DIY Maryland Rustic Barn Wedding: Alexis + Mike

When I recieved this submission from the bride what struck me most was not only the beautiful bright color yellow that is the backdrop for much of the wedding but yet a line that she included with the submission. This bride told me “If it “takes a village to raise a child,” it CERTAINLY takes one to put together our wedding!” I could not agree more with this sentiment and if you have every taken on the challenge of putting together a rustic DIY wedding or helping someone with theirs than you know exactly how this bride feels. Here is a little more info from the bride about her big day: We got married in Fair Hill, MD on May 12, 2012. The ceremony was in the paddock and our reception was at The Tea Barn– a bare bones, rustic barn! (Read: Bare Bones: lots of room for potential = LOTS of work! it was all worth it, though!).  It was a very DIY wedding. I wanted something that was “us”, charming, and personable, without spending an amount of money that would make me feel sick with guilt.

Sources – photography: Emily Troutman Photography / venue: The Tea Barn, Maryland

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    Alexis Elkins
    March 31, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Hi ladies! It’s the bride from this 🙂
    So sorry, I didn’t realize people were actually commenting on this and I’m just now returning back to it.. Sorry!!
    My personal email is [email protected]– I check that far more often than I check this (obviously)- I’d be more than happy to help or answer any questions you may have! Thank you for the positive feedback! We had a great day 🙂


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    January 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Would love to know about your arch. Did you make it? Can you tell me how?

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    November 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    We had ours at the Tea Barn last April, here’s a list of the folks we used
    Photography= Foschi, Stephanie was great!

    Cater = if you’re looking for a BBQ, rustic feel w/ a classy touch: Smokin Bob’s BBQ (443)945-5945

    DJ = great handle on the venue, lots of fun tricks up their sleaves, Gail & Randy @ Sounsations from Milford, DE (302) 424-4220

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      January 20, 2013 at 12:09 am

      Elaine, Do you have the number for the Tea Barn…i am very interested in booking my wedding there. Thanks so much

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    September 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Im looking to having my wedding at the tea barn. Do u recommend any caters, photographer, dj ect?

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      Emily Troutman
      December 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Hi Raeanna,
      Just saw your comments and wanted to follow up. I was the photographer for Alexis’ wedding and if you have not yet found one, please feel free to contact me via email or website.

      I am sure Alexis would be happy to give a reference.

      Best of luck planning!


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    Jeni Brower
    August 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Love the Yellow! The names on the shutters are my favorite 🙂

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    Alexis (The Bride!)
    August 13, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    FYI… here is a link to the video of our day!!

    Floral designs done by Ramone’s Flowers (
    Hair and makeup done by Salon Rispoli (

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      August 30, 2012 at 8:49 am

      I would love to know any and all details about your wedding 🙂 I love the pictures and I am planning on getting married at the tea barn in the fall of next year. Any information on vendors that you loved would be great! We have a caterer but I’m still looking for a fun, original, officiant; a dj; baker; etc. Also any do’s and don’ts for the tea barn would be great too.

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        Emily Troutman
        December 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm

        Hi Angela,
        Just saw your comments and wanted to follow up. I was the photographer for Alexis’ wedding and if you have not yet found one, please feel free to contact me via email or website. Best of luck planning!


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      Gigi Traynor
      January 22, 2013 at 8:59 am

      Hi Alexis,

      We are planning a wedding at the tea barn and the one concern I had was the Paddock Area, it wasnt my favorite but I love how you decorate it up with the arch. Where did you get it?

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        Alexis Elkins
        March 31, 2013 at 9:37 pm

        Sorry Gi Gi!
        My dad actually made the arch all by himself. It’s bended pipe and lots and lots of wrapped twine and twigs! I have plenty more photos. If you are in the area and interested, I may be willing to rent it and deliver to your venue for the day! We kept it because I loved it so much, but now it’s just hanging out in my dad’s garage very lonely.

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          June 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm

          Hi Alexis 🙂 I’d love to get in contact with you, if you have any of your “extras” laying around you’d be willing to sell/rent out (Arch, signs etc) 🙂 I’m looking into a ceremony/reception at the Tea Barn in 2014 🙂

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          August 13, 2013 at 10:22 pm

          I would love to have an arch like yours. In what state do you live. I would love to rent it for my wedding Sept 21, 2013.

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