A Romantic, Bohemian Wedding at Riverwood Barn and Amphitheater in Durant, Oklahoma

After Madelyn Dickson (18 and a scriptionist) and Ryan Greenwood (21 and a medical laboratory technician) got engaged, the pair agreed to put wedding planning on hold to focus on buying a house and building a future together. But when they entered—and actually won—a wedding giveaway, tying the knot moved to the top of their to-do list. With the help of Pretty Lovely Events, Madelyn and Ryan pulled off an unforgettable Valentine’s Day soiree—all in one month—with a palette of rich red, pink and purple hues and a romantic, bohemian vibe. “We love traveling and are all about adventuring, so we wanted to do something a little nontraditional,” Madelyn says. 

Riverwood Barn and Amphitheater in Durant, Oklahoma, hosted the affair, providing the fun-loving duo with the ultimate rustic-chic setting for their free-spirited fete. The day unfolded with an outdoor ceremony, where Madelyn and Ryan exchanged vows before a vibrant dream-catcher-inspired backdrop. The couple expressed their commitment to each other in their own words and performed a sand ceremony to symbolize their new life together and the joining of their two families. The newlyweds then gathered their families and friends in the Riverwood Barn for dinner and a full-on dance party. “Stephanie at Pretty Lovely Events took my theme and ran with it,” Madelyn says. “I couldn’t tell you one thing that I would have changed. Honestly, the location and venue themselves were enough to make any girl’s dream wedding without all the extras, but Stephanie went above and beyond all that I could have asked for.” 

Votive candles and shimmering chandeliers filled the barn with warm, ambient light, while swaths of dramatic red and gold fabric added an element of drama and romance to the room. To achieve the couple’s bohemian vision, details like colored glassware, antler and feather centerpieces, wildflowers and a laid-back lounge complete with colorful throws and cozy rugs were woven throughout the decor. The Iron Gate Cafe tempted guests' taste buds with mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres and a delicious sit-down dinner, which was followed by a showstopping three-tier cake complete with fresh purple flowers and glitzy gold fondant. After dinner, Madelyn and Ryan kicked the festivities into high gear, ushering their families and friends out onto the dance floor, where they rocked out late into the night. “We danced to ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran for our first dance, and then all our family and friends joined in toward the end,” Madelyn says. “We had an awesome DJ who kept everyone dancing throughout the night!” —Libby MacCarthy