Jonathan + Paige

What do you get when you mix a ridiculously adorable couple with the most beautiful, boho details, a winter blizzard and the stomach flu?

One of the most beautiful days we have ever witnessed.

How can a blizzard and the stomach flu be beautiful, you ask? They weren’t. There were tears and heartbreak. But the immense joy and love for each other, and for God, that was displayed on this day, outshines all the other details.

Paige and Jon will celebrate one year together this month, the perfect time to revisit their winter wedding day.

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The day before was 70 degrees. The morning of the wedding we all woke up to a blizzard with wind gusts that were ripping our goose-neck lights off the front of the barn. But the lights laying in the yard were the least of our concerns. Our poor bride arrived in tears after barely being able to walk up to the building in the white-out conditions, and hearing her groom had gotten the stomach flu in the night. There was a heaviness to the start of the day that made me realize one of the only things we could do to help was to pray. We don’t take the privilege or opportunity lightly. I don’t think I ever told Paige and Jon this, but we called on several of our key prayer warriors who prayed us through the entire construction project, and asked them to pray over Paige and Jon’s day. Strangers who will never get to meet them prayed specifically for our sweet bride and groom.

I’m reminded of the song lyrics…”Holy Spirit, you are welcome here, come flood this space…”

There are no other words for what happened this day than those. The Holy Spirit made himself at home in the barn.

Tears turned to small smiles and it wasn’t long into the morning that a joy rose up in this place that was indescribable. Even these pictures will reveal it.

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If these dresses don’t make all your boho wedding dreams come true, I don’t know what does.

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Forest green, burgundy, plum, dark brown, cream, mustard. Paige, you killed the color palette.

And then there was her Hayley Paige dress.

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Tell us about some of your favorite wedding details and how you came up with them.

“I LOVED the boho peacock chairs we rented for our head table! I also loved the amber glasses our head table used. My mom and grandma spend weeks thrifting to find enough glasses. Our alter is also one of my favorite details. Our florist used the barn's circle alter and covered it in fresh greenery, specifically eucalyptus. We honored my husband's best friend who passed away by reserving a chair for him in the front row and that was also really special.”

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What was your wedding inspiration?

“When we were engaged, I loved searching on Junebug Weddings. I actually found a lot of inspiration by looking at my favorite interior designers and photographers on Instagram.”

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Did anything unexpected happen? What was the outcome?

“Oh, YES. First of all, it was a blizzard, which I suppose we were kind of expecting. Thankfully, most people were able to make it, but it did stop some from driving. My husband also got the stomach flu the morning of the wedding which was really tough. We had planned to host a breakfast with prayer and worship before even going to the barn and had some friends we really wanted to share the Gospel with, and we didn't get to have that. Jon was running on very little sleep and was throwing up throughout most of the morning up until the ceremony. I think God used the weather and sickness to teach me a really valuable lesson about control. At the time it was soul-crushing but it was still the best day ever and I think it reminded us what was most important - we were getting married!”

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The white-out conditions stopped just in time for the ceremony, for guests to safely arrive and for them to capture some outdoor shots.

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What ended up being your favorite part of the day?

Jon: My favorite part of the day was the ceremony itself, which I didn't expect. It was so amazing and surreal to finally be there in the moment where all the plans culminated.

Paige: The ceremony was also really special for me! I loved looking around and seeing all of the people that we loved. We got to serve communion to our guests which was so meaningful. Of course we loved our dance party, too!

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Any advice for those couples planning their wedding now?

Jon: My advice would definitely be to keep your attention where it belongs in the planning process. It's easy to get swept away by ideas, expectations, and plans, but the most important thing is the love you bring to each other! Keep the plans simple, you're celebrating a relationship.

Paige: I definitely agree with Jon. I wouldn't call myself a "bridezilla," but I definitely stressed more than I needed to about some of the wedding details and it stole my joy. I think creating boundaries is important. Set aside a few days a week to wedding plan, and then ignore the emails the rest of the time. It will lower your stress and make your spouse feel valued!

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What was the one memory of your day that you want to freeze in time and never forget?

Jon: I have so much of that day frozen in my memory, but one of my favorite moments was sitting with my new wife in front of a room full of people who love us while they chatted and ate. The atmosphere was so warm and beautiful.

