Gayle and Ian | Barn Wedding

Prepare for a long post. This is Gayle and Ian’s gorgeous, totally DIY, eco-friendly (think solar power), barn wedding. In the shadow of Lake Erie sits the family home of Ian’s grandparents. To call this a backyard wedding doesn’t quite capture the scale. After the story-filled ceremony and tent reception, the entire party caravaned to Ian’s Dad’s barn, where he and his bluegrass band played a set before passing the entertainment reigns to a dj friend of the couple. Gayle told me at the end of the night, “This is all I wanted – a big dance party.” She got her wish and then some.DIY, Eco-Friendly, Barn Wedding

Paper goods designed by former bride and Gayle’s friend, Ariel Rutland

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The dress is BHLDN and is totally TDF. Am I right?

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Birds eye view of wedding dance floor in black and white

I know you’re reading this thinking, pffft, why didn’t you climb the rafters? Excellent question. 1.) I’m terrified of heights. Heights and bears. Heights, bears and the return of the mid-drift top. 2.) I’m totes pregnant.

I know, right! More on all that later. Right now I’m busy processing the awesome wedding of Danny and Lynne or Lanny as they are affectionately referred. Stay tuned.