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 im

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."

Simple Barn-Inspired Invitation Suite
Melissa ordered her wedding dress online. She found a picture she liked, based on a designer dress, and sent in her measurements. “I was so scared to try it on that I drove to the home of one of my bridesmaids to try it on,” she says. “I was so pleased with the way it turned out.”
Blue Bridal Shoes
Melissa Getting Ready
Crystal Hair Accessory
Michael Getting Ready
Black, Brown Wedding Party
Melissa carried roses, orchids, calla lilies and dahlias in shade of orange, brown and purple.
Michael wore a orange dahlia, coral rose, seeded eucalyptus and dried wheat on his lapel to match the rustic barn theme.
Autumn-Colored Bridesmaid Bouquet
Shabby Chic Ceremony Programs
Live Guitar Ceremony Music
“I wanted to do a barn wedding but the places I looked at were not fitting into the budget,” Melissa says. “At work one day I was talking to a coworker about it, and she told me about the barn on her parent's property that she and a few of her siblings were married in. They currently rent it out on occasion. I went and looked at it and it definitely fit the budget so the venue was decided a year in advance.”
Mason jars were filled with orange dahlias and hung from shepherd hooks with burlap twine.
Melissa and Michael First Kiss
Gallagher Barn Wedding Venue
String Lit Gallagher Barn
Rustic Love Barn Reception Sign
Lace-Covered Wedding Gift Table
Melissa and Michael decorated the inside of Gallagher Barn with christmas lights, white drapery and burlap chair wraps for a festive, rustic feel.
Melissa and Michael Reception in Kansas
An Indoor Barn Reception at Gallagher Barn
Guests drank out of mason jars, which they got to take home with them at the end of the night as favors.
Rustic Brown Menu Cards
Rustic Purple, Orange Centerpieces
Rustic Mr and Mrs Flag Banner Table Decor
A Gallagher Barn Reception
Melissa and Michael enjoyed a white ruffled butter cream wedding cake topped with fresh roses, dahlias, orchids and wheat.
Melissa and Michael First Dance