Relaxed, Laid Back Wedding Day – Meagan and Ben by Daisy Moffatt Photograhpy

To decide to get married….and then to get married should be a solemn and serious decision and commitment.  That said, there is every reason in the world to try to aim for a relaxed and laid back wedding day.  Wedding day should be just as you want – whether that is being pampered by a hair dresser and make up artist in the farmhouse Bridal Suite or by having your bridesmaids help you have fun decorating the venue or by chilling out on the couch with your BFFs laughing and sipping wine.  Wedding guests should be your closest friends and family – those who love you and want the very best for you unconditionally.  You shouldn’t have to feel like you are doing a performance but rather create this day as a “I won the Lottery celebration.” Make it real – and make it you.  Wedding day schedule should give you plenty of time to take a slew of pictures – if you wish….or to hang out with guests during appetizer hour instead – if you wish…..or to have a Mexican Buffet for your dinner food – if you wish…..or to have Key Lime Pie and cupcakes for your dessert instead of a wedding cake – if you wish…..and to change out of your wedding dress after dinner into comfortable attire for the last part of your scheduled events – if  you wish…..and to sit by the bonfire listening to a musician strum the guitar instead of having to dance the night away – if you wish.  So, think outside the box and embrace the traditions that are important to you, but then, make a few of your own and determine to craft a wedding day that will indeed be relaxed and laid back.  You have already picked a venue (us) which will certainly encourage this atmosphere but it also requires you to be purposeful in your decisions and in your attitude.  But if you can determine to do this – you will not regret it…and when the bride is happy (and relaxed)….then everybody (groom and guests alike) will also be happy.

 

That said – the wedding of Meagan and Ben was just that way – very laid back and relaxed.  Though many of those details that I mentioned were more advice than factual about Meagan’s wedding – actually several of those were indeed true.

Meagan is a very driven – detailed – organized accomplished business woman who had lots on her plate building up to her wedding day, but that did not stop her from being very purposeful in what and how she planned her special special day.  Smart decision number one….she picked The Barn at High Point Farms…yes, yes, of course…funny ha ha…but really – her decision was in picking her vendors very carefully so she could entrust them to be the professionals that they are.  Plans and choices still have to be made but you don’t have to toil with it over and over each month…you can then delegate so that you can enjoy the day.

 

Meagan and Ben actually got married at a neighboring community church called Cove Methodist which is a post-Civil War church that still has much of its charm and old-fashioned ambiance.  After the ceremony, everyone headed to the farm for fun and food while the bride and groom took pictures all over the farm.

 

Appetizers of one delicious choice and more, special juice box drinks for the kids, hayrides for young and young at heart, cornhole to play, haybale sofas to relax on, feeding the goats as entertainment, and be dazzled by Romeo (our visiting Love Bird)….everybody was happy with so much to do giving Meagan and Ben guilt-free time to splurge with ventures around the farm.  My golf buggy took them in all directions around the farm and with the help of Mother Nature and Daisy Moffatt Photography – got some beautiful and fun and very romantic photos to last a lifetime.  I love these two (next)…..oooh, la la – what a kiss!  (It even got the goat’s attention – LOL!)

A quick wardrobe change for Meagan, an intimate first dance on the stage, a delicious spread of foods by caterer Events with Taste, and a very talented singer musician, Karen Waldrup, who serenaded the audience during dinner – it was a memorable evening from almost every aspect.  Mayflower (florist) brought the flower arrangements in the wood boxes and HP Farms embellished the tables with fairy lights and with natures bounty of all-things-fall.  The senses were on cloud nine with our bellies full of roast beef and cheesey macaroni… colorful flowers, leaves, and pumpkins on the tables and the mini lights draped overhead, and the sound of a very talented artistic singing familiar melodies like Jolee….what a night.  We all felt fortunate to be there with love being celebrated of two awesome people and knowing that so much thought had gone into making all guests feel doted over…and the night wasn’t over with yet.

Pies of all sorts, caramel apple bar, sweets as favors for all, S’mores by the bonfire, and more singing by the fire by Karen….all while sitting under the crisp fall twinkling night sky.  People chatted and listened and ate and sometimes sang along with the songs.  It was like having our own personal concert.  Each lingering moment was relished as the night’s end approach.

Meagan and Ben were so much fun to watch.  They certainly adored each other and that spark of passion and love was certainly on display for all to see…but they were so comfortable with each other and that too was so great to see.

So their path continues on.  We got to be part of it and that becomes history for us all….them with us and us with them.

So night does come and the wedding day celebration ends…..guest leave, tables and chairs put away, decor is packed up, doors closed and lights turned off.  As exhausted as we are at the end of some of these weddings and as achy as my back and feet feel….there is just a huge feeling of being blessed….blessed to be part of such a wonderful and special day for two extraordinary people whose life has intersected with us.  Turn the lights off….time to drop into bed.                                                                                       ~ Margie

 

p.s.  Karen Waldrup, the singer/musician, was not only talented and very generous with her time….but she is acclaimed in that she was on the TV show “The Voice.”  She is living in Nashville and is surely a rising star.  She is still currently and potentially available to do a repeat performance here at the farm….so if anybody wants to go above and beyond….consider her.  Here is a link to her facebook page and music video that she actually recorded here on the farm by the Milk House.

