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What a wonderfully unique and beautiful wedding!

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The Husband and I headed out to Weaverville, North Carolina to attend Healthy Ashley and Richard’s wedding at Eyes of Blue Farm.  I’ve known Ashley since I lived in Orlando, and it was so special to watch Ashley wed her dream man.  Richard and Ashley were high school prom dates who parted ways for a few years and then reunited as adults and fell back in love! 

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There wedding was a small and intimate affair at a quaint little farm.  Yes – a real, working farm.  There were horses, donkeys, and chickens, and the reception was held in the barn.

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It was wonderful to see my Megan again!  I’ve missed her so much.

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We were waiting for the reception to begin when we were pulled aside by the officiant – Richard’s ring was MISSING.  Talk about stressful!  “Could you run and buy us a temporary band?” she pleaded.  We jumped in the car, drove to the store, and I found myself checking out wedding bands in a Walmart.  We ended up picking up a lovely $58 band in a size 10.5 – perfect.

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Picking out a wedding band at the last minute is hard! Lots of pressure.

 

A swipe of the credit card later,  we bolted back to the farm, dropped the ring off, and grabbed our seats.

 

Now that the ring has arrived, the wedding can begin…

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The bride walked down the aisle to Sugarland’s Stuck On You.  The aisle was lined in hay and roses.  The ceremony was short, sweet, and to the point.  The kiss was epic!  What else do you need for a perfect ceremony?

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I loved how the ceremony agendas doubled as fans!  It was hot out.

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While the bridal party took pictures, we grabbed cocktails and played with the farm animals.   I love weddings that give guests something fun to do in between the ceremony and reception.   Wandering around the farm was definitely entertaining.

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That horsey wanted my beer!

 

Time for dinner in the barn – but not just any dinner…

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Ashley is a vegan so the wedding was catered by a vegan restaurant in Ashville called Green Light Café.

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On my plate:  sweet potato mash, green beans, a General Tso-faux-chicken, colesaw, and cornbread.  So good.

 

And vegan cupcakes for dessert!

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All in all – a very special and personalized evening.  I loved every inch of this wedding…  It positively dripped Ashley and Richard. 

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Congrats to the happy couple!

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  • Kristina @ spabettie June 26, 2011, 12:06 am

    what a great place for a wedding – I went to a barn wedding once and it was one of the most fun I’ve been to!

    LOVE your dress, Caitlin!

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  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe June 26, 2011, 12:11 am

    Gorgeous wedding! Everyone is gonna ask and I definitely wanna know so…where did you get that awesome pink dress?!?!

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    • Caitlin June 26, 2011, 12:12 am

      I stole it from Nicole’s (Yuppieyogini.com) closet – I think it’s old!

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  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 26, 2011, 12:12 am

    Oh wow that wedding looks gorgeous! The setting, the dress, her hair, the FOOD! And the weather looks perfect too :)

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  • Lauren @ sweet and twisted June 26, 2011, 12:12 am

    Looks amazing! Lovely pics too! I’d be super pumped to attend a veg wedding where I didn’t have to worry about a single dish!

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  • Toronto Girl West June 26, 2011, 12:13 am

    That has to be one of the most beautifully unique weddings that I have ever seen!!!!

    And the best part is that Richard and Ashley look so blissfully happy and in love! Just as it should be!!!

    Thank-you so much for sharing! :)

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  • michelle June 26, 2011, 12:13 am

    I love the first pic! Beautiful

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  • Amber June 26, 2011, 12:14 am

    That is such a cool wedding! Omg I love it!!

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  • Christine June 26, 2011, 12:15 am

    Love your dress and love the wedding. I love special touches and things that make weddings unique like that. Rustic, yet classy.

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  • Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty June 26, 2011, 12:16 am

    Awwwh gorgeous! Exactly how I pictured it to be!!

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  • hippierunner June 26, 2011, 12:17 am

    What a beautiful, amazing wedding! I would love that. I especially love that she is a vegan and had all-vegan food, I bet the animals at the farm appreciated that too! ;)

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  • Heather @ Dietitian on the Run June 26, 2011, 12:17 am

    All these photos are so great!! I love how Ashley went through the details to make this very much about them and their personalities + values! :)

    Prettu crazy task for you and Megan to take on right before a ceremony – super troopers, inm action!

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  • Jen June 26, 2011, 12:18 am

    That pic of you and the hus is totally frame worthy! Too cute! (the pic of the horse trying to steal your beer is a definite runner up though, lol) Looks like a super fun wedding!

