Carolina Bride

March 8, 2011

Rustic elegance

The Dairy Barn becomes an inspiration for Sarah and Ryan’s “bohemian farmhouse chic” wedding.

Sarah Keach, an assistant project manager and interior design student, and Ryan Baucom, an editor at the Sports Business Journal, started off pretty simply. They met through mutual friends in Charlotte, and after developing their relationship, got engaged at the site of their first date over a bottle of champagne from a vineyard they’d visited in California. So when these two started to plan their wedding, they envisioned an event that would capture the sweetness of their time together. They called their look “Bohemian Farmhouse Chic” after they fell in love with their venue, the Dairy Barn in Fort Mill, S.C. As an interior design student, Sarah had a vision of a wedding that would be at the same time rustic and elegant. “I love antiquing and vintage things. That’s kind of what our house is like, so I wanted the wedding to reflect who we were,” she says. They accomplished this effect by doing much of the work themselves, designing their own color schemes, learning how to screen-print to make their own save-the-dates, and creating an animated DVD as an abstract invitation. It was important to the couple to share the process, integrating Ryan’s ideas as much as Sarah’s, so the two worked together to select the band (which was very important to these music buffs), choose the alcohol selection, and plan the perfect after-party with a DJ and even glow necklaces. During the ceremony, natural light set the scene. Guests say that as Sarah walked down the aisle in her gown from J. Major’s, the evening sunlight allowed them to see only the outline of her dress and the sparkles from her headpiece. Ryan didn’t see the bride until she arrived at the front. In this golden glow, the two walked out of the ceremony to “Here Comes the Sun” by George Harrison, played by a harpist. At the reception, wildflowers in mason jars adorned eggplant and burlap linens. Guests were able to take away a very special favor – canned jam homemade by the bride – who has fond memories of learning the process from her aunt. The entire day was captured by Lindsey Lee, who the couple raves about. “We decided to work with her two weeks after we got engaged,” Sarah says. “She’s fun to work with, and she has a special talent for understanding light and color. We feel lucky that we got to work with her before she’s famous!” As the big send-off, guests rang cowbells for the couple to complete their farmhouse-fairytale wedding day before the couple jetted off to “The Caves,” a resort of only 12 cabins in Jamaica.

Check out Sarah and Ryan's engagement story.

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