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 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.