'It Matters to Me' Faith Hill tribute by Karen Waldrup​

'It Matters to Me' Faith Hill tribute by Karen Waldrup

Posted by Country Rebel on Thursday, November 10, 2016

https://www.facebook.com/countryrebelclothing/videos/1225144284197915/

 

 

Late Fall Wedding – Trishell & Jimmy by Rich Smith Photography

The wedding of Trishell and Jimmy was from that first weekend in November ’16.  With the drought still in play – you wouldn’t know it to look at these pictures; the grass is green around the barn and there are colorful leaves at the feet of this bride and groom.  It was indeed a gorgeous day and a beautiful wedding.

Those fuscia flowers in this picture are my mother’s infamous “Cox’s Comb” and for those flower novices in my fan club – it is named for a Rooster’s double-chin (in essence). You get so much bang for your buck on these flowers.  They begin blooming mid-summer and continue until frost.

Our fall weddings possess the most high in demand dates of the whole year.  What use to be June as the most popular wedding month – I swear it has become October and November.  Brides often drill us over “which weekend is the peak for colors?” and of course, that just varies from year to year and is influenced by rains, tree types, temperatures leading into fall, as well as frost dates.  What I do know is that the color starts putting on a show early and keeps putting on a display for weeks.  But – somehow there is lingering color through till Thanksgiving.

Trishell and Jimmy fall into that category that about half of our couples are in – No time to handle details so they delegate to our qualified vendors.  They knew what overall look they wanted and had a very short list of what was important to them but their schedules were too busy to give much attention to it.  This works great because we have a great group of vendors that we recommend – one’s who have come here and been very professional….and this is what they did. Then – day of…they got to enjoy the day knowing details were being handled.  The picture above shows their “early reveal” where they get to see each other prior to the ceremony.  I really think this makes the most sense for most weddings.  Not only is it helpful for your timetable but it allows you and your fiance to have this intimate special moment just between the two of you….and not in front of a large crowd.

I love this angle too of Josh checking out Trishell…and she is an attractive woman….love that auburn hair and when she smiles – it just lights up the room.  And – you can tell that Josh likes what he sees!

Trishell, like more and more of my brides that I decorate for, wanted a very natural woodsy feel to the ceremony area in the grove.  With the circle of trees and the forest influence going on – finding an organic way to dress up the aisle was what she wanted.  She wanted me to infuse leaves, moss (because she loves hiking in the Georgia mountains and remembers so fondly all of the moss in the woods), and infuse some of her colors.  If you don’t recognize the fruit that I used – this is actually some sort of Bradford pear “fruit” which isn’t edible to you and me but my goats love it and…..it helps infuse that color.  I like how it turned out….indeed it looks like we are in the middle of a forest.

The grove ceremony was very intimate.  Another trend that we are seeing is where there is a very small bridal party – in this case, just three.

Another trend is where we curve the placement of the ceremony chairs into a horseshoe effect.  We tend not to use the vintage benches when we do this but by curving them in this pattern it not only makes it more intimate but it gives better visuals to more people.  I like this trend too – just seems more relaxed somehow.

Their sign in choice was this vintage globe (which I love)….and was ever so appropriate because their hometowns were from two totally different parts of the country and their guests came from all over.  Plus – the globe is something beautiful enough to decorate your home with so it adds charm to your home as well as reminds you of all of your friends who came that day.  I added all of this cool vintagey decor to accompany their look.  The old funky  box in the background is actually an old cigar display cabinet and of course my old typewriter has old world charm to it.

I admit I have quite a bit of fun figuring out how to infuse little bits and pieces of the bride and groom into my decorating design. Often I hear back after the bride has seen the photo gallery and they discovered some of those “bits and pieces” after the fact.  But I enjoy infusing her colors of mustard yellow and rusty orange in little ways here and there.  I set the vintage clock and office note pad to the wedding date and ceremony time.  I found a vintage map and travel map holder where it showcases his home state of Michigan.  I kept the style very earthy but infused enough lace to keep that romantic feel too.

More trends to  mention:  Each table looks different but in theme.  Head table does not sit on the stage away from the crowd but it is among the other tables but still stands out.  No wedding cake but a dessert smorgasbord of everything tasty that the bride and groom could imagine.  Events With Taste was the caterer and they always do an amazing job with their recipes and their desserts too.

Their photographer, Rich Smith Photography, captured the essence of the day with so many detail shots as well as some very artistically angled portrait type pictures.  It certainly helps to have attractive subjects like Trishell and Josh, helps to have a couple who show pure delight in their expressions all day, and it helps to have a beautiful fall day that abounds with great backdrop effects.  Thank you Rich for sharing so many great photos with us.

Notice Trishell’s bouquet?  I don’t remember where she ordered these – maybe Etsy.  They are not real flowers…but actually wood.  They were very impressive.

The evening continued with dancing, smores at sunset by the bonfire, and a beautiful sparkler send off.  It was just a fun day at the farm for one and all.

