For anyone wanting to plan a rustic or country-style wedding comes Maggie Lord's photos and tips in "Barn Weddings."
With plenty of gorgeous imagery, this book has plenty of tips and inspiration for brides-to-be.
The book begins by addressing different styles of barns, and therefore different styles of weddings. The author reminds planners that barn weddings can be simple, budget-friendly events as well as eco-friendly. But dressing up a barn can happen too, with lighting and white accents.
There is a section of wedding inspiration shoots, with gorgeous photos illustrating different themes.
There is a Star & Stripes theme with an nostalgic Americana feel, making use of the colors red, white and blue and vintage props.
The Vintage Country Affair theme makes use of repurposed items, mismatched chairs and other items.
A Southwestern Style wedding makes use of lots of pops of color at a more ranch-style location.
The Graceful Drama wedding uses white drapes, white flags and a chandelier as key decor pieces.
The Something Blue theme uses blue as a decor element, amid whites, simple quilts and even hay bales. Mason jars can be cups, lights or even vases to accompany the look.
The brides dresses throughout range from long to short, ballgowns to simple, with high-heels or sandals and even shawls to add to the look.
A section on decor breaks down the major elements to get ideas, including the flowers, tables, seating, place settings (mismatched is popular), simple wood signs and seating arrangements. Ideas for decorating by season are also given, like using galvanized buckets in the spring, fans in the summer, making use of pumpkins and apples in the fall and reds and greens in the winter.
Photos from some real barn weddings are also included to envoke inspiration.
The book ends with tips from event planners, a timeline for planning, tips from a beauty expert, tips from a venue experts and tips about choosing a gown.
For those planning a wedding, or really anyone who enjoys looking at beautiful bridal photos, look to this book for inspiration.
"Barn Weddings" is published by Gibbs Smith. It is $30.