covered with cascading coral, white and “bluebird” fondant flowers. Their series of wedding cupcakes had the same exact design with bright coral, blue or white frosting. To make the cake stand out, they decorated it with a personalized gold topper that read “K & R.”
The couple got creative and made sure every guest was ready to hit the dance floor to the North Mountain Ramblers folk band. Multiple sizes of bright flip-flops were waiting in a tub with a “dancing shoes” chalkboard sign, so guests knew the gift was for them.
To make the reception even more personalized, the couple lined their barn with photos. One table had just their engagement photos in a shabby-chic ivory frame, keeping with their rustic decor. The accent was surrounded by both floating candles and string lights, making sure it stood out for anyone who wanted to reminisce.
After going back and forth on what their wedding colors should be, Kristie and Ryan decided on slate gray, “bluebird” light blue and coral. The groom sported all their hues with a formal look, wearing a dark gray tuxedo from Topline Tuxedos just as his groomsmen did. But instead of a charcoal vest, he switched out the accent for one in ivory and topped it off with a matching gray jacket. His boutonniere brought out the rest of their palette with purple and coral flowers.