After their first tour of the Mayowood Stone Barn in Rochester Minnesota, Abby & Peter knew they had found their venue for their summer wedding. Its rustic character held within its beautiful stone walls was the perfect match for their whimsical bohemian theme.
With the threat of rain emanate on their wedding day, the couple took the leap and made it official with an intimate “pre-ceremony, ceremony” with their close family and friends under a beautiful tree. Then, later in the day while their guests where arriving, they moved the décor and seating to the barn loft for an enchanting second ceremony with their guests. How fun!
Have a peek below into their beautiful & whimsical bohemian summer wedding, featuring some swoon-worthy Show Me Your Mumu bridesmaid dresses, an indoor and outdoor ceremony, and some of the prettiest details you have ever seen… all captured by Eileen K Photography.
From the bride, Abby:
How did you meet? Peter and I met on a Friday the 13th in December after meeting up with some mutual friends at the VFW in Uptown. We locked eyes, and this is so cliche to say, but it was love at first sight.
Who proposed marriage and how did that proposal happen? Peter took me by surprise and proposed in the spring on a weekend getaway up to his family’s barn. On the way up north, we stopped at his grandparent’s cabin and he took me out to a field overlooking the lake, where he spent a lot of time as a kid. Our dogs were running around free, excited to get out of the car. I turned around and he was on one knee with a gorgeous rose gold diamond ring. It was so unexpected and a beautiful moment that I’ll never forget!
Where did you get the inspiration for your color palette and design? I started following different wedding dress designers and style blogs on Instagram and bookmarked all the images that caught my attention. I stumbled across the site “Show Me Your Mumu” after searching all over for bridesmaid dress options. I knew I wanted soft, neutral colors and the dresses on this site really captured the style I was looking for. I ordered some sample fabric swatches and chose four different colors that I focused the entire design/color palette off of. The colors were called Dune, Silver Sage, Rustic Mauve, and an adorable pattern called Lily Showers and I’m so happy the way they worked together.
How did you decide on your venue? We decided on the Mayowood right after our tour. The beautiful property captured the exact essence of what we wanted for our theme – Bohemian Whimsical and Rustic. The other venues we looked at offered a more traditional style banquet hall which would have been difficult to transform to our specific taste. There is also so much history at the Mayowood, and it didn’t need much at all to transform everything into the perfect spot for our big day.
Three things you’re glad you did.
1. We had made a split decision just after we finished with pre-ceremony photos, to go for it and actually get married outside under a gorgeous tree as we saw the weather worsening. We decided to have a “pre-ceremony, ceremony” with our close friends and family and exchanged our vows and made it official before our guests showed up. It was spur of the moment and so exciting. Once our guests started showing up, we moved our seating and decor up to the loft of the barn and had a second ceremony. One of the biggest things we were stressed about was getting emotional and stumbling through our vows in front of all of our guests. Having an intimate ceremony prior to our guests showing up really helped our nerves and we were able to relax during the main event in front of everyone.
2. I’m glad we chose the venue we did. As I mentioned, it was so perfect and really reflected our personalities and the feel of the day we were looking for. We were also able to use the decorations they had available in their storage barn (with an additional fee, of course), but it made it really easy to grab bigger items from their inventory instead of hauling down tables and signs to the barn.
3. I’m also glad we chose a smaller bridal party (5 bridesmaids and 5 groomsmen, and 3 ushers). It was less hectic to try and keep everyone organized and on schedule, and you are able to have your closest friends with you throughout the day. If there were any more people involved, it would have been overwhelming for me, but this is of course just personal preference.
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
People always say the day will fly by, and they are right, but I made a point to be present the entire day and feel like I had the chance to mingle with all of our guests and thank them for coming. I’ll forever remember my face hurting from all the smiling and laughing that went on throughout the day.
Another funny memory from the day was with the traditional Norwegian wedding cake my mom made for us called a kransekage, in where the bride and groom are blindfolded and then directed to lift the top layer of the cake, however many layers come off is how many children the couple is predicted to have. My mom blindfolded us and spun us around, and we took a knife and stabbed the cake instead, and the entire cake went flying off the platter.
Do You have any advice for other brides?
I have two pieces of advice for brides!
#1: you cannot control the weather. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, make sure you’re happy with both your first and backup options. I stressed out so much about the weather the week before because rain was in the forecast. Luckily I had a super supportive fiance that assured me that either option would be great, and we were there to get married to each other and nothing else mattered. It’s definitely easy to lose sight of things when you’re so overwhelmed with all the details needing to be planned, but just be sure to remember you’re there to marry your person and everything else is just a minor detail.
My second piece of advice is that all the work it takes to organize, plan, and put together all the details is SO worth it! Follow your gut with decision making and don’t dwell on something after you’ve made up your mind. No matter what, it will be the best day ever because you will be surround by love and support.
Photographer: Eileen K Photography|Officiant: Grand Avenue Wedding|Caterer: The Canadian Honker|Dress Store: A and Be’ Bridal|Event Venue: Mayowood Stone Barn|Floral Designer: Prickly Pair Floral|Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu