Are you back for more of Jessica and Michael’s Maryland barn wedding goodness? (But make sure to check out their outdoor barn wedding ceremony first!) When rustic and laid-back come together, you just know it’s going to be a gorgeous wedding day, folks. Especially when that wedding happens to be chock-full of eco-conscious details and bright sunflower blooms (Jessica’s favorite flower!) and features a super cute duo. It’s nature-meets-vintage, all captured by Douglas Pettway Photography.

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From Jessica: We tried so hard to make sure that the wedding reflected us—a bit quirky, but honest. We didn’t add touches that didn’t speak to us in some way or speak to the people we are and want to be. Every detail was put in place with a thought of what it said about us, as a couple and as individuals. So, together, there was a lot of farm theme, miniature lamps and old railroad lanterns. But for Mike there were bees (he is learning the art of beekeeping), deer antlers, Flying Dog, and lots of John Deere. For me there were sunflowers, my grandmother’s typewriter, cider, and lavender buds mixed in the barley.

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Equally important to us was that we didn’t have unwanted waste at the wedding. If it had been an option, we would have gotten compostable plates and silverware, but we weren’t perfect. Rather than favors that would be thrown away, we got seed packets for people to plant—the leftover monogrammed bags that held them will be going into a craft project.

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Many of our centerpieces were things we have collected or crafted around our house. The wood slabs were cut when my husband was splitting wood, and they’ve since gone into a bonfire. Every little detail was thought out as to what we could do with it when the wedding was over—if the answer was nothing, we simply didn’t buy it. Even the pumpkins we used for decorations were later turned into pies, soups, and homemade ravioli. The barley used to fill jars and as decoration around the tables has been fed to our animals in various forms. The mason jars used for drinks will be used for canning.

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We also wanted to support local as much as we could, especially on our beer (Flying Dog) and cider choices (Distillery Lane Ciderworks).

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Jessica’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:

My advice is to have a wedding planner! After seeing a friend get married shortly after us, I thought of so many more things that we would have been able to do on our day if I hadn’t been running so much myself. It would have been well worth a little bit more money to have someone help to run things day of the wedding.

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Thank you so much Jessica and Michael for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: The Barn at Serra Valley Farms
Photographer: Douglas Pettway Photography
Stationery: Forever Fiancés
Veil: Amore Bride
Bridal Party Shoes: Carol’s Western Wear
Bridesmaids’ Accessories: Budget Wedding Bouquet
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Carol’s Western Wear
Catering: CarterQue
Cake: Piece O’ Cake
Linens: Premier Burlap Boutique
Favors: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

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Photo Credit: Douglas Pettway Photography

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