I don’t often feature weddings from the States, but when Melbourne’s Briars Atlas sends over a DIY barn wedding, I’m happy to make an exception. Kendall and Kevin tied the knot in the picturesque grounds of Holliston Historical Society House and partied into the wee hours in its beautifully restored 200 year-old barn.
A wedding photographer herself, Kendall had some great contacts and a few tricks up her sleeve to help the day go smoothly. The couple wanted a laidback outdoor wedding and opted to start early with a mini cocktail hour before they made an appearance themselves. This allowed an ample buffer for guests to arrive, catch up, have a drink and be seated for the big entrance, avoiding any sneaky late arrivals to the ceremony they’d worked so hard to create.
In the lead up to the big day, there were many weekends spent op-shopping for tableware and vintage props and the couple pulled out all the stops when it came to wedding DIY. Kendall created the bouquets and boutonnière from handmade paper and felt flowers (with Marvel Avengers pins for the boys!). The parents got involved too, brewing beer and making wine, growing the plants for centrepieces and making the signage and serveware.
The barbeque style dinner was a hit with the guests and added to the casual mood of the day. But even the most chilled out weddings usually have a slightly stressed bride. Only when a friend commented on how much fun she was having, did Kendall truly relax. “It made me realise it was all worth it. All the planning, the crazy feelings of stress and worry about making the right decision, it was all worth it because the day was perfect!”
Photography: Briars Atlas | Venue: Holliston Historical Society House | Bride’s dress: Davids Bridal | Accessories: Anthropologie | Bridesmaids dresses: Modcloth and Etsy | Bow ties: Etsy | Rings: Ooh! Aah! | Hair & Makeup: Claudia Curl Salon | Celebrant: Bride’s Aunt | Cup Cakes: The Queen’s Cups | Music: Lindsay Straw and East Coast Soul