Though it was years ago that Mandy first took a weekend break from Texas State University to visit her best friend at Texas A&M, she still still remembers the butterflies she had all night after meeting Garrett. That’s because he was the man who would one day become her husband. “We lived in neighboring hometowns growing up, and we both knew of each other from high school, but we never officially met until college,” says Mandy, “I remember I always thought he was SO handsome, and when we finally met we hit it off right away!”
Mandy continued to visit College Station on the weekends. The more the couple got to know each other, the more they became inseparable. Ready for a change, Mandy made the decision to transfer to Texas A&M, sealing the fate for a successful relationship. Years later, the couple exchanged wedding vows in an idyllic white barn wedding outside of Dallas.
Mandy and Garrett wrote their own vows privately, without sharing notes. On their wedding day, they were smitten to find that they’d each included the same sweet sentiment in their promises to each other: “You are my home.”
That feeling of home was reflected throughout the event, starting with the selection of the intimate yet airy barn venue. Guests entered to discover soaring white ceilings and porcelain-white comfortable farm chairs set for the ceremony.
To bring a girly, amorous feel to the event, as well as a touch of color, the bride chose faint blush and white blooms. A striking floral and greenery arch packed with peonies and roses anchored the ceremony, and then served as a frame for the couple’s head table during the reception. Guests relaxed and mingled over a hearty, homey fried chicken dinner and danced all night long!
Of all their favorite moments of the day, Mandy and Garrett most loved their first dance to “You are the Best Thing,” by Ray LaMontagne. The upbeat melody gave the couple the chance to relax, celebrate, and truly connect after all the hustle and bustle of the day.
After a festive evening, guests sent off the new Mr. and Mrs. Barker with canopy of sparklers to begin their next fairytale: a dreamy honeymoon in Positano and Paris!
Wedding Vendor Team:
Venue: The Nest at Ruth Farms
Planner: Robyne Swink with Southern Affairs Weddings
Florist: Petals Couture
Bridal gown designer: Blush by Hayley Paige
Bridal gown shop: A and Be
Bridesmaid gowns: Show me your Mumu
Hair and makeup: The Luxxe Look
DJ, Ceremony sound and lighting: Adante Mayo with LeForce Entertainment
Tables: Beautiful Event Rentals
China & Napkins: Top Tier Event Rentals
Table Runners: La Tavola Fine Linen
Catering: Babe’s Chicken Dinner House
Wedding Cake: Crumb & Kettle
Bridal shoes: Christian Louboutin
Menswear: The Black Tux
Officiant: Marty Younkin of Love Notes Weddings DFW
Videography: David Le Weddings - see the highlight film here