Looking at this incredible venue, you’d never guess that the groom himself actually built the barn from the ground up only 11 months before he married his bride, Katie. This allowed the couple to exchange vows in the venue of their dreams on the grounds of Steve’s parents’ home. Let’s jump into this beautiful wedding captured by Kris Holland Photography:
From the bride, Katie: We wanted to get married in a barn, but we were torn because we also wanted to get married at Steve’s parents’ home. Instead of settling we made all of the above happen. Steve built a barn on his parent’s property to host our wedding. With 3500 square feet of beautiful post-and-beam construction and 11 months of back breaking work we had a dream barn completed just in time for our big day. The barn was a beautiful symbol of the possibilities that love can create.
My mother sewed 150 napkins out of various mismatched fabrics. This made the table setting really fun and different. We then used the scraps of fabric from the napkins along with hundreds of different ribbons to create a huge “ribbon canopy” that suspended from the barn rafters. The canopy was accompanied with market lights to create a dramatic centerpiece overhead. With all of the different textures and colors haloing the event throughout the evening this element turned out to be one of the most memorable parts of our wedding.
Our plans to have a beautiful outdoor ceremony followed by a barn reception had to quickly be changed as the rain clouds moved in. We moved everyone inside the barn for the ceremony. There was something so romantic about having our friends and family gather close together to witness our vows. The sound of the raindrops outside, the glow of the candles, and the cozy feel of 150 friends and family all under one roof (a roof that we built) created an incredibly intimate ambiance for our ceremony. We purchased market lights as opposed to renting them. Because we wanted to hang them so high up in the barn, this turned out to be a much less expensive option. When the wedding was over we gave some of our friends and family a strand of lights for them to keep. We love going to their homes and seeing the lights from our wedding hanging in their backyards.
Wedding Location: Sacramento, CA / Photographer: Kris Holland Photography / Event Planner: Stephanie Teague Events / Flowers: Botanica / Wedding Venue: Pritchard Barn (residence of the Groom’s Parents) / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone / Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair and Makeup: Alexis Von Bergen of 3 Ways Beautiful / Wedding Caterer: Magpie Catering / Wedding Cake: Freeport Bakery / Band: Rockridge Bluegrass Band / DJ: Non-stop Music Entertainment / Reception Decor and Rentals: Forever Vintage Rentals / Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth / Videographer: Matthew David Cinema / Stationery: Hello Lucky