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Turning A Barn Into A Magical Venue

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It's time for some behind the scenes for the lovely wedding of Jamie and Steven, from our current issue. Over the next few days, you'll get a closer look at some of the planning that occurred in the months leading up to their big day in Washington State.

First up, the transformation of their reception venue, as told by the groom.

Jamie and I own a wedding planning and design firm. When we started planning our own wedding, we knew we wanted to find a venue where we had never done a wedding before so it seemed different and special for us. When I was sitting in a friend's barn, my mind started thinking of all the possibilities if we were to hold our wedding there. Our friends graciously allowed us to host our wedding on their property and the planning began. It took the entire week of our wedding to transform the gymnasium-barn into our reception hall, but the effort was worth it. The photos below document it all.

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A reminder of the finished room on wedding day.

1 A reminder of the finished room on wedding day.

This is what the space looked like the Monday before the wedding. The first step was clearing out the room.

2 This is what the space looked like the Monday before the wedding. The first step was clearing out the room.

Clearing out the barn provided a blank canvas to work with.

3 Clearing out the barn provided a blank canvas to work with.

The next step was to cover the lines of the gym floor by laying carpet.

4 The next step was to cover the lines of the gym floor by laying carpet.

Once the carpet was laid, pipes were put up so fabric could be draped along the perimeter.

5 Once the carpet was laid, pipes were put up so fabric could be draped along the perimeter.

The walls were draped with hundreds of yards of ivory voile.

6 The walls were draped with hundreds of yards of ivory voile.

Extra tall panels covered the basketball hoop and created a focal point for the dessert and lounge area of the reception.

7 Extra tall panels covered the basketball hoop and created a focal point for the dessert and lounge area of the reception.

The last step before covering and decorating the tables was to hang two crystal chandeliers.

8 The last step before covering and decorating the tables was to hang two crystal chandeliers.

9 "It was so rewarding walking into the reception hall the night of our wedding, and so worth all of the work it took to transform the space." -Steve

Comments (3)

  • Wow! you have transformed that room into an amazing wedding hall. I would appreciate the work. Keep posting more.

  • Wow! That looks amazing! About how much did it cost for wall drapings, poles, and panels to cover the basketball hoop?

  • What did you use to light up the wall panels?

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