Eclectic Summer Wedding at the Historic Round Barn Farm

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Red Barn Farm is a gem of a country wedding venue, situated outside of historic downtown Red Wing, Minnesota. As a Minnesotan, it’s exciting to share this romantic summer wedding.

One of the few remaining Round Barns in Minnesota

Firstly, a little history about the venue. Round Barn Farm dates back to the early 20th century when the iconic barn was originally built by local farmer John A. Wayne, seeking an innovative solution for agricultural efficiency. The barn’s unique circular design, inspired by European tradition, not only facilitated better airflow for livestock but also became a distinctive hallmark of the region. This iconic round barn served as a dairy farm. The three-story farm home was built from an 1861 design by architect Samuel Sloan, known for his Italianate villas and country houses. The home features five suites where wedding couples and guests can stay overnight. It’s made from reclaimed timber and is filled with country antiques celebrating farm life and the barn itself.

The Round Barn is a registered historical landmark and one of only about 48 round barns remaining in Minnesota.

Round Barn Farm is as charming as you can get for a Minnesota wedding barn venue. The farm offers couples a unique opportunity to blend history and nature, creating a wedding day experience that is laid-back but also elegant and fun. 

Liz and Dimitri’s Eclectic Summer Wedding at Round Barn Farm

The groom is a talented videographer in the area and I was so flattered when he asked if I could help document his wedding. In case you don’t know, I am from Minnesota and this is actually the first full wedding I got to capture in my home state.

Liz got ready upstairs with friends and family, I met her for the first time on her wedding day and was taken with her genuine kindness and free spirit. She is adored by everyone in her orbit. Her grandmother helped her get into her wedding dress in one of the lovely suites. Dimitri got ready in a dedicated groom suite just across from the farmhouse. The groomsmen wore vintage duck button-down shirts that the groom collected over the past year.  The groom was given his grandfather’s Old Crown Vic and we featured it heavily in photos all day long to honor his memory.

After getting ready, the couple met in the woods for a first look and to recite poems they had written for each other.

The ceremony took place overlooking the valley, right next to the forest. They combined two jars of agates from walks and hikes during their time dating. 

After the ceremony, the couple had a BBQ dinner on the patio with some speeches and oatmeal cookies. The couple shared their first dance in the barn. I had just enough time to get my shot from above and some shots of them on ground level, up close. We snuck away to downtown Red Wing for portraits in the city and sunset up on the hillside lookout. The bride changed into her short reception dress to give this set of photos a more relaxed and casual feel. Both of the bride’s dresses were upcycled.

To conclude, this portrait set embodies what I love most about summertime in my home state. This gallery, as I’ve mentioned, is quite special to me. I was so happy to document it for this couple. I hope you enjoy some of my favorites, captured on digital and 35mm film.