Adrianne and Richard’s intimate, country wedding was full of unique, handmade details.

“We continued to receive blessing after blessing by friends & family who offered their talents to us with little to no cost,” says Adrianne.

The love and support from those closest to them can be seen in each and every detail of their day, from Adrianne’s handmade wedding gown (her friend made it!) to the altar they stood beneath as they said “I Do.”

Thanks to Tammie Thessing Photography for the lovely photos.

DIY country wedding

Adrianne, 25 & Richard, 26

Heber Springs, Arkansas

Wedding Date: September 1, 2012

Number of Guests: 65

Wedding Cost: $2,000 (Photography was free because the couple won a contest.)

Wedding Ceremony Location: Home of the Bride’s Aunt & Uncle, Heber Springs, Arkansas

Wedding Reception Location: Home of the Bride’s Aunt & Uncle, Heber Springs, Arkansas

country bride in tiered wedding dress

Arkansas bride in tiered wedding dress

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We wanted to be sure to stay focused on our love for each other and our commitment … Not to get lost in all of the little details and stress of planning a wedding. I kept reminding myself – we are not just planning a wedding, we are planning a marriage.

painted wood wedding signs

vintage typewriter guest book table


vintage wedding decor

lace ribbon garland

sweet tea and lemonade station at wedding


What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

We faced very little challenges. It was a very humbling and rewarding experience of which we will forever cherish.

country bride with baby's breath bouquet

country bridal portrait

bride in barn

bride looking in hand mirror

rustic wedding centerpieces

country groomsmen in suspenders

groom in vest

daisy and baby's breath bouquet

baby's breath wedding wreath

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Our guest list consisted of only our closest friends & family.

blue bridal garter

bridesmaids in mismatched dresses


groomsmen in suspenders


country wedding party portrait

bridesmaids doing their make-up

bride hugging bridesmaid

bridesmaid painting her nails

bride putting on pearl bracelet


What were the highlights of the ceremony?

We chose to use a Unity Cross to represent how two become one…. Richard represented the outer cross and I represented the inside. Our pastor represented three pegs that locked our union together in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, noting what God has brought together let no man take apart.

Arkansas country wedding

emotional groom at the altar


emotional wedding guests

rustic outdoor wedding ceremony


bridesmaids with baby's breath bouquets


baby's breath aisle decor

outdoor rustic Arkansas wedding ceremony

outdoor rustic wedding ceremony


country wedding ceremony


handmade wedding altar

intimate outdoor country wedding


bride putting ring on groom's finger

outdoor wooden cross at country wedding

bride bowing her head in prayer

groom praying

wedding cross ceremony


wedding cross ceremony


wedding guests holding hands

bride and groom first kiss


country wedding ceremony

bride and groom in front of cross


What were the highlights of the reception?

Being able to have a reception at all was a huge highlight. At the time of our wedding, Hurricane Isaac was making its arrival. Just as we were setting up, it began to pour! At that moment I knew I had to let go of my worries about the rain because it was in God’s hands, not mine. Thankfully, the rain eventually stopped. Ironically, it continued to rain all around us, but never again over us! As the clouds faded, they created a perfect heart in the sunset.

Arkansas sky


rustic daisy centerpiece

bride and groom dancing under canopy of lights


bride and groom first dance

outdoor Arkansas wedding reception


salsa wedding favors


outdoor country wedding reception

father daughter dance at wedding


bride and father dance

wedding pie table

thumbprint tree guestbook

first dance under globe string lights


bride handing groom her garter


garter toss

sweet tea in mason jars and pink striped straws


country wedding reception


wedding photo booth


sparkler send-off


bridesmaids with sparklers


What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

It was such a blessing to look around and see our closest friends and family gathered together all in one place and in support of our commitment to each other. It was an overwhelming feeling of love and happiness. I could have stayed in that moment forever.

bride and groom hugging


bride and groom embracing

groom hugging groomsmen


bride hugging wedding guest

bride hugging bridesmaid


What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Like I stated before, you have to remember you are not just planning a wedding, but a marriage. It is not just about the small details, but about your love and commitment to one another. Some say your wedding is about your guests, but I say it is about you & your husband. Sometimes less is more!

Handmade Arkansas country wedding



Venue: Home of the Bride’s Aunt & Uncle, Heber Springs, Arkansas

Brides Attire: Handmade by a dear friend, Trisha Palmer

Cake: Friend, Marlene Lucas

Flowers: Donna Riddle

Food: Aunt of the Bride, along with many other helping hands, including the Bridesmaids. Homemade pies, Mother of the Groom

Décor: The Cross, wooden benches & alter were built by the Father of the Bride

Photography: Tammie Thessing Photography


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  1. Posted by Anna ( on December 10th, 2012 at 3:03pm

    That dress is absolutely stunning. In fact ,the whole wedding party looks absolutely delightful!
  2. Posted by Courtney on December 13th, 2012 at 10:18am

    I am absolutely in LOVE with this wedding! Not a detail was missed...and everything from the perfectly mismastched bridesmaid dresses to the flowers are so beautiful! LOVE the bride's dress...I've never seen anything like it and it fits perfectly in with the setting <3
  3. Posted by Stephanie on December 16th, 2012 at 10:08pm

    Beautiful! love it.
  4. Posted by Jen Kasten on March 7th, 2013 at 9:02pm

    I am in love with Adriane's dress! Is there a way to contact her girlfriend Trisha Palmer for a consultation? I am getting married in Mexico next year and I just cant find my dress!!! Please help!
  5. Posted by Meagan M. on September 15th, 2013 at 4:15pm

    Beautiful wedding full of great light arrangements. Very Southern charm!
  6. Posted by Rebeca on October 16th, 2013 at 9:44pm

    This was so lovely. I enjoyed every part of this post. :) God bless them.
  7. Posted by Tobin on January 3rd, 2014 at 7:23pm

    What a romantic wedding! I loved the bride's wedding dress and the reception twinkle lights!

    SO sweet, bravo!
  8. Posted by Samantha on April 7th, 2014 at 9:36pm

    Looking for a pattern to make thus dress. Did you make it or buy it? Where can i find it?
  9. Posted by Samantha on April 7th, 2014 at 9:37pm

    Where can i find this dress?
  10. Posted by Tammie on April 9th, 2014 at 10:50pm

    Hi Samantha,

    The dress was actually made by a dear friend of Adrianne's, who happened to be very talented at designing and sewing.
  11. Posted by Sandee on April 16th, 2015 at 10:31am

    I absolutely love this country wedding... I'm getting married next year.. I wanted to know about the Cross ceremony. I love the cross. I was going to do the sand or candle but to me everyone was doing it.. i wanted something different and a keepsake that won't Where could I find or get one?
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