Caroline & Thomas | The Allen Farmhaus Wedding
A celebration of community, creativity, and love. The gritty natural atmosphere with dashes of personal crafted touch were the perfect way to capture the unique relationship we invested in. Our relationship began living in community and has always been about creating a hospitable environment that lends a feeling of grace and understanding to all those around us. An environment that allows the ones we love to leave with a pocket full of memorable moments of laughter, wisdom, and just plain fun. The dark, yet vibrant colors we chose perfectly paralleled the maturity of our 5 year relationship and the vibrancy and excitement of this marvelous new chapter. From our uniquely crafted inter-denominational ceremony, including “the passing of the rings” throughout the congregation, a laying of the hands by the bridal party and family, the sharing of personal vows with a surprise spanish translation by the groom, the odes to hispanic wedding tradition, down to the breaking of communion, the day was carefully thought out with each guest in mind.
Wedding Venue &
We came across the Kraft family for the 1st time at the San Antonio Wedding Fair in the Winter of 2017. We instantly felt the infectious joy the family shared and the genuine passion for the venue they had built and knew we wanted to learn more about the family owned property. We booked a tour to visit and instantly knew it felt like home. The family left us feeling like we were one of their own and knew it was the perfect place set a part to have the most special family gathering that would feel like home. My husband and I joke we knew it was meant to be once we knew they had barn cats. Our hashtag was #kittenfoundhertomcat
Describe your flowers? What company did them?
Decor was dreamt up over time by the Bride. Was simplistic, elegant, vintage, rustic, floral, unique full of warmth and color with pops of personalization. Hues were copper/rose gold, burgundy/wine, dark teal and red orange/orangey fall tones.
Every corner had a detail that seemed effortless but carefully thought out and was designed to make each guest feel welcome and comfortable.
Outdoor lounge area furniture, bud vases, welcome sign, entrance ladder arbor, and blush goblets were rented from Cru Vintage Rentals.
Copper Chargers were rented from UltraPom.
Mixed Teal goblets, rose gold flatware, and linen fring napkins were rented from Birch and Brass Rentals.
Many of the items were handmade by bride, family of the bride and groom.
Who designed your dress and where did you buy it?
My dress was the dress of my dreams! Whimsical, airy, dreamy, full of romance. Dress was full of floral appliques and tiny embellishments. From the sheer tulle panel at the neckline to the dreamy ball skirt silhouette, this BHLDN dress is full of feminine allure and perfectly marries vintage and contemporary. Designed by Etoile available exclusively at BHLDN.
What shoes did you choose and what jewelry did you wear?
Azazie – online boutique – having bridesmaids of various body types and from various states this allowed my girls to select the perfect fit and style for them, all in the same color and in the price range of their choice.
Groom/ Groomsmen’s attire:
Groom – Burgundy Wool Tweed Suit (ASOS), Brown Wool Herringbone Tweed Slim Suit Vest (Ali Express), Rose Gold and dark leather exposed watch by Kenneth Cole, dark leather brown dress shoes (Perry Ellis), Teal Meadow floral skinny tie (Etsy Shop: HolmesTies), color block striped socks to match groomsmen (H&M).
Groomsmen and Men of Honor – white dress shirt of choice, burgundy wool tweed pants (ASOS), dark leather brown dress shoes (Perry Ellis), matching brown leather suspenders (Retail Group Inc.), Teal Meadow floral skinny tie to tie in the color of the bridesmaids dresses (Etsy shop: HolmesTies) , groomsmen and men had matching color blocked stripe socks (H&M)
Bar Service & Any signature drinks?
Videographer – Rachel Ashley owner of The Heart Behind It
Wedding Day of Coordinator – Haley Tobias owner of Cedar and Lime Co.
Cocktail Hour live music by Joseph Sanchez
Ceremony worship Music – Lindsey and Justin Frey
The Box Street Social also did a donut spread alongside the cake to fulfill the Groom’s favorite wedding request.
Any other significant accessories?
Bracelet was “Something Borrowed and “Something New”. It was borrowed from the Bride’s aunt Maria Jaramillo and attached to it was a tiny salt water pearl charm given to the bride by her older brother (Man of Honor) Gustavo Garcia.
Bride designed and created copper heart shaped boxes for each bridesmaid that would open up a tiny box on the inside surrounded by soft moss. Inside a pair of rose gold earrings for the aisle.
Bridesmaids had matching black floral silk robes and bride matching white version of the floral robe. Both men of honor had personalized black waffled robes with copper silk threaded letters on the back that said “Man of Honor”.
Bride surprised groom with a Rose Gold/leather Kenneth Cole watch, a letter from the bride and a wooden square carrying a punny message.
