A Rustic Barn Wedding at Gallagher Barn in Bonner Springs, Kansas
Melissa Flick (35 and a nurse) and Michael Lounis (43 and a regional account manager) met online. One year later, Michael surprised Melissa with an impromptu trip to Napa Valley. They did a tasting and then took a walk among the vines. That was when Michael dropped to one knee and proposed. "Of course I said yes," Melissa says.For their rustic barn wedding, the perfect venue was the key. "I wanted to do a barn wedding but the places I looked at were not fitting into the budget," Melissa says. They finally found the perfect spot: a barn on one of her co-worker's parent's property. Everything -- from the sable-colored bridesmaid dresses to the floral arrangements -- took on an autumnal color scheme of deep oranges, purples and browns. "I wanted colors that reminded me of the changing leaves," Melissa says. To pull it all together Melissa did lots of antique and thrift store shopping. Plus, she used a vintage rental company (called Brossie Belle) for a few choice decor elements. Their florist Erin Volante Floral incorporated lots of wheat, dahlias and calla lilies?into the arrangements, fitting of their rustic fall barn wedding?reception.One of the best parts? The delicious menu and cake! From The Bride: "For the reception we had a buffet style dinner catered from Hyvee. We had fried chicken, smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, salad and green beans. And one of my friends insisted on making enough coleslaw to feed my 170 guests. Our wedding cake was catered by a local company, the same ones that provided my sister's wedding cake almost two years before. I wanted it to be ivory with just plain white cake and appear to have ruffles, it turned out beautifully, and very yummy. The cake sat on a cake stand made by my father. I had wanted to do something like the cross section of a tree but was finding them a bit expensive online. We ended up using the seat of an old wooden chair, staining it and adding feet for height. I still have that cake stand and use it to display appetizers and desserts when we entertain."