An Autumn Barn Wedding at BoBrook Farms in Roland, Arkansas

Jogee Lenarduzzi (30 and an adjudicator) and Joey Detchemendy (29 and an auditor) had an autumn-themed wedding at BoBrook Farms in Roland, Arkansas. After a casual outdoor ceremony—complete with heartfelt handwritten vows—in front of an arbor built with cedar from Jogee’s family’s farm, guests moved to the 6,000-square-foot barn for the party. Before the reception, Joey and Jogee enjoyed a meal away from the crowd. “It gave us a second to sit together and be excited that we were finally married,” she says. “It also gave us a chance to eat, which many of my friends told me did not happen on their own wedding day.” The priority for the reception, other than making sure the space could accommodate their 175 guests, was good food and fun. The couple served a hot, delicious meal of stuffed chicken, beef brisket, green bean casserole, twice-baked potato casserole and salads—“nothing fancy but so tasty and filling,” Jogee says. There was also plenty of beer and wine and a good DJ spinning a mix of music to inspire “our wild bunch of friends to dance, dance, dance,” she says. The guest book was filled with Polaroid photos rather than signatures or sentiments (with extra film, so friends and family could bring photos home), and the dance floor was packed all night, with shuttle buses returning guests back to their hotel. A memorable sparkler exit at the end of the night capped the festivities. “Seeing our favorite people in one place, dancing and enjoying themselves, was the best gift,” Jogee says. “The whole night was fun, fun, fun.” —Chrissy Sorenson