A DIY Country Wedding at Ya Ya Farm & Orchard in Longmont, Colorado


                    Talk about doing it yourself! Everything from the stationery and flower girl dresses to the cake and arbor was made by Leslie Ne

Talk about doing it yourself! Everything from the stationery and flower girl dresses to the cake and arbor was made by Leslie Newton (24 and a therapeutic recreation specialist), Andrew Schall (25 and a project manager) and their family and friends. "Everything about the wedding had the personal and intentional touches that I love," Leslie says. Instead of a traditional, wrapped wedding gift, Andrew made Leslie a wooden swing, which was displayed at the reception. And Leslie's mother made 234 jars of homemade apple butter for the wedding favors using apples from the wedding venue, Ya Ya Farm & Orchard in Longmont, Colorado. Needless to say—we're impressed. One of our favorite details was the alternative quilt-fabric guest book. Guests signed their names and well wishes on little squares, and Andrew's mother turned it into a romantic keepsake. With personalized touches throughout their day, Leslie and Andrew knew they needed a venue that fit their vision. Ya Ya Farm & Orchard, with its apple trees and red barns, was it! Pink Diamond Events worked with the couple on the details, and Fresh Flower Market added plenty of romance with the textured, cotton-filled florals. See all our favorite moments from Leslie and Andrew's homespun wedding, beautifully captured by Aldabella Photography, below.

Leslie's maid of honor, Alexa, co-owns a company called Sage Paper Goods. She designed all the stationery, including these stunning invitations. She painted the floral watercolor design based on the flowers Leslie had chosen. The elegant type and custom art set the tone for the whole day.
Fresh Flower Market created all the floral arrangements for the rustic wedding. Leslie told the florist she wanted the flowers to be light and airy, and they nailed it! The bride carried roses, stock, baby's breath, silver brunia, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller and hydrangeas down the aisle.
Leslie let her 11 bridesmaids wear whatever made them comfortable for the rustic farm wedding. She asked them to find a casual maxi dress in a light neutral color. "They all did an amazing job finding the perfect dresses," Leslie says. "I'm so happy with the way they looked together." Each of the ladies completed their look with simple jewelry, soft curls and sandals.
The bridesmaids carried small bouquets, including stock, baby's breath, dusty miller and balls of cotton. Since Fresh Flower Market arranged all the flowers, the bridesmaid bouquets echoed Leslie's bouquet for a cohesive, rustic look.
The two flower girls wore these ivory tutu dresses. Leslie's friend made the dresses for the occasion. "The girls looked like little clouds and were so happy in their poofy princess dresses and ballet slippers," Leslie says. They completed their look with baby's breath flower crowns.
Instead of a traditional wedding gift, Andrew made this gorgeous wooden swing for Leslie. "It was so neat to receive it at the wedding where our guests could admire his handiwork," Leslie says. "He loves me and showers me with beautiful handmade gifts."
Andrew made the rustic wedding arbor using panels of old barn wood, and Fresh Flower Market attached curly willows, baby's breath, hydrangeas and stock along the sides and in the corner for a stunning ceremony backdrop.
Leslie and Andrew exchanged vows at Ya Ya Farm & Orchard in Longmont, Colorado. Their ceremony took place under a large tree between the rows of the apple orchard. Gorgeous mountain vistas of Long's Peak in the background were definitely a bonus.
Andrew wore three ivory spray roses accented with dusty miller and baby's breath for his boutonniere. The groomsmen echoed his look with baby's breath and brunia on their lapels, but they didn't have roses so Andrew would stand out from the group.
Instead of a traditional guest book, Leslie and Andrew had their guests sign blank squares of fabric. Andrew's mother later turned all the squares into a beautiful quilt for a romantic keepsake.
Leslie and Andrew had a small fire pit with hay bales set around it. Each bale had various quilts on top for a comfortable, casual look. They also constructed a hay-bale couch, with throw pillows and a large quilt over the top. Guests loved hanging out on it throughout the night.
Leslie and Andrew set up some of the reception tables inside a large white tent, but they also set up some outside, running parallel to the orchard rows. The long tables were topped with white linens and brown kraft paper runners. The couple put crayons on the tables so the kids could color.
For wedding favors, Leslie's mother, sisters and friends helped make 234 jars of homemade apple butter. They used apples from Ya Ya Farm & Orchard in Longmont, Colorado. Leslie and Andrew loved how the gifts were homemade, incorporated the rustic theme and a piece of their romantic venue.
Throughout Leslie and Andrew's seven-month engagement, they collected lots of vintage pieces from antique stores. With the help of their friends and family, the couple arranged their findings into centerpieces. They had everything from galvanized tins and mason jars to lanterns, silver platters and old books decorating each table.
Instead of a formal sit-down dinner, Leslie and Andrew hired food trucks to cater their wedding reception. Maine Street Barbeque brought barbecued chicken, brisket and mac and cheese. The Sustainable Spoon brought quinoa salad, grilled cheese and chicken tacos. And White Whale topped off the night with ice cream sandwiches.
Ya Ya Farm & Orchard in Longmont, Colorado, is a working farm with horses, chickens and peacocks, but it also has a beautiful apple orchid and rustic red barns. "When we heard that we would be married in the rows of apple trees, with the reception under the white tent and dancing in the beautiful barn, we were sold," Leslie says.
Leslie and Andrew's dear friend made their two-tier cake. The confection was decorated with textured buttercream and baby's breath. It was displayed on an old wooden spool that was placed on a large apple cart to fit the rustic theme.
Andrew donned dark washed Wrangler jeans with an ivory and blue gingham J.Crew button-down. He completed his look with Ariat cowboy boots, a brown linen vest and a blue tie. "It was the perfect combination of casual yet handsome," Leslie says.