Paige: Right after the ceremony! It was something that wasn't planned and I hadn't thought about. We ran out and up to the bridal suite with our bridal party. Everyone was cheering and relieved and just hanging out. It was so surreal.

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The stomach flu didn’t stop this guy from dancing his heart out with his bride. Best dance party ever. And such an answer to prayer after the way this day started.

God is good. And that’s completely evident as you look at these two celebrating their beautiful day together.

Jon & Paige, thank you for giving us the privilege of being a small part of your wedding day. A few circumstances of your day could have led you to discouragement and defeat, but instead, the love and joy that exuded from you both was evidence of something greater in you. Your wedding day is such an example to the world that when the blizzard and stomach flu hits, and life’s plans and expectations aren’t what you thought, hope and joy can still be found. God is writing a beautiful story with your marriage.

Happy 1st Anniversary this month! We hope you are still dancing your hearts out with each other.

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The Vendor Team

Ceremony + Reception: The Barn at Grace Hill @thebarnatgracehill

Photo: Liz Rudman Photography @lizrudman

Video: John Stambaugh @johnstambaugh

Florals: @becca.eliz

Event Planning: Couture Ever After @coutureeverafter

Rentals: Something Borrowed Event Planning and Rentals @somethingborrowedks

Cake: Nice Bites Bakery @nicebitesbakery

Dress: Hayley Paige @misshayleypaige from Rhylan Lang Bridal @rhylanlangbridal

Hair: @conlee.arpin

Makeup: @beautycallmakeup

Chandler + Katelyn

We still have a hard time believing that our first 30 weddings on the calendar were before we opened our doors. And most of those were tours given among boards and nails. We are humbled that complete strangers trusted us as they did.

Katelyn and Chandler booked their December 2018 wedding with us in April and this is what the barn looked like the week they toured…

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Obviously a venue under construction didn’t scare them away. And their December wedding came faster than anyone could have imagined.

Their day was simple yet elegant, and a little bit rustic.

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Where did you get your inspiration?

“Honestly, we just kinda went for it! We both wanted our day to really be all about who we are as individuals and as a couple. It was very Christ-centered, organized, beautiful, and simple. We're not Pinterest people; we like to do our own thing. We had a bunch of ideas in our heads. and when we locked in one vendor we really wanted/liked, we said, "Okay, let's just keep going and see what happens next." The Barn is so beautiful in itself, that it didn't need a bunch of decorations to make it look complete, so that made everything just that much easier. SO much of our wedding inspiration/process was a Godsend and we couldn't be happier with how everything came together.”

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We absolutely love that this first look involved Katelyn’s entire family of 4. The emotion and love displayed in these pictures is beyond words. All I can come up with “beautiful”, but yet that doesn’t seem to do it justice.

Katelyn: My brother was my Man of Honor, so just having him get to hangout with me during the day was something I will always treasure. He obviously saw me while we were getting ready, but he didn't see my final look until my dad saw it as well. I always thought I wanted to do one look with my brother and one look with just my dad, but I'm so glad we did them at the same time. Besides Chandler of course, those are the two most important men in my life. Seeing their reaction to something they couldn't know anything about for the past several months was just pure joy and love. My mom got to be there to share that moment with us, and we were able to have one beautiful moment together as a family.

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Their wedding colors were grey and champagne with little pops of red and green. Because a December wedding with pops of red and green is just classic and timeless. The guys’ red suspenders were the perfect touch.

What did you like most about your day at The Barn at Grace Hill?

Katelyn: Does the whole day count?!…Our officiant (who is also a dear friend to Chandler and I) led my family in a prayer before everyone got lined up for the ceremony, and that moment of intimacy and love was something that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Chandler: I very much enjoyed being able to have a suite for the groomsmen to hang out in. Another very enjoyable and happy moment for me was to be able to be with my groomsmen and my dad in that suite and get to have fun and laugh and enjoy the greatness of the day- the ultimate culmination of the past few months. Being in that suite with those men and the time we had there together was another part of the day that I truly liked and enjoyed.

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What is the one memory of your day that you wish you could freeze in time and never forget?

