In my book, a clean backdrop, your closest family and friends, nature and a handful of meaningful details make the best weddings. I have shot a variety of different weddings but the one that holds true is the barn wedding. A big trend right now is rustic weddings here in Wisconsin. Outdoors, barns and farms are where it's at.
I think it's popularity comes from having the freedom to roam, decorate and do what you want with you day. No specific rules, timelines or hands on staff that can alter your day. A blank slate backdrop of a barn or farm feeds creativity, inspiration to have any style, color scheme or decor you want to craft a perfect day.
A barn wedding doesn't necessarily have to be country or rustic. I have worked at several different types of barns and some of them would even fit a black tie affair. I love the variety it brings to me while shooting.
Most of the barns and farms I work at have both ceremony and reception spaces and plenty of room to roam for gorgeous outdoor photos. I also think an all in one venue is so crucial for a stress-free timeline, with no travel in between, no lulls just a smooth flowing day. Getting ready on site, a first look and then all directed photos prior to a ceremony flows right into a fun and memorable cocktail hour with your guests while your venue transforms your space for dinner.
As you can see, there are numerous wonderful reasons to choose a farm or barn for your wedding, the best reason for me is the freedom to make it your own!