A Colorful DIY Wedding at Historic Taylor Barn in Lawrence, Kansas

Inspired by their Midwest upbringings and their Kansas wedding location, Megan Collison (25 and a first-grade teacher) and Marcus Hook (27 and a radio

Inspired by their Midwest upbringings and their Kansas wedding location, Megan Collison (25 and a first-grade teacher) and Marcus Hook (27 and a radiology resident) made all the details for their wedding themselves. “We knew we would be moving away from Kansas City and wanted to have as many reminders of home and the things we love,” Megan says. “We carried this throughout our wedding with little details everywhere: a classic Midwestern windmill for our altar, local beer and barbecue.” Megan and Marcus, along with help from their friends and family, loved dreaming up their colorful mix of bohemian and vintage details. Megan’s grandmother made all the cross-stitch table numbers (which were later turned into a quilt keepsake) and Marcus’s mother made the three-tier wedding cake. Wanting a venue that fit their sentimental vision, Megan and Marcus chose Historic Taylor Barn in Lawrence, Kansas, for its stunning limestone look and quintessential laid-back Kansas vibe. “They gave us total creative freedom with the space and for the day,” Megan says. “We decorated the barn however we wanted, and they let us use any caterer, florist or other vendor we wanted, which is very rare.” Bringing in Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Q for dinner was at the top of the couple’s list. “It's one of our favorite places to go together, so it was our first choice for our caterer,” Megan says. There are so many details we love about this wedding—see them all, beautifully captured by Jana Marie Photos, below.

Wedding Paper Diva Pink Flower-Decorated Wedding Invitations
Megan carried pink peonies, pink orchids, white Queen Anne’s lace and plenty of greenery in her lush bouquet. After meeting her florist, Daydream Design, several times at the Lawrence, Kansas, farmers' market, and knowing that she understood her wedding style, she gave her free rein to create all the florals.
Megan wanted to keep her look simple and true to herself. So she used the same hairdresser she’s been going to for years to style her hair in a wavy side style. She completed her look with the perfect white gardenia, blush rose, peach hypericum berry crown and a bright pink lip.
Megan’s bridesmaids wore the same strapless slate gray dresses for the bohemian wedding. Megan and Marcus loved how they served as a neutral backdrop for the bold, colorful bouquets. Each lady completed her look with floral statement necklaces.
Megan and Marcus exchanged vows at Historic Taylor Barn in Lawrence, Kansas. “The historic farm was so picturesque and characteristic of our Midwest upbringings,” Megan says. The backdrop was designed and built by Marcus and included an antique windmill blade, lace donated from the nuns at Megan’s church and scraps of fabric from the napkins Marcus’s mother made for the wedding.
Megan and Marcus participated in a traditional hand-binding ceremony since Marcus is of Norwegian heritage. They also did an alternative unity ceremony using earth from both their family homes and a jade plant. “We wanted the whole ceremony to reflect us as individuals and as a couple,” Megan says.
Since Megan and Marcus love the color copper, they knew they wanted rose gold wedding rings. They found the bands at Shane & Co. Megan’s engagement ring is a rose gold band with pave diamonds and a matching smaller band. Marcus chose a matte rose gold band with a special message engraved on the inside.
Megan always knew she wanted a simple lace gown, but she had a difficult time finding what she was looking for. One day, she got a call from her grandfather and her mother, and they told her they just bought her wedding dress. “As you can imagine, I was a bit stunned and panicked,” Megan says. “But when I saw it and tried it on, it was perfect. And I loved that two of the most important people in my life found it for me.”
Marcus wore a three-piece Banana Republic suit with a cornflower blue Tie Bar tie. The groomsmen wore gray pants, white shirts, suspenders and ties from the Tie Bar. The bridesmaids wore floor-length slate gray dresses. Megan and Marcus loved how the wedding party’s attire was formal enough for the wedding, but casual enough for the at-home feel.
Simple Chicken Wire, Clothespin Escort Card Display
Wooden Puzzle Alternative Wedding Guest Book
The reception tables were numbered with cross-stitch numbers in quilt circles on the same fabric as the napkins. After dinner, Megan and Marcus saved all the napkins and table numbers to turn them into a keepsake quilt.
Glamorous Beaded Crystal Bridal Sash
Vintage Pretzel Tin Wedding Reception Centerpieces
Blue Mason Jar-Filled Wedding Reception Centerpieces
Megan and Marcus enjoyed a three-tier white buttercream stucco-style carrot cake created by Marcus’s mother. The cake was topped with a pair of porcelain bunnies. How cute is that? They added pink orchids, orange ranunculus and pink roses to match the colorful wedding style.