A Romantic, Rustic Wedding at the Mayowood Stone Barn in Rochester, Minnesota

Kristina Smith (25 and an account coordinator at Periscope) and Joseph Donner (25 and a logistics specialist at Dart Advantage Logistics) met during t

Kristina Smith (25 and an account coordinator at Periscope) and Joseph Donner (25 and a logistics specialist at Dart Advantage Logistics) met during their sophomore year of college through a mutual friend. After bumping into each other a few times, Joseph finally worked up the nerve to ask Kristina out. Four years later, Joseph popped the question on a ski trip to Big Sky, Montana. As lovers of the outdoors, a venue that allowed them to have an outdoor ceremony was key. Before they even visited Mayowood Stone Barn, the couple was smitten. “As soon as Joe and I pulled up to the barn, we looked at each other and knew that this was it,” says Kristina. “It was perfect. The place is just brimming with history and full of rustic touches.” The day of the wedding, the ceremony was held out on the property’s lush green lawns, surrounded by acres of perfectly tended fields and lush forest. Garlands of eucalyptus and rustic wooden accents introduced a decorative touch to the outdoor space, while playing up the natural setting. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests moved into the venue’s iconic stone barn for the reception. The stonewalls, exposed beams and wood floors gave the room a cozy rustic feel, which the couple dressed up with a palette of warm pink, peach and neutral hues with pops of green, in the form of garlands, vines and mixed greenery, adding a touch of freshness. Kristina chose full, bright blooms like dahlias, garden roses and ranunculuses to fill the centerpieces, the gold vases introducing a regal and glam vibe to each tabletop. An antler motif was incorporated throughout; making an appearance on everything from the stationery (which Kristina custom-designed herself) to the tables and the property’s Trophy Room itself, as a nod to Joseph’s love of hunting. Before hitting the dance floor, Kristina and Joseph served guests a menu packed with inspired eats, including cheese puffs topped with jalapeno-spiced blackberries, vegetable spring rolls, tarragon chicken and more, with raspberry frosted buttercream cake to top it all off.

Kristina made all of the invitations and stationery herself, drawing on the pale peach and pink color palette, as well as the wedding's rustic vibe. She hand-drew the illustrations for each piece, an antler and greenery motif to give the invitations an organic, yet playful look.rnrn
"Since we were having a summer wedding outdoors, I really wanted a dress that wasn’t stuffy," says Kristina. "I really wanted a soft, ethereal look and feel for my dress without going too far outside my normal style." After visiting several shops and trying on over 50 different dresses, Kristina decided to take to the internet to gather some inspiration. She came across Hayley Paige's designs and knew she had to try one on. "Once I did, I was hooked. My gown had beautiful movement in the skirt without it being too big and puffy. Then the rope lace design on the bodice was a perfect little vintage touch. I could instantly see it in the barn setting," says Kristina.
To give her look a subtle hint of glam, Kristina wore a pair of champagne Badgley Mischka sandals with crystal-embellished ankle straps for her walk down the aisle.
Kristina asked her florist to create a cascading bouquet for her to carry down the aisle that would fit with the wedding's organic, natural vibe. The stunning bouquet was filled with wispy greenery, red ranunculuses, ivory dahlias, bright pink peonies and cream-colored roses, giving off a soft, romantic look.
For a classic, romantic look, Kristina wore her hair up in a low, loosely curled updo, adding a lace-trimmed veil for a finishing touch. "When I first started looking for a gown, I tried on my mother’s, which my grandmother made by hand," says Kristina. "It was a beautiful dress, but not quite the style I was going for. Luckily, my grandmother had made a matching headpiece that had a removable veil. I could just pin it right into my hair and the lace detailing matched my gown."
To keep things feeling casual, yet still elegant and ethereal, Kristina had her six bridesmaids choose their own dresses, each in a soft shade of pale pink or peach.
The bridesmaids' bouquets had a similar romantic, whimsical feel to Kristina's and were filled with full blooms like dahlias, roses and ranunculuses in shades of pink, peach, ivory and cream.
Pheasant Feather and Greenery Boutonniere
Khaki Three-Piece Groom Suit
Casual Khaki Groomsmen Look
Wood Burned Ring Box
Hand-painted Wood Signs
Gold-Framed Chalkboard Welcome Sign
Hooray Flags for the Ceremony Exit
Gilded Chalkboard Sign
Rustic Lantern Ceremony Decor
Outdoor Ceremony at Mayowood Stone Barn
To distinguish the ceremony altar, Kristina's father handmade a wooden cross, which was then draped with olive leaves and vines to complement the ceremony's natural setting.
Lush green garlands of eucalyptus and olive leaves lined the ceremony aisle. Each garland was repurposed for the reception, adding a fresh, organic touch to the tabletops.
Mayowood Stone Barn Ceremony Processional
Kristina and Joseph Exchange Vows
Rustic Chic Cocktail Lounge
Vintage Frame Escort Card Display
Hand-Crafted Escort Cards with Antler Motif
As a thank you to their guests for their love and support, Kristina and Joe sent their guests home with jars of locally made honey. Each jar was dressed up with a handmade tag featuring the wedding's antler motif.
Mayowood Stone Barn Reception
Cascading Rose Centerpieces with Olive Leaf Garland
Hand-Painted Wood Mr. and Mrs. Signs
Romantic Pink Floral Centerpieces
Eucalyptus Garland Table Runner
Custom-Designed Menu Cards
Handmade Wood Table Numbers
Marquee Lighting Dessert Table Backdrop
Three-Tier Ruffled Buttercream Wedding Cake
Kristina and Joe's First Dance