Autumn Wedding Photos Trickling In

  With the final rush of the autumn weddings gone, life is beginning to resume back to some resemblance normal. Venue projects are snailing along – tours seem to never end though the gloom of winter seems to have set in – and the list of farm chores never lulls.  But my eyes light up when my in-box is full of new wedding photos. 
  These fall weddings were magical. The colors were quite vibrant and with the peak of High Point on Lookout Mountain to our west and a thick forested ridge to our east – there were few shots that didn’t include the autumn colors. Even the blueberry bushes trumpeted their last blast with deep red colors. The sun hung low in the sky making for some beautiful angles of light. 
  I will include a handful of my favorite photos from the Meagan and Jonathan wedding in October by Arc Studio. The bride’s beauty is worthy of a magazine feature article so it was easy for her photographer to capture some amazing shots. 
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A Successful Year Culminates in Our Own Family Wedding

   I have failed to post much on my blog as of lately. Our first year of business has been  much more successful than either Jill or I had anticipated – but that is a good thing!  We are so excited that you brides have affirmed this business venture – this adventure – as I should really call it. 
   From Christmas Holidays 2010 when our barn was full of horses, our orphaned cow, a new batch of 18 baby goats being born during that sub-zero snowy December week, plus our herd of goats……..from then – deciding to jump with this idea that we had batted around….to going gung-ho into making a project list – a very  long to do list – to deciding on a name – and digging through our mad money to begin the projects – to creating a contract and filing online LLC corporation legal stuff – to creating a website – to begin setting out our proverbial “open for business” banner………..we have made it through our first years worth of customers…..100% rain free, I might add!
   I feel like I could write a book already on our experience.  It has been a twisted path of finding our way – discovering how to make this our own – as well as knowing when to rein in our creativity so not to spend too much or to do too much. As each bride came, there were new ideas on what might work, what would be helpful, options we could provide, options that the brides suggested, and tweaks here and there.  Yet – with each bride came and each event past – we were amazed to see how each ceremony took on its own look…as it should.  We tout that we are not a cookie-cutter venue and this too was affirmed as we have had themes from vintage to earthy to elegant to shabby chic to a hoe-down…..and all of them were amazing to see and experience.  Our twelve brides have been a wonderful initiation and we feel as though they are somehow more than customers but somehow they have been our guests. 
   My hat is off to all of the amazing photographers who have come and captured the essence of our farm as well as created bits of art for their customers.  We are honored to have these photos adorn our website…you have helped to portray us well – thank you.
   As the year ends – we will be hosting our own wedding here at High Point Farms. As Jill – the oldest daughter was married here on the farm back in 2005, now too is my second daughter Heather going to be married here this weekend.  I feel as though I have been practicing all year for this event but this time – I get to do it all!  I have been anxious to pull out all of this mixed vintage china that I have collected for some time now. I have a storage room full of old wooden boxes, milk glasses, weather vanes, vintage hankies, and such….and with autumn at its peak, I am anxious to gather gems from nature – like muscadine vines, magnolia leaves, sweet gum balls, poppy seed heads, and such. This event will celebrate a glorious union of Heather and her fiance’ Madison – whom we are so happy and pleased to have join our family.  We will have our closest friends and family here to share this grand memory as well as to experience first hand our new adventure in which they have all heard so much about.  The weather looks grand and my list is almost completed, but I did want to take the time to same thank you for being a part of this wonderful experience. 
    We have projects lined up for this winter – to be completed prior to our Spring season. We have already booked 17+ events for next year so the wild ride continues.  Keep checking back here to my blog – please feel free to leave a comment or two….and stay in touch also on our facebook page. We relish your networking to your friends and your feedback to help us better serve you.

Love it – Love it – A Quick Turn around Photographer

Yes – I appreciate the artistry and creativity that comes from a quality photographer but it is great when a photographer takes his photos and quickly posts them for the bride and others – like ourselves.
So….to celebrate this rare event, I am going to boast about the beautiful photos now on display by Demure Dragonfly Photography.  I have included several of their best ones in various places on my website but I will include the handful of my favorites.  My favorites come from those rare wonders that just instantly attract me – and then some come from being tickled to see how our farm venue has been displayed….but…see for yourself and enjoy more of them throughout my website.  Also….a link here to their website for the full collection.    Demure Dragonfly  Photography
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Each Wedding Never Ceases To Amaze Me!