Personal or handmade details:
Each table number was handcrafted by the Father of the bride, groom’s brother and the bride. – Copper pipe was cut and shaped, wood stained and drilled and canvas flags cut out, grommets were added and table numbers hand-lettered for each table.
Copper Pipe Ceremony Backdrop frame – Cut, shaped and built by the Father of the Bride and Groom’s brother.
Dinosaur place card holders – plastic dinosaurs were collected, slits were made, each one was spray painted and name cards were printed and cut by the Father of the bride, groom, groom’s brother, bride’s older brother and the bride.
Globe sign-in instructional signage on sheet of copper created by the bride
Directional canvas signage created by Carolann Morgan, lettering by the talented Whitney Farnsworth, copper pole frame for signage created by the Bride’s father Gus Garcia.
Chalkboard Welcome Sign by Selah Creative Studio
Custom Calligraphy Fabric Banner Program by EttieKim on Etsy
Tea Stained Cheesecloth Table Runners by GreenEarthStudio on Etsy
“Better Together” copper wooden chair signs by HappilyEverEtchedInc on Etsy
Personalized Wooden Card Box by CountryBarnBabe on Etsy
“The Bowmans” wooden laser cut signage on head table, registry gift from Brian and Cynthia McCoy by FancyFaceStudio on Etsy
Why did you Jackie to be your wedding photographer?
We were captivated by Jackie’s edge and the way she could tell a story through her craft in a way that made you feel something very different than other photographers in the industry. Love is gritty, fun, passionate, imperfect and raw; we felt that in every piece of her work. We knew when we looked back years from our wedding day, her photos would evoke the intense feelings we felt in each moment of our wedding day. Along with her unmatched skill, she had a way of making us feel like she truly cared and understood us at the core of who we are as a couple.
What was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day?
My first look with my dad. He was so moved in that moment in a way I had never seen him. I saw him look at me in a way I imagine he looked at me the moment I was born. It’s a moment I will never forget and a moment I am so grateful was so perfectly captured by Jackie.
Did any of your other vendors go above and beyond for you?
Hannah from Madly and Love Blooms consistently went above and beyond to make sure the dream I had for my wedding day floral was a reality. She is such an artist and has a natural creativity to her that truly sets her work a part. I had a large list of items on my list for floral details and a specific budget and she was genuine, honest, and worked really hard to make my dream a reality within those constraints. She so perfectly grasped the concepts I had in mind and beautifully delivered. She really cares about her brides and works hard to find the perfect blooms that encompass each unique couple.
Jackie Willome was so much more for us than just our photographer. She goes ABOVE and BEYOND in every way to support her couples in each step of the journey and even worked miracles for wedding emergencies that came up outside of photography. She gave frequent check-ins to make sure I was staying afloat in the planning process and reminded me of the big picture, while still asking how she can help smooth over each detail. Extras, she’s hilarious, flexible (which is a plus during wedding chaos) and keeps the wedding experience lighthearted and memorable. You can really tell the intention and commitment she puts in to each of her couples.
Edward Garcia III with The Box Street Social lent his expertise in helping us craft our wedding menu. He took into account first and foremost our style to guarantee our menu was perfect for the most special people in our lives, while staying true to us. He was flexible in making adjustments based on dietary restrictions and guest total. Unlike many caterers, he also made it a priority to ensure that the display of the food was equally visually stunning as it was delicious. In addition, at the last minute when our doughnut baker backed out he without hesitation jumped in and ensured us he would make it happen in their place so we would not have to stress about the inconvenience.
The Allen Farmhaus worked overtime with us many moments throughout our wedding planning journey. Since we were from San Antonio, there were times that it only worked for us to drive to town after a long work day and they always greeted us with the same enthusiasm and warmth and stayed past dark to make sure we got everything done that we needed. They brainstormed with us many times and always affirmed our individuality. On wedding day, they made the day seamless and always reminded us they were present and available for anything needed. They were great hype girls in the highs and lows of planning. This vendor turned family was one of the hardest to say goodbye to after the wedding.
Do you have any tips to share with other couples?
Think outside of the box. Forget the trends. Don’t replicate but allow it to lend you inspiration. Spend time crafting your day in a way that pays homage to the individuality of your relationship and those who have cheered you on along the way. Breathe. Sleep. People will tell you more than once and I will be another, all of the “things gone wrong” will be irrelevant and unrecognizable on your wedding day. Enjoy the process, go all out and give your all because it will make your wedding day that much more special. Above all else, remember the end goal and keep loving one another. All of these moments will turn into laughs and memories to cherish.