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