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    • Caitlin June 26, 2011, 11:25 am

      Haha that horse was great.

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  • Maria June 26, 2011, 12:19 am

    <3. Rustic casual weddings are my favorite. What a beautiful ceremony and reception.

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  • Sana June 26, 2011, 12:20 am

    Ahhhh! I have been waiting to see pics of her wedding! Thanks for being a speedy blogger!

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  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 26, 2011, 12:21 am

    OMG – I would have had a heart attack over that ring!

    It looks like such a cool wedding – love Sugarland and the idea of using such a peppy song. :)

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  • Errign June 26, 2011, 12:25 am

    So cute!

    I was thinking of them as I was wandering around Asheville today!

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  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 26, 2011, 12:28 am

    What a beautiful wedding! It’s so exciting to see the wedding of a blogger that I’ve followed for so long :)

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  • ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska June 26, 2011, 12:30 am

    I love it! You’re a great friend and photographer. I’m so happy for Ashley and Richard!

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  • Kathleen June 26, 2011, 12:34 am

    The first photo is wedding photographer gorgeous. Ashley looks beautiful and the background setting is perfect! Glad you guys had fun!

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  • Mary (A Merry Life) June 26, 2011, 12:37 am

    I’m so glad you blogged this so quickly! I was dying to see photos because it sounded like an amazing wedding. I’m so happy for both of them!

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  • Marissa June 26, 2011, 12:42 am

    Oh my goodness, what a positively GORGEOUS Paint horse! Oh… just look at his color! Did he have blue eyes? Do you know if he was just a tobiano with a bald face–or was he a tovero? Either way, he’s absolutely beautiful…

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    • Caitlin June 26, 2011, 11:29 am

      She had blue eyes :) She was so pretty and soft.

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  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] June 26, 2011, 12:43 am

    Ashley is stunning & I love her flowers :)

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  • Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks June 26, 2011, 12:43 am

    How lovely! I can’t wait to hear Ashley’s perspective on the wedding. Kudos to you and Megan for helping with the ring! so it was never found?

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    • Caitlin June 26, 2011, 11:30 am

      Nope, lost forever!

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  • shah'ada June 26, 2011, 12:45 am

    gorgeous pictures! and what a seriously cute wedding venue!

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  • Lindsay Loves Veggies June 26, 2011, 12:49 am

    Wedding posts always make me cry! And engagement posts and baby posts…

    Cute dress btw!!

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  • Alex June 26, 2011, 12:52 am

    What a beautiful wedding! I love Ashley’s dress, especially the sleeves! Gorgeous!

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  • Cristy June 26, 2011, 12:52 am

    Love this post, the wedding sounded really fun! Bonus: animals and vegan eats. Love it!

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  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out June 26, 2011, 1:06 am

    Such a pretty wedding! Ashley looks GORGEOUS.

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  • The Healthy Engineer June 26, 2011, 1:08 am

    Wow it looks like a perfect way to spend a summer day…

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  • Jackie @ That Deep Breath June 26, 2011, 1:36 am

    That wedding is beautiful! That’s so great to have food that literally everyone can eat all options! Vegetarian or not

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  • Pam C June 26, 2011, 2:17 am

    OH MY GOSH! She looks amazing! I’ve been stalking ever since I remembered it was today! I’m such a sucker for weddings, it only made things worse when I got engaged. I just use the excuse that I’m doing research for my own hahaha

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    • Caitlin June 26, 2011, 11:30 am

      :)

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  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness June 26, 2011, 2:18 am

    Oh my goodness, the wedding looks absolutely beautiful! I LOVE it, and think it seems so sweet and special…your pictures captured the days beautifully! I bet it is a day that Ashley, Richard (and you!) will cherish completely. How amazing being on a farm! I’d love a wedding like this, so intimate and personal and outdoorsy :-) Those fans are so cute! And the food….well…DIVINE is the word, I believe! ;-) xyx

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  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness June 26, 2011, 2:19 am

    PS: Nice job with ring shopping, you and Megan positively saved the day! :-D xyx

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  • Floey June 26, 2011, 2:56 am

    Oh my goodness, you look so gorgeous in PINK! You should wear it more often! :) Glad you enjoyed such a beautiful day.

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  • ~Jessica~ June 26, 2011, 5:25 am

    What a beautiful ceremony. I love the fact that Ashley and Richard went with the wedding they wanted rather than something ‘traditional’ to please other people. Their wedding just seems to epitomise the beauty of love in general, without all of the material fripperies that most people seem to covet nowadays.

