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Handmade Barn Wedding

Giving a romantic edge to a rustic barn is no small feat. What makes this wedding such a design success is how the couple integrated clean, white details to soften the space and turned those light fixtures into true art pieces. Aren’t they stunning? What’s more, the details all have a purpose: a new crafting skill, a sweet love story, and a family coming together to make this lovefest a total hit. Have a peek at all the juicy details in the gallery and get ready to swoon over Mary Dougherty‘s gorgeous photos.

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From the bride, Caitlin: We knew right away that we wanted to have our reception in a barn. Our wedding was in mid-November, and something about the decayed feeling of the hay, wood, and stone paired with pretty details like white curtains and lace was so appealing to our aesthetics. We wanted our guests to celebrate with us, share in our commitment, and have a really good time.
vintage DIY Rochester Wedding
vintage DIY Rochester Wedding

One of the first projects I knew I wanted to undertake (and yet the last to be finished) was knitting the ties worn by my father, who married us, Matthew, and our two groomsmen. I had no idea how to knit when we got engaged, so it was a slow process, but totally worth it in the end!

vintage DIY Rochester Wedding
vintage DIY Rochester Wedding

vintage DIY Rochester Wedding
Another project that was truly a collaboration between Matthew and I was the guestbook. I took a bookmaking course in my final semester and so we knew that it should be handmade. We also knew that we wanted to incorporate letter-writing, since it was a big part of our relationship. While I was studying in Tanzania for a semester, we wrote letters back and forth in these retro-feeling airmail envelopes. Many of the letters were lost, but the ones that came allowed us to say some of our deepest thoughts and truly express our love. We love the letters we have gotten from guests, they are so much more special than just a signature!

vintage DIY Rochester Wedding

vintage DIY Rochester Wedding

This wedding was truly a collaboration. While I was making the programs, tea bags, headbands, and hanging leaves, the rest of the family was busy working on the favors, dessert stands, wreaths, doily chandeliers, candle stands, and more! It was truly a handmade endeavor as well as a group effort and we absolutely loved the results!

vintage DIY Rochester Wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Rochester, NY):

Reception Venue: Freedom Run Winery / Church: First Baptist Church of Newfane / Wedding Photography: Mary Dougherty Photography/ Wedding Flowers: Sassafras / Wedding Dress: Etsy / Shoes: Seychelles / Sweater: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie / Groomsmen vests: Uniqlo / Desserts: The Little Bakery (Rochester, NY)

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