Paige was the bohemian bride of Blake’s dreams on their wedding day at The Rustic Rose Barn in Iowa, wearing an elegant Stella York gown and sweet floral crown. After saying “I do,” the newlyweds enjoyed their first moments as husband and wife accompanied by a herd of horses, who we’re sure wished them a happily ever after! Photographer Amanda Basteen documented every detail around the farm wedding, including a delicious dessert bar, natural wood elements, and a lantern send-off into the dark night sky.
Paige and Blake
The Rustic Rose Barn, Iowa
Our wedding day fashion was more casual, but still elegant and pretty. I let my hair down, loose and curly with a flower crown instead of a veil. My dress was a blush color with ivory lace details and a beautiful train. I loved how different it was, but simple. It didn’t need a thousand sparkles or sash or anything, I just loved it right away. Since I was wearing a flower crown already, I just did little diamond earrings and a necklace that Blake gave me that day as a gift.
We definitely chose our photographer first before planning anything really, because that was what was most important to us. We wanted someone different and unique. So many wedding photographers have similar styles and they look great, but we liked the more artistic style that Amanda Basteen uses. She really tells a story of the day, and captured the little intimate moments that were special. I think picking the right photographer is most important in planning your wedding because those are the things you can look back on years from now and remember.
We chose to go with a mixture of boho and romantic style. I wanted the loose, natural, earthy feel of the Bohemian style juxtaposed with our romantic barn venue. We had cascading flowers, lighted trees, tree slab centerpieces, and lots of little things like that. Which made an amazing vibe when paired with romantic twinkle lights everywhere, candles, and of course a beautiful chandelier over the dance floor!
For our favors we made painted rocks. They were super cute and fun to make; everyone loved them!
There were so many, the day really does go by so fast! Our most memorable moment though was our first dance. Our cocktail hour was outside the barn; Being that it was October, nearly everyone was inside keeping warm though. So Blake and I just went with it! We had our first dance alone outside as the sun was setting. It was beautiful, magical, and by far the best, unexpected memory. Our singer, Zach Freedom, sang us our first song. He had written it for us, about how we met and fell in love, which made it even more special.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Amanda Basteen Photography
Venue – The Rustic Rose Barn
Floral Design – The English Rose
Cake – Hummingbird Confections
Live Music – Zachary Freedom
Hair Styling – Andrea Waldorf
Wedding Dress – Stella York