Real Brides: Tricia’s Rustic Barn Wedding

With a little help from family and friends, Tricia was able to have her dream barn wedding

Real Bride Tricia's Barn Wedding



Date of event: July 9th, 2016

Venue: Leap of Faith Barn – Holly, MI for both the ceremony and the reception.

Photographer: Departing Line Studios


Real Bride Tricia's Rustic Barn Wedding

Tricia and Blake had mutual friends for years, but had never met each other.  After finally meeting at a bowling alley in Oxford, MI, the two of them realized how many friends they had in common.

Caterer: Sullivan’s Catering

Officiant: Andrea Merritt of Elegant Promises

Florist: All centerpieces and floral decor were created by my Great Aunt/Godmother Sanjuana Lopez using fake flowers we bought in bulk from Discount Crafts and Florals in Centerline, MI. The bridesmaids helped me by making the boutonnieres and their bouquets, using baby’s breath we purchased in bulk from Sam’s Club. My bouquet was from Fortino’s Flowers and Gifts in Pontiac, MI.

Videographer: Departing Line Studios, same as Photography. Here’s the link to our wedding trailer.


Real BridesL Tricia's first look


How he proposed: We were engaged at home, just the two of us. When the discussion of the possibility of getting engaged came up, I kept telling Blake I didn’t want him to propose on my birthday (Dec.) or any holidays like Christmas or Valentine’s Day. I wanted it to be it’s own special day. So, after he purchased the ring, Blake couldn’t wait any longer and proposed on February 15th, 2015, it was perfect.


rustic barn wedding flowers


Linens: White table cloths and napkins provided by the Caterer.

Chaircovers: We didn’t use chair covers. Since we went for a ‘rustic’ theme, we opted for wood folding chairs that went nicely with our decor.

Favors: We gave our guests mason jars with handles for favors, we ordered them in bulk, and then I tied tags on with twine that matched our invitations.

Invitations: We used, and also used etsy for the wedding programs

We used Jay’s  Septic to rent trailer restrooms since our venue did not have restrooms.

Table and Chair Rental: Gerych’s

Flowers & Centerpieces: We used a variety of different types of fake flowers for the centerpieces, all colors matching our wedding colors. My Aunt did a phenomenal job putting it altogether, she is super talented when it comes to crafts. We also included a childhood photo of each of us in a frame with the table number.



Real Bride Tricia reception



Real Bride Tricia before wedding

Hair: Aimee Castaneda of Bellezza Salon in Clarkston, MI. She came to us and did mine and all five bridesmaids at the hotel.

Makeup: Tiffany Mastalski . She also came to the hotel, she did airbrush make up for myself, five bridesmaids, and the mother of the bride.

Shoes: My shoes were my something borrowed from my little sister – blinged out Converse Sneakers. I’ve never been a high heel girl so it fit my personality perfect.

Rings: I wanted something different than a regular diamond engagement ring. I have always loved the look of a black diamond. Blake without any help but my hints went to Zales and picked the ring out himself. He said he looked at a few others before deciding on that one. I love my ring, I think he did an amazing job – I think it’s a little ‘rock and roll/alternative’ like myself. To this day, I’ve never seen another one like it. For our bands, we went together to pick them out. Blake being a mechanic, we wanted something with some texture for his since he works with his hands so much. 



Jewelry: I purchased my necklace from Claire’s and my earrings from

Wedding Dress: An ivory and blush gown, purchased from Bombshell Bridal in Saint Clair Shores, MI. (Great for any plus sized brides!I also had a second dress I changed into when the heat got to me.  It was a shorter dress I purchased from Torrid that I wore for my bridal shower.

What was your old, new, borrowed, blue? My old and borrowed were my blinged-out converse from my sister. New was my wedding dress – I love that dress, I did however change mid way into the reception because of the heat. My something blue was an old handkerchief that was my great grandmothers, she was very special to me – I even have her portrait tattooed on my arm.


Tricia's wedding dress


Theme of wedding: Rustic Barn Wedding

Colors: Forest Green, Light Pink, Rust, and Ivory

Bridesmaids Dresses: Both the bridesmaids dresses and the flower girl dress were from Lindy Bop. I let the bridesmaids pick their own style and color dress, I only asked that they choose something from the floral pattern they offer and no two girls have the same dress. There was a little back and forth, but overall the girls were so very easy going when selecting.


Tricia's Bridesmaids


Tuxedos/ suits: My husband is not a suit or tuxedo kind of guy so I didn’t want him being uncomfortable on his special day. Going along with the rustic theme, the men wore jeans, dress shirts, suspenders, bow ties, and cowboy boots. The groom wore a vest to make him stand out. All items for the men’s outfits were purchased at Kohl’s, except the bow ties and suspenders – they were purchased from
The groomsmen wore light jeans, an ivory shirt, and rust suspenders with bow ties. The ushers wore dark jeans and a light pink dress shirt. The groom wore light jeans, a blue shirt, and brown vest. All wore brown cowboys boots.


Rustic Barn Wedding Groomsmen


Wedding Party: We each had 5 people stand up for us and we also had 4 ushers, plus the flower girl and ring bearer. 

Vows: I worked with our officiant to find the perfect vows to exchange our rings with, but the vows to each other we wrote ourselves. I worried so much beforehand about my husband writing his vows, but his actually ended up better than mine! He was more heartfelt and emotional, whereas I added a little more humor.

Honeymoon: We have yet to take our honeymoon, but we hope to getaway in 2017 to somewhere tropical.

Cake: Both the wedding and groom’s cakes were made by a long time family friend Laura Liddy, she actually made my  first birthday cake so it was really special to have her make our wedding cake.


