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.

vintage DIY Rochester Wedding

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)

18 Comments
  1. She looked so cute with her hairpiece & cardigan! I love that there was a lot of collaboration with all the DIY… And the guest book story-so sweet!

  2. Beautiful wedding! I absolutely love the doily chandeliers- they are so perfect in the barn! Were these handmade too?? I would love to know how!!

  3. adorable wedding!

    you had me at those beverage dispensers!!! tell me more about those please! i am looking for some right now (although for cold drinks for my spring wedding) and those are the cutest ever… if there were cold versions i must find them! 🙂

  4. Amy-the doily chandeliers are super easy and cheap. I found a tutorial at marthastewartweddings.com. Look under the paper decorations section.

    Jamie–I found those vintage percolators on Etsy and Ebay, and while those particular ones are meant to be hot and brew coffee, I’m sure you could use them for cold drinks as well, just take out the plug!

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments!
    –the bride.

  5. those hanging sheer leaves at the ceremony that you made are beautiful. You mentioned you made them-post a tutorial! They are stunning

  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you… My fiance and I found a place that had a vintage barn and I had no idea what to do with it. I Googled barn weddings but those barns were elegant and renovated with a ton of money. I wanted simplicity and your photos are exactly what I am going for gorgeous…