A Shabby-Chic Wedding at a Private Residence in Festus, Missouri


                    Who knew rustic could be so modern? Even though Haley Miles-McLean (24 and a clinical research assistant) and Michael Wade (29 a

Who knew rustic could be so modern? Even though Haley Miles-McLean (24 and a clinical research assistant) and Michael Wade (29 and a special education teacher) got married on Haley's family's working farm, they didn't let the country theme overwhelm the details. Instead, timeless accents such as beige and white linens for the reception, geometric star chandeliers over the dance floor and classic round florals paired gorgeously with vintage scales, reclaimed wood and ceramic cake toppers for a shabby-chic feel like no other. Catering to the natural aura of the private residence, Haley and Michael definitely wanted to focus on family as they exchanged vows. Everything—from the purple ring bear to the wedding arbor to the spice favors to the floral stationery—was all made by Haley, Michael and their family and friends. We're definitely impressed! See our favorite details—check out her dress!—beautifully captured by Todd Studios Photography, below.

Haley's friend Joanne Stein designed all the stationery, and Haley and Michael adored it. She used reverse type and decorated the paper goods with oversize lavender and white flowers along the edges. They were a modern twist on the classic look and set the tone for the day.
Since she has always loved dress-up clothes, Haley was excited to go dress shopping. She found a stunning champagne-colored ball gown by Allure Bridals at Posh Bridal. She loved the playful yet elegant skirt, ornate beaded detailing, low back and big satin bow for a modern but classic look.
Peonies, roses, ranunculus and hypericum berries filled Haley's round bridal bouquet. The Flower Patch gorgeously arranged the combination of soft shades of pink and green, which fit the romantic palette as well as the natural feel of the outdoor space in Festus, Missouri.
Having always loved the mismatched look for bridesmaid dresses, Haley decided that's exactly what she wanted. Her two maids of honor wore one-shoulder dresses with a sparkly applique to help them stand out while the other ladies wore different necklines. Each was a different shade of purple for a cohesive but casual look.
Haley's family has owned this farm in Festus, Missouri, for more than 100 years. When it came time for Haley and Michael to get married, they couldn't think of anywhere better. "We chose this location sine it brought us closer to my dearly loved grandparents who were killed in a car accident," Haley says. "The farm was a center of life and love for our families and a place where everyone felt at home and together." The ceremony was outside with an outdoor cocktail hour between two ponds, and the reception was inside the barn with a tent connecting it to an outside dance floor.
Haley's handyman father salvaged old doors from Washington, DC, and drove them to Festus, Missouri, for the wedding. He built a grand wooden frame to support them and white-washed each door for a grand, picturesque entrance for Haley.
The ring bearer carried a little purple ring bear down the aisle, which was handmade by Haley's great-aunt. The boy kept his look simple with black slacks and white button-down.
Haley actually fell in love with her engagement ring while Michael was deployed in Afghanistan. She sent him photos of the gold picture-frame design with a white sapphire center and a diamond on each side. Michael, thinking of proposing anyway, had his father take Haley on an errand to the store when she was visiting his parents a few weeks later. His father told Michael how much Haley loved the ring, so Michael called from Afghanistan, bought the ring and had his parents hold it until he returned home.
Haley and Michael exchanged vows on Haley's family's farm in Festus, Missouri. They decorated the stunning outdoor ceremony space with a hand-built wooden arbor made from a cedar tree that one of their friends even cut down for them. A crystal chandelier and timeless white flowers added an elegant vibe to the otherwise rustic space.
Even though Haley and Michael had their reception in a rustic, working barn, they weren't afraid to make it look super-modern. The neutral beige and white color scheme was really timeless, and draping and string lights added a little romance.
The table numbers echoed the invitations' look and feel with the pastel floral design. The numbers were a little softer, though, with the classic black-on-white type and pink and yellow colors. All the paper goods for the day were gorgeously created by Haley's friend Joanne Stein.
For dessert, the Cakery Bakery created a four-tier cake. Inside, the cake was vanilla with raspberry jam, strawberry with chocolate ganache and lemon with lemon jam. Outside, it was covered in buttercream, fresh peonies and ranunculus. The ceramic hugging-bear cake topper was the perfect touch.
All the guests at Haley and Michael's wedding went home with little jars filled with chipotle spice rub or Singapore curry seasoning. Each was completed with a cute little recipe since the couple love to cook. They loved sharing some of their favorite flavors and dishes with their friends and family.
Haley and Michael set up a white tent to connect the barn, where everyone had dinner, to the outdoor dance floor. They wanted to create lots of space on the family farm for guests to move and have fun. The newlyweds started the dance party with their first dance under the modern, geometric hanging star chandelier.