A Shabby-Chic Wedding at the Barn at Kennedy Farm in Lizton, Indiana


                    "From the moment you pull up to the barn, you get this peaceful sensation that there's nothing but happiness in the world," Tara

"From the moment you pull up to the barn, you get this peaceful sensation that there's nothing but happiness in the world," Tara Thornburg (27 and an emergency physician assistant) says of the Barn at Kennedy Farm in Lizton, Indiana, where she exchanged vows with Tyler Trent (26 and an operations manager). "I know it sounds cheesy, but we arrived for the first time on a sunny, breezy day and just walked hand and hand all around the property. I don't think I stopped smiling the whole time." Once the small-town couple found their dream venue, they enlisted the help of wedding planner Tonya from Circle City Planners & Designers to add a glamorous urban feel to the otherwise rustic space. "I wanted a feeling of summer, country love with the mature touches of elegance a wedding and love like ours deserved," Tara says. "We were very fortunate to find the elegant city flair of Tonya." Using a black, white, turquoise and blush palette—accented with plenty of sparkle—Tara and Tyler brought their vision to life in the shabby-chic soiree. We love how Tara's stunning Adriana Alier wedding dress matched the theme with timeless lace and lots of delicate beading. There's so much to love about Tara and Tyler's wedding—see all our favorite details, captured by Vow & Forever, below.

Tara carried ivory hydrangeas and pink peonies in her lush, round bouquet. She loved the classic look for the shabby-chic soiree. To add a little pop of glamour to her look, she wrapped the stems in crystals, which definitely popped.
The bridesmaids wore bright, bold turquoise lace dresses by Donna Morgan for the shabby-chic wedding. Since Tara wanted her friends to feel comfortable for the wedding, they chose whatever style they wanted and ended up coordinating perfectly.
Guests were welcomed to the wedding sign with a rustic wood-framed chalkboard that said, "Choose a seat, not a side, we are all family once the knot is tied."
Tara and Tyler's flower girl wore a white A-line dress with a sparkly silver sash around her waist that perfectly matched Tara's look. She completed her look with a little updo adorned with an ivory flower and lace headband. Too cute!
The ceremony aisle was lined with blush and ivory rose petals in a little swirl pattern. As guests entered the ceremony space, they were each given a little paper cone filled with rose petals as well, for them to throw in celebration of the newlyweds during the recessional.
Tara's father handcrafted a wooden platform for the outdoor ceremony to add plenty of romance to the green space. It was topped with a classic white wooden arch adorned with draped linens and a lush, leafy garland. And the flower-filled urns on both sides added a more traditional feel.
Since the ceremony took place outside in a lush, green pasture, Tara and Tyler wanted to make the space feel a little smaller and more intimate. They framed the altar with a tall white pillar and a smaller white urn filled with ivory hydrangeas and blush roses to add a little dimension to the site.
Talk about personal! Tyler worked with Jack Lewis Jewelers to design a custom ring for Tara. The four prongs around the center diamond in the shape of the letter T to represent their names (Tara Thornburg and Tyler Trent), the two side bands to represent the Christian fishes and the word "believe" engraved inside to match the tattoo Tara has on her right wrist. There are 87 diamonds in her ring, representing the year she was born.
"From the moment you pull up to the Barn, you get this peaceful sensation that there's nothing but happiness in the world," Tara says. "I know it sounds cheesy, but we arrived for the first time on a sunny, breezy day and just walked hand and hand all around the property. I don't think I stopped smiling the whole time."
Tara accessorized her look with a stunning crystal bracelet, dangling earrings and a stunning necklace. She was inspired by her gorgeous Adriana Alier trumpet-style gown and the glamorous beading on the bodice, and added amazing accessories to tie her look together.
Tara and Tyler had their reception inside the Barn after their outdoor ceremony at Kennedy Farm in Lizton, Indiana. Wanting to add a little dimension to the space, they paired towering centerpieces with much smaller ones, all of which included romantic ivory hydrangeas and pink roses. Some of the centerpieces also included crystal garlands for a little glamorous flair.
Each place setting was topped with a black-and-white, chalkboard-inspired thank-you note that said, "Thank you to our family and friends, it means the world to us to have you here. Thank you for the endless support and encouragement, love and laughter you have contributed to our lives. We hope you enjoy tonight’s celebration and those we will share for years to come.”
Since you can never really have too much dessert, Tara and Tyler had a gorgeous seven-tier cake from Melanie Mangrum. Each layer was a different color, ranging from white to turquoise to gray, as well as a different texture or pattern, such as stripes, crystals and swirls.