Rustic Barn Wedding: Ice Cream & Hay Bales

For our first wedding feature, I wanted to find a wedding that both followed current trends and included fun and unique choices. The perfect match? This awesome rustic barn wedding in Illinois! Rustic chic is a huge trend in wedding planning, and more and more brides are searching for their perfect authentic venue like this gorgeous farm. The happy couple, Sophie and Dylan, were clearly full of love and joy on their big day, and it was so much fun to discover their wedding day story.

The wedding took place at Sophie’s grandparents’ farm, with an outdoor pasture ceremony and the reception inside their cattle barn. A lot of weddings nowadays aim for the rustic barn wedding feel, and here they were, doing the real deal! Thanks to the generosity of Meredith Washburn, their fantastic photographer, I get to share their beautiful day with you. I love so much about their wedding, but as always, the best parts are the details.

Cowboy Boots Bridesmaids Bride | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Bride Bouquet | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Bride & Groom First Look Photo Shoot | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Bride & Groom First Look Photo Shoot | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Bride & Groom First Look Photo Shoot | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Bride Cowboy Boots Dress BHLDN | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
First Look Photo Shoot Wedding Party | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Bride & Bridesmaids Blue | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Groom & Groomsmen Silly Photo | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Wedding Party Photo Shoot First Look | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Bride & Groom First Look Photo Shoot | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Bride & Groom Goofy Photo Shoot First Look | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn

The bride and her bridesmaids got ready together in the morning, and all wore gorgeous cowboy boots. The bridesmaids wore dresses of the practically the same shade of blue but different, eclectic styles. Meanwhile, the men sported khaki suits with matching blue suspenders. Once everyone was ready and the First Look photos were taken, the wedding party made their way to the ceremony space, the farm’s pasture. In a fun touch, the wedding programs were printed on fans and handed out for guests to use during the ceremony.

Plant Arbor Wood | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Plant Natural Wood Arbor Ceremony | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Pick a Seat Not a Side Wooden Sign | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Wedding Program Handheld Fan | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Bride & Father Walking Down Aisle Door | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Bride & Groom Ceremony Arbor | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn

Following the beautiful ceremony, rather than a traditional cocktail hour, the bride and groom hosted an ice cream cart. The two chose to serve fun flavors such as Cookie Monster and Mud Pie. Also at the cocktail hour, my favorite touch was found next to the guestbook. Dylan & Sophie set up a real-life typewriter that encouraged guests to individually type out their “keys to a successful marriage”.

Reception Signs Keep Walking Almost There | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Family Tree Pictures | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Bales of Hay Seating | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Bales of Hay Seating Lemonade Iced Tea | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Guest Book Typewriter | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Keys to a Successful Marriage Typewriter | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Cake Cocktail Hour | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Cake Cocktail Hour | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Ice Cream Cart Carl's Ice Cream | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Ice Cream Cocktail Hour | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Thank You Sign Favors Macarons | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Macarons Favors | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Barn Wedding Venue Farm | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Edison Bulb Lighting Barn Wedding Venue | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn

After enjoying lots of delicious ice cream, the guests moved to the cattle barn for the reception. Upon entering, the guests found bales of hay set around the barn for authentic farm seating. The whole scene was lit aglow with beautiful chandeliers and Edison bulbs hanging from the ceiling. Speeches were made, cake was cut, and Dylan and Sophie danced the night away, surrounded by their many loved ones.

Chandeliers in Barn Venue Cutting the Cake | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn
Speeches Bales of Hay Seating | Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration Ideas Feature Illinois Farm Meredith Washburn

In my opinion, the greatest weddings are the ones that really truly reflect the couple’s personalities. Dylan and Sophie’s didn’t just show in theirs – they shone through every single picture. Their joy and love is radiating out of every picture and every detail of this wedding. I can only imagine how much joy was present on the day of! Congratulations to Sophie and Dylan, and much thanks to Meredith for letting me share their delightfully fun wedding.

Venue: The Stephens Farm • Photographer: Meredith WashburnCeremony Seating & Cocktail Tables: Morton RentalsWedding Coordinator: EnVision Events, Inc.Florist: Splendor of Eden – Brie PfledererWedding Dress, Headpiece, Veil: BHLDN Bridal ShopHair: Lisa Cook (Family Friend) • Ice Cream Catering: Carl’s Ice CreamCake: Cake Shop – Linda VeatchDJ: Troy TarterWedding Rings: Helzberg DiamondsVideography: Trevor Maloch (Focal Point Media)

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