Goat Mania – Thin the Herd (Part II)

Each year we get through our busy wedding season before we broach the subject of “thinning out our goat herd.”  No way around it, this is always a difficult emotional time as we pick and choose who to keep and then who to sell.

Our sweet little goat babies are handled from day one especially by our very own “goat whisperer,” my granddaughter Emma Lou.  She is not quite ready to handle the birthing of the goats, but within a few minutes of them getting dried off and standing – she has them in her arms carrying them around like baby dolls.

 

And…with all of my grandchildren around – each baby goat gets a name….and always a unique one like Arielle, Spirit, and such….though we often go with themes like flowers; Sweet Pea or Petunia…..or Disney characters….or rhyming names.  I guess you get the idea.  Our goats quickly become our pets….our own little babies.

Nothing is more lovable than a sweet young goat to hold.  Since our babies have been held from day one – they are relaxed and laid back in your arms…no squealing or squirming.

We have quite a unique variety of goats and colors.  I just love the colors that we have been getting this year.  These little twins were so adorable with their silvered ears.

This little tricolored one looks like a mustang so its name is Spirit (from a kids’ movie).

 

Most of our goats have the long floppy ears – we I always say look more like bunny ears.  It is an irresistible urge to touch those long dangling ears.

But some of them have ears that go straight outward on each side.

So how do we part with them?…By finding good homes for them.  We are always looking for pet homes or “small hobby farm” homes where people are wanting a breeding pair.  Many of you expressed interest in our goats and now is the time to give us a call and inquire.

I am sure that you will have a challenging time as well in choosing but knowing that they came from such a beloved farm with lots of care will make the choices easier…..then you can enjoy your own goats or start your own goat herd.  Which one do you want?

~ Margie

Goat Mania – Time To Spread The Love and Thin The Herd (Part I)

Does everybody know that High Point Farms has goats?….Maybe best to ask “Who doesn’t already know that High Point Farms has goats?”

It certainly isn’t our brides.            (Bride Makensie by Jenn Blackburn Photography)

It surely isn’t the groom either.    (Groom – Shot….by Innamorata Photography)

I am positive that it isn’t even the bridesmaids.                                  (R Chavez Photography)

Pretty sure that all of our flower girls know we have goats.

And I even feel confident that all of the wedding guests also know that we have goats.

In fact, pretty much any visitor to the farm knows we have goats.  It is just part of the farm experience to come and enjoy our goats.  My grandchildren are always carrying around a goat or feeding a goat.

Our goats are more like puppies dogs of sorts.  I can shout out a good ole’ “holler” and they will come a-running from all corners of the pasture.  They love people and just assume that guests are going to feed them a cracker or take their picture.  They have become our mascots of sorts.

And if crackers are not available…..a beautiful brides’ bouquet will do just fine.

Many of our brides make a point of asking us if they can take a “goat picture” after the ceremony.  We threw out the “Wedding Day Guide by Martha Stewart” manual a long time ago and I am sure that having a goat picture is indeed an unusual phenomenon but we are just unique in that way.

 

 

(Rachel and Brad – Erin Morrison Photography)

One of our favorite all time photos is this one (a BIG shout out to our bride, Sarah/2013 by Everything Lovely Photography)

and we have this on a canvas in our barn lounge and we get so many enthusiastic comments from it.  It is truly a one-of-a-kind photo….and may I dare to say “ground-breaking” in its day….but many of our current brides love the idea of having their own “goat kiss” photo.     (Jessie by Krista Hargrove Photography)

(Bride Jen with photographer, Nathan Baerreis Photography)

Some grooms are all about being in this goat picture as well….it isn’t just a bride-thing!   (Daniele and Amit by R. Chavez Photo)

(Abbey and her new husband, Sam…a goat whisperer in his own right by Daisy Moffatt Photography)

(Klifford – Nathan M. Bivens Photography)

We often joke to the bride and groom (just about the time that the photographer is snapping the photo) that “This is your ‘first kid’ picture – LOL!”           (Meredith and Cody by Mile Marker Images)

And I will admit that sometimes……we will have a groom who just doesn’t get it……who tolerates the photo but you can just tell he doesn’t understand the goat-mania….but kudos to them for being so willing to indulge their new bride!    (Stephanie and Casey by Bri Sanders Photography)

And we do have a few grooms’ who are pure jokesters with the whole “goat thing.”

