A Rustic Fall Wedding at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, Missouri

Lindsey Vansandt (30 and a reproductive physiologist) and Skyler Cavin (29 and a trainer at CDK) met in college. One summer, Lindsey went on vacation

Lindsey Vansandt (30 and a reproductive physiologist) and Skyler Cavin (29 and a trainer at CDK) met in college. One summer, Lindsey went on vacation with Skyler’s family to Florida. “I didn’t think anything of it when his dad and stepmom announced we would be doing a scavenger hunt one morning,” Lindsey says. “They’re notorious for setting up these kinds of things. The scavenger hunt was aptly named the Treasure Hunt as there was a pirate theme involved. Before the hunt began, we were all given pirate flair to wear.” Focused on winning, Lindsey flew through the hunt, not realizing she was the only one searching. When she got to the end, Skyler was there with a box. “He opened it, reached inside and went down on one knee,” she says. “I am still clueless so I told him he looked ridiculous, ‘Why are you kneeling down?’ Even though he had already started his speech to me and was down on one knee and holding a ring box, I didn’t understand what was happening. Some people randomly walked by on the beach and started clapping for us. They apparently had a better intuition than I did. I finally understood. We hugged. We kissed. I cried. I forgot to say yes, so he had to ask me again! And just in case you were wondering, yes, I was indeed wearing en eyepatch when Skyler proposed.”From the very beginning of the planning process, there were two details Lindsey and Skyler agreed on: They both wanted a fall wedding, and they wanted to have it outdoors. Everything––pinecone place cards, burlap flatware holders, mason jar favors, s’more dessert bar, pumpkin-flavored cupcakes––complemented the rustic fall theme. Even their venue, Belvoir Winery, was featured in an episode of “Ghost Hunters” as one of the most haunted locations in the Midwest. Perfect for the Halloween-loving couple and fall-inspired wedding. Their florist, Found in Nature, created a gorgeous burnt orange and red hanging bouquet out of roses, calla lilies, ranunculuses, pin cushion protea and blue thistle.The best part, though? The menu!From the bride: “I grew up in Kansas City, and we couldn’t very well let our out-of-towners come to visit without giving them a sample of Kansas City’s world famous barbecue,” Lindsey says. “For dinner, we served Oklahoma Joe’s, which is one of our favorite BBQ joints and just happens to also be the number one Zagat-Rated, best barbecue joint in KC. Of course, I was bit terrified to eat BBQ in a white dress, but luckily Skyler’s dad and stepmom surprised us on the night of the wedding with his and hers apron bibs!”

Skyler is an antique collector, and one of his favorite things to collect is antique handmade marbles. “Skyler traded one of his favorite marbles to a fellow collector who happens to be a jewelry designer such that he could design and make my wedding ring,” Lindsey says. He proposed with a round-cut halo ring.
Whimsical Tree Wedding Invitations
Blue Bridal Flats
Lindsey wore a simple strapless gown with an empire waist. Instead of a veil she wore an antique broach from one of her best friend’s great grandmother (her something borrowed!).
Lindsey and Skyler First Look
Skyler wore a orange calla lily and blue thistle wrapped with a brown ribbon on his lapel.
Orange Bridal Bouquet
Burnt Orange Ribbon Bouquet Wrap
Rustic DIY Wooden Wedding Sign
“We loved the character and history of the winery,” Lindsey says. “The building we held our reception in was built around 1900 and was originally used as a home for members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. They were able to keep a lot of the original flooring and molding and there is just a certain charm about the building that we instantly fell in love with. Plus, we absolutely love Halloween and Belvoir Winery has long been known as one of the most haunted locations in the Midwest. In fact, they were featured in an episode of Ghost Hunters.”
Fall-Themed Ceremony Decor
A Wedding at Belvoir Winery
Lindsey and Skyler told the flower girl to wear whatever she wanted as long as it was fall colored. “She decided on a purple dress with black knee-high boots,” Lindsey says. “Close enough for us!”
Simple Flower Girl Basket
An Outdoor Ceremony at Belvoir Winery
Romantic Wedding Gazebo
Simple Yellow and White Aisle Decor
Lindsey and Skyler First Kiss
Lindsey and Skyler Recessional
Lindsey and Skyler at Belvoir Winery
Rustic Wood Leaf Escort Cards
Rustic Cocktail Hour Display
A Tented Reception in Liberty, Missouri
A Tented Reception at Belvoir Winery
“We held our rehearsal dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house out in the country, and our guests carved pumpkins (over 100!) that were used as décor for the wedding,” Lindsey says. “In fact, each table had a carved pumpkin set on a wood round (handmade by Skyler’s dad), in lieu of flower arrangements.”
Pumpkin and Fall Leaves Centerpieces
DIY Decorated Pumpkin Centerpieces
Rustic Fall-Inspired Centerpieces
Pinecone Escort Cards
Lindsey and Skyler gave guests mason jars personalized with their names and wedding date on one side and the tree logo from their invitations on the other. They were also the glassware at the reception.
Burlap Flatware Holder
For dinner, Lindsey and Skyler served Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ. “I was bit terrified to eat BBQ in a white dress,” Lindsey says. “Luckily Skyler’s dad and stepmom surprised us on the night of the wedding with his and hers aprons!”
For dessert, Lindsey and Skyler had a small one-tier white buttercream cake. They also served cupcakes, which allowed them to have all their favorite flavors––red velvet and german chocolate––as well as seasonal flavors such as pumpkin and apple spice.
S’More Dessert Bar
“Being a fall wedding, we absolutely had to have a fire pit and s’more making station outside as well,” Lindsey says.