A Rustic, Picnic-Inspired Wedding at the Weston Red Barn Farm in Weston, Missouri

For their wedding, it was important to Whitney Hutsell (28 and a school social worker) and Jennifer Wilson (30 and a hospitality manager) to create a

For their wedding, it was important to Whitney Hutsell (28 and a school social worker) and Jennifer Wilson (30 and a hospitality manager) to create a welcoming, laid-back vibe that allowed their guests to kick back and have a good time. An outdoor wedding was a must for the nature-loving pair and the Weston Red Barn Farm in Weston, MO fit the bill, providing a beautiful, relaxed environment for the informal affair and plenty of indoor and outdoor event spaces to choose from. To highlight the stunning natural setting, the couple chose a summer wedding date, ensuring that the farm’s apple orchard would be in full bloom when they said their “I do’s.” Inspired by the summer season, Whitney and Jennifer opted for a color palette rich in cheery shades of yellow, bright pops of blue and a base of classic ivory. The couple, with the help of their family and friends, put together all of the flower arrangements and centerpieces themselves, using full blooms like roses and stock flowers to introduce a subtle hint of romance to the decor. Milk glass vases, vintage hardcover books, burlap accents and hand-painted wooden signs were key details in playing up the wedding’s rustic theme, while strands of fairy lights and elegant chandeliers hanging from the barn’s rafters added an air of ambiance to the historic space. Dinner played off the couple’s picnic proposal, serving up a selection of fresh bruschetta, fried chicken, potato salad and assorted fruit pies for dessert. After dinner guests enjoyed a night filled with dancing and making s’mores under the stars.

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To highlight the wedding’s vintage-inspired theme, Whitney and Jennifer took on several DIY projects in the months leading up to the wedding. Whitney’s bouquet was one such project. Instead of carrying a bunch of fresh blooms down the aisle, Whitney opted to make her own bouquet with paper flowers she crafted from the pages of old books.
While Whitney used book pages to handcraft her own bridal bouquet, she and Jennifer opted for fresh blooms when it came to the bridesmaids. Each girl carried a simple bunch of baby’s breath tied with an ivory ribbon down the aisle. The bouquets hinted at the wedding’s rustic and vintage theme.
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Hand-Painted Wedding Welcome Sign
An outdoor ceremony was important to both Jennifer and Whitney, both of whom feel a connection to the outdoors. As soon as they visited the Weston Red Barn Farm, they knew instantly that it was the perfect spot to say their “I do’s.” The rustic, quaint and playful atmosphere suited both their personalities, as well as the laid-back, yet elegant vibe they hoped to create for the day. To highlight the stunning setting, the couple chose a wedding date in the summer so that the apple trees in the grove, where the ceremony would take place, would be in full bloom.
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Weston Red Barn Farm Apple Orchard
As a symbol of their union, Jennifer and Whitney opted to incorporate a hand-fasting tradition into the ceremony. Each of the their immediate family members joined them at the ceremony altar where they shared a value that they hoped would be present in the marriage, while wrapping a colored ribbon around the brides' intertwined hands.
Weston Red Barn Reception
Handmade Kraft Paper Bunting
Drawing on the summer season for inspiration, Jennifer and Whitney chose a cheerful color palette of yellow and ivory with pops of blue. The couple, along with the help of their close family and friends, made all of the centerpieces themselves. They filled milk glasses vases with seasonal blooms like roses, stock and chrystanthemums and arranged them with burlap accents and vintage books to give the tables a rustic touch.
While hosting the reception in the Weston Red Barn Farm’s barn was a good place to start in terms of bringing the couple’s vision to life, it was the extra decorative touches that really gave the day a rustic, laid-back vibe. The long reception tables were decorated with hand-cut burlap table runners and linens, while stacks of brightly-colored vintage books and milk glasses vases filled with cheery yellow blooms introduced a fresh pop of color to the room.
The reception’s picnic-inspired menu was inspired by Jennifer and Whitney’s proposal. When Jennifer decided to pop the question, she surprised Whitney with a picnic in the park with all of her favorites foods and champagne. After dinner, Jennifer reached in the basket to pull out dessert and instead presented Whitney with a ring. They worked with Plaza Catering to put together a mouth-watering menu of fried chicken, fresh bruschetta, potato salad, cole slaw and other summer favorites.
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Instead of ending dinner with the traditional slice of wedding cake, Jennifer and Whitney decided to choose a dessert choice that perfectly played up their wedding’s picnic theme. Following a dinner of summer favorites like fried chicken and potato salad, the couple served up an assortment of mini fruit pies. rn
After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests headed to the open-air barn for a night of dinner and dancing. Strands of fairy lights and decadent crystal chandeliers hung from the rafters of the Weston Red Barn, illuminating the dance floor and casting an ambient glow over the cozy, rustic space.
Subtle decorative touches with old world flair were incorporated throughout the day to introduce a vintage undertone to the decor. Rustic antique furnishings were used to create a display for the welcome table, complete with a retro suitcase where guests could leave cards and well wishes for the newlyweds.