    My heart skipped a beat when I read about the ring though! Thank goodness you and Megan came to the rescue.

    xxx
    P.S You look stunning in that dress! I would ‘borrow’ it from Nicole indefinitely ;)

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  • Freya June 26, 2011, 6:43 am

    Wow, Ashley looks stunning! And what a cool venue! I’d love to get married on a farm :-D My mum had horses at her wedding – her two special horses she had at the time. She got in the newspaper and evrything :p
    Annnd final :-O-thing; a vegan friendly wedding!

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  • Elizabeth June 26, 2011, 7:14 am

    Gorgeous wedding! The pictures need to be submitted to a bridal magazine! Venue looks amazing. simply amazing.

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  • Sarah@The Flying ONION June 26, 2011, 7:26 am

    This is quite possibly the most gorgeous wedding I have ever seen! I love the atmosphere of it all, and even the food matches the vibe. Too fun!!

    Congrats to the new couple! :D

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  • Heidi - apples under my bed June 26, 2011, 7:37 am

    You look so stunning in that pic with your husband :) the wedding looks absolutely beautiful! How lovely :)
    Heidi xo

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  • Gwen June 26, 2011, 7:56 am

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing pics! Looks like it was a blast.

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  • Katie June 26, 2011, 8:00 am

    Beautiful! I always joked I wanted to ride down the aisle… And have my siginificant other on a white horse ;) I love the idea of a vegan bar wedding os perfect for them and such a pretty venue!

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  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 26, 2011, 8:01 am

    Aww… the views from the ceremony look incredible! Bridge and groom look amazing as do you!
    I can’t imagine how much stress that missing ring of Richard’s was! Way to come to the rescue!

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  • Hannah June 26, 2011, 8:05 am

    gorgeous!!

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  • Dori June 26, 2011, 8:24 am

    This looks like a perfect, beautiful wedding. LOVE Ashley’s dress!

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  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 26, 2011, 8:24 am

    What a beautiful wedding! If I could do it all over again, I would do a farm wedding too!

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  • Khushboo June 26, 2011, 8:26 am

    Having a wedding at a farm is such a novel idea! The pink dress looks gorgeous on you!

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  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 26, 2011, 8:26 am

    Such a gorgeous wedding! Congrats to Ashley and Richard!

    That must have been so stressful for them about the ring – way to save the day! ;)

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  • G June 26, 2011, 8:29 am

    I never thought I wanted a wedding, but seeing how special and unique Ashley’s was kind of making me change my mind. Absolutely beautiful!! Congratulations to the new bride and groom!

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    • Caitlin June 26, 2011, 11:34 am

      You can do whatever you want!

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  • Ally June 26, 2011, 8:39 am

    Oh my GOSH. What a perfect wedding! and Ashley, wow! That dress is PERFECT for you! (Caitlin your dress is gorgeous too ;)

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  • Angela (Oh She Glows) June 26, 2011, 8:40 am

    Aww Ashley looks stunning! A farm wedding is such a great setting for a wedding. I love anything outside.

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  • Heather June 26, 2011, 8:42 am

    I love that they clearly thought of every little detail & made it personalized- what a running wedding!

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  • diana@mymarblerye June 26, 2011, 9:16 am

    beautiful, simple, and so organic ;) BTW where did you get your dress?!

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    • Caitlin June 26, 2011, 11:36 am

      Nicole’s closet :) Hehe

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  • Michelle@ Crazy*Running*Legs June 26, 2011, 9:33 am

    Such a gorgeous day! Awesome wedding recap!!

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  • katie @ KatieDid June 26, 2011, 9:43 am

    You take gorgeous pictures! The one of you and your husband with the star behind you is such a great on of you two. That’s such a unique wedding, and looks like a really fun place to have it!

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  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 26, 2011, 10:10 am

    You got some great pics! I love the bouquet one. Looks like a fun and beautiful wedding.

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  • Tracy @ Commit To Fit June 26, 2011, 10:30 am

    Looks like a lovely wedding :) Those cupcakes don’t look too shabby either!

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  • Molly @ RDexposed June 26, 2011, 11:16 am

    Missing ring? Wow. I like how the wedding wasn’t hillbilly country but more classy country!

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  • Chrissy (The New Me) June 26, 2011, 11:26 am

    Love this wedding and your photos are great – especially the first one. We’re sort-of planning a wedding for November 2012 and I’ve had my eye on a barn setting. These photos pretty much seal the deal for me!