This was one of those stand out weddings…just very memorable….and when we see the expressions on their face – like this picture touts – then the rest of it is just incidentals.    Great food – beautiful day – sweet friends that showed up – gorgeous dress – great vendors….but ya gotta start with that over the moon love and adoration for each other…it has to start there….and you can see with this couple, it does.                                                                      ~Margie

Just What a Videographer Should Accomplish

A Videographer might seem like a luxury easy enough to eliminate from your “Must Have” wedding list but a good one is worth their weight in gold.  Wedding day comes finally after months of preparations….but once the day begins, it flies by in a flash.  A talented photographer will not only capture the moments and create some amazing portraits for you to relish your entire life, but a videographer should actually accomplish something else.  What – tell me what?

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Sophisticated (Andy & Melody – by Joe and Selah Photography)

The wedding of Melody and Andy took on a different vibe from the get-go. Both had input on all aspects of their wedding day – which I admit isn’t typical but definitely not rare.  It was easy to see that this wedding day would be planned different than most.  Each vendor – each detail was so purposeful on what they wanted – a simple but very sophisticated event for a close knit group of family and friends.

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Sunflower Summer Wedding (Phillip and Aubree by Imago Photography)

Nothing says summer wedding like a batch of large golden sunflowers in your bouquet.  The wedding of Phillip and Aubree had a wedding theme centered around these beautiful flowers and wow…..they do pack a punch into every single photo that they are in!  These two lovebirds were just fun to watch.  Young love – remember how you looked when you were so madly in love?…if you can’t quite remember….look at the expressions on this couples faces.  Precious!

There was such attention given to every detail of this wedding…and it shows.  Smart choice to allow your groomsmen to go jacket-less and to dress your girls in cute but comfortable bridesmaid dresses.  The pretty deep royal blue dresses just served to showcase again these beautiful flowers.

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Beautiful Inside and Out – By Howell Photography

Yep – some people are just born beautiful and Kara and Chris fit the bill on this statement.  Maybe they were late bloomers though….. or quite possibly they were cutie-patooties from day one!  But for the short period of time that I was around this couple, it was so amazing to feel like they were just as beautiful on the inside as the outside.

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Pictures That Make You Want To Smile

Great wedding pictures where the couple smiled from start to finish.  Just happy people who showed their love for each other all over their faces but also just seemed to have a fun time with their friends and family too!  No stress for this couple!

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Military Blues – Wedding of Sabrina and Jaylen (SHINE Photography)

Sabrina was one of those “military brides in waiting” where their lives were on hold while waiting for enough leave to do a wedding.  This wedding was planned on the cuff as the opportunity arose.  Many details to be worked out but the date was set.  These military couples just have a bit of my heart.  Not only am I grateful to all of our military for their sacrifices and commitment, but I easily sympathize with the challenges of the other side of the coin – what the brides and families deal with as they adapt to a challenging lifestyle.  So, when we get a military couple – we work real hard to accommodate them.

Jaylen and Sabrina were high school sweethearts and everybody who has known them long knew that this couple would eventually marry and stay together forever.  When you see the couple in person – it is overtly obvious that they love each other for they both just light up in the presence of the other.

        

Sabrina is a natural beauty.  She chose a gorgeous tiered wedding gown and it looked stunning just hanging on the door but look how amazing it looks on Sabrina at the barn doorway!  This is a great pose and captured well by the photographer, Kent, at SHINE Photography.

  

When I am talking with the brides about the decorating aspect of their wedding, I always inquire about the groom and his interests or hobbies so I can somehow infuse a bit of “him” into the wedding details.   Obviously Jaylen’s military side was included both in the color theme as well as him wearing his military blues.  But Sabrina was quick to tell me, “Jaylen LOVES muscle cars….He will stop in mid-conversation if a muscle car passes by.”  So….I began the task of searching high and low for somebody I knew who had a muscle car who might be willing to bring it by for some photo ops.  Muscle cars are a very defined group of vehicles – mostly from the 60’s.  It was very difficult to locate for most of those classic owners are very protective of their vehicles and don’t just even drive them around.  BUT…..I did find a generous friend of my brother who offered to come do this because they too wanted to do something special for one of our military men.  Yeah!  Fortunately – the photographer agreed to take some car shots to give the man for his generosity.  So….keeping this a secret was certainly a challenge but we succeeded.  We blind-folded Jaylen and brought him to the hayfield.  His expression was priceless.  The car (Chevelle) was in mint condition – plus it was  BLUE!  It must have been a fine feeling to sit behind the wheel on those luxurious leather seats with your baby doll beside you and imagine cruising down the highway.  Jaylen couldn’t imagine this day being any better than it was already going to be!

    

Sabrina wanted a vintage flair with a touch of elegance.  She wanted blues and whites with accents of gold.  The delphiniums put on a display.

      

 

  

 

The day ended as most do with a line up of friends and family having a sparkler send off.  This angle of the barn just shows up so dramatically in the evening as you can get a glimpse of the lights hanging in the backdrop.  Mr. and Mrs. with one final kiss before they depart for the cheering crowd!  Another wedding success and a new life begins.                                                                                                                                    ~ Margie

 

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