We tell our brides that we are not a cookie cutter – one size fits all – type venue….and this is true. We pride ourselves in providing some flexibility to their wedding dreams. You can have your ceremony under the grove of trees or in the horse ring or behind the barn overlooking the pasture full of farm animals or in the hayfield underneath the shadow of High Point. You can circle up your tables around a dance area in the middle of the barn or spill out into the lawn. We are a very specific genre – yes – but so far each wedding has been so very unique. Jill and I chatter away after each wedding as we talk about different aspects of each wedding that we liked or ideas that we thought were worthy of adding to our Idea Book. I will say that it pleases us immensely that our brides are able to make their wedding “their own” even within a very specific venue type like The Barn at High Point Farms.
So….as we wait quite impatiently for each couple to forward some of their photographs to us – we find that each wedding never ceases to amaze us – in the way that they not only capture our venue but in how the photographer is able to capture the essence of the couple. We have been very fortunately to have met so many fine photographers and they all have seemed almost giddy to be taking pictures in such a unique location as ours. It is a win win situation – for the photographer who is able to show their more creative side to the bride and groom who can have little works of art to commemorate their special occasion to “us” who are privileged to be able to use and tout these great photographs.
Barn Wedding at High Point Farms

Jenny and Andrew
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Our Dog, Bear’s Debut
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Vintage Always Works
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A great backdrop for a divine commitment

Capturing the heart and the soul.

  We have established our niche – a farm venue. Yes – we have cute signs here and there, vintage decor dotted around the farm, lights strewn in the hayloft and white thick drapes adorning the barn.  But – we do not create a cookie cutter established wedding scene. We allow our brides to choose their own wedding planner or even to decorate their venue as they see fit. This way – each wedding out here looks different and unique to the bride. We are amazed at the talented photographers who have come to record these special moments and we appreciate beyond words that they share their photos with us – and thus I have access to them on my website.
 
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Blue Vinyl Creative Photography took pictures of the Kellie and Trenton wedding and has just recently posted pictures on his facebook page. These pictures were amazing! The guy certainly has a talent for seeing the art behind the photograph…and he has a method of antiquing the photos so that they almost look as though they are 70+ years old. As I roll through the line up of his pictures – I certainly felt as though he had captured the heart and soul of this special couple – Trenton and Kellie.   They are both beautiful so the picture taking was easy enough but the poses and the snapshots show how in tune with their personalities he was.
 

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In fact, I certainly felt was though he captured the heart and soul of our farm venue as well. We don’t come with too many pretenses – we are who we are. Our old pole barn is weathered and worn and imperfect in so many ways –  yet he exalts her finer qualities.  The old farmhouse was originally built not long after the Civil War. It is no Victorian anything – but a plain and simple farmhouse – yet he is able to show her attractive side and almost catapulting her back in time when she was in her youth….

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Blue Vinyl was able to see the beauty in the old aged pear trees – the worn out antique tractor – and the little treasures here and there throughout the farm.

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I felt like a light had been lit on our little farm – a light that adds color and warmth when it hits its target.  Thank you Blue Vinyl for the affirmation of our farm venue – that you have captured in your photos what we have hoped to accomplish in opening up our farm for such a business. We are humbled and pleased.

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Meet Jack

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Meet a new arrival here at HP Farms – this is Jack, an 8 year old Dapple Bay Quarter Horse. Jack was donated by a man who could no longer keep him and desired a wonderful loving home for Jack more than acquiring easy money for him. We are tickled to add him to our herd as we have reeled over the loss of our sweet Passion  – our spotted Racking mare – earlier this summer. 

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Jack is a very laid back boy  – people friendly – tall and stout – and easy ride – and use to being  around new people and places.  I am sure that he will be used in some of our bridal backdrops – especially those who wish to place some of our horses in the horse ring for closer pictures.  Peanut Butter – our pony – is checking him out but seems to be ready to be buddies.

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Introducing a new horse to the herd is always a bit stressful as they all do seem to carry on when a new one arrives. Squealing – running about – prancing – arching the neck – jostling for position in the new pecking order….it can be intimidating but it is usually a site to see and to photograph. It is fun watching the horses prance and dance and strut their stuff.  I will include extra photos this time especially for all of your horse lovers.

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And since I doubt that I have introduced the full herd to you, let me quickly do that.  Ripley – the tall silver appaloosa boy is the overseer of the herd. He is here only temporarily as his pasture and barn were damaged by the tornadoes. Reba – the tall bay with a white blaze is a Tennessee Walking Horse. She was more or less a rescue from last year as I am sure that she has put on 100+ lbs. and now looks more her age of 12 rather than 25. She is Queen Bee and isn’t afraid to let the other horses know it.  Lady is the chocolate spotted Racking Horse mare. We have had her for 14+ years. She has been a fun girl to ride – as crazy as her gait is at times. Unfortunately she is blinding in one eye so her ridability is very limited. Peanut Butter is the cute chocolate dapply pony with the thick flaxen mane and tail. He is a round and plump boy – somewhat like a POA type pony – sweet and friendly.

