I’m a total sucker for a good intimate wedding. As a wedding photographer herself, bride Elisabeth knew from past experience that she wanted to keep her wedding small. With a gorgeous family farm setting and images by Simply Rosie, we’re smitten with the results of her tireless DIY work!

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From the bride, Elisabeth: I always knew my wedding would be at the family farm where I grew up. Our farm is along the Red River in Minnesota with a beautiful barn and fields. With this landscape already, we didn’t need to do much else! We wanted a laid back country wedding feel with hayrides, campfire s’mores and a picnic dinner. Ribs, potatoes & beans were served. The guests sat on haybales during the ceremony as the sun set. The barn was decorated with a touch of gold and elegance with wildflowers from the fields nearby.

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Our stationery was hand painted by my mom. We cut out gold wrapping paper to make the bunting we hung with the lights in the barn. We hand dipped the root beer bottles into gold and pink paint and let them drip. I spray painted all the little farm animals gold for the name places. We made our own tables for the guests to eat on out of the barn wood that was always stored in our barns. Any of the extra decorations were from my own house — being a photographer, I have plenty of little props to style with! The gold paperclip fringe on the sweetheart table was made by my little sisters. Let’s just say that was a tedious and time-consuming job. I am so grateful to my family for all the help. And also our large friend network of creative, helpful DIY people — we couldn’t have done it without them. It was a fun wedding to plan!


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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to have a small wedding. As a wedding photographer, I looked back on my favorite weddings to shoot- one of them had 16 people in attendance. When considering a small private wedding, I had wives tell me to go for it and that they wished they would’ve done the same. While we kept ours to just family, it was still around 60 people. It really was perfect.

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Wedding Location: Red River, MN / Photographer: Simply Rosie / Wedding Dress: My own dress was from the first local dress shop we went into. I didn’t want anything too elegant as it was a barn wedding. Something simple and classic. A little secret – it was $100 ;) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ruche, H&M, Forever 21