A Free-Spirited, Rustic Barn Wedding at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Akron, Ohio

Although there was no initial theme in mind for the wedding day, the DIY rustic elements, free-spirited fashions and dairy barn venue built in 1898 ha

Although there was no initial theme in mind for the wedding day, the DIY rustic elements, free-spirited fashions and dairy barn venue built in 1898 had guests describing Liza Hollo (31 and a physician assistant) and Cory Brightwell's (32 and a business owner in the fitness industry) wedding in Akron, Ohio, as “a '70s-style hippie wedding.” The two were married at the bare wood archway on the lawn of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The reception that followed took place inside the rustic dairy barn on the property, where natural colors and dried blooms by Farmhouse Flowers shaped the bohemian look of the wedding, captured by Imagen Photos. But what really brought to life the vibe of the day was Liza’s vintage dress. Designed by Amanda Wakeley, the white dress had a gold geometric design extending down the front of the bodice, ending at a belt that flowed out into a skirt. A gold headpiece accented with beads and design by a London, England-based complemented the look. “I was sure I would never have that 'it's the one' feeling about a wedding dress, and I was wrong,” Liza says. “I walked into a bridal boutique near my home in San Diego and saw it hanging across the room, and that was it, I knew it was the one.”

Liza wore a pair of neutral-colored shoes by Seychelles on her wedding day. The shoe was open-toed and tied around the ankle.
Liza picked out a white wedding dress with the bodice accented in gold geometric shapes with a matching belt. She held her bouquet of dried flowers in her hand.
Wood Wedding Sign with Dried Flowers
At the ceremony, folding chairs had glass mason jars filled with arrangements of dried flowers decorating the aisle.
The flower girl wore a cream-colored dress as she sprinted down the aisle at the ceremony, with basket in hand.
"We love nature and adventure, so getting married in Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Park was an easy decision, as I grew up in Cleveland and my family resides there," Liza says. "The Conrad Botzum Farm and dairy barn, built in 1898, was the perfect setting for a beautiful outdoor fall wedding."
"The weather was perfect until we started our vows, and a torrential downpour forced a "rain delay"," Liza says. "We said our vows-mine sweet and loving, Cory's a rap that he wrote and sang in the barn with our friends and family gathered around."
Cory wore a three-piece dark blue suit on the wedding day, accented with a brown tie.
Dining tables were dressed in white tablecloths draped with burlap runners. "We wanted the barn to retain it'srnrustic feel while adding natural colors to the reception," Liza says. "We opted for dried flowers, which my mother tirelessly arranged as well as designing the bouquets and boutonnieres for the bridal party."
At the reception, white escort cards were hung on a wood, rustic board with metal keys. The board was positioned in front of an antique typewriter.
"Olive You" White Pillow on Chair
Liza wore a gold, vintage headband that was accented with beads. The headpiece was purchased from a jeweler in London, England.