And often the groom just needs to have a little heart to heart talk with the goats….to offset that twinge of jealousy that he has to stave off when his new bride is caught swooning over the goats!

(Amit – R. Chavez Photography)

 

And then there is that one in a hundred bride………..matched up with that talented photographer that is able to turn the whole goat-love mania into a pure work of art…..like this one (Kudos to 2016 bride Jo with her photographer J. Blanche Photography).

This was one of my favorite photos of 2016.  It is one of those amazing photos that shows this beautiful bride in this amazingly girly bridal gown virtually sitting in the long grasses on our tree tunnel cuddling this adorable young goat and it just is stunning.

Some of our brides want their goat picture but seem to know that it is one of those ‘outside the box’ photos that they have asked their photographer to take.

And some seem to pull off the photo as perfectly natural….embracing the farm-esque feel of High Point Farms which marries the whole elegance of a wedding with the rustic nature of the barn and farm…i.e. rustic chic.

(Bride Madeline photo by Viktoriya Evich Krudu Photography)

And granted – some are tickled best when the goats are not in their arms….but beside them.  (Imago Photography with Beth and John)

and some who just love them as purely backdrop….and that is okay….because they are beautiful backdrop.

(Dan and Crystal with John Shim Photography)

and of course…..we do have brides who aren’t so much into our goats and love us for all of the other hundred reasons – and that is okay too.

 

Then once again……..we have a unique (and beautiful) bride that comes along with an adventuresome spirit and has a talented and a “anything for the great shot” spirited photographer who want to venture into the fields to be “within the field of goats”….no lack of guts here by the bride…. but oh…..wow…..the results are amazing.  (Kudos to Amy and Matt with Kelly Berry Photography)

So you can easily see why our goats are almost woven into the fabric of our farm.  Our goats that are not milked for cheese or soap production (nor eaten….oh shun the mere thought of that) but are elevated to the title of “Property Managers” and “Guest Entertainment Committee” and such.

And in the hopes that you will be interested in part II – The Rest of the Story as the once famed Paul Harvey use to say on the radio……stay tuned to read Part II about thinning down our herd.

~ Margie

 

Wedding of Cassandra and Justin by Four Willow Photography

Wedding day………a day that you have planned – looked forward to – spent money and time and effort scripting….then it arrives.  You stand before the mirror and know that this day will impact the rest of your life.  Solemn thoughts – thinking about the day – and a huge smile of anticipation.

 

 

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Family Wedding of Jon and Amy by Katelyn Rose Photography

We are always beyond honored and thrilled when family wants to come to the farm for their wedding.  The groom, Jon, is our nephew.  Beyond this being a family wedding, the day proceeds like most others; prepping, details, table decorating, and more.

The rains came and prevented her outdoor ceremony but undaunted by some showers, we circled up in the dancehall for a one-of-a-kind ceremony under the mason jar chandelier.

Jon looks on as he sees his bride headed towards the hall.

How awesome is it when your dad becomes the officiant!  I am positive that it was endearing for both Jon as well as his father, Tim, for this to be.

Sealed with a kiss.  Fortunately, the rain was here just for a bit and pictures were able to be captured afterwards.

This is David’s brother, Tim, and his extended family.

This new family blends three.

Oh, happy day….thanks for including us!                                         Margie

Cheery Spring Wedding of Ashley and Wes by Kenney Photography

Ashley and Wes are the type of couple that you know instantly how genuine and likeable they are.  I don’t know their history, their love story, where they went to college….but I saw them interacting with their family and friends, and even more so, how they interacted with each other…always with such kindness and sincerity.

