A Rustic DIY Wedding at the Natural Retreats' Homestead Preserve in Warm Springs, Virginia

Just 500 days after their blind date, Blair Wissinger and Bryan Rothamel married at the Natural Retreats' Homestead Preserve in bucolic Warm Springs,

Just 500 days after their blind date, Blair Wissinger and Bryan Rothamel married at the Natural Retreats' Homestead Preserve in bucolic Warm Springs, Virginia. The couple brought their barn wedding to life with rustic and DIY decor like mismatched vases, painted signs, votives candles and table runners sewed by Blair's mother. “The venue was gorgeous, so we didn’t have to decorate much for the ceremony except for some shepherd’s hooks and hydrangeas along the aisle,” Blair says of their outdoor ceremony, which took place on the lawn in front of the Old Dairy barn. After the couple’s ceremony, friends and family enjoyed a low-key cocktail hour with drinks and lawn games. “We are simple people, so we went for a simple affair,” the bride says. The couple served barbecue for dinner with yummy sides like mac and cheese and creamed corn. Embracing her love of dessert, Blair had a “Treat Yo Self” bar with a variety of sweet treats for guests to nibble on. “We had a small cake for us to cut, but we had three type of cupcakes and some other great treats that my friends and family baked as well,” she says. —Marissa Hermanson

Blair and Bryan were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend, and after dating for seven months, Bryan popped the question. “The proposal was very personal,” Blair says. Bryan coordinated the surprise proposal with Blair’s roommates. When she arrived home, love notes, movie ticket stubs and other moments were laid on the floor with a note to come upstairs. “He was waiting in my favorite suit and a tie that was my first gift to him—and he had a ring. Of course, that's what he told me happened; I blacked out and cried a bunch.”
On his wedding day, Bryan looked dapper in a gray suit, blue gingham shirt and orange tie. “I love blue and orange, and although I live in Charlottesville, I did not pick those colors because of the University of Virginia,” Blair says. “They also happen to be close to the colors of my husband’s favorite team, the New York Mets, which helped my cause as well.”
Echoing the rustic nature of the Homestead Preserve in Warm Springs, Virginia, Blair and Bryan incorporated wooden signs and other DIY decor.
“The venue was gorgeous, so we didn’t have to decorate much for the ceremony except for some shepherd’s hooks and hydrangeas along the aisle,” Blair says of their outdoor ceremony, which took place on the lawn in front of the Old Dairy barn at the Homestead Preserve in Warm Springs, Virginia.
Embracing Blair's love of dessert, the couple had a “Treat Yo Self” bar with a variety of sweet treats for guests to nibble on. “We had a small cake for us to cut but three types of cupcakes and some other great treats that my friends and family baked,” she says.
For the couple’s barn reception, tables were topped with an eclectic array of vases and jars, blooms, votive candles, and navy-and-white chevron table runners sewed by the Blair's mother. “We were lucky that it didn’t take much to decorate such a fantastic location,” Blair says.
As a nod to their dairy barn venue, Blair and Bryan had a cow bell that read “ring for a kiss” available for friends and family to ring.
“I love gerbera daisies and knew I wanted that flower to shine,” Blair says. “Other than that, I sent some images of what I liked on Pinterest to my florist and left it up to her to design. I was so impressed with the finished product!”
Blair and Bryan’s dessert bar included an array of cupcakes and other sweet treats that were made by family and friends.
“Enjoy the day,” Blair says. “It goes by so quickly—you don't have time to worry about every detail. Let family and friends worry about things. You just be you."