Katelyn: This may seem dorky, but honestly the moment I would freeze in time is actually a span of about thirty seconds. Once I got to the bottom of the stairs after my grand entrance, I really enjoyed my dad walking me down the aisle to meet the man of my dreams. That time with my dad was so precious to me, and I absolutely adore every picture I have with him from that moment.

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Chandler: That is an easy answer- the moment she walked out of those barn doors and I saw her for the first time. That moment was perfection.

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What ended up being your favorite part of the day?

Chandler: There were an abundant number of lovely, amazing, and memorable moments, but nothing tops this one moment for me- seeing my bride for the first time. There was an intense and suspenseful build-up to the wedding because I had zero clue as to what she was going to be wearing, what she would look like or anything of the sort. Absolutely no clue. I had been very (im)patiently waiting for that moment for months, and then being within such a close proximity to her on the day without getting to see her sparked a deep yearning and desire to see my bride. The set-up was perfect, the music was queued up, and the moment came in a flash. Those doors opened up and my beautiful bride stepped out, finally revealing herself to me, and I was blown away. Finally seeing her that day after months of anticipation was hands down my favorite part.

Chandler definitely got us all teary with his reaction that was caught so perfectly by Wild Oak Films in their wedding video that we’ve shared at the bottom.

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Tell us about some of the special details you incorporated into your day.

“We loved the wooden cross that was the main focal point during our ceremony. For our unity ceremony, we wanted to do something different, but still important to us as a Godly couple. We chose to do the tying of the knot, with three strands representing both of us as husband and wife, and God as our Father...ultimately becoming one in Christ. "And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him - a threefold cord is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 4:12. Our threefold strand was wrapped around the cross. We added something very special from Katelyn's family to the top of the cross; a crown of thorns that Katelyn gave to her parents for Christmas several years ago. Right when you enter the Barber house, the crown of thorns is on display to symbolize the most precious gift we as humans could ever receive. It was the perfect touch to the wooden cross during our ceremony.”

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“Instead of using a traditional guestbook to remember everyone who celebrated our wedding day with us, we wanted to use something different and something that we could actually look at and be part of our lives. Anchors have always been "our thing" ever since we met, so we chose to have our guests sign little wooden anchors and leave their best wishes for us. We were both definitely teary going through all of those the day after our wedding. Those were very special. “

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What advice do you have for couples planning their wedding right now?

Katelyn: My advice to couples that are currently planning a wedding is to just be yourself. Forget about other people's opinions of your choices, what might happen if this doesn't go right, all the Pinterest boards that look like perfection, and just make everything be about you and your new spouse…I would say that your vendor team is hugely important in creating a successful, beautiful day. I may be biased, but we literally had the most amazing team working for us! Something I'm really glad Chandler and I decided on was our catering. We heard over and over again that we probably wouldn't have time to eat on our wedding day because there would be so many people to talk to. I don't know if you like food as much as we do, but we made sure to have our favorite meal because we knew we'd be hungry after a long day. We had Texas Roadhouse and that was by far one of the best decisions we made throughout our planning process.

Chandler: …the message I kept preaching to Kate- stop stressing so much about the planning. Yes, there are things to do and get done, but everything will come together and everything will work out just fine. And it will work out just fine whether you are stressing about it or not…take the time to enjoy your engagement with your fiancé instead of worrying about the planning process. Everyone involved will be much more happy.

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Katelyn and Chandler, we adored you. Your day was beautiful but not more beautiful than who you are. You brought us joy so early into our business venture that showed us what we get to be a part of and who we get the privilege to cross paths with.

The Vendor Team

Ceremony + Reception: The Barn at Grace Hill @thebarnatgracehill

Photography: Kay x Bee @kayxbeephoto

Storytelling: Wild Oak Films @wildoakfilms

DJ: Absolute Sound DJ Entertainment @absolutesounddj

Florals: Red Bird Floral Co. @redbirdfloral

Catering: Texas Roadhouse

Cupcakes: Cheri's Bakery @cherisbakerywichita

Makeup: Beauty Call Makeup @beautycallmakeup

Hair: Studio 400 @studio400salon

Katelyn's Dress: Dress Gallery @shopdressgallery

Alterations: Quickstitch Alterations @quickstitchwichita

Calligraphy: Emilime Designs @emilimedesigns