As I promised all the way back in August, today we finally have the Real Wedding of Kaitlin and Aaron: my sister and new brother-in-law! As a transplant from suburban Chicago to rural Indiana, Kaitlin has adopted many things since meeting Aaron, a Bloomington town local. The two met at Indiana University and promptly fell in love. Aaron has since introduced Kaitlin to the many wonderful things country life has to offer: his grandparent's farm and each spring's newborn calves; countryside bonfires with friends; the slower pace of a more rural community.
Aaron's family's farm has great meaning to Kaitlin and Aaron and was a major inspiration for them choosing to host their wedding at a farm. They chose Sycamore Farm, an absolutely gorgeous venue. Formerly a fully operating farm (and still a working horse farm), the owners decided to convert the location into a location to hold special events. The barn was rehabbed into a banquet and party area, all the while maintaining it's authenticity by keeping the horse stalls and hay lofts. The grounds are beautifully manicured and the farm's horses and donkeys graze in pens nearby.
This wedding has a special place in my heart (obviously) because it belonged to my little sister! Objectively speaking, however, this was a beautifully personal wedding. As someone who loves and obsesses over details, this wedding had so many sweet small touches that it made me jump for joy! The handmade art I made especially for the occasion, the custom banners created by bridesmaid Molly, the strip of lace cut from the old wedding dress Kaitlin spent the majority of her childhood playing dress-up in, and the floral features throughout the location are some of my favorite details of the day, but there are countless others. From the rope tying during the ceremony (because Aaron loves tying knots!) to the mac n' cheese on the dinner menu (Kait's favorite food growing up!), the entire wedding was abundant with meaningful touches. It brings a tear to my eye! ;)
Below I was able to get some answers from Kaitlin on her big day. Enjoy!
Where was your wedding held? Is there a special meaning about this place for you (what made you choose this place)?
Our wedding was held at Sycamore Farm in Bloomington, Indiana. We chose to have our wedding in Bloomington because not only is it our home, but it is also where we met when we were students at Indiana University. We chose Sycamore Farm as our venue because of the rustic, country feel. Aaron has always loved the country and now I do, too! It just seemed like the perfect fit for a relaxed summer wedding.
What were your wedding colors? What made you choose these colors?
Our wedding colors were bright pink, yellow, and orange. We chose these colors because they are bright, happy, and summery!
What were challenges you faced planning your wedding? Do you have any advice for future brides in regards to these challenges, or in general?
The biggest challenge we faced was budgeting. It is easy to budget all of the big expenses, but brides have to also remember to factor in all of the little expenses that pop up. Future brides, be prepared to spend on things like place cards, frames, vases, etc!
What are 5 words you would use to describe your wedding?
What was your favorite detail/details about your special day?
My favorite detail about the day was our venue. It was PERFECT. The barn gave off a relaxed, summery vibe that put our guests at ease. It made our wedding feel like a fun summer party!
Were there any handmade touches?
There were lots of handmade touches! My sister, Britta, painted several different items to display at the wedding. Molly, a bridesmaid, made adorable banners to display at the head table and cake table, as well as a "Just Married" banner for Aaron's truck. My cousin, Jenson, cut down a whole tree to make the wooden trivets for our centerpieces!
Were there any uniquely meaningful items?
All of the handmade items were meaningful to me because people I love made them. I also had a unique item as my "something old" and "something borrowed." My best friend and bridesmaid, Molly, gave me a piece of the old wedding gown we used to play dress up with as kids. My florist wrapped it around my bouquet.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?
Our rustic venue was very inspiring to me. I was also inspired by a variety of things that I saw on Pinterest and some wedding blogs.
Is there a story behind your dress?
I went dress shopping in downtown Chicago with my mom and three of my bridesmaids. After I found the dress, we went to one of my favorite restaurants, Leona's, for some bacon mac'n'cheese!
What was your favorite part of the day?
My favorite part of the day was dancing with Aaron and our friends and family. It felt great to relax and have fun with the people we love!