Kathleen & Dan’s DIY Barn Wedding

Words by Tom
April 27, 2014

We’re no strangers to a DIY wedding, but we’ve never seen one couple take on as many projects as Kathleen and Dan did for their rustic barn wedding. These two wanted their big day to be a fun and relaxed affair, full of personal details, so they opted to style and create everything themselves… and we mean everything. Kathleen designed a wedding logo that was used to brand every element of the day, from the, stationery, to stubby holders, to cushions, pizza boxes, goodie bags… the list goes on!

With the help of family and friends, the barn took three days to setup. The venue was furnished with custom made tables, picnic rugs, hay bales and blankets as well as giant lawn games including Chess, Jenga, Connect 4 and Bocce. Kathleen tells me “We loved the concept of a country/vintage wedding where we could start with a blank canvas and bring to life a memorable day for each other and our guests in a way that showed both of our personalities.”

After such an epic setup, it was important for the couple to start the big day in a relaxed fashion. Dan kicked things off with a surf at a local spot with a dozen of his mates while Kathleen’s bridesmaids ensured she started the day calm with a surprise private yoga class.

Kathleen paired her stunning Rachel Gilbert gown with pearl and crystal jewellery that she made herself (of course!) and a spectacular bouquet by Moss Industry. Her bridesmaids looked gorgeous in Anna Campbell strapless dresses in different pastel shades.

James Looker was the man behind the lens and tells me “The coast-meets-country is one of my favourite settings for a wedding. Kath and Dan put in a massive amount of effort, down to every last tiny detail. I’ve never seen a wedding where every single thing at the wedding was branded with their own cute logo!” (Check out another gorgeous wedding by James here.)


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Photography: James Looker | Bride’s dress: Rachel Gilbert | Bride’s shoes: Tony Bianco | Bridesmaids dresses: Anna Campbell | Bridesmaids shoes: Nine West | Groom’s suit: Covet Menswear | Groom’s shoes: Aquila | Rings: Canturi | Accessories: Made by bride | Hair: Abby George (0438 822 953) | Makeup: Nicola Snell, Napoleon Perdis | Venue: The Barn, Wallington | Celebrant: Kirk Goodsell | Flowers: Moss Industry | Catering: Steampocket | Gelato cart: Bianco Latte | Band: Like This | Stationery/invitations: Made by bride | Transport: Coastal Kombi Weddings


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Michael Dalla Rosa 8 years ago

Hi, came across this blog post this morning and was great to see Our client Kathleen and Dan’s Barn Wedding blogged. We (Allure Productions – http://www.weddingdvd.com.au) were also a privileged supplier and Film studio who recorded their special day. You can check out their film here https://vimeo.com/83669286

Thank YOU! 🙂

krystel 8 years ago

hi I would love to know the location and name of that barn? the wedding looks amazing. congratulation.

NATASHA 8 years ago

Hi! Would love to know where you can get the Giant custom lettering from? Looks great! Thanks 🙂

Kathleen 8 years ago

Hi Natasha, If it is not too late – my email is [email protected] – send me a quick email and I will send you any and all supplier details you want from our special day. x

Bec 8 years ago

Hi Kathleen
Just wanted to know the cost of hiring the barn as a venue? I’ve tried to email them but it keeps coming up ‘form over quota’
I see it took 3 days to set up… How many of you set the place up?
We have a very small budget so I’m trying to find a place we can afford an I like that you can add your own touch to the place. Thanks for your time.

Ashleigh 7 years ago

Hi Kathleen,
The wedding looks like it was amazing! Congratulations. Are you able to advise the cost of hiring the barn? Did you supply everything yourselves? And we’re you able to decorate the venue with your own flowers/decorations?

Many thanks

Ashleigh 🙂

Natashia 7 years ago

Hello! Could you tell me the cost pleasebof the venue? Beautiful wedding xx

Jodie Pixton 7 years ago

For a quote THANKYOU


Shana Miatke 7 years ago

Hi, We absolutely love this venue. Could you please send the name of the venue?

Thanks Shana

Francesca 6 years ago

Hi there,

Im trying to plan my wedding for october/november 2016 and saw the photos of Kathleen and Dans wedding.
This is very similar to what I am looking to create.
If you could give me a rough estimate of the cost including venue and food for approx 60pax that would be very helpful.
Warm regards,

Kaylene 6 years ago

Hi just asking how much is it to hire the barn

Hayley Cooper 5 years ago

Hi there, well done on this gorgeous wedding! I’m very interested in a barn wedding. Could you please share the contact you used for barn hire and the cost involved?
Kind regards

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