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  • ari June 26, 2011, 11:34 am

    omg i love that picture of you and the huz in front of the star. totes adorbs

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    • Caitlin June 26, 2011, 11:38 am

      thanks ari!

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  • Amber K June 26, 2011, 11:43 am

    What a beautiful wedding! Our wedding reception started directly after our wedding, so I’ve never understood when people have a HUGE amount of time inbetween.

    Especially one I went to where the wedding party didn’t show up to the reception (therefore the dinner didn’t start) until like two hours after we had arrived. I was soooo freagin’ hungry. NOT fun.

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  • Mrs. Muffins June 26, 2011, 11:59 am

    Wow! What a beautiful wedding! They seem like a down-to-earth happy couple! Congrats!

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  • CH June 26, 2011, 12:04 pm

    It truly sounds like it was the perfect wedding for them! Beautiful setting, photos, dress, food. It’s the kind of wedding I want to have one day! Congrats to Ashley and Richard!

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  • Natalia - a side of simple June 26, 2011, 12:18 pm

    LOVE it! Barn/farm/vintage theme weddings are my absolute favorite and add such character I think. PS. Tell the husband he has a pretty hot date ;)

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  • Amber June 26, 2011, 12:20 pm

    You can always count on Walmart! Thank goodness you guys were able to find a ring so quick! The wedding was absolutely amazing looking.

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  • Jess@atasteofconfidence June 26, 2011, 12:25 pm

    Looks like a beautiful location and her dress is gorgeous!

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  • Reenie June 26, 2011, 12:38 pm

    What a beautiful bride and groom…and wedding. Love the pic of you and The Husband =)

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  • Carolina John June 26, 2011, 12:43 pm

    That looks fantastic! I’ve been stalking FB all day trying to find pics.

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  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) June 26, 2011, 12:55 pm

    Amazing! I hope that I can attend a vegan wedding sometime in my life. I love that this wedding was not one of the unnecessarily show-y ones, just something that seemed a piece of themselves.

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  • Ashley @ the fit academic June 26, 2011, 1:39 pm

    awww, I love weddings – it looks like so much fun!!

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  • mi-an d. June 26, 2011, 3:07 pm

    ashley’s blog was the first health blog i’ve ever read…i’ve been waiting for her to post pics of her wedding. then i go to your blog you have the wedding pics up! wow! so awesome~!!! it’s very ashley to the tee! thanks for sharing!

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  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 26, 2011, 3:09 pm

    Hey how fun! Congrats to the bride and groom :)

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  • Pamela June 26, 2011, 3:24 pm

    To reiterate what a bunch of folks already said: you look gorgeous in the pink dress. You have such a lovely and feminine figure!

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  • Nichole (eat & be pretty) June 26, 2011, 4:26 pm

    omg what a CUTE idea for a wedding! managing to have a barn-themed wedding that’s still elegant must be hard to do, but they definitely pulled it off

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  • Chelsea June 26, 2011, 8:34 pm

    I want my wedding to be on a barn =D They’re so lovely and well decorated most of the time!
    & oh man that food looks yummmyyyy!

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  • Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots June 26, 2011, 8:58 pm

    This wedding looks amazing! And they’ll always have a funny story about how they lost the groom’s ring on the day of the wedding, haha.

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  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) June 26, 2011, 9:06 pm

    What a unique and beautiful wedding! I love that first photo, and the bride is gorgeous!

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  • Layla June 26, 2011, 10:43 pm

    Wait, did Megan wear a WHITE dress as a guest at a wedding?!

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    • E June 26, 2011, 11:21 pm

      Her dress looks like maybe a pale lavender to me??

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      • Caitlin June 27, 2011, 8:11 am

        It was lavender.

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  • E June 26, 2011, 11:20 pm

    I gotta admit…I’m not a big fan of attending weddings. However, that wedding/reception look awesome! I think that is so unique and I also think you look really cute in that dress :)

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  • Amanda June 27, 2011, 1:38 am

    I love the pics, what a beautiful wedding : ) I read on twitter that there was a missing ring…. so glad to here the story behind it (I’m so nosey!)

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  • Cristina @ Girl Meets Pink June 27, 2011, 6:56 pm

    Those are beautiful photos, really. They should be in a magazine.

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  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat June 28, 2011, 10:11 am

    That made me tear up! Congrats to Ashley & Richard, that looks like the perfect wedding for them :)

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