We can’t get enough of rustic barn weddings and some of our favorite Omaha photographers are truly creating the most amazing barn wedding work lately. Last week we featured a Nebraska City wedding with incredible details and styling photographed by Dana Damewood. This week we’re featuring a spirited wedding at the Ackerhurst Dairy Barn near Bennington, Nebraska shot by the talented Andrey Mikityuk.
There are so many creative DIY details to love about this wedding. The vintage windows hung behind the bride and groom were framed oh-so-perfectly. They were hand-selected by a meticulous eye and had just the right amount of paint chipped detailing. A hand-painted wooden menu board complimented the BBQ reception dinner. In lieu of a guestbook, guests left their mark by painting a one-of-a-kind piece of art for the couple on a blank canvas. The jars full of paint became a unique and colorful detail.
The location itself was so perfect for this couple. A vintage Farmall tractor shared a similar paint scheme as the Barn. Built in 1935 by Adolf Otte in the Gambrel (aka the Dutch Gambrel) style, the Barn was designated as a “Landmark” by the City of Omaha Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission on March 5, 2002. It was also listed on the National Register of Historic Places shortly after. Talk about an amazing wedding venue!
After the ceremony, guests found a colorful yellow and white striped tent that made a fun and casual place to hide from the rain during the cocktail hour. Rain or shine, this made a perfect place for guests to enjoy the rest of this incredible day.
The interior of the barn has a crisp, clean, modern feel thanks to the abundance of white paint. Simple bouquets of sunflowers and other Nebraskan native flowers became works of art in a sea of white. Custom programs, birdseed funnels to shower the bride and groom, a little (or a lot of!) smoked BBQ for the main course… we could go on and on. But we’ll let Andrey’s photos tell the story! Oh yes, and after the sunset and the night began, the sky was filled with traditional Chinese sky lanterns. Truly a perfect day and night.
“We had a tight budget but we are determined people, so it made sense that Pete and I would throw a DIY wedding celebration. We knew we wanted to have a casual summer BBQ-vibe to our wedding, and we hit the jackpot when we found the Ackerhurst Dairy Barn. We spent an inordinate amount of time planning and preparing for our wedding. We contacted an Etsy shop to create printable invitations, programs, and thank-yous for us which we printed, cut, and assembled ourselves with materials from Paper Source. We scoured Craigslist and crafted decorations. It was a lot of work. Our families and friends spent a couple days before the wedding helping us set up and decorate at the barn.”
“Pete and his dad built the ceremony backdrop with old windows I found on Craigslist and made menu boards out of wood pallets. Pete and I bought the table flowers in bulk from Sam’s Club and my friends arranged them in canning jars I had collected over the past few months. Our bouquets, boutonnieres, and cake flowers were provided by Mulhall’s. When we met with Mulhall’s, we told them they had free reign (within our budget, of course) on whatever they wanted to provide and they gave us astonishingly beautiful flowers.”
“My dress was made by an incredibly talented family friend, Denise O’Toole. She used fabric that I bought in New Orleans while Pete and I were there on a joint Bachelor-Bachelorette party with my cousins. Pete bought the hat he wore on our wedding day in New Orleans, too.”
“Pete’s uncle, Jim, officiated our ceremony – we are eternally grateful that he agreed to participate in the most important part of the day. My brother, Mitch, and cousin, Jeff, played guitar and sang before and during the ceremony. Mitch also played guitar and sang during cocktail hour. My friends helped roll what seems like a million kraft paper cones for holding lavender blossoms that got tossed at us after we were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Saccoman.”
“My cousin, Ned, brewed two kinds of beer for our guests – ‘Petey’s Wheaty Porter’ and ‘Annamarie’s Jubilee Ale.’ Two of our good friends bartended for a very thirsty crowd. My aunts, uncles and cousins helped prepare fruit, cheeses and charcuterie the day before our wedding for appetizers during cocktail hour. An old friend of my Dad’s, Wayne Schuler of Smokn’ BBQ, made smoked chicken and burgers for dinner. A group of my mom’s friends prepared a few family-favorite recipes for side dishes. We didn’t rent plates and flatware (too much hassle!) but we wanted something a little more special than regular paper plates, so we bought disposable bamboo plates from Branch Home. My sister, Barbie, made our delicious lemon-raspberry wedding cakes and arranged them on vintage milk glass cake stands. My aunt, Barb, is an artist and volunteered to help guests with our very unconventional ‘guest book.’ The two canvases turned out to be so colorful and happy; they hang in our home and it’s fun for our friends and family to point out which doodle is theirs.”
“It’s so true what all the married people say, that your wedding day goes by in a blink of the eye. I wrote them all off – I thought it was some old cliche, but I realized I was dead wrong when we woke up the next morning! The pictures mean so much to us because we can look back on them and see how much fun everybody had. All of the memories are my favorite:) The summer heat wave broke the day of our wedding, giving our guests sweet relief from the heat. Pete’s uncle, Jim, wrote a beautiful speech for our wedding. As a married couple, we danced a waltz to ‘La Vie En Rose’ that we had been working on in our tiny apartment for months. People took part in my family’s Volga German tradition, the Grand March. Our families did what they do best – dance, sometimes weirdly – and stayed really, really late into the evening.”