A Whimsical, Casual DIY Wedding in a Barn in Idaho
Nichole and Matthew
Heading home after a long day of work, Matthew Schoener decided to pop into a restaurant for a beer. As serendipity would have it, Nichole Rowley was his server that evening. “Out of some wild hair, I decided to leave my phone number on his receipt –- the rest is history,” said Nichole. Three years later, on September 23, 2012, they tied the knot with a ceremony and celebration as playful as the first night they met.
The bride envisioned a wedding day full of whimsy and sentiment. As soon as she went on a site visit of the Community Barn at Hidden Springs, she couldn't picture her and Matthew’s special day anywhere else.
Though the bride and groom didn’t technically a bridal party, their four nieces and four nephews had roles as flower girls and ring bearers. The girls' dresses were custom made by Bella Grace Creations, as were the boys' ties.
Nichole changed her accessories and hair before the reception. Ampersand Studios took portraits of the bride in both ensembles.
To incorporate their fun-loving flair and creative talent, the couple made nearly every detail themselves, including signage guiding guests to the various parts of the celebration.
A collage of windowpanes restored by the bride's grandfather and constructed by the groom served as a backdrop for the ceremony.
A Convenient Collection
The bride's longstanding tradition of collecting vintage doorknobs came in handy -- they were repurposed as cabinet pulls creating a fairytale-like feel.
The program add-ons made guests feel like an important part of the ceremony -- and provided for a great photo opportunity!
Traditional vows were read, followed by personal vows written by the bride and groom. The vows were then sealed in a wine box to be opened on their first anniversary.
A Special Blessing
One of the most memorable moments of the evening happened just after the ceremony, when a brilliant rainbow stretched across the sky. "Matt's mother passed away when he was a little boy and on her gravestone reads: 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow.' Although I never had the joy of knowing her, something in me thinks that maybe that was her way of showing she was there with us that day," said Nichole.
The bride's sister wore a handmade dress and wrist corsage that matched the color palette.
No detail was left unpersonalized. The bride attached mini paper flags onto barbershop style straws reading the couple's initials and "Oh Joy!" exclamations.
Snapshots of guests were later turned into a stop-motion film.
To keep guests entertained during cocktail hour, the bride made custom Mad Libs-style cards.
As a nod to their favorite game, the groom made a custom cornhole board for their "Super Day", which the bride painted.
A Big Impact
Oversized pinwheels were placed around the venue.
Unique Escort Cards
As a way to incorporate their guests into the wedding theme, mini pinwheels served as escort cards, matching the five-foot tall versions scattered across the property.
In keeping with the lighthearted nature of the festivities, animal figurines and handmade paper flowers served as centerpieces.
The Sweetheart Table
The bride and groom shared a sweetheart table, adorned with a sign that read, "You are my favorite".
An aged wood barn dotted with handmade paper flowers and kitschy sentiments created a fanciful dinner setting.
A Corny Treat
Popcorn was passed out in "A Corny Treat" goodie bags.
A CD showcased all the romantic indie-folk tunes played throughout the wedding.
Photography: Frannie Wilson and Lindsey Muir of Ampersand Studios
Location: Hidden Springs Community Barn
Catering: Carino's Italian Catering
Paper Flowers: Invisible Pant Factory
Videography: Second Mile Weddings
Officiant and DJ: Brad Rowen
Stationery: Dear Ampersand
Cake: Amaru Confections
Hair: Kelsey Pence of Rejuv MedSpa