Barn Wedding flower girl ring bearer


DJ: DJ Tony Hernandez from Kozmic Entertainment

First Dance Song: Luke Bryan – “A little Drunk on You.”  It’s always been our song.

Wedding Song: We played the “Book of Love,” by Peter Gabriel for the whole wedding party and Bride to walk down the aisle to. Father/Daughter dance was to Heartland’s “I Loved Her First” and the Mother/Son dance was to “Days Like This.”


Real Bride Tricia's Wedding


Most Memorable moment: There’s so many to choose from but I would definitely have to say the moment we did our first look. We wanted to take our wedding party photos prior to the ceremony so we did a first look moment, which was all captured by our photographer/videographer. To see the look on his face and to share that intimate moment was amazing.

You and your husbands’ wedding advice: Bride- Make sure you stop and enjoy the moment as much as you can. We had about 20-30 minutes extra for our photographer left at the end of the night but I told them we were good to go because I just wanted to mingle with the guests and enjoy the rest of the night. Also, do what’s going to make you happy – it’s your wedding, no one else’s!

Groom- Always say yes. (Smart man haha)


Tricia's Rustic Barn Wedding


Tricia's Rustic Barn Wedding


Did you hand-make or DIY any wedding items? So much! Our centerpieces, bridesmaids bouquets, card box, memorial table (for family that had passed away that included pictures of all of them with a beautiful quote on a chalkboard), place card holder made from an old frame, twine, and small clothespins. For our programs, I purchased the digital layout but I printed and assembled them all with the help of friends. One of the coolest diy’s was instead of a photo booth, we had our friend Sam make a face board like you see at a carnival that people could take pictures with – it turned out great. My stepfather made us a cornhole game that we set up for in between the ceremony and reception. I will say though, while you can save money doing a lot yourself, some things aren’t worth the stress so check out for diy type things already assembled for you.


Tricia's Photo board favor


What was the biggest roadblock that you ran into while planning the wedding? Narrowing down the million ideas I had seen on Pinterest . I wanted to do it all and it just wasn’t possible. Also, some things were brilliant and beautiful but wasn’t our style when it came down to it. I had to really reel myself back in with what could be done and what really fit our personalities.

Who/what gave you the most help in the planning process? All of our family was a huge help, it took a lot of the stress off us to have so much help. Pinterest, of course, but it can also make you over think everything – I pinned so much stuff that when it came down to it, there was no way we’d have the time or budget to do it all, so make sure you really love something! Timelines – I downloaded about 5 different types of timelines of what you should have done and when, it helped a lot, most of the time I was super ahead of schedule because I was afraid of too many things being piled up at the end.


Tricia's rustic wedding


What was your favorite part of the experience/ event? Having all of our most important friends and family under one roof for a celebration. Life gets so crazy with adulthood, children, work, living out of state, etc. It’s hard to find the time to keep in touch sometimes but our wedding day, everyone who cared about us dropped everything to be there for us. It was amazing!

If you could go back in time, what would you have changed? I wished I would have been able to greet and talk with more of our guests, with pictures and dancing. I feel like I missed quite a few people before they had to leave.


Tricia's Bridal Converse


How much influence did your family/ fiancé have in the planning process? My fiance was great through it all but like most men, he didn’t care as much about the details as I did. I’m kind of a perfectionist when it comes to that kind of stuff. Our families were great, but as far as influence – I had everything pretty set in stone of what I wanted after I started the planning process. My Aunt was probably the biggest influence since she took care of a lot of the centerpieces and decor but I just handed it off to her and trusted her completely to put it all together and I was so happy with the final product. My family was so great always reassuring me that it was our wedding and while some aspects didn’t appeal to them, ultimately it was our day!

Which part of the process gave you the most stress? Mostly the financial aspect. We joked several times we should have just had a courthouse wedding but I can honestly say I got to have my dream wedding thanks to our friends and family.


Tricia and Blake's Wedding


What did you do to save money? Finding vendors that did payment plans was a huge help. Having our friends and family help with the diy stuff saved us a ton. As well as knowing people in the industry, our DJ, hairstylist, makeup artist and our cake lady were all family friends.

What was your biggest splurge? Our photographer/videographer. I knew from the beginning I was going to obsess and look back at these photos for years to come so I wanted top-quality. We were able to save some money though by booking the same company for both, plus they were one of the vendors with payment plans and one of the first vendors we booked so it gave us plenty of time to pay it off prior to our wedding. Our venue was a close second, but I’ve always known that’s where I wanted to be married. We had so many guests compliment the venue, most people don’t even know it’s there.


Tricia's Cake Table


What did you do that you found helped out with stress the best? Venting was best for me. Just picking up the phone and venting to my Mom, Dad, or best friend about what was going on or needed to be done. Most of the time, they’d help with the solution so I felt better about it but even the few times there wasn’t anything to be done, just talking it over with them gave me a sense of peace.

Is there anything that didn’t go as planned? Surprisingly I was very go with the flow on my wedding day, which is a bit out of character for me so nothing got to me. We started a little late waiting on the shuttle to bring the last of our guests and I didn’t end up doing the traditional tossing of the bouquet because of time but I was actually okay with it all.


Real Bride Tricia's rings


Real Bride Tricia's Barn Wedding



Tricia – Thank you for sharing your wedding story with us!  Know someone who had an awesomely beautiful wedding?  Have them contact The Wedding Cat to tell their story.


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  1. Tricia Smith
    January 4, 2017

    Thank you so much for the feature, anytime I can relive the day is awesome to me! ❤

  2. January 4, 2017

    Her shoes are like mine with all the rhinestones except I had blue ones for my “something blue”. Love her style.

  3. January 4, 2017

    So many cute DIY ideas! The flower girl and ring bearer are too darling.

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