It’s officially the kick-off of summer and a popular time for outdoor weddings. To welcome the start of the season, we have chosen to share an outdoor wedding at Blue Bell Farm in Missouri with you.
Leah, with Gunn Point Photography, had the opportunity to photograph Hannah and Ben on their wedding day. The bride, Hannah, provided some great details about her wedding day below! This is such a beautiful wedding and we are so excited to share it with you!
Here is what Hannah had to say:
“Let me preface this by saying, I was never the girl who had a dream wedding. I figured I would be in my mid to late 40’s when I got married. By then it would be a court house wedding where I held my adopted child on one hip and then rushed off to work shortly after. I was never a romantic person. When Ben proposed via a Mariachi Band, I suddenly wanted to plan the goofiest party I could think of. The early stages of our wedding planning included a bouncy house and a mediocre magician. Those were cute, but when I started putting the day together, I decided early on I wanted to do the work. I wanted each detail to be carefully placed by me so I could remember it forever. And so…I did the DIY shenanigans, and I don’t regret it.”
Stay tuned for more details from the bride, and we hope you enjoy this fun outdoor wedding at Blue Bell Farm!
On the couple’s wedding location from the bride:
“Blue Bell Farm is in Fayette, Missouri. It’s an amazing family owned, organic farm just outside of where I grew up in Columbia. I found it, serendipitously, and fell in love with how beautiful the farm was and how I could see myself getting married there. It was the perfect, laid back environment that Ben and I wanted for our big day. Plus they had a giant farm dog name Bubbles that stole our hearts.”
On the theme and design of the couple’s wedding day from the bride:
“Ha theme. I would say a Homemade Penny Carnival/Fun/Look How Talented Our Friends Are/We Love Dogs/Missouri theme.
We had a Photo Booth, kissing booth and Polaroid guestbook that my stepfather made for me. Yard games, assorted popcorn, sangria and homemade (by my Grandma Nancy) Pimento Cheese Sandwiches for the cocktail and game hour. My mother and I baked pies for dessert, and butter mints in little jars as favors. We had assorted candy jars displayed for those in-between snacks; they all held all our our grandparents favorite candies in them.
Ben and I are very goofy; we wanted it to be a fun day for all ages (kids included). Bluegrass covers of pop songs and Game of Thrones played during our Game/Cocktail Hour. As a tribute to our engagement, we added a piñata for the kids (and us) to knock down before dinner. My friends are all incredibly talented; they played music and sang. A dear friend wrote a cover of “Moon River” (my favorite song) for me to walk down the aisle to. *sob city*
For dinner we ate pulled pork, barbecue chicken, veggies and our amazing “Naked” cake was created by a close family friend. Our beers and wines were all local.
Two of my best friends, my sisters, my mother, and I spent the days before arranging the wild flowers on the tables. It was a lot of work, but I love decorating and creating. With good friends and great music in the background, it didn’t really feel like work.”
On the bride’s wedding dress:
“I took a dress I found, disassembled it, and then redesigned it to resemble something you would see a Bennet girl wear (a la Pride and Prejudice). Working with a costume designer friend, I took lace from my mother’s wedding dress and incorporated it into the dress and veil. I used beads from the necklace my grandmother wore on her wedding day and sewed them onto the head piece that held my veil. The wife of a mentor of mine handmade me a beautiful flower crown with lavender and white clay flowers. It was a beautiful gift.”
On the couple’s bridal party and overall wedding day:
“I gave them colors and told them to go have fun! It was great because everybody found a dress that fit them, their personality, and their unique style. I didn’t know what most of them picked until the day of the wedding. I think it all came together perfectly and nobody had to buy an ugly dress they vowed they would never wear again. We told the guys to just wear gray suits if they had them, most attendees had no idea their suits didn’t match. Our bridal parties were mixed and huge. That was the hardest part, picking who would stand up there. We finally said “whatever” and just put them all in. It was much better that way.
My sister and my best friend Andrew were Co-Maid and Dude of Honor. They surprised us with a musical medley for their MOH Speeches. Our fur baby who is a rescue pitbull, Obie, was our flower girl. Our ceremony incorporated both Jewish traditions (groom) and Christian traditions (bride). We wrote our own vows, which came out ridiculous and hilarious. Friends read poems and quotes they picked out for it. It was really sweet.
Our wedding day, though a lot of work, as we didn’t use a wedding coordinator or a professional team, was amazing. I was proud of the little details and cherished working with my loved ones to create a fun party. I felt our event was the perfect reflection of who we are: two goofballs that like each other enough to put a ring on it. At the end of the day we accomplished what we set out to do: get married. We did that, it was wonderful, and we had a blast celebrating it with everybody.”
Thank you, Hannah, for sharing all of the details and photos from your big day with us! To see more photos from Gunn Point Photography, visit www.gunnpointphotography.com.
With summer just beginning, be sure to check out some of our favorite summer wedding photos, and maybe get some possible photo ideas for your upcoming summer wedding!
If you plan on including your favorite fur baby in your big day like Hannah and Ben chose to do, be sure to check out our tips on including your pets in your wedding photos!