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Picture Time! Chris and Jordan

   I can’t quite say that I wait patiently for new wedding photos to get sent my way but I do wait with huge anticipation.  As I see an array of pictures and enjoy each bride’s uniqueness, I relish a handful of each wedding as worthy to be placed on the website. I love these photographers who come out – their fresh perspective to the farm and to their client.  I am always amazed at the stunning beauty that is captured by each.
   The wedding of Chris and Jordan was photographed by Zach Robbins – a young talented friend of theirs who has demonstrated a clear talent for photography.  I will attach my most favoritez(top five)- though it was difficult to choose which ones!  These pictures ring true to the cliche “a picture paints a thousand words.”  Not only do they capture the essence of this sweet and special couple but it highlights the farms most special features!  I hope you enjoy these photos.
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Weddings Can Be Fun For the Kids Too

We just completed our June 11th wedding – Chris and Jordan. It was spectacular and beautiful and they certainly had an amazing group of friends and family that pitched in to facilitate this wedding.  I was struck by how much fun the children had today. There was a passel of them all decked out in their outfits – boys in gray trousers laced with suspenders with rolled up white shirt sleeves and yellow bow ties, then girls all in pale yellow eyelet sundresses.They were running here and there – checking out the barn and the old house porch swing. Croquet entertained them for a bit but then – then – we hooked a lead rope to Sweet Pea – one of our goats – and brought her to meet the children. 
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Goat at a farm wedding – Photo courtesy of HP Farms

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Goat at barn wedding – Photo Courtesy of HP Farms

That was it – checkmate! They took turns leading Sweet Pea from one low branch to another so she could nibble on pear tree leaves and maple leaves. Being in charge of the lead rope became a badge of honor as they managed to lead an animal likely twice their weight this way then that. It was a huge hit. Unfortunately, there will surely be a couple of parents who will have to explain to their kids later on  as to why exactly they cannot own a goat – but it made for a wonderful memory for the younger crew.

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Firetruck at Farm Wedding – Photo by Jenn and Travis Photography

One funny thing that happened was a conversation with Tucker – my 3 year old grandson. He has to put up with both his mom and me telling him things such as “we have to do this or that to get ready for the wedding….” or “people are coming later to have their wedding….” and to a 3-year old, all bets are off as to what and how they translate new information.  Last wedding, he was thrilled that a fire truck and two police cars showed up HIS FARM. He had no idea that it was because the groom was a firefighter and most of his friends were either cops or firefighters. But, as today’s event got rolling, he couldn’t figure out “where” the firetrucks and police cars were hiding! Somehow he just thought that firetrucks and police cars would come at each and every wedding. Unfortunately – or fortunately – they will not. Each wedding has its uniqueness and its flair.  No fire engines but a bunch of kids all giddy as they enjoyed the simple pleasure of life – endless lawns to run in, sitting in the porch swing, and playing with the farm critters. So, weddings CAN be fun for kids too!

Blessings From Heaven

The cicadas have finally come and gone. Fortunately our trees and garden were not particularly effected by their once every 13 year ravenous food frenzy. As they departed, a rare drought and heat wave has permeated the south condemning us to two weeks of mid-90’s temperatures and no rainfall.  We were so proud of our beautiful sod area behind the barn that we have been very faithful to set the sprinklers on almost every day to keep it nice and lush but we cannot water the whole farm. Our vegetable garden has suffered a bit and with the heat wave, it was difficult to find the desire to tackle even the weeding.  As we began to prepare for this weekend’s wedding, we began to pray for some much needed rain – if not for ourselves but for a boost of green for our upcoming bride.  The week has been long and hard here on the farm. We had to put down one of my best horses – Passion – after an ankle break a month ago continued to get worse and her health deteriorated. It was a tough day yesterday – very emotional, stressful, and fraught with complicated logistics. On top of the that – we had square bales sitting in the field that needed to be hauled to the barn. But all the tasks were completed last night – and we dropped into bed exhausted. Today we had a farm tour from a girl from Murfreesboro who was tickled pink to find a real barn. We considered her a good luck charm because we got that much needed rain right about the time she showed up. The wind blew and thunder pounded and rain came down in sheets. Jill and the boys and I just stood there on the porch and enjoyed the blessed event – rain – rain from heaven.  Rain that if it had come the day before – would’ve made a very louzy day horrible. But rain today – was truly a special event. It felt like a cleansing of the week’s sadness. It felt like it was brought to us as a special blessing for the upcoming bride to be to make her special day all pretty and cheery.  It is a blessing – the blessing from heaven.

I Love It When Pictures Come In!

It is like opening up a present – all giddy and anxious. This is how it is when the photographers send in their photo shoot pictures.  Tough decision then for me is which ones to use and post on my website – so many of them are good and memorable.  I hope that the bride (or client) is as tickled pink as I am to view them!  Here are a few of the best ones from Janelle and Brian’s wedding.
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So, I think these were my winners. Each photo is very unique and looks like a piece of artwork. Jenn and Travis Photography did an excellent job capturing this special couple and we are pleased with our she captured our farm!
Next couple of pictures are from a photo shoot for a young child named Claire. Since we have opened up our farm venue to photographers free of charge this year (by permission only and with restrictions), we are excited to have made contact with so many local photographers. Hopefully this short term offer will help us both get the word out about the farm – and their photography.
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