Wedding days are to be glorious but they are busy, often hectic, with a timeline and a task list a mile long.  Photos, photos – stand here – look this a way – put your hand over her shoulder – another picture with more family – etc. etc. and under these conditions, your character is revealed.  I swear this couple had smiles on their faces all day.

In early spring, there is obviously less blooming on the farm.  Trees are budding out with foliage and the grass is a rich green color so picking brightly colored bridesmaids dresses is such a smart choice.  It adds this great pop of color which looks stunning beside her bridal gown.

Ashley’s bouquet was stunning – a work of art weaving an assortment of stunning roses with what looks like a few beloved peonies plus interesting infusion of textures all in a cascading effect that deserves a picture like this.

I love these buckshot boutonnieres!

The magic duo of Kenney Photography never fails to produce a stunning gallery of photos for their brides here at the farm.

The stage is a perfect place for a head table and with the embellished wagon wheel chandelier, the long curtains that frame the bride & groom, the row of farm tables, the layers of greenery  and flowers adorning the tables, the mismatch vintage chairs, and the little accents of blue – this all beckons for a bridal party to come complete the picture.

This is a great presentation of a beautiful cake.

And….if these were not enough….the Kenneys created some masterpieces below.

Ashley and her girls had fun primping and prepping in the farmhouse.  We decided upon forever seems quite appropriate.

Look at all of that delicious lace!……………..and turquoise!

This old windmill is from my husband’s grandfather’s farm from Cassopolis, Michigan – we are so honored to have it here on our farm – even if it isn’t in the air (yet).

What a good looking group of gents – don’t you agree?

and pretty maids in a row……

and look at this happy batch of kids (of the human kind as well as the goat/caprine kind)!

Even when the Kenney duo sneaks off into the back lot where the farm junk is stashed – these photos turn out so unique.

I think this couple has a bright future….they look so deliriously happy and oh so content just being together.  Their journey has begun.

Congratulations Ashley and Wes – thanks for being part of our farm history!

~ Margie

A Day Full of Smiles – Wedding of Mekensie and Alberto by Jenn Blackburn Photography

All weddings have happy pictures but my goodness, I think Mekensie wins some sort of award on having so many of her wedding photos showing her with a full smile.  I can only imagine that she is just this sort of person, but she certainly looked like she was having a grand old time all day long!

This was a late March wedding and the day was gorgeous, the air crisp, and the farm coming to life with green.

Mekensie and her girls headed for the farmhouse to begin their prepping.

Time for a first look.

A beautiful grove ceremony with a grand entrance – doors made special just for her.

 

Time for the festivities.

Mekensie couldn’t pass up a picture with this cute little newborn goat!

What’s not to love about this couple?

~ Margie

The Season Began – Wedding of Allie and Ian by Eden Photography

Our winter break seems to fly by, both because it is filled with holidays and with a long projects list.  As Spring peaks through from Winter, the anticipation of our first wedding builds.  We couldn’t have asked for a better start to our wedding season than with this beautiful couple, Allie and Ian.

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An Interesting Trend – Part III

Adding on a Two-Day options to your original wedding day package gives you lodging in the Mimi Guest House and the vintage Farmhouse for both the night before your wedding plus the night of your wedding.  It also gives you additional time at the venue.  So – the questions becomes – how to utilize the extra time.  In true form to the creativity of our brides, I am confident that there are many more ideas and ways to use this extra option that those that I will go over now with you….but let me give you a few.

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An Interesting Trend – Part II

In Part I of “An Interesting Trend,” I identified how so many weddings nowadays have guests coming in from all corners of the globe — not just within the States but even globally.  Many factors contribute to just this one issue:  1.  More college-bound students are choosing schools further away from home than ever before, 2. More couples are waiting longer to wed giving those college relationships more time to

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An Interesting Trend – Part I

Every year we see interesting trends that shape the various details of a wedding day.   For sure – when we first began our business in 2011 – barn weddings were not a trend and we were actually fairly cutting edge.  But with each passing year, we have seen the barn craze skyrocket.  Hopefully we have found our

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