When Rochelle and Sam were looking at wedding venues, they wanted something different than the traditional banquet hall or hotel. Instead, they hoped for a setting that would showcase their favorite place to spend time together: outside. Jennifer Van Elk Photography captured the rustic, picturesque details of Rochelle and Sam’s wedding where they said “I do” against a beautiful landscape and then celebrated their new journey with friends and family inside a warmly lit barn.
Rochelle and Sam were drawn to Morgan Acres for its rustic chic charm, but it’s beautiful outdoor location and huge barn were only a part of the reason they decided to tie the knot there. “We picked Morgan Acres because 10 percent of our venue cost was donated to a down syndrome charity,” Rochelle says. For the happy couple, who love the outdoors, it was the perfect venue that also allowed them to give back on their special day.
Rochelle walked down the aisle in a Lazaro gown designed by Tara Keely with lace detailing and a soft pink ribbon around her waist that tied into a large bow, fastened at the small of her back. Sam waited for his bride at the end of the aisle wearing a three-piece, steel-blue suit with a gray-blue tie from Express that he paired with brown shoes and a brown belt.
In between laughter and tears, Rochelle and Sam exchanged self-written vows under an arbor draped in ravishing greenery of seeding eucalyptus, garden roses, dahlias, tweedia, delphinium, astible and spray roses, which was arranged by Rochelle’s sister-in-law.
Weaving rustic elements from their ceremony into the reception, tabletops were lined with lush greenery, which popped against the white linens where table numbers were displayed on birch wood stumps. Leafy greens lined the three tiers of their elegant white cake, which was decorated with a delicate texture. Guests enjoyed a bountiful buffet of cedar-planked salmon with sun dried tomatoes and artichoke hollandaise, petite filet with béarnaise sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, hoosier green beans and honey-glazed carrots before filling up on chocolate, vanilla, lemon or strawberry champagne-flavored cake.
“The all-wood barn was lit with chandeliers, twinkly lights and natural sun and moonlight,” Rochelle says. “As the sun began to go down, the lighting turned to amber and set the perfect stage for our first dance.” With all eyes on the happy couple, John Legend’s “You and I” played as Rochelle and Sam shared their first dance as newlyweds.
“Sharing the experience with friends and family was definitely the most memorable,” Rochelle says. “The wedding wouldn’t have been nearly what it was without their support, and we were honored that they were able to make our special day truly special.”
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