Abby & Logan’s Thrifted, DIY Cloverdale Barn Wedding in Virginia

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  • August 21, 2014

Logan & Abby, the adorable couple from Monday’s sunrise engagement feature with ukeleles, are back! This time with their ADORABLE thrifted, handmade barn wedding at Cloverdale Barn in Virginia. With a set decision on having their wedding at a barn, Abby & Logan picked the other details along the way, like the lack of color scheme, an adventure theme, and lots and lots of tchotchkes! There is a TON to love in Abby & Logan’s Adventure themed Virginia wedding. So take it away guys!

Abby & Logan’s Thrifted, Adventure Themed Virginia Barn Wedding

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Photographer:  An Endless Pursuit | Venue: Cloverdale Barn | Caterer: Boyd’s Nest | Floral Designer: Wild Green Yonder | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Logan and I started with a barn. We both knew we really wanted to have our wedding in a barn, and we thought it would also make everyone feel more casual and like they could really let loose and relax. We found Cloverdale Barn in Winchester, VA tucked away on a back country road on this huge hill with tons of sky overhead, which was important to us. After walking into the barn with all of it’s twinkly lights we looked at each other and said, “Are you done? I’m done.”

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I think we went through about 10 color palette possibilities before we eventually said “Let’s just not pick colors!” Which actually went pretty well if you stay in a general idea of what you want it to look like, which we knew was muted pastels, and quirky whimsy.

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Click inside for SO much more awesome from Abby & Logan’s Virginia wedding.

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Almost everything was DIY. My mom crocheted little heart pins for everyone to have. Funny story about that is that she started them when my grandpa went in for heart surgery (he’s fine!) and ended up having to make them all over again because everyone in the heart ward of the hospital wanted one. All of the DIY stuff was ready way in advance, which was the greatest and allowed us lots of time to set it all up early.

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Organizing theatrical events is my chosen profession so I treated it much the same. We had timelines and to-do lists to check off. Thankfully my mother is a human assembly line, and my friends and family are incredible human beings who offered up help, resources, and emotional support every step of the way. I cannot even say how many times my best friend, mom, and sister told me “You are not crazy. It will be beautiful.”

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The best part was that Logan wanted to help and cared. He was with me through every step and asked me so often, “What can I help with? Give me a list.” He came up with the idea to have little spray painted animals as escort cards with notes to the guests and that ended up being my favorite part. We were both really happy that we were able to let each person know how happy we were to spend that day with them.

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We had always talked about how weird themed weddings were, but in the middle of a two and a half week journey from camping at Bonnaroo for four days, then down to Florida to visit my grandparents, which was an itinerary full of swimming and amusement parks, and then an overnight drive back up to Virginia for a friend’s wedding, we realized the following: Not only would an adventure themed wedding totally capture us perfectly, but we could easily pull it off if we did it right…and it would be totally adorable.

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Luckily, I go to grad school for theatre so my school’s prop shop has a warehouse where we were able to pick out items to use for our decorations. This saved us from having to buy a lot of weird and expensive stuff and really added some neat decor to the event. Everything else we found at yard sales, thrift shops, or our houses. We made centerpieces by putting the tchotchkes in thrift shop picture frames and adding a few bud vases. Boom. Tables.

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On our wedding day I barely even noticed the decorations because I was too busy dancing, but when we were setting it all up a few days before and I could really see what Logan and I had designed I stepped back for a moment and all of my worries about it being pretty disappeared because it really did look beautiful and so much like something we did together to show everybody how we feel about our love and our life. Totally worth the effort.

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And boom. That ends one of my most favorite wedding features of this year on the blog. Thank you An Endless Pursuit for sharing your incredible images. Thank you Abby & Logan for sharing your BEAUTIFUL wedding and all the fun, amazing, and touching details with us!

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