HAPPY TRAILS M

A Mis­souri horse barn’s cow­boy el­e­ments evoke the ro­mance of the Old West.

Country Sampler's Prarie Style - - Kick Off Your Boots -

Rais­ing horses is hard work, but it’s a re­ward­ing way of life—es­pe­cially when your clos­est friend asks if she can hold her wed­ding in your horse barn. The sta­ble, lo­cated in a scenic pas­ture on Kelly and Ron Littmann’s 30-acre ranch in Platte County, Mis­souri, in­cludes tidy stalls and an area for stor­ing hay sep­a­rated by tra­di­tional slid­ing doors.

Kelly was sure the barn’s bur­nished wood walls and coun­try white stalls wouldn’t need much dress­ing up to trans­form the space from a home for her horses to a fes­tive wed­ding lo­ca­tion.

With that in mind, Kelly hap­pily agreed to host her friend’s spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion. Sev­eral days be­fore the wed­ding, she and Ron raked a thick layer of mulch over the barn’s floor. Rain­bow- striped ser­apes topped the shred­ded wood to con­trib­ute com­fort and beauty un­der­foot. Over­head, home­made chicken-wire chan­de­liers gave the space a golden glow.

A film poster ad­ver­tis­ing the French ver­sion of “How the West Was Won,” a hand-cro­cheted wall hang­ing on burlap fea­tur­ing a stal­lion and a mare, and horse­shoe escort cards as wall art re­in­forced the Western theme.

Rus­tic ta­bles and chests were cov­ered with a col­lec­tion of quilts, table­cloths and nos­tal­gic car­riage blan­kets. Vin­tage “Rodeo” pat­tern plates mixed with dis­parate dish­ware cre­ated unique place set­tings.

The wed­ding lun­cheon fea­tured eggs from Kelly’s hens and veg­eta­bles from her kitchen gar­den. It was ac­com­pa­nied by live honky-tonk pi­ano mu­sic. Af­ter the last crumbs of home- baked wed­ding pies were brushed away, the guests gath­ered ’round the pi­ano for a sing along in the “sa­loon.”

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