I’m a serious lover of all things rustic chic – and when you throw a fabulous barn into the mix, I’ve been known to go a little crazy.  So, when I first spotted this drop dead gorgeous Jacksonville wedding, well… I fell head over heels in 5 seconds flat.  The glorious DIY details, stunning Monique Lhuillier and pretty blue hues are all kinds of fabulous… and the beautiful images snapped up by Jamie Fender Photography? Swoon, swoon, swoon.  See so much more of the day right here.

From the Bride… Our ceremony and reception took place at The Keeler Property in Jacksonville, Florida. It was the very first (and last) venue we visited, and I knew within the first few minutes that it would be the perfect place for a wedding full of rustic elegance. I come from a crafty family who loves DIY projects, so we added as many handmade personal touches as we could. Some of my favorites: my mom and I jarred our homemade strawberry jam while a wonderful family friend made and jarred his famous blueberry BBQ sauce, which we offered as wedding favors. My Dad hand-crafted planters for foliage that were dispersed throughout the property, as well as cake and pie stands for the dessert table. We even brewed our very own beer for the wedding. The brewing sessions were an engagement gift from a group of close friends and family members. The process of brewing, bottling and labeling was one of the highlights of the planning process leading up to the wedding.

A very dear, long-time family friend helped us exchange vows on the covered bridge where fresh herbs and mason jars lined the window frames. White blossoms and crisp greenery truly complemented the natural beauty of the day. The different shades of blue were gorgeous on the girls, and the boys looked dapper in their khaki linen suits. The cool colors and the flowing fabrics fit our laid-back lifestyle, as well as the rustic outdoorsy setting. After the ceremony, a short stroll across the bridge led to the barn, the band kicked off the party, and the guests had their first chance to sample our home brew and feast on a buffet of mouthwatering BBQ. It was the perfect night, and we truly could not have asked for anything more.

Wedding Photography: Jamie Fender Photography / Wedding Venue: The Keeler Property in Jacksonville, Florida / Floral Design: Floriade Florist / Catering: Blue Water Bay / Wedding Cake: Publix / Band: Freudian Slip / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Hair + Makeup: Heather Linero + Vanessa Bennett / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein